There’s the kids’ teachers, the mail person, the garbage person, the person who lets your cats out when you’re traveling/hospitalized/incarcerated, Peter down the hall, Peter down the hall’s kids, your favorite barista, your office secret Santa.

It’s that time of year for giving lots of littles.

So let’s spend a little, too.

In a Bliss-first trifecta, Bag Lady hit Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Family Dollar in less than an hour looking for stocking stuffer-type gifts that called out classy, creative, delicious and what-the-heck-do-I-smell-like?

It was a rousing hour, most surely.

Now, hope it makes for nine rousing gifts, all under $4:

• Adult color books, Dollar General, $3

My two favorites: “Every Little Thing” by Payton Cosell Turner (on Amazon right now for $10.19!) and “Coloring in 3D: Dogs” by Hannah Davies (on Amazon right now for $9.20!)

“Every Little Thing” is full of sweet, whimsical owls, llamas, anteaters and other little creatures in a loose, fun style. For the person on your list looking to de-stress; there’s no wrong way to color an anteater.

“Color in 3D: Dogs” is the opposite: Super tight and tiny lines with a cool payoff at the end — there’s a pair of 3D glasses included to admire your work! Gladys the dog sitter is going to love this.

• Hershey’s Kisses or Reese’s white chocolate peanut butter cups, 2-3 ounces, Dollar General, $1

An easy “person-you-want-to-warmly-acknowledge-at-the-holidays” go-to. Look to see if the cardboard wrap on the wall rack still has the buy-three-get-one-free offer to make a good deal even sweeter.

• Top Blox building bricks, 48-count, Family Dollar, $1

Lego-like without the Lego price tag, in red, white, yellow and blue and a mix of different shapes and sizes. Perfect for a little little on your list.

• Planters Heart Healthy Mix nuts, 8.75 ounces, Dollar General, $3.75

Includes peanuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts and pecans and it’s $3 less than the same tin at Hannaford, which is nuts, in a great/delicious way.

• Santa belt bucket, Dollar Tree, $1

This clear plastic container measures 5.5 inches tall and is about as round as a coffee mug with a colored Santa belt across the middle, sealed lid and handle. Fill it with a dozen cookies. Fill it with love notes. Fill it with Kisses. Fill it with anything! Kitty litter would be about the only bad choice, and if your intention is for the recipient to sand their walkways with it, then even that’s purrrfect.

• Godiva Masterpieces Caramel Lion of Belgium milk chocolate, 0.9 ounces, Dollar Tree, $1

At that weight and size, it’s maybe three lions, max, but they’re undoubtedly darn decadent. 

• Glow sticks, Dollar Tree, $1

Have a seat and sit back while I rattle off a list of things that come ready-packaged in glow stick form: There’s a regular axe, battle axe, sword, trident, skull-shaped mask, bat-shaped mask, lantern, bracelets (six in a pack), necklaces (four in a pack) and footballs! That’s so much glow. Instant entertainment and joy for anyone under 10. Maybe even a few over. 

• Flashing LED bulb necklace, Family Dollar, $1

Bag Lady’s seen these cool light-up necklaces with six fat, old school Christmas bulbs at different events and wondered where they’d come from. It’s right here! And likely other places I’ve just yet to notice! A Christmas miracle.  

Best find: Black Ice-scented Little Trees air freshener, Family Dollar, $1.60

I squeezed the package, got right up close and still cannot tell you what black ice smells like. It’s so intriguing. It’s also so Maine and so now. Whomever receives it, I’m hoping for a full scent report.

Think twice: About overlooking the little people in your life!

The cat isn’t going to let itself out the next time you travel to Japan/rupture a spleen/end up in the clink.

Bag Lady’s true identity is protected by a pair of stylish, sweater-wearing Doberman pinschers (who wonder why dog treats were glaringly left out) and the customer service counter at the Sun Journal. You can reach her at [email protected]

Little Trees’ black ice-scented air freshener. So Maine. But what the heck does it smell like? (Online image)

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