TODAY | December 09, 2012
>>> this morning on "today celebrates the holidays" we have the lower priced versions of the more expensive items that may be on your list for someone else . "today's" financial editor jean chatzky, nice to see.
>> nice to see you too. only 15% of people haven't finished shopping.
>> i haven't started.
>> we've got it all here.
>> i'm glad you're here. one thing that is big we've been hearing a lot about, tablets, the ipad mini gets a lot of attention these days, but it's a little bit expensive.
>> $329 for the ipad mini. this is the kindle fire hd, and interestingly, when you look at the reviews they each have things in their favor, battery life for the kindle, apps for the ipad mini, you have apps made just for the ipad so you're not taking iphone apps and stretching them. the ipad is a little lighter.
>> let's fire this one up. i don't know if we can. i don't know where the button is. oh, well. i should know. we got one of these for my mom last year. anyway, so you would say in this instance --
>> i would say in this instance you could go either way . the resolution is a little bit better on the kindle as well.
>> look at the features that matter to you.
>> it's $329 versus $199. now we come to what i like to call dishes for cold weather cooking. i love big pots.
>> you want to make julia's dishes, you need a dutch oven . this is the one you'll pass down to your grandchildren but it's $305. lot of money. if you're not a super duper cook and you want the lecreuset to look good on your table, this is on sale for $79 and just as heavy.
>> is there a big difference besides the name?
>> this is the classic and again if you look at the reviews sometimes people suggest that one chips a little bit more easily than the other. if you take care of them, that's the key.
>> you could pass either one of these down to your grandkids. these are beautiful earrings but a big difference in price, talking what almost 200 versus --
>> versus $68. these of the ipilita, mini rock candy and smoky quartz , this is nordstrom's new line. this is 18 carat gold, this is 18 carat gold plated brass. you make your call based on your price point.
>> both of them are beautiful. chocolate can range so much in price.
>> so this set we see here is about $100.
>> right, this is from gearharts, in charlottesville, virginia, it's on our table because somebody sent them to me last year and they are awesome. if you want chocolates at a lower price this is from brooklyn, lilibet, this collection is $50, season sweetings. they're very different. these have more spices in the mix, some of these caramels have chocolate truffles . it's an interesting combination and you pick based on your price.
>> these are fancy.
>> this someone very fancy.
>> so this is gorgeous, it's also $250.
>> that's right, it's from sears, it is metal made and it's got pedals, it's very fred flintstone , reminds me of the station wagon we used to drive around as we were kids. this is the radio flyer bumper car, it's $44, could you buy two of them. i wouldn't suggest allowing your kids to bump into each other but they could.
>> two great options there. for the dog, the loved one in your life.
>> that's right. two beds with different price points . they both look comfy.
>> these are tempur-pedics for your dog.
>> the memory foam, right?
>> this one is for a pet who is aging, needs some help with their joints. it's $240. you have from orvis. this one is from $44.95, from p petco.
>> i think we have one of these. these dogs look great and quiet, incredibly well behaved .
>> finally gorgeous robes modeled by two gorgeous people.
>> this is 12 gauge , cashmere. how do you like it.
>> you're not giving it back, are you?
>> it's $299.
>> so the answer is no.
>> and willie is in our fleece robe, this one is from brookstone and it is about one-fifth of the price.
>> and also a size medium we should pint out. little snug.
>> mine is extra large.
>> mom and dad needs something