Great gifts for a richer life

Pretty and economical buys

Here's to good looks and good health. Some gifts — like a toothbrush — that might once have seemed outrageous now seem economical.

SensatioNail Starter Kit: This starter kit offers an affordable way to get a trendy gel manicure for a fraction of the cost from the comfort of your own home. The process is a bit different than traditional manicures, though, and needs a special LED lamp (included in the kit) which "cures" your manicure, rendering it smudge-proof for up to two weeks. ($49.98; walmart.com)

Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush: This looks like an ordinary electric toothbrush, but it actually uses ultrasound technology to whiten teeth. While whitening treatments can cost several hundred dollars a pop, at $189 the Emmi-Dent (which comes with two brush heads) is a great long-term investment for health and beauty. Paired with Emmi-Dent’s nonabrasive nano-bubble toothpaste, the ultrasound kills bacteria that can stain teeth. As it removes stains, it also restores teeth to their natural color, prevents inflammation, periodontitis and bad breath. It also breaks up plaque and prevents new plaque from forming. (emmi-dent.com)