If you’re anything like us, you always find the best gifts when you don’t actually need to get them and then, as soon as the Holiday Season hits – all the gift ideas you had, suddenly disappear into thin air with a *poof*! If the above sounds like you, then this blog post is definitely one you should read. We know gift giving can be stressful when you have no idea where to start – but it doesn’t have to be! Gifting should be fun so we decided to make things a lot easier for you with a Gift Guide featuring some of our favorite things, all at $40 and under! Our philosophy is that you should gift something you think you’d also love to receive (obviously depending on the recipient) and that way you know you’ve picked something special. Without further babbling, here is our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide that hopefully* has a little something for everyone on your list. If anything, we hope this gives you some gift-spiration. Happy Shopping!
This gift is 100% for your glam friend, the one who has a sparkle in their step and the one you KNOW is going all out for the Holidays and New Years Eve. We already love the Stila Liquid Eyeshadows and this set of minis includes eyeshadows AND highlighters! Get it while it’s on sale for only $30 on sephora.com.
#2 The One Who Always Accessorizes
Sayran Jewelry, Luxor: $22 & Caravan Hoops: $26
OF COURSE we had to include something eye-inspired in our gift guide and these pieces couldn’t be more perfect. Inspired by her Kurdish culture, Sayran hand-makes all the unique jewelry pieces on her site and we think they make for the perfect gifts, for anyone who loves to wear jewelry that you can’t just get anywhere! You’ll be the favorite gift giver this year with one or both the pieces shown above and you’ll be giving your loved one a symbol of protection AND supporting a woman-owned business. It’s a win win win all around.
#3 The One Who Loses Everything
Soda Says x Chipolo Classic 2.0 Bluetooth Tracker: $24.95
We all have that one person in our lives who loses absolutely everything – from their keys to their wallet, to their cell phone. Don’t get us wrong, we adore this person but we also think it’s time they get a little extra help. The Chipolo tracker is the must-have for anyone who’s always misplacing stuff. It’s easy to use, super cute and comes in a variety of colors for only $24.95. You can attach it to anything you want AND double-press the Chipolo to make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent! Tbh this gift would be perfect for anyone with a cell-phone in general and a gift you know will get used (probably on the daily)!
#4 The One Who Says They Need To Drink More Water
S’well Bottle, Super Nova: $29
If we can be sure about anything, it’s that water is good for you, your skin, your body, your soul etc. etc. The problem is, most people forget to drink water on the daily, even though they know they should. This is such an easy problem to fix with one helpful item – a reusable water bottle. It sounds simple and you’re probably wondering why anyone would want to receive a water bottle as a gift. Our theory is that you’re actively saying you care for their well-being and want to support them by adding something to their lifestyle that will improve their health significantly – and who doesn’t want to be told how loved they are?! Carrying a cute water bottle around is a sure-fire way of remembering to drink water. One of our favorite brands is S’well, whose bottles come in all shapes, sizes and designs, don’t leak AND can carry hot and cold beverages. P.S. You’d also be helping better the environment with this gift!
#5 The One Who Loves To Cook
Barnes & Noble, Magnolia Table: $18.24, Whiskey in a Teacup: $21.27, Harry Potter Cookbook: $12.81
For anyone who loves to be cooking and baking away in the kitchen, a recipe book is always a good idea. There’s something rather special and home-y about creating food from a recipe book rather than reading it off your phone with your sticky fingers. Plus, everything is all in one place and cook books are great to keep on your coffee table for guests or yourself to read and get inspired by. All three of these books are on Barnes and Noble’s best seller list and would make awesome gifts for the food connoisseurs in your life (or even beginners!) Pick any two of these books and you’ll have a thoughtful gift set for under $40!
The person that’s always on-the-go, always giving a helping hand and never taking time for themselves… that’s who this gift is for. Made to fill the air with essential oils to lift your mood and help you breathe easy, this diffuser is the ultimate gift for anyone who needs to relax and take it easy. Whether or not they realize it, the busy-bee person in your life is probably in need of some TLC and an oil diffuser is a great way to start incorporating that into their lifestyle, even if it’s in the office. The Ellia Dream Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser is a perfect option because it’s small, great for travel and comes with three samples of 100% pure essential oils. Get it now from Urban Outfitters for $40!
#7 The One Who Carries Their Life With Them
Side Tassel Bag:$26 & Faux Croc Cardholder: $9.50
Purses, bags, wallets oh my! We love a good bag and wallet combo for gift giving and for $40, there are a ton of options to choose from! ASOS is one of the best places to shop for all different types of brands, designs and price ranges so it’s only fitting that the above two pieces are from there. You can’t go wrong with a black bag, which will go with absolutely everything in someone’s wardrobe and we can’t get enough of this cute and fashionable cardholder that you could throw inside for an extra surprise. The side tassel bag is only $26 and the cardholder is $9.50. What’re you waiting for? Go shop, shop, shop! P.S. ASOS also has a student discount option through UNiDAYS – so definitely take advantage if you have access to a student email.
#8 The One Who’s Obsessed With Skincare
Mario Badescu, Classics Collection: $38
Buying skincare for other people can be daunting because everyone’s skin is different and therefore needs different things. But for your friend that loves to try out skincare products or is looking for something new to add to their routine, a skincare gift set is the definite way to go – especially when it includes the classics from a well-known brand. Mario Badescu products are renowned for being gentle while also being great for your skin, so this set is a steal at only $38. It includes four favorites from their classic products, including the infamous facial spray!
#9 The One Who Stays Being Organized
Caboodles, On-The-Go Girl: $19.99
Caboodle anyone? No no, we didn’t sneeze! We’re talking about the cosmetics organization accessory that was inspired by a tackle box. A Caboodle is a must-have accessory for the person who likes to stay organized or travels a lot… or pretty much anyone who likes to store their favorite things in a cute and uber functional case. We are hopping on the Caboodle train and invite you to join us. They have a large selection of products in different sizes and colors but our personal favorite is the On-The-Go Girl Solid in Millennial Pink AND it’s only $20! Get yours and your bff’s now, before they’re all sold out.
There’s nothing like starting a New Year with a fresh and crisp planner. With 2019 right around the corner, these Daily Planners are essentials for those that love to plan or those that realllllly need to consider planning ahead haha. Available in 6 different shades, these would make a great gift for your friend/work group and encourage everyone to plan and get ahead together! P.S. They’re also 30% OFF until December 28th and only $22.36!
BONUS Gift Idea
Ziba Beauty, The Art Of Brows: $39
We couldn’t let you leave without including a little something from your favorite brow salon! For those who love their brow ritual, want to start threading or want to invest in some luxury brow products – we have gifts for all. Whether it’s a gift card or one of our gift sets, opening up a box of Ziba during the holidays, is going to make any brow enthusiast extremely happy. Our favorite gift set is The Art of Brows and includes our best sellers like the Brow Crayon, Brow Wax, Brow Hi-Lite, Sharpener and Clutch Bag for only $39. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a gift like this (we’re not biased or anything) and you definitely don’t want to miss out. The offer is available in-stores only, until December 31st, so hurry before time runs out!
Feeling inspired? Going to get a gift from our guide? We’d love to know!