Accessories, Beauty, Gift Guides, Paper GoodsHoliday Gift Guide 08: Thrifty Gifts

Editors’ Note: Today, we’re launching the first of our annual holiday gift guides. We spent many hours sifting through hundreds of products to present you with our favorites in hopes that they will inspire and help you find that perfect gift this season. Make sure to look out for these guides over the next few weeks and hope you enjoy!

This year more than ever, everyone is counting those pennies they’re spending this holiday season. We think that the best trick is to find a gorgeous gift that doesn’t make you cringe when you check the price and pull out the credit card. Having trouble?  Don’t worry…we’ve already scouted six fabulous choices under $25 that will be sure to please the recipient!

ONE. Jill Bliss Flower Mini Journal Set — Know a friend who makes a New Year’s resolution every year to start writing in a journal? Make it easier for her this year to achieve this goal by gifting her this set of blank notebook by Jill Bliss ($15.95). The handcrafted design of these notebooks is so beautiful – very 60’s and reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides – that she’ll feel compelled to carry these around all the time to jot down her best ideas. Its perfect pocket size also won’t take up any extra room in her bag, and the blank pages are the ideal blank canvas for any recessionista with an artsy or writer type friend. – joie

TWO. Bath & Body Works Lambie Slippers — These microfiber slippers are super soft and will keep your recipient’s feet toasty warm all winter long. (She won’t want to give them up when the summer comes!) They’re also guaranteed to put a smile on her face every time she looks at the adorable sleeping lamb on the toes. Perfect as a gift (or as a gift to yourself), the $16 price tag will have you ordering the Lambie slippers in bulk for everyone you know. – productwhore

THREE. Old Navy Faceted Bauble Necklace — I’m all about giving luxe for less, so when I saw this gorgeous necklace by Old Navy, I immediately knew that a few of my friends and family members were going to receive these. These affordable baubles are bold and dramatic, making them perfect to dress up any simple ensemble year-round. I love mellow teal hue paired with the gray double strand velvet neck-tie; together, it lends a rich, opulent feel.  Offered in various hues and priced at $14.50, this necklace is one gem that won’t break the bank. – thedailyobsession

FOUR. Flip & Tumble Loopt Bag — The new Loopt bags ($6) are an ideal gift for anyone on your list, really; they’re cute, functional, and environmentally friendly. Instead of carrying around and storing loads of unsightly plastic bags, you can gift these reusable shopping bags. The loopt bags can be folded into a small, compact roll that is easy to tuck away for future use. The bags can hold up to 23 lbs. of groceries or farmers market finds and are machine washable, made of lightweight polyester. They’re available in 4 fun colors: sky, mango, grass, and graphite. You can buy all four and still stay on a thrifty budget. – ninabee

FIVE. Cocktails by Amy Sacco — Even the poshest of gals will appreciate this under $25 find. Cocktails, penned by nightlife queen Amy Sacco of Bungalow 8 fame, is a lusciously illustrated love letter to what must be one of her favorite creations: the cocktail. Priced at $18.95, the book contains drink recipes only found at her clubs and some of Sacco’s favorite cocktail moments. This is the perfect holiday gift to be used around the year…not only for the out and about New York girl, but for every girl who wants to live a bit of Sacco’s glam. – perfumed

SIX. Bath Desserts Lip Latte Collection — Who doesn’t want to have soft, tasty lips for the holidays? Bath Desserts’ Lip Latte collection ($15) contains five different natural lip balms that not only taste warmly yummy, but keep your lips moisturized. The Lip Lattes are loaded with hemp seed butter and mango butter, ensuring that lips will be kissably soft. Inspired by different coffeehouse flavors, they’re available in Cinnamon, Caramel, Cappucino, Vanilla Bean, and the all important After-Coffee Mint. All 5 come in a cute set for only $15, so you can give 5 different stocking stuffers or a complete set to your beauty junkie friend!– ninabee


  1. Katee (e-polishblog)  |  24 November 2008 at 6:55 AM

    I love those lambie slippers! They are so adorable and look super comfy.

  2. Lilan  |  24 November 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Great choices! I love anything from the lamb collection at BBW – they are so cute and super comfy!

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