Cheap & Chic, Gift GuidesHoliday Gift Guide 09: Frugal & Fab

We’re kicking off our gift guides this year with Frugal & Fab options – six obsession-worthy and luxury-looking products that your loved ones will adore!  The recipient will think you spent a fortune, but you’ll be happy knowing that you only spent $30 and under. Make sure to check out our picks and share your own with us!

ONE. Four Seasons Design Gingko Card Holder — This delicately rendered gingko card holder is really like giving 2 gifts at once this Holiday season, when you purchase it from, a well edited luxury goods website with offerings in a variety of prices, that donates 20% of your purchase towards any school or non-profit of your choice. Undeniably beautiful and elegant, this copper card holder also has the benefit of looking way more luxurious than its $30 price tag, and would be the perfect gift for a co-worker or boss who appreciates nature and fine craftsmanship.

TWO. Gap Striped Cami Set —  You can never go wrong with gifting a pajama set for the holidays.  Who doesn’t love something comfy and cute to cuddle up with at night.  We love this ruffly cami set from the GAP which strikes just the right balance between playful and sexy- perfect for all types of girls! The set comes in red, pink, or blue (our favorite) but priced at $19.50, you can afford to gift one in every color!

THREE. C.O. Bigleow Candle Collection — Luxury candles make fantastic gifts, but their price tags make us cringe. That’s why we love the candles from C.O. Bigelow’s collection. The candles look super luxe – yet only cost $19.50 each! Each one is large, with 3 wicks, a pretty label, and a metal cap. They burn for up to 65 hours and come in 12 great fragrances: vanilla, lemon, grapefruit, ginger mint, green tea, mint, lavender, frankincense, musk, citrus, eucalyptus, and the best-selling balsam. This would make a great and affordable present for anyone who loves home fragrances and luxe candles. Order over the phone or pick one up at the C.O. Bigelow apothecary at Water Tower Place in Chicago!

FOUR. Les Garçonnes Collection by Crazylibellule & the Poppies — Oh-so-fresh and oh-so-French, Crazylibellule & the Poppies’s latest Les Garçonnes Collection is a salute to the rebellious “Flappers” of the 20s. Our personal favorite thus far: Rose Á Saigon, a sultry, feminine-yet-masculine blend of passion fruit, rose and gaiacum wood. Snatch these wax-based perfume solids up as a fun stocking stuffer and travel companion for the free and independent women in your life. (People-friendly note: They lack “hot button” ingredients like parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and phthalates – so that girl who’s allergic to almost everything can probably wear it!)

FIVE. Urban Outfitters Set of 3 French Notebooks — We think this set of small notebooks would put a smile on anyone’s face. Made with vintage inspired covers decorated with french phrases, they’re so much cuter than the average notebook. Plus, they’re the perfect size to slip into your bag in case inspiration strikes while you’re on the go. (Or you get stuck waiting on line somewhere and just want to make out your grocery list!) The notebooks have a mixture of lined and unlined pages so you can even use them to doodle in. At only $16 for a set of three, they’re a chic option for almost anyone on your list.

SIX. Gap Braided Jewel Bracelet – This gorgeous bracelet is the perfect stocking stuffer! From the accessory-obsessed to the casual gal, it’s a subtle accent to elevate your look – like on New Year’s! With the sparkly clasp, it looks so luxe, but your wallet will be so happy to only part with $14.50.


  1. Smart Organics  |  26 November 2009 at 12:24 AM

    I’ll go with number 3, C.O. Bigleow Candle Collection, if anyone buy that for me I’ll be forever happy:) until next holidays that is 🙂

  2. hot beauty health  |  27 November 2009 at 10:23 AM

    I would love to have the C.O. bigelow candles set. They would truly make great holiday gifts.

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