Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Until Our Ships Come In (Holiday Gift Guide 2011)

So, the truth of the matter is this: my Christmas gift list is too long (lots of family) for me to really splurge a lot on each present. I really really wish I could. Every year, I find myself wishing that I had the budget to pick up that "totally awesome thing that Person X would absolutely love!"

You know what I mean, right? Sometimes, the strain of gift-shopping is less about finding the right gift, and more about finding the right gift I can actually afford.

So, for those of us who are not part of the 1%, but who still want to find our loved ones things we really really think they might enjoy, find useful, or even - dare we hope? - love, here's a place to start. The next installment of the 2011 Holiday Gift Guide features things that are $45 or less. Not $100 or less, not even $50 or less (seriously, sometimes, that $5 really matters). $45. Or less.

Until Our Ships Come In:

1. Pieces Heavy Knit Snood: I love the cable. And the button. And the chunkiness. The color is great too   - so earthy and warm. *happy sigh*

2. J. Crew Golden Stripe Bracelet: I love this - so chunky and elegant (funny how those two words can actually describe the same thing) with vintage flavor.

3. Bobbi Brown "Classic To Go" Palette: I think the name kind of says it all, don't you? Everything you need for an understated day-time look. A great gift for the make-up wary who secretly yearn to wear make-up. (You know who you are.)

4. By Design Nordic Sweater: So, yes, it's acrylic. And yes, it's from the Juniors department at Nordstrom. But I kind of love it! Stripes - delicious red and gray ones! And it's light enough to layer over and under other things. Oh, the possibilities!

5. Shining Time Statement Necklace: It's really pretty, and it tells time. *another happy sigh*

6. Rachel Rachel Roy Fair Isle Snood: This snood (hehe, that word makes me giggle everytime I see/hear/say it) comes in at the high end of our price range, when measured at full price. But if you act fast, you may be able to grab it at 30% off (not sure how long that promotion is going to last)! Which makes this a very affordable, but still super cute gift.

7. Iron Lace Earrings: On the one hand, I loved the idea of lace jewelry. You know, earrings and necklaces, and such. On the other hand, I didn't love that it was so...floppy, sometimes. Pretty pieces of lace don't always hold their shape when dangling from a single point, do they? These earrings solve that problem. So lovely.

8. Filigree with Joy Necklace: Both striking and lovely.

So, what do you think of our $45 and under list? Are you constrained by budget on how much you can spend on gifts, or is this the one time of year you throw caution to the wind and splurge on others? What do you think we should have included? Tell us below!


  1. I like your list! I am always on a budget when Christmas shopping for family (sadly it is smaller than this list) However, i love getting the right gifts for the right person at a fabulous deal. I actually love the challenge of getting something perfect for not a lot. I shop loads of sales and even check out TJ Maxx and other such stores for nicer brands that are more affordable. I also will buy things through out the year if I find something perfect for someone. These black friday sales helped me quite a bit!

  2. you should do a mens list

  3. I love that Bobbi Brown palette, so perfect for traveling!

  4. We buy mostly for nieces and nephews, and of course our own kids and each other.  For my parents and brother we buy stuff for the house.  Friends are optional, and I find that the best inexpensive items for them are consumables.  I might have a $30-$50 limit, but buying that perfect bottle of wine, specialty jams and jellies, or fabulous BBQ sauces would be a splurge on their budget, so as a gift, it it works.  Last year, for our good friends, we put together a basket of BBQ sauces and rubs from Cost Plus and a local gourmet market, and spent about $50.  It was well received and they tried out new flavors all year long.

  5. It's in my queue! :)

  6. Oh, I love that idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. You're so good! I have a hard time 1) planning that far ahead, 2) keeping secrets of that kind for that long, and 3) being that disciplined in general. Haha, the next time I'm faced with a difficult gifting decision, I'll have to ask myself, "What would Alicia do?" ;)

  8. Right? Easy-peasy. =)

  9. If anyone is interested in the Rachel Rachel Roy Snood, Macys carries them and they have their F&F discount starting tom! =D

  10. I know that technically I still have plenty of time for holiday shopping, but I think all these dang Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are making me feel behind!

  11. Geez, isn't that the truth. Haha, it's all a little crazy-making.

  12. I am loving all of the holiday gift guides that are popping up on my favourite blogs these days. This year I'm really into gifting accessories and shoes this year so this is really helpful. Thanks!