If you’re stressing over the less then 2 week mark before Christmas, don’t there’s still time! (Plus now’s the time to shop, holiday prices are dropping!). Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for under $50.
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Set ($32, $75 value) – In a world where eyeliner pencils are generally harder formulas, I’m grateful for Laura Mercier’s Kohl Eye Pencils, which glide on smoothly and have a much softer formula then other brands on the market. It”s easy to apply on the inside lining of the eyelid & the base of the lashes for a stand alone look, or it can be smudged and worked onto the eyelid for a smokey effect. This set comes in 5 Shades include Stormy Grey, Black Violet, Brown Copper, Black Gold and Black Navy.
Incase Capsule headphones ($49.95) – These are a great set of portable headphones for any commuters or travelers on your list. Both stylish and practical, they come with three different eartip sizes that are interchangeable for your most optimal comfort and fit. The audio cable features an integrated mic and remote to control audio playback and works with for sound and calls with Apple products (iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook).
Everlane The Solid Tote ($35) – I love this website. Everlane offers really great basics that can be worn on repeat without them getting tired. It’s an ease tote that fits comfortably over the shoulder, for carrying anything from groceries to your laptop. It has a stitched leather straps, snap button closure, and an inside pocket for all those personal items you don’t want flapping around.
L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet (on sale for $50, pack of 6, 1 oz each) – L’Occitane makes some of the best hand creams in town and the mini-size makes this purse friendly collection the perfect hand defense against winter dryness. The collection includes scents Date Bouquet, Mango Flower, Rose Petal, Pivoine Flora, Shea Butter and Almond. A 3-pack version is also available for $28.
First World Trash Pouch ($25) – When I used to host events, I always thought there was so much that could be done with the signage afterwards. First World Trash creates ecological art by using the salvage from old billboards to create a line of functional totes, bags and accessories. These pouches make for great makeup cases, they are tear proof, water resistant and each is handmade in Queens, NY.
Thymes Candle ($32/9.5 oz): I have the Bitter Orange scent which smells like fall (it’s spicy) but I’m currently lusting over the Blue Spruce and Elderberry candle. I love how Thymes does these cool Fragrance profiles on their site to breakup the notes. How good does a predominanly green scent with a slight mix of woody and aromatic spices sound?
BaubleBar/Essie Collaboration ($50) – I’m going to promote these sets until the end — and not just because I was one of the faces of the campaign — but because it rocks! For $50 you get to pick from 6 of Essie’s new holiday nail polish shades + 3 BaubleBar bracelets all wrapped in a super cute case. It’s an easy gift.
House of Holland tights ($34, one size fits most) – They make a whole lot of funky to sexy tights that don’t fall apart on contact. Available on alexblake.com
Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday 24 Collaboration– When Neimans and Target joined forces to feature 24 designer labels (at Target prices), I could fill a guide just based on the assortment of under $50 gifts from Tracey Reese, Proenza Schouler, DVF, Rodarte, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, Band of Outsiders (to name a few) spanning accessories, home accents, women’s, and kids clothing. The collaboration is available at Target stores and Neiman Marcus alike!