Ideally, we would all love to flourish our loved ones with extravagant gifts during the holidays. But let's get real: we're broke. Hand-made trinkets and home-made treats are great if you have the time and the talent, but again, this may not be a reality. For many of us who are working with limited funds this holiday season, there are still plenty of stylish options.
With a budget of just $200, here are a few suggestions on how to treat your family and friends to presents that will make them feel like a million bucks.
For Mom: She'll love the warm, cozy hug she gets from this blanket scarf in a soft heather grey that'll match just about everything she owns. A perfect accessory to wear to work or to run errands, the Tinsley Road Blanket Scarf, a Piperlime.com exclusive, is only $39 and features a lovely crocket trim. It'll remind Mom of what a sweet and stylish kid she raised whenever she wears it.
For Dad: Maybe it's time to ditch the Old Spice and other drugstore staples, and treat Dad to a fresh take on men's grooming with the Portland General Store Cigar Box Sampler from Urban Outfitters (also sold exclusively online). For just $40, the set includes Aftershave Splash, Shaving Jelly, Wet Shave Soap, Body Crème, Aftershave Balm, 2 Eau de Toilette, Face Bomb, Bath Scrub or Shampoo. Packed in a vintage cigar box, each kit is a unique, just like good ole Dad.
For Your Favorite Guy: Whether you love your boyfriend's look, or love to shop for him, here's a custom gift that celebrates his own personal style. You design, everything from the rubber sole to the classic canvas, a pair of custom Chuck Taylors by Converse. Tag It and make your boyfriend's favorite sneaker a special one for his feet only. Check out the website to get experimenting with styles and colors for just $62.
For Your BFF: She's been there through the best and the worst of times, and now you can treat her with a little something special during the holiday times. The Woven Chain Bracelet, $35, from Madewell is an awesome little accessory that's beautiful and hard to break: much like your friendship.
If you've been keeping track, this makes your grand total $176, and under budget! Do what you will with the $24. After all, you deserve a little gift now and then, too.