Time is moving on, and Hanukah is a few days away and Christmas is in less than two weeks. Oh my.
If you are still thinking about gifts to get, here are a few more suggestions to go along with the early picks I wrote about a couple of weeks ago here. Just about all of these ideas are in the affordable range.
Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets
I bought my Victoria Emerson bracelet a little more than a year ago for $24. It is very good quality: sturdy beads, nice leather, well made. In fact, it’s much higher quality than a wrap bracelet I bought at a home-based jewelry party for much more money a couple of weeks before buying this beauty.
Look out for the Sale Collection! The prices now seem to be a few bracelets at $24 and quite a few at $27. There seem to be more styles than last year too. I have no relationship at all to Victoria Emerson bracelets, but they sure do seem popular. Check ’em out!
Flowers from thebouqs.com
If someone you know literally has everything, or if they live far away and you don’t want to wrap and mail, or if you’re looking for a hostess gift to send after a party as a special thank you, consider gorgeous, long-lasting flowers from thebouqs.com.
I discovered this company in the fall. I received the most stunning coral roses – 14 in a dozen, lol – that last just about two weeks! I have never had roses that lasted anywhere near that long.
I happen to love roses, and I liked mine so much I sent a dozen yellow roses to a friend who does indeed have everything. Although I love roses, they have many other flowers and arrangements to choose from.
The flowers arrive extremely well-packaged in a box, delivered from either a volcano in South America that has exceptionally great soil for growing flowers, or if you need your flowers quickly, like overnight or in a day or two, they’ll come from special fields in California.
The bouquets come in 3 sizes: one dozen, two dozen, and three dozen. And as I mentioned, they throw in a couple extra flowers just in case one or two get damaged in transit in spite of the ingredient packaging.
With the 15% off special that they often have at holidays or for new customers, the price including delivery is about $34. I think it’s a bargain. Please check it out here or, if you would be so kind, via the ads on my homepage (if you decide to buy, I would make about a dollar, lol.)
Forever 21 Fashion Jewelry
I needed a small but wonderful gift for a young woman, and I nipped into Forever 21. I saw a fabulous silver-tone multi-stranded box chain necklace for $8.80. There was 30% off on jewelry and accessories, so it cost a little more than $5. Sold. Actually, I’d love the necklace for myself.
Zoya Mini Nail Polish
Zoya has had a bunch of deals over the past couple of weeks. I finally took advantage of the deal on mini polishes. I love everything mini these days since I never finish up anything.
The deal at the time was buy 3 minis for $15 (the regular price is $5 each) including shipping and get 3 more free. I thought that was a good deal – $2.50 a piece, since a full size usually costs $9 or $10. And I liked getting more variety.
Here’s what I got, and each one arrived in a little black Zoya box, perfect for wrapping. Check out their current pricing. It may be a slightly different offer. But they still have the Zoya minis. Great stocking stuffers or a nice small gift for a polish lover.
ShaveMob Razor & Cartridges
I recently hosted a giveaway on the blog for a ShaveMob pink woman’s razor and 6 blade cartridges. The cartridges come with your choice of 3, 5 or 6 blades. The 6 blade cartridges offers a choice of a flexible or stationary head. I tried out both versions of the 6 blade cartridges. Though both gave me an exceptionally close shave, I preferred the flexible head, their top of the line cartridge. Frankly, I have had no regrets walking away from my long-time expensive brand.
You can choose to buy a starter kit that contains a razor and two cartridges, or a razor with 6 cartridges for about $39 which is what I got. The cartridges are supposed to last two weeks, but I got almost two weeks more with mine. They also sell men’s razor/cartridge sets too. Definitely a great stocking stuffer.
Hada Labo Tokyo Skincare
I love skincare products. If you don’t take care of your skin, you may as well forget the makeup. So I love the idea of a skincare product as a stocking stuffer, or in a basket of skincare goodies as a gift.
Hada Labo Tokyo Skincare is a leading skincare brand in Japan. The brand came to the U.S. a couple of years ago in lovely cherry blossom packaging for the American market. Hada Labo is a high-end and effective brand at affordable prices. It’s sold at Ulta and at Walgreens. My favorite product is the Skin Plumping Gel Cream, a great alternative to heavy creams. I also love the Hydrating Cream Cleanser. I’m currently testing out the lightweight eye cream and I’m liking it too. They just launched a mask that I’ve got here just waiting to try. And they offer two facial serums that are terrific.There’s even an introductory kit to try ’em all! Hada Labo Tokyo Skincare products include the moisture-loving ingredient hyaluronic acid to promote hydrated skin. The prices range from about $12-25. Look at that packaging – it looks so much more expensive. And the products really deliver!
Crabtree & Evelyn Goodies
Every year Crabtree & Evelyn comes out with an anniversary mug. I’ve been collecting them since 1987, and I own every year since except for last year when there was a mix up and the mugs sold out before I could get one. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Here’s this year’s model along with a box of peppermint tea that I bought to go with it.
I think it makes a great hostess gift for a woman who likes to collect things or likes things from England. I love my collection. And it has increased in value over the years! The mug is priced at $25 and the tea, $6.
I can also recommend the new Crabtree & Evelyn nude nail polishes. They are gorgeous and last about a week on me. I picked great nude shades that are also perfect for a French manicure.
As long as we’re talking about nails and hands, I picked up a gift set for a hostess gift. It contains emery boards, pink polish and hand cream. Lovely! It was $12.
Maybelline The Nudes & The Smoke Eyeshadow Palettes
These two shadow palettes have been out for a while, but they still make great stocking stuffers or small gifts. Each contains 12 shades. They need to be worn over eye primer, but most of us use primer these days. On some lids, The Nudes require a bit of packing, but they still create a nice neutral look.
And I love the shades in The Smokes. I’d say they are very wearable, especially for those of us who shy away from bright color.
The pricing on these two palettes vary according to where you buy. The Nudes are generally under $10, and The Smokes should be about the same.
Makeup in a Jar
My final suggestion isn’t a specific product. Take a large size (at least 16 oz.) Mason jar – either clear glass or the blue or green-tinted Heritage jars,
and fill it with small makeup and beauty treats in either full or deluxe sample size. Whatever you can get your hands on. But my suggestions are:
- mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza or Voluminous Million Lashes
- an eyeshadow single or a trio: splurge would be an Urban Decay single or maybe a trio from Wet N Wild or NYC New York Color or NYX
- NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick or NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
- Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm
- Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner
- nail polish: your pick but if you can get a couple of Zoya minis, they sure would be cute!
Whatever gifts you give and receive, I hope they are appreciated!