i’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides circling the internet, but most of them include extremely high end items. when it comes to gifting, i find that something small but thoughtful is always more effective than something expensive but random. so here’s my gift guide for any fellow financially challenged bohemians… 😉
for the plant parent // is anything cuter than a tiny succulent in an equally tiny pot? this is kind of the same theme as the jewelry dishes, but it’s super easy to find cute, small pots that would fit a small succulent or cactus. i have found mine in various places, mainly garden shops and anthropologie, but thrift shops are also beacons for little ceramic items. this little pink one ($12) from anthropologie would be gorgeous with a small cactus. you can get really small succulents at any home and garden shop; i got my first ever cactus at home depot for $3!
for the jewelry lover // i am a huge collector of little dishes and bowls in which i can store jewelry. cute dishes can be found anywhere – anthropologie, urban outfitters, thrift shops – and are usually in the $5-$15 range. try to think about what your giftee might put in these dishes: if he/she wears a lot of rings, maybe go for something larger. if they wear teeny earrings, something small like this muji one ($4.50) is super cute and can be chosen in their favorite color. i’m also loving this one ($14) from anthro (it’s actually a soap dish but i love it for jewels!) and this one ($15) from etsy.
for the card carrier // i pretty much always use a small pouch instead of a regular wallet. they are amazing for switching into a small purse, having only the basics, and keeping yourself organized. when i have my big wallet it is filled with receipts and crap that i never look at and do not need. so why not gift a fun little pouch or cardcase to your friend that has it all and then some? my all time favorite pouch wallet is from a company called falconwright that sadly went out of business. i try not to use it so much anymore since it’s getting pretty worn out and i love it so dearly. i got my little green pouch ($38 but used to be $25 unfortunately) from baggu last winter and it has been my constant companion – despite that fact that it makes things a little bit hard to find (my friend andrew used to always yell at me when i could never find my debit card hehe! but the pouch remains a firm favorite). my oldest sister swears by this pouch ($29.50) from madewell and i love it because it has card pockets inside for more organization. and if you really wanted to treat a loved one, i think it would be awesome to fill the pouch with one or a couple gift cards to their favorite places!
for the beauty junkie // it seems like most of the items i buy at sephora are miniature from their checkout/travel beauty section. they have some great hidden gems tucked in that aisle that i think get sadly ignored, esepcially when it comes to gift giving. while cosmetics can be tricky to buy for someone else unless mentioned specifically, i think it’s fun to get a couple cute treats that everyone would love. some of my favorites at sephora right now are the too cool for school dinoplatz lip balm in various colors (i have spilled wine, $15), tarte tartelette tease palette ($21), clinique take the day off makeup remover ($9.50), and sephora daily brush cleaner ($8.50). these are all minis that i have either given or received, and i think they would make great gifts for anyone, regardless of their makeup style or collection. you also can’t go wrong with some fun hair masks or hand lotions.
for the routine reader // with so many amazing coffee table books out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not buy any for yourself. i personally love the fashion and decor books we have been seeing on the market lately and think they make a great, personalized gift. know a parisian fashion fan? how to be parisian wherever you are ($14) and paris street style ($17) are no brainers. a design junkie? try design bloggers at home ($23) or home style by city ($20). a hardcore new yorker? tomboy style ($25) and brooklyn street style ($20) are top notch. some books on my lust list are the new garconne: how to be a modern gentlewoman ($21) and urban jungle: living and styling with plants ($35), hint hint!
i hope you found this little gift guide helpful. the holidays can be tough when you are on a budget but want to give meaningful and luxurious gifts to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers. i think these smaller items are not only thoughtful, but precious, and can be tailored to the people you know best. if you have a little more wiggle room, you could also combine a few of these categories for an incredible treat basket with a particular focus. i would DIE over a potted succulent with a gift card to home depot and a plant book all together in one bundle. happy gifting!
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