The late Thanksgiving went and messed up everyone’s holiday season, from interfering with Hanukah to making the shopping season quite a bit shorter. However, Christmas is on our doorstep and I have a wish list that would make both Santa and my loved ones absolutely cringe. But that won’t stop me from sharing some of the items I am wishing for under the tree this year, no matter how over-priced.
In most areas of my life (although, for some reason, not at work?), I’m an unrepentant procrastinator. Why do today what I can put off until tomorrow, especially when the tasks I’m putting off are stressful or tedious and my other options (Netflix, brunch, napping) are fun and relaxing? Based on the crowds at the mall the week before the holiday, a lot of you feel the same about last-minute Christmas shopping.
Let’s be honest: whether you get along with your in-laws or not, shopping for them is hard. Do you pick something that just makes sense for the woman of the house, since women are usually in charge of the gift-buying and exchanging, or do you try to find something to make the man of the house happy as well? It’s tricky, and even tricker if you’re looking to impress people who you don’t know well or haven’t known that long.
Even for the most fashion-obsessed consumers, holiday treats tend to include at least a couple of tech gifts. The latest iPhone is as much of a luxury accessory as the latest handbag, and fashion companies are here to help you accessories your iPads, iPhone and laptops in style. So helpful, those fashion companies.
Brands have had a few years to get this whole thing down, and products generally break down into three categories: cases, audio equipment and charging accessories.
We all have that one friend who obsessively reads fashion mags, has a Feedly full of personal style blogs and keeps track of every trend, no matter how minute. (If you don’t think you have a friend like this, then it’s probably you.) Those girls and women can be particularly hard to shop for because their ideas of what they want to wear and carry are very specific, and if you’re not paying as close attention as they are, you’re probably not on the same wavelength.
Normally, by this time of year, there are a million things I want. Sale season is in full swing, my trigger finger is itchy in anticipation of second markdowns, everything on the shopping front is grand. This year, despite the fact that I love a lot of what’s going on in fashion right now, my Christmas Wish List (and birthday wish list, since it’s Christmas Eve) is kind of limited.
Getting a gift for your mom can be tricky, no matter her age. You want to carefully straddle the line between luxury and practicality; I don’t know any moms who aren’t busy (my mom, who is retired and has two grown children, still never picks up her cell phone because she’s always out and about), and I also don’t know any who couldn’t use a little bit of a treat.
We’ve looked at budget-friendly gift ideas under $500 and under $250, and now we’re down the budget-friendliest of them all: gifts under $100. Whether your wallet is feeling a little tight this season or you simply have too many friends and loved ones to lavish something extravagant on all of them, these gifts pack a lot of value into their relatively small price tags.
As much fantasy gifts are fun to look at and think about, the reality for most people, even most luxury customers, is that we’ve all got a budget to stick to. In keeping with that idea, we’ve constructed a series of price-tiered gift guides to make shopping with your checkbook in mind just a bit easier. Last week, we searched the Internet for gifts under $500, and today, we’ve doubled down to the best gifts under $250.