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.

Not only did we go looking for small gifts like sunglasses, scarves and fashion jewelry, but we tried to find as many solid handbag options as possible with that budget cap in mind. There were more than you’d think; we found great clutches, crossbodies and totes in that price range, plus all the extras any gift-recipient would need to finish their look perfectly. ($250 still too much? We’ve got an under-$100 guide coming later this week, and you can check out all of our gift recommendations right this way.)

Gift guides are probably coming fast and furious at you from all corners of the Internet lately, and we’re here to try and make it simpler to find gift inspiration, place your orders and cross a couple more holiday tasks off your list. (If you’re shopping for yourself, that’s okay too. We won’t judge you.) That’s why, starting now, you can access all of our holiday gift guides in one easy place! See up top, where it says “gifts” in fancy gold script? Click on that. Feel the stress melt away. Go ahead, it’s fun, and it’ll be updated every time we publish another gift guide.

Check Out All of Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guides!

We’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks searching high and low for the best handbags and accessories to give and receive, and because of that, we can say with confidence that you’ll scarcely find a better accessories gift selection then that at Nordstrom. No matter your budget or the intended recipient, the much-beloved retailer has your gift list covered. A cute iPhone case for your daughter, a sophisticated handbag for your sister, some chic headphones to help yourself escape from the insanity of the holiday season – it’s all here.

With all that in mind, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Nordstrom to share some of our favorite handbag-centric gift ideas with you. Ranging from $42 to $550, these gifts will delight their eventual owners without completely depleting your bank balance. With that in mind, we suggest you pick up a few (or, at the very least, check out the full selection via Nordstrom).


Tory Burch Sammy Satchel
$550 via Nordstrom

Tory Burch Sammy Satchel

Vince Camuto Christina Crossbody Bag
$138 via Nordstrom

Vince Camuto Christina Crossbody Bag

Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones
$199.99 via Nordstrom

Frends Taylor Headphone Rose Gold

Hobo Lauren Double Frame Clutch
$128 via Nordstrom

Hobo International Lauren Double Frame Clutch

Marc by Marc Jacobs Olive Lenticular iPhone 5 Case
$42 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Olive Chromium iPhone 5 Case

Jonathan Adler Fold-Up Cosmetics Case
$98 via Nordstrom

Jonathan Adler Fold Up Cosmetics Case

Kate Spade Cedar Street Elissa Leather Tote
$368 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade Cedar Street Elissa Leather Tote

Frends Taylor Oil Slick Headphones
$199.99 via Nordstrom

Frends Taylor Headphone Oil Slick

Loeffler Randall Rider Calf Hair Mini Satchel
$450 via Nordstrom

Loeffler Randall Rider Calf Hair Mini Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Blurred Dot Calf Hair Shoulder Bag
$528 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Blurred Dot Calf Hair Shoulder Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Olivia iPhone 5 Case
$48 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oliva iPhone 5 Case

Kate Spade New York Catherine Street Pippa Satchel
$398 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade New York Catherine Street Pippa Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs Rue Lenticular iPhone 5 Case
$42 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Rue Lenticular iPhone 5 Case

Rebecca Minkoff Amourous Satchel
$325 via Nordstrom

Rebecca Minkoff Amourous Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs Zebra iPhone 5 Case
$42 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Zebra iPhone Case

Marc by Marc Jacobs Softy Saddle Leather Crossbody Bag
$298 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Softy Crossbody Bag

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel
$358 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Satchel

MICHAEL Michael Kors Signature Saffiano Smartphone Crossbody
$148 via Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Smartphone Crossbody

Marc by Marc Jacobs Rue iPhone 5 Case
$48 via Nordstrom

Marc by Marc Jacobs Rue iPhone 5 Case

Native Union Bluetooth Speaker
$150 via Nordstrom

Native Union Speaker

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Monogram Tote
$315 via Nordstrom

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Monogram Tote

Tory Burch Thea Satchel
$495 via Nordstrom

Tory Burch Thea Satchel 34-15

The holidays get very expensive very quickly. Not only are there gifts to buy, but there are parties (both to attend and to throw), holiday dinners, travel expenses and a whole other hosts of costs that go along with a celebration. We usually talk about extravagant shopping adventures around here, but with your budgets in mind, we’ve prepared a series of gift guides that are tiered by price. First in that series is a rundown of The Best Gifts Under $500. (more…)

There are a few obvious bag gifts every holiday season. After all, who wouldn’t want a classic Chanel or Hermes bag, if one were an option? Beyond just the obvious choices, though, there’s a whole, wide world of potential handbag gifts out there, spread among a variety of price ranges and for nearly everyone on your list. Like we do every year, we’ve taken the liberty of finding the perfect handbag gifts for everyone in your life, which you can peruse below. (more…)

As much as we’d like to give everyone a handbag for the holidays (and we really, really would), that’s just not an idea that’s within our budgets this year. Makeup, skincare and haircare, on the other hand, are a much more price-flexible gift idea; a $30 eyeshadow palette is delightful, but so is a $600 set of Tom Ford lipsticks.

Beauty gifts run the price continuum, and there is literally not a single person on this planet who can’t be plied with a lovely set of hand creams or some new nail polish. Secretly, beauty gifts are also among my favorites because all of the sets and coffrets offer ample opportunity to try new things and beef up my own stash. Below, check out some of our favorite beauty items for both giving and receiving.

If you’ve got a big family, lots of friends or simply a long list of people with whom you’d like to curry favor, this time of year can get…intense. We’re staring down the barrel of a week that culminates in the biggest shopping day of the year (and make sure to check back with us on Friday for a comprehensive guide to the best sales and deals on the Internet), and figuring out where or how to start can be a task in and of itself. Below, we assembled 20 can’t-miss gifts that surely someone on your list will love, most under $300. If you need to start somewhere, start here. (more…)

By now, everyone should know that a bottle of wine isn’t an ideal hostess gift, even if it is a traditional one. At dinner parties in particular, party-throwers probably have taken wine pairings into consideration, and an extra bottle will, at best, get lost in the shuffle. Instead, pamper a hostess with something a little luxurious just for her – cashmere slippers, a bottle of luxury bubble bath, a little something for her home. With pre-holiday fetes and Thanksgiving feasts just around the corner, we’re going to kick off our 2013 Gift Guide with a step-by-step primer for treating your host. (more…)

To be honest, I’m not sure if I have even felt that summer feeling yet, but in a blink of an eye the entire season has passed me by. After being super busy with work and traveling, it has meant I woke up and it’s nearly the middle of August. There’s still time for our August birthday girls, so I put together a gift guide with your birthstone, peridot. The light green color is a little hard to wear after mid-September, so I choose some fun pieces and many very affordable ones for this birthday gift guide. Let’s see what we found!

I forgot to give the June birthdays some loving, but I’m hoping these beautiful ruby red bags will make everyone happy, especially our July birthday babies! A red bag is an instant statement piece and we’ve found some of the best bags that work both for our July birthday gift guide and anyone looking to add a red bag to their collection.

From a studded backpack to a red leopard bag to a classic and sleek evening bag, click below to see the best red bags that are out there right now!

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