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Secret Santa Series: Under $50

I'm back with the final installment of the Secret Santa Series, and this time it's gifts under $50.  If you're buying for your immediate family, closest friends, or you're just miss moneybags, having a $50 price limit can give you a lot more freedom to find really great gifts.  I've found that Nordstrom is the best place to shop for these types of things. I can't tell you how many times I've scrolled through their gift guide while shopping for my mom & sister. 

In this post, I'm featuring the best gifts I've found (not just from Nordstrom) under $50.

(See my past Under $50 gift guides here and here!)



-  $48  -
So this first gift will definitely give you the most bang for your buck.  Besides the fact that this vegan leather tote looks way more expensive than it is and can probably fit everything you'll ever need in it, it's basically like having two totes in one! These bags are reversible and come in a bunch of different color combos (love the oxblood color above!).  And as if you needed more of a reason to buy, each one comes with a little detachable wristlet to keep important things like an ID or a passport when traveling.  Hello, perfect gift!

-  $49.50  -
For someone who goes skiing or snowboarding a lot during the winter, this would be perfect.  This hat is made with lambswool and cashmere, and I already feel warmer just thinking about those types of fabrics. 

-  $35  -
For that one person in your life that always has to have the newest technology, get them a Sonix case to protect their new gadget.  This gold lace case is so pretty while also being rigid and sturdy to prevent those inevitable cracked screens. 

-  $39.95  -
Ballet flats aren't for everyone, but for people who love them (like me), you can never have enough classic pairs.  While they're extremely comfortable, they also get worn fairly quickly depending on how often you wear them.  A classic pair from Gap in a fun color is the perfect gift, especially for someone just entering the working world in need of a comfy pair of professional shoes! 

-  $28  -
An Alex & Ani bangle is such a great gift because you can make it completely and totally personal.  Get your BFF the best friends charm set, your long-distance friend one with her state on it, or a special one just for your mom. No matter who you're buying for, there will be one that is perfect for them. 

-  $34  -
I don't care who you are, if you have an iPhone than you have definitely needed one of these at one point or another.  Mobile chargers are, in my opinion, one of the greatest inventions of all time.  My phone is always dying no matter how much I charge it.  I had one of these exact Lilly chargers for my iPhone 4 and it was a total lifesaver.  Get this for that one person you know who is always complaining about their phone's horrible battery life!

-  $40  -
If you own anything from The North Face, you know their products are two things: warm & durable.  I'm going to go ahead and assume these mittens are just that.  As someone who's constantly complaining about the cold, I can say this would be a spectacular gift.  Although I'm constantly losing one glove, so maybe only buy a nice pair like this for someone you know will take good care of them....

-  $39  -
Last but not least, and probably the most unique of the bunch, is the city map wall art by Lucius Designs.  Found at Nordstrom, Lucius Designs offers all kinds of amazing wall art featuring different cities (and some with fun phrases).  Perfect for your sibling or friend who may have just moved to a new city, or someone with some major hometown pride.  These great minimalist decorations would fit with almost anyone's decor.


Shop these picks plus some more of my favorites below!









Secret Santa Series: Under $25

As we embark on the second installment of this years' Secret Santa Series, we come upon the most common price point: $25.
(See the Under $15 installment here)

If you're doing a gift exchange with friends or family, $25 is usually the limit.  It's not too high but it's not too low.  Because of this, I've tried to pick out what I think are some of the best gifts this season.

(Check out my past 2 "Under $25" posts here and here.)




J.Crew iPhone Cases - Plaid & Stripes
-  $25  -
iPhone cases are becoming more about fashion than function, and I'm sorta into it.  I see so many cute cases floating around and I can't imagine just buying a boring one and sticking with it for a couple years.  I mean think about it - it's the one accessory you almost always need to have with you! Might as well make it cute.  Think about buying one of these for that one friend that has been using that dirty old Otterbox since the beginning of time......

-  $19  -
These adorable watches I found on Etsy recently are the absolute perfect gift for the Lilly lover that already seems to own everything LP produces.  They're a completely unique gift (as are most things on Etsy!) and the price is amazing!

-  $25  -
Forget using the boring white headphones that come with your iPhone, and get your secret santa a fun pair of Happy Plugs.  Sold at J.Crew, these bright and colorful headphones are the perfect stocking stuffers and are extremely durable for those of us that keep our headphones at the bottom of our bags (guilty).

-  $20  -
Remember back in the summer when I reviewed Whish shaving products? Well they're offering this holiday set in "Vanilla Mint" for a great price from Nordstrom this season! Take a look at my old post to get the details on these fabulous products and gift one of these bad boys to a friend that needs a little pampering.  Plus.... vanilla mint?! Sounds like the most perfect scent ever created.

-  $24.95  -
When in doubt: buy slippers.  Seriously, who does not love slippers?! Whichever person is most challenging to buy for? Slippers. Just do it.  
This quilted pair from Gap look particularly cozy and would make a great gift any girl in your life.

-  $18  -
As mentioned in just about every secret santa post, my most favorite thing about buying gifts is picking out things that the person would never splurge on normally. This candle is just that.  Most people (at least people that I know) don't just stroll into Anthropologie and pick up a few $18 candles whenever they run out.  But let me tell you, the most random luxuries make the best gifts.  And all the candles from Anthro smell amazing. So pick one up for your friend that maybe just moved and needs to add a little warmth to her new home!

-  $24.99  -
Scarves are similar to slippers in that almost everyone loves them! And just like slippers, people definitely crave scarves at this time of year.  I, for one, wouldn't be caught dead leaving my apartment without accessorizing the perfect scarf with my jacket of choice that day, which is why I can justify buying so many of them.  Pick this adorable plaid one up as a more realistic and functional alternative to the ever-popular blanket scarves. 

-  $22  -
If a Lilly pattern doesn't brighten up your cold Monday morning coffee routine, I'm not sure what will.  This mug is perfect for any coffee lover and even has an attached coffee sleeve to keep them from burning their hands.  Win/win if you ask me.  Check out even more fun Lilly mugs here!

Shop these picks below




And shop even more fun picks under $25 here!









The Perks of Being a Coffee Addict

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



So if you've been reading my site for a while or know me at all in person, you know I am addicted to Dunkin Donuts.  Not a week goes by (sometimes not even a day) when I don't stop by and get an iced or hot coffee.  If you follow my Instagram, you know this all too well. 



No seriously, a Dunkin cup is almost as common an accessory for me as a watch or earrings.  Which is why my Dunkin Donuts app may very well be the most used and useFUL app on my phone.  Through the app, I'm able to earn reward points by using the DD Perks® Rewards program.  Launched almost a year ago, the program surpassed over a million users in just 6 months.  Clearly I am in good company being such a Dunkin addict....





The DD Perks® Rewards program is just one of the reasons I am such a loyal Dunkin Donuts customer.  Besides the fact that I genuinely like the way their coffee tastes better than the majority of other coffee retailers, I have never once had an issue with the service there.  There's a Dunkin location that is perfectly situated halfway between my apartment and my office, so I find myself stopping there at least 2-3 times a week on the way to work.  No matter how many cars are in the tiny parking lot, no matter how many people are standing in line, and no matter how many customers are waiting to make their purchases in the drive-through, I have never spent more than 10 minutes at that location during the peak of morning rush hour.  And most times it's much less than that. I couldn't get in and out that fast at a self serve coffee place during rush hour (I would know, I've tried).

But wait a second... here I am going on and on about the coffee when we all know the chain is known for so much more, mainly what they're named after! Every so often my morning coffee run turns into a coffee and donut run.  Sometimes you just can't help it.  Especially when the delicious donuts are just staring at you from behind the counter.
Most recently, I strayed from my usual chocolate frosting & sprinkles donut (I'm 5) to try the new croissant donut.  Yeah, you heard me right.  A croissant donut.

via the Dunkin Donuts Facebook page

Not great if you're on a diet, and certainly not something I'd recommend eating every morning, but if you need a sweet treat to liven up your dreary Monday I suggest you go grab one.  I like to describe it as a slightly less sweet glazed donut on steroids, but most would just call it f-ing delicious.  Pair it with a salted caramel hot chocolate or one of their new sugar cookie lattes which are both amazing.  Or, if you're like me an have no regard for the temperature outside, pair it with an iced coffee.  Because I can't seem to give it up even in the cold winter months.
And if you're more into brewing coffee at home, you better believe DD Perks offers discounts on Dunkin Donuts K-Cups as well.  They've definitely covered all their bases with this thing.


Now back to DD Perks.  So from now until Friday, December 5th you can use the code "BLOG" when you enroll in the DD Rewards Program to get a free $5 added to your account! 


Now I know I just posted about all those great Cyber Monday deals, but in my opinion giving away a free $5 is pretty much the greatest deal around.  Plus, you get 5 points for every $1 you spend using the program.  Let's just say I'll probably have over 100 points by the end of the month...

But this app isn't just great for saving money and getting deals on your favorite drinks.  The ability to simply open up the app and have the cashier scan your phone without having to find cash or get out your card is more convenient than I'm sure many people realize.  I know personally, when I'm going into an establishment to quickly pick something up, I grab my debit card out of my wallet rather than taking my whole bag in.  You know what usually happens after that? I put my card in the cup holder in my car or stick it in my back pocket and inevitably experience a panic attack when I can't find it in my wallet later.  And I never carry cash, so you can forget about me scrambling trying to find a couple dollar bills for coffee in the morning.  This app is made for people like me who can't seem to get it together before 9 am.


So once you take advantage of the awesome offer and you're familiar with the app, check out my absolute favorite feature: "Find".
All you need to do is click on the Find option at the bottom of the screen, and the app automatically shows you the nearest Dunkin Donuts.  If that's not the most convenient feature ever, I don't know what is.  Now shown below is the closest location to my office which, let's face it, I'm already way too familiar with.  But if you're in an unfamiliar location or on a road trip and need your caffeine fix, this part of the app will be your best friend.


I'll be in Manhattan for a few days next week for work, and you better believe I'll be using this bad boy as soon as I wake up every morning.

So tell me, lovely readers.  Are you part of the DD Rewards Program? (If not, sign up and take advantage of the free $5 with the code BLOG!). And don't forget to follow Dunkin Donuts on Facebook & Twitter to hear about upcoming DD Perks promotions!



Let me know in the comments below what your favorite DD beverage is!





Secret Santa Series: Under $15

I'm back with the ever-popular Secret Santa Series!

As always, the holidays are made stressful by the thought of all the gifts you need to buy.  Personally, I've noticed that my list grows more and more every year.  Life changes like a new job or moving bring new people into your life and, consequently, more people to buy gifts for.

For those of you that are unfamiliar, my "Secret Santa Series" just focuses on fun little gifts to buy for your friends and family at different price points ($15, $25, $50).  This year will be a little different, as I am adding on 2 new gift lists - one for the guys and one for the new homeowner/apartment renter.  Because I recently moved into an apartment, I've been creating mental list of about 50 things that would be amazing gifts for those people in your life that have a new place to decorate!

For now though, we'll stick to gifts under $15.  I've picked some pretty good ones this year, if I do say so myself.  For those of you in college or high school who are shopping on a budget, or those of you that do gift exchanges or secret santa parties with price limits, this gift guide is for you!




-  $12  -
Buy this mug for your favorite coffee lover.  The unique pattern will catch their eye and it'll turn it into their favorite every day mug! Or check out Anthropologie's entire collection of fun coffee mugs for about a million other choices. 

-  $15  -
This is the absolute best, most fool-proof gift for any girl on your list.  If you're not familiar with these bad boys, I suggest you run out and buy one ASAP.  This tiny pouch that will probably fit in even the smallest clutches has anything and everything you'd need in a "minimergency".  It includes a tampon, hair spray, deodorant remover wipes, and so much more.  Genius.

-  $10  -
I've said it before and I'll say it again (probably several times throughout these gift guides), my favorite part of giving gifts is finding something that the person would never splurge on for themselves.  A perfect example of this is the philosophy brand.  It's a little more expensive than your everyday bath products, so picking out a fun seasonal scent and gifting it to one of your friends is a fun little luxury to give them, while still staying under your price limit!

-  $12  -
I'm certainly not the most eco-friendly person in the world, but I've become really into bringing reusable bags with me when I grocery shop.  It's just so much more fashionable to carry around fun, patterned bags instead of ugly white plastic bags, amiright? This Kate Spade bag is perfect for your friend or relative that hits the farmers market every weekend.  Or the one that goes to Wegmans once every month and calls it her "weekly grocery trip" like me......

-  $13  -
Typically you won't see much J.Crew jewelry for under $15, but every so often you find some gems that are on sale that you need to snatch up right away.  These earrings are perfect for the holidays, but can really work all year 'round! 

-  $9  -
Candles are always great gifts, and the fun gold patterns on these guys make them the perfect decoration for any home, apartment or dorm. (you know, as long as they allow candles in the dorm...)

-  $5  -
At only 5 dollars a set, buy one or two of them in all kinds of fun patterns.  And maybe snag a set for yourself...

-  $15  -
Currently on sale for $15, this cozy infinity scarf is a great cold weather gift.  The pattern is super cute and the colors will match with almost any coat!

-  $15  -
For the price of only 2 full bottles of Essie nail polish, get this fun set of mini bottles that includes the entire 2014 holiday collection! Perfect for that one friend that seems to have a different nail color every time you see her. 


Shop all these picks and more of my favorite gifts under $15 below!
(and for even more great gift ideas check out my past "under $15" series here and here)








What's your favorite gift under $15?


Cyber Monday Sales

Ok so in my humble opinion, Cyber Monday > Black Friday.

I love online shopping for so many reasons, but number one would be not having to deal with people.  Crowds are awful, and they're made even worse by people carrying ginormous bags full of stuff that they probably don't even need, but justified buying because they got "such a good deal."

So whether or not you braved the crowds on Black Friday go ahead and sit down at your desk (or if you're lucky, lay in your bed) and shop these awesome sales at your leisure.

J.Crew


I started with J.Crew because, to be honest, I think their sale is the best around.  They're offering free shipping on every order, 30% off the entire site, and 40% off sale with code "MONDAY".
Shop mu favorite picks below, and be sure to check out the sale section - there are always great steals to be found there!
(I would highly recommend snagging these pajamas.  My sister gave them to me for Christmas last year and they are the best thing since sliced bread.)






J.Crew Factory


J.Crew Factory is also having a pretty good sale.  They're marking everything on their website down 50% plus get an extra 10% off your order and free shipping with the code "YOUVEGOTSALE".
They don't have quite the selection of the regular store, but they have a ton of basics that you can stock up on while the prices are so low!






Anthropologie



Today only, Anthropologie is offering free shipping on ALL orders - no minimum! Their shipping is usually pretty expensive, so take advantage while you can! Plus, take an extra 20% off sale items with code "EXTRAJOLLY".







Kate Spade




Everything, yes everything, is 30% off at Kate Spade today with code "CYBER30"!  I bought this wallet last year during the sale and it still looks brand new to this day.







LOFT


Loft is offering 50% off EVERYTHING today with the code "MONDAY"! If that's not a great sale, I don't know what is.  Loft has been a lifesaver for me this past year as far as finding clothes to wear every day to work, and I know my wallet will definitely take a hit from this sale...






Bauble Bar


Bauble Bar is the absolute best place to buy fun and affordable jewelry.  Today they're offering 20% off the entire site with code "CYBER20" aaand can play a fun game on the home page of their site for a chance to win a code for even more off! Check out some of my favorite pieces below.






Lilly Pulitzer



Lilly Pulitzer doesn't ever do any "percentage off" type sales, but today they're offering free gifts with every purchase.  And what's even cooler is that they're offering new gifts every hour! Check back periodically throughout the day to see which free gift you'd like to snag and check out some of my favorite Lilly picks below.
PLUS, depending on how much you spend, they may throw in a few extra gifts! Visit the website to see which price levels get which gifts.
(PS. I made a purchase last Cyber Monday, got the same free shopping tote they're offering this year, and still use it to this day when I grocery shop - be sure to snag one for yourself!)






Forever 21



Forever 21, with their already low prices, is now offering 20% off $60 or more with code "CYBER20" and 30% off $100 or more with code "CYBER30". Plus, check out the sale section here, where everything is an extra 30% off!
As always, I'll include my disclaimer.  We all know Forever 21 is certainly not the place to buy a wardrobe staple that you expect to have for years to come, but it's a fantastic place to find fun and affordable pieces to dress up your classics.  Check out some of my faves below.





Piperlime


Piperlime is having a pretty spectacular sale.  They're offering 30% off their entire site, plus 40% off sale items using code "CYBERSALE"!





C.Wonder


Everything on C.Wonder's website is 40% off until midnight tonight (with free shipping on orders over $100).  If you're looking for the perfect hostess gift, look no further. Their home section is the end all be all of adorable gifts.







Tuckernuck


Tuckernuck is a great site filled with a lot of fun, high-end, preppy brands.  And I just noticed that they have home decor now too! Take 15% off the entire site with the code "SHOP15" and take even more off when you spend $150, $500, & $1000 with the codes above!



Rent the Runway


Rent the Runway is currently offering $40 off any order of $100 or more using code "CM4014". That might not sound great to you because, well, if you're going to spend $100 on a dress you may as well buy one and not rent it right? But my suggestion is to get a group of friends together, pick out a couple killer dresses for New Years Eve together, and get them all on one order! If each of your rentals is around $30-$35, you'll for sure break $100.  That way, you get the $40 off and you all get beautiful dresses to rent for your next fancy party. Win/win if you ask me! Check out some of my favorite New Years Eve rentals below.






What's the best sale you've seen today? Let me know if there are any I missed!





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