How to Save Big on Holiday Gifts (Without Looking Like a Cheapskate)

Get totally luxurious-feeling pieces at the best deals with our guide to budget-friendly holiday gift shopping

You're no gifter of tacky sweaters and chintzy knickknacks — no way, not you! But while you love to shower friends and family with gorgeous whatnots at holiday time — you don't want to have to live off ramen to make it happen. Check out our guide to scoring amazing, luxurious holiday gifts at the best prices!

Diamonds and Jewels

"This isn't exactly what I wanted," thought no one who received a gift of diamonds. Ever. Try shopping at Ice, where you can score a ton of diamond jewelry gifts under $100, like these sweet diamond solitaire studs for $65 (yes, really). Blue Nile also offers significant discounts below traditional retail, and also has a well-curated selection of gifts (think pretty pearls or sparkling blue topaz) for under $100.

Cashmere

Lightweight winter warmth without a heavy price tag can be sourced at online discount retailers like BlueFly, where a recent search turned up gorgeous cashmere sweaters in rich colors under $70.

Leather Jacket

Someone on your list longing for leather? A leather jacket makes a super generous gift — and also a practical one that they can wear all season long, like a lingering hug from you. Stay on budget — and go cruelty free! — with a seriously wow-worthy faux leather jacket destined to become a wardrobe staple. Check out the Catherine Malandrino for Kohl's collection, where this one is on sale right now for just $48. And trusty Forever 21 has dozens of options, like this chic and casual everyday piece under $45.

Statement Handbag

Nothing ups the status ante in a wardrobe like a rich-looking handbag. Give an impressive look-at-me piece that mimics the highest-end bags — without the frankly unncessary logos that jack the price up to infinity. Check out Urban Outfitters for options like this $49 vegan leather satchel. Or  Zara, where impactful options include this seriously substantial real leather bowling bag for under $70.

Special Occasion Dresses

At 2B, you'll find a huge selection of dresses your gift recipient will put into heavy rotation over the holiday seasonSale prices often dip impressively low, with a big selection of discounted dresses for $20 a pop. We also love Asos for flirty party dresses that pack a much bigger punch than their price tags (many around $50 or less) might suggest.

Other Great Gifts

Looking for something highly specific and want to make sure you get the best price? Manage your search with a site like Shop It To Me, which has a "Threads" feature that basically acts like Google for discounts. Set a search, say, for "heels under $100" in your gift recipient's size and favorite brand, wait for inbox alerts that clue you in to new or better sales on those items.

Happy holiday hunting!

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blogHomebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

 

 

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