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Christmas season is officially in full-swing and another request I’ve gotten from you is gift ideas for your loved ones with a luxury taste. While I truly believe that gifts should be thoughtful and something your recipient will actually use and love, this doesn’t mean that you have to shell out a ton of money to get something they’ll appreciate.
I’ve rounded up several affordable luxury gifts to give you more ideas on what to get this year! From luxury beauty to high-quality designer-inspired shoes and handbags, you’ve got everything you’ll want to gift in this post – and maybe you’ll put a few things on your own wish list.
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Perfume & Cologne
The most affordable way to gift luxury is with perfume – after all, who doesn’t want to smell good? Many luxury brands offer beauty products like perfume so that their brand is attainable to people who can’t afford costly designer items.
Here are the most popular luxury perfumes for both men and women at affordable price points:
Diptyque is a really popular luxury candle brand and the prestige of its name alone makes it justifiable as a luxury gift (especially since I would never spend $60+ on a candle, but I’d love to be gifted one!). Of course, you can always get the smaller 2.4 oz for $36, but it’s the size of a votive candle and would serve better as a stocking stuffer.
If you’re not digging Diptyque’s prices, Archipelago and Aromatique have candles that smell just like Diptyque’s most popular Baies scent for a fraction of the cost. In fact, Aromatique carries 12 oz. candles for half the price of a single 6.5 oz Diptyque candle!
Luxury skincare is probably one of the easiest ways to an upperclass woman’s heart. Most women who can afford it will pay a pretty penny for top-notch skincare, as the common belief is that you only have one face in your lifetime, so you should take care of it. Here are some luxury skincare sets from France and Korea, which are both known for their breakthrough skincare brands:
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The Perfect Red Lipstick
A woman’s Christmas isn’t complete without the perfect rouge pout. Give a tube of lipstick from one of the most iconic luxury brands and your mom will thank you forever. Trust me.
It’s also worth mentioning that while I don’t shop at Sephora often, they always have the most incredible holiday beauty gift sets during this time of year: you can get a Nars mini blush & bronzer duo for $39, 2 full-size Urban Decay All Night Setting Sprays for $42, 2 full-size Lancome Monsieur mascaras for $29, 3 full-size Benefit mascaras for $40, . and more. Make sure to check out the Sephora Weekly Sale as well as the Sephora Beauty Offers page to get more luxury goodies!
Genuine Leather Wallets
A foolproof gift for a man is a wallet – it’s a functional necessity that everyone needs, after all. Men’s wallets tend to be much more affordable than women’s, making brand-name leather wallets extremely affordable at under $50.
A Pair of Designer-Inspired High Heels
Most women would die of happiness upon receiving a pair of trend-forward heels as a gift. If you have the budget for it, why not get a quality pair of designer-inspired high heels? My favorite designer-inspired shoe brand Kaitlyn Pan has so many shoes that are practically spot-on compared to their designer counterparts – including all-genuine materials. Check out my previous reviews on Kaitlyn Pan’s shoes that are similar to the Valentino Rockstud, Stuart Weitzman Highland Boot and Chanel Slingback Heel if you don’t believe me!
Nothing says “I love you” better than a brand-new pair of Calvin Klein boxer briefs or a nice lingerie set, but intimates don’t have to be outrageously priced! Ditch Victoria’s Secret and buy your gal pals a nice bra from Frederick’s of Hollywood or La Senza – they even have bras that are similar to Victoria’s Secret bras like the Bombshell bra and the amazing Incredible push-up bra (for the record, Vicky, I’m torn you discontinued it, but La Senza’s Body Kiss push-up is a great comparable bra anyway!).
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To men, watches are like shoes for women, and a nice watch is the cherry on top of a man’s outfit. With tons more styles for men than women, it’s easy to get a gorgeous watch for a man at a budget-friendly price, although with some research you can find stylish and affordable watches for women as well.
Whether it’s earrings and necklaces for women or cufflinks and tie clips for men, everybody needs a good set of jewelry for special occasions. Although diamonds and 100% gold may not exactly be budget-friendly, Swarovski crystals, cubic zirconia and gold or platinum-plated jewelry can still substitute perfectly for precious materials.
Bar and Cocktail Essentials
Anyone who loves to throw parties and entertain their guests with pizzazz and prestige will love crystal decanters or other fine bar items. These bar and cocktail essentials double as home decor and are sure to give that “wow” factor once they unwrap their gift.
If you weren’t able to find anything specific on this post for your loved ones, you can also check out Italic for high-end items at a fraction of the price. They offer a wide range of products from women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, bags, to even houseware. All of their items are sourced from manufacturers that partner with designer brands, but since Italic cuts out the middle man, they are able to slash down the price by a large amount, which allows customers to purchase high-quality items at factory prices. Check out my review of Italic in this blog post – Italic: Ending Retail Markup With Designer-Quality Products At-Cost.
What will you be getting your loved ones for Christmas? Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to the newsletter below for more affordable gift ideas, frugal shopping tips, designer-inspired items, and much more.
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