I once knew someone who always looked longingly at things she could afford but that she said she couldn’t justify. For example, her eyeglasses were way out of date, but her prescription was the same. So she wouldn’t purchase new eyeglass frames. She wore a threadbare sweatshirt because it was “serviceable.” Do you know someone like that? This year, delight that person! I don’t know your holiday gift budget or if you save for occasional splurges, but the advicesisters.com items suggested in this story are affordable gift/ splurge ideas for different budgets.
This Borghese Spa Set is So Spectacular!
Spa products are a total pleasure. What’s even better? A bunch of spa products! For the holidays, Borghese has come up with a fabulous boxed kit called Spa Ritual with 6 products. Give someone (or yourself) at DIY Spa products that have botanicals, peptides, and mineral-enriched mud to make your skin look better and actually be better. Cleanse, mask, tone, and treat skin. It’s not just a great way to start the new year with better skin, it’s $69 and a $170 value. Say no more! I’m so all over this set!!!
Borghese proclaims “home is where the spa is.” That’s true!
Inside the cardboard box featuring a photo of the goodies inside, are a Cleaner, Mask, Toner, Treatment, and Spa Body Treatment. More specifically: Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme 1.7 oz, Advanced Fango Active Mud for Face and Body 0.5 oz., Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic 8 oz. (full size), Acqua Ristorativo Hydrating Concentrate 1 oz. (full size) and Bagno di Vita Gentle Foaming Gel for Bath and Shower 3.6 oz. plus Tono Body Creme 2.5 oz.
What Do These Products DO?
Briefly, Crema Saponetta Creme Cleanser is a water-activated, lathering cleanser that gently detoxifies skin without drying. Beloved Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body helps purify, exfoliate, minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, and fight environmental saboteurs. Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic hydrates, rebalances, and tones even sensitive skin in a non-irritating and alcohol-free toner. Acqua Ristorativo Concentrate is a day and night serum to help restore tone, texture, and elasticity. Bagno di Vita (a favorite of mine) is a foaming gel that helps improve skin texture with a fabulous botanical aromatherapy scent. The elegant Tono Body Creme is a super-rich treatment (also with aromatherapy benefits) that helps even the most dry skin. These will pay big skincare dividends all Winter long.
This is really a big pampering set with products to use daily, and one for weekly use (Advanced Fango Active Mud for Face and Body). But there are other gift sets as well, and all are of great value. Visit the Borghese Website
Really Affordable Gift Idea – Barbie!
You probably had a Barbie. But even if you didn’t, in 2023 Barbie took the world by storm in a new movie with Margaret Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. Suddenly, everything was “Barbiecore.” The Barbie movie is the highest-grossing film of the year, as well as in Warner Brothers’ history.
If you missed the movie in theaters or loved it so much you want to see it again and again, you can buy it and relive the excitement of the Barbie Movie for Blue Ray + Digital Code. While it is just $13 in mass market retailers, this movie is the “it” gift of the season. If you don’t think you can justify buying a movie when you can see it on a streaming service, think again. You can get the disk and a download in one bundle with a Digital Movie Code.
What is a Digital Movie Code?
It is an alphanumeric Code printed on a paper insert included inside combination disc + code packages (which include a DVD, Blu-ray, and/or 4K/UHD disc(s) and a digital code). Such Codes can be redeemed through RedeemDigitalMovie.com for licensed access to a digital version of the movie.
I went to see the Barbie Movie with a friend who was just dying to see it. Me, not so much! But when we left the theater I felt so delighted about Barbie that I went out and bought a hot pink linen blouse. Anyway, it’s a slam-dunk for any girl or woman on your gift list. At $19 with Blue Ray +digital (on Amazon) or on mass market retailers/ Now this is a really affordable and great gift idea, This little splurge is for everyone! After all, to live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place.
A Very Stylish Sweatshirt:
It’s time for a sweatshirt upgrade, friends! The cubist art of Mondrian inspires this sweatshirt from Single Tree Lane will turn heads. It’s substantial, and also very soft and warm. This Cat-In-A-Box Geo Prism Unisex Sweatshirt ($98) is a head-turner It is so colorful with primary colors and the cat peeks out from the back of the sweatshirt. If you’re looking for something bright and cheerful and totally unique, Single Tree Lane has it!
Single Lane Tree has lots of wearable art inspired by African, Native, and Indigenous cultures and many of the pieces are under $100. It is available in XS to 2X and it has a relaxed fit. I really liked the sea lions and the Picasso-esque girl in Perspective. There are also a lot of designs that feature beautiful female heads with vibrant backgrounds. Although there are a lot of sweatshirts, there are also adult onesies, pants, and even scarf bags.
I am wearing the XL sweatshirt in my photos as I like my sweatshirts to be loose. The fabric is machine washable, 98% polyester and 14% cotton. The outer fabric is smooth, but the inner fleece is warm and comforting to your skin. Once you put this sweet sweatshirt on, you’ll never want to take it off!
Affordable Gift Idea — “Jewels” That Inspire Envy!
Jewelry gifts can get expensive, But if you want to gift someone a special piece, Sienna Grace is the place to look. I have always loved the jewelry designs from Sienna Grace. The designs are made with love and are totally unique and affordable. Sienna Grace has been featured on television shows and worn by people who know what great design is! The earrings and necklace in my photo are not only stunning, they’re affordable.
Pretty Little Liars Deer Necklace:
For the holidays, I’m suggesting a pair of earrings that feature Herkimer diamonds and a simply stunning stag head necklace. The Pretty Little Liars Deer Necklace was worn by Troian Bellisario’s character, Spencer Hastings, in The CW’s show Pretty Little Liars (season 2). It’s simple and really eye-catching — delicate enough for every day but stunning enough for an evening out. The Pretty Little Liars Deer Necklace features a deer with antlers and a cable chain. It is available in silver, gold, or rose gold-tone. The little deer is a tarnish-resistant matte gold color over rhodium-plated brass with a 14 kt gold-filled clasp. The total length is 17″ (43.18cm). This is the perfect necklace for layering. Amazingly, it’s just $25! I love it so much I’m wearing it all the time.
(Herkimer) Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend:
The Sienna Grace Herkimer Diamond Threader Earrings are also totally unique and ridiculously affordable at just $63/pair. Herkimer diamonds are not actually diamonds, although they are almost as hard as diamonds. They are quartz crystals over 500 million years old! Furthermore, they’re the only crystal that comes out of nature already faceted with 18 faces and 2 points.
These threader earrings have three little herkimer diamonds sparkling on a 14K gold-filled chain that you thread into your ear lobe. Each crystal measures approx. 7 mm – 9 mm, and form a stack of approx. 3/4″ (1.9cm). Your earrings may differ slightly from the photo as each is unique. They would be nice as a gift for a bride or for a bridal party as well. Trust me, these look like they should cost a lot of money, but they’re still affordable! Get a single Herkimer diamond on threaders for just $45/pair. https://siennagracejewelry.com/
New Eyeglass Frames to Ring in the New Year:
Vontélle Eyewear has blue light glasses, sunglasses, and optical frames that are so much more than the same old same old. Chic frames elevate your eyewear wardrobe (try telling that to my friend who hasn’t changed her frames since the 1990’s). They aren’t cheap but they still make a relatively affordable gift or splurge. Fabulous frames are even more important if you can only afford one pair.
Vontélle translated from French means “there she goes,” or “to go.” This company pays homage to its African, Caribbean, and Latin heritage with patterns and textiles inspired by mud cloth and kente cloth. I chose the Blue Divine Essence Frames.
I generally have to choose smaller frames and they are often kind of blah. But even I can wear these. They’re a unisex modern take on cat eyeglasses in blue and gold. The plastic frame is as follows: Lens width: 49 millimeters, Lens height: 49 millimeters, Bridge: 20 millimeters and Arm: 145 millimeters. If you want to elevate someone’s style, this pair is the one to give them. They can put their own prescription into them and they look great as sunglasses, too.
I made mine into prescription sunglasses. Note that these aren’t cheap frames you can buy anywhere. They’re not just stylish, they are durable, high quality, and chip-resistant too. People stop me and ask “What are you wearing?” Feel like a fashionista and pay just $222 for these frames on Amazon. They look like they belong in an expensive optical boutique! Even the case that they arrive in is semi-hard-sided and will keep the glasses super safe. For more inspiration visit: https://vontelle.com Vibrant, fashion-forward eyewear.