Shopping: Stocking Stuffers & More * 25 Under $25

This is it. The last gift guide. I promise.

This one is a good one though – 25 items (and one extra for good measure) under $25. I’ve tried to find some goodies for everyone on your list all under $25 (plus some extra deals and coupon codes). Most of these will fit inside your stockings too – so no more stuffing it with socks. So skip the bags of candy (okay, okay, just cut back on the bags of candy) and snag a couple of these finds for your favorites. Just don’t cut out the scratch offs. Seriously, lottery scratch offs are the best stocking stuffers ever.

 

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Favorites…
4. How awesome is this Sandlot inspired tee? It’s for the guys but don’t think you can’t give it to a gal too.
5. Know a little girl? I can bet she loves Frozen so get her this Elsa crown and become her favorite.
6. A box of fresh crayons is, quite possibly, the best gift ever. Can someone get me some?

Deals: 
Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale items.
Gap: 40% off your purchase with code FESTIVE (12/9) 

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Favorites… 
12. These wellie socks are a must-have for any Hunter boot obsessed gal in your life.
15. Hot Chocolate. Enough said.
17. Guys need scarves, they just don’t really ever buy them. Buy them one.
18. THE BEST GIFT for any white elephant party. Just make sure your friends aren’t too politically correct.
20. How cute is this skater skirt? If I knew a 12-14 year old girl, I would buy this (at $13) for them.

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Favorites…
22. These earrings look so luxe but are only $25. People will be fooled. 
23. If there was a way to look fancy while sipping coffee, this mug would be it. 

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eals: 

J.Crew Factory (#21 – iPhone Case): Extra 30% off + Free Shipping today (12/9) 

 

Outfit Post: Caped Crusader + Alex and Ani

After traveling with a {now} four-year old all weekend, I need a vacation. We packed up and took D3 to Chicago for a weekend of touristy fun and a visit with my friend Cara. In just one day we hit up the Bean, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Portillo’s (for hot dogs and milkshakes) and the holiday L train (it is amazing). I am exhausted but it was one of the most fun trips I’ve taken in a long time (although I haven’t taken many trips lately… so there’s that).

But there’s no rest for at least a couple weeks so I’m back at work trying to make it through to another jam-packed weekend. The holidays can be exhausting in the best possible way.

Unfortunately I’m not quite as put together today as I was last week when I donned this cape for a day of meetings. I love the color mix but wanted to add a little something underneath to toughen it up so I paired it with this faux leather jacket I’ve been wearing non-stop. Did double duty of keeping me warm and giving the outfit that extra touch it needed.

I also mixed it up with these Alex and Ani bracelets borrowed from Gumer Jewelry. I layered up a bunch of them but couldn’t help but love the blue/green stone combo the best. These bracelets make a great gift for those hard-to-buy for gals on your list. Especially since they won’t break the bank so you can snag a couple that fit their style. I’m loving this feather one big time.

Tan Cape with Leather Trim: Ann Taylor (bought it last year but this year’s version is similar AND 40% off); Faux Leather Jacket (underneath): ASOS; White T-Shirt: Forever 21; Necklace: Bauble Bar (old but love this option + save 30% off with code INSTAGLAM); Jeans: True Religion; Heels: Jessica Simpson (so old); Bag: Kate Spade

Bracelets: Alex and Ani – All Available at Gumer Jewelry (225 Hurstbourne Parkway)
 Stop by their store this Thursday for a special shopping event. No big party or high-pressure environment – just a relaxing spot to break away from the crowds and check a couple gals off your shopping list. I heard there may even be a little bubbly. Sounds like my kind of shopping. 




Photos by Hayley Grant. 


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gumer & Co. Jewelry. All opinions and random musings are my own. 

Outfit Post: Sweater Weather * TOMS for Target

If you are a human being, I’m guessing you’re like me in that whenever you go into Target to get ONE THING (toothpaste, paper towels, deodorant are usually the bait for me), you end up leaving with more than what you bargained for and way less money in your wallet. It’s a problem … with my willpower.

Most of the time I leave with the odd mix of guilt and delight but last time I popped in, I was able to take the guilty feeling entirely off the table. See I got to stop in and pick out a favorite from the TOMSforTarget collection to make my own. But inevitably, I ended up picking up way more than just one thing, going a little head over heels for all the gift goodies. A couple of the glass water bottles, one of the adorable leather pouches and one of the candles are all getting wrapped up and placed under the tree. I didn’t feel even a smidge bad for the splurge though since for every item purchased, Target will donate a blanket  through the American or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. The aim of the collaboration is to give more than 11 million meals, blankets, and shoes to those underserved.

My pick was this cozy sweater which may be changing my current love/hate relationship with sweaters. Pinterest and the countless number of gals that wear them so well make me endlessly wish I could make it work. But then I realize that I have broad shoulders and a long torso, both killers when it comes to pulling off the slouchy sweater look. Instead, I usually opt for jackets, tees with vests, cardigans or super light-weight, oversized sweaters. This sweater may make me turn the corner though. Granted I sized majorly up but it’s the perfect mix of slouchy yet fitted in the right spots. I think I can finally embrace sweater weather.



Photos by Whitney Neal. 

Grab the sweater and a few other favorites here:

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TomsForTarget

 

Disclosure: Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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