One of my many, many talents (besides being able to talk the ear off a brick wall and trip over flat surfaces) is the ability to find products (clothing or otherwise) that look expensive, but in actuality fall into my broke AF budget. London is an expensive city, and with so many festive things to do around Christmas (rooftop ice skating! prosecco pop ups! carnivals in Hyde park!), it can be difficult to scrounge together the cash for presents while still taking part in every mulled wine soaked outing. Really, even outside of London, Christmas seems to squeeze every last penny out of you, and it can be difficult to find affordable gifts that at least don’t look cheap or utterly lame. So, in the spirit of Christmas, I’m sharing my talent with you, and have found a heap of pressies perfect for your friends and family that deserve Cartier when you can only afford Claire’s.
But first, some of my top broke girl tips for finding affordable gifts:
Shop the sale. I’m a big fan of higher end stores and brands like Madewell, Shopbop, and Wildfox, so I always check their sale section before assuming you can’t afford anything. A few items in the guide are heavily marked down luxe.
When in doubt, personalise. You can’t go wrong with a monogrammed necklace, personalised notebook, or zodiac bracelet. Find affordable personalised jewellery and bits on sites like BaubleBar and Etsy. There are plenty of options under $20, and personalisation always adds a dose of thoughtfulness.
Use a shopping aggregator like Shop Style. you can search hundreds of stores by item and then refine by price, color, brand etc. Want to know what you can afford at Topshop? Simply select the store and slide the price down to $25 and under – piece of cake. These tools cut down on so much aimless searching and scrolling and have helped me find items I never would have just searched for on my own.
Now, on to the gift guide!
Phone Case // Luggage Tag Set – timeless and expensive looking for under $20 // Personalised Initial Ring – to show you actually gave AF // Frank Coffee Body Scrub // // Sassy Sticky Note Set // Wildfox Perfume Rollerball – rollerballs are a less expensive alternative to buying bottles of perfume // Grey Pom Pom Beanie // Bath Bomb – a night of self-care for under a tenner // Velour Slipper and Eye Mask Set – super cozy and made by the queen of The Hills herself, Lauren Conrad // Bangle Bracelet – Madewell is by no means cheap, but when you keep a beady eye on the sale section, you can snag a great deal // Off the Shoulder Top – this is on sale for under $20! // Marble Cactus Decoration // Pajama Pants – for staying cute and comfy without breaking the bank