craziest time most wonderful time of the year – time to do all the things you normally do, PLUS shop, wrap, cook, clean, entertain, party hop, all in the next 4 weeks! At StyleBlueprint, we are vowing not to let the chaos of the season interfere with our peace and joy, so in thinking about today’s gift post, we decided to gear it toward solving a perennial problem: finding beautiful, creative, innovative, fun gifts that won’t break the bank! Here’s our best of the best list, all under $50. We hope you love this as much as we do. Now: ready, set (deep breath), shop!
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Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD
Get your friends caught up to speed on the best show on PBS, Downton Abbey. Season 3 starts in January. This is available on Amazon for $30.
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A great read and written in a woman’s perspective brilliantly by a male author. Set in New York City in 1937 about a young woman’s chance meeting with a man that would change the course of her life. Available at Parnassus Books.
At $27, you know this gift will be used and appreciated! Perfect for teachers, coaches and more and you can buy one or several depending on your budget.
Boys Night Out
A playable collection of 52 cards that coaches you guy (and all of his friends) to be all the more gentlemanly with every hand played! $15 at Absolution
C Wonder umbrella
A cheerful print for a rainy day from C. Wonder. $24
Sid Mashburn Pocket Square
A perfect spot of color for any man from Sid Mashburn. Pocket square $35
We are LOVING these handmade, fingerless gloves from Anthropologie. Fleece lined and wool on the exterior, they are warm and wonderful! $28
Funky Tee by Two Old Hippies
Two Old Hippies has their own line of apparel, 2OH. These tees are part of that collection and work well on their own and are perfectly polished with jeans or a pencil skirt with a blazer. Many of us at StyleBlueprint swear by these tees! $32
Handmade in Ethiopia and described as “ridiculously soft”, this scarf not only brightens the recipients day, this medium weight scarf provides work for women across the ocean. $44
Swiftwick Socks–the perfect stocking stuffer
Our favorite socks on the market. Swiftwick, made in Tennessee, is destined to become the next Nike of the sporting world and it all starts with this amazing pair of socks. Favorite things make great gifts. $11.99. Click for locations.
J. Crew Bag
For just $44, this day-to-evening bag is perfect. The chain tucks away to make it into a clutch as well! J Crew Factory. (We just found out that this just SOLD OUT. Sorry!)
Not your grandmother’s shapewear! This lace bodysuit is so pretty and feminine! Perfect under a knit dress and a bargain at $50. From Beloved Intimates.
Nothing Bundt Cake
Made from scratch and moist beyond compare, Nothing Bundt Cakes offer 10 flavors of cakes in four sizes, from bite-sized Bundtinis (sold by the dozen for $16.50) 10-in. bundt cakes. With custom decorations,these make great gifts or treats for the holidays.This Holly Jolly Santa 10-inch cake serves up to 18 people and retails for $39.50 and includes a customized message card.
Flavored Natural Simple Syrup
Add some of Bang Candy Co flavored simple syrups to your hostess gift stash and you’ll be invited back! $18.99. See site for more flavors, but we love this Ginger Rosemary!
Gourmet Iced Cookies
SweetsNdulgence cookies make great gifts! With flavors like orange blossom, chocolate dipped cherry and more, these cookies will satisfy your gourmet friend nicely!
A Southern Favorite
Stop by Corner Market and load up with some “go-to” dips as they make a great gift!
Ham Biscuits To Die For!
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits are amazing, but pricey. At $45 for 2 dozen, they may make you pause–which makes them the perfect gift! Once tried, you will understand that they are worth every penny! Available at The Produce Place and online at Taigan.
Chocolate Chip Cookies–done right with pumpkin and toffee!
We have a thing for pumpkin and chocolate and yes, toffee. We’ve never experienced all these flavors together, but now we can and eat and give these we will! 12 cookies in a cellophane bag for $19 from Chucklet and Honey Southern Bakery, located in Nashville, TN
Spice Things Up!
We are fond of sauces by The Southern. Our favorite is the Southern Belle Hot Sauce with a peachy spicy flavor. $8. Shop online or at their restaurant in downtown Nashville.
Cookbooks at Costco
Cookbooks are expensive, but loads of great ones make appearances each holiday season at Costco. Load up for gifts and for yourself!
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Arts N Crafts Nails
Perfect for crafty tweens, teens, and adults that love a 3D nail display. Options for velvet, caviar and sequence nails are all available for $25. Sephora and Private Edition.
Velvety Armani Lip gloss
This velvety combination is addictive. At $28, this is an easy way to make someone remember your great taste! We recommend Pink 511 as a plum/pink that works on most. Available at Woo Skincare+Cosmetics.
The Gift of Calm and Comfort
Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. With stocking stuffers starting at $3.50, check out this site!
Flower Pot Holders
These cute flower pot holders from SImply Put quickly change the look of a store bought flower pot. Add a potted flower from the grocery store and your gift is all set! www.simplyputpaper.com. $10 each.
Fabulous napkin rings are always a great gift! Set of (4) $36, Eclectic Nashville. This store is a fabulous reprieve from the holiday traffic in East Nashville.
Fluted Handmade Bowl
From Pigeon River Pottery, this bowl is just $16.99 and comes in your choice of 5 glazes. Handmade in east Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains.
Who doesn’t love having something new to enjoy around the home for the holidays? These gold reindeer candle holders from COLOR are great alone, or in two’s or three’s. Small deer, $12, or large deer, $18.
Shoe Ornaments, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store
Museum gift shops always have clever gifts. Check out these shoe ornaments from The Metropolitan
Museum Store online. There are many shoe styles available for the fashionable females on your
Christmas list, and they are $25.00 each plus shipping.
Candles that really do smell great!
Eau de Linge brings a clean, crisp scent to your home — the same that is traditionally used by the great hotels of Europe. At $50, it’s a great gift as it’s out of the price point that most buy for themselves! Comes in red for the holidays and burns for 85 hours. www.touchofeurope.com
Oversized Holiday Kitchen Towel
This generously sized 33×24 inch kitchen towel is made in Italy and depicts the spirit of Christmas at the Vatican. $15 from www.surlatabe.com
Star Wars for Everyone
These pancake molds will brighten your kids’ Christmas morning… and even some adults! $19.95 William Sonoma.
NYC based Fishs Eddy is known for quality and value. This set of 4 glasses by Oldham + Walker is no exception. $30 for the set.
Holiday Pillows at Beveled Edge
From The Beveled Edge, this pillow will be used for years to come and bring a smile each day. $21.95
Madewell Bottle Opener
Check out the eye catching shape of this bottle opener from Madewell! A great addition to anyone’s bar. www.madewell.com $40.
Frame from Pangea
This is a perfect frame for any bookcase. Affordable at only $13. Visit Pangea, located in the heart of Hillsboro Village for a true Nashville shopping experience.
Faux Candles at Spruce Living
Faux candles have come a very long way. Made from real wax, these candles even flicker to look like the real thing. With remote controls, you can line up your luminaries and never worry, turning them on and off with the push of a button. These make a great gift as they are unexpectedly useful! Available at Spruce Living in a variety of sizes, $16-$52.
Music To Lift Your Every Day
This CD from Blackberry Farm, featuring Bluegrass music, is $22. Perhaps given by a loved one with a couple nights at Blackberry Farm?! Okay, just the CD is a good gift as well!
Jonathan Adler Stacking Dish
A pretty little tray from Jonathan Adler to add color to a desk and coral paperclips. $38
Mini Wood Speaker from Uncommon Goods
A mini speaker with big sound. Great for travel or keeping at your desk. www.uncommongoods.com or locally at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. $32
DIY Guitar Picks!
DIY guitar pick maker! Are you or your kids forever losing their guitar picks? Well, now all your old credit cards, store reward cards and such and become of use! On sale for $19.99 at Thinkgeek.com
Personalized bags for kids show forethought and are well used! Perfect for sleepovers, camps and an organized bathroom. $15 from Pottery Barn.
Fashion Nation Headphones
Fashion Nation Headphones from Snap Kids $25
Perfect for your music loving girl, these Fashion Nation Headphones from Snap Kids are right on trend!
Keep the kids busy for hours with mounds of duct tape. With so many colors and patterns to choose from, they will happy! $4.99 each. The Container Store.
Bracelets from Festivity
Festivity in Green Hills and Hillsboro Village has tons of great gifts for all ages. These bracelets will make your tweens smile. Each are reasonably priced at under $30.
Necklaces from Boutique Bella
Perfect for layering or on their own, these necklaces from Boutique Bella, $40-$44, make a perfect gift.
Downright affordable cuffs, locally made.
Locally made cuffs from OldMadeGood
These made-in-Nashville cuffs will dazzle at only $26-$42 a pop!
Ear lovelies by Carden Avenue
Hand hammered gold or silver hoops with your choice of moonstone, labradorite, garnet or black tourmaline. Available from Carden Avenue Jewelry. Order online at www.cardenavenue.com
This Native Union Pop Phone, found online at Nordstrom, is a fun, retro mobile phone accessory that improves clarity of sound and reduces absorbed phone radiation. $29
Hasn’t everyone spilled coffee or water on their keyboard? Or, how about keeping it clean for all you germaphobes? Here is the answer and it makes a great gift: a fully washable keyboard. Stick it in the kitchen sink to clean! $39.99 by Logitech.
iGuy for iPads! Someone’s iPad just got to be that much more fun! Target $35.99