Last Minute: Holiday Shopping Guide – Coolest Gifts while (kinda) remaining on budget

I have no idea why I end up with my end of year present shopping at the very last minute.. for some reason it just pressures me into finding something that’s smarty pants or aesthetically pleasing while guaranteeing a good round of applause 😉  Middle Eastern people (my community) usually don’t celebrate xmas, but I’ve always found a way to celebrate the art of giving by simply giving first. I can easily say that I started this necessary present buying culture at home with friends and family; however, now that I’m married into a British culture, Christmas presenting is a more serious, preserved tradition that I proud to be a part of.

For the horrible last minute shoppers like me, here are a few items I’ve put together that I am certain will gain for you some brownie points. Note that this post is mainly for the ladies, the mens should be out soon!

 

 

Nixon Womens Time Teller

This claims to be a women’s watch but it looks pretty unisex to me. I say yes to both men and women wearing this Nixon Watch or Time Keeper. Chic, simple, minimal and looks great on any outfit

Champagne Flutes

 

Move over Marie Antoinette breast shaped vintage flutes and hello modern gold sparkle Champagne Flutes– who wouldn’t like the present of celebrating forever? I would and I would be honoured to be remembered as the person who enjoys the occasional party! 

 

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Ooh lala, I love gadgety things like these especially if it encourages me to drink water. I never liked drinking water and it’s always been boring to me. Thanks to this Citrus Zinger, I’ll be happily hydrated, at all times!

PJ set

You’re probably thinking- who the hell gives a PJ set as a present? Well, I do and would very much love to receive one of these Eberjey Gisele PJs. The are adorable and your fellow present victim shall NEVER complain. 

Bobbi Brown Lipstick set

The perfect lipstick set with colours that are suitable from winter to Summer- essential day & evening Bobbi Brown set. Who would dare not like this? Suits all skin tones.

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Winter causing dull skin and general dryness? Well no fear, Arcona polish is here! This is a great brightening exfoliate gentle on the skin. 

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I suggest buying this wonderful, natural Lumene Vitamin C drop with the skin exfoliator above. Perks up any dull, tired looking skin almost immediately. Makes a great gift combo and smells yummy too mmm 🙂

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Who wouldn’t like an initial pendent? It’s a great gift for someone you don’t know very well but it’s equally well received like your cousin girl friend. A modern take on initials and only $36 🙂

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Ever thought of gifting a high quality hair dryer? Well guess what, drybar now sells its best hairdryers through Sephora for that perfect blow out- at home! Plus it comes in a great happy colour too, sweet!

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Your friends want cool stuff and you’re gonna give it to them. This awesome Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera has a stylish, modern shape and sleek white color. It’s compact, lightweight and offers mini color prints. All you have to do is check the LED exposure indicator, press the shutter and get instant color prints!

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Dry, chapped lips? Hi girls and boys, solution awaits with this bestselling Lip Scrub flavor of all time. Indulge. Gift to those you really love 😉 Most importantly, gift this to yourself. Goodbye dry lips, ew!

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Cute alert! Everglade the tea lover, you adore finding new, adorable ways to steep your leaves. This slick, silicone tea infuser by Fred is shaped like a lovable manatee that hangs over the side of your mug and grins graciously as it brews your fave beverage.

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For the rocker chic sibling/friend/cousin… this, they’re going to love! Tassel Gloves rocking your winter!

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Ive been told these candles are made in Chicago’s west loop.. this scent takes you right to the countryside and makes any room smell gorgeous!

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A cute mini speaker to travel around with and always listen to great quality music or simply spicing up your party when in need.

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This portable Turntable Crosley Radio is a great decor item that plugs right into your iPhone or any smart phone via an AUX wire.

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A great book to add to anyone’s collection, depicting the REAL New York, through it’s people. An inspiring book to say the least, keeping you in touch with reality. Humans of New York

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One of my top brands that smell of pure goodness and herbs- Aesop. Now you can have your giftee enjoy some delightful scents in this cute little travel kit.

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Save a tree for $6.50 or save an acre of the rainforest for $100 – either way, you’re saving yourself, your family, your gifted in the name of gift-giving! The coolest Charity I found to help save the environment, the balance of oxygen in our atmosphere and our future. Check out Cool Earth.

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Moda Operandi sells these cool leather macbook covers by Valentine Goods. Worth every penny!

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If that’s too much then how about a super textured leather iPhone case from the same company? Super Unisex too 🙂

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And another Passport Holder case by Vianel NY to remind that special someone that it’s essential to travel (in style 😉 )

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Hurrah to special cashmere scarfs on sale. This softy present will melt the your giftee’s coolest of days. And it’s on sale.. just had to remind you 😀

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Rings might be difficult to gift to a woman but this cocktail ring is a sure winner for any lady. Go ahead and take the gamble!

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I had to add this cuteness.. whether we find it relevant or not. Toymail WIFI Walike-Talkie – Fairfax the Fox Mailman-Record a voice message from anywhere in the world (in your voice or a silly voice) and send it to a Mailmen right from your phone. Kids can reply right from their toy to your phone for two-way talk.

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Not the first to think of this as a present idea but for someone who doesn’t have it- this is quite the present! Fitbit measures your sleep and motion and syncs it to your phone- boom- your health in an app!

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The coolest kettle yet! A fanciful swell of stainless steel shapes a beautiful kettle accented with the warm tones of acacia wood. Brand: Nambe.

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Nancy is the founder and editor of The Chicago Chic. As an entrepreneur herself, she loves featuring local businesses, Chicago culture influencing the world, fashion and travel.

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