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Gift Buying Guide

Gift guide

Here it is! The Budget Fashionista Gift Buying Guide that’ll streamline your holiday shopping and birthday shopping. The guide includes individual product reviews — and these are products we’ve used and personally recommend. You can identify these because the review is typically about a single product or brand, like this one about ROIL shampoo. The exception to the single-brand rule is this comparison of Le Tote and Haverdash (we’ve used both).

You’ll also find fun gift ideas that we’ve uncovered by scouring around the web. These are in the posts that feature multiple products and brands. While we may not have personal experience with all these recommendations, we do take care to read the reviews before including a product in a post.

Our gift buying guide also features a guide to gift guides, because…well, why not?

Have fun shopping for gifts year-round, and remember to give yourself something special too!

Mom opening a jewelry gift

5 Beautiful Mother’s Day Jewelry Gifts You Can Buy Online

Trying to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift can feel a bit like drinking from a firehose, especially when you’re on a budget. Perfume, makeup, bath and body care, spa gift cards…you name it,...
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5 Clever and Romantic Anniversary Ideas

Here are five romantic anniversary ideas that'll work as well for a three-month anniversary as a 50-year anniversary. Ready to get inspired? Jump in now!
Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her: 11 Fabulous, Budget-Friendly Gift Ideas to Make Her Smile

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the romantic love in your life or wanting to show your best girlfriends how much you care, we’re sure you’ll find the ultimate token of affection...
RealHer Makeup

Realher Makeup Review: The Scoop on This New Makeup Brand

Realher makeup is a beauty brand that -- wait for it -- tells you how fabulous you are with affirmations. Is it gimmick or the real deal? Here's my take.
Wrapped generic gift on table

Generic Gifts, Perfect for Neighbors and Coworkers!

Most moms know about the toy stockpile. These are the small children’s gifts you buy up during sales to have on hand when junior gets invited to last-minute parties. Stockpile gift ideas are the inexpensive,...
Face Glow tinted moisturizer

Face Glow Review — Tinted Moisturizer/Primer That Makes a Great Gift

What Is Face Glow Face Glow is a cruelty-free tinted moisturizer, primer, and illuminator made by Graydon Skincare. The formulation includes ingredients to reduce redness and inflammation, replenish the skin’s moisture barrier, soothe and...
Gift Buying Guide 1

These Last-Minute Gifts on Amazon Prime Are Perfect for the Fashion Gal in Your Life

The clock is ticking! If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life, you don’t have a ton of time—but you do have just enough time to...
Sweet Lips honey lip balm

The Tinted Lip Balm That’s a Perfect Stocking Stuffer

What: Sweet Lips Tinted Lip Balm Sweet Lips lip balm by Waxing Kara is a tinted lip treatment made with honey, plant oils, and beeswax—and without artificial flavors or fragrances. The formula is also...
Fashionable woman shopping

Gifts for Fashionistas — How To Shop For The Style Mavens In Your Life

Choosing gifts for fashionistas is hard. They, like you, are particular about their style—and they seemingly have everything. Even if you’re a confident gift shopper, shopping for a style-minded lady can be among the...
Gift Buying Guide 2

No Fooling the Kiddos! Keep Them Happy This Holiday With These 10 Trending Toys

With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s time for moms and dads to start whittling down their gift lists to a few select toys. If your kids are like many others, they probably have their eye...
Close up of woman's feet and pair of slippers

5 Fashionable Slippers to Gift a Fashionista

You can never go wrong with warm and toasty gifts during the holiday season. Slippers have the added advantage of being both cozy and stylish—and these days, there are dozens of great options for...
Gift box on a table

Shop Well and for Good: These Are The Gift Guides We’re Shopping Now

‘Tis the season to shop, and we’re all looking for the ultimate gift for that someone special. Gift guides—the good ones anyway—are huge time-savers in that regard, since they hone in on just the...
Gift Buying Guide 3

Smooth Sailing! The Incredible Hair Product That Tames My Frizzies (Just In Time For The Holidays)

Thank you to ROIL for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. We all crave smooth, strong locks. You know, the type of hair that moves naturally when you toss it gently away...
Beauty products on pink table

One For You. Two For Me! The Fun Beauty Gift You Should Get Your Hands On Now

If you’re obsessed with a great deal (guilty), can’t resist beauty products (yep), and love the idea of sampling a whole bunch of them at once (um…yes?), then the beauty advent calendar trend was...
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The Skin Care Line That Wants You To Know The Truth About What Goes On Your Face

What Paula’s Choice is a U.S.-based, cruelty-free, fragrance-free skin care line that came about because founder Paula Begoun didn’t like her options on the shelves. Begoun’s own battles with acne and eczema drove her...
Catherine Brock wearing a military jacket rented from haverdash

The Clothing Rental Shootout: Haverdash vs. Le Tote

We rent cars, homes, and movies—why not get into clothing rental too? Renting is cheaper and requires way less commitment than buying, and those are two benefits a budget fashionista can really get behind....
Catherine Brock holding EcoLips lip and cheek tint

Ecolips Lip + Cheek Tint Review

What EcoLips Lip + Cheek Tints are 5-in-1 color sticks with an oversized applicator that you can use for lip color, eye color, blush, contouring and highlighting. The colors are noticeable but still sheer,...
Mothers day card

Subscriptions for Mom: The Gifts that Keep Giving

Thanks to the tech age, scoring high-impact Mother’s Day gifts has never been easier. Shopping for mom has taken a turn for the simple now that subscriptions are in the game. A subscription gift...
Happy Mothers Day card with flowers

20 Fashionable Mother’s Day Gifts Under $40

Sure, we’re just putting away the knee-length puffer, but Mother’s Day is a-knocking. Unless you truly enjoy the thrill of last-minute shipping, it’s time to start thinking about the gifts that’ll show appreciation to...
Gift Buying Guide 4

5 Cheap & Sentimental Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Chocolate. Roses. Cards. Balloons. If you’ve been out to dinner on Valentine’s Day, you know what I mean — somewhere along the line, Valentine’s day has become a fog of Cupid’s cliche. Aside from...
Gift Buying Guide 5

Chic Stocking Stuffers Under $20

It’s often the smallest and most unexpected little tokens that make the greatest impact. That’s especially true of chic stocking stuffers that won’t cost you anything more than $20 — yet promise to bring...
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