5 Best Christmas Gifts Under $35

11 days.

If that number strikes fear into your heart, it’s probably a sign that you’re still scrambling to find the perfect Christmas gift. I get it.

In fact, I’m right there with you. Tough to believe, I know, because my last few blog posts have been full of fabulous places to shop and wonderful experiential ideas! You better believe that I’m planning to #shoplocal this weekend, and that there are some fabulous “experience” gifts waiting for family and friends under the tree…

…but, it doesn’t cover everybody. There are still people that are either A) so special or B) so selective that I’m still #desperatelyseekingpresents for! #TheStruggleIsReal.

And, I’ll be honest – with my move this year & just buying a new Jeep with cash, I’m a bit low on $$ too.

So, if you’re at all like me, here’s an early Christmas gift to you: my top 5 favorite gifts under $35 that you can order online today! This hour! This minute!

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(Photo credit: Rhea Kulcsar)

A brilliant ring from coveted NY designer, Rhea Kulcsar ($30)

I met Rhea while shopping at the Chelsea Market over the summer, and own a couple of her pieces – like the Gold Floating Crystals Ring and the Cylinders Bangle – which I LOVE. (I’m wearing the bangle right now, in fact!) If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas present that makes them say “WOW” without taking too much out of your Christmas spending budget, I’d suggest one of her many fabulous rings. Each is a work of art, but I’d suggest her Delicate Baguette Ring or her Moon + Star Adjustable Ring.

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(Photo Credit: Chemex)

A handblown Chemex Glass Mug ($16)

“The perfect balance of form and function.” Say “Chemex” to any coffee aficionado, and their eyes will immediately light up. It’s a high-end brand known the world over for its elegant coffee maker which has won design awards and “makes perfect coffee.” Their Coffeemaker Kits start at $59.70 – but, they also make a handblown glass mug with the same iconic Chemex design, and available for only $16! The best part: You don’t have to drink ONLY Chemex coffee in the mug 😉 So, it’s a safe bet for any coffee lover on your list – whether they have a Chemex or not!


(Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

Tillandsia, or “Air Plants” (5 for $15)

The succulent craze has been sweeping the nation for years now—so why not gift your friends a tasteful terrarium with their very own air plant? Air plants are succulents – except, they grow and even thrive without soil. You can purchase 5 of them on Amazon for $15 ($3 / plant) and then purchase a 3-pack of hanging terrariums for $13! (Note: the air plants will not arrive in bloom yet, so it may be best to gift that one as a gift.) You can either give all five plants in three terrariums to the same person, OR this could become a gift for three people – making each one just $9-10 a piece!


(Photo credit: Tarte Cosmetics)

Tarte Cosmetics Limited Edition Rainforest of the Sea Hydration Travel Set ($29)

I am a huge believer in Tarte Cosmetics. In the summer, I love to use their Foundation – made from Amazonian clay, the foundation lasts 12-hours, provides a soft matte finish, and is also vegan friendly. But, the winter causes skin to dry out, and you need a solution to take care of that, too! Enter the Tarte Limited Edition Rainforest of the Sea Hydration Travel Set – it includes customer favorites, like the Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer, Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, and their 4-in-1 Setting Mist. And, all first-time Tarte buyers get $10 off their first purchase today if you sign up for their email list – so that brings the set to just $19!

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(Photo Credit: Saturdays NYC)

Saturdays Surf NYC Coffee ($13.50)

Saturdays Surf NYC has taken off as of late, and grown into a global fashion brand. It still holds true to its roots, though, and its start as a surf shop that sold coffee is still at the heart of the company’s philosophy. Give your coffee connoisseur a taste of the good life with a blend of beans from Saturdays NYC – just $13.50.


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