Last Minute Gift Ideas: $10 and Under Plus DIY Gift Wrapper

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So you’re done shopping for your loved ones. Kids got their PlayStation 4, hub his new iPad, mom her new purse, sissy her Naked 3 palette. And then you remembered Maggie, your nail-obssessed officemate or Michonne your ballerina niece. What about Aunt Carol and cousin Beth? With your credit card nearly maxed out,  you have but three choices to make:

1) Ignore. Christmas is just another day.

2) Send them Christmas cards or better yet, those free dancing elves e-cards. Personalize it by inserting your family’s faces!

3) Buy gifts no more than $10 but wrap them nicely. It’s in the presentation mah dahlings!

If guilt is killing you inside, here are some fabulous gift ideas that will surely delight every woman in your list.

1. Philosophy Hands of Hope Hands and Cuticle Cream ($10, Macy’s) 

2. Soho Beauty Sponge ($6.99, Walmart). It’s a dupe for Beauty Blender at fraction of the price.

3. OCC Nail Lacquer ($10, Sephora). It’s vegan and cruelty-free.

4. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheen ($9 each or 5 for $20, Victoria’s Secret). It’s similar to Clinique or Revlon lip crayons.

5. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Ultimate Look Shadow Trio ($9 each or 5 for $20, Victoria’s Secret). It’s the mature version of fancy e.l.f palettes.

6. The Body Shop Fruit and Nut Lip Butter Trio ($8.40, The Body Shop). Dry and cracked lips ain’t fab!

7. TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir ($7, Sephora). Yes, a product less than $10 does exist at Sephora. This is intoxicatingly sweet and very hydrating on the lips.

8. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10, Sephora). Smudge-free bottom lashes, for realz!

9. Ecotools Retractable Kabuki Brush, (8.99, Target, Walmart,Ulta). It’s great for travel and the fibers are super soft.

10. Conair Bun Maker ($4.99, Ulta). Why do a messy bun if you can achieve a sleek ballerina updo?

Now it’s time to wrap, give it a lil ‘thought and creativity. These supplies are dirt-cheap and can be bought even at Walmart. 

Wrap gift in a tissue paper, then wrap again using sinamay. Secure with ribbon, finish by accessorizing with christmas balls.

Happy gift-giving beauties!

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  1. December 17, 2013 / 11:00 am

    I love the OCC lacquers! So pretty!

  2. December 17, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    I love that you included OCC and Tokyo Milk!

    • December 18, 2013 / 6:15 am

      2 great products that are worth the mention ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. December 17, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    Tokyo Milk is amazing, and that little tin lasts forever!
    I agree with you that it's the presentation that usually impresses people the most ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, when they say "it's the thought that matters", it really shows in how carefully someone gift wrapped your present.

    • December 18, 2013 / 6:16 am

      I agree w/ TokyoMilk! It's the little details that get the attention ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 17, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    I've been wanting to try some of Tokyo Milk's products, I'll have to check that out at Sephora. And I'm also gonna snag that bun maker lol



    • December 18, 2013 / 6:16 am

      Hi Janelle, that bun maker is a life-saver for bad hair days! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. December 17, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    Ooh I need to grab something by Tokyo Milk, I've been wanting to try their products for a while! I also have this odd thing about trying every Beauty Blender dupe I find so guess I'll be grabbing the Soho sponge! Great list!

    • December 18, 2013 / 6:18 am

      LOL! Just don't staple your gifts and you'll be fine Marcia, haha!

  6. December 18, 2013 / 5:40 am

    Great picks! Now I need to try the TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir!

    • December 18, 2013 / 6:19 am

      You'll enjoy it Harshleen. The trouble is, they're all damn good you want to try all!

  7. December 22, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    1 and 6 are my favorite cruelty free, like that green

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