The holiday season has begun, and that means gifts, and lots of them. But being the broke college grad I am, I want to find the best presents without spending a ton of cash. No striped socks or reindeer underwear here; these items are fun and practical, perfect for stocking stuffers, for those that are hard to shop for, and for just because. And since they’re all under $30, you can save up for one splurge-worthy item you’ve been dying to have.
Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit (comes in 8 glittery pouches), $15, Shop.pinchprovisions.com
Philosophy Candy Cane Lane Set, $25, Sephora.com
One of my favorite holiday scents is peppermint, and this trio, which contains a three-in-one shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath, salt scrub and high-shine lip gloss, will leave you smooth and invigorating.
House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Earrings, $30, Piperlime.com
These gorgeous statement earrings, designed by Nicole Richie, are a classic yet fun way to add pizzaz to a simple party outfit.
Sonia Kashuk Gilded Cage Holiday Brush Set, $24.99, Target.com
A girl can never have too many makeup brushes, and this set comes in a gold glitter clutch with a crystal studded top closure, making it the perfect glittery bag for holiday parties.
OPI Top 10, $19, Amazon.com
Ten of the nail brand’s most popular shades in purse-friendly mini bottles. Featuring Alpine Snow, Buble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Kiss Me on My Tulips, Red Light’s Ahead…Where?, Big Apple Red, I’m Not Really A Waitress, You Don’t Know Jacques!, Vampsterdam and Lincoln Park After Dark.
L’Occitane Hand Indulgences Set, $28, Loccitane.com
Kate Spade Paper Gem Coasters, $20, katespade.com
Linea Pelle Skinny Studded Stackable Leather Cuff, $25, Lineapelle.com
Comes in a variety of colors and is a great everyday piece to add a touch of tough chicness to your outfit.
American Apparel Small Suede Envelope Clutch in Turquoise, $28, Americanapparel.com
A versatile clutch in an eye-popping hue. Comes in four other colors.
Hunter Fleece Welly Socks, $30, Nordstrom.com
I know they’re socks, but hear me out: for those of us who hate winter like myself, take these socks and tuck them into your rain boots for extra warmth and comfort (and keep your feet dry). They’re designed for Hunter boots, but can be used for almost any tall rain boot. Trust me, you’re going to need these.
U/R Knit Earmuffs with Cord, $29.50, Bloomingdales.com
After welly socks, these are quite possibly the most useful item you’ll need all winter long. Instead of covering your ears with your iPod headphones in your ears (totally uncomfortable), take these cozy earmuffs with built-in speakers to keep your ears warm while staying plugged in.
Kikkerland Design “Drunk” Glass Coasters, $12, Nordstrom.com
The six stages of drunkenness, defined by these genius coasters.
Vera Bradley Medium Cosmetics Bag in Indigo Pop, $26, Verabradley.com
ASOS Aztec Scarf, $17.59, Asos.com
A year-round accessory staple in the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald Green.
Urban Outfitters Mixed Enamel Plates Jewelry Stand, $24, Urbanoutfitters.com
Such a pretty room accent and keeps your jewelry organized.