I can't believe it's already December! Where did this year go?!
Anyway, since it was Cyber Monday today I decided to do a little shopping, and then thought it would be fun to do a quick post giving you some ideas if you have no idea what to your best friend, sister, etc. And they are all under $50.
First off, Christmas is a really special time for me just because I love the holiday season, so I always try to get my friends something that I know they will really like, that is somewhat affordable, and practical. For me, the presents that I find kind of off are usually the ones I end up using the most throughout the following year so keep that in mind!
What girl doesn't love candles? I have been obsessing over candles the past few months and to be honest I am starting to grow a small collection. Candles are awesome because they are available practically anywhere, and even though it's a small gift, I can assure you that whenever they burn it they will think of you. And if you want throw in one of those big lighters! Unless you specifically know what scent they like, I would suggest sticking to me lighter scents like fruits and flowers just because it's more foolproof than getting like... A cookie scent or something.
These are a bit on the pricier side but not by much. The Flushed palette is around $30 and the Basics palette is $27. The Naked Flushed palette is amazing because the colors suit practically every skin type, so you wouldn't have to worry about getting the wrong shade of bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Same goes for the Naked Basics. You get 6 awesome, everyday, versatile shades. I love mine! And my friends come over all the time and use it.
My best friend is a mascara fanatic. I always buy her a new tube for her birthday. Mascara can either be affordable or a bit of a splurge depending on your brand. Even though everyone's eyelashes are different and some formulas might not work for everyone, it's still way more fool proof than getting something else that is colorful. Plus, it's one of those things you'll use every single day so you know it will be going to good use.
My friend recently got into reading so for Christmas I purchased the Hunger Games boxed set. Now, books aren't for everyone, I admit, but if you have a book lover in your social circle definitely try and find out what they like! Lately I have been really getting into John Green and today I bought An Abundance of Katherines to complete my small collection. I've only read two so far (the other two I haven't read even though I own Paper Towns) and I recently just finished The Fault in Our Stars and that was a pretty damn good book, just saying. I enjoyed it a lot more than Looking for Alaska (which was still good but I prefer the other one).
Ok, perfume can be quite tricky especially with the whole 'match your natural body scent' thing as well as the fact that they might not even like the scent. But find out a perfume that they have been secretly lemming but are just too lazy to buy and get a roller version! It's portable and usually under $25. The matching scented lotion is around the same price too but honestly, I would say get the rollerball because they're bound to use it more.
Ok, this one is a bit strange but I have purchased so many succulents over the past few months and I love them all! Sadly, they keep dying and I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but they are so cute, fairly cheap (they start at around $2.50) and are just a simple plant that looks really cute on a desk. I have a medium sized one next to my computer. They don't require much water, and you can find them a lot of places. You can even get a cute vase.
I didn't include a photo, but I love getting pajama's for Christmas! I usually buy myself a pair every year. You can get really cute and cheap ones from Forever21 and even though you might just get your friend a pair of pajama shorts, you can really package it nicely with tissue paper or something and make it really special.
Obviously there are a million things you can get your loved ones, but these are only a few ideas. Definitely try and find out something that they want but won't get for themselves! Whether it's because it's just one of those things your lazy to buy, or you keep putting it off for one reason or another. Last year my friend Val kept on whining about how she needed a new makeup bag because her's was destroyed, but she still never got one. For Christmas I gave her a really pretty floral one and she uses it daily. Sometimes it's just the little things that make us most happy!
In other news, I'm sorry I haven't been posting much! I went to Kona for Thanksgiving so I was really busy.
Hope you all had a successful Cyber Monday! Did you get anything good? I mainly just ordered from Urban Outfitters and bought some books on Amazon... Along with a new pair of jeans and two pairs of shorts but that was yesterday so I suppose that doesn't count.