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Bougie Gifts on a Budget

Our final Gift Guide of the season, Bougie Gifts on a Budget, is always the most fun to pull together.

I recently heard the best tip when it comes to gifting, especially when you want to give something extra nice and special while staying within a reasonable budget. 

They said, instead of finding the least expensive version of the real thing, like an off-brand or knockoff, buy the most affordable item from a better brand. 

And I LOVE how that’s articulated because you’ll end up giving a little luxury that the recipient may never think to buy for themselves. 

So you’ll see a bit of that philosophy in the options below, all under $50, and some are well under $40.

They are perfect for the person on your list who you’d like to treat to a bit of indulgence without busting your budget. 

Sherpa Throw Blanket

cream colored sherpa throw blanket

Sherpa Throw Blanket, $33

We love a cozy, fuzzy blanket in our house. My girls walk around wrapped in them, we snuggle under them for movie night and I keep on on my lap while I’m working (remember, always cold). 

This throw is fabulous, and under $35. It has over 15,000 FIVE STAR reviews, and comes in a ton of colors. 

Buy on Amazon for $33

Coffee Carving Pen

coffee carving pen

Coffee Carving Pen, $7.50 

This “carving pen” is so fun for a coffee lover. Use to make a cup extra special with a creative design. Add to a gift basket with their favorite blend, a thermal mug, and maybe a frother.

Buy on Amazon for $7.50


Winter Petit Cinq Delices

winter petit cinq delices

Winter Petit Cinq Delices, $38

These gourmet treats from Yoku Moku are divine. DIVINE.

They come beautifully boxed with each treat individually wrapped. 

They make the perfect sweet pairing for after dinner coffee (or in the morning!). Bring them as a gift for a host that has everything and encourage them to enjoy them when their last guest leaves. 

Buy at Neiman Marcus for $38.

Kid’s Clip on Earrings

kids clip on earrings

Kid’s Clip on Earrings, $27 

I had to include these sweet clip on earrings for under $30 in case you have a fancy little girl in your life. 

I ordered these for my soon by four year olds birthday (which is right before Christmas) and I can’t wait to see her wearing them.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman – and fun tip, look to higher end department stores for under $50 gifts. They offer some fabulous options.

And for a few extra dollars they’ll put it in one of their beautifully branded boxes. 

But at Bergdorf Goodman for $30.

Hand Wash

hand wash

Hand Wash, $40 

I’ve featured this hand soap for the last few seasons. It’s a wonderful gift for a host, or as a thank you to someone you know likes nicer things. 

And, yes, $40 for hand wash is ridiculous but it smells so heavenly.  It’s a lovely holiday treat.

I but a few early in December to have on had for a busy month of entertaining. 

Buy at Nordstrom for $40.

Cashmere Scarf gray cashmere scarf

Cashmere Scarf, $50

We love Quince for their affordable cashmere and this scarf is a wonderful $50 gift.

Available in six colors (many are selling out) but the black is still in stock. 

But at Quince for $50.

Le Creuset Cookbook

le creuset cookbook

Le Creuset Cookbook, $35 

Any home cook on your list would go wild for something from Le Creuset. The pieces I’ve collected over the years are my favorites. They are truly pass-down-to-your-children worthy. 

And while they are expensive, there are some very affordable gift options like their cookbook, above, which is gorgeous

I also adore their Mini Round Cocotte on amazon for under $20 each. You can use this as a butter dish, bake individual desserts, or use them on charcuterie boards for hummus, dips, and other sauces. 

Or! Their Salt Crock is only $30, add a seasoned salt and wrap it in a bow and you’re done. 

Silk Pillowcase

Silk pillowcase

Silk Pillowcase, $28

For the beauty guru on your list, a silk pillowcase will not go to waste. 

Silk is not only soothing an cooling for a lovely night a sleep, it also has a ton of beauty benefits. It helps prevent hair damage, keeps your blow out going for an extra day or so, reduces wrinkles and doesn’t wipe off you nigh time skincare. 

Buy on Amazon for Under $30

Satin Pajamas

Satin Pajamas

Satin Pajamas, $30 

You’re probably sick of me talking about these pajamas, but they are seriously my favorite. 

The value ($30!) and quality are incredible. They wash extremely well and don’t shrink, pill or fray. (You can see my original post here.)

Select from dozens of prints, patterns, and colors. Sizes range from XS – 3X; buy your regular size.

Available in a ton of colors, prints and sizes. 

Just know that they come in a regular plastic bag so consider taking them out and putting them in your own box. 

Buy on Amazon for $30

Address Embosser

address embosser

Address Embosser, $30

I cannot BELIEVE this address embosser is only $30.

It’s a gorgeous gift for a bride-to-be or newlywed, or a young woman with her first apartment, or someone like me who just loves stationary. 

Buy at Neiman Marcus.


Bougie Gifts on a Budget

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 9th of December 2022

Great ideas!!! Thank you. Waiting on my silk pillowcase.

Tracy Gray

Friday 9th of December 2022

Awesome list!


Friday 9th of December 2022

I pretty much want everything on this list (well, except the clip-on earrings but they will look adorable on Vivi!) - great list and one of my most fave yet!


Friday 9th of December 2022

Darn, I wish I had remembered you would put out this list. I’m going to put it on my next year December calendar so I Can look for it. This list has some wonderful ideas for those hard to buy for friends and family( which are usually the ones I love the most and want that something special for).


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Great list - Thank you. Do you have any recommendations for a machine washable silk pillowcase?


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

@Megan Kristel, Awesome - Thank you!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

I throw mine in the wash on delicate and then throw it over the shower to dry ;)

Mrs Todd

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Plus the puzzle. Cozy times ahead.

Mrs Todd

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Terrific list! I ordered the pjs and blanket. I already own the Caviar Stick gift set, as amethyst is my holy grail, and I wanted to revisit cocoa. Thank you for making my life easier.


Friday 3rd of December 2021

Love this list Found so many good ideas. Best list I have seen so far.

Megan Kristel

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Thanks Mary!


Friday 3rd of December 2021

I love these! Also, running upstairs to go change out my pillowcase! (yikes!)

Megan Kristel

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Right?! lol