Last-Minute Gifts That Look More Expensive Than They Are
Hey small spender! Giving gifts that look like they cost more than they did is not only a holiday strategy, it's a world view, an ethos, and a core human principle. When you gift items that look more lavish than they are, you not only look generous, you invite the recipient to give you a better present as well. So you win twice!
Mixed Piece Necklace
Buy this for your artsy mother, then borrow it back.
Multi-Colored Extra Long Scarf
So many colors. So much scarf! So much money? Not so much.
Four coasters for $10 means you can throw in a bottle of Cuervo, too.
Faux Fur Mule Slipper
Men's Wooden Watch
Because a man with a watch is more likely to be on time—and this rugged rebuke to smartwatches feels trendy and classic all at once.
Ombre Pet Cave
Why does ombre make everything look fancy? This cat bed looks so posh we want to curl up inside.
Men's Nylon Weekender
This bag will look great slung across his shoulder, on your floor, and then on your shoulder when you commandeer it.
Sage Ombre Tote
Not only is this pretty carryall reversible, it comes with a pouch—so it really counts as three gifts.
A Moroccan pouf for $79? Almost—you’ll have to stuff it yourself. (So much chicer than a laundry hamper.) Check Etsy for other colors.
Stuart Weitzman Mary Janes
Technically, newborns don’t need $32 shoes, but these pretty little numbers let a fashion-y mom say, “I still got it" for a lot less than her size would cost.
Christian LaCroix Playing Cards
Don't look at as a deck of cards for $35, it's 50-plus pieces of wall art.