Luxury Christmas Gifts on a Budget

Luxury Christmas Gifts on a Budget
You can dazzle your loved ones with luxury gifts this holiday season without breaking the bank. All you need to know is where to look for deals. There are many websites you can visit online to buy designer gifts at discount prices. If your looking for luxury services for your loved ones, you can save money by purchasing one service rather than a full day service. For example, a gift certificate to a local spa for the weekend (3 days) will cost around $900 per person and does not include tips and tax. Your gift recipient is responsible for that. A day trip, usually around 6 hours, will cost about $500 without tax and tip. You can save money and still pamper your loved ones by purchasing a gift certificate for just one or two services. A Swedish body massage will be around $80 an hour. Manicures cost around $35 while pedicures and facials near $80 each. Full body scrubs, wraps, and specialty massages usually cost around $125 – $200 depending on your choices. Check with your local spa for actual prices. Teen and child spa treatment are generally much lower in price. More inexpensive luxury gift ideas to fit your budget: Fine Jewelry and Designer Watches Designer watches and fine jewelry may be the perfect gift but may not perfectly fit your budget. How do you get the glamour for less? This is where last minute shopping can work to your benefit. As December looms nearer, jewelers everywhere are dropping their prices to lure in your business. This means many local jewelry stores are offering fine jewelry and watches almost half off. Not to be out done, internet jewelry stores are dropping their prices too. This means with some careful online shopping you could get that perfect diamond bracelet you saw window shopping for up to 75% off at an online retailer. Some good deals on luxury gifts and jewelry can be had at places like Tiffany’s and Zales this time of year for under $100. Shop around but be careful when shopping for jewelry online, not every website is honest. If you don’t do some investigating you could end up with the perfect knock off. Luxurious Fabrics Cashmere, silk, or pashmina. There’s just something indulgent about the super-soft feel of luxury fabrics. If your budget will not allow for a cashmere sweaters or silk bathrobe, try accessories. Opting for luxurious fabric accessories is less expensive. Try a cashmere scarf, socks, or a pashmina wrap. These items can often be had for as little as $18 – $80 depending on what your looking for. Higher end stores like Macy’s usually have holiday cashmere gift sets for around $60 and include hat, gloves, and a scarf. If it is silk your after try a silk tie or silk pajamas. These items can usually be found on sale for around $15 for a tie and $80 for pajamas. Online discount stores will be a little cheaper. Gourmet Foods Gourmet gift baskets are ideal when your not sure what to get somebody. Gourmet food can get extremely pricey but again, last minute shopping pays off here. December is when sales are abundant and gourmet gift baskets are not excluded. You can purchase gift baskets loaded with exotic meats, cheeses, chocolates, and other goodies for less than $100. Usually around $25 – $60. However, your not likely to find budget friendly gourmet gift baskets at your local retail stores. For these you mainly confined to online shopping. Some good websites to start at would be: http://www.igourmet.com (One of the best selections and prices) http://www.deandeluca.com (many gourmet gifts under $25!) http://www.thefruitcompany.com (Large selection of fruit baskets amp; gourmet confections) http://www.earthy.com (For the health conscious on your list. Earthy Delights specializes in wild crafted amp; hand crafted gourmet gifts. Check out their dried fruit basket for $11.95. Yum! Or the gourmet organic white truffle oil for $12.00.) http://www.veganstore.com/vegan-gift-baskets.html (For vegan or vegetarians on your holiday list try the vegan store. Vegan Gift baskets for around $50.) http://www.godiva.com (For the chocolate lovers on your list. Gift boxes of gourmet chocolate as low as $13.00.) State-of-the-art Cookware and Utensils Do you have a master chef on your list? Maybe they just think they are a chef. Either way, why not equip them with the tools every master chef needs. All-Clad, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Viking, Calphalon, Le Creuset, and other top of the line cookware can be purchase online for up to 70% regular prices. Try a Google search for the brand your looking for and add the word discount or sale. You can also check these websites to get an idea of the different price ranges and sale prices to see if they fit your budget. http://www.chefsresource.com http://www.williams-sonoma.com http://www.chefscatalog.com http://www1.bloomingdales.com (Carry All-Clad amp; Calphalon) https://www.pamperedchef.com (Not exactly state-of-the-art cookware but they do have very nice kitchen accessories for under $20) Luxury Bedding You have not had a good night’s sleep unless you’ve sleep on quality luxurious bedding. Most department store bedding has a thread count of 250 – 400. Luxury bedding starts around 600 depending on fiber. The comfort will vary depending on the fiber, ply, and thread count. This can get complicated. Just remember the higher the thread count, the higher the ply, the thicker and heavier the sheets will feel. The better the fiber used, the better the sheets will feel. As an example, a 1 ply, 300 count, cotton sheet may be softer than an 800 count, 2ply, cotton sheet. However, a 550 thread count single ply sheets may be softer than both cotton sheets. The best way to buy quality bedding, read a little bit about the differences between fibers and thread counts before making your decision and keep your receipt! You may find the comfort will still vary for the same fiber, thread count, and ply among different manufacturers. To snag luxury bedding deals this holiday season check out Macy’s, Overstock.com , Luxor Linens, Neiman Marcus, or Linenplace.com . Linen Place has some of the best prices I’ve seen on designer sheets. You can also Google “discount luxury bedding” for other suppliers that may fit your budget this season. Holiday Maid Services The Holidays are stressful and extremely busy for most of us. House work may suffer as free time is spent cooking, shopping, and visiting friends, family, and neighbors. Then the week before Christmas we’re in a rush to finish our holiday tasks AND clean our house for arriving guests. Why not give the gift of a clean home during this time. Gift certificates can be purchased starting at $100, for Merry Maids, Molly Maids, or The Maids. Google “maids” and your zip code for other maid services in your area.
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