Shopping for the holidays can be difficult. When your trying to find the perfect gift but stay in a budget it can be a challenge sometimes. My tips aren’t reinventing the wheel but it can help to know what to look for when you begin your holiday shopping.
The top 5 places to visit while gift shopping are:
- Designer Outlets
- Vintage shops
- Consignment/Resale stores
- TJMaxx/Marshalls/Home Goods
Designer Outlets are a great place to start. Everything is marked down and things on clearance are even better! I love looking through the items that are on final sale tables also because you never know what your going to find. The reason I suggest Designer outlets (Saks, Bloomindales, Neiman Marcus, etc) is because the quality is always going to be great and finding name brands in your budget is always a win. The most important thing when buying a gift is to know your audience! Pay attention to what they’re interests are and things they like so when your shopping you have some sort of guideline.
Vintage shops are seriously the best of the best. They have so many treasures that the possibilities are endless. Buying someone a unique gift is always my first choice. If you can find something that is one of a kind and super special it makes it such a priceless gift. Finding something that needs just a little love and personalizing it can make all the difference from just ok to fabulous. That vanity stool above is a vintage find and the fabric was old and outdated. I ordered some fabric from Pendleton (but you could pick up inexpensive fabric) to recover and give it new life.
Consignment stores are another favorite spot of mine. Between the fashion and home interior items there are some real treasures out there and it’s just a matter of finding them. I picked up this bag at a consignment for almost nothing. It is in perfect condition and I get so many compliments on it. Look for things with tags on them. You’d be shocked at how many things people consign that they don’t even wear or use.
Ebay and Etsy are the absolute best for unique finds and special pieces. Both are sites that I consistently find things I might not have ever come across. Whether it’s handmade, vintage or re-sale you can’t put a price on rare and or budget friendly. This vintage dream catcher I scored on Etsy is a good example of vintage, rare and budget friendly.
And of course I’m guessing we all peruse TJ, Marshalls and Home Goods from time to time. Not gonna lie…I have found some pretty good stuff in all three. You have to have patience, don’t go in with any kind of expectations and sometimes you have to go in often because their merchandise turns over pretty quick.
Hope this helps… Happy Shopping!!