Gifts under $50

Somewhere between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your holiday budget went out the window. Now you’re frantically trying to bankroll a full list of presents on an empty wallet. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up some affordable gifts suitable for everyone from family members to coworkers to BFFs.

 

J.Crew Lodge Moccasins
J.Crew

Lodge Moccasins ($50) in Dark Nutmeg

Zara Combined Leather Glove
Zara

Combined Leather Glove ($30) in Blue

Nasty Gal Shadowbox Clutch
Nasty Gal

Shadowbox Clutch ($48)

Mango Dark Wash Denim Shirt
Mango

Dark Wash Denim Shirt ($50)

H&M Cotton Canvas Jacket
H&M

Cotton Canvas Jacket ($50)

Balenciaga Shower Gel
Balenciaga

Shower Gel ($40)

Arden B Calf Hair Jean Belt
Arden B

Calf Hair Jean Belt ($22)

 

Dorothy Perkins Blush Zebra Fluff Jumper
Dorothy Perkins

Blush Zebra Fluff Jumper ($45)

 

Stocking Stuffers for your Wine Lover

No one has invented a stocking-shaped bottle of wine yet, so for now we’ll content ourselves with these wine gadgets to fill your stockings. Whether you’re shopping for someone who just started to explore wine, someone who has fallen down the rabbit hole of Burgundian terroir, or someone who loves to throw wine parties, we’ve got you covered.

For the Novice
Wine opener and foiler : No wino should be without the basics. $5-30

Vinturi Wine Aerator: If you don’t have the time or the equipment to aerate your wine the traditional way, this quick-fix gadget can come in handy. $25

For the Wine Geek
Ah-So: This two-pronged wine opener extracts old or crumbling corks in one piece. $3

Wine bottle tags: Organize your wine cellar with tags for red and white wine. $6

Oenophilia Private Preserve : Protects your unfinished wine by replacing harmful oxygen with argon, the same gas used by wineries to protect their wine from oxidization. $10

For the Entertainer
Bouchon: Every hostess has a bottle of bubbly on hand, and every good hostess also has a bouchon, or Champagne stopper, to keep the bubbles from escaping. $6

Wine Away: A host’s secret weapon, Wine Away works magic on red wine stains. $19

Stay-on coasters: Protect your furniture during parties with these cute coasters that stay on the wine glass. $12

Winter Trend – Leather Pants

If you’re going to try one trend this season, make it leather (or faux leather) pants! They’re super hot right now and a great way to break from your everyday denim. I love the edginess they bring to feminine pieces and even some of the most basic neutrals. On top of being chic, they can be extremely comfortable. You know the saying, “Style over comfort?” Well, that’s not the case with leather pants!

 

 

Photos (l to r): Julie of Sincerely Jules, Helena of Brooklyn Blonde, Anna of See Jane

 

Leather pants are most likely my favorite alternative to jeans. They fit the body nice and snug, keep you warm, and add a wow factor to your outfit. Initially, I thought there were limited ways to style leather pants, but after living in my leggings, I realized they’re a lot more versatile than I thought. Try going casual cool in black and white, pair them with a classic cable knit, or add a menswear vibe with a plaid buttondown. However you decide to style your pants, I promise you’ll not only look chic, you’ll feel chic too!

New Year’s Eve Party for Kids

The adults aren’t the only ones who get to have fun on New  Year’s Eve! We’re having kids’ parties at Atlantic Grill, Wildwood BBQ, Bill’s Bar and Burger, and Isabella’s, complete with apple cider  toasts, face painting, sweet treats and more. Welcome 2014 with fun, games and  friends – all before the clock strikes midnight! Join the fun on Tuesday, December 31 from 12pm-4pm – booking available online or by phone!

Can’t make it to New Year’s Eve? We have Santa visiting Ruby  Foo’s on December 8th, 15th and 22nd and Bill’s Bar and Burger on December  14th and 21st! Don’t miss out on the chance to take a  picture with Santa and – of course – tell him any last minute gifts you want for  Christmas.

 

REI New Clearance Markdowns: Up to 76% off,

REI New Clearance Markdowns: Up to 76% off, from 43 cents + free shipping

REI takes up to 76% off select clearance items during its during its New Clearance Markdowns Sale, with prices starting at 43 cents. (Prices are as marked; although the banner advertises 30% off, we found stronger discounts within.) Plus, all orders receive free shipping with no minimum purchase required. That’s the best discount we’ve seen on clearance items since October, when we saw up to 85% off but with a higher minimum for free shipping, and is one of the strongest discounts we’ve seen from these items at REI. A couple best bets: