Admit it. Come holiday shopping season, you've treated yourself to a gift or two when you should be focused on something for your sister-in-law. It's OK. If anyone can understand, it's us.
When store shelves are stocked with so many tempting treats, practising restraint can be incredibly difficult. Whether you're looking for a beauty blockbuster kit for your sister, a cosy burst of colour for Mum or maybe a not-too-personal gift for a co-worker, there are plenty of options to woo you.
And what if you happen to pick up a little something for yourself? Our lips are sealed. Check out the 10 best fashion and beauty gifts under $100 and get ready to shop.
1. Ballet flats for practical and pretty
These rhinestone-embellished flats look like gifts themselves and they're sure to delight any girl on your list. Their compact size makes them the perfect shoes to slip into your handbag and do the old switch-a-roo for your heavy winter boots when you get into the office.
2. Wool gloves and scarf for cold comforts
canada.echodesign.com, gloves $32, scarf $38
Give the gift of warmth to a loved one on your list with these cosy wool gloves and scarf. Bring a vibrant dose of colour to their outerwear with these sunset colour-blocked winter accessories.
3. Sweater for the holidays
Moon at The Bay, $79
This sweater is nothing like the ugly holiday sweater that your great-aunt knitted for you from Christmas past.
A sweater like this is a great gift to give -- we'd love to cosy up to this luxurious black cardigan from Moon. It still has a dose of festive flare with the addition of rhinestone studs sprinkled throughout.
4. Laptop bag for busy commuters
David Jones, sears.ca, $80
Reptile skins are one of the biggest trends for fall/winter -- and we just adore this faux croc compartment bag equipped with a cross-body strap. It's the perfect gift for a student or a commuter who totes his or her laptop and papers to and from the office.
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5. Earrings: Blinging on a budget
Expressions, exclusively at The Bay, $16
Give the gift of holiday sparkle with these gold toned earrings. The intricate detail and warm golden hue gives these earrings statement status without the pitfalls of being too big and heavy.
6. Blush makeup palette: It's blush hour
In the dead of winter, no one can argue with what a fresh flush of colour can do for sallow winter skin. Enter the Nars Danmari Palette.
Named in honour of the oldest form of Kabuki theatre, this show-stopping palette houses six of the brand's top selling blush shades. Come Nov. 1, run -- don't walk -- to your nearest Sephora, because these will sell like hotcakes.
7. Joe Fresh's makeup palette will make you snap to it!
Real Canadian Superstores, $10 each level
We know you're hip to supporting Canadian-made goods -- so have you tried Joe Fresh beauty products yet? Their latest innovation, a snap-together palette with a mirror and custom colours is out of the this world.
Take an entire look with you (save for the mascara and foundation), toss in your purse and go. You can select your own colour or choose from their pre-determined shades.
8. Eye shadow palette
select The Bay and Murale stores, $80
Know a friend who lives for eye makeup? We bet she'll lose her mind over the Yves Saint Laurent 5 Color Eye Shadow Palette Noir Terriblement. It's so jaw-droppingly stunning, there's only one drawback -- it almost looks too pretty to use.
9. Scented candle for instant luxury
Bath and Body Works, $3.50 (1.6 oz) $22.50 (14.5 oz)
Buying beauty products can be personal, so when you're unsure, err on the side of caution and try a deliciously scented candle instead.
Scent-trailblazers Slatkin & Co. offer a range of sweet ones, such as Dark Chocolate Mint and Holiday Gumdrop, as well as some more subtle aromatic blends, like Winter Cabin and Sleigh Ride.
Wrap with some complementary candies and you're all set.
10. Moisturizing products for lips, nails and body
Major drugstores, from $20
We're all for over-the-top treats but sometimes, giving a gift that someone really needs is the best way to go.
Burt's Bees Embossed Tin Set is just plain perfect -- three cult faves from the all-natural brand's collection, including a cuticle cream, nourishing lip balm and milk and honey body moisturizer — things every girl needs. And the cheery yellow tin? Who could resist?
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