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Gift Guide on a College Budget

If you’re anything like me, then Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales rendered you defenseless against delving a little too deep into your wallet. Let’s be real…when J. Crew’s sale beckons with cashmere, I respond accordingly. But while most of us don’t find ourselves in utter financial ruin after such a shopping spree (at least I hope not), we could likely benefit from adhering to our college budget as the holiday gifting season commences.  Fear not –I am the queen of stretching budgets.  I come bearing gift ideas for everyone on your list from J.Crew and other online retailers.  I know, venturing into non-J.Crew territory may be daunting, but I promise I’ll metaphorically hold your hand as we plunge into unfamiliar waters.

Let’s start with the most important person on your list—you.  Just kidding, you probably should start with the people who dealt with your shenanigans for 18+ years.  Mom deserves something timeless and beautiful, just like her (brownie points if you use that line on her)! Try the Snow Cluster Collar ($54) from Baublebar, an online retailer that offers jewelry for all tastes at reasonable prices.  If Mom is a little bold, buy the Noir Hex Strand ($42) from Baublebar’s collaboration with Atlantic-Pacific. And with free shipping, $10 off your first order, and often a bonus gift, what’s not to love about Baublebar? Might as well get your sister, neighbor, and second cousin something too!

The JCR Girls - Holiday Gift Guide - Necklaces from Baublebar
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I don’t think Dad or the other men in your life will appreciate jewelry, so let’s try a different direction.  If your dad is anything like mine, then he probably has every tech gadget on the market.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the funds to buy him the latest iPhone, so I’m going to look into tech accessories instead.   Let us venture back to J.Crew and check out the Leather Case for iPhone ($38).  The case is functional and classic while the leather adds a luxurious touch.  Try the suede version for the iPhone 4.  And as a stocking stuffer, throw in the J.Crew Men’s Backup Battery for iPhone (though you’ll probably end up stealing this from Dad)! J. Crew Gift Guide - Tech Accessories for Men

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Finally, for those fashion forward folk on your list (or maybe just yourself), I recommend checking out Piperlime’s Gifts under $100.  Many of these items are current, functional, and well priced.  Piperlime offers phenomenal customer service, free shipping, and often extra discounts! My personal favorites from this list include the Lunna Loafers from DV by Dolce Vita ($79) and the Nutcracker Coat by Tinley Road ($74.99). The JCR Girls 2012 Gift Guide - Under $100 from Piperlime

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I hope you manage to find gifts for all the lovely people in your life and to, most importantly, avoid filing for chapter 7. Let’s not start 2013 in bankruptcy please!

Happy holidays!

-Julia