It’s the most wonderful time of the year! During this holiday season, StyleBlueprint searches high and low across the city to find the best gifts for under $50 from all of our wonderful local stores. Buy for friends, family, teachers and even maybe a couple for yourself, all without breaking the bank. Remember to download the free SB Guide App to your phone before you shop so you can keep up with the latest info from local boutiques.
POUCHES AND BAGS
These faux suede Shiraleah clutches come in great neutral colors, which means they will match any cute outfit for the holidays and thereafter. Large enough to hold a phone, lipstick and all the other essentials, these are still small enough to tote around easily. Sold at Tunie’s for $46, these would make a great gift for a friend, a girlfriend or even for yourself.
Leave it to Lilly Pulitzer to make the most ordinary of bags extraordinary. These zippered pouches can be used to hold and organize anything in your bigger bag, from cosmetics to paper clips. These are sold at Peppermint Palm for $48 each.
Crossbody or clutch
Want a clutch? Want a crossbody? Now you can have the best of both worlds. Use as a clutch, then, when you fill your hands with a drink and a plate of food, take out the chain and make it a crossbody. These are sold at Colonial Designs for $41.
These Natural Life cotton canvas totes from Fresh Boutique in Westport Village are available in many cute patterns, and all have great names, such as Gypsy Vagabond and Not all That Wander Are Lost. It has a flat base, which means it can stand up on its own while holding your groceries or your laptop. Best part is they are washable. These are sold for $46 each.
Seems as though we are always on the hunt for an earring that will go with everything, and that is lightweight and elegant all at the same time. These earrings with concentric circles are available in gold and silver at Merci Boutique for $20. Get one or both pairs without breaking your gift budget.
This is a charm bracelet where less is definitely more. Instead of having lots of charms, these simple and elegant bracelets have only two and they make a statement: a pearl and an initial. Cartwheels sells them for $35, and for that price, these would be a great gift for any lady in your life.
These sleek, modern, turquoise drop earrings at cale & cole add a strong touch of color with little effort. They are also lightweight and easy to wear. Turquoise is a great complement to all the colors of your fall wardrobe. These are sold for $36.
This lightweight gold necklace is a tubular, mesh choker that slips on quickly and you never even realize it’s there. But you will notice how finished your outfit is immediately with this lovely piece. This is sold at Collections for $36. Pair with everything from a holiday dress to a white T-shirt — that is how versatile it is.
Why the name travel bracelets? Because who would want to travel with their nice real jewelry? These bracelets are beautiful, delicate and glowing on your arm, but are not the real thing. Fine by us! Gather up an armful at Clater Jewelers and head on your way. These are $42 each.
We have all heard of a statement necklace, but this is a statement ring. Made from natural stone, this purple, oblong ring would enhance any finger on your hand. These are sold at Liv Boutique for $33.
This necklace puts a new spin on the tassel necklace, with the luxurious suede tassel hanging from a circle pendant. Because of the chain on this necklace, it can be worn at a variety of lengths. This is sold at M.E. Modern Elegance for $42.
Louisville city grid earrings
This is a great way to show hometown pride, or to give directions straight from your person. These handcrafted Louisville city grid earrings are a delicate circle dangle that show our city in all its beauty. Sold at Revelry Boutique Gallery for $45
BEAUTY & HEALTH
Lip gloss gift set
Pucker up! This is A Gift to Make Her Smile, by Aveda. It includes Golden Lily and Holly Berry lip glazes and comes prewrapped in a cute green bag. All this is $22, and is sold at Joseph’s Salon and Spa. Now be sure to find some mistletoe to really show off those luscious lips.
Eye shadow palette and kit
It’s one thing to buy an eye shadow, but it is definitely another to buy a preselected palette of eye shadows AND have the directions on how to apply it. Not only does this kit by Jane Iredale have all that, it also gives you multiple looks on how to do a smoky eye without looking like a clown. Sold at J. Michael’s Salon and Spa for $50
Rosemary mint stress pack
Everyone is familiar with the wonderful, soothing scent of Rosemary Mint by Aveda, and now it is available in a hand and body wash, as well. Pair that wash with the popular and effective Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme, and you have a perfect pair for your hands. The extra benefit is the aromatherapy, which automatically helps you destress. Might want to buy this one in bulk for the holidays. Available at Omagi Salon Spa for $45
Aloetherapy gift set
More soothing sets, and this one from Eufora promises to soothe, calm and replenish your hair and body. It includes a Soothing Hair-Body Cleanse, a Soothing Conditioner and a smaller size Moisture Mist for Hair and Body. Aloe is a wonderful moisturizer and is especially effective in our cold Kentucky winters. This set is $49 at Primp Style Lounge.
This is not a normal eyeliner, it is a GlideLiner, which literally glides on your eye and has definite staying power. The easy application allows you to tug at your eyes less, which helps prevent lines and wrinkles. There are four eyeliners, a sharpener and a cosmetic bag wristlet included in this kit. The colors are sapphire, cognac, rose gold and truffle. These are available at Clique Waxing Boutique for $40.
Shea butter and sugar are the secret ingredients in this exfoliating body scrub, handmade by Black Kettle in Texas. This comes in the form of a cube, and adding water to the product creates the perfect amount of scrub for a one-time washing. Dandelion sells these scrubs, which are available in many different flavors, such as mint julep and tea cakes, for $18 a jar.
Tell dead skin cells to take a hike with The Exfoliate from European Wax. Including this in your beauty routine at least two to three times a week will polish and prime your skin allowing optimum moisturization, perfect for the winter months. The Exfoliate is $38.
Skin care products
The Skyn Lounge offers many products under $50 that help you achieve and maintain a great complexion. SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser ($34) removes impurities and oil without drying out the skin. Using it with the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($34) will promote healthy skin renewal. The CARITA Paris Supreme Wrinkle Solution Eye Patch ($15) helps instantly reduce signs of fatigue after 10 minutes. OBAGI Hydrate ($50) provides all-day moisture and protection, and can be used morning and at night.
Give the gift of relaxation and all-over mind, body and spiritual wellness from Bend and Zen Hot Yoga. There are so many classes to pick from, each one answering your body’s call for stretching, destressing and relaxation. For $45, Bend and Zen offers unlimited classes for an entire month. Try one class or 30, it’s all good. Namaste.
You can never have enough pairs of gloves, especially during our cold winters. I bet everyone you know could use a new set of gloves after the abuse all of ours took last winter. Monkee’s has so many great pairs, in so many great colors, that it’s time to stock up. These are $48 a pair and are sure to keep your hands warm.
Never lose your scarf again if it has your monogram on it. These scarves from Two Chicks and Company are soft, and come in nearly every color and every monogram color, too. Pick and choose the color for that special person and for only $12, you have a great, customized gift. The monogramming is included in the price.
With six different ways to wear this scarf, all of which are detailed on the back of the label, and only a $24 price tag, we are sure that you will get your money’s worth with this fashion piece. Sold in plenty of different colors and patterns, it is literally like wearing a blanket, so soft and warm. These are sold at Apricot Lane for $24.
Show some pride in either blue or red, but always in Kentucky, with these seersucker hats by Lauren James. These lightweight ball caps are great for keeping the sun off your face and for covering up a bad hair day. Blu Boutique in Middletown sells these for $32 each.
Fur infinity scarf with a hood
Infinity scarves are everywhere these days. But it is rare to see one with a built-in hood! Here, Ashton from Rodeo Drive models the scarf the adorable hood and without. This is so warm and fuzzy, you might not ever take it off. These are sold at Rodeo Drive for $42.
Stay warm this winter with beautiful scarves in many different colors and patterns. Sold at Boutique Serendipity ranging from $28 to $48, you can buy one for everyone on your list to make sure they keep warm and cozy this year.
In the same vein as the Kentucky hats, these are athletic shorts by Lauren James featuring our beloved Commonwealth on the side panels. Also available in red and blue, so all the sports fans in your house will be happy. These shorts are sold at The Shirt Shop for $48 each.
Boot season is here and you need something to cover your legs under those boots. Something Blue sells Peek a Boot socks, where a small ruffle detail “peeks” out of the top of your boot, giving it an extra something special for your entire look. These socks come in white, black and gray for $21.
This semisheer, wine-colored dress from General Eccentric will have heads turning. Step out in style in this little number for your holiday parties and all winter long for only $42.
This shave soap and accompanying brush are packaged up and ready to go for only $18 for the men on your list. Made by local company Moss Hill, this shave kit is the scent of Faded Blue Jeans and it smells terrific and manly, as well.
These aren’t just any old socks. They are striped, patterned, themed and maybe a couple plain picks in there. Surely your man would love a pair of fun, lightweight wool socks? These are sold by the gaggle at J. McLaughlin for $24 a pair.
This is the perfect gift for a man of any age. This magnetic money clip holds just the bare essentials, cash and credit cards, without having to lug around your entire wallet. The best part of this money clip is that magnets hold both sides close together and the goods don’t fall out. These are sold for $20 at The Fashion Post.
Spread joy and Christmas cheer this season with the gift of a darling Reed & Barton snow globe. These are sold at the Lee W. Robinson Company for $45.
Some of us can’t contain our excitement for the Christmas season. Decorating our lawns and our houses just isn’t enough. These cute reindeer bags are just what people need to decorate themselves while keeping everything together. They are sold at Dolfinger’s for $21 each.
Buy a gift that will continue to give, long after the holidays are over. Plant this bulb and a beautiful amaryllis will bloom, with very little effort on your part. Digs has tons of these bulbs, but the jumbo amaryllis makes the biggest impact, for only $25 and lots of time to enjoy the finished product.
Something so simple, so functional and so lovely as this copper tray is a perfect addition to an elegant home. Sold at Merridian Home Furnishings, it’s beautiful all by itself, or fill it with seasonal decor. Either way you decide, the decision to spend only $35 on it is the best decision.
Get rid of your boring, old, white cocktail napkins, and trade them out for these witty, whimsical, embroidered ones from Posh Home in Chenoweth Plaza. Let the napkins do the talking. These retail for $36 for a set of four.
These books, sold at Vintage Style and Design, help with all of us who love DIY and redecorating our homes. Focusing on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, these show you how painting your furniture and/or your room is the cheapest makeover there is. These books range in price from $19.99 to $35.99.
Votive candle holder
These votive candle holders are industrial chic and can easily transition from outdoors to indoors depending on your need for mood lighting. Sold at Blooms by Essential Details in La Grange for $14.95 each, pick up enough to fill your table or just to scatter around the house.
Platter with dipping bowl
Enjoy everything you place on this platter, and savor it with whatever you use as a dip. Do that because the platter tells you to do so. Got it! This platter has a handle for easy transport and is the perfect size for antipasto, baguette or grilled veggies. This is sold at 7 Southern Giraffes in Norton Commons for $41.50.
YETI’s ability to keep things cold all day, whether it be a cooler or a tumbler, is incredible. Keep your favorite cold beverage icy cold all day, all 30 ounces of it, too! These are sold at Circe/SWAG for $39.99 and are great gifts for both men and women.
These owl mugs are adorable and endearing, and they made us want to buy up the entire shelf to have a complete set. These hand-painted, ceramic mugs are sold at Clay & Cotton for $24 each. We think it’s time to start an owl collection, don’t you?
Sea salt is the seasoning from the gods, so let’s honor it by putting it somewhere nice. These wooden, handcrafted salt cellars have a fleur de lis on top and hinge open and closed to keep your salt fresh. Leave by your cooktop and use at your leisure to season your food. Available at Honest Home for $12 each
Break out the holiday dishes! Louisville Stoneware has an entire collection, Santa’s Elves, devoted to Christmas. With elves, Santa and even Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, buying a set of mugs as gifts is a good place to start. Nothing will get you in the Christmas spirit faster than drinking your coffee or eggnog out of one of these mugs. These are $26 each.
Every good Kentuckian has a horse ornament on the Christmas tree. We have to — it’s our way of life here! These beautiful ornaments have tartan plaid frames and sketches of thoroughbreds throughout. Sold at Robin’s Nest Interiors for $10 each, these are great gifts for teachers.
For all the wine lovers out there, you can smell the aromatics of a good wine from this candle while you are actually drinking wine. These Rewined candles are sold for $29 at Urban Farmhouse Market and have the scents of Mimosa, Pinot Noir and Riesling, just to name a few.
Breakfast service tray
Imagine having everything you need at the breakfast table all in one place. Here it is, a home for your creamer, sugar and jam. Pour your coffee, serve your croissant and set up the rest of your meal off this tray. This is sold at Work the Metal for $40, and does not include the accompaniments!
Do you love your dog? Do you love your dog enough to get a small objet d’art with their breed? Available at Celebrations, you can buy a small statuette for $16.75 or a ceramic box for $18.75. Find your breed and find a perfect area in your home to place it. Then give your dog a nice treat and good snuggle and tell them not to break it.
To divert your dog’s attention away from the beautiful ceramic replica of them above, buy a whole pail of balls or fetch toys from Scout on Market. The Fetch pillows are $18 for the large pillow and $15 for the small pillow. The Good Dog pail is $18 and the balls inside are $5 each. The dog is priceless!
We hope you have a fantastic holiday season filled with affordable FINDS and lots of peace and joy.