Ah, the thrill of the hunt! For this installment of Cheap Thrills, we went hunting for great finds under $25, and we’re happy to report mission accomplished! From a gaggle of bags (we really couldn’t help ourselves) to works from regional artists, we’ve gathered a group of affordable treasures we love, and we had some serious fun along the way!
Silky-soft lips are hard to come by this winter (says the girl with chapped lips), but Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex can help. It’s designed to enhance lips by adding moisture and diminishing fine lines. It’s ultrahydrating and paraben-free, too. Find it for $17.50 at the Skin Clinics in Germantown.
For those of us who need a little, ahem, coverage in between visits to the colorist, Style Edit Root Touch-Up is just the ticket. It is a powder that covers gray temporarily and shampoos out easily. Apply with a sponge applicator for quick touch-ups. $25 at Salon Liani
Quote us on that
Leave it to Mrs. Jones to find a perfectly sized, must-have pouch that’s both fashionable and functional. These canvas quote bags offer song lyrics, poetry or a little inspiration, and they are just $16. Find them at me & mrs. jones in Germantown.
This super-sturdy pouch made of recycled materials is perfect for a beach vacation, to hold cosmetics or to keep all those pesky tech cords in one place. $5.99 at Sprouts Farmers Market
Is that a monkey in your pocket?
We’re happy to see the Pocket Monkey, a do-everything tool that comes in two sizes and is TSA-approved, sold out at Christmas. And, yes, that was partially our doing, as we gave it to every man on our list (and a few women, too!). They’re back in stock for $12.95 and up at Dixie Pickers.
These little earrings come in a variety of shapes and messages and are perfect for big girls and little ones alike. $15.50 at Menage Fine Stationery
Stay on message, or send one, with this small, zippered bag featuring hot pink messages of love, aspiration and inspiration. They’re perfect for corralling credit cards or for tucking into a backpack. $10 each at Sachi
Love this lovey
Super-soft and super-sweet, this mini lovey is perfectly sized for baby and will likely become a must-carry-everywhere accessory. $22 at Palladio Interiors
Color us Memphis
Artist Carolyn Pollan created a Memphis-themed coloring book featuring iconic scenes of the city. From the bicycle bridge at Overton Park to the Peabody ducks and the Levitt Shell, this Memphis coloring book is a great way to introduce kids (okay, and adults!) to the city’s most famous landmarks and spaces. Find it at Bingham & Broad for $20.
This sweet bunny painting, available in pink or a minty blue/green, is an inexpensive way to add a little original art to the nursery. $24 at Sheffield Antiques in Collierville
These gorgeous, yet delicate, pottery vases by artisan Steve Tubbs make a statement alone or in a grouping. $18 each at Babcock Gifts
Those who can’t arrange fresh flowers must rely on the talents of others. In this case, it’s our favorite go-to bouquet at Whole Foods that’s always available as a quick gift, whether for oneself or for a hostess or friend. $9.99
Party in the 901 with these awesome Styrofoam go cups that show your allegiance to your hometown. Set of 10, $9.95 at RSVP Stationers
Who says office supplies can’t be fun? This colorful plastic tray is great for holding office supplies, as a catchall on a dresser top or even to serve guests. $25, including monogram. Available at Happi-Stores in Germantown