GIFT GUIDE! Cheap Last Minute Gifts/Stocking Stuffers

Happy Blogmas! It's day 12 (remember, I'm blogging everyday, so check and see if you've missed a post!) and today I have more gift ideas to share. Ok, so it's crunch time. Maybe you're invited to a party and need a quick gift. Or the office party. Or Secret Santa. Or a Stocking Stuffer. Or...you get the idea. Maybe you need a gift for the hard-to-buy-for teen girl. Cater these to your style and budget. Feel free to swap out products, as these are merely suggestions. Remember, it's all about the presentation, too. Put these in a cute bag or add a fancy bow. Enjoy!

Idea #1: The Beginner Eyes Kit

The is for the girl who wants to begin wearing eye shadow but doesn't know where to start. The kit includes:
  • Basic Mascara (I like CoverGirl's Great Lash or Maybelline's One by One) $3-5
  • Eye Shadow Palette (Wet N Wild has great pigmentation for such a low price--this one is Walking on Eggshells and is so wearable. And the directions are printed right on the product/package) $3-4
  • Fluffy Brush (optional, but helpful for getting the crease color just right--this one is from Target or ELF for $3)
    • Total: $9-12
Idea #2: Smoky Eyes Kit

This kit is great for those girls attending holiday parties or a night out:
  • Liquid Liner, Elf $3 (totally optional, as shadow can be used to smudge on the lower lash line)
  • Crease and Smudge Brushes, Target or ELF, $1-3 
  • Wet N Wild Palette in Don't Steal My Thunder, $3-4 (just follow the directions! I used this palette HERE)
    • Total: $7-10 

Idea #3 The Glam Kit

This is another take on the holiday parties/night out gift. Add a sequin dress or LBD and she's ready to go! This kit includes:
  • Eyelash Curler, $3 Elf (I curl 5 seconds at the base, 3 seconds in the middle, and 1 second at the end!)
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, $5-6 (one of the best volumizing drugstore mascaras out there)
  • L'Oreal Lipstick in True Red $5-9
  • Bonus: add some glitter liner or glitter polish too!
    • Total: $13-18

Idea #4 Nail Kit

Because every girl needs some sparkle! Include whatever festive colors you'd like! And maybe some ideas for nail art could be added on the card. Included in the kit:
  • Nail Dryer, $5-10, online/in stores
  • Red Polish, NYC in Chelsea seen here $2
  • Black Polish, ELF $3
  • Glitter Polish, OPI Glow Up Already (seen here) but feel free to sub with a cheaper polish $3+
    • Total: $13 and up

Idea #5 Reader's Kit

I wanted to include something not beauty-related for this last idea. The kids would like this idea too!
  • Book Light, for those late-night reading sessions, $1+
  • Barnes & Noble Gift Card, $10+ (this one says birthday, but you get the idea)
    • Total: $11+
  • I personally like gift cards. Here are some ways to make them a bit more personable:
    • Candy/popcorn +movie gift card (can be for dvd purchase/rental too!)
    • Try a Starbucks gift card and mug/frapp cup. 
    • Ipod case or earphones + Itunes gift card
    • shopping bag+ store gift card (I got one for a grocery store once. I loved it)
    • Manicure kit+ mani/pedi gift card (I only use my stuff if I get my nails/toes done professionally)
Have you finished all of your gift shopping?


  1. This would be perfect for my sister - she is obsessed with anything make-up! Thanks for the idea:)

  2. One can never get too many gift guides - thanks! :-)

  3. Fabulous gift ideas, darling!


  4. Great ideas, hon! Thank you for sharing!!

    Have a wonderful week!


  5. I love all your gifting ideas... they are all great and perfect for the hard-to-buy-for individual.

    Excited to see what else you post!



  6. I love the idea of assembling personalized kits as gifts - what a fun concept.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. I need that Beginners Eye Kit because I am hopeless! xo

  8. Great guides Elle! I especially like how you dress up gift cards and add more personal touches!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  9. Great suggestions!


  10. i'm definitely hoping some of these ideas make it into my stocking!

  11. This is an awesome last min gift guide. Thanks. I'm terrible at getting gifts haha.


  12. Great gift ideas! I could use a new eye lash curler. My covergirl one is shot. It's that time...lol

  13. i have the l'oreal lipstick in true red and LOVE it! it is very moisturizing as well.


  14. Love the gift ideas, my fave are the glitter nail polishes ;)

    I am back from hibernation and have a giveaway, hope you will come check it out ;)

  15. Love these fun and affordable finds! I have just a couple more gifts to buy tomorrow, and then I will be done!

  16. ALMOST finished...but I'm going to make my BF read this post :p

  17. These are great mini gift ideas.
    Thanks for visiting my blog by the way.

  18. I love how you paired everything together! The last one is my favorite, even though it's not a beauty pairing.

  19. These are great girlie!! I would totally love these.

  20. LOVE stocking stuffers...these are all such cute ideas :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  21. Loving the nail and readers kit! :D

  22. Elle, these are great ideas. I like the nail kit a lot! I never think to get a nail dryer!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  23. great ideas! I'll definitely need to accidentally leave this on for the hubbs to see :)

  24. great ideas! I personally would love all this, in case you wanna do a blogger secret santa thing ;)


  25. Great gift ideas! I love getting beauty supplies in my stocking!


    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

  26. Voluminous is my favorite mascara of all! Great gift ideas :)

  27. oh yes girl, all great gift ideas! and easy on the pocketbook, too! :) hope that your weekend was well! have an amazing start to your week!

    love, jamie

  28. Hey, I need these tips for me. I have yet to master the smoky eye. PS, is this your favorite mascara? Mine always seems to flake/smudge by the end of the night.

  29. Love this idea! This would be perfect for a lot of people.

  30. love your ideas for last minute stocking stuffers! still have so much shopping to go!

    xo mary jo

  31. Great idea! Thank you for sharing :) xo akiko
    Style Imported

  32. The smoky eye kit I would gift to myself first!

  33. Love these! What girl wouldn't like these in their stocking?! :)

  34. I am loving the ideas they are absolutely fab! Keep 'em coming.

  35. Such great ideas! I love the idea of the eyes kits as a stocking stuffer!

  36. Oh my goodness- this is a FAB idea! Love the idea of putting together a "kit"

  37. Oh I so miss having a stocking. I'd gladly take any of these babies in there :)

    Hope you're having a good day, sweets! xoxo

  38. Great ideas. Thanks for the suggestions.

  39. Good idea, I always panic with last minute gifts and end up spending too much. Luckily I'm all done for the year. It's a miracle!

  40. Love these...love the nail kit. These are such great ideas!

  41. I really need that nail dryer... the reason why I don't really do my nails is because it takes too long to dry and those 1 coat 60 sec things are too thick for my taste.

  42. These are such cute ideas! I especially love the nail and reader's kits :)

  43. That eye shadow idea is so clever! I definitely have some friends that would benefit from that. Thanks!!

  44. these are perfect ideas. I think the reading light it a great idea too. I needed it for my kindle until I got a cover w/a built in light. They are definitely needed for late night reading!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

  45. these are fantastic ideas! honestly, i would love to get all of them, haha. ;)

    <3, Mimi
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway

  46. well aren't you just super smart putting this all together- with each grouping I was thinking about how perfectly you matched everything. Well done.

  47. i will definitely add this to my gift guide roundup!

  48. I really like this concept! You get nice gift packages together and put some thought into it.

  49. i love these ideas! you have something here for everyone! i love that glitter nail polish. yeah buddy, i do believe i've finished all of my shopping.(: i did all of mine online except for my mom's present. do you like online shopping or the stores better?

  50. Nail polish is always a great stocking filler!


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