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UPDATE: This story was originally published on November 23.
Between entertaining countless relatives, cooking up a storm, and stressing over party outfit upon party outfit, it's easy to forget what this time of year is truly about:
presents the company of loved ones. But seriously, what would the holidays be without giving (and receiving!) gifts?
The joy of shopping, wrapping, and seeing someone else's eyes light up after opening that special something is what transforms us from Scrooge to Santa. However, there is one small obstacle in our way: our bank accounts. Gifting our entire list (hello, mailman) can get majorly pricey, so we set out to find the best cheap gifts that (almost no) money can buy. The end result? A plethora of luxe pressies that totally defy their price tags — from cozy scarves to designer beauty products. Oh! And did we mention that everything's under $30?
Per capita, Japanese women are the number one beauty spenders in the world. With a focus on preventive care, they swear by the all-important step of exfoliation. But, in the spas and on shelves, facial scrubs are scarce, and there is nary a microderm treatment in sight. Here's what they use, instead. read
If you’re like me, the sound of Christmas music being piped through the speakers of every major retailer is like a siren to the subconscious that, though it’s still November, you're behind the curve on getting my holiday shopping done. And, holiday shopping is no easy task when you’re an eco-chic specimen who wants read