The Best Gifts We Found At The Mall — Under $150

We've all clocked our fair share of hours at the mall — loitering in food courts, casually browsing department stores, and applying full faces of makeup at beauty counters. While these are all fond memories, during the holiday season a trip to the mall is a whole different ball game.
It goes like this: Once (or, if) you find a parking spot, you must traverse crowds of anxious shoppers, all hoping to cross the last names off their gift list. You flag down salespeople, then you spend what feels like an eternity in line to pay — a wait that stretches on due to the lack of cell service. And, if you manage to escape without a sugar pretzel in hand, you consider yourself a victor.
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But, it can be a less stressful experience — if you go in with a game plan. We nailed down three items from each of the major mall stores, so you can cut your visit short. And, if you're still not keen on circling the parking lot several times, you can shop from the comfort of your couch. It's a win-win scenario that'll have you singing like Robin Sparkles.
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American Eagle Outfitters
You'll never lose your friend in a crowd with this bright hat.
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American Eagle Outfitters
There's no greater gift than the gift of comfort, and this shirt certainly delivers.
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American Eagle Outfitters
Pretty pajamas are a vastly overrated gift. Luckily, Aerie has all your nightie needs covered.
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Old Navy
Cross-body bags are always a solid choice, both for your closest friends and those distant cousins you don't know that well.
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Old Navy
Help your loved ones look polished 24/7: All it takes is a polished pajama top.
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Old Navy
Look at that lining — it makes us want to sleep in these slippers.
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Abercrombie & Fitch
This sleek wool moto jacket knows no age — everyone from your teenage cousins to your S.O. could use a cold-weather-topper upgrade.
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Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie teamed up with cool-kid brand Superga to design these chrome kicks, sure to please anyone on your list.
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Abercrombie & Fitch
A&F also teamed up with Woolrich on these amazingly cozy blankets.
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Banana Republic
Apparel can be tricky: Unless you're very tuned into your gift recipient's aesthetic, it can be hard to separate out what he or she would want from what you would buy yourself. But, sweaters are a solid choice, for both your closest friends and your relatives you haven't seen in years. (Although, you'll probably want this jumper all for yourself.)
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Banana Republic
These gloves were made for texting. Seriously: The material on the fingertips allows you to type on a smartphone. So, you can tweet in the cold — probably about how cold it is.
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Banana Republic
This coffee-table book will not only dress up any living room it lives in, it'll also provide plenty of inspiration to revamp the space.

The Big Book of Chic, $65, available at Banana Republic.
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Nordstrom
Who says adults can't wear backpacks?
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Nordstrom
Rifle Paper Co. is always a crowd-pleaser: Their adorable prints look great on virtually every form of stationery. And, because these cute notebooks come in sets of two, you can give one to a friend and keep the other. Score!
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Nordstrom
This season, give the gift of cool: These iridescent Frends headphones instantly add flair.
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J.Crew
This shearling-lined turtleneck is what winter dreams are made of.
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J.Crew
A solid vest will go over well with all of your friends, regardless of personal style — the prepster and vintage-lover alike will appreciate the extra torso warmth.
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J.Crew
Whether you're the one who's traveling or your family's making the trek to see you, anyone on your gift list could use this handy jewelry holder. Open this pouch up, and out roll zipped-up pockets for all your storage needs.
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Gap
You can rest assured that no one will greet these sweatpants with an eye-roll. You can always count on the Gap to make joggers look chic.
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Gap
If your gift recipients live in cold climates (like many of us do), they'll love this knit bomber — it's great for layering in the winter and also works as a light topper during the spring.
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Gap
"I don't really need a new belt," said no one, ever.
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Macy's
Anyone would be delighted to unwrap these colorful, striped sunglasses in the dead of winter: They'll remind them that sunnier (and warmer) times are on the way!
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Macy's
Odds are, there's a fashion-inclined person on your holiday shopping list. If that's true, she probably has her eyes on the ever-elusive Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. You can give her this year's hottest bag, on a budget.
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Macy's
Calves need to stay warm, too. Don't underestimate the power of a solid riding boot.
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Madewell
Have a cousin who's always fumbling for her keys in her oversized shoulder bag? A best friend who spends 10 minutes searching for her wallet when you meet up for drinks? They can keep the items in their purse organized with this pouch — or, they can even use the pouch as the purse.
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Madewell
You don't even need to wrap these gorgeous stud earrings — Madewell did the job for you.
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Madewell
The life of the party on your holiday list will love this trinket: It's a speaker you carry like a keychain, but it connects to your music player via Bluetooth, so you can play your music on the go, within a 30-foot range.
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H&M
These hoop earrings only look expensive.
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H&M
For the cat person on your holiday list.
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H&M
For the heel-lover who simply can't wait for the snow to melt: Sandals that really step to it, with a ribbed sole to ward off any late-spring slush.
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Forever 21
Your loved one will be able to carry all his or her essentials: cell phone, notebooks, and, of course, gifts for you.
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Forever 21
A pearl ring, with a (literal) twist.
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Forever 21
Fill this mug up with your warm beverage of choice, and the battery — like your soul — will recharge.
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Free People
These cozy mittens will be very appreciated in the mid-December chill.
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Free People
We may be grown, but a snow globe never loses its wonder. And, it's a great nightstand trinket.
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Free People
Play Professor Trelawney with your loved ones with this introductory tea-leaf-reading kit. Oh, the things you could learn...
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Urban Outfitters
A scarf with pockets? We're sold.
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Urban Outfitters
A gorgeous clutch to take everywhere — and, a shoulder strap to make sure your giftee doesn't accidentally leave it somewhere.
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Urban Outfitters
Keep an eye on your little siblings or younger relatives: This printed pillow will liven up the sad, twin-XL-sized mattresses in a college dorm room.
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Anthropologie
The literary in your life would love some sparkle in their bookcase.
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Anthropologie
We're really feeling the eyes this season.
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Anthropologie
This colorful faux-fur stole brightens up any winter ensemble.
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LOFT
Fashionable comfort is the gift that keeps on giving: Your loved ones can wear these slippers inside the house, across the city, and across the world.
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LOFT
Cozy knits are always a thoughtful gift. And, this cardigan is perfect for work, weekends, and any adventure that may pop up in between.
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LOFT
Diamonds not in your budget? These studs are the second best thing.
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Mango
Every closet can use a black cross-body bag. And, a touch of crocodile print makes this number stand out from the crowd.
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Mango
The ankle straps ensure that these dainty flats stay put, whether it be for a night of dancing or long city strolls.
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Mango
As a kid, you got a gold star for excelling. Now, when you're an awesome friend, you get a Mango clutch dotted with stars.
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Aldo
Our go-to store for affordable shoes also has a strong handbag game going on.
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Aldo
...But, we still can't forget their unbeatable booties.
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Aldo
Let the clutch do the talking.
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Neiman Marcus
Missoni mittens — say that five times fast.
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Neiman Marcus
Let's not forget, it is December. Gifts that keep you warm are by far the best kind.
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Neiman Marcus
Spread the positive energy.
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Bloomingdale's
Diptyque candles may look small, but they have the power to make any room feel incredibly luxurious.
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Bloomingdale's
Get a head start on spring pastels.
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Bloomingdale's
For your friend who never leaves the house: a cozy robe!
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