15 Designer Gifts That'll Make Them Feel Special Without Breaking Your Budget
We love a good dupe as much as the next person, but sometimes, you've just got to treat yourself to something designer. We all deserve to be spoiled every now and then, and for fashion-lovers like ourselves, that comes in the form of a worthwhile designer find. Before you jump to the thought of thousand-dollar handbags and belts that read Gucci, it's important to be aware that there is such a thing as affordable designer gifts (gasp!), and we're here to prove it. From wallets to bracelets, jewelry to sunglasses, bags to scarves, and more everyday items, numerous high-end picks can fall well within your shopping budget — all while still giving the illusion of something luxurious and high-end. We've taken care of the hard part and shopped out some items from name brands like Chanel, Le Labo, YSL, and more, so all you have to do is order, wrap, and gift them (or simply keep something for yourself).
The stylish selections of designer products we gathered are all under $300, so you can pamper your loved ones with exactly what they want this year without breaking the bank. Whether you're shopping for the upcoming holiday season, a birthday, or just because they deserve it, these gifts are relevant any time of year. They're designer gifts, after all, so they're made to last forever. Keep reading to shop these affordable luxury gifts, but be careful — you might end up wanting a few for yourself.
— Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak, Krista Jones, and Haley Lyndes
An Aromatic Candle
Byredo Bibliotheque Candle ($45-$90)
The simplicity and scent of this internet-loved candle makes it look and smell so irresistibly chic. The brand's popular Bibliotheque scent has hints of peach, plum, and vanilla. The candle is both woody and aromatic and has a scent strong enough to fill an entire room. Read our review of the Taylor Swift-loved Byredo candles for more shopping inspiration.
For a stocking stuffer that they'll never forget (and can wear on repeat throughout the winter season), go for these luxurious wool gloves from Rag & Bone. The accessory is made from a high-quality wool material that's designed to last, so they'll be able to wear them again and again.
A Gold-Plated Necklace
If they prefer gold jewelry to silver accessories, they'll be delighted to receive this gold-plated piece from Alighieri's high-end collection. The necklace is subtle but still manages to make an eye-catching statement with its two delicate pendants.
A Stylish Phone Case
This checkered phone case is certainly a looker. Its boxy print shows off a green and cream combination that's ideal for mirror selfies and day-to-day use. The case works on wireless chargers and has the ability to be personalized, making it extra special.
A Luxe Lip Balm
La Mer The Lip Balm ($80)
Get them the best of the best with this decadent lip balm from La Mer. It makes for the perfect stocking stuffer. The balm contains a hint of mint that calms, restores, and conditions the lips to help soften dryness. This is ideal for cold-weather-induced chapped lips, and even celebrities like Selena Gomez are fans of the brand.
A Best Selling Fragrance
Le Labo is best known for its internet-viral Santal 33 fragrance, and now you can pick up the favored scent in a travel set. The bundle comes with a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and body lotion that smell as delicious as the perfume itself. Plus, it arrives in a wax canvas pouch to emphasize its overall look. There's a reason Santal 33 made it into our best perfumes guide — it's that good.
There's so much to love about these sparkly sneakers from Michele Lopriore. Not only is the shoe a dupe for a much more expensive version, but it has a soft leather exterior that's easy to clean off and is comfortable on the feet. The glitzy kicks won't go unnoticed and are sure to be a staple in any fashion-lover's closet.
A Floral Arrangement
Who doesn't love receiving flowers as a gift? This arrangement is especially elegant, as it comes with freshly cut roses delivered in a Parisian-infused box. Our editor hailed the floral gift as being totally worth it in this Venus Et Fleur Arrangement product review.
A Wool Scarf
They'll feel like a million bucks with this luxurious wool scarf wrapped around their neck. The accessory has become a wardrobe staple for editors and influencers alike, known for its chunky design, luxurious feel, and ability to keep you feeling warm through even the briskest winter temperatures.
A Packable Hat
Hats are a great accessory, but when you're traveling, they can be a pain in the you-know-what to carry. Meet the "crushable" safari hat, an accessory that can actually be packed in a suitcase. Its crushable design is made to fit into small spaces and quickly regain strength, making it a perfect choice for those on the go. Read our review of the brand's Sierra Crushable Wool Safari Hat for more.
A Personalized Purse
If they love fashion, they'll adore this leather crossbody bag. The envelope-style accessory is made of high-quality leather, comes with an accompanying gold chain, and can be personalized with their initials on the front. Open it up to reveal six sewn-in leather card slots, a zipped compartment, and a general section to hold keys and a phone. Read our editor-backed review of the Willow Envelope Italian Leather Crossbody Bag for more.
A Luxury Hand Soap
If they have yet to experience the magic of Aesop products, it might just change their life. This particular formula includes finely milled pumice that gently exfoliates to leave their hands feeling super soft and smooth. Plus, its woody, earthy fragrance is a treat. It's an aesthetically pleasing hand soap that any decor-lover will appreciate receiving.
These stunning Gucci earrings will surely make a statement. They're perfect for that someone special in your life and are versatile enough to pair with other jewelry or wear alone. Made of sterling silver, these earrings won't bother sensitive ears, either.
An Everyday Tote Bag
Cuyana Easy Tote ($268)
This do-it-all tote is a perfect everyday bag. It's super lightweight and designed to be taken with them anywhere. Its timeless design will never go out of style. Get it if they've been in the market for a new one — it's a POPSUGAR editor favorite. Read our Cuyana Easy Tote review to learn more.
These Versace sunglasses will look perfect with any outfit. Its large lenses will block out sunlight in almost all directions. The sunnies come with a velvet hard case and cleaning cloth that'll help maintain the accessory's quality over time.