If you are more geared toward practicality than labels, you’ll love what Amber at Luxe for Less has to say. She runs down great alternative gifts (or gifts for yourself) that give you the same utility with good looks for far less than the designer brands.
For instance, in the video piece, she shows off a fabulous Stella McCartney faux croc carry-on. But if it gets lost, you will be seriously crying in baggage claim. At $1,900, you should also invest in a GPS device just in case it goes missing. Meanwhile, Rockland Luggage has a 3-piece set which won’t break the bank ($139) while still delivering glam style.
I’m not a big jewelry person, but I understand that if you are flying off for an event, you may need some pieces to spice up your ensemble. Jewelry rolls are excellent ways to keep your pieces organized and relatively untangled or damaged. The Smythson she features is gorgeous, but almost $600. That’s probably more than most of my jewelry is worth combined. Meanwhile, you can get a chic monogrammed Celeste Leather Jewelry Roll for only $44 at PotteryBarn.com. It’s lovely, affordable, and far more secure than my alternative—clear sandwich bags.
So, if you’d rather spend the equivalent of a trip to Europe on a trip to Europe than on your travel accessories, be sure to catch Amber’s Luxe for Less full report where she breaks down high style options for everything from sunglasses to travel throws perfect for winter travel.