December 3, 2009

The Muse’s Gift Guide: Gifts Under $30

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If you’re wanting to keep your gifts on the lower end, say, mmmm $30 or under, this be the guide for you!


I always think that gifts of this price range are good for casual friends (not besties of course) you don’t see to often, or maybe a teacher/professor you really like, or perhaps a distant relative who you’d like to impress with a nice gift but nothing too expensive. It all depends really on your budget but for $30 bucks, right now in this economy, you can get a nice gift for just about anyone really.

These are some of the Muse’s favorite gifts for $30 bucks or under.

Urban Decay Hall of Fame ($29)

  • Urban Decay XL Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero
  • Urban Decay Mini Lipstick in Midnight Cowboy
  • Urban Decay Mini Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in Timothy
  • Urban Decay Mini Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara

The Hall of Fame is a fav for me in the $30 buck range. Coming in just shy of $30 it contains mini essentials from Urban Decay such as gloss, mascara, lipstick, etc…plus it has a big old bottle of UD Primer Potion. It’s a good gift to introduce a friend to the line if they never tried anything from Urban Decay before or even to get hooked on my personal fav, the Primer Potion. Or if you already have a UD lover in your life she’ll be sure to love receiving not only a huge bottle of her fav primer but also cute little minis.

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At $25 the Stila Lip Glaze Collection keeps a low down price but manages to give alot for a very little. With 8 shades of Lip Glaze to choose from you’ll be quite a hit with friends or family members who adore glosses. This one is lush and cheap.

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Palette wise I’d say that the nicest in the $30 and under range would be the Urban Decay Show Pony Palette ($30) and the Too Faced French and Fabulous Palette ($28.50). Makeup lovers in your life will enjoy getting either one of these vibrant palettes particularly teens or twenty-somethings should enjoy the fresh, bold shades. Both are exceptional values for the price.

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For the bath and body folks in your life check out Dylan’s Fridge Full of Sweets Gift Sets ($28). Each cute “fridge” is packed with gumballs (yes, the kind you can chew), a Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat Body Smoothie Lotion and a Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat Soda Pop Shower Gel.

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For fabulous under $30’s check out Philosophy First Snow ($25) this one is lush for the price in my humblest as it includes a nice little box stocked with Philosophy Snow Shower Exfoliating Shower Gel, Philosophy Snow Body Pure Snow Shimmer Body Lotion, and Philosophy Snow Kiss Lip Shine. Keep it just at the $30 buck range with the Philosophy Celebrate! Bucket (A trio of Philosophy Shower Gels) or the Philosophy Cookie Exchange (a foursome of Philosophy Shower Gels).

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Anyone who adores a lovely palette will be thrilled to receive last year’s Isadora Diamond Eye Shadow Palette in Millenium Star. Housed in an elegant mirrored compact and containing five shimmering shades of shadow for $21 the Muse counts it as a unique and beautiful gift (Available from

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Always feel like my best gifts given are from Lush. Friends and family are always surprised and delighted when I introduce them to the joys of Lush and with so MANY gifts to choose from that are already wrapped up pretty (and even include a 15% Off coupon inside) it’s easy to gift without the hassle of wrapping. My personal favs for $30 bucks and under (heck some are even under $20 bucks!) can be found below!

Lush Snow Fairy Gift ($22.95)

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Lush Best Wishes Gift Set ($19.95)

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Lush Christmas Cracker ($13.95)

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Lush Tis the Season ($13.95)

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For an extra special and unique gift check out Tokyo Milk Parfums ($28 Each), the fragrance lover in your life will love this discovery!

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Give the gift of fun fragrances with fine offerings from Demeter all set at a price of $25 or under! Choose gift sets like Demeter Lollipop Duet ($25), Demeter Hershey’s Collection ($20), Demeter Virtual Cookie Jar ($24), and many, many others.

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The MAC lovers in your life will be every so happy to find a MAC Lipglass & Lustreglass Set ($29.50) under the tree especially when it contains five glosses. The pretty box makes it easy for gifting and saving you cash on wrapping it up!

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Prescriptives leaves us soon and any of your family and friends that might be mourning the line will be ever so happy if you gifted them with a Prescriptives Gift Set. All are priced at $29.50 to keep you well within your $30 buck range!

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NYX offers massive palettes to tis the season at prices ranging from $25 to $30. Check out the NYX Makeup Artist Kit and the NYX Eye Shadow Palette for starters!

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Pop Cabaret Bouquet Palette ($29.50) is an elegant little palette for gifting or getting.

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Benefit Powderazzi ($30) is the perfect way to introduce friends to some of Benefit’s best powders and blushes.

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Korres keeps me under my $30 range with crazy cool finds such as the Korres Sugar Plum Collection ($29.50), Korres Delights Your Lips Collection ($26.50), and Korres Little Travel Value Set ($22).

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And that’s all we have time for today folks! Let me know what your fav gifts are for under $30 bucks or if you snagged any of the above for your friends or family (or maybe yourself wink, wink, nudge, nudge!).

Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: Please take note links included in this post are NOT affiliate links. They are simply links to online stores I’ve shopped from in the past and enjoyed. I do not make money from these stores, I am not paid to post about them nor do they even know they’ll be featured on my blog, this is a simple and fun gift guide created by me.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    All these look really good! Off to Sephora! I really like the Philosophy gift sets.

  • MC

    Best Wishes and Snow Fairy sets are my perennial go to gift sets for my gift list for the last few years and everyone I give them to has loved them. I picked up Show Pony for a friend of mine who admired my Show Pony set lol. I am planning on getting Philosophy’s Holiday Hostess for a friend who invited me to her Holiday Party.

    Pacifica has some nice sets from $14 $20 if you are a fan of their line. (I love Tuscan Blood Orange). I also like to do mix and matches of Victoria’s Secret deals to give as gifts. 🙂

    • the Muse

      mc what’s not to live right? 😀 hehe looks like we both have the same idea for cool gifts for the holidays! I am indeed and seen those, great deals 😀 I hauled hard at VS, did pretty good with some sets w00000000t!

  • Bonnie

    Muse, these are great gift ideas! As I mentioned before, some of my nearest and dearest are getting Lush gift sets from moi and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce them to the joys of Lushing. One friend will be enjoying the Snow Fairy gift you have pictured, and two very special people will be getting the more expensive Merry Christmas and From Russia With Love sets. I also bought a little Good Karma gift and a mini-Rock Star gift for two other friends! The other presents under my tree all smell like Lush already! 🙂 It’s lovely. And I would love to receive the Demeter gift set you have pictured. Their fragrances rock so hard. And I’d be thrilled if Santa brought me that Korres Sugar Plum set! 🙂

    • the Muse

      hey bonnie 😀 very nice gifts for friends hun, everyone will love the Lush 😀 you hauled nicely, can I be your friend? I want a lush gift LOL! hehe you better have santa read my blog so he knows exactly what you want dear! and tell him to use my promo code for 30% at Korres w00t!

  • Karrie

    I’ve never heard of Tokyomilk before but the bottles are cute.
    The Benefit Powderazzi would make a perfect gift!

    • the Muse

      hey karrie Tokyo milk=AWESOME 😀 and the powderazzi is a fun one to give or get haha!

  • Del

    Thanks for the money-saving post! You just gave me a great gift idea, but not for Christmas- for a birthday! Thanks times two! YAY! =) Too many exclamation marks- yikes! I’m not on crack, I swear! hehehehehhe…

  • Nadia

    Aw.. Lovely suggestions dear..
    I’d like to add Benefit’s Celebutante, though it is above 30 (USD34), I thik it’s worth so much!!

    I love everything in this limited edition palette, gorgeous.
    The colors are very wearable.. =) My best find of the year.

    • the Muse

      it really is nadia, I loved the palette and well worth the $ 🙂

      glad you’re loving that one so much!