You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful gift, and that’s why we’ve put together some of our favorite budget options. Most are fairly straightforward suggestions while others require some piecing together, so you can really add your own flair.
Timex: Weekender with Olive Nylon Strap
For the fashion-forward friend who just can’t seem to make it to places in time, we suggest the Timex Weekender. It’s a classic, sporty watch that is easy to change to your exact style simply by switching out the strap. This version comes with a neutral olive nylon, but they are available in a whole range of options.
Available for $35 from Target.
LL Bean: Shearling Shoe Inserts
L.L. Bean is very well known for their Bean Boots, but those are expensive, often sold out, and not everyone’s style. That’s why this year I’m suggesting people gift their Shearling Shoe Inserts. These removeable inserts will add additional comfort and warmth to any pair of shoes or boots, the perfect gift for this coming cold winter.
Available for $25 from LL Bean.
Opinel: N°08 Carbon Pocket Knife
Everyone likes receiving a new pocket knife, and Opinel offers a personal favorite of ours: the N°08 Carbon. It’s a made in France knife that comes with a beechwood handle, carbon steel blade, and a locking safety ring to prevent any accidents. The blade is 3.25” long — please consult local laws before purchasing.
Available for $13 from Tablissima.
The Hill-Side: Merino Wool Ragg Socks
Gift the gift everyone wants this year: warm feet on a cold winter morning. There are a ton of great sock makers out there, and The Hill-Side is among them. Their Merino Wool Ragg Socks are a great go-to style; construction from a wool/nylon blend, these socks have all the warmth desireable with the added strength of synthetic materials.
DIY Belt Kit
Making belts isn’t terrible complicated, which is why we’re suggest going the DIY route this. You only need a few things for the perfect kit: a leather strap, a buckle, and a few Chicago screws. For the straps and buckles we suggest Buckle Guy, and for the Chicago screws eBay is your friend. The only tools you need are an x-acto knife to cut the belt to size, and a hammer and nail for the belt holes and Chicago screw holes.
Shoe Care Kit
Everyone love shoes, but few people have all the care products they want. That’s why we suggest putting together a shoe care kit this holiday season. For the contents we suggest the following: a horsehair brush, a leather conditioner (in this case Bick 4), saddle soap, a suede brush, and couple colors of shoe polish. The contents can all be had for under third dollars, and we suggest pairing it with a cool shoe care box. Thrift stores, Etsy, and eBay are great places to look, and repurposing is always your friend.
Hender Scheme: Leather Coasters
Hender Scheme has really been growing in popularity lately, and with good reason. They have great minimalist designs, simple packaging, and great attention to detail. Their mainline products might be a bit pricey, but their small home goods feature the same style at a fraction of the cost. One such item is their set of leather coasters, which will arrive in an assortment of colors.
Available for $22 from Norse Store.