GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
I did a little pre-scouting for you. Great gift opportunities exist. Again you want to think about “Who You Think They Are” before you buy. Following are some personality categorized ideas. Potential gifts available at Macy’s. These might be the perfect fit or inspire you. Ideas or inspiration to make the event/occasion, memorable. Or, even amp up the “just because”.
Note that several items offer an Extra 15% (online at least), which appears to be in addition to the passes on Saturday. Passes available for in store and online. This page lists the exclusions on the passes.
*Prices listed here usually rounded up or down on the cents (i.e. 29.99/$30; 24.25/$24).
Your gift recipient might be going away to college. Is he/she a business traveler, always on the go? (Read wear and tear on the luggage) Or, planning a trip in the coming months?
Macy’s has a closeout on Ricardo Venice Lite Luggage.
The 42″ Rolling Garment Bag would be perfect for the business traveler. They usually only need one bag. However, black is a good choice. Goes with almost anything. It’s equally great for the college student’s weekend jaunts. Yes, parents they’re going, with or without your knowledge. The garment bag is described as super light, but tough. A “closet-on-the go”.
Originally $320 Now $128.
Priced higher than the usual Frugalista pricing, but a steal! This could be one of those group gifts.
Macy’s also offers the usual 21″ Venice Lite Rolling Carry On Upright. Originally $200 Now $80.
Other luggage brands also available for closeout or clearance.
Most travelers will appreciate travel sized skin care products. Especially from philosophy. The happy travels set includes skin care, bath and fragrance products. All in a cute travel bag, which they’ll use later.
$32 ($53 value)
You can find great décor or practical items for this recipient,
If they like the unusual, check out the Gibson Novabella Blue” dinnerware. The 16-piece China glazed stoneware set includes service for four.
Originally $100 Now $60
Think the HoMedics Garment Steamer an odd gift for these recipients? Less ironing gives them more time to enjoy their new space. Hang, blast–bam, a closet full of wrinkle free clothes five times faster than an iron. No more ironing with the clothes dryer.
Orig $75, Now $50
Whether she’s heading to the classroom or the office, she’ll appreciate clothing/accessory additions. As long as you know her style.
The Style&co. shawl-collar tiered cardigan is a great choice for transitioning into the fall. This piece likely fits a lot of tastes. It’s also great for layering to complete an outfit. Or, as a stand alone jacket.
Originally $46 Now $27
How about the Elementz printed midi dress to transition into fall? She’ll throw on a jacket when it’s cooler. Flattering bodice, lightweight fabric. It’ll work especially well in the warmer regions of the country.
Originally $49, Now $8
Summer’s almost over, so he probably will be shaving now. The Art of Shaving offers moisturizing, aromatherapy-based, practical, handcrafted products. Great scents (or unscented!)
Sandalwood Art of Shaving Cream $25 (Free gift w/purchase); Art of Shaving Pre-shave Oil $25 (Free gift w/purchase)
Art of Shaving 4 Elements Kit: comes with Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream, After-Shave Balm, and a Genuine Badger Shaving Brush. $25 (Fee gift w/purchase)
For a longer lasting impact and a great coffee table book? The Art of Shaving Book written by the co-founders of the shaving products. It covers proper tools and techniques; skin care tips and more. $24
Or, he might prefer a more modern approach with the Remington Titanium Grooming System. The multiple attachments and trimming tools give him versatility.
Orig, $30, Now $20
Does she sport large, unusual rings? The Victoria Townsend Black and White Diamond ring could bring her joy. The sterling silver square ring is bold and stylish. Orig $150 now $50
FRUGALISTA GIFTS FOR THE COOK/BAKER/FOODIE
They love all things food. Sometimes just for eating, sometimes for the prep and other times for both. Oh, and they love all the implements, too.
With the IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete, they’ll grind fresh herbs to enhance their dishes. A traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. The volcanic rock construction makes grinding and unleashing pure flavor a snap.
Orig $60, Now, $40
Macy’s also offers several other styles of mortar and pestles, like the pretty Core Bamboo Modern Mortar and Pestle ($25) or the Martha Stewart Professional Tools Collection Mortar & Pestle (Sale-$25)
Modern retro describes the Godinger Modern Vintage Blue Square Cake Stand. It makes any baker’s cakes look great.
Orig $80 Now $40
They’ll bake delicious dishes with the elegant Corningware Bakeware French White 10 Piece Set. Then, they’ll serve and store it in the same dish.
$70 (with an Extra 15% off)
People RSVP positively and promptly to their invitations. This recipient knows how to party–well.
These folks can likely always use gifts like the Portmeirion “Sophie Conran” Crystal Bowls. Nuts, olives, all kinds of snacks–even sauces–look fantastic in these modern off-center design bowls. Set of 2.
Orig $64, Now $40
Entertainers do it well outside as well. The charming Cellar Wicker Picnic Basket has everything they need for dining in nature. Straps keep all the accessories buckled in at the top, leaving ample room in the bottom for the goodies.
Orig $120 Now $40
Elegant and pretty on their own, but these coasters hold significant meaning for the New Orleans Saints Fan. Decorated with the iconic French emblem. The Portmeirion’s decorated Fleur de Lys coasters have a practical, hard cork back.
Macy’s lists many coaster variations (ie. collegiate, Italian impressions) for under $30 here.
The sustainable income provided by the sale of Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket Collection changes lives for the weavers. Your recipient can use the unique, hand woven bowls for storage, artwork or table centerpieces. Several patterns available.
Orig $50 Now $40 (with an Extra 15% off)
The Heart of Haiti Pendants, created by Haitian artisans, are made of recycled metal from oil drums. Hand crafted, one of a kind pendants, suspended on polyester/polyurethane cord. Each signed by the artisan.
Orig $15 Now $10
The Eco Friendly Sprout Watch might be more their style. Made from 86% eco-friendly materials, with a natural bamboo dial.
This recipient lives their life according to specific principles. They might enjoy gifts that celebrate these or remind them.
The Unwritten Sterling Silver Filigree Angel Pendant makes a lovely reminder. Or, she could use it as a talisman. 18″ long.
Orig $50 Now $25 (with an Extra 15% off)
He might like sporting the Stainless Steel Three Row Cross Pendant. Suspends from a bead chain. 24″ long.
Orig $110 Now $69 (with an Extra 15% off)
Macy’s has several other cross choices for him and her.
The Martha Stewart Petal Trellis Double Invitation Frame makes a gift they’ll cherish. And use. The silver plated frame displays their photo and invitation. A beautiful reminder of their day.
Orig $43, Now $15
FRUGALISTA GIFTS FOR THE NEW EDITION
August and September seem to trade-off as the month with the highest birth rates. Odds are many of you’ll be needing baby “welcoming” gifts.
The parents will love your gift of the Homedics Lullaby Sound Spa and Projector. It emits 3 natural sounds (heartbeat, rain, ocean), 3 lullabies; and also has a picture projector. Convenient auto-off timer.
The Kidsline Kids Mist Monkey Humidifier could be a welcome gift also. Even if just for the cuteness. Eight to twelve hours of continuous, silent steam.
Orig $60, Now, $40
Give them a sippy cup with style. The Reed & Barton Seatails Fish Cup, made of stainless steel.
Or, perhaps the Reed and Barton Pewter Collection Baby Cups? Several styles for $40. All of mirror-finished pewter, child friendly and hand washable.
These recipients will appreciate gifts that support their health quest.
The Weight Watchers Glass Scale does that and looks artistic, too. It analyzes body fat, BMI and water and bone mass.
Orig $70, Now $50
Macy’s has several other scales on sale.
Salads are usually a staple for the health conscious. Give them the OXO Salad Spinner. They’ll appreciate the end of soggy salads and water splattered everywhere. Bonus: it doubles as a serving bowl
$30 (stainless steel version $50)
These recipients likely use lots of herbs and spices. The IMUSA Large Bamboo Mortar & Pestle makes a great gift. They can grind herbs, make healthy pesto, etc.
Orig $25, Now $17
Remember, you get an additional 10-25% off the above prices when you use the Shop For a Cause shopping pass. You use the pass all day, today August 25th. Find your favorite charity from the list or buy a pass at Macy’s to support the March of Dimes. Either way, 100% of the $5 cost of the pass goes directly to the charity.
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