5 styling gifts from $5 – $50

christmas gifts

By Andrea Michelle

You know what I really find annoying? Lovely-looking gift guides that lay out reams and reams of useless, impersonal shemozzle that’ll probably be re-gifted by the recipient, or is simply far too expensive for most of us to buy in the first place.

So, here’s 5 stylish gifts that combine the thought (that counts) with the reality of a family budget.


A clutch of vintage brooches – max. $15

Grouped together on a lapel, a scarf, or a handbag, brooches are a super chic way to personalise an outfit – and with a tiny bit of effort you can easily collect a bunch for your loved one. Scout around second-hand and thrift stores for 3 brooches with a common theme, e.g. enamel or diamante, and extra points if there’s a back-story to them. Expect to pay less than $5 each.



Home-made body scrub – around $5

It’s easier than you think. Mix Almond Oil and sugar with your fave essential oil till it smells good, and is the consistency of play dough. Pack into pretty jars, top with a layer of the same oil, seal, and tie with a pretty ribbon. Almond oil approx. $20 per 200mL, Essential oil approx. $18 per 9mL, Pretty Jar: $3. Sugar, bugger all. Make batches of it to get the most value.



Hair How-To $12

Created by my dear friend Christina Butcher who’s the genius behind the amazingly successful blog Hair Romance, this new book will keep your loved ones well-tressed all year ’round. Braids, buns and twists: $12. Buy it here.

Christina Butcher - Bruns Braids and Twist hairstyle book



Bobby Pin Bowl – max. $30

When was the last time you found a bobby pin when you needed one? Probably never, right? And I’ll bet your buddy has the exact same problem.

The idea is simple: buy a gorgeous lidded bowl, then fill it with bobby pins that match the hair colour of your friend, who will then not have to search for a pesky hair pin all year. Simple, genius, and oh, so thoughtful! Annual supply of Lady Jayne bobby pins around $20. Bowl $10




Multiple Manis – $50

I can’t imagine any woman raising the hairy eyebrow to a gift card for a mani. But give her multiples of mani’s and she’s gonna raise both – and her mouth will be hanging open like a 4 year old getting Trashpacks on Christmas Day. Average cost of a mani: $25.



What’s the best gift you’ve ever received because of its ingenuity, thriftiness, or thoughtfulness? 

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  • These are all great ideas. I love the bobby pin bowl. I need one for myself. Rachel x

    • FoxInFlats

      Thanks Rachel, Funny thing is my husband tried to convince me that that idea was too weird to be included. Men pfft!

  • Fab ideas Andrea! The hairpin jar could be filled with hair ties too. X

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes! I am ALWAYS losing mine!

  • A beautiful collection of vintage brooches… great idea, maybe I’ll do that for my own present too 😉

    • FoxInFlats

      They are so easy to find if you keep your eyes open. xA

  • Oh love the box filled with vintage pins idea! And that jar filled with bobby pins!!

    • FoxInFlats

      Thanks Norlin. xA

  • Teegstar

    Love these ideas! Will be sharing on Facebook as a subtle hint to all my friends…

    • FoxInFlats

      Love the subtle hints 😉

  • A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving! I have given many over the years – particularly to darling friends who have had babies. It’s something they can enjoy in a quiet moment with a cuppa…or champers! x

    • FoxInFlats

      Such a great gift for new mums – wish I had a stack of mags instead of a stack of baby books when I had my newborns 😉 x

    • Another good one! x

  • Emma Salkild

    Made body scrub last night except I ran out of almond oil so used coconut oil which smells amazing and is even cheaper.

    Thanks for the giftspiration 🙂 x

    • FoxInFlats

      Hey Emma, great idea – I’ll try that, love coconut oil!

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  • Mrs Holsby

    Bloody brilliant….. this is the best damn gift guide I’ve seen in a loooooooong time. It ticks all my boxes. Quirky, personal and tightarse. Love your work.

    • FoxInFlats

      Ha ha ha Thanks Mrs H x

  • I love the idea of a bobby pin bowl! That one reminds me of my grandmothers dressing tables.

    • FoxInFlats

      Yes me too! xA

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  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I love the bobby pin bowl i might make a couple for my daughter and my sons Girlfriend and i love the idea of multiple mani’s or pedi’s great ideas Andrea!

  • Anna Franklin

    This game me a giggle because I keep the bobby pins and hair ties in a cut glass bowl on my dresser. Saves scratching about in little packages in the drawer. Works a treat! Love your philosophy on this one. My 12 year old daughter was looking in the Westfield gift guide and said ‘why do they make everything so expensive in this guide? What about things people can afford?” Clever girl. 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      Shes a genius – like her mama. 😉 x

  • merliyn

    love these ideas andrea!
    I love to re-purpose op shop finds …
    much more creative and meaningful!
    plus the money is going to worthwhile causes!
    love m:)X

    • FoxInFlats

      Thankyou darling. x

  • What a fantastic gift guide! I love the bobby pin bowl and the homemade sugar scrub. Will be getting onto these for some of my pals.

    • FoxInFlats

      Yay! x

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