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    37 Last Minute Gifts That Only Look Expensive

    When you're broke AND a procrastinator — so all of us.

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    1. A set of gold metal straws for making tap water feel fancier than sparkling. Will they bring these to restaurants? Of course.


    Promising review: "These are incredible quality and feel very high-end! I love this set!!" —Ellington Jones

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors and styles).

    2. A pair of tassel earrings that'll save you the hassle of shopping IRL at overpriced department stores — THANK YOU, two-day shipping.,

    Promising review: "These earrings are exactly what they look like! They are light and vibrant and went perfectly with my dress for graduation. They are not falling apart or shedding like other similar earrings had earned reputations of doing (based on reviews). They hang at a good length and do not tickle my neck or annoy me by hitting my shoulders. I am glad I chose these earrings!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 27 colors).

    3. An ombré fleece blanket so you can totally update the same couch they've had since college without gifting them a visit from Chip and Joanna.


    Although that would be awesome, TBH.

    Promising review: "I love this beautiful throw blanket. It's soft, well-made, and larger than I expected. It looks beautiful on my purple bedspread. It's lightweight, but cozy and warm." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in eight colors and styles).

    4. An overnight cold-brew filter bottle, because this won't spill the tea on how much you actually spent.


    Promising review: "I'm very satisfied with the purchase. I use it for cold-brew green tea. It definitely makes drinking cold tea easier because it's more accessible. I recommend it and think it would be a lovely gift for tea lovers." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.25+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    5. A silk sleep mask for giving them a whole new meaning of ~beauty~ rest (and you won't stay up at night thinking about the bill).


    Promising review: "I have HORRIBLE light sensitivity with my insomnia. I will wake up and have to put a pillow over my head to *maybe* be able to sleep once the sun comes up. Ever since I’ve had this, I sleep almost through the night completely. My partner can use their phone (use to keep me awake if they were on it, because of the light) and they can get up and turn on lights to get ready in the morning, and I’ll be able to sleep! 10/10 would recommend, not to mention you cannot feel it AT ALL if you adjust it properly. The silk is comfy, not hot at all through the night, and it covers every angle that light could get in." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors).

    6. A five-year memory book that'll make journaling feel so chic. They'll only need to contribute one line a day in order to reflect in style.

    Promising review: "This is a great idea for people who can't seem to keep up a complicated journal. One or two lines per day is so easy, and the format is really nice." —Cynthia Jeney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A marble-print tray to puff up their *vanity* as they admire their now seemingly expensive jewelry and perfume.


    Promising review: "This is the cutest tray! I was looking for something to hold my perfumes and it is absolutely perfect. The coloring is beautiful. It is a classic white marble. I couldn’t be more happy with it. I want to buy 40 of them and put them all over my house!" —Suzq

    Get it from Amazon for $22.69.

    8. A powerful electric toothbrush for not only making their bathroom routine feel more sophisticated, but putting their dental hygiene up to ~speed~ with their dentist's expectations.


    Why is it so powerful? It cleans with a *40,000* micro-brush per minute speed so plague is as good as GONE. Plus it has five modes: white, clean, sensitive, polish, and massage. Take THAT, picky dentist.

    Promising review: "Wow. This toothbrush is INCREDIBLE! My toothbrush recently broke and I wanted to try something new/different/cheaper, and I am SO unbelievably happy with this product. The toothbrush is super light, which is great for traveling with it and just in general it's very easy to hold and to use. It has five settings, which is really nice depending on what type of brush I want. I drink a ton of coffee so my go-tos are the clean mode and then I do the polish mode for 30 seconds. My teeth are noticeably whiter." —Jerri B

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in three colors).

    Need more suggestions? See what won best electric toothbrushes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    9. A geometric picture frame that'll really ~capture~ your high-end taste — you'll get extra points if you include their all-time favorite Insta.


    Promising review: "I love this picture frame. The picture floats in it between the glass. It is beautiful, because you can see the back of the frame. I looks cool from all angles." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six sizes and four colors).

    10. A paddle cheeseboard plate with three polished cheese knives so they can both decorate their kitchen when they hang this up, and have an excuse to throw a fancy wine and cheese party. You'll definitely be the guest of honor.


    Promising review: "This is cute and durable. The utensils are magnetic so they stay in their respective places. I am so happy with this product." —GS123

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. A wireless speaker, because they'll be sure to ~sing praise~ about what appears to be a huge tech splurge on your end.


    It boasts 360° sound, can be connected to any bluetooth speaker, and can play up to ~24 hours~. AND it only weighs 1.2 pounds!

    Promising review: "OMG, what an incredibly wonderful rich sound out of a small and portable speaker! I ordered a second one today. According to the pamphlet you can essentially pair them together to get double the sound. It fits into a cup holder and still emits great sound. This is exactly what I was looking for!" —Donna P.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    See what won best bluetooth speakers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    12. A crystal spinner ring for giving them a hand in both stylishly accessorizing and having something to do other than pick at their cuticles when feeling fidgety.


    Promising review: " I LOVE these rings. They're gorgeous, they sparkle beautifully in the sunlight, they fit well, and the spinning is so satisfying. It spins very smoothly and can go on for quite a while. I've been wearing the silver one daily for almost two months, and there's no sign of fading either on the metal or in the rhinestones. It looks as new as the day I bought it. I used to carry a fidget cube around, but this is much more discreet, prettier, and since I can just wear it all day I'm never stuck without something to play with. I highly recommend!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A leather tote with a sophisticated tassel that'll easily compete with designer versions, except now you don't have to *shoulder* the burden of a heavy credit card bill.


    Promising review: "I purchased this bag in gray to use for recent travel. It is so much nicer than I anticipated and I love it! It seems very durable and well-made, and I love that it has a pocket on the inside where I store my cell phone and small odds and ends. The added bonus is that it is not only beautiful and fashionable, but also lightweight and easy to carry." —Pattieflafla

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in 20 colors).

    14. A gilded scratch-off map so they'll feel inspired to travel more — and you'll have enough money leftover to actually join them.


    Promising review: "I love this map. I have always wanted to keep track of the countries/states/provinces I've traveled to and this is the perfect way for me to see what next adventure I need to head off to. I saw this at my nephew's home and he gifted it to me. It's a great gift to give to a young adult not only to understand countries and locations, but also to allow them to dream as they begin their travels to remind them of where they've been. A truly great product!" —Pat Obuchowski

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A mini cast iron skillet, because this'll hold its weight against more expensive culinary brands. Plus, they're so cheap you can buy 'em as a set!


    Promising review: "I love these. I use them for individual cast iron skillet cookies. They make a great presentation, and the best thing is I can cheat and use the refrigerated cookies so its a quick on-hand dessert. With a scoop of ice cream, you are a star." —Cabinlife

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 11 sizes).

    See what won best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    16. A brush set complete with five soft-bristle brushes and a velvet makeup sponge for pampering their face every morning with exceptionally luxurious-feeling tools.


    They'll get a foundation brush, blush brush, powder brush, big fan brush, contour brush, eye shadow brush, and a velvet makeup sponge.

    Promising review: "Woah! This sponge is revolutionary. I’m a sponge snob and will never go back to any other sponge. Let’s just say, with my old brand, it would take a full pump of foundation to cover my face. With this sponge, I tried my full pump and ended up being covered in more layers of foundation than I could count. I learned my lesson and only have to use a quarter of a pump with this sponge, because it doesn’t soak your foundation up like other brands." —Lexi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in seven brush combinations).

    17. An initial necklace in both 18K gold and sterling silver that'll keep them on-trend with the far more expensive versions in just about every boutique and department store.

    Promising review: "I love this necklace it looks just like the famous clothing store who sells the same thing. It’s a fraction of the price and seems to be good quality." —Mrs Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in gold and silver and all 26 letters).

    18. A patterned silk pillow case so they can feel like they're literally sleeping the lap of luxury every night.


    Promising review: "I spent days looking for a pillowcase that was good quality and had a pattern that I wouldn’t mind having in my house. I’m so glad I went with the gray flowers. It goes so well with everything in my bedroom and I don’t wake up with dry frizzy hair anymore. For a few months I was bleaching my hair and I didn’t want to add anymore damage to it. I’m so glad I found this. I loved it so much I bought one for my daughter and she doesn’t wake up with frizzy hair anymore." —m0urning-star

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in eight styles).

    19. An art deco coloring book, because this'll become quite the sophisticated pastime. I'm pretty sure this was Daisy's favorite activity, especially when done in public as a humblebrag.


    Promising review: "The designs are beautiful representations of the original art deco artwork, many of which have full page color designs right beside it so you can look for inspiration at the originals as you color. In addition to these, there are color thumbnails at the back of the book which give information about the original works including artist, the name of the work, how it was produced and where and where it is at the present." —iiiireader

    Get it from Amazon for $13.56 , from Barnes & Noble for $17.96, or find a copy at your local bookstore through IndieBound.

    20. A faux leather passport holder for making them feel first class whenever they travel (even if you're sitting together in coach).


    Promising review: "I love this passport holder! It has room for my passport, driver’s license, three credit cards, several hundred dollars in cash (hidden from view in the side pocket adjacent to the passport pocket), and my boarding pass, with a separate pocket/space for each item. I love it. I didn’t even need to bring my wallet with me!" —Victoria Elias

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 19 colors).

    21. A The Balm matte liquid lipstick kit with six mini shades that'll 100% make your friend want to smooch you with gratitude — which they can, thanks to the lipsticks' long-lasting formula.

    And they're cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "These are the most amazing matte lipsticks I've ever owned and I own a bunch because I only wear mattes. The wear is super long lasting; it holds through everything except a greasy meal, but none really do. I apply once in the morning and once after lunch and that's it. One swipe is full coverage, fast drying, no transfer, and stays put even with constant water drinking. The colors are perfect, from nudes to, mauves, to red. I keep one in my purse and swap it every couple of days. These are so awesome I want to check out other products by this brand." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $27.55 (available in three shade combinations).

    See what won best matte lipsticks at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    22. A stick-on card holder, because this'll make them look like they're someone who says "I'll have my people call your people."


    *Gives their mom's phone number*. They include two card slots for your ID and whichever credit card has the most chance of working.

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed wit this pocket! It holds my ID and credit card when I don't want to carry a purse or wallet. I stuck it on my case last month and it has not come off at all. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in five styles).

    23. A rose quartz roller and scraper massager for TECHNICALLY taking them to the spa. It just happens to be in their living room.


    The roller is great for de-puffing eyes, toning facial muscles, reducing inflammation, and just making your face feel really, really good. The scraper works to increase blood flow in your face to make it brighter!

    Promising review: "What a gorgeous looking box. I already knew about these rollers and their natural cooling/healing properties. It was so relaxing and amazing to use this roller. It felt like a mini spa facial, but at home! The instruction card was super easy to read and follow. Overall, this is a great product. I would definitely buy as a gift for friends. It's the cutest thing and so useful, too. Everyone should have one of these in their beauty arsenal." —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    24. A pair of diamond-shaped whiskey glasses that'll make their Jack Daniels look like premium single malt.


    Not to mention they have flat bottoms, so they can both tilt and stand upright. If you spill these, you're really doing something wrong.

    Promising review: "These glasses are the perfect pair to our Diamond decanter ($90) from Prestige. We break these out when we have friends over for dinner, as they're the perfect bit of fun to add to an after-dinner drink. They're a nice level of thickness in that they can go in the dishwasher, but still feel like a 'nice' piece of glassware. I highly recommend" —Jennifer N.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.

    25. An essential oil diffuser so you not only help anyone who gets nosebleeds in the winter, but add some modern-looking decor to their space.


    Promising review: "I got this little guy because my office has no windows and it's a miserable dark hole. I was getting genuine nosebleeds from the overly-dry stale air. This diffuser has truly helped me feel less like I'm dying throughout the day. The air feels fresher and healthier It's the perfect size for a small office." —Lucy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    For more about this, check out "This Fancy Humidifier/Essential Oil Diffuser Will Turn Your Home Into A Dang Spa".

    26. A faux fur jacket, because they'll give you credit every time they post a fashionable OOTD in this number. Just smile and nod when they call it a splurge.


    Promising review: "This jacket is so soft. It feels like you are wearing a blanket. It's very soft and warm and it has pockets, as well." —Vadim

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and six colors).

    27. A set of brass cooking utensils for gilding their kitchen without spending your weight in gold. Do they cook? No. Do they look like Ina Garten? YES.


    Promising review: "These look great in my kitchen and hold up well in the dishwasher. They are medium weight so they don't feel cheap but they aren't super heavy." —Theresa

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $26.99.

    28. A pair of wireless headphones that'll make them think you have more money than Dr. Dre. Don't worry: this sleek metallic design, cushioned earmuffs, and high definition sound quality will never give you away.


    It's compatible with all smartphones, tablets, laptops, and any other form of technology you youths are using. It's also adjustable in size, collapsible, and noise-isolating!

    Promising review: "This is my second pair of these, I loved the first pair to death! I use them daily for general music listening and also while working out. They stay in place while running and jumping around. The cord is nice and long and I've never had issues when I use it with my phone while working out. They hold up to sweat and mild condensation. The noise cancellation is great." —Kasha L.

    Get them from Amazon for $21.98 (available in five colors).

    See what won best bluetooth headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    29. A dog-shaped wine aerator whose favorite trick is making cheap wine taste expensive. How? This good boy'll infuse oxygen to release any inexpensive wine's ~aromas~ and bolden the taste right out of the bottle


    Promising review: "I received the deer as a gift from my daughter. The real surprise was the quality of the pourer. It is well crafted, very solid, and pours smoothly. Its nice having this type of aerator that I can insert in the bottle and place the bottle on the table. I have other aerators that are held in one hand as you hold and pour the bottle with the other. The box they arrive in is attractive and really didn't need to be wrapped." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in seven animals).

    30. A pair of satin and lace pajamas so they can sleep in something 100 times more luxurious than their usual big T-shirt.


    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this purchase. It's probably one of the most comfortable pajama sets I have ever owned. The lace is nice and the material is great." —Vivian D.

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in sizes XS-XL and seven colors).

    31. A waterproof eyeshadow palette with 12 super pigmented shades, because even makeup lovers with designer taste will be impressed by this payoff of mesmerizing metallics.


    Promising review: "This pallet is honestly INCREDIBLE! Every detail, down to the packaging, completely exceeded my expectations. I have purchased luxury makeup palettes that weren't shipped with such care! The included double-sided brush is one I can actually use to apply the shadow. The quality of the shadows themselves is also extraordinary. The palette contains one pressed glitter, five shimmers (three of which are duo-chrome,) and six matte shades. The bottom row is entirely matte." —MissQ

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    32. A white-tea-scented candle for creating an impressively soothing atmosphere in their very own home without setting fire to your bank account. Plus, they can use the stylish tin as decor once the candle is fully burned!


    Promising review: "Maybe it's a little weird to write a review for a candle, but this one is so good that I had to tell others. The scent is incredible — similar to ones I've paid four times as much for, and with the double wick the scent is strong and travels far. It's definitely worth the money and would make a great gift!" —Pam

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two styles).

    33. A pair of initialed cufflinks that'll make it look like you went to Brooks Brothers — I won't tell anyone otherwise.


    Promising review: "If you are looking for a well made, high-quality, engraved cufflink set you've found it. Pictures don't do this set justice at all. You won't be disappointed. They're great for any work day or a special event." —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99 (available in letters A-Z).

    34. A set of rose gold pens so their cubicle feels more like a corner office (all while your paycheck remains safe).


    Promising review: "Not are these sleek and gorgeous, but they write beautifully, as well! The whole office wants one now!" —Robin

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $10.99.

    35. A collection of stylish mesh ankle socks, because this'll help you put your foot down on overspending while *they* put their best foot forward. Everybody wins.


    Each set comes with a variety of five styles!

    Promising review: "I love these! I thought they'd be quite flimsy because of the sheer material, but they actually feel like real socks, and I've gotten SO many compliments on them! So far, I've gotten LOTS of bang for my buck!" —Rachael

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in eight style combinations).

    36. A set of gorgeous tarot cards for proving their future holds nothing but ~good fortune~.

    Promising review: "I loved these cards. Like other reviewers, I wondered if they might be more convenient in a regular playing card size, but when I received them I was glad for their large size because I LOVE the illustrations on each card. The packaging, the artwork, the quality, I love all of it. It’s a steal at this price." —MonicaN

    Get a set of 53 from Amazon for $14.81 or from Barnes & Noble for $15.53.

    37. A set of black stainless steel knives, because these'll seriously upgrade their kitchen when they put them on proud display without having to chop your bank account in half.


    The set comes with an 13 knives: chef's, bread, carving, utility, paring, cheese, pizza, and six steak knives. It also comes with an acrylic block, kitchen scissors, a peeler, and a two-stage knife sharpener.

    Promising review: "These are flippin sweet! I love these knives. I've gotten so many compliments of them too. So different. And very sharp. I cut a little tomato perfectly yesterday. I've been hand washing them because I couldn't find anything that says they were dishwasher safe. Great knives. Very sleek and cool looking" —Josh Seidler

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    See what won best chef knives on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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