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Welcome to Brunette with a Budget.
A vegan wellness, beauty and fashion blog created by Chicago-based social media savant and journalist Amanda Kaplan.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017 | FOR YOUR BESTIE FEAT. SHAPEDUPSAM

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2017 | FOR YOUR BESTIE FEAT. SHAPEDUPSAM

There’s nothing better than spending the holidays watching Elf and eating (vegan and paleo) cookies with your bestie. But when it comes to finding the perfect gift for them, it can be quite the challenge: What do you give the person who is pretty much a carbon copy of yourself? In today’s post, Sammy (AKA Shaped Up Sam) and I have created a gift guide with 7 ideas that will help spark some interest for you and your bestie this holiday season. If you missed my last guides on the perfect gifts for the whimsical fashionista and the foodie click here and here to check them out! Stay tuned for the upcoming gift guides, and enjoy!

 
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IF SHE'S A BEAUTY BABE...

Sammy's pick: beauty counter ultimate nudes palette

Beautycounter is a 100% non-toxic women run company and  from someone that used to use Maybelline Falsies mascara, this makeup works. One of the best investments to make from BeautyCounter is the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. It’s like the Naked Palette on steroids! They also have so many more makeup and skincare options!

SHOP THE ULTIMATE NUDES PALETTE HERE

amanda's pick: tarte rainforest of the sea palette

Tarte is one of those cosmetics brands that everyone knows and loves. From their vibrant packaging, to whimsical names, Tarte is a go-to brand for many beauty lovers. While their prices may be a little more steep than other brands, their products are cruelty-free and vegan making them one of the best brands to buy your makeup from.

SHOP THE RAINFOREST PALETTE HERE


IF SHE LIKES TO CAPTURE EVERY MOMENT...

sammy's pick: inkdot prints

Ever wish you could print photos directly off of Instagram? You can with Inkdot! They produce beautiful prints on cardstock, and you can even opt for metal and wood if it’s a super special picture!

SHOP INKDOT PRINTS HERE

amanda's pick: hp sprocket printer

Printing out images directly from your phone has never been easier. With HP’s newest Bluetooth “Spocket” printer, you can connect your phone and print your fave images directly from Instagram or your camera roll! My favorite part of this printer? It’s white and gold, making this prezzy #aestheticallypleasing.

SHOP THE SPROCKET PRINTER HERE


IF SHE SWEATS IT OUT ON THE DAILY...

sammy's pick: hydroflask water bottle

Did you know you’re supposed to drink half of your body’s weight in water? HydroFlask makes that super easy! They have high quality, varied-sized, adorable water bottles that are perfect for on-the-go, or during a workout!

SHOP HYDROFLASK HERE

amanda's pick: bandier ultracor star leggings

Getting your sweat on is 10x more fun when it’s done in style. These Ultracor leggings from Bandier are the perfect edgy chic pants to wear during a run, spin class, or hot yoga sesh.

SHOP THE LEGGINGS HERE


IF SHE SPENDS HER DAYS ON PINTEREST...

sammy's pick: modern sprout grow kit

Whether your friend loves to cook, or is a total plant lady, Modern Sprout has all kinds of grow kits! They have everything from lavender to cilantro, along with a lot of other herbs and spices!

SHOP THE GROW KIT HERE

amanda's pick: hand-lettering bundle

Do you know someone who is constantly doodling? Then this the gift for them. This hand-lettering bundle includes a how-to book on creating the prettiest calligraphy, plus it comes with high-quality pens to achieve a professional look. Trust me, I’m a doodler and I can tell you I would love to find this book under the Christmas tree with my name on it!

SHOP THE BUNDLE HERE


IF SHE'S ALWAYS ON THE GO...

sammy's pick: lululemon 3mm reversible yoga mat

This mat is affordable and light. It’s perfect for a yogi that travels often because it literally fits in your purse!

SHOP THE YOGA MAT HERE

amanda's pick: rifle paper co. phone case

Whether traveling or spending the day out-and-about, your BFF always has her phone in hand (or in her purse). Rifle Paper’s Anna Bond is known for her beautiful and whimsical illustrations of nature, animals, and trinkets. Treat your gal to one of these phone cases to amp up her style while scrolling through Instagram or chatting with you on the phone.

SHOP MY FAVORITE RIFLE PHONE CASE HERE


IF SHE'S A SPIRITUAL GANGSTER...

sammy's pick: essential oil diffuser necklaces & bracelets

If you know someone that’s into essential oils, or you want to introduce them to someone, this is the perfect gift! Diffusers are great too, but they’re a little on the pricey side. These accessories keep you calm and smelling great wherever you go! Lavender is my favorite to keep me stress free at all times!

SHOP THE DIFFUSER JEWELRY HERE

amanda's pick: eko lite yoga mat

Flow it out and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time with this recycled-made yoga mat. For your bestie who cares about the environment as much as she does her A.M. or P.M. yoga session, then this is the ideal gift for her.

SHOP THE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY YOGA MAT HERE


IF SHE'S A FASHIONISTA...

sammy's pick: farm fresh designs & crave the day clothing

Who doesn’t love cute, “Punny” shirts! Food puns get me everytime. Two of my favorite companies that make adorable, comfy tees are “Crave The Day Clothing” and “Farm Fresh Designs.” You can even use the code SHAPEDUPSAM at Farm Fresh Designs for 15% off your order!

SHOP CRAVE THE DAY HERE & FARM FRESH HERE

amanda's pick: sararose sustainable dresses

There’s nothing easier than throwing on a dress in the morning and calling it an outfit. Because let’s be honest: who has the time to figure out a matching ensemble? Sararose--the Chicago-based fashion designer and boutique owner--has mastered the art of curating sustainable and ethical brands all under one roof. If your best friend loves a good dress, then Sararose is the one-stop-shop for her!

SHOP THE DRESSES HERE

 

What will you be gifting your bestie this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below! Don't forget to follow both of us on Instagram (@brunettewithabudget & @shapedupsam), and share what gifts you gave & received this year!

with love & light, amanda + sammy

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