I can’t believe I’m saying this, but December starts tomorrow! That means the struggle is real to get things done and not blow your budget for the holidays.
If you’re like me, you somehow got most of your shopping done by Cyber Monday. (Still not sure how that happened!) There are just a few people left on my list. Of course, they are the hardest to shop for. But, here’s the big question: how do you get past the lust to buy everything designer that’s now on sale, get presents for everyone on your list and not go broke? I found away to help with that.
After sifting through all the top articles, I discovered four, high-end pop-ups in New York that are well worth checking out on your lunch break. (There’s a bonus at the end for those of you who don’t live near the tri-state.) Some are free and others come with a discount!
Here’s how to soothe that designer itch and stay on a budget this holiday season.
Address: 2 East 45th Street
Dates: Oct. 12 to TBD
We already know this site is great for finding designers for less, especially boots! And when it comes to gifts, sometimes, you don’t know what you really want to get them until you see it. Now’s your chance to find that special something and maybe save a few bucks. Just for the holidays, Bluefly has taken up residence in SoHo. Products from some of your favorite designers will be refreshed daily. Think of it like your favorite sample sale without everything running out in a minute. Catch the hours and more details, here.
Address: 86 Trinity Place
Dates: Now until Jan. 7, 2018
You just got a reason, besides Century21, to hit downtown. Titled “VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ – LOUIS VUITTON,” this limited-time exhibition is now in the U.S. The best part: entrance to its monogram-clad experience is completely free. Risk the line as a “walk-in” or reserve your ticket online to discover the history behind one of fashion’s most iconic brands. Plus, you get to be thiiiis close to pieces that are probably worth more than your student loans. There’s even a guided tour for those who want a little more information and an app, of course, to help you personalize the experience. Need I say more?
Tiffany & Co
Locations: Grand Central Terminal and Rockafeller Center
Timing: Now, for 12 to 18 months
You’ve heard about being able to have “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at their renovated 5th Avenue flagship. (Yes, they opened up a Tiffany cafe on the 4th floor!) However, that isn’t the only new concept for this famed jewelry store. Your daily commute just got chicer. That beautiful Tiffany blue will cover pop-up boutiques at both Grand Central and Rockafeller Center for about the next year. Along with a selection of jewelry, you can peruse the brand’s leather goods, new home and accessories line, as well as it’s “everyday objects” collection. The latter includes extravagant pieces, such as a $95 paper cup and $300 yo-yo. It’s time to browse, just for fun, or find some simple silver jewelry gifts. (The site also has a section for under $250!)
Van Cleef & Arpels
Address: 744 Fifth Avenue
Dates: Now until January 15th, 2018
This luxury jewelry label is going after your social feed. Four locations around the world, including the New York flagship, are hosting a mirror-focused event titled “Diamond Breeze.” Each store should be dressed for the season with “sparkling snow,” nature-inspired accents as well as have an “enchanted” interactive mirror. Instead of asking for the “fairest of them all,” visitors can make a video on it, to share with friends. (Is it just me or does this remind you do the “frost yourself” event in How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days?)
Bonus: Still can’t find what you need or don’t live near New York? Stop by your local holiday market to find unique gifts for everyone on your list. The variety of shops usually mean they cater to multiple price points. I can say from experience that the Bryant Park (shown above) and Union Square markets are great for this!
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this roundup and come back next week for more fashion-for-less details.