15 Stylish Under-$250 Gifts That Actually Look So Expensive

by Austen Tosone
A model wearing a winter coat, a beige dress and a maroon bag while standing outside in the winter

With the majority of 2018 already in the rearview mirror, your focus can now be entirely on the upcoming holiday season. The last two months of the year are a time to reconnect with old friends, enjoy (perhaps a little too much) family time, and try to survive your holiday work party without any awkward run-ins. All of this is plenty fun — the holidays are all about celebrating after all — still they often require more than just a good outfit, they also require a thoughtful gift. But, if you want to reserve your splurges for a select few, the truth is there are plenty of stylish gifts under $250 that still seem super luxe — ideal for pleasing hostesses, bosses, and distant family alike.

When it comes time to get shopping, Barneys New York Associate Fashion Director Jackie Kim suggests going into things with as much information as possible. "Buying gifts for your friends can be tricky– especially when it involves sizing and fits," she explains. Her suggestion if you don't have someone's stats on hand: "a thoughtful, personalized gift without a size." Either way, with the ideas below, you'll be sure to please even the pickiest shopper on your gifting list. And who knows, there might also be something with your name on it, too.