What To Buy With Your Holiday Gift Cards

Who got a gift card for Christmas? Raise your hand!!

I asked over on my Musings of a Housewife Facebook Page and by the sounds of it, many of you did! The most popular stores seemed to be Target, Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom. So I thought it would be fun to do a post on what you could get with those gift cards!

Starbucks is a no brainer. Hello, Peppermint Mocha Latte please? I would be getting one every time I passed a Starbucks until my gift card ran out.

The others present a plethora of buying opportunities! Since I’m on a spending freeze this month, allow me to live vicariously through you!

Here are some items that are popular on my site and a few others that I think you might like.

what to buy with your holiday gift cards

What to Buy at Nordstrom

What shouldn’t you buy at Nordstrom should really be the question. But here are my top picks based on what has been selling well so far this winter!

This MAC Blot Powder is one of my top recommendations. I love this stuff, and after I posted about it, a bunch of you ordered it. If you didn’t, I can’t recommend this highly enough. It is the only compact I carry in my purse, and I use it whenever I get shiny. It takes away the shine without adding a bunch of cakey powder to my face.

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This Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote would be a splurge, for sure, but if you have a generous gift card burning a hole in your pocket . . . I can’t imagine a better way to spend it! It comes in quite a few fabulous colors, but oh this palm green . . .

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

And my Milly Wedge Pumps are still available. They’re still on sale for 25% off, bringing them to $119. This is an extraordinarily comfortable shoe — Cole Haan with Nike Air technology and classic styling that you can wear for years.

Cole Haan 'Milly' Wedge Pump

And don’t forget about the Toms Desert Bootie. SUCH a stylish shoe and again, so so so comfortable. Be kind to your feet!

Toms Desert Bootie

And Nordstrom is running some great sales on designer denim right now.

These Joe’s Stretch Skinny Jeans are 40% off, bringing them down to $94.

Joe's Stretch Skinny Jeans

These Paige ‘Verdugo’ Skinny Ponte Ankle Pants are gorgeous and 40% off. I love my ponte knit pants, although mine are from Banana Republic.

Paige Denim 'Verdugo' Skinny Ponte Ankle Pants

For those asking for some items at a lower price point, I have heard great things about these Vigoss Jeans, and they are now on sale for $35!!!! Those would look AMAZING with the Toms Desert Booties . . . just sayin’.

Vigoss 'Thompson Tomboy' Skinny Crop Jeans

The Halogen Raglan Seam Dolman Sleeve Sweater is on sale for $69. I love mine, it is great with leggings or jeans. It does run rather large, so you might want to size down, especially if you plan to wear it with jeans rather than leggings. It is sooo soft and luxurious.

Halogen® Raglan Seam Dolman Sleeve Sweater

And my Rubbish Tunic Sweatshirt is now only $29!!!!!!! This is seriously the most comfortable article of clothing I have ever owned. I am not kidding. If it wasn’t my style, although it is, it’s adorable, but I would buy it just to sleep in. If I wasn’t on a spending freeze, I would DEFINITELY be buying it in another color. Loving this Urban Gray. I have it in a medium. It runs pretty true to size (it’s supposed to be big).

Rubbish Tunic Sweatshirt

This Corso Como Stirrup Boot is a classic, and at $149 is a pretty good price for a leather boot, and it gets 4 stars with 129 reviews!! I am in love with the Luggage color because it would go with black and brown!

Corso Como 'Stirrup' Boot

And speaking of that luggage color, get ready to drool . . .

Rebecca Minkoff 'Cupid' Satchel

I almost didn’t post this Rebecca Minkoff Cupid Satchel because I know it would be SUCH a splurge, but again, if you have a generous gift card . . . even if it just covers HALF the price of this bag, you might be able to justify it. This is the kind of bag you could carry for YEARS. I have it in a green pebbled leather (you may recall), and I did NOT pay that for it, I got it on a fabulous clearance sale on Zappo’s. But I have loved carrying it and can’t wait to bring it back out this spring. This one in the smooth almond leather is absolutely droolworthy. I just thought I’d throw it out there in case you have a generous benefactor waiting to finance your handbag collection. Ha!

Finally, since most of us don’t have $400 to throw at a handbag, this Avis Satchel by Big Buddha is super cute. The taupe is a great neutral that would go with everything, or it also comes in black. It’s on sale for $60.

Big Buddha 'Avis' Satchel

What to Buy at Amazon

The Must-Have Hue Leggings are available on Amazon for $36!!! These are the ones I’ve been wearing lately, and they are worth every penny.

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And don’t forget about the Doublju Knit Tunic with Unbalanced Hem Line that Grace showed in her How to Wear Leggings post.

Doublju Knit Tunics with Unbalanced Hem Line

The Yoga Mat Flip Flops that I show in my What to Wear to Disney post always get purchased a few times a month from my site. These are so comfy and cute. Did I mention comfy??

Sanuk Women's Yoga Mat Flip Flop

These Crocs Kadee Ballet Flats are still one of my faves. They’re super cute and comfy. Do I sense a theme here?

Crocs Women's Kadee Ballet Flat

Another comfy ballet flat that gets great reviews is this Dr. Scholls Joliet Ballet Flat for $50.

Dr. Scholl's Women's Joliet Ballet Flat

In the market for a new handbag? This Nine West Double Vision Large Shopper Shoulder Bag is a popular one, and affordable at $59. It’s gorgeous in red, and it also comes in black and cognac.

Nine West Double Vision Large Shopper Shoulder Bag

Moving on . . . here are some suggestions for what to buy with your Target gift card.

What to Buy at Target

I still stand by my Sonia Kashuk Priming Serum. Read my review.

Sonia Kashuk® Priming Vitamin Serum

These Mossimo Vanessa Scrunch Ballet Flats with Sparkle are super cute.

Women's Mossimo® Vanessa Scrunch Ballet Flat with Sparkle

I am absolutely obsessed with all things Orla Kiely so I was thrilled when she partnered with Target. I love this Belkin Orla Kiely iPad case. I have a similar one for my iPad Mini.

Belkin Orla Kiely iPad Case

And I just picked up one of her makeup bags.

Orla Kiely for Target Makeup Cases

Target is running a great sale on activewear right now, right in time for your healthy New Year’s resolutions!

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And of course there is no END to the cute accessories you could buy for your home. Plus holiday products are on clearance. My best advice is to go to your favorite Target store and look around! They have a lot more in store than online anyway.

No one mentioned Lands’ End, but right now they are having a huge sale on their outerwear — up to 50% on select Outerwear. Plus get free shipping on all orders over $50. Ends 1/5/14!!! This is a great time to stock up for next winter if you have kids.

Other great sales going on . . .

LOFT has markdowns up to 60% right now.

Athleta has 20% off sale items through 1/5 with code SALE20.

Gap has 40% off with code GAPNEW thru 1/4.

So . . . what are you going to buy with your gift cards??? DISH!!!

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  1. Shari says

    That MK bag has been calling my name too! Been keeping an eye on it. 😉

    I tried the Cole Haan wedges and they just didn’t feel right for me. A shame, because I was so hopeful. Still looking for a good comfy wedge walking shoe for Europe in April, if you have any ideas!

    • says

      Oh that’s too bad! They do slip a bit in the heel (I have that problem a lot with pumps) so I don’t think I would call them a walking shoe, but they’re great (for me) when I need to stand a lot. Not sure what I’d suggest for a wedge walking shoe . . . I generally wear flatter shoes when doing a lot of walking, such as the ones I suggest in my What to Wear to Disney post. What about these wedge Toms? Are they too high? http://bit.ly/1kf2Y06

  2. says

    Those are great handbag selections and I have been lusting after those Toms booties all season!! Speaking of handbags, do you think that the tote will be popular this spring? I am already thinking of warm weather bags(: Susan

      • says

        Yes!! I love that style and the green is just dreamy!! I am starting to think about spring and summer bags, since I am on a shopping ban this month. I am thinking about a tote but I like a bag that can be worn cross body in the summer so I can be hands free. Maybe I need two;) Thanks! Susan

  3. says

    Oh my word I love those sparkly flats from Target and that satchel is expensive but GORGEOUS! I am also going to check out the MAC blot powder you recommend. Thanks girl! You always have great taste.

    • says

      Oh no, I did try to find some lower priced pieces. You know, Kohl’s is one of those stores I’ve never really shopped at for clothes. I get kids’ clothes there but I don’t usually find much in the women’s department. However, I have a very stylish neighbor who does a lot of shopping there and gets tons of cute things. What are your favorite brands at Kohl’s?

      • says

        Definitely Apt 9 and Croft & Barrow. I have to shop in petites, so it is even harder for me to find clothes. And Gloria Vanderbilt jeans in petite short. Right now, I am trying to find things that can be worn for work and play. The choices are very limited for someone of my size :/

  4. Sara says

    I really wanted to get those leggings, only to find out when i click the link it cannot find them on Amazon for me. (I’m in canada, so it obviously uses amazon.ca) But do you have any suggestions for great leggings that I can get here??

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