Whether you’re buying for someone else or just treating yourself on pay day, splurging on luxury items is never not gratifying. But our favourite flex at the moment is finding great thrifty options from designer brands – from a fashion house’s tasteful deodorant to a keychain from the cultiest blanket brand. We went on the hunt for the cheapest options from some of the biggest brands, so you’re sorted for Secret Santas, budget-buys or shopping this Christmas.
There’s a killer discount on these Givenchy lightning-bolt socks right now.
This inexpensive lip cream from Aesop would make a great stocking filler.
Subtle and supremely versatile for less than 50 quid.
Give ‘jotting down the big food shop’ a bit of flair.
It’s mac wax, but Swedish.
Are you even a luxury fashion house if you don’t do a scented candle?
The micro-polka-dot pattern is pleasing on the eye.
Boxers don’t have to be grey, black or white. Exhibit A: these natty Paul Smith stripe ones.
Hydration as high fashion.
This would make a great receptacle for hair clips or trinkets (or … an egg).
All the luxury of staying at Soho House without the sizable membership fee.
If you want to invest in Simons’ signature mash-up of fantasia and pop culture, this calfskin cardholder embellished with a striking green Atari logo is a great buy.
A pepper mill that could be on show during Clerkenwell Design Week.
The ACG label (it stands for All Conditions Gear) is Nike’s foray into cultish, innovative outerwear — and far more interesting than the Carhartt hat everyone’s wearing.
A jolly, cherry-red purse for people who still carry change.
A matte lipstick in a kissable pink shade.
We love the subtle red-and-green band around the lip of this mug.
Perfect for Sunday slouching.
Everyone has that one friend who loves an OTT phone case.
A luxurious way to tie back your pony.
Even if you can’t justify Mr Ford’s £145 silk underwear, at least you can live your life smelling rich instead.
Not only is this tube-shaped gift tin more interesting than a bottle of prosecco in a £1 Sainsburys gift bag, but it keeps the bottle chilled for two hours, too.
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