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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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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.

Givenchy Lightning Bolt Sock

There’s a killer discount on these Givenchy lightning-bolt socks right now.

Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

This inexpensive lip cream from Aesop would make a great stocking filler.

Pendleton Key Chain

If you can’t justify buying one of their £200-plus blankets, this key ring is a nice option.

Ralph Lauren Cotton-Blend Jersey Sweatshirt

Subtle and supremely versatile for less than 50 quid.

Donna Leigh Pocket Notebook

Give ‘jotting down the big food shop’ a bit of flair.

L'ombre Dans L'eau Perfumed Stickers

Diptyque candles are expensive enough to be sacred, so slap one of these transfers on your wrist instead and live your best life.

Greenland Wax

It’s mac wax, but Swedish.

Artek Tape Measure

This Finnish furniture company does an aesthetically pleasing tape measure.

Comme Des Garcons 2 Candle

Are you even a luxury fashion house if you don’t do a scented candle?

Saint Laurent polka dot-print silk pocket square

The micro-polka-dot pattern is pleasing on the eye.

Paul Smith signature-stripe cotton boxer shorts

Boxers don’t have to be grey, black or white. Exhibit A: these natty Paul Smith stripe ones.

Evian by Virgil Abloh Silicone-Sleeve Glass Water Bottle

Hydration as high fashion.

David Shrigley Deck of Cards

Great as an apartment accent, bad for your poker face.

Le Creuset Egg Cup

This would make a great receptacle for hair clips or trinkets (or … an egg).

Lobster Cotton Tea Towel

You might not be able to do your grocery shopping at F&M like the queen, but you can at least make doing the dishes feel a little fancier.

House Robe, Grey

All the luxury of staying at Soho House without the sizable membership fee.

Raf Simons Atari Card Holder

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.

Hay salt and Pepper Mill Light Grey

A pepper mill that could be on show during Clerkenwell Design Week.

Nike ACG Knit Hat

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.

Barbour Tartan Dog Bow Tie

An essential purchase for your favourite pooch.

Coco Mademoiselle Deodorant

Here’s a thriftier alternative to applying No5 to your armpits.

Aspinal of London Lipstick and Handbag Tidy

A touch of Aspinal in a sherbety-raspberry hue.

Mulberry Heart Coin Purse

A jolly, cherry-red purse for people who still carry change.

The White Company Silk Eye Mask

Ditch the mask you swiped from a hotel and invest in one made from silk.

Goods by Goodhood x Klean Kanteen Sport Cap

A sporty water bottle from Hackney’s best knickknack store.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2

A matte lipstick in a kissable pink shade.

Canteen Stripe Mug Green & Red

We love the subtle red-and-green band around the lip of this mug.

Hot Pink and Silver Women’s Cashmere Socks

Perfect for Sunday slouching.

Moschino White and Yellow Teddy Bear IPhone X/XS Case

Everyone has that one friend who loves an OTT phone case.

Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchie Bauble

A luxurious way to tie back your pony.

Tom Ford Oud Wood Soap Bar

Even if you can’t justify Mr Ford’s £145 silk underwear, at least you can live your life smelling rich instead.

Yellow Label Champagne and Gouache Gift Tin

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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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands