Last-Minute Gifts (Many Under $30) & Build-Your-Own Gift Set Ideas

Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve sweater + blue skinny jeans + electronics accessories pouch + Larkly sunscreen + emery board + pony tail holders + makeup blender

Huge thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle Collective for sponsoring this post

As the holidays are almost here, I know some of you are still finishing up your holiday shopping, and I have some GREAT items that I’m excited to share with you! Today I’m partnering with Nordstrom and ShopStyle Collective to tell you about some last-minute gifts you can get, and many of them are under $30!

If you’re concerned about getting gifts in time for your celebrations, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you can utilize Nordstrom‘s in-store and curbside pickup, through which you can order online and pick up your order just a couple of hours later. If items need to get delivered, you can get delivery date estimates for each item to see if you’ll get it in time. You can view the shipping estimate both on the individual product page, and you can see each individual item’s estimated delivery date during checkout and adjust your cart accordingly. (Learn more about all that HERE.) I use these features all the time! And as always, Nordstrom offers fantastic customer service with free shipping and free return shipping on all orders. Plus, you can earn points on your purchases towards Nordstrom Notes, get access to free alterations, and more, if you’re part of the Nordy Club. It’s totally free to sign up! Learn all about it HERE.

There are PLENTY of good gifts that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I’ll highlight just a few of them, and then I’ll share more in some shopping widgets at the bottom of this post. Make sure you check those!

A lot of these are smaller items, but they’d make great gifts, especially when you bundle them up together! (Anyone else love gift packages that contain several smaller items? 😊)


Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve sweater + blue skinny jeans + Larkly sunscreen reviewAffordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve sweater + blue skinny jeans + Larkly sunscreen review applying

Larkly SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen
First is this SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen by Larkly. I’ve been using this daily for almost 6 months and have totally appreciated it! It’s a translucent mineral powder with SPF 30, so you can set your makeup while also protecting your skin from the sun. It’s all-natural and SUPER easy to use. Just pop off the cap, push up the brush, and powder your face as normal. You can also refill the powder easily by simply unscrewing the bottom portion from the brush. 

I love this because I don’t have to glob sunscreen on my face, and I can do my makeup as normal. If I ever feel like I need to reapply sunscreen to my face, I don’t have to worry about my makeup—I can just dab this on over it all like a normal powder!

Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve sweater + blue skinny jeans + makeup remover mitt

Magic Mitt Makeup Remover
This has 200+ reviews and 4.7 stars and takes off makeup with JUST WARM WATER—no face wash or makeup removing product needed. Clean it with regular soap and water. I’ve used it a few times and was able to get all of my makeup off, including eyeliner and mascara, though it did take some time to get it ALL off. What I like about it is that it allows you to buy less products and reduce the waste caused by makeup removing wipes (if you use those). It’s also said to be better for your skin in general. Great little gift for someone to try!

Affordable Holiday Gifts: Larkly sunscreen + makeup remover mitt + popcorn bowl + emery board + pony tail holders + makeup blender + tech accessories pouch

Beauty Blender Set
Add a pack of Beauty Blenders to any gift for a little something extra! They are a cult fave and help makeup go on smoothly. I use them daily and love packs like this one that comes with a cleanser, too. Combine this with the Magic Mitt Makeup Remover and/or Larkly SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen to create a themed gift package.

Hair Ties
Hair ties, really??? Haha, YES! I’ve been using these for almost 2.5 years! Yes, they are pricey for hair ties, but the appeal is that they hold hair in place better than typical, cheaper hair ties. My hair is naturally super straight and sleek, and it slips out of other hair ties pretty easily, especially if I put my hair in a bun. But, these hold my hair in place way better! I’ve used the same set of 8 for the last couple of years. None of them has ever broken open, though the elastic has stretched out, which is why I need to replace them. But 2.5 years is a pretty good run! Unfortunately the color selection has grown thin, but there are a couple of packs with very colorful and fun hair ties left, HERE.

Butter Socks
These are soooooo soft and cozy! They come in 5 colors, HERE. If you want to create a cozy gift set, add these to the comfy loungewear/sleep set of this Comfy Sleep Top and soft Comfy Joggers. I showed both of those recently, but here they are again:

Affordable Holiday Gifts: BP lounge joggers + soft comfy top grey

Foot Scrub
This has 370+ reviews and a whopping 4.9 stars! I’ve owned it for several years, and it’s fantastic. It works really well in smoothing your heels and rough spots! You could pair this with the butter socks and a pack of nail polish for a cute and super practical gift set.

Dopp Kit
This dopp kit is super modern looking and is made of durable, water repellent fabric. Combine it with my favorite Jack Black Hand Healer lotion or the Jack Black Shave Essential set for a themed gift!

Bombas Socks
These are great for both men and women. My husband has been wearing this brand for YEARS. They are really comfy with good stretch and retain their shape, and they’re thick and feel like they have a bit of cushion, but they’re not bulky. There are both ankle socks HERE and no-show socks HERE in different colors.

Affordable Holiday Gifts: BP gray lounge joggers + green long sleeve thermal henley top + moccasin style slippers + white fuzzy blanket

Bliss Plush Throw
You could also combine any of the cozy items with one of my family’s favorite blankets, the Bliss Plush Throw. We own 4 of these and use them daily! They are really soft and still feel like new after several washes. Available in lots of colors, HERE.

Reusable Lidded Bowl
This has great reviews, and people love it for being lightweight, durableLEAKPROOF, and easy to clean. Use it to bring your lunch to work and gift it to anyone who packs lunches for work or is on the go! Really great gift for teachers, too. We were given these as gifts that came in a camping set, so you could also combine it with camping items, like this Stainless Steel Camping Mug with great reviews. The lidded bowl comes in dark grey, a cuuuute peachy orange (called Tan), and a beautiful, sleek white. See them HERE.

Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve sweater + medium blue skinny jeans + Larkly sunscreen + makeup remover mitt + pony tail holders + makeup blender + tech accessories pouchAffordable Holiday Gifts: popcorn bowl + Grab & Go pony tail holders + makeup blender + tech accessories pouch reviewAffordable Holiday Gifts: popcorn bowl + Grab & Go pony tail holders + makeup blender + gray tech accessories pouch exterior

Tech Accessories Organizer Pouch
This is one of the few items in today’s post that is not under $30, rather this is under $50. But, it’s really good and has 146 reviews with 4.8 stars! This cable organizer is super sleek, durable with quality material, and has great compartments for all of the cables and accessories for your electronics. The fabric is also water resistant! Awesome, awesome pouch!

Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve vneck sweater + medium blue skinny jeans + light tan suede waterproof ankle boots + gold pendant necklace Affordable Holiday Gifts: white balloon sleeve vneck sweater 1 State + medium blue skinny jeans + light tan suede waterproof ankle boots + gold pendant necklace side

BTW if you’re looking for details of my outfit, this sweater is currently ON SALE though stock is now super limited. I really love this sweater as it’s great for an elevated casual look with its ribbed details, puffed sleeves, and v-neckline. It comes in several colors that are great for holiday gatherings, HERE! I wear size S.

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size S)

Jeans: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact—wearing size 9)


More Holiday Gifts

As promised, here are some more gifts to check out!

Gifts for Women

Gifts for Men

Remember, if you need more gift ideas, check out the PMT Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide! It’s full of over 150 gift ideas, and more are regularly added to Fresh Finds at the very bottom of the page, so be sure to scroll down there for the latest finds!

I just finished alllll my holiday shopping for the kids and their cousins and found even more great kid items that I added! Access it all HERE.

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