Gift Ideas for the Last Minute Shopper

Anyone else scrambling last minute like me for holiday gifts?? Well, worry not, I gotcha covered. I just starting thinking about gifts this week and here are a few things I have come up with for the last minute shopper:

  1.  I personally own this backpack and I LOVE IT. It’s the perfect gift for the high school or college student, for the mom on the go, your professor friend who needs to tote their 13″ macbook and wallet to conferences, or simply for yourself because who doesn’t shop for themselves while shopping for others??

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Snakeskin backpack from Target, $34.99

2. I always have a hard time shopping for men – my hubby included – but I love this shaving kit from Target/Harry’s.  I got one for my hubby earlier this year and he loved it so I know the men in your life will too.

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Harry’s Shaving Kit, $14.99

3. This is one that is personally on MY wishlist.  I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and Instagram, so you know it’s a popular item this year. I’d love to get it for my cloffice (you know, closet-office) because it has the extra lighting I need to apply makeup etc.  Plus, it’s really just super cute, so why wouldn’t we want it??

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Impressions Vanity Mirror, $45.00

4. We own the Google Home, but this Amazon Echo Dot is too good a deal to pass up! It’s a great present for kids too.  You can put it in their rooms or play areas to play music or games with. It’s also a great device for the family overall and a great addition to any party. echo dot

Amazon Echo Dot, $29.99

5. I always feel like you can’t go wrong with pajama’s for Christmas or other holidays. Paired with some cozy slippers and a cute mug, you’re sure to have the best gift around. These are my favorite brand of pj’s and currently available in a variety of styles and only $15 a piece!


Gillian & O’Malley, $15

6. Finally, monthly subscription boxes are one of my favorite things to gift. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving. I personally have this subscription and love it. It’s great for the woman who loves to work out, the woman who likes to wear workout clothes but doesn’t work out, AND the woman who doesn’t currently workout but wants to. 🙂 The monthly subscription delivers 3-5 items a month, usually including at least an outfit, but with the larger subscription, workout gear as well. For a special discount use code CHICINACADEMIA at checkout!

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Ellie Activewear Subscription Box, $39.95 per month

7. I’m not sure that you will get these before Friday – although it wouldn’t hurt to check, but they are one of my favorite things at the moment. Everly rings are made with simulated diamonds and are simply gorgeous. They are mistaken for real diamonds every single time I wear them. I have several of their bands and recently got one of their larger rings and can’t say enough about how much I love them. For a special discount use code CHICINACADEMIA at checkout.


Everly Rings, Get any 5 stackables for $175

7. Finally, Tula is a brand I recently tried and loved. I especially love their gift sets because they’re perfect for the person who travels a lot like me! This one in particular provides a nice sampling of their best products. You can also use my discount code for an extra discount, CHICINACADEMIA.


Tula Discovery Kit, $52.00


What other gift ideas do you have?  I’ve posted other ideas on instastories as I find them, so make sure to check them out on my Instagram account. Otherwise, make sure to also check out Pinterest and Facebook for occasional posts!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Groupon Coupons

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Disclosure:  I partnered with Groupon Coupons for this post, however all opinions are mine.

Do you love saving money??  I do!  I’ve used Groupon Coupons for a few years now, so when I was asked to share information about this amazing service, I happily agreed.  I have used Groupon for hair care, outing, household goods and services, movies, the works!  They have a variety of services and products they offer discounts for, so it’s a one-stop-shop for deals.  They used to only offer reduced-priced package deals, but they also now search the web and also offer lists of coupons available for a variety of stores and brands.  They work with a variety of online and in-store retailers including some of the major names, listed below:

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If you know nothing else about me, you at least know that I love shopping at Target.  I mean LOVE shopping there.  So of course, I clicked on the Target icon and was taken to the following screen:

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I used the second coupon to buy jeans for the fall for my boys, and indeed, was able to get 40% off the retail price.  SCORE!

My other favorite store – Nordstrom – also has some amazing deals.  Check them out!

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You can also enter your city name in the search window at the top of the page and get personalized, local deals available in your area:

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Pretty cool, right?  I’m eyeing those Barre classes.  Just sayin’…

Ernieways!  You can find Groupon Coupons online using any of the following social media links:

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You know that I love scoring deals, so I could not pass up the opportunity to share this money-saving info with you.  Happy Shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!


Luxe for Less: Valentino Rockstud Heels

It’s been a while since I shared a ‘luxe for less’ post, but this one is too good to not share with you!  Several of my Instagram friends have worn similar versions of the Valentino Rockstud Heels, including some who have purchased the real version!

The Valentino Rockstud heels retail $995.  That’s one month of daycare and summer camp for me.  SO…the $29 version with free shipping it was for this momma of 2!

They are slightly different as you can see, but not bad for the price!  I sized up 1/2 size, but otherwise, I’m quite happy with the quality and fit.  They also feel rather comfortable at the moment…  I’ll keep you posted after wearing them an entire day at the office.  Also, they come in a myriad of colors, so you can buy multiple pairs and not break the bank!  Sounds like a winner to me!  So…you’re welcome!  And…happy shopping!!

Valentino Rockstud for less,

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!