As college students, we’ve learned to be creative with our (very small) budgets. In time for the holiday season, here a few gift ideas perfect for your best friend, all under $30.
A travel size version of your favorite perfume, so you can remember the three (or was it seven?) random afternoons spent at the White Plains perfume counter. Try Sí by Giorgio Armani, $26, Chloé by Chloé, $28, Simone by Tocca, $22, or Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani, $21.
Your favorite lipstick, Fresh Sugar in Rosé, $22.50, or nail polish, OPI’s Malaga Wine, $8, because it’s fun to try something new that comes fully vetted.
A succulent in an antique teacup that would look nice on her bookshelf (and can be sent in the mail!) Try The Palm Room in Seattle or Etsy for supplies, prices vary.
Matching rings for the two of you to wear everyday as a grownup take on the classic friendship bracelet, $20.
A Garance Doré print, $24, to freshen up the wall.
Your favorite coffee, delivered to her door, $12.
A set of stationery, to write notes to one another, $22.
Recipe cards, $12, so she can remember her genius creations (hint: garlic pasta).
A floral scarf, $10, so you can finally be French girl twins, whatever that means. :)
A pair of Fair Trade chocolate bars, $4 each, made in Seattle.
A playlist of all the songs you got stuck in each other’s heads, featuring greats like Last Christmas by Wham, Walk Unafraid by First Aid Kit, and Let the River Run by Carly Simon. Don’t ask why.
by Claire Star and Nicole Jordan
On the first Saturday we spent together, Nicole and I took a walk through Central Park, crusty baguette in hand. Initially, I was quite intimidated by Nicole, the stylish New Yorker, who could expertly navigate through throngs of tourists and knew all the right shortcuts.* She just seemed so cool and I wondered what we could possibly have in common.
Later, when we got to her apartment, we started talking about some of our favorite blogs and I realized how similar we were. I showed her A Cup of Jo, Nicole showed me 101 Cookbooks, and, well, one joke led to another and we’ve been best friends ever since.
As it’s been a little while since we’ve written on the blog, I figured it would be nice to share some of our favorite daily reads. When things get hectic, these are the blogs we turn to day after day for a quick break and inspiration. Enjoy! - Claire
+ A Cup of Jo
+ Garance Dore
+ Reading My Tea Leaves
+ Lingered Upon
+ Quiet Like Horses
+ Into The Gloss
+ Apartment Therapy
+ This Battered Suitcase
+ 101 Cookbooks
+ Long Miles Coffee Project
+ Food 52
+ Not Without Salt
*I have since learned that, despite her impressive Central Park maneuvers, Nicole can’t actually tell North from South…
// Travel and Food 52 prints by The Ideal Bookshelf.
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