How to Get Festive Without Having to Splurge

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With the holidays coming up, we all have a long list of people to shop for. Whether it’s the new power drill your dad wants, the blender your mom’s been dying for or the endless list of items your sister wants from Aritzia, and don’t get me started on all the Secret Santa swaps we’ve joined.

Point blank: we’re about to be really broke.

So, how are we going to afford to dress up for all of these upcoming holiday parties?

Here are some ideas that I’ve come up with to help you accessorize the basic pieces in your closet:

Festive nail designs
The finishing touch to every holiday outfit is festive nails. (PSA: you can always buy stick on nails if you’re not artistic.)

Check out some ideas from The 11 Best and Elle.com.

Quirky holiday earrings, hair pieces, red bows…
Although it’s probably been quite a few years since you’ve been inside Claires, it has some great holiday accessories at a friendly price.

Silver Bells Holiday Bracelet

Foiled Bow Stud Earrings

Make your own ugly Christmas sweater
Instead of paying $50 for an ugly sweater, grab a plain old sweater and add some bells, pompoms or velvet pieces. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not crafty whatsoever so, here are some DIY videos by some of my favourite Youtubers.

LaurDIY: DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Meredith Foster: DIY Holiday Room Decor, Sweater, & Gifts!

And if all else fails, try some red lipstick.

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