25 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers (No Candy) Under $15

 

25 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers (No Candy) under $15- The Galista

Hey, everyone!

Are you looking for last-minute unique and affordable stocking stuffer ideas? I have gathered 25 ideas for all you last-minute stocking stuffer shoppers that are all under $15. These are all items you can find at your local Wal-Mart or Target.

I share fun and practical ideas for just about anyone you may be putting a stocking together for. I excluded sweets and treats as most people know those are the basics. These are additional things you can use to beef up your family’s Christmas stockings this year.

(To be fair: I also left out the Target Dollar Spot aka “Bullseye Playground” though if you have a Target nearby you definitely can find awesome stocking stuffers in that section alone)

1. Car Air Freshener Vent Clips

You can find these Febreze Car Plug-Ins right at check out for just $3.68 for a single pack. 

2. Wax Cubes

These are great for anyone who owns a candle warmer. There are so many scents to choose from and each pack costs about $2.00 each.

3. Mini Emergency Kit

A great purposeful item to stuff a stocking with is a mini emergency kit. This would be useful for anyone driving to have in the car or even to throw in a purse.

Stuff this little kit in a stocking, and they will appreciate having the necessary supplies later. I found the one in the photo at Wal-Mart for just $ 5.99.

4. Small Kitchen Utensil or Kitchen Gadget

This idea would be especially great if someone in your life was planning on moving out soon. You could do an entire themed stocking to set them up with all the home essentials like measuring spoons, pan holders, spatulas and more. 

5. Pepper Spray Key Chain

This is a great stocking stuffer for any female in your life. Give the gift of safety with this Mace brand pepper spray for only $ 12.59.

6. Phone Charger USB and Wall Port

There just isn’t a downside to having an extra phone charger around. Along with the USB phone cord, you could also include a wall plug-in. Phone USB charger cables typically retail for $3 and up.

7. PopSocket

PopSockets have been all over nearly everyone’s phones this year. You can find them in all the major stores. Pop Sockets attach to the back of a cell phone and can be used as a grip and as a stand.

They have a variety of designs including plain black colors and countless prints. Pop Sockets typically retail from $9.99-$15.99.

Target sells the original Pop Sockets in store where Wal-Mart actually sells a generic (knock-off) brand called “Spin Pop” for $4.88.

8. Gift Card

This is a go-to stocking stuffer idea for such a wide demographic because there is such a huge variety of gift cards to choose from. You can pick them up at any big-box store like Wal-Mart and Target especially around the holidays.

Some are labeled with a set amount and other cards you can have the cashier load your desired amount.

9. Christmas ornament

I mentioned in a previous post my family used to gift a new ornament for the Christmas tree every year. Stuffing a new Christmas ornament into a stocking is a great way to take part in the tradition.

10. Tumblr cup

These tumblr cups come in so many cute designs. You could even choose to do a to go coffee cup instead if that fits your family or friend better.

11. Chalk paint

The Waverly Chalk paint is a really great option for any crafter in your life. It only costs $9.45 and it goes a very long way.

It is an essential supply your crafter will appreciate having on hand next time they create.

12. Batteries

Through the holiday craziness, it is easy to forget the practical items. I know it happened all the time in my family while I was growing up. We would open all of our presents and could not wait to play with our new toy then all of a sudden we’d realize there were no batteries in the house.

Did you gift something that requires batteries? Throw a pack in the stocking to avoid disappointment and hassle. An 8 pack of AA batteries generally retails around $6.

13. Cards Against Humanity $9.99

This card game is a crowd pleaser and is just shy of $10 at Wal-Mart.

14. Makeup Wipes

Though I am biased to #20, some people prefer makeup wipes. I also think these are just great to have in a book bag or purse. These definitely get major points for being travel-friendly.

The equate brand 40 count pack retails for just $3.48.

15. Mini Hand Sanitizer

You can find the mini hand sanitizer bottles in the travel section or at checkout. These are also sold in the jelly holders for just a few dollars total. 

16. Fuzzy Socks

Who doesn’t love a good pair of fuzzy socks? For just a few dollars you can keep your loved one’s feet all warm and cozy. Bonus points if they are Christmas themed.

17. Nail Polish

Throw a sparkly nail polish in a stocking this year so they can rock their new glam nails for the New Year. The Essie LuxEffects nail polish is just $7.65. 

The variety on this one is nearly limitless.

18. Batiste Dry Shampoo

The “Divine Dark” dry shampoo by Batiste helps decrease the number of wash times on hair and it also helps to stretch the time in between root touch-ups.

Batiste also sells a version for blondes. A full-size can is $6.58.

19. Real Techniques Sponge

This makeup sponge is well-known on the internet for being a dupe for the Beauty Blender which retails for $ 20.00. I own both the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Beauty sponge, and I actually prefer the Real Techniques.

Luckily for you, a single Real Techniques sponge retails for just $4.88 at Wal-Mart. A double pack is still under our $15 limit at just $9.23.

20. Garnier Micellar Water

The Garner Micellar Water is perfection. It is a cleanser and a makeup remover all in one. I used to use makeup wipes and as soon as I bought this I just stopped buying makeup wipes altogether. Even with the expensive makeup wipes, I would have to use quite a few just to take off a full face of makeup.

The 13.5 Fl Oz lasts me at least a couple of months, and it is only $6.78 at Wal-Mart. I just buy a pack of cotton rounds, and I’m set. Wal-Mart also sells a little mini 3.4 Fl Oz bottle for $3.44.

21. Face Masks

Face Masks are a great stocking filler. There are so many to choose from but they typically only cost $2.50 each.

22. The Wet Brush

This is not your ordinary hairbrush. I do not know how the Wet Brush brand makes brushing hair so painless, but I am so glad they do. The original style sells for $8.99.

After owning one of these I cannot go back to normal brushes.

23. Makeup Bag

After awhile makeup bags just reach the point where all the powders, mascara and foundation has stained the inside lining. Why not gift a refreshed makeup bag?

The price, of course, depends on the brand and size of bag you pick but I spotted some for under $5 at my Wal-Mart.

24. Elastic Hair Ties

A 10 pack of Goody Elastic Hair Ties is just $ 7.49. These get lost so easily that replenishing someone’s stock couldn’t hurt.

25. Chapstick

There are so many awesome chapsticks to choose from, so pick your loved ones favorite if you know it.

However, I recommend the Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm which retails for $4.64. It is so buttery smooth and makes my lips feel super moisturized.

 

This will probably be my last “holiday/ gift shopping” post for this year. I hope you liked this little series. Christmas is my favorite holiday; I love putting a lot of thought into gifting even the “littlest” of gifts (like stocking stuffers).

Thanks for checking out my post today! I hope you found something on the list you hadn’t thought of before. What is your favorite thing to get in your stocking?

-The Galista

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista

 

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

Were you too busy eating turkey and mashed potatoes this weekend and you forgot to do your Cyber Monday research? Not to worry I have you covered. Today I am going to share some of the Cyber Monday deals you shouldn’t miss out on.

Before we hop into today’s post I just want to say I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your families and friends. We went to a friends house for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it is important especially living around a military base to join together in order to remember that you are not alone during the holidays. Friendsgiving is totally a thing now.

Did you get any great Black Friday deals over the weekend? If not you still have some time to catch some amazing deals.

Without further ado, let’s hop right into that list:

 

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
AE Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging in “Onyx Black”, AE Flannel Boyfriend Shirt in “Pink”, AE Denim X Super Hi-Rise Jegging in “Shredder Indigo”

American Eagle 40% off + FREE SHIPPING (limited exclusions)

American Eagle is one of my all-time favorite stores, but they can also be pricey. I typically only buy when they run a really awesome sale like this one. Not only are you scoring almost half off you also get free shipping which cancels out the only downside to opting to shop online.

It’s the perfect time to stock up on jeans! Prices are as marked on the site.

All of their sweaters are only $25.

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Mid-Rise Pixie Velvet Ankle Pants in “Black”, Smooth & Slim Plus-Size Velvet Pixie in “Glorious Pine”

Old Navy 50% everything no exclusions

Old Navy has lots of great products, but my favorite has to be their pixie pants. Any other kind of slacks I’ve ever tried on I feel out of place in.

Not only do they fit me perfectly, they look great too! If you are in the market for a great pair of professional pants I think this deal is worth checking out. Prices will be reflected in the cart.

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Green Glass Jug Vase by Hearth and Hand, Women’s Velvet Jumpsuit by Xhilaration in “Burgundy”

Target save 15%

Target is one of those stores that you often can’t find deals on your entire purchase so when they run these types of sales you have to take advantage.

Remember that Hearth and Hand line everyone was going bananas over? Now is the time to pick up some of the gorgeous pieces? My personal favorites from the line are these jewel-toned green vases. Or if you need an outfit for an upcoming holiday party this velvet jumpsuit would look stunning.

If you are anything like me then you’re probably thinking “It is Target, I don’t need help finding anything to buy.”

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Gray Moroccan Lumbar Pillow, Gold Pyrite Cuff Bracelet, Monkey Mug

World Market Up to 40% off and Free Shipping on $50+

We recently got a World Market in my town within the past few months. Just a few weeks ago I visited for the first time ever and let me tell you: I am in love. If you are a fan of all things bohemian and haven’t checked out World Market you are missing out. They do home decor, clothing, jewelry and even food.

You simply can’t go wrong scoring a deal here. They are offering 15% off of $50, 20% off of $100, 30% off of $200 and 40% off of $300.

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Erin Condren In Bloom Gold Metallic Life Planner, Erin Condren Watercolor Life Planner

Erin Condren 30% off Sitewide with code

I talked about how the Erin Condren Life Planner’s in my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her. If you are looking for a planner for yourself for the new year or even to give as a gift 30% off is a total score.

This kind of deal is not around often with these planners. There are so many awesome designs to choose from!

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
UD Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in “Black Mail”, UD Metalized Lipstick in “Trance”, UD Cream Vice Lipstick in “Night Hawk”

Urban Decay 50% off Vice Lipsticks

Do you need to stock up on some festive lipsticks? They will be a SHOCKING $9.50 each. Yes, you read that right. That is the price of some drugstore lipsticks! Can you believe you have 135 shades to choose from? There are also 6 different finishes.

If you have a hard time deciding what color looks good on your complexion just from looking online, you should know there is also a super cool feature where you can try the lipstick on by uploading a photo of yourself.

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Hobo “Lauren” Wallet in Caramel

Nordstrom Rack Free Shipping Sitewide

If you guys were interested in the Hobo Lauren Wallet I posted in my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide For Her, now is the time to get free shipping.

Nordstrom Rack does already discounted prices so you are getting a Cyber Monday deal (that would reflect other store prices) even though they do not have it additionally marked down. Update: As of 1:18 EST you can still purchase “teal green”, “grenadine” (bright orange), and “granite” (light grey). All three selling for $64.97, originally $128 PLUS free shipping.

HURRY if you’re planning on buying, they will go quick!

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
Amazon Fire 7, 7″ Display, 8GB in “Black”

Amazon Fire 7 With Alexa, 7″ Display, 8GB for $29.99

Guys, I’ll admit I am normally not the type to buy tech related items during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Amazon is having great deals on their devices. This tablet originally retails for $49.99. I think this would make a great gift for almost any age!

My husband bought one for me as a Christmas gift this year so we can read the Harry Potter books together.

The tablet is also offered in yellow, blue and red. There is also a 16GB option going for $49.99 originally $69.99 that would be great for storing movies.

2017 Cyber Monday Deals You Don't Want to Miss- The Galista
ColourPop “Yes Please” palette, ColourPop LAX Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop 30% off Sitewide + FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING over $30

If you are a ColourPop fan or have ever wanted to try out their products, now is a perfect time. They are already such affordable products so the fact that they are marked down 30% is awesome.

They have barely been able to keep the “Yes, Please” palette in stock the past few months because it has been that popular. It usually retails for $16 now only $12.80. This palette is widely known as a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset palette that retails for a whopping $129.00.

 

Those are all of my favorite deals going on today! Thank you for checking it out, and I hope you are able to take advantage of these awesome sales.

If you are getting sick of all the holiday shopping talk, not to worry I should only have one more holiday shopping post coming your way then you won’t see anymore on here for awhile.

-The Galista

12 Magical Christmas Gifts for the Harry Potter Lover

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The GalistaHey, everyone!

Today I wanted to keep with the 12 days of Christmas theme and have compiled a list of the 12 Most Magical Christmas Gifts for the Harry Potter Lover! I have been inspired by all the new Harry Potter Collections that have been announced lately.

Personally, I love Harry Potter. Admittedly, I definitely know quite a few fans (including my husband) that could crush me in some trivia. I still absolutely love it, and I just love J.K Rowling in general. Her rags to riches story inspires me so much.

Gifts range in price from $9.49-$99. Keep in mind aside from #2 and #10 you could definitely get away with giving any of these gifts year round.

Let’s go ahead and jump into that list.

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Harry Potter Remote Control Wand from Barnes& Noble

1. Interactive Wand $48.95

This is such an awesome idea for a gift. My husband received this as an early Christmas gift this year, and we can’t wait to program it and use it as our surround sound remote.

Just imagine someone using this with new guests over to change the channels. The reaction would be priceless.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Harry Potter “12 Days of Socks” Advent Calendar from Target

2. Women’s Harry Potter 12 Days of Socks $15.00

This is the coolest advent calendar I have ever seen, and I love chocolate so that is saying a lot. It has been all over the internet (for a good reason). If you plan on purchasing I definitely recommend not to hold out because I don’t know how quickly it will sell out.

The set comes with 4 pairs of long socks and 8 pairs of short socks. This gift definitely adds a little spice to the giving socks for Christmas idea.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition Series #1

3. New Illustrated Edition Books

Can your Harry Potter fan read the books over and over? Three of the books (The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban) are now offered in a hardback illustrated version and let me tell you, the illustrations in these editions are absolutely beautiful. Each retail for $39.99.

Why aren’t the other books offered? They sadly haven’t been created yet. However, the first three could start a beautiful collection for the die-hard fan.

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Alex and Ani Lumos Set of 3 Charm Bracelet, Alex and Ani Deathly Hallows Symbol Earrings in “Sterling Silver”

4. Alex and Ani’s Harry Potter Collection

If you have never checked out the Alex and Ani bracelet’s before they are gorgeous. When I saw they came out with a Harry Potter collection I was stoked. The collection consists of 12 pieces. Most of the pieces are offered in either a sterling silver option or 14 kt Gold plated.

The 3 Piece Lumos bracelet set is $98.00. The Deathly Hallows Earrings retail for $48.00.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Williams Sonoma Harry Potter Spatula’s, William’s Sonoma Harry Potter Apron

5. William’s Sonoma Harry Potter

Do you know a Harry Potter fan that loves to create more than spells? William’s Sonoma collaborated with Harry Potter and released three different products in all the house prints. The spatulae are $12.95 each. Adult aprons are $39.95 and the children’s aprons are $24.95.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Pottery Barn Teen Hedwig Jewelry Cage

6. Harry Potter Hedwig Jewelry Cage by PB Teen $99

Even muggles could appreciate how gorgeous this jewelry cage is. Look how much storage space it offers! There are hooks for necklaces and accessories, holes for earrings, and even a ring tray at the bottom.

Don’t let the fact that this is offered at Pottery Barn Teen stop you, I know plenty of adults that would love this.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Turn to Page 394 Pin from Fable and Black on Etsy

7. “Turn to Page 394” Pin from Etsy shop Fable and Black $9.48

Your Harry Potter fan could pin this little cutie to a book bag, purse, or even a jacket. I love the idea of purchasing from small business owners for Christmas gifts!

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Pottery Barn Golden Snitch Alarm Clock

8. Harry Potter Golden Snitch Clock by PB Teen $49

This is another super cute home decor option. It’s such an awesome twist on the basic alarm clock. Waking up with a little bit of magic? You just can’t beat that.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Pottery Barn Platform 9 3/4 Pillow Cover

9. Platform 9 3/4 Pillow PB Teen $35.50

Okay, guys. I’m sorry there is so much home decor. But look at how beautiful this pillow cover is? I love the blush velvet.

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
After All This Time Always Wood Sign from William Rae Designs on Etsy

10. William Rae Designs “After All This Time Always” Home Decor $32.50

I love that this is a more subtle Harry Potter gift. This could be hanging in someone’s home and unless you were a Harry Potter fan you wouldn’t even know. It’s a beautiful sign and quote regardless. I did not cry during this scene.

If this design didn’t suit your style William Rae Designs offers a few more Harry Potter options on their Etsy page. Definitely, recommend!

 

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ollivander’s Wand Shop Ornament

11. Hallmark Keepsake Harry Potter Ollivander’s Wand Shop Christmas Ornament $24.95

Growing up in my family we would always receive an ornament each year. It was one of our traditions, so I personally love the idea of giving this Harry Potter ornament even more because of the sentiment.

Plus it is just so pretty. Each year when your loved one goes to decorate their Christmas tree, they can think of you when they hang this one up.

 

12 Magical Christmas Gifts For The Harry Potter Lover - The Galista
Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Heat Change Mug

12. Marauder’s Map Heat Change Mug from Think Geek $12.99

Have you seen the heat change mugs before? This is the closest you can get to giving a magic mug to someone. Add heat to the mug and the footprints will appear on the map. So awesome!

 

Thanks for checking out the gift guide today, guys!

Did you find anything cool on the list you are planning to gift? What gift guide should I create next? Let me know in the comments, please!

-The Galista

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista

Hey, everyone! I have picked out 10 affordable Christmas gift ideas for any female in your life. Whether your loved one is a makeup lover or a fitness lover I am confident you can find the perfect gift on this list.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Hobo “Lauren” Wallet in “Camel”

1. Hobo “Lauren” Wallet

This first one I definitely do not hear enough hype about. Every female should own one of these. This wallet is a life saver. I found out about these wallets through my mom cause she had owned one.

I bought my mom and I each one of these. It was a few months before Christmas time because the boutiques in our small town were running deals. I dated mine that I still have today to 2014 at least, but it may have even been late 2013. It has been so long that I can’t even remember when we first got them.

Ours are both in awesome condition. I haven’t used another wallet since owning it.

They are a spendy wallet if you are buying them at the full retail price ($110-$128). I purchased my Hobo when our local boutique was running a 50% off the entire store. However, I can tell you that Nordstrom Rack has these for sale. In the “Lauren” style there are 59 different pattern options on Nordstrom Rack alone.

Here is the catch though, they are constantly sold out. Right now of the 59 prints only 4 of them are not sold out. A few weeks ago they even had several of the colors for only $34! What a steal!!

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Naked Heat by Urban Decay, Tartelette Toasted, Morphe 3502 Second Nature

2. Warm Toned Palette

Is your mom or girlfriend a makeup lover? If so, I can almost guarantee you she has her eye on one of the warm toned eyeshadow palette on the market. They have been the hype this year. About every makeup brand has their own version, so if she has a favorite prestige brand then definitely go with that brand.

Specifically the warm toned Urban Decay Naked palette has received a lot of attention and praise this year. The Naked Heat palette retails for $54.00. That is a decent chunk of change; however, the palette does come with 12 eyeshadows. Last year around this time Urban Decay put their Naked Smoky palette on sale for half off in all the major retailers.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Scentsy Etched Copper Warmer, Scentsy Bon Voyage Warmer, Scentsy Carrara Warmer

3. Candle Warmer

This is definitely something almost any lady on your Christmas list could enjoy. There are so many fun styles and you can find these at the major stores and could probably catch a great deal on one during one of the holiday sales.

Scentsy is a candle brand that offers a variety of really cute styles, but Walmart and Target also sell candle warmers. You could even pick out some scent melts to finish off the gift.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Threshold Fuzzy Blanket in “Scarlet Mystery”

4. Fuzzy Blanket

In my opinion, everyone could use another fuzzy blanket. You can never have too many of them. I currently own four from Target’s Threshold brand, but if you or anyone you know has access to a Costco membership they sell AWESOME ones there. I am in the market for one myself because the fuzzy blanket obsession is real.

Can you be too warm during cuddle season? (You can’t.)

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Three Bird Nest’s Messy Bun Confetti Knitted Beanie in “Mustard”

5. Three Bird Nest’s Knit Hat with Space for Bun

It’s the season to stock up on winter scarves, hats, and gloves. The one thing that many females can agree on though is they hate wearing a hat because it messes up their hair. Most of the time they just are not cute.

Which is why the Three Bird’s Knit Hat made my list this year, this hat is absolutely adorable. Not only do they come in so many gorgeous colors it has a hole at the very top of the hat where you can pull your ponytail or messy bun through. You know those things that are so genius you just think “I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself”. That is how this hat makes me feel.

The hat provides necessary warmth to your ears, but you still get to do those classic messy buns (or ponytails). I mean what more could you ask for out of a hat?!

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Pop Your Pup Personalized Shirt

6. Pop Your Pup Customizable Shirt

If your loved one is a dog lover let me tell you about this amazing site PopYourPup. You essentially just upload a photo of a dog and you customize how you want the design to look. Pop Your Pup offers so many super cute graphic backgrounds (even donuts and pizzas). If your girl is a lover of donuts and her pup BAM you just killed two birds with one stone.

Pricing varies on what style of shirt you pick out. They even do home decor and offer gift cards (if you are nervous about designing a shirt for someone else).

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Hydroflask 18 oz Wide Mouth in “Graphite”, Hydroflask 32 oz Wide Mouth in “Sage”

7. Hyrdoflask

Again, this is something I feel like would make a great gift for anyone on your list. My husband and I both own one of these. Hydroflask advertises they keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. From my experience, I can definitely stand by that claim.

I first came in contact with these when the coffee shop I was working at during that time started selling these as retail. I know what you are thinking it’s pricey for a cup, but let me tell you the investment will be well worth it.

These things are MAGIC. I personally like this for ice water at night. You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and look over and all your ice is melted? Say goodbye to that problem!

A little funny story about the Hydroflask is the last time Mike and I took a 13+ hour road trip I brought mine with me and filled it with ice water. I eventually drank it all, and I actually got frustrated because the ice would not melt and I was thirsty.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Lush “Snow Fairy” Gift Set

8. Lush

Lush is a great company that offers awesome products for baths, showers and so much more. If your girl is into pampering herself this is definitely an awesome option for you.

I am not a huge fan of baths myself, but I spoke about their lip scrub in my 2017 Fall Essentials. However, on the rare occasion that I do find myself taking a bath, bubbles are crucial. Their bubble bars are absolutely perfect, I split “The Comforter” bubble bar into two and it still creates so many bubbles. I definitely recommend.

Can’t just pick one product? Lush offers gift sets.  With the gift sets, you have a well put together gift and you didn’t even have to think about it.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
Erin Condren Life Planner in “Floral Stiches”, Create 365 The Medium Happy Planner in “Boho Deep Tones”

9. Planner

This is the perfect gift if you have a lady on your list who is a Type A personality or if she just likes to have her life together. It is also a great time of year to give a planner as a gift with the new year approaching.

I think it is great to give gifts that the receiver wouldn’t buy for themselves. When I think about a luxury planner I think of the Erin Condren planners. The LifePlanners alone retail for around $55-$60. So many super cute prints and add-ons available!

If you’re looking for a more affordable planner I recommend checking out “The Create 365 The Happy Planner” by Michaels. The full-size one retails for around $24.99- $34.99. HINT: Michaels offers a 40% off coupon for any regular priced item on their website.

2017 Ultimate Gift Guide for Her- The Galista
FabFitFun Fall Box 2017

10. Subscription

If none of those other options sounded like what you were looking for buying a subscription service for that special lady in your life is an awesome idea. It is the gift that quite literally keeps on giving.

A few subscriptions I have heard great things about are FabFitFun, BoxyCharm and Scentbird. With a FabFitFun box, you get a new box 4 times a year all centered around products that will be great for the season you’re in. BoxyCharm and Scentbird are monthly subscriptions.

If you plan on purchasing any of those subscriptions, don’t pay the full retail price. There are so many influencers that have coupon codes for these products. A quick Google search will pay off!

 

Thanks for checking out my 2017 Ultimate Gift Guide For Her! I hope you found an idea that inspired you and you can check someone’s present off your list. Do you have any awesome gift ideas? Share it with US in the comments, please!

-The Galista

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals

Hey everyone, welcome back!
Tis the season where we trample complete strangers to get amazing deals which is exactly why I wanted to share with you the Top 5 Facebook Pages that post awesome deals year round. If you would rather skip the crowd and catch some awesome deals all the time keep on reading.

This is totally up my alley cause I just love getting a good deal.

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals- The Galista

1. Hip2Save

If you take anything from this article, PLEASE go follow this page on Facebook. Oh my goodness. I love her. Especially with the holidays coming up you can find so many great gift options on her page. She shares deals about nearly everything you can imagine including Starbucks, prestige makeup brands, fashion, tech, and food.

Last year she posted about the makeup palettes that were on sale. My friend’s husband saw my post I shared from the Hip2Save page and bought the palette for her. She loved it. So.. if nothing else maybe just make sure your significant others are following this page. You may just thank yourself later for it.

*Alert* That same palette is on sale right now. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky is on sale for $27 on the Urban Decay website. If you have a makeup lover you need to buy for or you wanted to pick up an extra before it’s discontinued definitely jump on that deal now.

She also does live feeds where she highlights the best deals during the holidays. She’s my favorite. You can also visit hip2save.com for even more content.

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals- The Galista

2. The Krazy Coupon Lady

Some of you may have heard of The Krazy Coupon Lady before. She is best known for focusing on Kroger deals. A lot of people who want to get into extreme couponing normally follow her because she tells you how to stack deals at Kroger and get groceries/ household necessities for really cheap.

Personally, I haven’t been able to catch on to the extreme couponing yet, though I would love to someday be able to figure it out because who likes to pay full price for groceries? Not me. I don’t like to pay full price for anything.

But guys, she also posts really great deals going on at other stores, not just Kroger so definitely check her out.

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals- The Galista

3.  Passion for Savings

This page also posts some greats deals on things like toys, outerwear, Amazon Prime memberships and more.

The one thing that stands out to me about Passion For Savings is that she has an app that you can download to keep up with the savings. If you do not want your Facebook feed flooded with all the deals and you’d rather just have a separate app to check out, definitely give Passion for Savings a shot.

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals- The Galista

4. The Penny Hoarder Deals

The Penny Hoarder is a series of Facebook pages each dealing with different ways to save your hard-earned cash! I’m sure you’ve probably guessed what this sister page focuses on. Deals.

From deals on pizza to reduced cost mammograms, you really cannot go wrong following this page.

5. Local Facebook Deal Pages

Last but not least you should definitely check out if your area has any pages that scope out location-based deals for you. I do have a local Facebook page I follow that posts local sales ads where I can go to find the cheapest milk, bread, and eggs.

Top 5 Facebook Pages that Post Awesome Deals- The Galista
*CRUCIAL TIP* Always make sure if you want to see notifications from any of these pages on your Facebook feed to adjust your settings. If it is set to “Default” the Facebook algorithm decides what to show you first. However, if you set it to “See First” you won’t miss out on the great deals they post.

Trust me, there is nothing worse than when Facebook shows you hours, days, or weeks after the deal is already dead. Sometimes the deals these sites post are only limited time, you have to jump on them quickly.

What about you guys, do you have any favorite Frugal Facebook pages you think need to be added to the list? Let us know in the comments, please!

Thanks for checking the post out today! Hope you have a great rest of your day.

-The Galista

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1

Hey everyone, welcome back!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you a Thrift With Me and a Thrift Haul. This is a series I’d like to start to showcase all the cool thrift stores I visit, and what I pick up.

Oh my goodness, if you didn’t read my About Me page, then now is the time I must disclose my serious obsession for all things thrifted. Some people get overwhelmed digging through “junk”, but it excites me even more when I find a gem amongst all the stuff.

These goodies were thrifted in June while my husband and I were visiting our families in Indiana. Whenever my mom and I reunite we always go thrifting. It is our thing.

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1 - The Galista
Northern Traders. Rochester, IN.

The location I visited this trip was Northern Traders, located on Old 31 in Rochester, Indiana. It is two warehouses that are side by side. Each warehouse is divided into sections for each “vendor”.

How it works is each vendor showcases their items. Usually, you can find quite a few of the vendors will be offering a percentage off the items in their section. You pay all at once at the end of each warehouse. There is a place to check out in each building. Also, they do take card so if you’re like me and don’t normally carry around cash you won’t have to worry about having to pull out cash from an ATM. Thank goodness!

It was the first time I had been to this thrift store, and oh my goodness when I walked in and there was a warehouse full of goodies my heart did a little happy dance. The shop also has an old dog that just hangs out at the cash register. Warehouse of thrifted goods+ a dog= I’m swooning already.

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1 - The GalistaWe were looking around, and I saw this first babe from far away in one of the records sections. I was immediately drawn to the graphic on it. Something about the way graphics were done back then I’m just loving.

I’ll totally admit I don’t own a record player but I wanted to display this piece for the artwork on the front. Sometimes I come up with little stories in my head for each piece. This woman’s husband was enlisted in the Army, and they are affectionately saying their goodbyes as he prepares to go fight in the war. Besides I just love the title, “Love Stinks”. I had to have it even though it was the most expensive of my finds that day. $4. Breaking the bank, I know.

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1 - The GalistaFor the piece, I wanted to display the records in I needed at least two records. So the search began to find a record that would compliment the first became my mission for the rest of the trip. I ended up finding this beautiful piece.

This one has what I’m assuming is the old owner’s name in sharpie, but I don’t mind. I also had a hard time removing the paper price tag in the top right-hand corner. For $1.00, I still enjoy it.

I thought the two graphics from each record went splendidly together. See what I did there? Anyone? Maybe that pun was a bit of a stretch.

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1 - The GalistaNext, I found this set of vintage butterfly prints. Unfortunately, I did not end up snatching them up. I am still 100% upset with myself for it. They were $5.00 each. Sometimes, I am too cheap and it bites me in the rear end later. I was expecting them to be $5.00 for the pair.

That is the catch with thrifting you have to jump on anything you like or you will likely miss out.

Do any of you get in the thrift mindset where even though something is totally cheap compared to retail you almost expect everything to be 50 cents?

But look how gorgeous they are. They give me bohemian vibes. I wasn’t as boho obsessed in June, but I have caught the boho bug now. I’m A-OK with it too.

Thrift With Me and Thrift Haul #1 - The GalistaThey even had old stamps, and I found a vintage Heinz Ketchup phone. If I needed a landline in my life, that totally would have happened. My mom went back in October, and it was still there!! They had it priced at $24.50.

It is totally a cool place though with heaps of good stuff to be found. I will definitely be visiting whenever I go back to Indiana again.

Thank you again for reading! Please leave in the comments below what your all-time favorite thrift store or thrift piece is. I’d LOVE to hear about it.

No. Seriously. Feed my thrift bug, pretty please.

-The Galista

My Top 5 2017 Fall Essentials

My Top 5 2017 Fall Essentials- The Galista

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Hey everyone, welcome back!

For my first post (aside from my short about me) I thought it would be fun to share with you my version of the Fall Essentials tag. Fall is my absolute favorite season. I am sure if my younger self knew that I would never believe it. Nonetheless, it’s my jam, and I have a few items that help me embrace all that is Autumn.

1. Boots

Every girl needs a few good pairs of boots, especially for fall. It’s like a right of passage. Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic but for me it is absolutely essential to have a few go to pairs of boots. I need a tall pair and an ankle length pair, that way no matter what outfit I pick out I will have something that is easy to throw on and go.

I bought these suede ankle boots from Aldo. If you are familiar with anything about Aldo then you already know they cost me a pretty penny.  Sometimes it is just good to “treat yo self” especially if the item is something you’ll have for a while. They were an investment. (Or that’s how I justified them…okay?)

Whenever I pair these beauties with any outfit they just give me a little extra boost of confidence.

My Top 5 2017 Fall Essentials- The Galista

2. Medium Weight Jacket

I absolutely must have a least a couple different medium weight jackets that I am able to throw on and go. They not only add a lil’ something to my outfit but they keep me warmer.

A little funny story about this army green jacket is my mom actually had it before me. When I first moved to North Carolina, I tried to convince her to let me have it. As much as my mom loves me, I quickly learned I was not getting that dang jacket from her.

On my last trip back to Indiana I borrowed the jacket while I was there. After wearing it for several days in a row I finally caved and decided to do the ultimate internet stalk in order to find myself one.

I knew it was several seasons old, so I was not going to be able to find it in a store. I checked out Poshmark and Ebay and after looking around to find the lowest price I finally negotiated with a seller and got it shipped and all for just shy of $20.

Now, that purchase was a total win.

My Top 5 2017 Fall Essentials- The Galista

3. Indie/ Feel Good Music

I have a whole Spotify playlist dedicated to the “Moody Fall Vibes”. Do you guys know the kind of music I’m talking about?

Something about fall is romantic to me. I just think cozy and intimate so my playlist consists of everything like “The Wolf” by Mumford and Sons, “Cherry Wine” by Hozier, and “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation. (Fair warning: if you go to follow me trust that even this playlist has some random songs in it).

“Cherry Wine” is my go to. Every time I plug in my AUX cable and start a song in the fall, it is going to be this song. Bet. (Ps. I’m actually listening to it at the moment)

4. Cardigans

If you can survive a fall season without several cardigans serious props to you. This one is sort of similar to #2, but also completely different if you know what I mean. Cardigans and jackets serve the same purpose of keeping you warm, but both categories of clothing are necessary to embracing all that fall is about.

In my closet I currently have 19 cardigans. Clearly I am the furthest thing from a minimalist. Mind you, it’s definitely a collection I’ve grown over time. Some I have found on sale, and I have even thrifted a few of them.

The mustard knit cardigan in the photo was gifted to me by my best friend so it holds a special place in my heart.

Fall is all about layering and wearing a cardigan is the simplest way to achieve that look. You can even pair a cardigan with a jacket like #2 roll the sleeves of the cardigan over the jacket, and BAM you will look like a fall layering goddess.

My Top 5 2017 Fall Essentials- The Galista

5. Lip Scrub

Tis the season for those classic wine liquid lipsticks. That’s if you can get that far without a lip scrub. If you’re like me the changing weather takes a serious toll on your lips. No matter how much ChapStick I slather on, my chapped lips persevere.

That is why a lip scrub is an absolute fall essential for me. In the perfect world we would all be able to perfectly apply those gorgeous dark lip products, but unfortunately the darker colors are always the most unforgiving to any texture on your lips.

My favorite lip scrub is the “Mint Julips” from Lush. Lush carries a variety of different flavors for their sugar lip scrubs (they even have a popcorn flavor), this one just happens to be my favorite.

You just rub the scrub on your lips and after you’ve finished you can either rub off the excess or simply lick it off. It is a little weird licking your dead skin cells off, but it’s so minty and I’ll admit I do it when I don’t have a cloth handy. My husband caught me me licking this lip scrub off my lips and he was a lil’ spooked. I had to let him know I wasn’t just eating my makeup for fun.

Ps. If you aren’t keen about paying $10.95 you could always make a DIY version.

Thanks for checking out 5 of my favorite fall essentials. What product are you interested in checking out for yourself? Is there something I’m missing that I need to try? Leave it in the comments below!

Till next time,

The Galista

Welcome!

Welcome to The Galista,

I’m Hanna.

I created this lifestyle blog because I want a place where I can share all the things I enjoy in life.

I’m still scrambling to figure out all the parts of me, but let me tell you what I know:

I’m 22 years old, and I married my high school sweetheart in December of 2015. So corny, I know. He is enlisted in the Army. A few months after we got married I left my small town in Indiana to move over 740 miles away to North Carolina with him. It was terrifying and so exciting at the same time. Besides being away from friends and family, I enjoy it here. I like the experience of living somewhere new. Surprisingly enough the wanderlust is still strong in me, and I’m excited to see what our next adventure will be.

I am a lover of all things thrifted. I just love the hunt for a good deal in general. Every time I get a deal high, my poor husband has to play the “Guess How Much I Bought all of this for”. Every. Time. Does anyone else know what I’m talking about? The “deal high”?

I am a total foodie. I don’t often discriminate when it comes to my food, but my two main vices are pasta and chocolate. Everyone always ends up comparing me to the Snickers commercial. Hangry? That is totally a thing in my life.

My guilty pastimes consist of watching copious amounts of YouTube and binge-watching Netflix. Though I dabble in all the pop culture shows, my all time favorite t.v. show is Gilmore Girls. I first watched it in middle school have been obsessed ever since. Not much has changed, besides now I have an undying longing for a Revival Part 2.

Lastly, for now, anyone that knows me knows I’m a total pug enthusiast. I have two black pugs, Bella and Zoey. They keep my heart warm and fuzzy (even when I’m my hangry self). I also have pug boxers, pug socks, and even a few pug mugs. Basically, name the pug paraphernalia and I probably have it in my collection.

From my little blog, you can expect to see thrift hauls, DIY’s, my must have’s and so much more!

Thanks for checking out this weird thrifty gal’s first post, I appreciate it so incredibly much. Before you go, I’d love it if you told me a little bit about yourself in the comment section below. See ya next time!

-The Galista