Treat Yourself: Merry Christmas to you for under $200

December 16th, 2011

We all know that it’s the season of giving, and that the warm fuzzies that come from making someone else’s day with a thoughtful token of your appreciation are totally worth all of the effort that you’re putting in to selecting the perfect presents. But what about you? The most important relationship of your life is the one that you have with yourself, after all. The Twitter hashtag #treatyoself has been going around for a while, and we think that for the holidays, it’s particularly apt.

Dealing with family and travel and arranging time off from work and making sure everyone else is happy is often a burden that falls disproportionately on the women in any given family, so we’ve arranged a small group of treats, all under $200, to inspire a little bit of self-appreciation. After all, if you’re going to cook Christmas dinner, you probably deserve presents above and beyond everyone else’s. If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments.

I can personally recommend the J.Crew Zip Leather Gloves – I just got a pair in the mail to tide me over until really serious gloves are necessary. They come in three colors of incredibly soft Italian leather, and the grey cashmere lining offers a bit of extra warmth. The wrist-length cut and little gold zippers make me feel like a 1960s girl super hero. Buy through J.Crew for $98.

The Cambridge Satchel Company Fluoro Satchel is easily the most affordable It Bag on the accessories market right now – at $155, you’re not going to find any other options that have graced so many street style websites. ShopBop just restocked it in all of the best brights, so now you can avoid the annoyance of international shipping if you live in the US. Buy through ShopBop for $155.

So many wonderful fashion books have come out in the past year, but for a bag lover, the CFDA American Fashion Accessories Book, edited by Conde Nast accessories guru Candy Pratts Price, is an absolute no-brainer. Buy through ShopBop for $50.

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