How To Shop For Christmas Gifts Without Breaking The Bank | Clozette

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Can you believe that in 32 days it’s already Christmas? Time really does fly by. But while you’re busy gift shopping for your loved ones, that doesn’t mean your money has to “fly by” as well.

We know how easy it is to get lost within the plethora of sales from your favourite stores or amidst the abundance of gorgeous holiday sets, but don’t be fooled by them. Because if you shop for presents for your friends and family without preparation, you could be spending more than you want and need to.

To avoid over-spending this holiday season, keep reading below for our favourite ways to shop for presents without breaking the bank.


Create a "bulletproof" budget

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First, create your initial budget, then add more to it. Since shopping for gifts can often be unpredictable, such as random sales popping up and whatnot, creating a limit that has an extra few bucks in it is the best way to avoid going over your budget. This bulletproof spending limit of yours will not only cover every present you will purchase, but emergency gifts too – like for that one person who’s not included in your list but now suddenly is.


Start saving early

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A few months before the holiday season, put away a few bucks every month and label it something like the “Christmas Gift Fund” to avoid spending it. Then when November and December come along and you already plan on doing your Christmas shopping, you’ll have enough cash to spend without having to dip into your current money.


Take advantage of bazaars

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If you often find that products in stores are too over-priced and mass-produced, then bazaars are the one for you. Not only are products there more affordable, but they also have the added value of being unique as most items sold at bazaars are handmade and personalised.


Shop ‘off’ season

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With that being said, if the Christmas rush just isn’t your thing, then why not shop during the ‘off’ season? There are numerous sales throughout the year, so once you find a product you think your friend or mum might like and is on sale, snatch it right up. Not only will you be able to cross their names off your gift list early, but you’ll also be spared from the stress of last-minute holiday shopping.


Use your loyalty cards

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Getting a few holiday makeup sets from Sephora? Or are you purchasing shoes from your favourite store? Wherever you buy your gifts, always make sure to use your loyalty cards. Aside from racking up a ton of points, which you can use on a product you want to buy later, you might even get to score secret discounts or exclusive freebies.


Re-gift a special, unused item

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Have an unopened eye shadow palette that’s just sitting in your vanity; or how about an unused-still-in-it's-original-packaging chic teacup set? It may sound like cheating to re-gift something you’re not using, but trust us, it’s not. Instead of having these items gather dust in your home, they can be given to someone you know who’ll love them and appreciate them much more.


Give something homemade

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If you find yourself in a rut when thinking of gift ideas, why not opt to give something homemade? It can be a knitted sweater, a jar of their favourite cookie dough flavour, or an adorable charm bracelet – the options are endless when it comes to homemade gift ideas. And the best part is that you can make each one special and unique so that no two are alike.


How do you save money when shopping for holiday presents? Share your tips with us below!



After sharing our style spotting report of the fashionable show goers at Singapore Fashion Week 2016, we now bring your attention to what our very own Clozetters and ambassadors -- with glowing SK-II Facial Treatment Essence prepped skin -- wore for the shows.

Watch our SGFW ’16 style diary below and keep reading to find out who’s wearing what.


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What she wore: Topshop jumpsuit, Chloe bag and Proenza Schouler bracelet

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What she wore: COS top, Uniqlo skirt, Melissa shoes, Miu Miu clutch

@chiamhuiy and @ssyndeyho

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What Celine wore: Fayth dress, Givenchy bag and Tiffany & Co. necklace

What Sydney wore: Collate The Label dress, YSL bag and Valentino shoes

Who wore her look best? Tell us in the comment section below!



Once the festive season kicks in, one thing we plan out besides the gifts we're giving out is our outfits. But with the holidays being overwhelmingly colourful on its own, coming up with your outfits for the season can be a real bummer. So what's the key to a perfectly curated holiday OOTD? Getting your colours right, of course!

If you're mind is buzzing with green and red and you're worried of being washed out in all the festive scene, here are the best colours to wear for the holidays that will surely make you stand out from the Christmas card. 


Peachy Pink

The festive season is where colours shout their loudest. And the best way to provide contrast from your surroundings is to wear an item of clothing with a subtle touch of colour. Going for a peachy pink makes it easier to stand out from a sea of green and red without looking too strong or too muted. 


Do not confuse your purples and aubergines with violet, ladies! This bright variation of the shade is not only perfect for power-dressing, but it shapes up nicely in the midst of holiday colours as well. As a shade opposite green and red in the colour wheel, this complements the two colours without looking too much on the eyes and provides an elegant, unconventionally refreshing overall feel.  


Baby blue

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Another subtle shade that provides contrast for the season's colours without looking too washed out or muted, baby blue is a good alternative to grey or silver, which is the typical go-to holiday shade.  


Deep burgundy

So yes, we said that it's best to go for colours that provide contrast, but why burgundy? Aren't we going against our own rules by adding this to the list?

Red and green may dominate the festive scene, but going for a deeper tone of a classic shade can still give dimension if you incorporate it in the right fashion piece. So if you love your reds but would still want to give it some 'pop' this season, go for burgundy pieces in matte fabrics and structured layers to avoid looking like an holiday ornament and blending in with the background. 


Classic black

Not the colour you expected? Well, maybe you did expect it a little (we're looking at you, all-black lovers). Black may not be the most festive colour and it can come across as a little too late for Halloween, but this versatile and classic colour can be transformed for the holidays by going for structured and playful cuts and the right accessories. 


Which of these colours will you go for this season? Let us know in the comments below!