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Does This Make Us Look Cheap? November 21, 2014

If it were up to us, babies wouldn't get holiday gifts - what are they gonna remember of it anyway? But we can't get away with that without our sister-in-law giving us dirty looks around the Christmas tree, so here goes.

Gray & Blue Shark Slip-On Sneakers ($18 on sale)
When in Roam Crib Quilt ($50 on sale)
1-Piece Microfleece Jumpsuit ($9 on sale)
TOMS Classic Tiny American Flag Slip-On ($23 on sale)
Watermelon Wet & Freeze Teether ($3 on sale)

Our mothers told us to avoid looking cheap, but we can't help but think frugality is flattering. Does This Make Us Look Cheap? is your Friday dose of sale items to snag over the weekend - because being a tightwad doesn't mean you don't have taste.

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Peppermint Crunch Sprinkles

You always start your holiday baking with a smile on your face and a list of goodies three miles long, but when you're in the trenches waiting for your sugar cookies to cool and your frosting to harden, you curse yourself for tackling too much. Cut a few corners and opt for a store-bought dough, or skip crushing up candy canes in favor of shaking a bunch of Peppermint Crunch Sprinkles ($10) onto your peppermint bark and gingerbread people. When friends and family are gobbling up your goodies, they won't even notice the substitutes!

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A Tiny Celebration

Hurrah! You managed to find yourself an excellent parking spot at work three days in a row. The victory doesn't merit a party, per se, but it certainly could use a handful of glitter confetti ($8) and possibly a slice of cake from the bakery down the street. Walk, though, because moving your car may break your good luck streak!

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Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam

Designed to be a daily cleansing product, this Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam ($16) is only sorta foam-y, but it does expand on your face with a little water and soft rubbing. After a few uses, you should notice that it contracts your pores so that dirt and oils can't get in and wreck havoc by turning into little blackheads, or worse, whiteheads.

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Mayron's Baby Goods Road Pack

Traveling with a little one over the holiday season? Make sure you've got a Road Pack ($54) from Mayron's Baby Goods with you at all times. It's full of TSA-approved bottles and tubes of important creams, lotions, and potions to keep baby clean, happy, and smelling good while you're away from home. The zippered bag will make sure everything stays together and, more importantly, doesn't leak all over the rest of your carry-on items.

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Flossie Chaste

Bling on the festive cheer with these Flossie Chaste flats ($79) from Hush Puppies. They're built to walk in, but they're designed to elevate even the simplest of looks to holiday party ready. But 'tis the season for metallics, so don't be shy - feel free to wear these with sequined get-ups and shimmery sweaters.

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BIC Mark-it Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers

Does the mere sight of these colorful markers ($27 for a 36-pack) make your heart go pitter-patter? We thought so. A doodler's dream, the generous pack of ultra-fine markers come in an array of colors that'll keep you drawing for hours. They are permanent, though, so if you move from paper to your skin, keep in mind that it won't wash off without some serious scrubbing!

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Mini Crosby Carryall in Floral

Lush and lovely, this floral Coach purse ($350) is the stuff of dreams. And while the price tag isn't, we like that the mini size means Santa should have plenty of room for it in his pack. Luckily for us, it's not too small to hold our essentials. The inside is spacious enough for a phone, wallet, makeup items, and keys. Perfect.

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Tivoli II Blanket Boot

Apparently our desire to wear blankets all winter long extends down to our footwear. These Sorel boots ($120) are gonna look great with the warm wool blankets that we're wearing over our torsos. Okay, they're called "ponchos" - but that's just terminology.

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Tan Line-Minimizing Sports Bra

Racerback tan lines are so distracting. Once you've got 'em, it takes an entire season to get rid of them. While we're not going to say that you can't wear strapless tops and you can't wear backless dresses, you'd still probably prefer to wear them without those tan lines. This Naked Sports Gear sports bra ($40) aims to help you out with that little dilemma - it's made with micro mesh fabric that lets the rays through to your skin to keep those lines as faint as they can be. It's also super cute.

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Thelermont Hupton Lap Mug

This Thelermont Hupton Lap Mug ($16) holds your coffee, tea, or cocoa, and warms your hands and lap at the same time? Pfft, whadya need a furnace for? This winter, just make the hot toddy your signature drink and curl up under a throw on the couch. You'll stay toasty even as the wind and snow howl outside.

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Galactic Sweatshirt

Nope, that's not a colorful dot print you see - it's an array of delightfully bright pom-poms! The Galactic Sweatshirt ($102) is part of Lazy Oaf's Space Oddity Collection, so if you felt like painting a lightning bolt on your face (or just wearing this with a pair of lightning bolt earrings), you'd be on point. You can't see it from this photo, but the top is sheer, meaning you can also wear a shiny metallic bandeau underneath for extra theme points.

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Vitamin C Body Oil

Face it: you're not getting any younger, and while it seems like middle age and the onset of sags and wrinkles is light years away, it's really not too far off. Prepare your bod with a daily rubdown of Vitamin C Body Oil ($58). It's expensive, yes, but the collaboration between Elizabeth Dehn and One Love Organics has produced a top-notch oil, full of skin revitalizing ingredients that keep you looking youthful and healthy even as time tries to sabotage you.

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Beginner Weaving Kit

New Year's resolutions - there's still plenty of time to settle on one, but we think it's in your best interest to tackle an outside-the-box goal in 2015. Don't fret about your weight or your alcohol consumption! Learn a skill! In fact, you can grab this Beginner Weaving Kit ($160) and spend the new year making pretty woolen things on your new little loom. By the time December rolls around again, you'll be ready to graduate to more advanced patterns and projects.

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Frenchie Clutch

This adorable little Frenchie Clutch ($120) - keyword "little" - claims that it's "roomy enough for your smart phone," which, you know, isn't roomy at all. (Though if you do have the iPhone 6, then that is pretty big.) We also have it on good photographic authority that it's also roomy enough for some cards, cash, and a tube of your best lipstick.

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