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Does This Make Us Look Cheap? December 12, 2014

You've got about a week left of online shopping (that is, unless you want to pay exorbitant shipping charges), and there are surely a few stragglers left on your list of people to buy for. Whoever it is - your technologically impaired sister who still uses a flip phone, your precocious but spoiled nephew, or your curmudgeonly uncle - we have a few quick gift ideas to get you done and onto better things... like New Year's Eve dress shopping!

Apple iPhone 4 ($100 on sale)
Walking, Roaring Dinosaur Kit ($15 on sale)
Stonewall Kitchen Truffle Collection ($48 on sale)
4-piece Mixed Double-Old Fashioned Glass Set ($6 on sale)
Bart Simpson Sock ($5 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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Carven Waistcoat Dress

Wear this salmon-colored Carven Waistcoat Dress ($603, on sale) with a pair of Sven clogs and a psychedelic-inspired blouse and we swear, you'll be a total Peggy Olson twin. Of course, while Olson is sharp-witted, talented, and a shark in the world of fictional advertising, her Mad Men wardrobe sometimes leaves something to be desired. Maybe you ought to modernize this dress instead, and wear it bare-armed with simple gold jewelry and leather booties.

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Little Seed Farm Lump O' Coal Soap Three Pack

We'll happily take this coal in our stockings. Little Seed Farm's Lump O' Coal Soap ($12) is a charcoal-based bar that both cleans and detoxifies your skin - and we all know how we tend to get toxic around the holidays.

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Verdugo Black Copper Galaxy Jean

With a super slim fit, an ankle hem, and those great patches on the knees, the Verdugo Black Copper Galaxy Jeans ($239) will definitely coax out your inner badass. They're not everyday wear, but they will help you look like a rock star on your next trip to Vegas with the girls, or even during a night around town while you enjoy drink specials at your favorite local haunts.

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Wallet Ninja

We've seen our share of multi-tools here at Outblush, but few of them have been small enough to compete for space with our AmEx cards. The Wallet Ninja ($10, on sale) takes that particular cake, packing 18 everyday tools into one sturdy, two-dimensional package. Think multiple screwdriver heads, a box cutter, can opener, wrenches, and that all-important bottle top popper. You can even use it to prop up your smartphone for hands-free House of Cards marathons. Not bad for something that, on sale, costs less than the appetizer sampler at TGI Friday's.

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The Laundress Sweater Stone

Deadly faux pas: showing up to that ugly sweater party with pills blighting your bedazzled reindeer. Stop the shed with The Laundress's Sweater Stone ($18), a porous pumice block that gently whisks away those unwanted fuzzies.

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Stroke of Midnight Polish Duo

Still need to pick up the perfect polish to help you start off the new year on the right pedicured foot? Julep has you covered with their Stroke of Midnight Polish Duo ($20). The combo of Kristy, a deep blue, and Amira, a silver glitter top coat, will have you seeing stars as you say a fond farewell to 2014 and get ready to rock 2015.

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Keurig K450 2.0 Brewer

You love your Keurig, but what about those days when you need to brew up more than one cup at a time? That awkward line at the kitchen counter will be a distant memory with the Keurig K450 2.0 Brewer ($170). With a fancy-pants touch screen, this slick unit brews up your usual single-serve cups or a mind-boggling four cup carafe. Think of it as Mr. Coffee on speed.

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AEO Striped Pom-Pom Beanie

Winter hats with pom-poms are hard to pull off. If the pom is too small, it looks like an afterthought, but if it's too big, it can make you look a little ridiculous. We've done the research for you (because we're awesome like that), and this beanie ($30) from American Eagle would impress even baby bear. It's just right, and should complement your winter wear nicely.

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Tile

Stop losing crap! Tiny Tile ($25 each, $70 for 4) slips into your wallet, clips to your keys, or sticks onto just about anything else it'd spoil your mood to see vanish into that black hole of your home that swallows solitary socks and your kid's lovey every time you're leaving for vacation. Paired with the Tile app on your phone, you'll be able to detect your lost stuff from up to 100 feet away - not just from your phone, but from any other phone with the Tile app. Track up to eight of your most precious possessions. (But not kids and pets - it's not approved for implantation. Yet.)

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Belmaz Halo Crushed Pearl and Gold Leaf Balm

Remember the story of Cleopatra dissolving pearls in vinegar and tossing them back like a glass of Dom? Well, she might have been better off grinding those little beauties into face powder. Belmaz Halo Crushed Pearl and Gold Leaf Balm ($29) combines two of our favorite bits o' bling into a sublimely shimmery beauty balm. Use it to make yourself feel posher than the queen of the Nile.

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Pinot for Paws MEOW Gift Box

Drinking for a cause! No, it's not the latest alternative to the walk-a-thon. It's what you'll be doing when you pick up this Pinot for Paws MEOW Gift Box ($49). A perfect treat for the wine and cat lover in your life (and we all have a few of those, don't we?), it combines a bottle of OneHope's California Pinot Noir with eco-friendly cat toys and treats. Best of all? Half of all profits from its sale go to support pet adoptions.

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Swedish Brass Table Lamp

Forget mid-century modern, you're ready to take your antique decor in a more turn-of-the-20th-century direction. This Swedish Brass Table Lamp ($128) lights up via a match to the wick (that's saturated in kerosene) and its likeness has been flickering on side tables and fireplace mantels since the late 1800s. It'll cast a warm and inviting glow around your room during the long, cold winter nights.

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Scenic Agate Ring

Glancing at these rings, you might think that each one is individually hand-painted with a different tree or set of trees. Gorgeous, right? But you'd be wrong - just like we were. Each Scenic Agate Ring ($45) just involves a cut stone - a scenic agate, that's its name - set in a brass setting. They just look like they have tiny worlds in them naturally, no big deal. As you can imagine, each ring is totally unique, and we can't imagine being disappointed with any "scene" you receive.

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Tea to Go Travel Mug

When you're in a hurry, the last thing you want to do is search through your utensil drawer to find your tea infuser and then stand around waiting for your Earl Grey to steep in a mug. Cut out the middleman and just pour your hot water over your tea and let it do its thang as you dash out the door. This Tea to Go Travel Mug ($35) provides you with a chamber for your teas - bagged or loose - and a silicone sleeve so you can carry it around after adding the hot water without scalding your fingers. In warm weather, you can use it to make yourself a cup of cold brew tea, too.

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