I find the way people spend/manage (or don’t manage :P) their money to be such an interestingly personal thing. I confess that I’ve always been more of a saver than a spender (hello wads of babysitting cash all over my room when I was younger, I miss you) and I’ve also always been kind of cheap. Sorry, but I have a hard time justifying buying one nice shirt when I can buy five cheaper ones for the same price! But! Recently, I’ve started making a few practical expensive purchases on quality stuff and guess what, some things are really worth the splurge. Instead of making a list of things I want for Christmas, I thought those of you who are like me and need a trustworthy vote of confidence before dropping cash on something, would like a holiday gift list full of things I can honestly put my stamp of approval on because they’ve stood the test of time. Here you go!
My mom bought my sister and I each one (yeah, we’re still wearing matching clothes in our 20’s) for Christmas in 2009 and it is amazing. This has been an EB best seller for over a decade so I’m obviously not the only one who thinks so. It is so dang warm and I basically live in it all winter long. If someone on your list lives somewhere cold (like Colorado, where it finally just stopped being in the single digits), this is so worth it.
Honestly, I didn’t understand the price and all the hype until I got a pair last year. Frye’s have a reputation of lasting a famously long time. We’re talking years and years, people. That’s some seriously good leather. I wear mine all the time and they never fail to make me feel just that much cooler, plus even with the small heel they are comfortable. All I’m saying is they’re incredibly well made (I guarantee they outlast any other designer boot you’ve bought), they’re beautiful and you (or your mom, sister, boyfriend, aunt, best friend) need a pair 🙂
Truth: Mac owners are the worst. They’re all “let me brag about my Mac and how perfect and pretty and light and fast and virus free it is!” And it is so nauseating. Until you convert and then you understand that they were right. I was so anti-Apple for so long but it was all I could rent out at the library in college and it turned me. We’ve had ours for 2 years and it has yet to have a single problem (except that time when I spilled an entire glass of water on it…). Do you know how many issues my old HP laptop had in two years? Don’t ask!
Okay so if someone you know spends a lot of time in the kitchen, they need a food processor. Of all the kitchen appliances I “had to have!” my food processor is the one I use the most. Also, they’re so durable. Unless you have a mini one and leave it on for an hour trying to make coconut butter and it starts smoking… My mom’s is at least 30 years old and works like a charm. I know, because before I got my own, I was constantly driving to her place and stealing it. Yeah, they’re worth all that trouble.
Please ignore our hideous green wall. We’re in the middle of a exposed brick project.
Or just a quality couch in general. I’m totally fine with buying cheap(ish) Ikea night stands or $8 coffee tables, but when it comes to big pieces of furniture that are probably going to see a lot of use, it’s so worth splurging. I had such anxiety about pulling the trigger on this couch but after sitting on 12309834e587 couches at American Furniture Warehouse I knew the R&B one was so much better. Plus I dig this cool color.
I’m hoping a Le Creuset dutch oven, a fluffy comforter and a vespa find there way on this list someday, but that’s it for now!
Tell me some of your favorite “worth the price” items!