Finding "the perfect present" for family and friends can put even the jolliest of folks in a bah-humbug mood. Rebecca Dolgin, fashion and beauty editor at All You magazine, was invited on the “Today” show to talk about some high-end gift ideas you can find at low-end prices.
When it comes to cashmere you want to make sure you look for 100 percent cashmere on the label, and at least a two-ply. This is what you will get at any of the big department stores, but there you'll spend about $140 and these sweaters from Wal-Mart are the same quality for $40.
Adams Idea Golf Clubs
Overstock.com carries this set of irons for more than half price — $284 compared to $699 at sporting goods stores. This is a respected brand — again you can do research by goggling the brand before you buy, to not only find out about different prices, but the quality of the brand. Professional golfers used this brand of club.
Queen Size Sateen Sheets
Smartbargains.com has a 550-thread count queen size sheet set for only $38.88. Thread count is an indication of how soft the sheets are, the standard is 150 thread count. These are Queen sized 550 sateen, 100 percent cotton for more than half the price of what you would pay for polyester sheets. These sheets come in a range of colors.
Luxe Jewels(Luxejewels.com, kits start at $29)Luxe Jewels offers stylish and classic jewelry online at luxejewels.com but it's much more than an online jewelry store. Luxe Jewels also offers all of its high quality designs as do-it-yourself jewelry kits. Each kit comes with clear instructions so that you can make it for less! Plus, Luxe Jewels offers free jewelry making home parties led by local Luxe Jewels consultants. They are stylish, creative and fun and if you're thinking about earning some extra money to pay off those holiday bills, you can start your own work from home business as a Luxe Jewels consultant. They offer all the training you need to learn how to make and sell jewelry. A perfect holiday gift — you can make it for less, and make it have meaning since you made it yourself. Many of the designs have been purchased and worn by some Hollywood stars, including:Terry Hatcher, Rebecca Romijn, Jennifer Garner and Demi Moore.
Sparkling Wine (Shramsberg, $36) Here we've got an award winning Sparkling wine from Schramsberg — it's just $36 compared to Dom Perignon for $150. You'll barely be able to tell the difference between this and a more expensive bottle. When you are at the liquor store, ask the person there for less expensive suggestions for wines and champagnes. A great party tip for champagne is to buy a less expensive brand and mix it with punch or combine with juice — no one will be able to tell the difference. It's the ultimate in luxury for less.
Sunburst Trout Company (Sunbursttrout.com, $28 for 2 oz) Caviar is synonymous with luxury. Prized caviar usually comes from Caspian Sea sturgeon, but there are great domestic caviars that taste delicious and don't cost a fortune. American caviar from Sunburst Trout Company sells for $28 per 2-ounce jar, compared to $58 at other Web sites. Chefs are raving about this rainbow trout caviar.