No matter how good you've been this year, you probably didn't get everything you wanted for Christmas. Luckily, relatives probably bestowed gift cards (or gifts that have now been returned in exchange for gift cards) upon you, and it's like you're back in Santa's lap ready to ask for exactly what you want.
With post-holiday sales in full swing, there are plenty of deals to catch your eye. But before you're enticed to spend your gift cards all in one place or load up on a bunch of stuff you don't actually want or need simply because the discount was too good to be true, take some time to consider what you really want. Sifting through the excess of possible pieces to add your wardrobe, we've determined the smartest buys you can make with your extra spending power.
See below for the best pieces to spend your gift cards on right now.
There's no better time to finally indulge in those jewelry pieces you've been coveting than when you have some gift cards to contribute to the total, whether you're stocking up on some affordable dainty pieces or splurging on that one major buy.
Those out-there, over-the-top shoes you've been lusting over for the past few months can have a place in your closet if you have the gift cards to spend on them. Bite the bullet and treat yourself to the statement style, free of the guilt of dipping into your bank account.
While it may seem the smartest to use your gift cards on pieces you wouldn't buy with your own money, it's even smarter to use them toward something you really need and upgrade your spending power. There are few fashion pieces more essential to one's wardrobe than an everyday black bag, so if you're without or are due for a replacement, use your gift cards to graduate to a new price point and purchase an investment bag you'll love forever.
Just as with the everyday black bag, the same logic holds true for buying a leather jacket. A couple hundred dollars can make a huge difference when it comes to the quality of a leather jacket, so if you're looking for an investment piece you'll want to wear and hold onto for the rest of your life, put your gift cards toward purchasing the dream jacket you really want.
Not only is cashmere a logical investment (with a price point that keeps us from stocking up in every color), but also, post-holiday sales usually find sweaters and knits in the material going for a lot less than usual. Take advantage by putting your gift cards toward a couple of new additions to your wardrobe to enjoy through the remainder of winter and every winter thereafter.
Ready to dive into the world of cashmere? Read our guide to the season's best.