gift guide file week 1

The holidays are quickly approaching and if you’re like me you want the gifts you give to the important people in your life to truly reflect who they are and for them to love the gift obviously! So we’re going to give you 4 weeks of gift giving ideas with different themes for the different amazing people in your life. This week we’re focusing on your bestest friend! These goodies are all under 60.00 dollars and are sure to make your friend smile! For further details on price and where to purchase check it out below!

1. Because Of Them We Can Signature Backpack– $50.00
This book bag sends a freaking PHENOMENAL message especially during these difficult times. This backpack can be a great gift for men and women! Because of them we can is a great business to support that will fill you with pride each time you wear a piece from their collection.


900D Polyester
20x15x25 inches
Ships within 3-5 business days after purchase

Over 10 compartments including a laptop sleeve (up to 15inch) and a back slot that can house folders, tablets or even a Macbook Air, make this backpack a literal haven for all things empowerment.  As you wear this on your back, may it remind you of how far we’ve come and encourage you to press on.
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2. Know Your Self Painting– (price varies)
This is one of my favorite paintings from Artist Ria . This would be an awesome gift to give to your friend especially if they have just moved into their own apartment. This would be a great statement piece to hang on the wall. It also comes in various sizes and even can be printed out as a greeting card or cellphone case! Now that is what I call DOPE!


3. US Acrylic Lipstick Organizer – $ 7.99 (affiliate link)
I was putting together a lipstick post (will be arriving soon) and I realized that my lipstick collection had drastically grown this past year and was utterly a mess. I’m a major fan of organization and knew that I couldn’t continue without having a more organized way of getting to my favorite shade. Or to help me figure out how many of the same( similar shades) that I already have. Then I found this magic on Amazon and had to make a purchase asap. (mine is on the way) Good news is Amazon has various options in size and structure to fit your every day needs. This one comes with prime delivery which means it won’t take too long to get to you either.


24 compartments
Made of sturdy clear acrylic.
Dimensions: 8-5/8″L x 3-1/2″W x 1-3/16″H

4. 32 Pcs Makeup Brush Set w/ Case – $ 12.03 (affiliate link)

This is for the makeup artist inside all of us that can’t afford those other expensive options. Even better if you’re a new user of make up (like me) and just starting to get your feet wet this is an excellent option to play around with different options without breaking your bank.

Eco-Friendly. high quality makeup case designed for professional use
32 Piece brush set in a beautiful pouch
Brushes are made of quality natural hair and synthetic fiber for lasting performance

5. Jesus Was A Natural – $26.00

I fell in love with this shirt the moment I found it. Though it may not be the perfect gift for your friends who aren’t into religiously related gifts this would be an amazing perfect gift for your naturalista friend who is down with JC. You can scoop this shirt up from Curl Collection (As a part of our 25 day holiday celebration using discount code TNT25 get’s you 10 percent off of your purchases).


Heather Grey Color
4.2 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton
90/10 cotton/polyester
Shoulder to shoulder taping
Shirts are cut slim and true to size. We suggest ordering one size up for additional room.


6. FOREVER 21 Buckled Faux Leather Crossbody … $24.90 (affiliate link)

Everyone who knows me knows two things: I’m always shopping on a budget and I love love love Forever21. This Faux leather bag fits right into my price range when shopping for a cute bag that isn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg. I love this white/cream option for the winter months to stand out but they do also have this bag in a beautiful royal blue, as well as standard black, and an olive green.

Medium weight, fully linen
Self: 100% polyurethane; Lining: 100% polyester
8″ height x 11″ width x 3″ depth

Buy Now


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7. Crystal Bar Layered Necklace- $15.99

Eva from America’s Next Top Model as well as Christette Michelle swear by Frugal Finds NYC jewelry and it is always refreshing to see celebrities stand behind a brand that isn’t impossible for their fans to also shop at. This statement piece necklace is giving me all sorts of 90s vibes while still being fashion forward in the present time. And because the price is right you could def score yourself some matching earrings or a bracelet to complete the set. I also love that this brand has a loyalty point system which fits right into my saving  & making money quota during the holiday season.

Gold plated 3 Layers of Different Chains w/ Quality Crystals.
Adjustable Chain Necklaces.
Includes Post Earrings.

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8. Hand Of Fatima Post Earrings $48.00

I love love love me some Alex & Ani and for about a year now I’ve been slowly but surely adding accessories from their brand to my collection. My favorite and staple accessory from them is obviously their stackable bracelets but I’m branching out this year into their earrings and I plan on starting with these Hand of Fatima Post earrings. Small and quaint they are what  I call a small staple piece. They don’t cause too much ruckus to your outfit but can still receive plenty of compliments and be a conversation piece with a nice undo.

The Precious Metals Collection showcases sterling silver and gold plated pieces to be cherished for a lifetime.
Products are crafted with .925 sterling silver and dipped in 14kt gold.

9. Home- It Nail Polish Rack Nail Polish Organizer $39.99 (affiliate link)

I received one of these nail polish organizers back for my birthday in August and I must say it is one of my fave gifts ever! This particular organizer (one of the pricier ones I’ve seen) holds 102 bottles of nail polish for the nail polish lover/junkie like me. There are cheaper ones that hold different amounts of bottles or have a different design but this one fit perfectly for me. It hangs gracefully on my wall (only required two screws) and with about 90 bottles of nail polish in my current possession (I recently cleaned out about 60 bottles) I’v still got about half of a row left of space. This is definitely something you may want to consider getting a friend with a big nail polish fetish like myself.

6 Rows -17 Bottle per Row 20 x 2 x 24 inches (l x w x h)
Quality Acrylic Very Clear
Made of 100% acrylic material


10. Jawbone Upband- $64.98 (affiliate link)

I’ve had an Upband for about a year and a half now and it has certainly become a part of my daily fitness and detoxifying lifestyle. It helps me keep track of my activity and motivates me with quotes, as well as puts me in direct competition with other people that also have the Upband. You can find the original version for a bit cheaper at BJs if you have their membership card. The original upband price has dropped drastically because of the release of their two latest versions Up 24 and Up3. While they all pretty much do the same thing at their basic core functionality if you want more bells and whistles the later releases are also an option for purchase.

UP is compatible with the Amazon Fire phone and many devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later and iOS 6.0 or later.
Designed to be worn 24/7; up to 10 days of battery life
Track your sleep: total hours light versus deep, length of time to fall asleep
Log what you eat / drink & track nutritional life
Track your activity: steps, calories burned, distance
Time spent active versus idle

11.  Pardon My Fro Oro Shower curtain– $60.00
This shower curtain may be on the pricier side for just being shower curtain but in the spirit of supporting small business  this would make the perfect gift for a friend that is just getting settled into their own place and wants something special in their bathroom. This artwork is just adorable and if the price point is too high the website also features other smaller artistic pieces for the home.


Poly printed Shower Curtain with 12 button holes for hook placement
SIZE: 71″ wide X 74

Hope you enjoyed! Happy shopping & remember there is always a way to stop, budget, and save money while shopping this holiday season!

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Hey there! I'm Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I'm busy teaching the future of society.

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18 Responses to TNT 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Week 1: Gifts For Friends!

  1. What I plan to give our get from my #curlfriends this holiday season. ..
    I plan to give my favorite deep conditioners in gift bags and I know I’m getting a hooded dryer but i would also love a qredew

  2. I would hope to give & get time this holiday season. My best friends and i are all living in different states for the first time. We’ve been friends since 10th grade (we’re 28 now), and we love to sit around, drink wine, exchange beauty secrets, do each others hair, and talk about where we are in life. We often have a secret santa exchange with a $20-$30 limit that always goes really well because we know each other so well, we find & exchange some of the most thoughtful (and often hilarious) gifts. Last year I got a comically large wine glass. (PS. I just redecorated my entire bathroom in mind with that shower curtain as the focal point. Love it!)

  3. What I would like to get and give is quality time. Unfortunately, in my area I don’t have not one person that I can bond with other than my husband, but we all know men don’t want to talk about hair for hours. My best friend lives out of state and I only get to see her once a year. I would love to be able to spend this holiday with family and friends because it’s been 7 years since I have done so. Time is the one thing that can’t be returned once it’s gone. The material things don’t matter, but the intangible things of life is what matters most.
    Be well…
    P.s. You can find me in IG @kustomphitted

  4. I hope to give my curlfriend which is my sister some JBCO, Shea butter and some headbands to help her begin her natural journey

  5. I would like to give and receive hair masks to keep our hair beautifully moisturized and ready to take on the world!

    IG – @bellabender

  6. I would love to receive a gift card to Huetiful salon. I want to give my friends shea butter to keep their hair and skin moisturized during the winter.

  7. This Christmas I am looking to get my best curlfriend a hair steamer as she has 4b/4c low porosity hair and I have heard of the many great benefits this machine can provide for such hair types as well as others. I believe it can aid in quenching dry hair, plus I can also use it too 🙂 IG: amarieee____

  8. I plan to give all of my curly friends the best advice on how to take care of their natural hair all throughout the year as well as splitting this giveaway prize to enjoy together. Happy Holidays ! ☺️