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Budget Friendly Gift from Rent the Runway

Recently a very good friend of mine got engaged and I couldn’t be happier for her and her amazing fiancé!  We got together to go over all the details, including her engagement story, preliminary plans and of course, her beautiful ring! Being a newlywed that had just been down the wedding-planning road, I had tons of tidbits that I was eager to share with her. That being said, I know it can be overwhelming to get advice when you haven’t even started to think through your wedding, so I wanted to save the bulk of my tips for the right time.

I did however, share with her the amazing experience that I had with Rent the Runway. As an engaged lady, this dress rental service saved my bacon when it came to finding the perfect dress, at a reasonable cost, for the many social events that accompany today’s weddings. Even more so, I saved bundles of money after signing up for Rent the Runway’s Pro Membership service. I have never been a fan of signing up for membership or subscription services, because I never feel like I truly take advantage of the terms to make it valid. This has not been the case for Rent the Runway.

The cost is $29.95 for an annual subscription and the things that are included are:

  • Free Shipping & Free Insurance for all your Rent the Runway purchases ($15 value)
  • Free Dress rental on your birthday ($50 value)

In short, if you plan to rent two dresses a year, you break even—if you rent three or more, you save money! For me, I rented tons of dresses throughout my engagement and wedding months, so this was a great deal for me. Even more so, I saved time (something you’ll always need more of when you’re planning a wedding) by not having to go to countless shopping centers and trying on plenty of dresses that “just weren’t quite right”.

After reflecting on how much Rent the Runway helped me, I wanted to encourage my friend to consider it, so I hopped onto the Rent the Runway website and was excited to find that they sell gift cards! The website offers gift cards in $25 increments, so I added a card to my cart in the hopes that my friend will be able to purchase PRO membership for her special year.

There are two options for your gift card—sending it directly via email to the recipient, or having an actual card sent to your recipient, or you, via U.S. mail. Given I was scheduled to see my friend soon and wanted to personalize by gift by presenting it to her I person, I opted to have the card mailed to me.

Rent the Runway never disappoints me—the checkout process was seamless, and my PRO membership even qualified me for free shipping. The card arrived promptly in a beautiful pink-toned and gold-embossed envelope. Perfect packaging if you’re going to send the card directly to its recipient.

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The gift card itself comes on a floral card insert, on high-quality stationary with a cute feminine touch.

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The back of the floral card includes the basic details on how Rent the Runway works, which is helpful for recipients that are not familiar with the company and how it works.

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In my opinion the packaging that Rent the Runway sends the gift card in, speaks for itself and no additional touches are required, but since I was seeing my friend in person, I went ahead and wrapped the envelope in some decorative paper to add a personal touch.

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In the end, my friend not only loved the care that I put into the packaging, but is looking forward to using her treat for a fabulous dress of her choice. Do you a good gift idea for your girlfriends? Would love to hear more ideas.

NOTE: TripleKnots is not a paid spokesperson for any company mentioned in this post.

Budget Friendly Holiday Hostess Gift

The Thanksgiving holiday may be over, but winter holiday merriment remains in full swing! With both family and friends in the Bay Area, I find that the weekends leading up to Christmas are always jam-packed with social get-togethers and holiday events. Despite the chaos of running around, I love this time of year, because of the emphasis that it has on reconnecting with those that are special to you.

Per usual, our holiday calendar is already scheduled from now until the New Year, and while all the commitments that we’ve made seem a bit overwhelming, I am definitely excited. Besides trying to get holiday shopping done early, I also decided to take a peek at my calendar and try to get a head start on hostess gifts. I did not get around to making a “stockpile” as some organization gurus recommend, but I certainly took some time to figure out what I needed to get, for who and when. It definitely alleviated a bit of stress.

My typical go-to gift is a nice bottle of wine. It’s easy to carry, you can buy something within your budget and you know that it will definitely get good use (if not now, sometime in the future). However, this year, I wanted to explore a few other ideas.

This morning I was running my normal errands and dropped by our local Whole Foods. While we wish that we could shop at Whole Foods a bit more frequently, I often times find it a bit outside our of comfort budget zone. That being said, we like to pop in for an occasional item or two. After roaming the items, I found myself in the chocolate and sweets aisle (a dangerous place to be). Whole Foods has an amazing range of specialty chocolates (many of which are fair trade certified) with interesting flavors and chocolate combinations. Being a chocolate lover, I am never disappointed when it comes in any gift I receive.

After examining the selection, I settled on four bars from Theo Chocolate. I liked the unique flavors that they blended with their chocolate—including cherry, coconut, chili and almond. Even better these bars (regularly priced at $4) were on sale for $2.

Holiday Hostess Gifts 1 (Dec 2014)At home, I gathered my wrapping supplies, including some adorable white polka dot brown wrapping paper (found at Target on clearance for $0.50). I took the time to wrap each individual bar (because I loved the look of the alternating wrapping papers) and then finished the ensemble with a recycled gold satin ribbon.

Holiday Hostess Gifts 3 (Dec 2014)This entire gift turned out to not just be a major home run for my hostess gifting, but also for my holiday budget. The bars (on sale) cost under $10 and I was able to use wrapping pieces that were new, recycled and majorly discounted.

Holiday Hostess Gifts 2 (Dec 2014)This is a perfect budget-friendly option if you need “just a little somethin’” for a holiday get-together or could easily be paired with a nice bottle of wine.

Do you have a creative budget-friendly holiday gift? If so, we would love to hear from you.