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How to Spend All Your Holiday Gift Cards

While they sometimes get a bad rap for their lack of personality, the humble gift card is always a win in our gift-giving books—it lets us pick out whatever we really wanted, instead of ending up with something to regift or donate. Below, we rounded up all the things we'd treat ourselves to this month with any extra holiday cards and cash.


Amazon has pretty much everything, so just pick up whatever you could use most right now, whether it’s a pampering face mask or spray, or the Tile device that’ll finally keep you on top of your stuff in 2019.

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Use a Nordstrom gift card to treat yourself to something you wouldn’t buy on a regular shopping trip, whether that’s an über-cozy blanket, a new PJ set, a luxe perfume, or something to up your style game.



If you landed a Sephora gift card (lucky you!), indulge in a beauty shopping spree to pick up the latest and greatest in makeup and skin care. For hair, we’re obsessed with Rahua’s Hydration Conditioner; for face, you can’t go wrong with cult-favorite brands like Drunk Elephant, Summer Fridays, and Dr. Dennis Gross; and for makeup, we promise the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette and Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette will meet all your lip and eye needs.

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It always seems like we can’t escape a Target trip with only one thing—there’s just so much that catches our eyes. Our top picks right now: the Nespresso Vertuo machine, the new GoPro, some winter fashion buys, and a couple décor goods to spice up our desk.



The holy grail of gift cards, a Visa prepaid card lets you pick out just about anything. We’re eyeing chic leather boots, a subscription to the new perfume start-up Scentbird, an activewear set from Girlfriend Collective, a year of essential vitamins from Ritual, a Patagonia duffel, and a planner to start the year off organized.


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