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5 Under $50: The Little Red Dress

'Tis the season to shine in your most festive garb, and what could be more festive than a brilliant red dress? At once classic and current, the LRD is almost universally flattering and easy to accessorize, too. (Take a cue from Carey Mulligan and pair yours with black heels and an embellished clutch.) Keep reading for five cheerful red dress picks under $50.

Cheap Last Minute Gifts That Won't Look It

Still shopping for last minute gifts? (It's OK, I am too!) Avoid the mall and hit one of these alternative shopping hotspots for fabulous, affordable gifts you'll be proud to give.

IKEA: This is a great place to shop for a unique, tasteful gift that won't cost a fortune. Especially cool if the recipient doesn't live near an IKEA and hence can not treat themselves. Ideas: Blown glass vase; frame with photo; dishtowels and kitchen gadgets; a cozy throw; toys for kids; Swedish treats like ginger snaps and sparkling cider.

Whole Foods: Find organic and natural bath and beauty products, kitchenware and tasty snacks to please the pickiest people on your list. Ideas: Burt's Bees gift set; bamboo cutting board; Le Creuset ramekins; a pretty apron; gourmet snack basket filled with goodies like dark chocolate, wasabi peas and balsamic almonds.

Drugstore: Create a theme-based gift basket based on the recipient's personality or favorite hobby. Ideas: Movie buff basket with a classic DVD, popcorn and candy; Cupcake lover kit with cake mix, frosting, cupcake tin, liners and doilies; Stress-relief pampering kit with tea, nail file, polish, bubble bath and mud mask.

The Packy aka Liquor Store: For the friend or couple who has everything, a nice bottle of wine or champagne is a thoughtful gift you can share together. Ideas: A bottle of Prosecco; a nice bottle of Scotch; wine from a local/regional vineyard; Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs 4-pack, Veuve Clicquot (half bottle); wine vacuum pump and wine notes notebook.

AutoZone: If your guy loves cars, get him a bucket filled with things he needs to take care of it. Ideas: Meguiar's Gold Class Rich Leather Cleaner/Conditioner, a brush for cleaning rims, glass cleaner, and microfiber towels.

Off the Rack: William Rast for Target

Yesterday I visited my nearest Target store to check out the newly launched William Rast for Target collection. The selection was pretty limited but I can say that the jeans fit true to size and the styles are fresh so if you need a new pair of jeans, these are worth checking out. They're made out of that really soft stretchy denim, similar to a designer brand like Chip & Pepper. There's also a great pair of skinny cargos, the rise isn't perfect and they were too short on me but the styling is undoubtedly hot and a great buy for $39.99. My other observation is that some of the tops seem to run a bit small, I was an XS in the tank tops, S in the khaki jacket and a M in the studded denim shirt. Try on in person if possible. I'm hoping to check out more pieces at other Target stores. No one at my Target seemed to blink an eye as they walked past the display so I'm sure I will be able to get a few things on clearance. It's all very wearable, it's all cool. But I can't help but think that wearing head-to-toe William Rast would mean I'm not even trying...then again, maybe that's a good thing?

More photos after the jump. Did anyone see the leather jackets in person? What did you buy?