There are luxuries that we’ll probably never experience. (Looking at you, $450 coffee alarm clock of our dreams.) But there are sneaky ways to feel like a lady (or gentleman) of leisure. Hence, like investing in linen sheets or making passing references to your country estate that you just made up.
Even better: buying a luxury item that looks like something a person with a country estate would own–but clocks in at under the cost of a week of Starbucks. Bonus points if it’s also useful (and a joy to use).
In the spirit of making the most with what you have, we rounded up our favorite budget-friendly luxury items that will instantly elevate your space—all for less than $25.
Scissors aren’t exactly an office supply that typically get much thought—until you’re stuck with dull, uncomfortable shears that don’t work well or look nice sitting on your desk. This pair from Anthro does both, combining high quality, thick blades with rose-gold handles for scissors that look and feel luxurious. If you’re constantly using scissors for projects or work, these are absolutely worth the slightly higher price.
Dirt Road Candle Co. Wick Trimmer
Candles themselves are something of a luxury item, and deserve to be taken care of in the same way they take care of us. Wick trimmers not only look fancy, but actually serve a purpose
Trimming your wick by 1/4-inch before each lighting will prevent excessive smoking and the appearance of soot marks on your ceiling. Sure, you could use scissors.
But these wick trimmers found on Etsy come in three classy finishes and only cost $14—and let’s be honest, your candles deserve the best.
Scentennials Lavender Scented Drawer Liners
Want your clothes to always smell like lavender? Use these scented drawer liners and pretend you live in a French country home and regularly pick lavender from the fields of your estate.
I actually have these myself, and, while certainly not necessary, they’re a little luxury that make my small dresser (and my clothes) that much nicer.
Bormioli Rocco Cassiopea Decanter
Bar carts and their assorted accoutrements feel fancy enough, but add a decanter and all of a sudden you’re a medieval count. Crystal decanters are typically priced in the hundreds.
So this glass option from West Elm is a major steal and looks way more luxurious than the price would suggest. Reflective and textured, it’ll definitely convince your guests that you are a “Fancy Adult.”