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What to Buy Yourself With the Amazon Gift Card You Just Got

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The holidays are over, and hopefully, that means you’ve headed back to work or school sporting some fresh new stylish swag. Maybe you’re bundled up for your morning commute in a brand-new sweater and winter boots that haven’t yet been stained by salt. Or toting the ‘slightly more than you were willing to spend on yourself’ messenger bag you put on this year’s wish list.

If, on the other hand, you received a gift card rather than, y’know, a thoughtful, wish list-sourced present, well...we can work with that! Even the most “I don’t know what you like or where you shop” present—aka, an Amazon gift card—can be put to good use in service of your personal style.

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Below, seven stylish presents to give yourself with an Amazon gift card this winter:

If we’re talking stocking stuffer-level gift card, a new pair of socks (or two, or three) is a great Amazon get. Our team likes the patterns from Pair of Thieves, and the quality is surprisingly good too, given the price. They’re fun socks without being “fun socks.”

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Tommy John Second Skin Trunks, $96 For 3-pack
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I get it, the idea of paying nearly a hundred dollars for just three pairs of boxer briefs makes you want to barf. That’s what makes this three-pack of Tommy John boxer briefs the perfect gift card purchase! Even if the balance doesn’t cover the total, it will help bring the cost well within reason.

But fair warning, after upgrading your underwear, you won’t want to go back. Hell, you might even be willing to pull out your wallet to replace the rest of your supply.

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At SG HQ, we’re currently a week into our annual “No Jeans January” wardrobe challenge, meaning casual pants are an immediate priority. This month-long denim detox (think of it like a Whole 30 for your personal style) pushes our audience to seek out casual pants that look stylish and feel as comfortable as a pair of jeans. It’s a tall order, but these Dockers do the trick. The style has been a perpetual fan favorite with our followers for over a year now, making them a worthy recipient of a gift card-enabled “Treat yo’self” style moment.

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I could talk about how the fabric of this t-shirt, a mix of Peruvian cotton and Celliant—a new synthetic fabric designed to increase circulation—innovates and redefines the classic pocket tee. Or fawn over the slim-cut style and comfortable drape. Instead, I’ll just let an Amazon reviewer do my work for me. He says this tee from one of the OG direct-to-consumer athleisure brands, Olivers Apparel is “kinda like the dude version of the ‘little black dress.’ Everyone should own one (if not 10).”

There you have it!

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The comfort of a henley with the dressed-up-ness (that’s sort of a word, right?!) of a sweater. And again, yes, it’s expensive for a shirt, but hey, you’re not paying for it! Well, not all of it, anyway.

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Reigning Champ Mid-Weight Side-Zip Sweatshirt, $125
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Okay, okay, this is the last time I’ll implore you to buy what you wouldn’t buy yourself with an Amazon gift card procured for the holidays. Don’t waste this free money on new batteries for the smoke detector! I mean, definitely get those batteries, but don’t buy them with your holiday present dollars! Instead, order this cozy, yet structured side-zip sweatshirt from Reigning Champ. It’s the perfect off-duty piece to get you through to spring.

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Alpha Industries Men’s Slim-Fit N-3b Parka, $200
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In case you’re already sick of your own winter coat. And honestly, I can’t say I’d blame you.


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Megan Collins

Megan Collins started Style Girlfriend to help guys look and feel their best. Today, she and her team share tips, tricks, and shortcuts to a closet that inspires confidence.