Frugal Snob: TJ Maxx/Marshalls Holiday Gift Ideas and Giveaway!


I often tweet about my Chinese aunts’ obsession with TJ Maxx— when they arrive to the US from Asia, one of the first places they want to shop at is TJ Maxx/Marshalls (followed by Neiman Marcus and Hermes of course, there is a method to their shopping madness!). This season we partnered up with TJ Maxx/Marshalls and I was asked to shop holiday gift ideas at my local TJ Maxx/Marshalls (hello, I’m already a regular there and was in and out within 20 minutes) and share them with you. The problem is, I want to keep all the beauty things I found! The best score this week was the T3 pink tourmaline blow dryer I’d been wanting to get (retail $100) for $49. The beauty section is expansive and offer everything from tools to products (my favorite beachy wavy hair helper from David Babaii for Wildaid was half off so I stocked up on that too).  My Pup Snob, Yoshi, also got his “First Christmas” outfit ($10.99) plus a doggie treat basket for his neighborhood besties.  The huge beauty basket was intended for a girlfriend but I may keep it for myself– full of candles, bath salts, oils and lotions and potions all wrapped in a big leopard fabric basket that I can use for storage later.  My 3 month old goddaughter will be styling in these adorable outfits and will love chewing on her new toy. I got all of the above (plus two hats for myself, heehee) for under $200!

10,000 items are delivered weekly during this holiday gift season including designer fragrance gift sets (for him and her), designer bags (Prada and Gucci anyone?) and clothes, glitz and glam jewelry, the hottest tech gadgets, toys, chocolates from around the world and even festive holiday décor. There is a wide variety of great last minute gifts to choose from, all the way up until Christmas day! To help cross out a few items on your gift list, TJ Maxx wants to give you a $100 giftcard to use at any location.

To win: leave a comment below and tell us about your best ever TJ Maxx/Marshalls find! A winner will be chosen next Tuesday, December 6th. Good luck!

I love giving scarves as gifts, they don’t require sizing and are an instant wardrobe booster.  The shearling boots are perfect for the chill in the air and you can not go wrong with a pair of colorful leather gloves (an easy way to wear the color block trend without a big commitment).


We all have a friend who is the expert entertainer, she can always use more pretty crystal vases/bowls, silver/copper servers or sparkly photo frames!

What’s better than a sweater for dad and cute accessories for mom?!  You will not believe the bag selection at the TJ Maxx in NYC– Prada, Gucci, Dior, Kors,– it’s every fashion editor’s “not so guilty” pleasure!

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48 Comments

  1. evamarie
    November 29, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    I am a HUGE TJMaxx fan! My favorite find was a Versace gray/black velvet scarf for under $20!!

    • Beauty Snob Tina
      November 29, 2011 / 2:00 pm

      Ohhh, sounds amazing! tweet me a photo of that!

  2. Marie-Josée Levasseur
    November 29, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Kate spade shoes for $18.00

  3. November 29, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    I’ve gotten lots of deals there but my fave is my Michael Kors Hamilton purse in python.

    • Beauty Snob Tina
      November 29, 2011 / 6:30 pm

      I saw that there the other day! Was thinking about getting it 🙂

  4. November 29, 2011 / 2:30 pm

    My favorite was a BCBGeneration blazer for $24.99. It had the original BCBG tags on it…regularly priced at $248! Also, I love that gold-toned ice bucket in your hostess with the mostess box. I’m definitely going to TJ’s this weekend to look for it!

  5. November 29, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    I got two Franco Sarto leather bags (one lime green & one black) for under $20 each! Score!

  6. Debra Simning-Chapman
    November 29, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    This wonderful basket style purse, it is white leather with a basket bottom and it is my go to purse in the summer. I bought this at the TJMaxx in Maplewood, MN about 15 years ago and still have it.

  7. November 29, 2011 / 2:45 pm

    I’ve gotten a lot of great deals there but my fave is my Michael Kors python Hamilton purse.

  8. November 29, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    I purchased a Michelle watch at my local TJ Maxx and it was a steal!!! Not to mention all the great children clothes!! We have three young children so it helps to find great deal!! Love, love, love TJ Maxx

  9. Tania
    November 29, 2011 / 3:11 pm

    Best find was black prada pumps this summer 399. And my laundry by Shelly segal coat $80

  10. Jules Collier
    November 29, 2011 / 3:13 pm

    Bought my friend a fabulous beach bag at Marshals this summer. People covet it wherever she goes!

  11. Alicia
    November 29, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    My black dolce vita leather boots for $14.99!

  12. Tracy O'Meara
    November 29, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    My best score was 2 designer purses on the same day–the Coach Ergo and Kate Spade’s Wellesley in peacock. I love my TJ Maxx!

  13. Donna
    November 29, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I was just there today! My favorite find was a sleeveless printed dress that I bought a long time ago and still wear today. It is a classic style and the best money I ever spent

  14. Kathy
    November 29, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    I love TJMaxx and Marshalls!! I go even more often now that I have a daughter…I find so many great deals on clothing, toys, books, baby accessories and more (she already has the cute Infantino teething blocks pictured here, which I found at Marshalls). My favorite find for me, though, is a large periwinkle blue wristlet, Hobo brand, that I got for less than $40. I also have a scarf that I bought for less than $3 at TJMaxx – I don’t even know the brand but it is one of my most complimented possessions! My area TJMaxx/Marshalls don’t stock the high end brands like Prada and Gucci, though, I am very jealous! 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    Coach boots that were in the style of Uggs & had the Coach signature logo type pattern on them! Cute

  16. Marie
    November 29, 2011 / 6:38 pm

    My favorite TJ Maxx/Marshalls find will always be my very first Betsey Johnson purse. My heart has always lived in Betseyville, I guess 🙂

  17. November 29, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    the best tj maxx score i’ve ever heard is NOT mine – and i’m super jealous of my good friend who seriously scored! she found a pair of jimmy choos for $89!! 🙂

    • Beauty Snob Tina
      November 29, 2011 / 8:38 pm

      what? I’m jealous, too! lol

  18. ruhee
    November 29, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    I got this very smart and warm Guess coat from Marshalsfor 50 bucks.The original price was more than 150…I get warm fuzzies whenever I wear the jacket….

  19. Isabelle
    November 29, 2011 / 8:55 pm

    A couple of years ago I found a Nars eye shadow palette for $36 dollars.

  20. Haley
    November 29, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    I scored a $300 pair of Cole Haan heels for $15! I have been a TJ Maxx addict ever since.
    A close second, was the Chirp china that I got. I don’t remember the total price tag, but there was a full 12 piece place setting in the clearance isle.

  21. janice
    November 30, 2011 / 12:19 am

    i got really lucky and found the cutest pink BCBG heels. i also love to purchase philosophy shower gels from tj maxx.

  22. Victoria Thomas
    November 30, 2011 / 8:02 am

    A couple years ago I found a Pink and Yellow Jessica Simpson over the shoulder purse for only $15.00 I had it for a few months before I lost it in a bag car wreck that I was in. That has been my favorite find and purse I have found at TJ Maxx!

  23. Regina S
    November 30, 2011 / 9:44 am

    I have to many great buys to mention, I also love their kitchen section, lots of gourmet sauces and olives, etc.

  24. Nancy
    November 30, 2011 / 10:39 am

    My favorite find is a Theory silk leopard print dress I found a year ago. The regular retail price was $398 (TJ Maxx price $149.99) but I got it on clearance for $39. This year I found a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti pumps on clearance for $119 (retail price $650).

  25. Pbc
    November 30, 2011 / 11:01 am

    I bought a pair of gunmetal Roger Vivier heels for $99 at TJ maxx over the summer!

  26. Claudia
    November 30, 2011 / 11:58 am

    I found a really nice pair of leather riding boots by Matisse. I can’t remember the exact price, but I know they were very cheap!

  27. Chele
    November 30, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    I usually have good luck in their housewares section. Over the years, I’ve collected quite a bit of blue and white Spode at great prices.

  28. Adriane (in MD)
    November 30, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    I found so many great buys. At Marshalls I found a paif of gold Stuart Weitzman pumps for $30!

  29. November 30, 2011 / 2:36 pm

    Though narrowing down my “favorite finds” is a huge feat (sooo many amazing deals over the years) my favorites are a recent Nanette Lepore dress steal ($258 MSRP for $25) and a red Furla tote I found on Black Friday 2011 ($400 for $79)!

  30. Christabel
    November 30, 2011 / 2:47 pm

    My fave find ever was a pair of Born brown leather boots for $50!

  31. Mary Lou ridler
    November 30, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    i have always been a macys, nordstrom girl. it was easy when i lived in new jersey, they were every where. now 8 yrs. i live in minnesota, 2 hrs. from the mall of america ( macys & nordies) i have a tjmaxx 45 min away that i live for.i get great buys at tjmaxx. i bought a michael kors leather coat 2 months ago, that i love. in minnesota its all about the coats, long winter!

  32. coachwife6
    December 1, 2011 / 11:56 am

    One recently opened here, so I don’t have any good buys to report….yet.

  33. Judy Tubbs
    December 1, 2011 / 2:20 pm

    My gorgeous new Born boots for $69.00 and 4 pairs of Born shoes over the last year. Born is the most comfortable shoe I have found. My Michael Kors purse for $145 would also top my list. Also love all the Cynthia Rowley sweaters, I have a closet full! The list goes on and on….and on!!

  34. Madeline
    December 1, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    TJ Maxx is faaabbbulllouuss!
    My fave find was a few days ago: Michael Kors little black dress for $20 on super clearance! 🙂

  35. MJ
    December 1, 2011 / 10:55 pm

    My favorite find at TJ Maxx is my chaise! It’s in storage right now, but it was a steal, and I miss it…

  36. Lynn
    December 2, 2011 / 10:17 am

    My favorite finds are always in house wares – like Ralph Lauren sheets and pillows for great prices. I have bought many wonderful things at TJMaxx over the years.

  37. Sharon
    December 4, 2011 / 12:46 am

    I found an All-Clad stock pot for 30.00! WOW!

  38. Kristina
    December 4, 2011 / 8:35 am

    I’m so jealous of some of the comments on here! We don’t have high-end brands like Kate Spade, Versace, or Jimmy Choo here in Omaha so I never see really good stuff like that at my stores! 🙁

    I do like the Steve Madden sandals I got for $20 this summer though!

  39. Allison S.
    December 4, 2011 / 9:04 am

    Last spring, I snagged a pair of black suede stuart weitzman ballet flats – with cute silver studding across the toes of the shoes. I adore them and they were on clearance for $49!

  40. T.
    December 4, 2011 / 9:27 am

    My fav was years ago I got a pair of black patent rain boots for $7.00 ( orig. $135.00 back in 1996 ) I think they were Evan Picone? They were rubber soled and to this day the sole looks almost new ( I walk a lot too ). They are comfy but are fashionable and I recondition the patent every year and they look like new. I’ve gotten many bargains since but these are my best deal since I’m still using them and they look great. FYI the inside is still in great condition too. These are the only shoes that have lasted this long and still in excellant condition.

  41. December 4, 2011 / 10:36 am

    Kate spade vase for under $40. And of course the full line of the “The Balm” cosmetics line for half the retail price that it sells for in Sephora. But my best steal so far is my new Prada bag for under $250. I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls!!

  42. Deanna G.
    December 4, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    I once found Thierry Mugler’s “Eau de Star”(full size) at TJ Maxx for $20! 🙂

  43. mamavalveeta03
    December 4, 2011 / 11:03 pm

    La Perla underwear at my TJ Maxx in the middle of nowhere!!! (I don’t think anyone knew what a find it was!)

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