The holidays are such a magical time; searching for the perfect shimmery cocktail dress, sipping cocoa under holiday lights, having a crying fit over not being able to find the right gift for your best friend….
Ok, let’s avoid that last part. It can be tricky to find the right gift for that hard-to-shop-for woman in your life, but you don’t have to go it alone. I created a gift guide with fun, crowd-pleasing ideas (all but one are under $50) that cater to a variety of personality types and interests. Instead of huddling in a ball under the Christmas tree, you can sit back, relax, and bask in the splendor of a gift well-selected.
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For the Martha Stewart-in-training:
Sonoma Syrup Co. Artisan Extract Gift Set ($34.99)
This set of artisan extracts includes almond, vanilla, and lemon flavors and is perfect for your resident baker (or even extreme cocktail mixer!). As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds benefits Race for a Cure.
For the Product Junkie:
Kate Spade Lip Crayon Box Set ($38)
Let’s see… Kate Spade + chubby crayon + pops of color = Gift FTW. Even bright lip-phobes can easily use these chunky color crayons. I love makeup sets with a variety of complimentary colors, which practically guarantees that the giftee will have shade combinations that work for her. The cute little box is an added bonus!
For the So-Not-a-Morning-Person:
LARK Un-Alarm Clock ($99)
Since my husband doesn’t read my blog due to his fashion phobia (I know, shame on him!), I feel comfortable announcing that this is the front runner for his gift this year. The LARK wakes the user with a gently vibrating wristband and also creates a graph of your sleep time and quality. Sure, it’s partly selfish, but I know he’s also eager to say goodbye to his five-alarm-apocalyptic-nuclear-reactor alarm tone.
For the Hibernator:
Gap Elbow-Patch Cardigan ($32-49)
A cozy cardigan that can go from couch to street is the perfect gift for a winter homebody who still likes to venture out. This sweet little sweater from is just as at home curled up with a Gossip Girl box set as it is finishing up some downtown holiday shopping. And elbow patches- what could be better?
For the Party Girl:
Stila Best of Kitten Set ($50)
A bottle of champagne is a classic gift, but a shimmering makeup set that features the universally flattering shade modernizes the gesture. Stila’s collection of their popular champagne “Kitten” shade includes two luxe glosses, a cream shadow stick, powder shadow, and all-over shimmer in a cute gold glitter clutch. Gift it with a sparkling wine split to make it truly special.
For the Hopeless Romantic:
TCHO Chocolate’s Morlalove “Alphabites” Gift Box and The Notebook DVD
If you haven’t had TCHO, you haven’t really had chocolate. This San Francisco outfit has merged chocolate making with wine culture, using different cocoa varietals and roasting techniques to elicit different flavors. With tastes ranging from nutty to citrusy to earthy, each type is subtly different and blissfully free of artificial flavorings or sugar overload. It’s the perfect companion to a weepy romantic flick like The Notebook.
I hope that this gift guide covers most of your list so you can get back to ice skating in a vintage fisherman’s sweater while drinking dark cocoa and dancing with milkmaid ferries. Oh wait, that was jut an image from the Anthropologie holiday catalogue…
This post was submitted as a part of Independent Fashion Bloggers’ posting challenge!