With many of us going in every direction at holiday gatherings, writing cards and doing the tree, it always nice to have a little help with the gift shopping. I always try to shop early and it often goes in fits and starts... I begin strong, feel good about what I've got, relax a bit and before I know it, I'm behind and everything is picked over. I've noticed particularly this year, people are shopping even earlier. So many things I wanted to suggest here are already sold out already! Not to induce anxiety, but people get out there -or better yet grab a latte at your local coffee spot and do it online asap! You can get what you need online and then save yourself the hassle of the mall.
Otherwise, I often default to Nordstrom. They seem to have something for everyone and I know without a doubt, everyone can return their gifts or exchange with no hassle. That and their customer service are why it will always be my go-to store. In fact, most of these things on this list are from Nordys and since regular shipping is free and arrives quickly, I felt good recommending them here. They always deliver on time and as you like it.
Here' a few of the best gift ideas this year..
For the traveler, I love this mini brush set and chic evening clutch it comes in from Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom. It's wonderful to have a brush set small enough to travel and the clutch is pretty enough to be your evening bag for the night! Less to pack and a dual purpose bag is always a win-win.
Another discovery I recently made is these darling Mantra bands. These are not only pretty, but share an inspiring message to the recipient. Great for a friend, teacher, favorite neighbor, or anyone who might need a little boost during this season.
They come in silver, gold and I particularly like this rose gold and the message. Other good ones are, 'Be Fearless,' and 'Enjoy the Journey.' Many others as well.
This YSL Lip and Nail Collection at Nordstrom features the prettiest shades. What a great girlfriend gift for your favorite fashionista.Fresh kit is a great bargain with their wonderful cleanser and 3 masks.
I also love this little kit for the traveler or friend going on a vacation. It's got everything you need and how cute to just throw in your travel bag?
And for just $22.50 this Kate Spade business card holder is a sweet gift for a glam pal and it comes in silver and a pink version too.
Now for your mom, dear sister, grandmas or perhaps ourselves..
These Ugg Flip Flops are on my own list. Sometimes here in California, I find the Ugg slippers too warm, yet they are the most comfortable shoe and have great support, especially for around the house. These are a great alternative and just as comfy, but not too hot. These could be a year-round slipper here and as the shearling doesn't get sweaty and is anti-bacterial they cannot be beat.
For the price I believe Uggs are worth every penny as they last for YEARS! If you haven't joined the bandwagon get on. You're missing out if you don't at least own a pair of the slippers and if you live in a cold climate the boots will change your life. I've gotten all my family onto the slippers and they agree.
Ugg also makes these cool tech gloves which are wonderful for those who love using their smartphone all the time, but can't stand cold fingers. I have a pair of these and used them a ton last winter!
Another great gift that moms and grandmothers can really appreciate is a Barefoot Dreams robe. Mine is about 15 years old if you can believe it. There is no other robes as warm or a lightweight as these.
My own mother said it was one of the best gifts she ever got and we bought my grandmother one together as we agreed no woman should be without one during winter! Love the new colors and they also have a zip up version with a hood that could also be a beach coverup.
For the menfolk...
For dads, grandpas and husbands nothing beats a beautiful cashmere sweater that doesn't itch and keeps them warm. This cashmere crew is a really nice one- beautifully made and feels amazing. A gift they can keep enjoy a long time.
Another gift appreciated for years, is Uggs as I mentioned already. You cannot go wrong and once someone has these they will never go back to regular slippers. Yes they are about $40 more than the average slipper, but if you count the cost over the years, they are an outstanding bargain and will never wear out! This particular style is really easy to slip on and comes in darker brown and black as well.
Kate Spade's multi-color scarf is adorable, cozy and cute.
This Polaroid Land Camera is the real deal. It's a fun idea for young people who have only experienced digital. It's great for parties too. This produces the full-size old school Polaroids. Love the idea of keeping a big bulletin board of these. It also comes in a happy yellow, red and a cool retro blue.
For the guys, I find my men appreciate humorous things more than anything.
For the college guy, this Topman sweater is a cool alternative to the ugly Christmas sweater trend so popular right now. Who wouldn't want a sweater with ninja gingerbreads kicking butt?
These Bluetooth Speakers are something that can be used indoors or out all year. Perfect for one at college or the kid who needs to have their music in stereo as it connects to your Bluetooth device!
And for the smaller guys..
This Jem Holiday Wars Sweater is cozy and fun.
Star Wars Beanie for boys.
And for the even smaller ones..
From Boden ( now at Nordys) they always have cheeky shirts for kids.
For the little women ..