Too busy to shop and running out of time? Here are some great gift ideas that will work for almost everyone.
I’ve been a shopping fanatic since birth and since I work in the fashion industry and write a fashion blog, I’m constantly on the hunt for great finds year-round as well as keeping a look out for things that would make great gifts. With the holidays right around the corner, many singulars may find they’re too busy to browse, so I’ve compiled a list of gifts that will work for the wide range of people in your life. Everything I’ve listed here is available online or locally — leaving you with more time to enjoy the holidays!
Tiffany & Co. Stemware
Everyone loves a gift wrapped in a Tiffany’s signature blue box. This stemware is hand blown and beautifully crafted to make an elegant gift for anyone who enjoys a glass of wine or evening cocktail.
Candles are a gift that can be given to anyone from co-workers to siblings, but since people can be very particular about scents, opt for something mild, unless you know what they like. There are many lovely femine scents, but if you’re buying for a male, I really love Voluspa Suede Blanc. It is a combination of leather and rich cedar — masculine but not overpowering.
Coffee Table Books
There is a coffee table book to suit every interest. I love Vanity Fair the Portraits: a Century of Iconic Images because it covers a broad range of topics and is great if you don’t know the recipient of your gift very well. If you’re buying for a close friend or relative, look for something more personal that will appeal to something you know is of interest. Two of my favorites are Baseball Americana: Tresures from the Library of Congress and Yvon’s Paris.
Jigsaw Organics Beauty Products
These delectable bath products are imported from the United Kingdom (organic standards are higher in the U.K. than in the States). Jigsaw Bath Milk is especially popular and leaves skin silky soft. It makes the perfect gift for fellow singular women that need to relax after a long day or a busy mom that needs some quiet time.
Wraps and Foulards
Wraps are wonderful for traveling and very adaptive to accommodate weather from Los Angeles to New York. A wrap is great for women of all ages and interests. If you’re looking for something more conservative, take a stroll down Rodeo Drive and you’ll find beautiful foulards in just about every designer store.
A wine aerator is what I like to call the American version of a decanter. As Americans, we hardly ever take time to stop and smell the roses, let alone decant our wine. I recently discovered this Vinturi travel wine aerator, a compact version of the original that comes with a cover for easy transportation.
Wine and Bar Accessories
Wine coasters and bar accessories are a complimentary accessory to give with a bottle of wine or liquor. Consider adding something like this to add a personal touch that goes beyond giving the bottle alone.
Williams-Sonoma BBQ Rubs and Finishing Sauces
If you know someone who especially enjoys cooking or barbecuing, Williams-Sonoma has seasonal accessories as well as great classics. These are nice to put in a gift basket or re-usable shopping bag with cooking and grilling utensils.
A large, plush throw can adorn any home and will always be appreciated. Cashmere throws are a wonderful gift, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, Restoration Hardware offers a gorgeous plush throws at a great price. It looks and feels much more expensive than it actually is.
A designer key ring is always a safe bet if you’re unsure of what to get someone. Everyone has keys so it will get lots of use, and a good one will last for years. I love the combination of saffiano leather and gold hardware on this Salvatore Ferragamo key fob.
FIVE SHOPPING TIPS
1. Stick to neutrals: Grey and ivory are always safe colors for gifts. Avoid the temptation to buy that gorgeous bright yellow (fill in the blank) for anyone but yourself.
2. Don’t push your agenda on others: Think about the person you’re buying for, not yourself. You may love chunky jewelry, when they prefer something simple and understated. Leave your inner Donatella Versace at home and remember it’s about what they like, not you.
3. Make a list: Include one or two ideas for each person, as well as how much you want to spend on them.
4. Ask for help: When sales associates ask if you need help, say “Yes,” and tell them what you’re looking for (this is when you whip out your list). They’re there to help and you can always say, “No, thanks” if you don’t like their suggestion. If they’re too pushy, find another associate.
5. Have fun: Shopping can become a chore if you stress about it, so try to enjoy it as much as you can! Online shopping is always quick and convenient, but if you have the time, try to embrace the happy holiday spirit and enjoy the excursion!