Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is just a few weeks away and if you are like me you may have a whole lot of shopping to get done. Shopping for gifts can be especially overwhelming this time of year with packed parking lots, insanely busy malls and very long lines. Add the pressure of buying the perfect gift for all the special somebodies and it may seem nearly impossible. But before you give up I have found 6 gifts that will surely help you cross off a few names on your Holiday gift list.

iPads are on the top of lists everywhere, but if you are not ready to shell out upwards of $500 why not get the next best thing—an iPad case! Though I would make sure that they either A) are in fact getting an iPad or B) already have one! I’m in love with this this liquid-shine, purple Ted Baker ‘Toolar’ iPad case, $70 at Nordstrom.

The rubber watch has become a major trend allowing men and women to add bold color to their everyday looks. These watches come in an array of colors and are a lot of fun. Fairly inexpensive this is a great gift to buy in bulk or make it a stalking stuffer. Nixon ‘Time Teller’ rubber watch, $60 at Net-A-Porter.

Fragrances are always nice, but they can be very tricky unless you know a person well—you buy floral and flirty, they like musky and sensual. Instead choose a safer alternative like luxury bath salts and soaks. Bamford has an excellent selection of bath products, I wouldn’t mind if somebody got me the Rose Bath Oil, $76 at Barneys.

I for one think that you can never go wrong with a wristlet, card case, or coin purse. You know the cliché “the best things come in small packages”? Popular designer brands offer a variety of these little wonders; my favorite is the ostrich-embossed Portola Valley Little Gia coin purse by Kate Spade, $115.

Women go through lip balm like crazy during the cool, dry months of winter (actually more like year-round here in Arizona), which makes lip balm sets a great gift. Kiehl’s is selling their best-selling lip balms in a holiday set this year which Includes Lip Balm #1 in four flavors: Original, mango, vanilla, and coconut, $30.00 at Neiman Marcus.

Candles are another great gift, especially for work or professional related gift exchanges. I mean who doesn’t love a good candle? Of course I’m not talking about the $5 ones you can get at your nearest super center, I mean a good candle like this Annick Goutal Noel Limited-Edition candle, a mixture of orange, Brazilian mandarin orange and majestic Siberian pine blend together to give a touch of magic to the enchanting holiday season, $65 at Neiman Marcus.

By Kristianne Young

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