This year, we have some great gift ideas for even the most picky people on your shopping lists. From the fitness guru to snacking foodie to fashionista, we have you completely covered with these gift suggestions that we’ve personally reviewed and approved.
Stay comfy and stylish this winter with Gaiam’s yoga wear. Our editor Allison is a fan of the soft heather thermal knockaround leggings which are made of eco-blend rayon from sustainable bamboo and Sorona® jersey. Pair them with their streamline tank, for no-fuss comfort with a built-in shelf bra. The fabric wicks away moisture, making it a great workout top. (Tank $48, leggings $64)
Give the best of both worlds with this makeup kit by Pixi inspired by Rouge, Clos du Bois Winery’s new red-blend and the wine itself! The kit includes a ruby-red cheek tint, nail polish and lip gloss in a cute quilted bag. And each beauty product is small enough to easily fit into your clutch. The collection’s color palette is as flattering as it is on-trend, promising a glam holiday season. ($19 kit, $32 kit and bottle of wine)
The Pinch Provisions mini emergency kit contains 17 essentials: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, safety pin, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss and an adhesive bandage – and it all fits into a tiny patent pouch. We keep ours in our car’s glovebox, but they would also be great stashed in your office desk or everyday purse. ($15)
For that someone who always has their phone in hand consider Magnetyze accessories, which charge, synchronize and transfer data to your iPhone and Android without all those unsightly cords. While your phone is attached to the charging stand you can rotate it vertically or horizontally, so you can continue to watch videos, play music, make hands-free voice calls or do anything else. ($69.99)
Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker is a fun and breezy novel perfect for your bookworm friends. Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, and readers will root for Renee to “click” with the right man. Visit the trailer here. (Kindle version 99¢, print $12)
Give the gift of glam with these Nautical Button Earrings by Freida Rothman. We love the preppy touch of the rope detailing around the edges. These earrings (a part of their Hamptons Collection) are sterling silver based, multi plated with hand-cut, hand-set cubic zirconia. View the entire collection and more in their online boutique. ($70)
HGTV star and interior designer, Monica Pedersen’s debut design book, Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home, showcases ten fabulous parties, and provides her decorating tips centered on getting the biggest bang for your buck. The luscious, full-color coffee table book is our go-to guide for elegant and approachable entertaining. We’ll be gifting it to our friends and family and as a hostess gift. ($35)
What girl doesn’t need a new set of makeup brushes? EcoTools Six Piece Day-to-Night Set includes five sleek and super soft makeup brushes and a chic clutch. The set (made from cruelty-free bristles, recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles) includes a Pointed Concealer Brush, Round Powder Brush, Detailed Lip/Liner Brush, Stay-There Shadow Brush and Smudge Brush. ($16.99)
It’s a myth that all birds fly south for the winter. In fact, some of the more colorful and vocal birds remain in their local habitats year ‘round. Attract jays, woodpeckers, cardinals, chickadees, finches and more with Wild Birds Unlimited’s adorable seed cylinder Preston the Penguin. Preston is packed with seeds and fruits to attract a wide variety of birds to your backyard. They will be a welcome, colorful site against a blanket of white snow. (Under $20)
Avoid the trash bag full of wrapping paper scraps, wrinkled scotch tape, and plastic bows. VZ Wraps fabric gift bags reduce trash by providing a reusable alternative with easy-to-use, beautiful fabric gift bags. The bags are made in the U.S.A. from organic and traditional cotton with attached ribbons made from recycled materials. Drop your gift in, tie the bag closed, and your wrapping is done!
Bobble is a stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink, using an ingenious replaceable carbon filter. when water passes through the filter, the carbon removes chlorine and organic contaminants. bobble is intended for municipal tap water making water better, with every sip. ($8.99-$12.99)
The shoe obsessed girl on your wish list needs these personalized rain boots by Zoubaby. With four monogram styles and eight colors, these equestrian-style, weatherproof riding boots can be personalized for everyone on your list. They can even monogram Greek letters, so they would make the perfect gift for a sorority sister. P.S. Zoubaby is offering a special holiday 50% discount off one or more pairs of kids’ boots with the purchase of a regularly-priced pair of women’s boots until January 1. ($98)
The holly print mini slant tweezers from Tweezerman are perfect for keeping your brows groomed and not taking up space in yourr makeup bag while traveling during the holidays. The hand-filed tips ensure precise removal of those pesky hairs. Stuff these in the stockings of all your friends. ($15)
Don’t have time to hit the salon during the busy holiday season? Fear not, celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan’s Foaming Color Glosses enhance your hair color, but also fight pesky flyaways! Whether you’re looking to tone down brassiness, enhance golden tones, or boost overall shine- you’ll be picture perfect for the family holiday card in no time! ($26)
Protect your lips against the bitter cold and the sun’s harmful rays with Supergoop’s MintFusion lip balm. The SPF 30 solution protects against broad-spectrum UV rays and the spearmint leaf oil will leave your breath minty fresh for sneaking a kiss under the mistletoe. ($8.50)
You use your smartphone for just about everything, but it’s hard to multi-task with mobile speakers that require docking. With Bluetooth, you can stream stereo audio to Soundfreaq’s Sound Kick while keeping your phone in your hand. Its small size and built-in rechargeable battery for up to 7 hours of playback makes it perfect for travel. You can also keep your iPhone, Android and smartphone charged with Sound Kick so you’re never out of power. ($99.99)
The perfect bag is light, water resistant, and stain resistant and TerraCycle has it. The company has created toiletry cases, tote bags, and lunch sacks from recycling tent material. Each item is made from a different tent part, giving it a distinctive, custom design. The lightweight material won’t weigh down you or your suitcase, and makes the bags practical for any trip – to the mountains or on business.
Computer Apparel’s padded hoodie laptop sleeve makes sure your tablet stays as comfy as you do. Its zippered compartments secure your power cord and iPhone, iPad or Macbook. And should your hoodie get dirty, you can throw it in the washing machine for easy cleaning. ($25)
Spread some holiday cheer with something other than carols or cookies. The DH by Delivering Happiness collection (available at Zappos) is part of a global movement to inspire and nudge the world to a happier place. The collection is designed to share good vibes and spark conversation with comfortable pieces adorned with positivity. The collection was born after Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, authored a NYT best-seller called “Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose”. The book soon became a company with a cause and their cute inspirational clothes soon followed.
Indulge the senses with a nourishing formula that is free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens. The Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner will restore moisture to dry hair and stimulate the scalp to create a cleansing and rejuvenating experience. For a radiant shine that will stay with you all day long (even through harsh winter weather), the ultra-light Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil will fight frizz, and moisturize brittle hair.
Active Accessories’ On-The-Go Accessory Pouch is a versatile, sporty clutch for women of all ages who are always “on the go”. We love that it is the perfect size to hold everything from our phone to a pair of earrings. Carry it as a clutch to and from the gym, or use the handy hook to attach it to any bag. Active Accessories is a brand new company so we can’t wait to see what future products they have in store. ($14.95)
Chapstick’s Cheerful Lips Kit is a great stocking stuffer or gift for any girl on your list. Seriously, who doesn’t get chapped lips in the winter? With three flavors of Strawberry, Spearmint, and Cherry, this gift will definitely make any girl happy. Also try out the brand’s seasonal flavors that include Apple Cider and Candy Cane. The seasonal flavors had a fragrance reminiscent of their holiday. Overall, we love these Chapsticks and they would definitely make a great stocking stuffer or gift!
The Swingbyte Golf Aid is the top gift we’d recommend for any golfer on your list. Forget getting them replacement golf balls and golf gloves, and give this revolutionary gift that can help you train yourself to change your swing. It works with either iPhone or Android, and easily clips to any golf club you want to use. It tracks your swing and helps you learn how to improve with it’s easy-to-use app. The best thing about it is that you can use it on your own time, when you’re already playing golf or hitting a bucket of balls. I really enjoyed setting it up on by driver and hitting whiffle golf balls in my garage when it was raining one day.
For any lady on your list who loves mixing up flavored waters, the Citrus Zinger water bottle is the perfect gift. Flavor your water with half of a lemon or lime, or go more exotic by adding a slice of orange or pineapple. You can even mix fruit slices together to create unique flavored waters, all to your own preference. The compact storage compartment allows you to keep the fruit separate from your water so that you don’t get any pulp. This gift is the ultimate healthy splurge.
The Brow Must Have Kit from Sumita beauty is a great buy for anyone on your list at $25, and is filled with 3 essential pieces designed to keep your skin and brows looking their very best. No matter your skin coloring, there is a kit for you! First, included in the kit is the PURIFY Facial Mask, which basically rehydrates your skin and gives you a great surface for applying makeup. Three times a week, I used this mask on my skin, and I saw instantaneous results. Second, the Brow Pencil is a great way to fill in brows and give them a better shape. The formula was great because it doesn’t smear or wear away throughout the day like other formulas I’ve used. And lastly, the Brow Set is a chubby, invisible wax stick that keeps brows in place. If you regularly comb your brows to keep them in place, this stick is definitely for you. It has a long hold, and will last all day. ($32)
butter LONDON has a fantastic Holiday 2012 nail polish collection, and the two colors I tried are definitely staples in my nail polish collection. The emerald green Jack the Lad has the perfect amount of gold shimmer to give it a great holiday luster and shine. I see holiday party written all over this one. The sparkly Fairy Cake is a bit thinner, so I’ve had fun experimenting which butter LONDON colors to wear it over as a top coat. I know you’ll love both of these polishes as much as I do, and they make a great stocking stuffer or gift for any girl on your list.
Prestige Cosmetics let us try a whole host of makeup, and we were nothing but impressed! The blush and eyeliners we tried had such a vibrant pigment to them, and we loved that this makeup lasted all day. Bronzer is great for adding some color to your complexion in the winter, and their version of this shimmery powder definitely delivered.
For any fashionista who doesn’t like cramping her style when she has to wear a bandage, these fun designs by Cynthia Rowley for Band-Aid are definitely the perfect stocking stuffer. Adorned with sequins and pretty designs, it won’t feel like a health necessity so much as a fashion statement!
We absolutely love the unique formula of Exude Lipstick, a celebrity and magazine favorite. Their webpage says it all – “Exude is lipstick reinvented. With its sleek and patented applicator, Exude never melts or loses its shape. It even moisturizes.” The colors that we tried were both vibrant and long lasting. I could also keep my lipstick in my purse without fear of it melting. The only problem that I had in using these lipsticks was choosing which color to wear!
Jilzara makes fabulous clay bead jewelry that is key to creating that “arm party” look that is so in right now. Add a couple of these bracelets to the stack you already wear, or make an entirely new stack that includes a beautiful watch and clay bead bracelets. The packaging is also to die for – it’s so cute! Any girl on your list will be delighted to get one or more of these beautiful, handmade creations as a gift.
Boar bristle brushes are the new hot thing in hair care, and even if she doesn’t have it on her gift list, any girl would love adding one of these to her daily routine. These brushes are gentler on hair and help create more volume and shine in the hairstyling process. I have started using the large round boar bristle brush from AKS Salon and wow, can I see a difference in my hair! It’s shinier, and I have less split ends because the bristles are easier on my pair than the plastic brush I was using before. One of these brushes is definitely a good investment; get one for you and your best girl!
FTD Flowers gave our editorial office a very special day when they delivered two bouquets of roses in the colors of our alma maters, University of Illinois for Allison and Northwestern University for me! If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a girl friend or you need a great hostess gift for a family member or friend, these flowers are the absolute perfect way to show someone you care. Order from the College Rose Collection, or check out their seasonal arrangements and gifts. You really can’t go wrong! Be content knowing that your gift will arrive on time and your flowers will look fresher than they do in the store.
Crabtree and Evelyn has a host of holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Their candles are second to none, and the variety of holiday scents will keep your home feeling season-appropriate all season long. For your favorite friend or family member, try the skin care products such as bubble bath and hand lotions. Luxurious is the word that comes to mind!
Payless Shoe Source may not be the first place that comes to mind when shopping for holiday gifts, but with their new collections arriving in stores this fall, every girl will want a new pair of shoes! It’s never been so clear that bargain doesn’t mean a sacrifice in style. With designs from Christian Siriano for Payless and other modern shoe cuts, you will be a fashion wonder at all of your holiday events.
Sometimes running can feel inconvenient, especially when you want to carry a few essentials like your keys and mp3 player. That’s why I love the unique concept of the iFitness running accessories. These belts have plenty of flexible space for your accessories, and are adjustable to fit any sized runner. We definitely recommend them for any exercise aficionado on your shopping list, or even just your friend who loves to walk!