Let’s talk about gifts for her. Just like the other guides this year, each choice is sure to be loved and well-used. However, this list is a little different than the rest, because often the women I’m shopping for don’t need something practical. They need a present under the tree that’s a little more luxurious and beautiful, because women are often serving others all day long. Wives, moms, sisters, grandmas, and our dearest friends could use a little spoiling.
And rather than your hubby going it alone on Christmas Eve at a crowded Target, pass this list over to him so he can pick something completely lovely for you this year. Merry Christmas, friends!
GIFTS FOR HER
If you had to pick one luxury gift from this list, I think this is the one. Cashmere is warmer than wool but with less bulk. So, she’ll get a sweater that’s flattering AND keeps the chill away. This is what my mom is asking for this winter. Everlane Cashmere Crew ($100), Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck ($155), Everlane Cashmere Cardigan ($180)
Perfume is certainly a common gift. Since it’s not ideal for perfume to sit for years, I’ve become a big fan of rollerballs, instead of sprays. My go-to scent is Marc Jacobs ($19), but here are some other good ones: Tocca Mini Roller Set ($23) and Chloe ($35).
My dad always does this sweet thing by picking out a new purse for my mom for Christmas. She’s super practical about shopping, and it never fails that he chooses a fancier one than she would ever have splurged on herself. I love that. A new purse is such a great choice, and the trick is buying beautiful leather, with just the right size and number of pockets. My favorite brand is FashionABLE, because their bags are gorgeous without being flashy, and they employ and create consistent income for women in Africa. I own the Mamuye Leather Tote ($178), which is big and holds everything, and the Hailu Wallet ($68, which is so perfect that my mom asked for one for mother’s day this year after seeing mine). For a medium size bag, I love the Tirhas saddlebag ($148) or the Tigist cross body ($138).
It’s such a girly thing, but gifting some creams and potions is such a luxury. I have learned, like the French, to value skin care even higher than makeup. Opening a gift packed with pampering products is just a simple way of telling someone that you see how much they care for others and appreciate them. Fill it with a big jar of lavender bath epsom salts ($11), a pouch of foot therapy treatment ($9), almond shower oil ($25), facial polish ($19), sisal wash cloth ($6) rose hair revive oil ($25), and dead sea mud mask ($14).
You all know what a fan of the library I am, so to be honest I don’t buy a ton of books. The ones I do are true keepers, and the same goes for gifting books. Here are my favorites, worth a spot on your shelf. I think of Jenny Rosenstrach like a big sister, whose words bolster me through parenting and feeding a family. Her books Dinner: A Love Story and How to Celebrate Everything would be ideal for a young mom or a newlywed. I will always vote for an heirloom gift like clothbound Penguin Classics or the Puffin in Bloom collection under the tree. If a novel is what you’re looking for, you truly can’t go wrong with any of Liane Moriarty’s books.
A few simple gold pieces can elevate any outfit. I love each of these paired with a simple cashmere sweater for the winter months. The FashionABLE horizon necklace ($58) is a classic delicate bar shape. Inspired by a verse from Jeremiah, the Dear Mushka eclipsed necklace ($31) is a timeless locket. The Natalie Borton dylan necklace ($50) goes with everything, and then I just throw on my Madewell hexagon earrings ($18) which are subtle and pretty.
Like many women I love good shoes, so I’ll give you a longer list for this one. Sorel Out N About Waterproof boots in elk are perfect rain boots, but when you wear them with wool socks they can work as decent snow boots too. Everlane has super high quality Italian leather shoes. I’m a big fan of the Modern Loafer in black, the Modern Oxford in blush, and the Modern Ankle Boot in cognac. I wear my Tretorn tennis shoes all the time. The Sam Edelman petty boot is a classic for a reason, and Chelsea boots are warm and durable. For something fun, I love the look of the Madewell block heel mary janes.
This is something I could never buy on my own, but it would be a lovely gift to have such a pretty box to keep my jewelry in. As a jewelry minimalist, these glass cases would be an ideal collection spot on my night stand for the pieces I take off every night.
Last year the only thing I really asked for at Christmas time was some new exercise clothes. I had just had our third baby and working out regularly was a big goal of mine for 2016. A couple new pieces helped boost my confidence to get started at the gym and stick with it. If you know exercising is a priority, getting her a complete outfit is such a thoughtful way of supporting her goal. You can go a little crazy with patterns or color, or keep it simple with basic black. Try the GapFit high rise leggings ($65), tank ($25), and hoodie ($75) which are often on sale for 50% off. The Zella high waist leggings ($54), tank ($39), tank ($20), and pullover ($69) are favorites too.
SLIPPERS + SOCKS
When it starts to get really cold, pajamas get a lot of use at our house. Upgrading my pajama drawer and loungewear was one of the best moves to up my overall attitude on days when I’m staying home with the kids. If you (or someone you love) are still wearing those old college tees to bed, do her a favor. Here are some really lovely options: embroidered night shirt, modal pjs (or this less expensive version), romper, buffalo check flannel pants, black watch pajama set, pajama pants with a flannel shirt.
Lighting a candle is such a treat when the darkness starts to get me down. It’s the ultimate way to get back at all the cold misery of winter. My all-time favorite choices are P.F. Candle Co. amber + moss ($20) and Paddywax tobacco + patchouli ($19).