My holiday gift guide is my favorite post of the year. For months leading up to it, I tear through press releases and evaluate everything I am using and putting on my clients. It is also the only time of year I recommend non-fashion items, and I may have outdone myself this season. I think I have the perfect gift for (most) everyone on your list. And as you know, there are few greater feelings than giving someone the perfect gift.
I cannot get enough of the Little People, Big Dreams Book Series. This was the first item I put on my holiday gift guide over 6 months ago. They are stories about historical figures told in a brief and fun way. My favorites are the Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart books. They are available at Amazon and Target.
Tip: It really works for any age.
Jules Smith Imogen Hoop Earrings
These Jules Smith Imogen Hoop Earrings are such a fun take on hoops. They’re the perfect gift for the women in your life who have pierced ears and favor gold. They are available at Nordstrom, Amazon, and Bloomingdale’s.
Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum
Every man in your life needs and will love the Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum. I wrote in more detail about this serum in the post, Best Face Moisturizer For Men. You can purchase Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum on Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.
Tip: Ladies can use it too! I like using it best in summer because you can use the serum by itself. In winter or if you have really dry skin, you need to add a moisturizer to your regime.
Fitflop Iqushion Super-Ergonomic Flip-Flops
I have been wearing these Fitflop Iqushion Super-Ergonomic Flip-Flops every weekend. The blushy nude shade is the only color of this shoe I would consider. It turns an ergonomic flip-flop into an intentional style choice. Gift it with a casual blush bag for the perfect gift set.
Sizing Tip: True to size.
An unexpected gift for your partner, best friend, or group of friends would be a private wine tour in Napa Valley. Napa Valley Wine Tours by Gwendolyn is a small business that specializes in private wine tours that are completely tailored to the guests’ pace and interests. The tour is 6 hours and the certificate allows the receiver to bring up to three guests, hence the suggestion to gift it to a small group of friends. You can knock out three presents with one gift.
Tip: To purchase, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can’t book it online.
Everlane The Leather Zip Pouch
This lavender Everlane Leather Zip Pouch is a gorgeous gift for any stylish gal. It can be used as a minimalist clutch or a chic makeup case.
Baublebar Anello Everyday Fine Layered Y Necklace
This Baublebar Anello Everyday Fine Layered Y Necklace is a lovely gift for any fashionista, from practically pro to an amateur style maven. Everyone can use a yummy layered necklace.
ECCO Soft 7 Perf Tie
The ECCO Soft 7 Perf Tie in Moon Rock is one of the best men’s shoes ever. It is incredibly versatile and insanely comfortable. Pair this shoe with the Cole Haan Cut Edge Leather Belt. It’s sold at Zappos, Amazon, and Ecco.
Tip: For other amazingly versatile and comfortable shoes for men, check out this post on V-Style for men.
Trouvé Twist Front Dress
So many of my clients are going bonkers over this Trouvé Twist Front Dress. It can be fancied up or accessorized down and has worked on so many different body types. You can’t go wrong with this one. It also comes in a gorgeous green and black here. And olive green here.
Sizing Tip: Runs true to size.
Wiggity Bang Games FURT Board Game
Wiggity Bang’s FURT Board Game is my all-time favorite board game, and I know your family doesn’t know about it. I highly recommend gifting this to someone in a big group so it can be opened up and played immediately. I promise, even people who hate board games will enjoy this game.
Tip: Brought to you by a San Diego local crew.
Treasure & Bond Crewneck Sweater
This Treasure & Bond Crewneck Sweater is freakishly soft and yummy. Cold people will love this gift.
Tip: Order a size up for a looser and longer fit that goes with leggings. Otherwise, it runs true to size.
All the Women in My Family Sing: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom
Everyone should read All the Women in My Family Sing: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom. It’s perfect for any kind of reader, including non-readers. The format is simple, easy, and absorbing. If you like Humans of New York, you will love this. It is available at Amazon and Target.
Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses
You can’t go wrong with these Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses in tortoise. The cat eye style flatters most face shapes, as does the tortoise color. Also, Gucci sunglasses are always a nice gift.
Heat Holders Women’s Thermal Stripe Socks
These Heat Holders Women’s Thermal Stripe Socks are the best socks. I live in these come cold weather — they almost feel like thin slippers. I actually discovered them last year when my David presented them to me and all my best girlfriends at our annual Christmas party. I must pay this glory forward. (Thank you, David!)
Tip: They are also available in a gorgeous purple.
Robin Williams: Comic Genius 22-Disc Collection
Gift this Robin Williams: Comic Genius 22-Disc Collection to any Robin Williams or comedy fan. It is not even available on Amazon, so you know they haven’t bought it for themselves already.
Uniqlo Women Heattech Turtleneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
The Uniqlo Women Heattech Turtleneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt is one of my favorite turtlenecks and one of the best inexpensive items on this holiday gift guide. Yes, it can be worn by itself, but it is actually best for layering. Tuck it into a high waisted skirt or wear under dresses, vests, and sweaters.
Tip: Runs small, but stretches — order a size up just in case.
Ekster Parliament Wallet
This Ekster Parliament Wallet is the only innovative techy item I wanted to put on my holiday gift guide. I love the way the credit cards pop out of the top like you are James Bond and it comes with a tracking device that you can actually slide into any item you want to track. It is the perfect gift for anyone even slightly forgetful, or prone to muggings. I am getting it for a friend who always loses her stuff, and I will suggest she link the device to her husband’s phone in case she loses her purse. If your phone and wallet are lost together, you can still track it this way. This wallet is available at Amazon and Ekster.
Saint Laurent 54mm Glitter Square Sunglasses
These Saint Laurent 54mm Glitter Square Sunglasses are perfect for the vivacious style icon in your life. I ordered them for myself already.
The Genuine Stories is written by a local San Diegan author, and I love to support my neighbors. This book about a healer is a stress-free page turner. The past year I haven’t been able to read the way I used to, and this book has me back to my usual book-loving self. I highly recommend it.
Gorjana Kellen Stud Earrings
The Gorjana Kellen Stud Earrings are the perfect edgy stud for those who like simple or bold. I like to wear them in my second hole or pair them with a bunch of layered gold necklaces.
Chelsea28 Layering Turtleneck
I love this Chelsea28 Layering Turtleneck for the same reason I love the Uniqlo turtleneck: it is amazing for layering. Though this version is thinner, longer, and stretchier than the Uniqlo option. I recommend gifting this one to a more fit person due to the thinness and length.
Sizing Tip: true to size.
I love that Vote Her In: Your Guide to Electing Our First Woman President is for the average American woman who wants to have a female president, but doesn’t want to run or be aggressively active. This book is available at Amazon and Target.
Ilene King Moon Phases Earrings
The Ilene King Moon Phases Earrings are another shop local option for San Diegans. Your edgy-leaning loved ones will be excited to find these in a gift box. Although large, they are actually quite lightweight.