holiday gift guide
hat holder: Lindsay Albanese, pearl earrings: Aurate, headband: Lele Sadoughi, men’s shirt: TravisMathew, white sweater: 1.State, slippers: Emu

Our annual holiday gift guide is something we work on all year. I have my editor on the lookout, and throughout the year I take note of my clients’ favorite items. Plus, we get so many wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) submissions that we carefully look through and consider. I can’t tell you how much pleasure I take in creating this gift guide. In fact, it can be too much fun and we often have too many items. It can be overwhelming to have so many gift ideas, so this year we are starting a new tradition. Instead of launching one major holiday gift guide each November, we will be launching two! The main holiday gift guide — this one — will have all our gift ideas over $50, and the other gift guide will have all our gift ideas under $50 for those shopping on a budget or needing small gifts for stocking stuffers or acquaintances.

Another new thing you may have noticed, we are launching our holiday gift guide even earlier this year. I’ve planned it earlier so you can avoid any supply shortage issues. Plus, the holiday sales are starting early and you know you love the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. So, let’s get to it! This year, I want you to be the person who sits down in November to make a list of everything you want to get for your loved ones (including yourself — you love you too!) and get all your shopping done before December even starts.  This will take a lot of the stress out of the festivities and ensure the best prices and most unique gifts. Since shopping earlier may have you concerned about the return windows, I’ve indicated each store’s policy below.

(You can also check out my article on How To Save Money When Holiday Shopping.)

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Spotlight: Aurate Organic Pearl Drop Huggie Earrings

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Aurate $180

I wish I could yell at people about the Aurate Organic Pearl Drop Huggie Earrings. They are so sexy and delicate, yet on-trend. This is one of the best gifts on this year’s holiday gift guide. I’ve been wearing mine in constant rotation.

Return Policy: 30-day return window starting from the day your item gets delivered.

Gift Certificate For a Napa Valley Wine Tour by Gwendolyn

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Napa Valley Wine Tours by Gwendolyn $700

A unique gift idea for your partner, best friend, or group of friends is a private luxury wine tour in Napa Valley and you’re going to want to hire Napa Valley Wine Tours by Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn is my mom! This well-read woman is the one who introduced me to personal style and attention-to-detail when I was a wee babe. She spent two decades in the Bay Area planning extravagant events before quietly retiring to pursue her passion in her beloved Napa Valley. She takes the greatest pleasure in showing her guests the hidden treasures they would never find on their own, and the famous spots that have earned their reputation. She truly loves what she does.

The tour is a full day 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. To purchase, contact gwendolynvaliente@gmail.com. You can’t book it online.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Spotlight: Johnny Was Rayray Cozy Blanket

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Johnny Was $225

I am dying over Johnny Was’ cozy blankets and this Rayray Blanket is my favorite print right now. This is the best present for someone who loves a good blanket for the couch, but who never remembers to put it away (me). Don’t you hate an unattractive blanket just sitting out in the living room?

Return Policy: Items purchased 11/1/21 thru 12/25/21 may be returned until 1/31/22.

Montarbo Beauty Elixir 20% Vitamin C Antioxidant

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Montarbo $65

This beauty elixir is one of my favorite items on this holiday gift guide because it has very seriously changed my skin. But here is the thing… it is sticky and it is stinky. I have gifted it to so many people and they haven’t fallen in love like I have because it is in fact sticky, stinky, and can discolor a white pillowcase. Also, it can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure. But it’s amazing! So here is what I need you to do. Get this for yourself, and then gift it to your bedmate as well. My boyfriend and I both use this, so the smell is not a big deal because we are both sticky and stinky. And honestly, you just get used to it. Part 2 of this gift is the moisturizing sunscreen I want you to wear every single day after you wash off the beauty elixir in the morning. Your bedmate must also wear it every day. This is what Phil and I do and we constantly talk about how amazing we look.

Tip: This is the only sunscreen I put on my face. It feels amazing and even my most picky friends and clients love it.

Ekster Key Tracker Set

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Ekster $93 $65.10 (for the set)

The Ekster Key Tracker is perfect for that person who always seems to misplace their keys. The tracker syncs up with an app on your phone so you can ring your keys or locate them on a map. It also has an LED light to help locate lost keys in the dark. I recommend gifting the tracker along with the key holder and magnetic key ring to complete the set. Ekster is currently offering 30% off all orders for Black Friday.

Return Policy: Free returns for 45-days after receiving your order.

Red Herring Games Murder at Curst Mansion

Red Herring Games $58.31

Ya’ll have to throw murder mystery parties and Red Herring is the brand to use. My friends and I used a different brand recently and it was designed so poorly. I didn’t think murder mystery games could be that varied, but there is a huge difference in quality and even coherency. At the party I threw this summer, everyone loved the Red Herring Games Murder at Curst Mansion. My guests are still talking about it. Gift this to your spouse, partner, best friend, or whomever you think will invite you to the festivities. You can view their whole selection of murder mystery games, here.

Return Policy: For the 2021 holiday season, returnable items purchased between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2022.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Spotlight: Vuori Performance Jogger

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Vuori $84

The Vuori Performance Jogger is the most comfortable and flattering jogger ever made. It’s a client favorite, and I am just going to say it to you straight… every woman should own this pant. It is seriously one of the best (and coziest) gifts for women in my holiday gift guide. There’s a regular version (25″ inseam) and a long version (27.5″ inseam).

Return Policy: Up to 120 days after the purchase date.

Apple AirPods With Charging Case

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Apple $179.99

Can you ever have enough earpods? I can’t. I wish I had 6. The Apple AirPods are sold at Apple, Amazon, and Target.

1.State Cross Back Bubble Sleeve Sweater

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1. State $79

The 1.State Cross Back Bubble Sleeve Sweater is a wonderfully flattering and unique sweater, and the cross design in the back does not show your bra. Plus, everyone wants a white sweater for winter.

Sizing Tip: Runs large, order one size down.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

EMU Australia Shearling Jolie Slippers

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EMU Australia $70

I love a good grey slipper and these EMU Australia Shearling Jolie Slippers are delish. They are available at Madewell, Emu Australia, and Amazon.

Madewell Return Policy: Enjoy extended holiday returns and exchanges until January 10th for orders placed between October 23rd and December 10th.

Madewell The Transport Shoulder Crossbody Bag

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Madewell $148

I adore this Madewell bag for travel, and you can detach whichever strap you don’t like.

Return Policy: Enjoy extended holiday returns and exchanges until January 10th for orders placed between October 23rd and December 10th.

Holiday Gift Guide for Men Spotlight: Rodd & Gunn Fife Street Wool Blend Blazer

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Rodd & Gunn $398

This Rodd & Gunn Fife Street Wool Blend Blazer is one of the most versatile sport coats right now. The fit is fantastic and it pairs with blue jeans and chinos, a feat for many sport coats.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Holiday Gift Guide Spotlight AQUA Cashmere Wide Leg Pants + Cami

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Aqua pants $198 $138.60, cami $128 $89.60

I just put these Aqua pants and matching cami on a client and then myself. The minute I saw it on my client I thought this is what people are looking for when they search holiday gift guide 2021. I call it the sweater suit and in the eternal words of Zoolander, it is “so hot right now.” It can be for just at home, or for running errands.

Sizing Tip: Runs large, order a size or two down.

Return Policy: 90 days to return most Bloomingdale’s purchases for a refund, as long as your purchase is still in saleable condition.

Holiday Gift Guide Find: Lindsay Albanese Toptote The Hex Leather Hat Holder

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Lindsay Albanese $55

This Lindsay Albanese Toptote The Hex Leather Hat Holder is the PERFECT gift for any stylish, hat-wearing gal. Most people don’t know this exists! That makes it one of the best gift ideas. There are other styles available here, but the item pictured is my favorite.

Return Policy: Unopened items may be returned by mail within 30 days from the date the order is delivered.

Bony Levy Ofira 14K Gold Hammered Link Linear Drop Earrings

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Bony Levy $295

I absolutely adore the delicate statement these Bony Levy Ofira 14K Gold Hammered Link Linear Drop Earrings make. My clients have been loving these for everyday wear. They make a statement, but are more unique than a standard hoop.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Spotlight: Masterclass Subscription

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Masterclass $180

A Masterclass subscription is an incredible gift. They have classes for everyone, from gardening and fashion to comedy and negotiation. This gift is truly for any adult you know.

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Spotlight: Hoka One One Bondi 7

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Hoka $149.95

The Hoka One One Bondi 7 are one of the most, if not THE MOST, comfortable all-day walking and running sneakers ever made. I hate most of the colors they offer except for their gorgeous grey shade (aka Harbor Mist/Sharkskin), and their navy (aka Black Iris/Ballad Blue).

Return Policy: If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase from Zappos, you can return your qualifying item(s) for a full refund within 365 days of purchase

Johnny Was Celestial Hat

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Johnny Was $165

You know hats are the rage, but I am getting a teensy bit tired of the same old hats. This Johnny Was Celestial Hat will fix that. The structure is quality and the print is fresh. This hat looks best on redheads and blondes as dark hair will just blend into the hat color.

Return Policy: Items purchased 11/1/21 thru 12/25/21 may be returned until 1/31/22.

Ekster Card Sleeve + Tracker

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Ekster $98 $68.60 (for the set)

The Ekster card sleeve comes in a gorgeous blush shade and can hold up to nine cards. Gift it with the tracker to the person who is always misplacing their wallet. Like the Ekster key tracker, it syncs up with your phone. When misplaced you can “call” your card sleeve and it will ring so it’s easy to locate. Ekster is currently offering 30% off all orders for Black Friday.

Return Policy: Free returns for 45-days after receiving your order.

Holiday Gift Guide for Men Spotlight: TravisMathew Potholder V-Neck T-Shirt

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TravisMathew $59.95

This TravisMathew Potholder V-Neck T-Shirt has been one of my favorite men’s t-shirt for many years. It’s soft, beautifully structured, not too thin, and the v-neck is nice and high so there is no threat of any chest hair showing — a fear of many men. I also love their color selection.

Return Policy: Within 30 days of shipment or in-store purchase

Mark & Graham The Essential Crossbody

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Mark & Graham $99

A tan crossbody camera bag is a versatile bag that every woman can use, even if it is just for travel. It pairs amazingly with black and earth tones. Don’t like tan? They also have navy and silver. Plus you can add a monogram for an extra personal touch.

Return Policy: Gifts purchased between November 1 and December 24, 2021 may be returned or exchanged through January 31, 2022 when accompanied by a gift receipt or original receipt.

Rent The Runway Subscription

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Rent the Runway $69-$119

I have been a Rent The Runway member for 7 years now. As someone who gets photographed often and easily bored with clothing after a few wears, it has been an essential part of my wardrobe. Know anyone like me in your life? A Rent The Runway Unlimited Subscription is a wonderful gift for a woman in your life who is exploring new styles, gained or lost weight, or needs a new wardrobe, but may not be able to afford it right now.

Jennifer Zeuner Sade Star Hoop Earrings

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Jennifer Zeuner $176

I just adore these Jennifer Zeuner Sade Star Hoop Earrings and it is pretty hard to get stylish silver earrings. Gift these babies to the star in your life. Maybe it’s you. (Insert winky face.)

Return Policy: You can return your collection piece within 14 days or email hello@jenniferzeuner.com if you’d like to return a gift.

Etsy Leather Fanny Pack

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Etsy $62

You may recognize this Etsy Leather Fanny Pack from my Fanny Pack Post. I can’t help mentioning it again because it is beautiful and not usually something someone would get for themselves. It’s one of the more stylish gift ideas on this holiday gift guide. Note, Etsy gift ideas can be the riskiest with their unpredictable or non-existent return policies, but they will be most rewarding.

Sizing Tip: The belt on the fanny pack is adjustable from a 27-inch waist to a 47-inch waist.

Scarflings Abundant Paisley Wool Shawl

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Scarflings $145

I cannot rave enough about Scarflings’ selection of decadent prints. I want 10 of these scarves and I am not joking. They are phenomenal. I am always looking for the perfect shawl since jackets often feel claustrophobic to me, yet I am frequently cold.

Return Policy:  You can return your item for a refund within 30 days however you must inform them within 7 days upon receipt of the package.

Lele Sadoughi Abstract Leopard Knotted Headband

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Lele Sadoughi $75

I am obsessed with the idea that a headband is the perfect gift this year. This Lele Sadoughi Abstract Leopard Knotted Headband is such a scrumptious option.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Free People Paris Suede Tote

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Free People $98

This Free People Paris Suede Tote is such a great stylish option for a little overnight bag or picnic. Gift this to the boho gal in your life.

Return Policy: Purchases 10/1/2021-12/24/2021: Items may be returned by 1/31/2022 for a refund to your original form of payment. If received after this date, a Free People e-gift card will be issued.

Rag & Bone Slade Wool Blazer

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rag & bone $550

The Rag & Bone Slade Wool Blazer is one of my favorite blazers of all time. If you’re tall, you are in luck — the sleeves are long enough. For those who are short, you are in luck, the sleeves are really easy to shorten. Just take it on over to your local tailor.

Return Policy: There are no time limits for returns or exchanges.

Blenders Eyewear Cardiff Modern Architect

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Blenders $68

Blenders Eyewear is a San Diego-based company that makes very stylish polarized shades at decent prices. These Blenders Eyewear Cardiff specs that you saw in my Can I wear Yellow post are my favorite right now, and I had to include them in my Holiday Gift Guide.

Return Policy: You have 45 days to return or exchange your sunnies.

Nike Dri-FIT Alpha Women’s High-Support Sports Bra

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Nike $55

Nike has made my go-to sports bra for the past 20 years. I’ve been wearing this bra for my workouts since I played field hockey in high school — Go Chargers! Bless our lucky stars they continue to make this amazing product. Lately, I have been dying to try their top-rated Nike Dri-fit alpha sports bra. I just gifted it to myself and I know others will want this gift as well.

Return Policy: All Nike purchases have an extended 60-day return policy.

Rothy’s The Point

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Rothy’s $145

I am on a rampage of putting everyone in Rothy’s The Point — or, at least any woman who dresses up and likes to walk. It is the perfect work shoe that can also play. Plus, it’s washable as you may already know. You can read all about it in my Rothy’s Review post, here.  If you’ve never bought Rothy’s before, you can get $20 off your first pair of by Clicking Here.

Return Policy: All orders placed between November 1 and December 31 can be returned or exchanged through January 31, 2022.

My blog posts are my honest and personal opinion. Sometimes my content includes products sent from brands or PR firms. In this case, I was sent a sample from Johnny Was, Madewell, Ekster, and Vuori. If I am sent something that is unimpressive or boring I don’t write about it.