The gifting season is upon us. Whether you’re making your wish list or checking off those you are shopping for, here are some present-worthy ideas that will surely wow.
Jewelry is an obvious category to start with. It’s small but luxurious, and can be expensive yet meaningful. I’m currently swooning over Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ set of two gold-tone birds ($98 at net-a-porter.com). If you haven’t noticed, birds are very in. Wear these playful ones as a set, just wear one or wear one on each hand – they’re happy regardless. I also love the edgy prong stud earrings by Jacquie Aiche ($143 on shopbop.com). Featuring a faceted Hermiker crystal, this set is dainty but tough.
This time of year all of our favorite retailers offer gift guides to help you pick the perfect present, but a few do it especially well. Take Kate Spade for example. The designer’s offerings range from serving trays to mittens to perfume. How adorable is the gold mesh cocktail bag ($195 at katespade.com)? Its mini shape and drawstring closure with shiny bauble calls for a hot party dress and glass of champagne. Or what about Anthropologie? Their selection of â€œthe little thingsâ€ won’t let you leave the store without something for yourself. I love their ornaments – how can I pick just one? If I had to, I’d go with â€œRosyâ€, a Fancy Feather Ornament ($14 at anthropologie.com). (What did I tell you about birds?).
Although giving underwear and socks as gifts have gotten a bad rap over the years, I think J.Crew’s â€œUnderwear for Under the Treeâ€ – a gift pack of three Cosabella for J.Crew lace thongs ($48 at jcrew.com) – will make many a girl pleasantly surprised. Also, check out the Essie nail polish four-pack for J.Crew – wear the top-pick colors shown in the catalog ($20 at jcrew.com). Finally, how could you go wrong giving or getting a pair of leather platform pumps? Shoes may seem like an odd gift, but there is nothing odd about these Missoni beauties in dove gray ($490 at yoox.com). They will look great with any New Year’s Eve dress!
1. Marc By Marc Jacobs Set of Two Gold-Tone Bird Ring $98
2. Jacquie Aiche Hermiker Prong Stud Earrings $143
3. Kate Spade Cocktail Bag $195
4. Anthropology Fancy Feathers Ornament, Rosy $14
5. CosabellaÂ® Cutie Lowrider Thong Three-Pack $48
6. EssieÂ® Nail Polish Four-Pack $20
7. MISSONI Platform Pumps $490
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