Shopping With Andra: Perfectly Giftable

November 24, 2010 • Shopping


Andra Naylor for Second City Style Magazine

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 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 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 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 “the little things” 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 “Rosy”, a Fancy Feather Ornament ($14 at (What did I tell you about birds?).

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