Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us (but don’t panic just yet). This year, stay on top of your gifting game with a little help from our merchants. They’ve scoured the market for all things indulgent so you can check off wish lists with ease. Below, three Rue buyers offer advice on giving luxe items.

Luxe Holiday Gifts

When Gifting Jewelry
“One is never enough. Grab multiples so she can play with layering.” – Ceire N., Women’s Jewelry Buyer

When Gifting Cashmere
“Choose an oversized silhouette to add something cozy yet classic to her closet.” – Maureen G., Merchandising Vice President

When Gifting for the Home
“Use festive ribbon to tie your favorite recipe to the lid of a copper pot, then fill it with ingredients for a personal touch.” – Valerie M., Living Buyer

Our The Handpicked Holiday Gift Shop: Luxe Edition Boutique opened Wednesday, October 15, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 15, 2014

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Cullen Derby Cashmere 1/4-Zip Pullover
Maybe he loves the great outdoors, or just prefers a hoodie and jeans to any other outfit. Whatever the case, he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t always go for style – so it’s up to you to lead the way. Start him off with a comfy cashmere pullover great for layering (especially under a bulky jacket). Once he’s in love with it, there’s only one challenge left: convincing him it does, in fact, need to visit the dry cleaner every now and then.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #4: Extended holiday returns. Purchase now. Return through January 15.

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December 15, 2013

From breakfast to business class, keep luxe layers close this season. Here are four unexpected places to stash your coziest throws.

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  1. At the office. How many times have you said, “It’s freezing in here!” over the past three months? That’s what we thought.
  2. In your car or carry-on. A saving grace on road, plane, or train trips.
  3. By the kitchen table. Cozy up with coffee and your iPad® (or paper) on lazy Sunday mornings.
  4. Tucked in every tote or baby bag. For morning strolls or brisk commutes, keep one within arm’s reach.

Our Beat the Chill: Throws in Cashmere & More Boutique opens Monday, October 7, at 3PM ET.

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October 8, 2013

It turns out wool comes from more than sheep. (Newsflash? We hope not.) The term itself refers to the result of spun hair from any mammal. The thinner the follicle of hair, the softer and more desirable – ahem, expensive – the wool.

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September 24, 2013

Super soft. Lightweight. And made to last. Cashmere is a crucial addition to any man’s wardrobe. And with chillier days on the horizon, what better time to stock up? Here are the top three things to look for when sprucing up your arsenal.

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August 19, 2013

Soon enough, you’ll be shopping for new boots and pulling out those wooly sweaters. Give the bed and bath the same changeup. Then when that first brisk day hits, you’ll be completely prepped.

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Cashmere Throws
A comforter substitute during warm nights. Come winter? Every couch’s closest companion. Also, they’re cashmere. Enough said.

Down-Alternative Pillows
Hosting guests this fall? These pillows are insulating, machine washable, and ideal for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers. Hello, four-star review.

100% Cotton Towels
Synthetics sacrifice absorbency in favor of shine. As the temps drop, ensure your bath linens are all natural – you’ll dry in seconds.

The End-of-Season White Sale Boutique opens Friday, August 16, at 3PM ET.

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August 16, 2013

Think cashmere can only be worn in winter? It’s time to bust that myth. Spun from the softest yarn known to man, this luxurious fabric can be enjoyed year-round. (Yes, even in summer.) Just take these tips into consideration before layering it on.

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1. The lighter the better.
Lightweight cashmere does exist (go for two-ply fabrics to ensure strong but thin fibers). Throw a cardi over almost anything to beat office-A/C chill.

2. Think short sleeves.
A super-soft tee? Sign us up. Cashmere comes in all shapes and sizes, even T-shirts and tanks. When it’s just too hot to think about covering up, this is the best option.

3. Blend it.
Cashmere blends feel just as luxurious in the season’s heat. Go for a mix of cotton or silk for the coolest combos.

4. Inject some color.
Have fun with it. Whether with pastels or brights, this is the time of year to go bold.

Our SHAE Boutique opens Monday, July 15, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 15, 2013

Portolano Purple Cashmere Cable Booty Socks. Not only is this the gift of beyond-soft cashmere – when worn around a (not-so-warm) home, this pair of toasty socks is the gift of a lessened heating bill, too.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.

December 4, 2012

 

 

From the softer-than-soft feel to the luxurious look, there’s no denying that cashmere is a cold-weather must. But what you didn’t know? Here I unravel five lesser-known truths about the textile.

1. “Cashmere” derives from Kashmir – the region in southern Asia that first exported it.

2. The yarn comes from the fine undercoat fibers of the cashmere goat.

3. No wrinkles here – pack plenty of scarves, sweaters, tees, and more for throw-on-and-go holiday travel.

4. Cashmere becomes softer with age (yes, you heard right), so stock up.

5. This textile warms in winter and cools in spring for year-round wear and double the use.

Our The Cashmere Shop Boutique opens Monday, November 26, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 26, 2012

sofiacashmere Cable Knit Cashmere Bathrobe. Those hours upon hours Mom’s logged, talking you down from a relationship gone bad? Reciprocate her soothing words in the best possible way – with super-soft cashmere.

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