Holiday shopping? It’s our fashion director’s forte (naturally). Here, she’s sharing her top gift picks. We suggest you take notes.

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November 12, 2014


Mom, Dad, the dog? They’re the easy ones. But when it comes to shopping for the people you rely on every day, but don’t know so well – well, that’s when things really get tough. From your favorite barista (if getting you through the morning isn’t heroic, I don’t know what is) to your personal trainer, this gifting guide has you covered.

Postal Carrier
Did you know the U.S. Postal Service restricts the types of gifts your postal carrier can accept? True story. Cash, alcohol, and gifts valued over $20 are a no-no. So, go with something simple like a warm scarf set for bitter winter days or a coffee gift card for early mornings on the job.

The Babysitter
Whether your babysitter is in high school or college, you can bet they’re into electronics. And a sparkly iPhone® case or iPad® cover is the perfect way to make sure he or she won’t cancel last minute, leaving you stranded at home with the kiddos.

Your Favorite Barista
For getting my coffee just right at 7AM, I would give my barista a million dollars if I could. But since my pockets don’t run that deep, a little something sweet (like gourmet cookies) are a great way to say, “Thanks for getting my sugar-to-soy-milk ratio right every time.” Plus, it gives them the chance to sample treats other than the ones they dish out everyday.

Your Kid’s Teacher
Sure, the tag reads “from” your little one, but we all know it’s the parents who end up doing the heavy lifting on the gifting front. This year, rather than their millionth red apple ornament, give them something they’ll actually put to use, like a coffee-to-go mug.

Your Personal Trainer
Let’s face it. When someone’s this in shape, they’re probably a big sports fanatic. So, as a thanks for keeping all those extra holiday pounds off, gift them a piece of memorabilia from their favorite team.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 5, 2012


Glittering crystals that catch every light in the room? They’re no longer reserved only for tiaras. Whether your list is still lacking a little something for the newest member of the family or the hard-to-shop-for minimalist, these sparkle-studded gifts are the special momentos that will delight any giftee:

Crystal Bib Necklace

Check off the girly girl: This is for the crystal die-hards out there. Straying from the typical fabric-based necklace trend, this statement-maker adds a rainbow of color and serious glam to any LBD or cashmere sweater.

Wrap Watch

Check off the minimalist: It may have some sparkle to it (a crystal-studded wristband never hurt anyone), but this understated watch is the dressed-up version of the classic ticker. Made modern by the sleek wrap strap, don’t be surprised if this piece becomes part of her everyday arsenal. 

Keyhole Keychain

Check off the non-jewelry wearer: Hard to believe, but jewelry isn’t for everyone. This beautiful handbag keychain, however, most definitely is. Perfect for adding a hint of glitter to any purse or set of keys, it’s the unfussy version of the long-time favorite tennis bracelet.

Crystal “It’s a girl” bear

Check off the new comer: Create a new tradition for every niece, grand child, and best-friend’s newborn with this stunning token to commemorate their first holiday. Beyond thoughtful (and, let’s face it, totally chic), this crystal bear will mark the beginning of a beautiful holiday season.

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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December 1, 2012