For the fashionistas on your list, nothing short of stylish will do. Think outside the gift box to ensure that yours is the present they reach for first. Read on for wrapping tips so Instagram-friendly, they won’t even mind if the package is empty. 

Holiday Wrapping Tips

Belt It Up
Instead of using ribbon, accent a wrapped package with an on-trend belt, which also doubles as a bonus gift. Textiles like grosgrain and canvas are easiest to work with. For a truly standout wrap job (and a healthy dose of contrast), go for one with buttery leather accents and a buckle for a metallic touch.

Bundle It with a Scarf
Save paper and wrap a box in a super-soft scarf instead. Tuck a sprig of holly or a decorative branch of pinecones into the folds and secure with a pin. Guaranteed to wow (and warm).

Pin It
For a tasteful play on texture and dimension, tie your gift with a bow and fasten it with a brooch. Opt for one in a richly patterned fabric like we did, or for a vintage-lover, channel old-school elegance with a glittering, jewelry-inspired piece.

By Renata Certo-Ware, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2014

When it comes to gifting, it never hurts to be a hoarder. Keep a stash of crowd-pleasing buys in your closet or desk at work and you’ll be ready to exchange gifts at a moment’s notice. Rue Living Editorial Director Nancy shares her fail-safe recommendations here, so if the office Secret Santa slips your mind, you can rely on these go-to items.


Gifts to Have On-Hand

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December 9, 2014

This year, we’re teaming up with PayPal to make your holiday shopping as easy as possible (so you can get back to celebrating). With 60 no-brainer gifts launching throughout the week – and the option for a fast and completely secure checkout with PayPal – you can spoil every giftee on your list with what they really want. These steals will even leave you with extra to spend on a finishing touch. Here, we share three ways to make this season the most memorable yet.


Brilliance New York Diamond & Pearl Night Cream $399 $29.99
If you didn’t think you could put that big-ticket item under the tree, think again. Grab a super-luxe night cream at a too-good-to-be-true price, then throw in a silk eye mask for the complete at-home spa experience.

Cullen Women’s Cashmere Hat & Fingerless-Glove Set $215 $79.99
& Portolano Men’s Striped Scarf & Glove Set $150 $49.99
Buy items in sets. Wrap a hat-and-glove set for twice the cozy, without breaking the bank. Then throw on skates and hit the ice together so they can show off.

Stella & Ruby 14k-Plated Braided Necklace $130 $39.99
Glitzy extras – think statement necklaces and crystal earrings – are crowd-pleasers. Keep them on hand for last-minute gift swaps. Have leftovers? Hold on to them for yourself or save them for next year.

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 24, 2014

Using online measurements can be a bit difficult. Add gifting to the equation, and, well, it’s just flat-out intimidating. But fear not – you don’t have to give up the idea of gifting a perfectly fitting top this holiday season. Simply use the tips below to make sure your picks are always a good fit.

How to Find the Shirt That Fits Best

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November 25, 2013