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

It happens each year. You have every intention of getting holiday shopping done early, but parties, dinners, and life just get in the way. Luckily, this season we’ve rounded up three no-fail finds you can not only grab at the last minute, but buy in bulk for future festivities.


The Wine Stopper
Mastering gift swaps is simple. Just keep these on hand and pair with a bottle of vino.

The Scarf
No measurements? No problem. This versatile extra is one-size-fits-all.

The Lip-Gloss Set
Bold or subtle? No matter her preference, she’ll find a shade to suit her every mood.

The Handpicked Holiday Shop: Last-Minute Gifts Boutique opens Saturday, December 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2014

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

Small and thoughtful? Or a grand and sparkling gesture? This year, take all the guesswork out of Valentine’s Day gifting with these relationship-appropriate suggestions.

 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her from Rue La La

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January 20, 2014

The decorations are in place. The presents are purchased – well, almost. Next up? The glorious stage of wrapping. For some of us, that’s the not-so-fun part. But for our Assistant Stylist, Emma L.? It’s a beloved holiday task. She even asks other people if they need any help wrapping theirs. (I’m totally taking her up on it.)

If you’re lacking talent in the wrapping department, here are some of Emma’s tricks to adding a bit more personality to any present, even if you usually default to the gift bag.

Gift-Wrapping Tips from Rue La La

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December 18, 2013

XOXO Pillows

Personalized World “XOXO” Decorative Pillows
Whether they’re about to move in to their first place together or are just picky about their home’s color palette (you can’t go wrong with neutrals), your closest couple-friends will delight in displaying these playful pillows on their bed or scattering them around on their armchairs and couch. Sending them long distance? Even better. Hugs and kisses included.

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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November 26, 2013

mophie Juice Pack

mophie “Juice Pack” for the HTC One 
Considering the texting, emailing, Instagramming, Facebooking, Tumblr viewing, picture taking, moviemaking, and tweeting with which our culture is currently obsessed, the life of a smartphone battery isn’t always an easy (or long) one. Exhibit A: The friend whose phone always powers down in the middle of an actual call to make plans. The solution? A portable power pack that charges his phone with the flick of a switch, so you can live out those fun plans together and not have to watch them unfold online.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #2: The Rue Gift Card. Give style in seconds. Gift it.

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November 19, 2013

While this issue may not be quite as delicate or tricky as actual politics, office gift giving can certainly feel just as dangerously diplomatic. Before you venture into office-relations waters, here’s a checklist of important factors to remember.

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November 14, 2013

Cole Haan Messenger crop

Cole Haan “Hudson II” Leather Messenger Bag
Everyone says that, in relationships, it’s best not to try to change your man (or woman). But when it comes to his fashion sense? A little nudge never hurts, especially regarding his work wardrobe. The fastest route to a look that says professional without being professorial is a clean-lined crossbody bag in luxe leather. He’ll carry everything from his laptop to his most sacred files – and himself – with a whole new kind of confidence. And he’ll have you to thank for it.

Our A Gazillion Gifts Boutique is now open.

Goof-Proof Gifting Reason #1: Free returns. For everyone on your gift list. Learn more.

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November 14, 2013