‘Tis the season for holiday parties and weekend visits. Meaning, you need to build a stockpile of thank-you gifts for the hosts. Here, our editorial directors weigh in on their favorite finds and the best ways to present them.

Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

“Who doesn’t love fondue? It’s easy, fun, and delicious. Gift a pot with both sweet and savory ingredients to get them started on dinner and dessert. I like cheese paired with focaccia, mini potatoes, or broccoli, and chocolate paired with strawberries, bananas, or angel food cake.” – Jackie, Rue Fashion Editorial Director

“A naturally scented candle can be used in a bedroom, guest room, bathroom, or a home office – and you don’t have to worry about matching it to an interior.  Plus, it’s super easy to wrap. You can simply tie clear cellophane and an orange bow around it to let the already gorgeous packaging shine through.” – Nancy, Rue Living Editorial Director

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 20, 2014

You’re tackling those wish lists – and thanks to our buyers – snagging the just-right items for every giftee. Here are five ways to put a personal touch on those picks.

More Next-Level Gifting Tips

For the Luxury Loyalist
Indulging never goes out of fashion. Surprise them with luxe staples they can (and will) wear every day.

For the Homebody
A knit throw and a hoodie make nights on the couch even cozier. Add a movie for an excuse to stay in.

For the Relaxation-Minded
Give scrubs and candles for an at-home spa day. Toss in chamomile tea for the ultimate dose of Zen.

For the Sparkle Lover
Gift her gemstone hoops to channel the disco era or cascading pearls to speak to her Old Hollywood side.

For the Snow Seeker
She lives on the slopes. Supply her with wool scarves and sheepskin boots to minimize hot-cocoa breaks.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opened Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Find even more gifting tips here.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 20, 2014

Now that holiday season is under way, tackling those wish lists is top priority. Lucky for you, we’ve chosen just-right items for every giftee. Want to make our picks extra personal? Take note of the five tips below.

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

For the Detail-Oriented Guy
Pack slippers and cashmere into a rugged weekender. Then wow him with a winter getaway.

For the Fashion Devotee
Pair on-trend pieces with a camera tripod so she can refine her street-style poses.

For the Taste Tester
Treat a savory seeker with a picnic basket and gourmet eats, or give a sweet tooth pancake mix and maple syrup.

For the Style Perfectionist
Wrap together chic extras (think printed scarves and colorful clutches) that elevate any look in a snap.

For the Hostess
Come bearing an artisanal cheese board. And don’t forget the most heartfelt thank you: a handwritten card.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opens Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Want even more gifting guidance? Check back next week for five extra tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 13, 2014

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

C. Wonder Gift Picks

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November 12, 2014

Holiday season is gearing up. Luckily, our buyers have chosen a host of just-right gifts for everyone on your list – from your fashion-obsessed niece to the guy in your life. All you have to do? Sit back and watch the thank-yous roll in.

Personalized Holiday Gifting

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November 3, 2014

Gift Pick: Lilly Pulitzer iPad Case

Lilly Pulitzer iPad® Smartcase
Women of all ages can’t get enough of Lilly Pulitzer’s whimsical, happy, and oh-so-bright designs. And the brand’s preppy spirit? It resonates just a little more with college girls. Though her stellar grades are surely already getting her noticed, go ahead and send that print-loving daughter or niece back to school with a tablet cover that will (literally) make her a standout student when she starts a whole new set of classes next semester.

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December 6, 2013

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Phillip Lim Women’s PLROCSNVY0067 Sunglasses
You’re driving down a snowy suburban street. It’s before sunrise, and the world is crisp and breathtaking in your headlights. Then the sun comes up, and – glare. Everywhere. And it’s the worst. Now think of your bestie, who drives to work each morning in this post–daylight saving wintry nightmare. The best way to say you care? With these chic, eye-saving shades. Because no one wants to squint through their commute.

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December 1, 2013

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Deos “Shine” In-Ear Buds
She’s always the first to try out a new trend. Her mailbox is filled with every fashion magazine known to man. And when it comes to commuting, this fashionista wants two things: a seat on the train, and a stylish way to listen to her music. Meet these sleek Swarovski crystal-studded earphones. But, wait for it – she can actually personalize them to match her outfit. One day black goes best, the next? She adds the interchangeable embellishments and she’s rocking bedazzled earbuds from suburb to city center. Boom.

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November 29, 2013

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Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker
Between getting up to put the bird in the oven and clearing the dessert plates, feeding the whole crew gets exhausting. The best way to say thanks to your favorite coffee-drinking host or hostess (besides offering to help with the dishes)? Café-style goods, right in their own kitchen. Maybe they’ll even brew you a cup while they whip up some next-morning pancakes.

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November 17, 2013

Gift Pick of the Day: Ruffle Touch Tech GlovesPortolano “Nuvola” Oatmeal Knit Ruffle Touch-Tech Gloves
Your sister’s never without her phone. And she’ll stop Instagramming, Tweeting, and texting at nothing. So the best way to show her you care? These touch-tech gloves that are stylish and functional. Complete with a ruffle trim and a super-soft cashmere blend, this pair allows her to keep up with the gossip – sans frozen fingers. You might even get a thank-you text.

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