Good news, you haven't totally missed the deadline to shop online for your Christmas presents. I did most of my shopping online, and thankfully all of my gifts will be on the way soon. Between being a visual merchandiser at Forever 21 and a Fashion Director for Naomi and Lavender plus planning a wedding, I have absolutely zero time for holiday shopping. So if you haven't gone shopping yet, this post isn't to chastize you for not snagging those Black Friday deals. This post is to merely help you out! So here's a quick roundup of gifts you can get online and still get by Christmas.
FOR YOUR BFF:
Books with style 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers
$59.99 at shopbop.com
This two-volume collection of highlights from TASCHEN's first two volumes of the renowned Fashion Now! books is a comprehensive study of fashion design around the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Up-and-coming fashion designers and tomorrow's superstars are featured alongside the field's most respected practitioners.
FOR YOUR MAN:
Deer Head Hook
$28.00 at Urban Outfitters
What a deer. Save a buck and opt for this weathered iron version, with antlers for holding everything from hats to scarves and jewelry. Comes ready to hang.
FOR YOUR MOM:
Perricone MD 'Rx 2 Correct' Introductory Collection
$75.00 by N.V. Perricone at Nordstrom
Perricone's complete regimen to healthy, youthful-looking skin. This comprehensive treatment helps to correct the early signs of aging. Antioxidants protect the cells to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, while refining the skin's texture. Delivers superior antioxidant protection to help defer the visible signs of aging.
FOR YOUR DAD:
OXO Grill Tools, 4 Piece Set
$49.99 by OXO at Macy's
Get your grill on with OXO. Durable stainless steel tools with beech-wood grips are a must for turning, basting and transferring hot and slippery barbecued foods. Long handles keep grill masters a safe distance from the heat.
FOR YOUR GRANDMA:
kate spade new york Picture Frame, Silver Street Folding Pocket
$30.00 by Kate Spade at Macy's
Upgrade wallet photos with the silver-plated, pocket-perfect Silver Street picture frame. Engraved with "here's looking at you, kid," it's a beautiful gift with the impeccable style of kate spade new york.
FOR YOUR AUNT:
Pecan Pie-In-A-Jar with Williams-Sonoma Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix
$36.00 at Williams-Sonoma
A favorite in the American South, pecan pie is generally believed to be a twentieth-century invention based on traditional sugar pies – simple blends of brown sugar, eggs, milk and butter. This set makes it easy to bake a scrumptious, gluten-free pecan pie in no time. Included is a jar of pecan pie filling made by The Great San Saba River Pecan Co. in Texas and their own gluten-free pie crust mix.
FOR YOUR BOSS:
One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Office Filing Cabinet
$39.00 at Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters has discovered a limited stash of vintage 2-drawer filing cabinets. Each is one-of-a-kind and totally unique. Perfect for filing boring stuff or displaying favorite stuff!
Whether it's for your mom, your aunt, or your mother-in-law to be, there are so many wonderful gifts you can get for the home. And since I'm getting older, the idea of getting a crock pot or a toaster that toasts four slices of toast at once is pretty exciting. (A potato peeler as a stocking stuffer? Yes, please!) Okay, so now that you know what I want... Here are some beautiful gifts for the home that anyone would love!
Agatha Bedspread ($189–$299); Photo: Zara
Okay, full disclosure: I didn't even know Zara had a home line until I went to Europe and saw one of the stores. And it's amazing! Plus it's affordable. Now Zara's home line is coming to the U.S. According to Elle.com, around 70 percent of the good are textiles (bed, bath, and table linen), and there will also be furniture, tableware, cutlery, and decorative accessories, including loungewear and gift items (just in time for holiday shopping!). There are five collections: White, Contemporary, Ethnic, Country, and Kids. The line starts at $2 for a cocktail napkin and goes up to $500 for a cowhide rug.
Carmen López Fernández, a spokesperson for Zara Home responded to ELLE.com, "The U.S. market is increasingly known for their strong influence towards responding to and establishing trends, whether in fashion or lifestyle. The American consumer will be able to extend this fashionable sensibility in their home with Zara Home. Customers will find the latest and most current aesthetic available in our home collections."
Check out some of the pieces below:
Imperio Bed Linen ($17–$100); Photo: Zara
Sabana Bed Linen ($50–$150); Photo: Zara
Mara Bed Linen ($17–$100); Photo: Zara
You've widdled down your shopping list, and now you only have just a few people left. Unfortunately, the last people on your list are tricky to buy for. This year, why not get a gift everyone will love? Food! (If you live in the south, this is a definite winner.)
Don't think of me as a redneck, but I love Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms. (If you're feeling generous, feel free to send some to me!) It's the perfect stocking stuffer for Dad or your Uncle, but don't forget that even ladies like me enjoy this yummy gift! Or I could always go for some chocolate, like these glam Marchesa Casati Truffles from Vosges Chocolate. Have a grumpy single Aunt? She'll be sure to cheerfully mingle if she's sipping on Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Grigio--my after 5 beverage of choice.
Shop the rest of the gifts below.
Summer Sausage ($40.00 at Hickory Farms)
Milk Toffee Crunch Bar ($2.95 at Dylan's Candy Bar)
Foiled Chocolate Ornaments ($12.00 at Dylan's Candy Bar)
Marchesa Casati Truffle Collection ($45.00 at Vosges Chocolate)
Cheddar Cheese Biscuits ($14.99 at Salem Baking)
Murdicks 3 Slice Box ($27.95 at Murdicks)
Cupcake Pinot Grigio (available at UnderdogWineMerchants)
Ah, your coworkers. You're with them for 40 hours or more a week, you gossip by the water cooler together, you moan about your boss in unison... but when it comes to getting gifts for your coworkers--you draw a blank. So, what do your coworkers really need this season? How about something to help get them through the 9 to 5 grind?
No matter where you work or what you do, there are some gifts that are sure to come in handy for your 9 to 5 friends. I can't think of anything more creative and unique than Anne Taintor gifts. (Yes, it's the second time I've mention them, after picking up a stack of Anne Taintor post-its at Click Boutique--but they're so worth the second mention!) For the working gal, Anne Taintor's line of humorous post-its are always an inexpensive winner. Right now, I'm love this WTF post-it ($4.49 at Anne Taintor). Next up, this Mini Robot Vacuum ($26) is perfect for the working girl who wants to tidy up her desk after a quick stay-in lunch. And I must mention this killer Melie Bianco bag--which I have! This gift is the perfect structured bag for any ocassion, but it especially looks chic with your professional attire.
Like/Dislike Stamp ($12.99 at ThinkGeek.com)
Shop the rest of the items below.
Other than a white Christmas, love, and dreams to come true, I am wishing for some amazing tangible obsessions this December! Think of sparkles, party attire, and red lipstick; something a little more expensive, a little more luxurious than what Beauty and the Budget typically goes for, but still within reach.
Beauties, these are a few of my favorite things...
Is he your boyfriend? Your bro? Your dad? Your friend?
Who cares?! He'll love these amazing gifts!
When you have absolutely no idea what to get for a guy (they are kind of hard to shop for, am I right?), you simply cannot go wrong with a solid colored tie. Pick his favorite color, buy it, and wrap it. It's fuss-free, just the way it should be. I simply love this purple Calibrate Woven Silk Tie ($49.50 at Nordstrom). For the guy who is a kid at heart, this unique Robot ($19.95$14.95 at CB2) makes a great conversation piece and would look super cool next to his history books on the bookshelf. And lastly, I must point out that men can get pretty stinky, pretty fast. Clean it up the classy way (not the Axe way) with Mad Pine Soap ($10.00 at Need Supply Co.).
Whether she's your best friend, your gal pal, your coworker, or simply your cousin, you know she's fabulous--and for her, you'll want to get a gift that she'll think is pretty fabulous too.
Although you'd love to get her a Vintage Chanel Bag, you're on a budget, which always presents a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Beauty and the Budget's gift guide will be sure to help you find something she'll truly love. For the girl who loves to indulge herself in feminine delights, anything sparkly, lady-like, and pampering are going to make great gifts.
First up, you simply cannot overlook the KATE SPADE Make Mischief Mug ($20.00 at Lord & Taylor). Not only is it a little piece of affordable designer dinnerware, it's also got vintage charm. Secondly, sparkly nail polish will be a sure hit, like Deborah Lipmman's Across Universe Nail Lacquer ($18.00 at CUSP). And you musn't forget that she wants to be stylishly comfortable at home, which is why she'll love these Gold Studded Slippers ($56.00 at Topshop).
Shop the rest of the fabulous gifts below. Click on images for more information.
Is it too soon to be thinking about Christmas? I think not! I've been surfing Pinterest all day, and I've definitely gotten into the spirit.
Ms. B is also feeling a little crafty, and right now, she's inspired by nifty DIY Christmas wrapping.
Don't you just looooove fall? The rich color stories of plums, burgandies, and emeralds; the scent of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and hazelnut coffee; and, of course, enjoying all of your favorite outdoor festivities in crisp, cool weather.
Just in time to get you excited for fall, Ms. B has rounded up some of the most fabulous handmade goodies from Etsy! As you gear up for pumpkin carving and turkey roasting, enjoy these affordable buys for Ms. B's favorite season!