Are you in the thick of Christmas shopping? This gift guide was actually hard because there are so many great options! Let's dive in with some of my favorites.
I have not one but two parts of my closet reserved for scarves I love them so much. The ones from Target are always my favorite. I was lucky enough to find one similar to the above in the Target deals section for SEVEN DOLLARS. Check your Target deal section but if you can't find it there, any of their scarves in the regular section are perfect. They are soft, warm, beautiful, and affordable. Highly recommend!
While we're at Target, let's talk about my obsession with these planners. Confession: I'm so obsessed that I got a padfolio, a journal, and two planners for Christmas one year. The Sugar Paper planners are gorgeous and I actually love having a planner for work and home life. The one above is just a gorgeous color but I'm also eying this one! Plus this blush padfolio? Swoon!
This puffer vest is obviously a classic. I've found similar ones at Old Navy and TJ Maxx so definitely keep yours eyes out there is you're looking for a more affordable version!
I always love getting clothes for Christmas because then I know I have a cute outfit to wear. I love this shirt as a gift for her because it would be a great New Year's Eve party outfit with some jeans or black leggings.
J. Crew also has the cutest slippers. I mean, look at those. I was lucky enough to get a red plaid pair last Christmas and can vouch for the warmth and softness of them. Obviously I'm obsessed with gold but they come in a variety of colors and I highly recommend them!
Lest you think I'm eternally biased for J. Crew (true), these from Pottery Barn also look cozy and a bit more low key, perhaps for your mom or aunt.
Okay, while we're getting cozy, I also love gifting Christmas pajamas. When I was a kid we would always open one present on Christmas Eve. Often it was an outfit for Christmas Eve mass but Christmas pj's are always a fun and cozy surprise and a fun way to celebrate. These from Old Navy are adorable, cozy, and festive. Random bonus--I love the ones that are right to the bottom because they fit so much better into cozy socks and booties and don't ride up my legs while I toss and turn in my sleep. These are the way to go!
When your (super happy and grateful) gift recipient is cuddled up in front of the fire or tree come Christmas morning, they will also be super happy to have these gorgeous marshmallows in their hot chocolate. Gold AND champagne marshmallows, hullo!
Those beautiful marshmallows would make a perfect pairing with this beautiful gold mug. I have a J mug and love it. It is gorgeous and I always feel fancy when I use it. What girlfriend wouldn't love gold marshmallows with a gold mug? I can't think of one!
These champagne candies look amazing and would be fun to open and have at New Year's. Pair with a bottle of champagne for extra credit!
If the woman you're thinking of is nothing like me and is a great gardener, I think she would love these feminine, beautiful, and practical gloves. These plus a beautiful trowel, some plants, or a gift card to a local gardening shop would be perfect!
We talked about how one of my go to gifts is Birchbox, a beauty subscription box, in the beauty gift guide, but if you're looking for a similar yet not totally focused on beauty subscription box gift, I really recommend the Popsugar Must Have box. Popsugar Must Have focuses more on lifestyle items. See some past reviews here to decide if this is right for the woman on your list.
If she's a creative type, I highly recommend Paint Nite. I gifted my mom a class for Christmas a few years ago and we made a weekend out of it--stayed at a hotel, went out to dinner, did some shopping, and went to our Paint Nite. You get to drink and paint and if I can do it you can do it! Honestly, I'm so not artistically inclined but they have the system DOWN. They model and walk you through every single step. There are many similar business that I'm sure are great but I've only had experience with the Paint Nite company and have been very happy both times I've done it!
I would say 98% of the women I know are into wine so you might check out some wine events in your area. Wine Wise is out of Portland, but there are many wine dinners and events all over.
If the person on your list is particularly sentimental or enjoys photos, using a site like Shutterfly to make a custom photo gift like a large canvas of her favorite photo or a calendar to hang near her desk would be a good bet.
One of my favorite places to buy gifts is from FEED. They make beautiful bags and gifts and your purchase provides meals or other necessities for people in need (from the US to around the world). I love this bag and at $35 you can fill it with a few fun items -- a soft blanket scarf and a good book or her favorite wine with some cheese and a fresh loaf of bread. Plus for another $8 you could monogram it--so fun!
The trick to good gift giving, for anyone but perhaps especially for the women in your life, is to think about what the person really wants. Do they enjoy fitness? Perhaps she'd like new workout clothes or entry to race she's been wanting to run. Does she enjoy theater? Play tickets and a dinner out would make a lovely gift. Does she enjoy cooking? Perhaps a nice pot or pan and a few special ingredients to make a nice meal together would be fun. Does she enjoy travel? Hotel reservations or plane tickets to a favorite place or somewhere on her bucket list would make her Christmas. Plus, I've still got a home cook, book lover, and homemade gift guides coming at you soon! Happy shopping!