I have to confess that last year, I waited a little too long to order my holiday gifts (very unlike me!) and I vowed not to let that happen this go around, especially in light of COVID, which continues to interrupt shipping times and occasionally spur frenzy-buying. We are now less than 70 days away from Christmas, so I’m making my list, checking it twice, etc. Below, my top picks for gifts for loved ones this fall, mostly oriented towards women. (There will be a dedicated men’s post later.) Per usual, I favor gifts that are under $100 and many have been thoroughly vetted by yours truly…!
+Hedley & Bennett Apron. This apron gets incredibly high reviews and would be a luxurious and appreciated upgrade for a discerning home cook. Alternately, this printed one from La Double J would be the most delicious surprise for a fashion-oriented home cook. (I also love the copywriting on the description: “You’ll look so good no one will care if you can cook!” Ha!)
+The HHH Caroline Nap Dress. I am obsessed with this confection. I own several HHH nap dresses in different styles, but nothing tops the Caroline. I love to slip it on after a shower or in the pocket of time between the children’s bedtime and my own. It is so comfortable and so elegant and I would love to bestow one on a sister or close friend.
+The Revlon One-Step. Fantastic gift for any lady in your life with longer-than-shoulder-length hair. I’ve written far too much about this already but it is truly a life-changing contraption and I can’t/won’t stop evangelizing about it. Add on: Davines Oi hair milk. This combination of products has given me extra pep in my step for the entirety of 2020.
+Artis Brush. One of my favorite beauty investments this year. I use this daily and it comes in great packaging that any cosmetics-lover will enjoy. (Sometimes, giving cosmetics feels so underwhelming because of the packaging — but these come in a big, sturdy box that will be fun to wrap and open.)
+Gucci Logo Socks. A bit above budget, but so extra and unexpected for the fashion plate in your family who has a taste for the finer things.
+Vita Grace pearl-edge cardigan. For the chic pea who walks the line between uptown and downtown fashion sensibilities.
+Prime Cut shearling pouch (also love this neutral one). A few Christmases ago, a girlfriend of mine gave me a gray sherpa pouch almost identical to this and I have used it every winter since as a fun alternative for nights out. Highly on-trend right now. If the texture isn’t your vibe, this python MZ Wallace pouch/clutch would make an excellent alternative.
+Cashmere slippers. Perfect for literally any woman in your life. Who wouldn’t want to float around her home on cashmere pillows?
+Champagne coupes. These are an absolutely gorgeous, hand-blown whimsy of a gift made by a woman-owned business!
+Casetify iPhone Sling. I have seen these worn with aplomb by both downtown Manhattan moms living a hands-free life with small children and Vogue editors. You can personalize the case and wear the phone almost like a purse. So cool.
+Standing wireless iPhone charger. We also have a few of the flat charging pads throughout our apartment, but I love this for my bedside. Ultimate in luxury/laziness and a great tech contraption for that brother-in-law who always stumps you from a gift-giving standpoint…
+A Billie Razor Subscription. The kind of thing you can only give to a sister or very close female friend but I am so in love with this subscription service — one less thing to worry about! And so cute and well-packaged! Cheaper than the corner pharmacy! Trust me when I say that any woman will appreciate this unexpected and indulgent gift.
+Roop Furoshiki Bag (<<just restocked, run! Available in a few other colors, too.) This is one of my favorite frivolous purchases of 2020. Just the happiest little satin handbag, handmade by a female entrepreneur, and it gives me major The Row vibes for under $100. Would be so fun for a fellow fashion-loving friend or sister!
+A Teddy Liner Jacket. Who doesn’t love a cozy jacket in a modern shape (and great color) like this for winter?
+La Double J Dessert Plates. Perfection for the discerning doyenne of interiors — this brand is *chef’s kiss.*
+Melamine Dinnerware Set. Amazing gift for a young family with a backyard dining area — could be use for al fresco dinner or simply to stave off shattering plates with smaller children. LOVE the design!
+Colugo Baby Carrier. For a mom friend. Such a fun option in the gingham print! We still loved our Baby Bjorn Mini more than any baby carrier we’ve ever used but the Colugo has been a good fit for Hill now that he’s outgrown the mini — and this is the kind of thing you don’t think of when you have a newborn (i.e., that you might soon need to upgrade to a bigger size).
+Hunt Slonem Bunnies Dish. Love this trinket tray featuring Slonem’s now-iconic bunny! Could be thoughtful for a recently-engaged friend as a ring dish of sorts.
+Amanda Lindroth Placemats. Gorgeous gift for a friend who enjoys a pretty tabletop.
+Catbird Key Charm. I love the itty bitty dimensions of this precious charm, which can be engraved with something meaningful for a roommate, sibling, or spouse — perhaps your shared address number, or a favorite vacation destination, or the zip code of your home city together. Or maybe just initials! So precious. (They carry a few other very sweet charms here.)
+Lake Pajamas. I know that pajamas might sound boring at first brush but these are deliciously soft and come in the loveliest colors (and, if you are reading this in the lead up to Black Friday / Cyber Week, on rare sale!) Plus, there is nothing nicer than receiving a splurge-y set of jammies. The maternity styles are a great option for new/expecting mamas!
Big Ticket Items.
In case you’re looking to splurge on someone this year, a few pricier items that would be extravagant surprises:
+Bearaby Weighted Blanket. Extremely well-reviewed, including by both my sister and brother-in-law who cannot stop raving about it. (Also like the knit look!)
+Jennifer Zeuner Cross Necklace. A meaningful gift for a woman of faith.
+Boll & Branch Waffle Bed Blanket. (I may or may not have bought this for Mr. Magpie as a gift this year — he has been complaining about our quilted coverlet for the better part of a year and this gets RAVE reviews.). I have also been totally blown away by the quality of B&B sheets — the softest we’ve ever owned. Note that you can score anything for 20% off through the end of October with code 20MACKENZIE (thanks to my girl Mackenzie for it!)
+Vanina Handbag. This is like jewelry in bag form. IN LOVE.
+Sophie Bille Brahe Pearl Earrings. I’m swooning over these. These are wear-everyday-and-wear-forever earrings.
Smaller Gifts ($35 and Under).
In case you have a White Elephant situation, or a price limit in your family, or are looking for smaller gifts for colleagues and acquaintances…
PEOPLE LOSE THEIR MINDS OVER THE LOVESCRUB BODY EXFOLIATOR
BILLIE WIPES — I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN ORDER THESE A LA CARTE (IT SEEMS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH SUBSCRIPTION?!) BUT IF I COULD, I WOULD BUY THESE FOR EVERY WOMAN IN MY LIFE
PERSONALIZED LAVENDER SACHET (SO SWEET TO WRAP UP IN CELLOPHANE WITH A BIG VELVET BOW)
PERSONALIZED CANVAS POUCH (SHIPPING IS PRICY GIVEN THAT IT’S MADE OVERSEAS, BUT IF YOU BOUGHT ONE FOR ALL YOUR GIRLFRIENDS/SISTERS AND SHIPPED TOGETHER…)
I will be coming out with more gift guides — one more focused on men (though several items above would work for either gender!) and several for children.
Let me know if you’re in the market for something specific — I love personal shopping for you! (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
P.P.S. Recent Amazon finds.