I love love love making gift guides for ladies. It’s probably the easiest guide I make each year since I just compile my own Christmas list or a list of things I own and LOVE. This year, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fashion finds (but don’t worry, the sizing is easy!) and a few beauty essentials that I love and use daily. If you’re anything like me, you use gift guides like this to inform your OWN wishlist, so hopefully something on this list catches your eye, and you can send the link to this blog post to your elves.
I HIGHLY recommend shopping early this year to make sure you can get gifts under the tree in time. I also love to shop early every year so that I can enjoy it so much more and can focus more on enjoying the holiday season once it arrives. And many of the gifts below are discounted this week for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is another great reason to place your orders sooner rather than later!
One of my very favorite brands to to gift and receive is LAKE Pajamas. LAKE makes the softest products in the prettiest prints and colors in classic styles. I own about 6-7 sets of their PJs, a couple nightgowns and two of their robes, no lie.
When I’m gifting LAKE to a friend or family member, I typically send them the Cozy Robe since it’s luxurious and likely something they wouldn’t buy themselves. Plus, since it’s a bathrobe, the sizing is forgiving. If you’re unsure what size they wear, your guess is probably a good one.
However, if you do know the recipients size, any set of their pajamas in the DreamKnit fabric is also a perfect gift. The DreamKnit PJs run true to size and don’t shrink in the wash. However, the LAKE Pima Cotton sets do shrink in the wash, so size up in those.
Anything from LAKE will make a perfect gift on its own, but if you wanted to take it up a notch, you could pair the robe or PJ set with a body scrub, a fancy candle, or super fancy slippers. (I was gifted these last year and love them SO MUCH.)
I got this leather bucket bag from Madewell’s new fall arrivals a month ago and, WOW, do I love it. It’s large enough to fit a laptop but small enough to use as a daily purse. The shoulder strap is the perfect width too. You don’t realize how much of a difference a thicker shoulder strap makes in terms of comfort until you’re carrying it. The chocolate brown color is versatile and the buckle detail elevates the bag vs. a more basic option.
The Madewell Essential Bucket Tote would be a perfect Christmas gift to add to your own wishlist or to gift to a fashion-obsessed friend or family member in your life.
The shoe of the year is this pair of 327 sneakers from New Balance. Every year there’s a pair of sneakers that the world falls in love with (and that sell out SO fast), and this year, it’s the New Balance 327. Thankfully, Anthropologie is doing pre-orders for a few different colorways. While it’s not the instant gratification we all want when we order something online, these WILL arrive before Thanksgiving, with plenty of time to wrap and gift for the holidays. I wear a 1/2 size up from my regular shoe size and they’re SO comfortable.
Last year, this Air Essentials Half Zip from SPANX made Oprah’s Favorite Things list and sold out in seconds. It would have made the best gift ever if I could have actually ordered it last year for friends, but alas, I couldn’t get my hands on it anymore once Oprah shared it. I was gifted this pullover at LTK Con last year, and every single one of us influencers absolutely freaked out over the quality and how soft it was. Now that SPANX has restocked enough of these to go around, I think it’s going to be a VERY well-loved gift this year. I have an XS and it fits true to size.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably expected to see the Ember Mug on this gift guide list. I talk about this self-heating mug all the time. I got hooked on it as a new mom since my coffee always got cold before I could finish it and now 3 years later, it’s still the only mug I use.
It comes with a charger that looks like a coaster that the mug goes on to charge. Once it’s fully charged, the self-warming puck built into the mug lasts for hours without needing to go back on the charging coaster. You can customizing the heat settings through the Ember app, too! I LOVE this mug and can’t drink my coffee without it now.
I have the 14oz size and think it’s far superior to the 10oz.
For the jewelry loving gals in your life, the Mejuri Heart Pendant Necklace is the PERFECT gift idea. It’s made with a 18k solid gold coating on top of sterling silver, so it will last for a really long time. The chain on this necklace is adjustable from 16″-18″ and the heart itself is the perfect size to be worn daily. I love all of my Mejuri pieces and love that their pieces are priced so well. (That link above will get you 10% off too!)
If you prefer something a little more personal, this “mama” initial necklace from Hart Studio is a great gift idea. I was gifted this last year and wear it a few times a week at least. And I can add a second initial for baby #2’s name whenever I’d like, which is so special.
A Nespresso is a great gift for any coffee lover (along with that Ember Mug). I got one a few years ago when I decided to cut back on caffeine. I was drinking 8 cups of coffee a day, and one of the contributing factors was that I was making a full pot of coffee each morning. The Nespresso makes one cup at a time which helped me limit how much I was drinking + made my one (or two, let’s be honest) cup of coffee so much better. I also appreciate the half caff pods. Nespresso has a few different models, but the Vertuo is the one we have and love. If you buy this, make sure to get some pods so that you can use it on Christmas morning! I also have this Nespresso milk frother and love it.
I always prefer a real book to an electronic copy, but I did decide to splurge on the Kindle Paperwhite for a few trips I had planned this fall. I didn’t want to pack multiple books in my luggage, so I figured a Kindle was a better option. And I have to admit, I LOVE it. It’s so sleek, small, and easy to hold with one hand. It has adjustable warm light so that you’re not keeping yourself awake with traditional screen light AND has up to 10 weeks of battery life. It’s a great gift idea for anyone who loves to read.
I was gifted a Chappy Wrap blanket earlier this year and it’s the coziest (and best looking) throw blanket we have now! I love how thick it is, but it’s not heavy or annoying to have to fold up everyday. This would make such a great gift because you can choose a color that feels best aligned with whoever you’re gifting to! I have the Harborview Herringbone Navy Blanket.
There are a few different size options, so you can definitely find a blanket under $100!
I never expected to be this passionate about bedding, but here I am telling you it’s worth asking Santa for bedding for Christmas. Tommy and I love this Westwood quilt so much that we own 3. They are on every bed in our house (and in our Boone vacation home). The material is luxurious and the weight is just right. We own the white since it’s so classic, but this also comes in other colorways. It would make a wonderful gift for moms or grandmothers who appreciate nice home gifts!
While you’re ordering the quilt, you might also want to consider this Fresh Magnolia Wreath. It’s real (sooo beautifully made), and dries out perfectly over the weeks that you display. We got ours a week ago and it’s more beautiful than I anticipated.
I tested the Stanley 40oz water bottle against thiis Simple Modern 40oz water bottle from Amazon and Simple Modern won by a LANDSLIDE. Not only is slimmer and lighter, but it doesn’t leak and costs less! AND you can find it in stock almost all of the time. I often gift these to friends for birthdays and holidays. It’s the perfect gift for a smaller budget ($30), and everyone loves it! If you need a gift for your child’s teacher or your niece/cousin, this is it.
I ordered this travel toiletry bag after seeing someone share that it fits a TON of stuff and oh my gosh were they right. I seriously can’t get over how great this is, especially as someone who used to pack 3 separate toiletry bags for trips. I’m religious about my skincare routine and love to switch up my makeup, so I often pack many options. This bag fits every single thing I need (see in this video), other than my hair care (I take 3-5 hair care items too). It’s a perfect gift for your girlfriends this season and would also be a fun “vehicle” for other fun stocking-stuffer-sized products.
I have gifted a few different brands/styles of colored wine glasses in the last year and they’ve always been a hit! I gave this set of 6 pink set of wine glasses to a work friend last year and she raved about them. Also, I gift this tortoise shell set of two stemless glasses to my Content Manager a month ago and she’s using them non-stop. And then I saw this set of colored champagne coupe glasses last week at the Amazon Creator Summit and LOVED them. I can’t decide which is best since I love them all. So, just choose the set that makes the most sense for your friend’s style!
I haven’t been a big perfume gal until this year when I discovered a few clean perfume brands that I realy like and that I don’t react to (most perfumes make me very stuffy). And while gifting perfume can be hard since scents are so personal, DIME Beauty makes a perfect sampler set! For only $28, you can gift 5 different scents for them to try. I love the majority of them, but Lovely Sweet Dreams is my favorite from this set. You could pair it with an overnight lip mask, if you want.
I tried the Quench and Shine Restorative Hair Mask from Colleen Rothschild last year and it blew my mind. I prefer it over my regular conditioner most days! It’s so hydrating but doesn’t weigh hair down, and it smells amazing. It lasts 5-6 months too. You could gift it on its own or pair it with fun claw clips to stick with the hair theme.
That’s all for now! Be sure to follow my Amazon Storefront for more ideas and check out my other gift guides below! I’ll be updating the guides below over the next week, but you can see last year’s picks right now.
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