5 Holiday Gifting Ideas You Should Follow, According To Shopping Experts
You'd think that, as you get older, with years of shopping experience behind you, gifting around the holidays would be a breeze. Of course, that couldn't be farther from the truth. It's easy to run out of original holiday gifting ideas, especially when you have to please the same people year after year. While there's no magic formula on how to get each and every person in your life the "perfect" gift during the holidays, there are universal rules to shopping that can come in handy regardless of your budget or who you have in mind. One crucial guiding factor: Choose personal touches over high price tags.
"This doesn’t have to be a crazy far flung idea, or super expensive, but I’ve always found that thoughtful gifts which have a connection to the recipient always are the best," Sam Lobban, Nordstrom Vice President of Designer Ready-to-Wear & New Concepts, shares with TZR. He notes that this can include items they've always wanted but wouldn't necessarily buy themselves, or an item that evokes a shared moment or inside joke. He adds, "Personal and special wins out over expensive every time in my experience."
Gabriella Pelletier, assistant buyer and brand partnerships coordinator at San Fransisco-based Lisa Says Gah agrees that being mindful of the person you're buying for, in every aspect of their lives, will always make for a good gift. "Think about their lifestyle, the things they wear and gravitate to the most and the things they lust over but will never buy themselves."
Ahead, if you're still not sure where to start, read on for the picks that the experts say will always be a good gifting bet.
Novel Bags & Purses
"There is nothing better than receiving that purse that pops and ultimately lights up your soul," says Pelletier. "The bag may be an investment piece or the ultimate statement that you don’t 'need' but you sure want." The category also leaves plenty of room for varying budgets, with some of the most on-trend styles coming in under $20.
This fun, color-blocked carryall from Danish brand HVISK looks way more expensive than it actually is, which makes it equally great to gift and receive.
Have a bigger budget and someone that deserves a splurge? This classic nylon belt bag from Prada is an easy win.
Baggu's best-selling reusable bag in an infectiously shiny, bright lilac metallic is a no-brainer to brighten up any outfit in the cold winter months.
Fun Homeware Accessories
Have a friend or loved one that really takes pride in their space? Then gifting thoughtful pieces for the home is a perfect option that will get tons of use.
"A fun accessory for any room is most definitely the Torso Private Part Bathmat," says Pelletier. "It’s fun, provocative, and sure to make you smile when you enter the room or exit the shower. Not to mention it’s a great price point at under $70 dollars."
“My mother always taught me to never show up to a house party empty handed," says Shopbop Fashion Director, Caroline Maguire. "I am utterly obsessed with these Jonathan Adler mini plates which are perfect for entertaining. The chic box they come in is reason enough to purchase!"
A piece of art that just so happens to double as a fruit bowl — what could be better?
"If you're like us, you probably enjoy sleeping in an old oversized t-shirt (or maybe nothing at all), let’s admit it feels pretty luxurious to sleep in a matching pajama set," says Pelletier. And she's surely not wrong — what makes you feel more put-together than silky, coordinated sleepwear?
From the Lisa Says Gah in-house line, this gorgeous satin set is nice enough to wear out in the wild when summer rolls back around.
A sweet, dainty splurge for any loved one who takes looking stylish just seriously as getting a full eight hours of sleep in.
This raglan-sleeve pullover and drawstring-waist pant set is perfect sleep or lounge, comes in on-trend tie-dye and a variety of solid colors, and is available in size from XXS-3X.
Candles are the king of no-brainer gifts. And because they've become such a universally covetable item, you don't have to worry about it feeling like a throwaway gift. "Candles in recent history are beautifully packaged, so even if you never burn them, they are sure to sit pretty on a shelf or table," says Pelletier. "There isn’t a wrong way you could go with candles."
"I’m all about spreading ‘Good Vibes” this holiday season, so this Damselfly is the perfect option," says Maguire. Bonus: The packaging is already great, you don't really need to wrap it.
With cozy notes of bergamot, fresh dew, and vanilla, this candle double as massage oil once the candle has melted down and the wax has cooled.
This minimal candle burns for 70 hours, and will fill any room with a light, floral scents of muscari, lilac and orris.
Actually Practical Picks
Much like Nordstrom's Sam Lobban shared, sometimes the best gifts are the ones you know your loved ones won't buy for themselves, even though they could actually use it. The day-to-day things that make life easier — think wallets, water bottles, and cute socks. These practical gifts are just as good for co-workers or white elephant parties when you're gifting someone you might not know as well. They'll love it all the same.
Everyone needs to drink water. Why not do it out of this extremely chic, art museum-worthy water bottle? Plus, it comes in a handful of modern cool color combinations.
For a gift you can give literally anyone, Maguire says this adapter is perfect. "It’s under $50 and ideal for any jet-setting friends or co-workers," she adds. The building block-inspired charger works in 150 countries, so they'll be covered wherever they're headed.
Scarves become a necessary accessory in most parts of the country when the temperature drops — make them more enjoyable with non-boring options like this one from Barcelona-based Paloma Wool.