Holiday Gift Guide: Day 2

We’re kicking off today’s gift guides with family and wrapping up with a list of ideas for a girl’s most fashionable friend.

Happy list-making!

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For the home: If you’re looking for a fun gift for your brother, this crate of goodies would definitely be a hit. Mancrates carries gifts featuring TONS of different teams’ logos and different themes.

To feel handsome: I’ve mentioned Kiehl’s before on the blog, but I had to throw this set in there as a great gift for a brother. It has the basics of skincare for men and, when I was looking for gifts before, I smelled a few of these products and they are amazing.

To accessorize: TOMS is going to make multiple appearances in the gift guides. Not only are these shoes awesome, but they’re a part of the TOMS Animal Initiative AND, because of your purchase, a child in need will receive a pair of shoes. TOMS is joining forces with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and funds in an effort to reverse the declining numbers of big cats around the world through several projects in Africa, Asia and North and South America. The lining of the shoes even features Nat Geo photos of lions!

Steal!: When I was trying to think of a fun gift that, I felt like, you could only get a sibling to provide a good laugh, Soap-on-a-Rope immediately came to mind. I mean, who else would appreciate a frog Soap-on-a-Rope more than a sibling?!

Splurge!: If you’re really looking to spoil your brother, a great set of headphones is the way to go. This pair of earbuds from Bose is pricey, but there’s no better brand out there!

Bonus idea: One of my co-workers was telling me about this phone case created by J. Crew and Jimmy Fallon. Such a cool idea – an attachable pocket square for a phone case to jazz up your jacket?! Genius, Jimmy Fallon, genius.

To wear: Crazy socks are always a fun gift and these are no exception—however, there is an added bonus, profits benefit the Human Rights Campaign!

For the mind: Lastly, to keep your brother inspired, check out this book by Buzz Aldrin, No Dream Is Too High. This gift gives back, too, as profits benefit the National Geographic Society.

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To stay fit: Inspire your sister or bestie during this workout with this great Nike tank.

Splurge!: Everyone remembers the various friendship bracelets passed around in middle school, but this gorgeous bracelet puts those to shame. Give your best gal something to remind them of how much they mean to you.

For the home: This Kate Spade mug is too cute. Such a great gift idea!

To feel pretty: A few months ago, I ordered the sample pack for I Smell Great to see which scents I liked. Wild Honey – amazing! Love this mist!

To accessorize: What girl doesn’t love Tiffany’s? These earrings are timeless and classic…and go with anything!

Splurge…again!: I had to add a second ‘splurge’ item when I saw this necklace. It’s made from horn and is one of The Akola Project’s gorgeous pieces. Charitable gift alert! The Akola Project (named by the women working for the projects because “akola” means “she works”), has impacted 2,750 people in the last seven years. The Akola Project empowers women by giving them an opportunity to work, learn life skills and provide for their family.

To relax: Kiehl’s strikes again. This amazing lavender foaming bath will help anyone relax.

Steal!Steal!: How cute are these earrings? Less than $10?! What a great stocking stuffer!

Bonus idea!: You can create your own message on a bracelet on Ryan Porter’s website. This bracelet shows the love!

To wear: Jillian Harris has impeccable style and her line for Privilege Clothing is no exception. These PJs are too cute and would be such a great gift!

For the mind: Give your sis or bestie guaranteed giggles with Mindy Kaling’s first book.



Steal!: Love the idea of this shoe-cleaning kit as a steal of a gift at $16 – something that’s very useful!

For the mind: This gift will touch your man’s mind…and heart! This book from Uncommon Goods (charitable contribution alert!) gives you the chance to be the author and tell your guy how much you love him.

For the home:  These drink rocks from the Museum of Modern Art are so fun! I’ve seen whiskey stones before, but these were a whole new level. Icing on the cake – the support the museum!

To accessorize: A few years ago, I bought my SO a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones and, though they were a splurge, they have paid for themselves 10 times over. The great thing about the pair pictured here is that the colors are customizeable!

Splurge!: These cufflinks…y’all. I couldn’t pick just one pair as a splurge because the concept of both was tugging on my heartstrings. First off,  our dogs’ faces on cufflinks… amazing. Second, having the chance to customize a pair with your initials, anniversary and coordinates of where you met/were married…such a thoughtful and sweet gift!

To wear: Tommy Bahama makes these amazing t-shirts that are so soft. My SO loves them – they’re pricey, but they last for a LONG time and they have a ton of color options!

Bonus idea: Cornhole has become a backyard barbeque staple and having custom boards made for your guy are such a great gift idea. You can choose from ANY team or any color combo – Etsy has a ton of great sellers!

To feel handsome: Tommy Bahama strikes again – this scent smells so great! If you know what he likes, cologne is a great way to spoil your guy at the holidays!

We’ll wrap today’s post up with a gift guide for your most stylish gal pal…the fashionista!



To feel pretty: Fashionistas are ALWAYS the most stylish. This great Sephora palette has some gorgeous colors for everyone’s complexion.

To relax: Lush cosmetics’ Snow Fairy scent is perfect for the holidays – and the pink…perfect for a girly friend!

Splurge!: Olivia Palermo x Bauble Bar is such a great collection and this statement necklace is beautiful.

For the mind: For any fashionista, Rachel Zoe is the holy grail. You may even get an, “I DIE” out of your friend with this book as a gift.

To accessorize: Back to TOMS and its collaboration with National Geographic. These sunglasses are so cute – leopard prints are definitely a neutral—and, with purchase, funds and awareness are generated to save Big Cats!

To stay fit: Help inspire your gal pal to be active with these leggings that won’t break the bank – less than $25!

For the home: This Tom Ford quote is awesome – and I’m sure your fashionista friend doesn’t disagree. The print is less than $6—find a great frame and you’ve found a beautiful gift for your friend’s home!

Steal!: Fashionistas have style from head to toe – this phone case from H&M is a steal at $13.

To wear: Love this ILY Couture shirt – most girls are shoe addicts, right? Check out their site – some fun options for all of your friends and family!

Bonus idea: For the friend who has every article of clothing and every accessory you could imagine, give them a gift card for Stitch Fix. It’s so easy: take a style/personality test, receive pieces to try on, keep what you like and send back what you don’t and then decide if you want to keep having your ‘stylist’ pull looks for you.

That “wraps up” today’s gift guides…see what I did there?! Ha ha! Looking forward to sharing a few more the rest of the week.

Have a great day!




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