Hi friends! With Thanksgiving quickly approaching tomorrow (what??) and Black Friday following soon after (crazy!!), it seems like a good time to continue on with the 2014 edition of Holiday Gift Guides.
I rolled out the series with Holiday Gift Guide: For Him to hopefully provide ideas on what to get for a special man in your life. I thought it would be good to follow up with similar ideas for friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, in-laws, and the other important women on your shopping list this year.
Do you have a great idea I’m missing?
Please feel free to share your gift ideas at the bottom!
• (customized) monogrammed phone case
Have you seen these customizable monogramed iPhone cases? The cutest ones I have found thus far is on Etsy. There are so many different colors, patterns and varieties, and you can find the majority of them around $15, which isn’t too bad for a personalized item.
I ordered one for myself forever ago and received tons of compliments on it the entire time it lived on my iPhone. Since then, I upgraded my phone and have been wanting to get a new one. The PinkandLimeDesigns shop looks like a great start to me!
• soap and lotion sets
This hand soap and lotion set from Williams-Sonoma was hands down my favorite gift to purchase for a few women in my family last year. I made a special trip to the Williams-Sonoma outlet specifically to stock up on these for gifts, and couldn’t help but to purchase two for myself as well.
The holiday scents are dreamy, but I’m currently loving the Lemongrass Ginger. Bonus points for the stainless steel pumps!
• flannel pajamas
I am having a major flash back to my college years with this one. I bought a pair of long flannel pjs while working at Victoria’s Secret, fell in love, then bought a pair for every woman on my holiday shopping list that year. They’re so comfy and cozy and VS has a flannel style for any preference.
Flannel pjs come in a variety of colors and prints, and not just the standard plaid you would expect. Keep an eye out for pajama sets and matching accessories to go on sale there… especially come Black Friday!
• Tervis tumblers and especially water bottles
I’m pretty sure Tervis produces the best plastic cups, water bottles, and to-go insulated beverage containers out there. I know “cups” and “tumblers” don’t seem all that exciting to some, but I promise that whoever you might be shopping for won’t be disappointed here.
(Initial Bottle, Mustache Goblet, Peacock Feather Wrap w/ Lid)
I am openly obsessed with their water bottles. I own the “H” initial bottle as well as a Detroit Pistons bottle, and they both continuously rotate in and out of our dishwasher. I literally use one of them almost every day, and have given the same water bottles as gifts to friends.
Anyone who has tried them raves just the same!
• fancy dish towels
I don’t know what it is about them, but I’m pretty confident in saying that most women would like a new set of clean and crisp dish towels. Whether they are a part of the kitchen decoration (I always have an ironed un-used set hanging on my oven) or actually used to dry dishes, a nice set of them is a great gift a lot of women in your life would appreciate.
Confession: I bought a new Tag set yesterday, and have already wrapped them to put under the tree from “Santa”. It’s fine. As much as I love color combinations that I put out all year long, this Christmas Dots set is also making me swoon! Williams-Sonoma also sells some great ones.
• gift cards
Think of something you would like to go do or treat yourself to and gift that service to someone you love.
Gift cards may seem impersonable, but sometimes they are the only way a certain woman in your life will actually go treat herself. I guess you’ll need to know your audience on this one (and well), but c’mon… she deserves it!
From manicures and pedicures to facials and massages, treat her to a day or even half an hour of pre-paid pampering. If she’s not the type to enjoy a spa or salon environment… Starbucks.
You can hardly ever go wrong with Starbucks.
• quality candles
I’m very lucky in the sense that my husband fully understands the need to keep the house smelling fresh and stocked with quality scents at all times. Not all women can justify spending over $20 on a candle, but I assure you that most would love getting one as a gift.
I am one hundred percent smitten by these three-wick candles at Bath & Body Works. My all time favorite scent is Mahogony Teakwood when I am not in the mood for something seasonal. I also highly recommend Rewind and Yankee candles.
Try searching on Amazon for steals!
• an apron that makes her want to cook
I own a small collection of adorable aprons (mostly from gifts!) and I’d be lying if I said they didn’t motivate me to bake from time to time. I received my very first one as a bridal shower gift from Anthropologie, and have been admiring their entire line ever since!
Aren’t they cute? You can find similar styles at stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls too.
• photo-to-canvas prints
We printed a handful of our engagement photos on canvas and really love the look of those photos hanging up in our home. We received a gift card to Canvas On Demand as a wedding present and loved it. I think any family would like one!
I recently found a killer deal for canvas prints online. Keep a lookout for them to pop up on Groupon and other deals from printing companies like Snapfish or Shutterfly.
• yoga/gym/to-and-fro leggings
I’ve never experienced all-over comfort and practicality like I have in leggings. I realize that wearing leggings in public as pants can be debatable. When it’s all said and done, however, I would bet that the majority of the women who are even a little bit active in your life would enjoy a nice pair of leggings in their lives.
Please note, however, that there is a suggested way to wear them. Outside of the gym (at least), covering the goods with long enough shirts is essential along with buying material that won’t become see-through with a quick bend down to tie a shoe. This is why quality is key.
I have personally never owned a piece from lululemon, but I keep hearing that their Wunder Under leggings are amazing.
As someone who works either from home or in a gym setting, I pretty much live in leggings. Prints are fun, but if you’re thinking of purchasing a good pair as a gift for someone else, a good neutral (and thick) black, navy, or grey might be the way to go!
Popular/Personal Favorite brands:
Lorna Jane, Reebok, lululemon, lucy, Fabletics
Additional ideas worth checking out:
>> Stitch Fix (<- affiliate link) gift card – an online styling service I have tried and blogged about numerous times.
>> Basically anything from Anthropologie. That store seriously has it all.
>> Initial Necklaces – I’ve been wanting one of these for years! I love both the plain letter and circle engraved letter versions.
Again, I am open to more ideas and invite you to share some of yours for women (or yourself!) in the comments section below. Happy Shopping!
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Holiday Gift Guide series features items I genuinely want to share with you, and have possibly purchased myself. Please understand, however, that affiliate links are included. As always, I really appreciate your support! <3
I love the gift card idea for a canvas. That is the best gift ever. I like to give gifts that does not get in the way, collect dust, or they feel bad when they get rid of. A personalized canvas would be perfect. http://www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com
It was seriously our favorite gift from the wedding. We couldn’t wait to blow up a photo and get it back home!
Lake Shore Runner
I love the William Sanoma hand soap and lotion. My favorite flavor right now is the spice chestnut!
I posted today a holiday gift guide specific to Pure Barre – http://www.lakeshorerunner.com/2014/11/26/pure-barre-holiday-gift-guide-lincoln-park-shop-hop/
That scent sounds good! Oh fun, thanks for sharing 🙂
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Great gift guide! Josh and I do a PJ exchange every year on Christmas eve! It’s really fun!
That’s so fun! Yay for pjs!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Nice gift guide! I have wanted one of those monogrammed necklaces too. Awesome that they on Etsy.
I know, I was glad to see them there!
Jen Rawson, RD (@PrettyLilGrub)
I love those monogrammed phone cases really cute and I would love an initial necklace.
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
My MIL and SIL got me a monogram necklace as a wedding present and I love it. I wear it almost every day!! Great gift suggestions. They MNB planner that you featured is another great gift!
Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes
Awesome ideas! Love the flannel PJ set. So cute and comfy.
Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness
These ideas are great! The apron actually looks like a dress! So so cute! I am also going to try to find deals for cute kitchen tools and equipment to match that apron! Ha!
Chelsea @ Raw N' Toned
I’m huge on the gift cards! You know someone likes a certain store a lot, but don’t know what to get them or what size to get things in, then it’s perfect! Otherwise I try to get something that they have been talking about for a while haha.
Love the iPhone case idea and the apron. I need both of those!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Great gift guide! Love every single one. Happy Thanksgiving, Heather! xo
Thank you, you too love!!
Those new pajamas and water bottles are too cute, I might forward along this link to my hubby 🙂
Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
I enjoyed this, it gave me some good ideas. I like to look for vintage finds on ebay and in thrift stores for some of my friends and family. Also homemade baked cookies and candies are always gifts I give my friends every year!
Woo hoo! Good tips! I made and packaged Scott’s co-workers holiday cookies last year. That’s a great idea!
I love pajamas as a gift. For our parents we’ve been getting shutterfly photo books, and parents love that stuff 🙂
Those photo books are a great idea!
Wunder unders – DO IT!!!!!
Ahh, so tempting!
You MUST add the Boulangerie candles from Anthro to your wish list. Specifically the Pumpkin Souffle! They’re expensive, but 100% better smelling than the B&BW ones. I used to be obsessed with picking out new B&BW ones each season but now it’ll be easier to choose with fewer choices at anthro 🙂
Ohhh Anthropologie candles are the BEST! I do love them. Thanks for the reminder!
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