HITHER & THITHER GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

These next couple of weeks will bring gift ideas for her, for him, for the kiddo, and for everyone else. Let’s get started!

1. To satisfy her sweet tooth, a subscription service for gourmet ice cream. I’d suggest Jeni’s pint club or the seasonal pints delivery from Salt and Straw. Both are incredible! (Bonus: Serve up the gift certificate in a set of pretty ice cream dishes.)

2. Surprise her with an overnight getaway and a Lipault Spinner. So light and collapsible—we have two, and like that they are easy for the kids to maneuver. Comes in black or bright colors.

3. Personalized stationary—choices range from the serious to the whimsical. This watercolor set, shown in jade green, is lovely! Add a book of Forever stamps.

4. The most current take on the ankle boot trend goes further up the leg. She can try it out with this suede pair from & Other Stories. (For a similar look, Dolce Vita makes one in animal print, Bay Area-based Freda Salvador has a more luxe take in embossed croc, and Anthro has them in rust brown.)

5. Nevertheless, She Persisted. Apropos for her and for a 1000-piece-puzzle! (P.S. I want one of these for my next attempt.)

6. Every mom I know could honestly sport this Professional Enthusiast sweatshirt! (There are cute, customizable t-shirt versions, too—whether her enthusiasm is devoted to tacos or t-ball.)

7. Design books to inspire (and to set on the coffee table). For example, Home: The Best of The New York Times Home Section; or Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers; or This is Home: The Art of Simple Livingor the latest from Joanna Gaines, Homebody.

8. Wish her sweet dreams: Eberjey pajamas are famously soft.

9. Classic coupes for making her favorite cocktail. (E.g. Negronis! Wrap up with a pre-made mix or a bottle of Prosecco.)

10. A beautiful bralette that she’ll feel great in—and which looks pretty enough to peek out.

11. Handmade ceramic tableware—plates, mugs, or bowls—that can be gifted alone or as a set.

12. A goes-with-everything belted cardigan. (I also love this more voluminous one!)

13. Hand-loomed, fair trade napkins that will soften over time.

14. For perfectly flushed cheeks: Rodin’s beloved face oil meets lip and cheek stain (in a hue that’s taken from crushed flower petals). If she’s not one for color, stick with the original Rodin Face Oil: everyone raves about the feel and scent.

15. A memoir for her to curl up with, like Becoming by Michelle Obama, This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps, In Pieces by Sally Field, or I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobsen.

16. A bottle of Himalayan Salt Polish and Rose Oil. Add in a salon appointment or block off  some time for an at-home spa day.

17. A discovery set of cult-favorite Le Labo fragrances, with the most popular formulations, made from ingredients like rose petals and grass or fresh, clean Bergamot is sure to please. Five scents for $30 or the entire collection for $80.

18. Can one really have too many pairs of sunglasses? (Tip: If you’re not sure what shape will best suit her, you could gift a Warby Parker gift card with the Home Try-on service.)

19. A cross-body leather tote she can take anywhere. I love the Madewell Medium Transport Tote. Or, if you’re going for heirloom level, the Hulme excursion bag is a classic (handmade in Minnesota since 1905, it comes with a lifetime guarantee).

20. Because she remembers the fun of poloroids.

21. She’ll love the delicate look of this organic-shaped hoop earring—and not having to worry about it falling out.

If none of these ideas is just right for her, look to experiences—even just a night out for dinner and a movie—or perhaps a gift card to one of her favorite stores. Anthropologie and Madewell are two of my top picks. Of a Kind is great for being a bit unexpected.

Note: Many of these items will still be on sale today, Cyber Monday. Here’s a list of some of my favorite stores having sales.

P.S. On More inspiration… I’ve been putting together gift guides for many years and I often find myself going back to past guides for gift-giving inspiration even now. Just in case you’d like to do the same…

2017: That nailpolish is a weekly mainstay. | 2016: Reminds me, I still need to watch the Freaks & Geeks documentary! | 2015: I’d forgotten about that rose parfum. Stand by all of it. | 2014: Aw, Friday Night Lights. I miss you. Also, I still need to read that Nora Ephron book. |2013: I finally got that robe off my wishlist… last year! Also, six other items that I still use on a weekly basis. | And a few guides made specifically with mothers in mind. This and this. (I still make those little photo books every year, and that cake… oh my.)

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