I haven’t even begun shopping and it’s December 4th. I’m one of those people who waits until the last minute then panics and stays up until 3 in the morning online shopping and then stressing that things won’t get here in time. I’ve never done family Christmas… only Hannukah. And now that we are all adults, we typically do one night of dinner where we all exchange gifts and celebrate the holiday. This is my first holiday with a child that is actually a human. Last year he was 3 months old and too young to even know who I was. Even though my son is only 15 months old, I’ve stressed the importance to my husband about creating a holiday environment in our house and that I want to do the candles for the 8 days of hannukah, spin dreidels, eat potato latkes and open a little gift every night. I ALSO want Yale (my son) to wake up Christmas morning (yes, I know, we are jewish) to a tree with cookies and milk and tons of presents underneath. I realize I’m setting myself up for a really taxing December month for all December’s for the rest of my life (at least until my children leave the house and decide they no longer want to partake). BUT I am determined to create a yearly tradition that will make December not only stressful and exhausting and probably really expensive but also heartwarming and a time filled with joy and happiness where no one ever wants to leave the house! So… here it goes … wish me luck. Here are some of the things I’m thinking about getting for the people I love. Who knows - maybe this list will inspire me to get it done sooner than December 22nd! HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Nurse Jamie Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow ($79)
My husband and I fight over this every night. I think I’ll get him one for Christmas. It’s a memory foam pillow that is supposed to treat wrinkles while you sleep. It’s soft and shaped in a way where it’s insanely comfortable. It’s also great for travel!
Joanna Czech facial massager ($189)
At Violet Grey, they told me I’d get poreless skin and chiseled cheekbones and I was instantly sold. It is a tool that helps with depuffing and lifting and is very easy to use. I keep mine next to my bed and use it whenever I have a minute… mornings.. nights.. when I can’t sleep! I swear it works!
C & The Moon Malibu Made Body Scrub ($20-$64)
The best scrub of all time. Delicious smelling. Leaves your skin soft. The perfect gift for anyone and everyone. My entire family uses it.
Beboe Facial Oil ($148)
I put this on daily. It’s CBD face oil and not only does it help with blemishes and fine lines but it smells so good and makes you feel oh so clean.
Versed Face Masks
Honestly, I use them all! I think such a great gift would be the Photos, Please ($9.99), Find Clarity ($9.99), and The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel ($19.99). I rotate these masks constantly and I’ve been using them for the past 3 months and I love how they make my skin feel!
Kit Undergaments Stocking Stuffer Kit ($56)
This is a no-brainer for a woman’s stocking stuffer kit. These are pieces that she wouldn’t typically buy herself but once she realizes they exist in the world she won’t know how she lived without them!
Max Mara teddy bear icon faux fur coat ($3,690)
The coziest, plushest coat… and it’s faux! - I hope someone’s reading this!
Leset socks ($20)
My entire sock drawer is filled with them. Great for everyday wear… they’re cute and comfortable!
House of Harlow Gold Pave Citrine Pendant ($1,910)
Earth to Nicole if you’re reading this! Perfect for everyday and for special occasions, particularly for me, to wear, everyday!
DVF Elsa Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Coat ($998)
A perfect neutral coat to throw over anything and wear from day to night.
La Ligne Mini Marin Sweater ($250)
Because you can never have enough striped sweaters…
Hill House Home Isabel Pajama Set ($180)
They’re cozy and classic and I love cotton pajamas more than anything. You can also monogram them which is super cute and a great personal gift!
The Row slouchy banana large leather cross body bag ($2,150)
Chic and easy to wear.. a bag that you can be hands free with, thats comfortable and holds a lot. Perfect for day and night.
Arizona Shearling-lined Birkenstock ($145)
Anyone who knows me knows that I wear Birkenstocks all year round, with socks in the winter, bare in the summer… to dinner, to breakfast, to pilates and to the office. I have about 10 pairs that all look like I’ve lived in them for the past 27 years. Everyone should own a pair of Birkenstocks, they are oh so comfortable and mold to your foot.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy ($22)
I will be gifting this book to anyone and everyone for the holiday season. It’s a must read - beautiful through and through!
FOR JEWELRY LOVERS
Jennifer Meyer mini huggies with diamond bezel drop ($850)
This is the kind of gift I collect over time. I have 7 earring holes and I love wearing the same earring throughout. These are timeless, beautiful and perfect for stacking.
Alison Lou small glitter jelly hoops ($125)
The perfect gift for any women in your life! They’re festive for the holidays.
Anita Ko Marquis cut diamond ring ($950)
I love lots of single different earrings since I have so many piercings. This earring comes in so many different stones and you can wear it as a stud or how it's shown. Another great earring for stacking.
BRIEFCASES & LUGGAGE
Louis Vuitton Monogram Horizon 55 ($3,250)
A very special bag, especially when personalized.
Away The Medium ($275)
The perfect gift and the perfect size luggage for travel. It’s not too big but it’s just big enough and comes in the prettiest array of colors. I like the dark green.
L.L. Bean Boat and Tote ($29.95)
I don’t think there has ever been a holiday where I haven’t gifted someone a boat and tote. I usually stuff it with other trinkets (face masks, bath products etc). You can personalize it which makes it extra special
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES FOR HIM
Massimo Alba Cotton-Corduroy Trousers ($325) and Army-Green Unstructured Wool-Tweed Blazer ($960)
I discovered this brand for myself a while ago and recently found out they made mens clothing. They are timeless and beautiful.
Prada Slim Fit Cashmere Sweater ($980)
I’ve known my husband for 10 years and he’s always worn the exact same sweaters… year round… I like to add to his collection every holiday.
A.P.C. Remy Fringed Wool and Cashmere-Blend Scarf ($99)
A cozy scarf is perfect for traveling during the holidays!
Beautycounter Counterman Collection ($188)
The full set of skincare and face products for your man…. Anything they’d need. Because I know my husband does not make his skin a priority. I want to make it easy for him!
Birkenstocks, Arizona ($135)
… as I said, everyone needs a pair of Birkenstocks!
Pair of Thieves Mens Prism Cushion Crew Socks ($10)
All of their socks are great. And you can buy all different colors and patterns depending on who they’re for!
KITCHEN & BAR
Onyx Stainless Steel Straws set of 4 ($12)
I’m really trying to not use plastic! I actually find it fun to drink out of these straws not to mention they go right in the dishwasher.
Stinson Studios Natural Oak Serving Bowl ($190)
A great gift because it can be used for so many things.. to serve food but also as a decorative item atop a table. Also, it goes with mostly all style homes.
King street vodka ($29.49)
Because who doesn’t want a beautiful bottle of alcohol for the holidays!
ROE Caviar Gift Set with ROE Bites and Creme Fraiche ($165)
ROE's sustainably-farmed, preservative-free caviar is at once decadent and accessible. I love it with their potato pancake bites and creme fraiche for easy entertaining.
Steamery Cirrus No.2 Steamer ($130)
A chic, easy to use steamer so your clothes always look well kept. Great to travel on a trip with.
Heath Ceramics Neck Vase ($187)
A cute gift for anyone. Great for powder bathrooms and to put small floral arrangements near your sink or bedside. No two vases are the same. I buy lots of ceramics from Heath (including all my dishes and serving bowls)
BYTA cups ($29)
These are a no brainer. For anyone and everyone. The best gift. Everyone needs to use less plastic! the colors of these are so beautiful and they fit in a cup holder!