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Habitually Chic Favorite Things Gift Guide 2017: Part Deux

by habituallychic

11 . 28 . 17


There is nothing I find more overwhelming that creating gender and age specific holiday gift guides. Instead of doing it the way everyone else is doing it this year, I’ve decided to create a few favorite things gift guides inspired by Oprah. This one mixes gifts for everyone on your list so you can get them crossed off quickly.


You can’t go wrong with giving anything from Cuyana but did you know they now have a Men’s Collection?  Why not buy the man in your life a Leather Dopp Kit and fill it with TSA approved travel amenities.

I don’t know any man who’s not obsessed with watches so how about giving him A Man and His Watch to keep entertained on Christmas Day.

For the art lover who has everything, are these Artist Dolls which include Vincent Van Gogh, Salvator Dali, Andy WarholYayoi Kusama, Piet Mondian, and Frieda Kahlo. I especially love the Vincent Van Gogh with the bandaged ear.


I love my Hartmann Tweed Carry On but it’s a little heavy. I’m thinking of buying this Raden 22 inch Charging Wheeled Carry-On Suitcase. It available in nine different colors and comes with a charging cord, ear plugs, and an eye mask. I think the Hunter Green Gloss color is especially chic and would make a great gift for the college grad or traveler in your life. There is also a 28″ Charging Wheeled Suitcase to create a set.


While we’re discussing travel, I love these Leather Luggage Tags. A lot of places sell luggage tags but only in a few colors. This one comes in 13 different colors to find the perfect one for your gift recipient. They can also be monogrammed so why not buy a set in a different color with their initials for everyone on your list. This would be a great gift if you’re taking a family trip too.

I love how chic these Over Ear Headphones look. I think they’d be great for any man or woman on your gift list or yourself.

Ron Chernow is the writer, journalist, historian, and biographer who wrote the book on Alexander Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the award winning musical. Now he’s back with a book on Grant that is perfect for any history buff.

Everyone knows the iPhone takes great pictures but you can’t print them out like you can with this Leica Compact Instant Camera. It requires Leica Instant Color Film.


I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Le Creuset and there is a color and style perfect for cook in your life. Or buy a set for the new graduate to start them cooking.

I think a yearly museum membership makes a perfect gift for anyone on your gift list. My membership at The Metropolitan Museum of Art allows me to bring a guest which is a great bonus. There are so many great museums across the country and the world so there has to be a perfect one for everyone you know. I think it’s also a great for younger people who might not be able to afford entry on a regular basis.

Another item on my Christmas wish list is the Bottega Veneta Lauren Clutch in light purple. It’s perfect for any fashionable woman on your list.
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I’ve touted my love of By Terry Baume De Rose Lip Protectant before but now it’s available in a travel friendly tube which means you don’t have to stick your fingers in the pot. Buy the By Terry Baume de Rose Flaconnette Lip Protectant as a stocking stuffer for every woman in your life and they will love you forever.


Fancy soap is another gift that people rarely buy themselves. I love this Aerin Beauty Soap Set as a hostess gift.

The main reason I’ve never bought a fitness tracker is because they are so ugly. Someone has finally made one that looks like a chic gold bracelet. Buy the Wisewear Activity Tracker Bangle for the stylish fitness fanatic on your list.

Long time readers know my love for Heidi Wynne Cashmere Scarves. They are unisex for men or women and are perfect for traveling.

Everyone keeps raving about the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer so treat the woman with great hair in your life to one for the holidays.

I feel like robes are not something that many women buy themselves. Why not buy this Aerin Waffle Pique Robe for all the women in your house for Christmas morning.


There are so many benefits of chess on the brain. It promotes brain growth, exercises both sides of the brain, raises IQ, sparks creativity, increases problem solving skills, teaches planning and foresight, and much more. So those are a lot of good reasons to buy the little person on your list the My First Chess Set.

Doesn’t it feel like all sense of civility flies out the window the minute people pick up a smart phone?  Why not buy this book Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life for the new graduate or the person who spends every mean with you looking at their Instagram feed.

Pajamas are the perfect gift for men and women and boys and girls for the holidays. I think I’m going to buy this cotton pajama set with contrast trim for myself for traveling.


I’ve been looking for a small speaker for my apartment and this Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker fits the bill. It’s available in black, orange and blue and is perfect for traveling and outdoor listening for any music lover on your list. 


This La Prairie Skin Caviar Discover Set is a little pricey so why not go in on it together with your siblings to give to your mom who could use a little pampering.

How cute is this My First Kitchen?  It’s perfect for the little chef in your life and teaching healthy eating habits.

I prefer the toffee but you can’t go wrong giving the famous Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark to anyone this holiday.


I love when I receive a card that says a donation to charity has been made in my name. Today is Giving Tuesday so consider buying someone a gift that gives back or a gift that keeps on giving. I love Heifer International. You can buy an animal for a family that provides them with “both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.”

Happy Holidays!

XOXO,

HC