Habitually Chic Favorite Things Gift Guide 2020: No.1
I know some of you will think this holiday gift guide is too early and others will be excited so you can start shopping now. I’m posting a week earlier than usual because retailers are worried about shipping delays as more people than ever will be shopping online for gifts this year. Many friends and family also won’t be able to travel to spend the holidays together so they will be mailing presents to their loved ones. I think we could all use some fun holiday cheer now and since it’s snowing in many part of the country, it feels like the holidays are already here.
My followers on Instagram asked for gift ideas for some hard to shop for people like a “husband who has everything and just wants a yacht” to a “mother in laws who doesn’t really like you” and tweens so I’m going to try to do my best to find something for everyone. This is the first of four or five gift guides so I’ll have a lot more gift suggestions coming each week.
One last thing. I think it’s important to think thoughtfully about what the recipient would like to receive especially after this year. Check out their Instagram account posts and stories. What are they posting? Is there something they’ve mentioned needing or wanting or wish they could afford? If you really look, I bet you will figure out the perfect present. I also think it’s nice to give something long lasting with an ephemeral gift like food or a gift card so they will remember you long after the other thing is gone.
A lot of people can’t agree on anything right now but I think we can all agree that Dolly Parton is fabulous. This Dolly Parton Cookie Cutter Set is the perfect gift for the Dolly lover in your life or buy it for the family to make together while listening to Dolly music or watching a Coat of Many Colors. Make it even easier by including the Dolly Parton’s Holly Dolly Sugar Cookie Mix. You can shop the entire Dolly Parton Collection here.
This $75 Cashmere Sweater for Women and Men available in 14 different colors makes a great gift but Naadam is having a 25% off Flash Sale now if you want to look for other cozy gifts. The $75 Cashmere Sweater is excluded because it’s already an amazing deal.
We can’t entertain strangers or people outside our bubbles right now but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain new ways to set the table for your family. Aerin Lauder’s new book Entertaining Beautifully will help you take tabletop to the next level.
These Ana Mari Ortega Round Pearls on Hook for $118 were a huge hit last year so I’ve decided to bring them back again for this gift guide. Ana Mari Ortega is also generously offering HC readers 20% off anything on her website with the code HC20. Her site is a great one stop shopping place for all the women in your life from her jewelry to her spa boxes and handbags.
A possible mother in law gift is this Neo Amalfi Heraldic Print Gemma Scarf. I love tying a scarf around my neck and tucking it into my crewneck sweater like Gwyneth Paltrow in A Perfect Murder. This one is also available in three other prints.
I just bought these cozy Sherpa Indoor Slippers in black and they would make a perfect gift in either color. I’m a size 37 and the medium size for perfectly. I’d say size small would fit a 5 and 6 and the large would work for maybe size 8-9. I think they’d also be great for overnight flights when we are allowed to travel again.
Since Paris and other cities in Europe are going into lockdown again, we should probably prepare for the possibility of that happening here. A great early Christmas present would be this Deluxe Scrabble Set to keep your mind sharp and your time occupied.
Your germ-phobic friend or relative will appreciate this Bondir UV-C Sanitizing Lightbox. This “UV box uses high-quality and powerful UV-C germicidal bulbs to kill harmful viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. Kills 99% of all bacteria within 5 minutes and prevents germs from reproducing, multiplying, and neutralizes antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” Fits smartphones, keys, watches, headphones, nail tools, makeup brushes, and jewelry.” You can also find it in black and almond.
These lovely hand-hooked holiday pillows are handmade to order and can take up to 5 weeks to create so they should be ordered as soon as possible.
If your little British boy is stuck in the US now, he would probably love these London Mix Pack Favourite Socks. They are available in eight other patterns though if London doesn’t work.
The Diptyque limited edition holiday collections always sell out early so you should snap up their chic candles quickly. I always love the Diptyque Scented Candle Trio which includes small sizes of the Moonlit Fir Scented Candle, Floral Majesty Scented Candle, and Amber Feather Scented Candle.
Backgammon is a great game for anyone to learn and I love how chic this leather backgammon set looks in navy but it’s also available in camel.
The art loving teenager or man-boy in your life would be excited to receive this Jean-Michel Basquiat Set of Three Printed Skateboards.
Sneaker Mayhem: The Ultimate Sneaker Book For Sneakerheads is well, the ultimate sneaker book for the sneakerhead in your life. It was just released in late August so chances are they don’t have it either.
This Robin Knitted Cardigan is so cute that I wish it came in my size.
Don’t forget about your four legged friends this holiday season with this very chic dog bed.
The astronaut in your life would think these Glow in the Dark Pajamas are out of this world!
I had requests for gift ideas for families and I think this Pasta Starter Set would be a fun activity for a family to do together.
The garden or Bunny Mellon lover in your life would definitely appreciate this new book, Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon.
I think this pandemic is definitely aging all of us. This NEWA Skin Care System Anti-Aging Facial Treatment Skin Tightening Technology For Home Use has made a big difference in my skin and would be perfect for anyone in your life who would like to look a little younger.
If you haven’t watched The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, you are seriously missing out. I guarantee it’s going to bring back chess in a big way so order a chess set now for your friends and family before they all sell out.
Buy all your female friends these chic Pure Silk Adult Pleated Face Masks to help prevent maskne.
Any skincare obsessed friend or family member who’s not looking their best would appreciate this Dr. Barbara Sturm Travel-Sized Glow Kit. I know I would!
Your new-age loving friend would definitely appreciate this Amethyst Crystal-Infused Water Bottle which is also available with rose quartz, clear quartz, and smoky quartz. Add to it some tarot cards and the book Fearless Tarot: How to Give a Positive Reading in Any Situation. I had a reading with author Elliot Adam recently and was blown away at how spot on he was about what’s been going on in my life. A tarot reading from him would also make a great gift.
Your friend who needs to jazz up their Zoom calls would love these gold-plated Swarovski crystal earrings.
This Twin Pack of Long John Pajamas would be a cute early holiday gift for the little girl in your life.
The tween in a bubble group might have fun with this Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer for their selfies.
If you and your friends and family need a reset before or after the holidays, why not try the Prolon Fast Mimicking Diet together. You can save $25 off the plan and get a free 30 count box of the new variety Fast Bars.
Maybe your mother in law who has very refined taste would appreciate this new book, Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends.
The perfect stocking stuffer for any New Yorker is this set of New York City Playing Cards. They are also available with Nantucket and Palm Beach motifs.
I had a lot of questions about what to buy families and recommendations for food baskets. You can never go wrong with any of the gift baskets or crates from Zabar’s. Just make sure the one you buy includes bagels and their amazing cinnamon rugelach.
Why not buy every member of your family their own monogrammed throw blanket so they stop fighting over blankets this winter. They are also 20% off with the code FRIENDS right now. They also make a great hostess gift.
Your workout obsessed sister would appreciate these Bala Bangles for her home workouts for winter.
Why not buy every women in your life this Ruth Bader Ginsburg Blown Glass Christmas Tree Ornament. The company that makes it makes so many fun ornaments of people, food, and objects that you could buy a different one for every recipient on your holiday gift list. These sell out early every year to buy these now.