As I’m writing this, there are only 26 days until Christmas (and now there are less than 20 – cue me freaking out).
The holidays are one of the most fun (but also most challenging) times of the year. How do you usually celebrate? I love hunting for that perfect gift to give to my friends and family – the gift that they don’t even see coming but somehow is exactly what they need. With that said, finding that gift is not always never easy, and in doing my part to share the holiday spirit, I thought I’d decode the secret wish list of the chic fashionistas in your life with enough gifts to spoil them all twelve days of Christmas.
Day 1: All the Masks
Bet you didn’t see this super obvious gift idea coming! You pretty much can’t go wrong with masks, though. While you should consider the recipients’ lifestyle, allergies, and preferences, with a huge variety of masks on the market it should be relatively easy to find one they’ll like – and we’re not just talking about sheet masks. Think out of the box with eye masks for dry and tired eye areas, hand/foot masks to fight rough skin from harsh temps and overnight masks for the sleeping beauties in your life.
Day 2: Cabby Hat
Yes, we’re fully living in this 80’s-90’s fashion revival with Janet Jackson statement cabby hats in all colors and prints. Every hat-loving fashionista will appreciate a versatile black option, but for the fun and funky try a textured fabric or bold print like the Aldo cap pictured here.
Day 3: A Star is Born Soundtrack
Tell me something, boy….(sorry – couldn’t resist) If your fashion-forward friend got to see the box office hit A Star is Born in theaters, she’s *obvis* gonna love the totally sing-along-worthy soundtrack. By Christmas, the film should be out on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, Redbox – whatever we’re using these days – so it may be worthwhile to make an evening of it with a romantic movie night à la sofa. If she didn’t see the film or prefers the original version, take her out for a night of couples’ karaoke and serenade her with your raspy Bradley-esque baritone.
Day 4: Glam Candle
All holiday gift guides *must* include by royal decree a glamorous, irresistibly fragrant chunky living room or bedroom candle for your chic sweetie to enjoy. This is one of the easiest gifts to find, with cute options at your favorite department stores, local Targét, Bath & Body Works, and Nordy’s if she’s sophisticated like that. Take a cue from her favorite foods and signature perfume scent with aromas that play well together.
*Bonus: hate to say it, but not everyone likes smelly things, and some are sensitive to strong fragrances. If that sounds like your style queen, swap the last gift idea for a low maintenance (but still v fetch!) houseplant. Snake plants, terrariums, and succulents are a great way to go and make her desk, vanity and bathroom counter feel way more vibrant during this cold, rainy season.
Day 5: Trend Handbag
A cute, trendy handbag is to the holiday season what marshmallows are to a hot mug of creamy cocoa – they just go together. Even for those types that have their everyday high-end bag, providing a reason for switching it up just for the winter months is exactly what your honey needs to haul her essentials to and fro. Spread cheer in trending styles tweed, fur, metallic, snake print and belt bags.
Day 6: Surprise Subscription
Know a commitment-phobe that could use a little consistency in their life? Deliver 12 months of their preferred subscription without her ever having to dig out her credit card. Cute, useful ideas include Spotify, Boxy Charm, Netflix, Audible, AMC Stubs, Amazon Prime or their gym of choice.
Day 7: Workout Gear
Speaking of the gym, 2019 is right around the corner and we’re sure to all be in that “new year, new me” mode pretty soon. Gifting a stylish workout set might sound like an unorthodox gift, but it’s sure to get plenty of use, especially when those resolutions kick into action. An adorable gym bag, leggings + sports bra combo or the latest and greatest in footwear is sure to have her swooning.
Day 8: Rain Boots
Depending on where you live, the end of the year might come with a splash of rain. Keep your lady love covered with waterproof footwear that isn’t just functional but fashionable. Hunter shorties are always practical while the fresh Sam Edelman rain boots on Amazon are quick and easy for gifting. These ankle rain boots mimic the hottest shoe in everyday fashion – the bootie – but still keep her warm and cozy against the elements.
Day 9: Teddy Coat
Coziness doesn’t stop at the feet. Give her a stylish reason to acceptably walk around in a blanket with a fluffy, fuzzy teddy coat perfect for (singles and couple) snuggling. Popular colors are graham cracker, eggnog, brownie mix, cinnamon roll and classic night(mare) before Christmas black.
Day 10: Spa Treatment
Give a little peace of luxury with a day at the spa for you and your giftee or them + their friend/family member of choice. While a classic mani-pedi package is great for ladies and lads any time of year, give your special someone a spa experience to beat with a Swedish massage or hot stone treatment and facial pairing to have her cheeks glowing with holiday cheer.
Day 11: Travel Set
Who doesn’t like to travel in style? Give your style-setter an upgrade to her toiletry set, a new passport case or one of those device charging rolling bags that she can take on any 2019 vacations. Every time she packs her bag, she’ll think of you and who knows, she may even be more inclined to invite you along instead of picking her favorite locales for traveling with the girls.
Day 12: Weekend Getaway
Each day has been leading up to this – the main event – an all-expenses-paid getaway with your gal pal. It doesn’t have to be a grand trip to Paris but taking the time to plan out the details (accommodations, food, the best time to travel and all the sights) will leave her smitten with sugar plum delight. This gift is sure to be a show stopper and your turtle dove won’t be able to resist giving you a huge smooch under the mistletoe.