Holiday Gift Guide For Him: The Sophisticate

For the sophisticated man in your life, go for the classics - a universally flattering pair of Ray-Ban aviators, a plaid scarf, aluxe money clip - things they may not buy for themselves but that they will use all the time.  On that note, every guy loves a new gadget. Throw some wine into the mix and you have a sure fire winner of a gift with an electric corkscrew. I gave one to my boyfriend last year and he still loves to show it off whenever we have friends over for dinner. 

Have no fear, you don't have to spend a fortune just because he likes the good life. I recommend a design related coffee table book for a budget friendly buy. Consider this one on Eames, it makes an impact in style but doesn't leave a long lasting impression on your wallet. 


 stocking stuffers for her

My favorite part of Christmas morning has always been opening stockings. I also love shopping for stocking stuffers. Something about finding a myriad of little joys while eating breakfast gets me every year. There is still some time left to order online, so have at it. Oh,  and did I mention the best part? Almost all of these stocking stuffers are $25 or under (so they also make great little gifts for friends!).


stocking stuffers for him

Gals aren't the only ones who rush to see the goodies inside their stockings in the morning, get the guy in your life some stocking stuffer goodies to help keep him entertained throughout the day. For the adult boy in your life look fordrinking accessories, gadgets, toys and novelty food to score big points in the stocking arena.

Cool Tech Gifts For Guys!

tech gifts for guys

Men love their tech toys, so indulge him! The basics: iPhone compatible gloves are a must for those that live in cold climates and an extra boost of juice from a mini battery pack can save the day. For the big kid grab a mini arcade game and for the James Bond in-training  get a nifty watch cell phone.

Men aren't the only ones who want to stay up to date when it comes to electronics and tech accessories, gals like their gadgest too! Technology gifts geared towards women are instant holiday success stories. 

 holiday tech gifts for women

Whether she likes things that or light and bright or her style is more savvy and sophisticated, tech accessories are great for gifting. For snap happy moms an iPhone photo  printer is a sure fire winner. Glam gals on the go will love Incase's gold iPhone wristlet that has room for credit cards. And for the workaholic, liven up her desk with an animal speaker or Rebecca Minkoff keyboard (or both)!


Before we get into my gift guide for fitness gifts for men, let me make a disclaimer; I may not be a personal trainer, but I am a damn good shopper! When giving gifts I do my research, so for this guide I logged some serious time on Men's HealthEsquire and Men's Fitness trying to find the best workout gear to give a guy that's in shape or that wants to be. 

 Fitness Gear Gifts for Men

1. Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 8,$129.99: Sporty Spice has nothing on the guy running down the street in these Asics! Moisture wicking, lightweight and supportive the Gel-Noosa's are perfect fits for the training triathlete. 

2. J Lab Go2 Bluetooth Headphones,$49.99: He will love the technology and functionality behind these blootooth headphones.  Wire free and sweat proof, you can shuffle your music or take calls using this unbeatable set of headphones. Heck, I want a pair myself!

3. Dr. Cool & Dr. Hot Bags, $16: A great stocking stuffer to ease aches in a man that goes hard in and out of the gym. And the quirky IV shapes are sure to bring a smile to his aches;)

4. Digital Cordless Jump Rope, $18.25: Combine 2 things men love, working out and technology with this digital jump rope. It not only tracks jumps but calories burned - just think twice about getting this for him if he has downstairs neighbors;)

5. The North Face Pullover, $55: Lightweight, sweat wicking and weather shielding, this pullover is great for working out or walking to the gym in not so pleasant weather. The North Face is a go to for performance wear for both men and women. 

6. CamelBak All Clear Purifier, $114.95: For the wilderness man in your life CamelBak's purification bottle  uses UV technology to purify water in 60 seconds. Don't let him take another hike without it. 

7. Nike FuelBand SE, $149: Get him geared up with one of the newest workout gadgets on the market, the Nike FuelBand SE Fitness Tracker. I don't know what this doesn't do...It tracks sleep, steps, calories, workouts and automatically syncs with iPhones. 

8Jerky of the Month Club, $74.85 for 3 months: If he's gone Paleo, a Jerky of the Month membership is the perfect gift - Christmas morning every month when he gets home to a package of healthy treats at his door!

9. Bowflex Adjustable Dumbells, $349: Meatheads rejoice! Bowflex adjustable weights (5 to 52.5 pounds) give guys the ability to pump iron in the comfort of their own home. 

10. SmartWool PHD Running Socks, $15.97: Socks can be a determining factor in the comfort of your workout. These ultra light and padded socks come in a number of colors and are perfect for runs or hikes. 

11. L.L, Bean Snowshoe Package, $199: Perfect for the outdoor lover, L.L. Bean's snowshoe package has everything he needs to get moving in freezing temperatures!

Holiday Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

My favorite fail proof holiday present to both give and receive is an intriguing coffee table book. Perfect for an employer, book club buddy or a mother-in-law, a present containing beautiful illustrations won't go unappreciated.  

gifts, coffee table books

There are endless gift options for fashion and interior design lovers when it comes to coffee table books. From designer retrospectives to street style compilations to photography favorites,  there is a book at every price point.  I know  I'm eagerly awaiting getting my hands on a beautiful page turner. 

Holiday Gift Guide: HOME DECOR
home decor gifts
1. Magical Thinking Pillow/2. Jayson Home Tyrol Horn Vase/3. Rhino Bookend /4. Anthropologie Celestial coaster set/5. Turning Triangles Terrarium/6. Zebra print rug /7. Diptyque 'Oliban' Holiday Candle

Bohemian babes incorporate their carefree style into every room. Faux zebra skin rugs, rich scented candles and tribal motif throw pillows are all safe choices to make the bohemian's jaw drop. I have to admit, I own #2#4 and #6....can you guess which style is mine? Only a few more things needed to complete my living room...Are you listening mom??

home decor gifts

For old hollywood loving glamour girls, give them a unique gift of something they may not buy for themselves to up the femme factor of their home. Leigh Viner art is a fashionable find the glamazon will surely go crazy for. If all else fails, gift her a fluffy pillow, flower vase or mirrored object so that she can see her eyes sparkle.

gifts for hipsters

The "Hipster," we all have one in our life whether it be our little bro or favorite co-worker. Why not help them update their Good Will filled crash pad with something you know their alternative posse will applaud for. Anything Pabst Blue Ribbon related or that looks like you found it at an exclusive garage sale will probably do the trick.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

mother's day gift guide
1. Mom's love tea, heck, so do I! This Ikat Tea For One Set would look great in the office.
2. A beautiful scented candle is always a safe bet for a gift.
3. A Gauze Rose Scarf  is the perfect accessory for chilly spring night strolls.
4. If she likes to dig in the dirt, give her some decorative gardening tools.
5. Woven Espadrilles  are the perfect gift for moms who wants to look cute while chasing after young kids. 
6.  Glam moms will love this Laura Mercier color palette
7. The perpetual hostess will go crazy for these dog plates .
8. How cute are these Moby Measuring Cups?! For a cooking maven these are perfect. 
9. For the tech savvy mama, a bright iPad handbag will definitely be well received.
10. Help your mom look stylish while chatting away with a Polka Dot iPhone Case . For more tech gift ideas for Mother's Day see my past post on 'Tech Gifts For Her'. 
11. Garden Stool's are great gifts  because they work outside and in, and the patterns and color options are endless.


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