Holiday Gifts For Your Honey
Wondering what to get your sweetie this season? Try one of these inspired tokens of affection for under $25, $50, and $75.
he holiday season is upon us, and you’re probably pretty stumped about what to buy your sweetie. But unless you enjoy rushing around at the last minute for something lame (note: anything with a joystick attached or that could be described as a toaster would fall in that category), do yourself a favor and keep reading. With the help of Los Angeles-based personal shopper and gift consultant Megan Dostal, we’ve made holiday shopping insanely easy with a list of can’t-go-wrong ideas in three price ranges.
For the modern girl…
Show up for your pre-holiday date with flowers (or holly boughs) in a beautiful vase, like the groovy white earthenware Babe 2 vase ($14).
For the gal who adores roses…
Women can never get enough bath and body products, and L’Occitane’s La Vie en Rose gift set (which includes a fragrance, shower gel, and scented candle) smells like the most classically romantic of flowers ($22).
For the sentimental type…
These sweet glass blossom Flores earrings strike the right note: They’re delicate, colorful, and romantic—but, unlike some other gifts of jewelry, they don’t come on too strong ($24).
For the wine-lover…
Wineglasses without stems are the hot new thing to swirl your vino in, and the Sideways-inspired Pinot Noir craze is still going strong. So give your sweetie a pair of fancy Riedel "O" stemless Burgundy tumblers ($28 for two), and a bottle of Rodney Strong 2003 Russian River Pinot Noir ($20.99).
For the memento maven…
Prove you cherish your time with her with a stylish bright-patterned album filled with pics of the two of you. Haven’t racked up many picture-perfect moments together yet? Then present it to her empty but accompanied by a card saying you’ll hope she’ll use it to document “your future together” ($35).
For the gal who needs pampering…
The Croc Gift Box is actually multiple goodies in one: a faux croc box that can stand alone as a jewelry or keepsake holder, filled with four different aromatherapeutic body products and a mesh sponge. It’s so lush, she’ll assume you paid way more than you did ($49.50).
For the gal whom you weekend with…
To show that you truly appreciate your getaways with her, bestow a swanky new overnight tote. J. Crew’s preppy pink Montauk weekend bag (which also comes in Kelly green or natural with navy trim) can be monogrammed for a personal touch ($58).
For the homebody…
As the temperature drops, keep her feet cozy in the months ahead with an ultra-luxe pair of UGG sheepskin slippers, in white, black or her favorite pastel ($70).
For the hopeless romantic…
If you think she’d most love a piece of jewelry but don’t want to get too heavy on her, try something turquoise, which is trendy and casual. Check out the turquoise-and-pink ruby earrings by Melinda Maria ($74).
For the music addict…
Make him a souped-up version of an old-school mix CD by purchasing your favorite tracks from iTunes. After you download them to a disc, the site helps you create a professional-looking insert with each tracks’ info and a custom-made cover using art from the various artists in your mix ($.99 per tune).
For the beer aficionado…
Your chap will be chugging in style (and toasting you) if you get him four quality beer mugs and a six-pack of his favorite brew. Not sure what kind he likes? Try the seasonal Pete’s Wicked Winter Brew, paired with Crate and Barrel’s Saloon beer mugs ($3.50 each).
For the golf lover…
Help him indulge in his favorite sport anywhere, anytime with the Pro Circuit Jr. Electric Putting Cup, which is portable and automatically returns his ball ($17).
For the fashion-forward…
Polo-style shirts from retro brands like Le Tigre and Penguin are hot, and they’re the perfect way to make your preppy guy look a little more hip or make your grungy guy appear a touch more straight-laced—but he’ll never guess you’ve got an agenda (Penguin polos, $49).
For the outdoorsy type…
If he loves to ski, snowboard or otherwise mess around in the snow, he’ll appreciate a spanking new pair of high-tech gloves from top snowboarder brand Burton. Their Toaster glove will keep his mitts warm in even the most frigid conditions ($49.95).
For the guy in need of grooming…
Make his morning shave a more enjoyable experience with some posh products, like a handmade badger-hair shave brush ($35), and C.O. Bigelow’s Dr. Galen Original Shave Cream, which is luxe but still no-nonsense—no perfume-y scents that would seem girlie to him ($14).
For the computer buff…
It may not sound terribly sexy, but if your guy has any techie inclinations, chances are he’d be happily surprised if you put a USB card under his tree. These thumb-sized computer accessories let him move documents, photos and more easily between computers. To put a stylish spin on this piece of gear, choose the Lexar Jump Drive Expression, which comes with three cool colors ($60). Or if he’s a Japanese-food fan, get him one way-memorable sushi USB cards (the cucumber maki and tuna maki cards are $59 each).
For the man about town…
Most guys prefer not to carry a bulky wallet, so he’ll be hooked on Jack Spade’s sleek mini-wallet, which is only slightly bigger than a credit card but much more organized than a money clip ($60).
For the artsy guy…
If he’s got a creative side or just likes to document everything he does, “the world’s smallest digital camera” will make him swoon. The ultra-portable Oregon Scientific ThinCam can store up to 500 images between charges—plus it comes in fun bright colors ($60).
Celeste Perron is the author of Playing House: A Starter Guide to Being a Grown Up.