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.

By Celeste Perron

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.


Under $25
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).

Under $50
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).

Under $75
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).


Under $25
For the music addict…
Make him a souped-up version of an old-school mix CD by purchasing your favorite tracks from iTunes. After you download them to a disc, the site helps you create a professional-looking insert with each tracks’ info and a custom-made cover using art from the various artists in your mix ($.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).

Under $50
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).

Under $75
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.
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