Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Perfect Presents For Everyone On Your List
19 Holiday Gifts That No One Will Want to Regift
Holiday shopping is a juggling act: You run to Game Stop to buy presents for one child, to Target to buy gifts for your in-laws, to Nordstrom’s for your best friend, and then back to Target — and before you know it, a whole day and hundreds of dollars have disappeared. And did you even get a gift for your brother-in-law? And what about that rogue uncle who sometimes shows up? Take it easy this year. We’ve done your homework for you, tirelessly sampling, searching and visiting holiday previews to arrive at the ultimate gift guide for you and yours.
Gifts for her
For the shoe lover: Aquazurra Fire Stilletto Pumps, $825, www.saksfifthavenue.com
The ultimate party shoe, this shapely stiletto will elevate even the most ho hum LBD.
For the fashion girl: Gabriela Hearst’s Nina bag, ebay.com
This diminutive bag—a favorite of many fashion it girls, including Miroslava Duma— has a waiting list but resourceful gifters can find it now on Ebay. This white hot version (recently spotted on the arm of Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert) is currently selling for $2850.
For the wellness junkie: Uma Incense Sticks, $16, www.westelm.com
Entirely organic, Uma’s wooden incense sticks are saturated with essential oils designed to promote wellness. For a relaxing blend, choose Pure Calm, a blend of chamomile and lavender. For a more stimulating mix, try Pure Bliss, which combines sandalwood and stimulating rose to promote mindfulness and positivity.
For the mom who drinks with you during Friday afternoon playdates: Monogram Stemless Wine Glasses, $15, www.amazon.com
Save the Flamingo leg stems for when your child finally heads off to college.
For the woman who’s always cold: Vince Camuto Parka with Faux Fur Hood, originally $298, now $199, www.nordstrom.com
Surprisingly warm for a jacket that isn’t very bulky, Vince Camuto’s cozy down parka comes in a flattering A-line silhouette with faux shearling around the neck and a faux fur hood.
Who doesn’t need hydration and emotional well balance? This gorgeous water bottle, featuring healing rose quartz in the base, will deliver good vibes all during (and after) yoga class.
For the mother-in-law you actually like: Bobbi Brown Luxe Classics Mini Lip Set, $150, www.nordstrom.com
How many times has she selflessly offered to babysit so you and your hubby can enjoy a weekend (or even a night) alone? Times that by ten and you have the perfect gift.
For your Insta-fabulous niece: Edie Parker Hello iPhone 7 Case, $45, www.saksfifthavenue.com
A case so cute it will redeem even the most narcissistic mirror selfie.
Gifts for Kids
For the future interior decorator: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse with Furniture, $129.99, www.target.com
Classic, minimalist, and chic enough to jive with the rest of your home’s decor? Why, yes, this dollhouse from HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines is all that (and for a fraction of the cost of a similar dream home Pottery Barn has been peddling for years). Part of Target’s Hearth and Hand with Magnolia collection, the dollhouse comes with ten equally charming pieces of wooden furniture, so your child can put their inner designer to work in their own version of Fixer Upper.
For the video obsessed kid: Nintendo Switch, $299.99, www.amazon.com
Good luck extracting this joy switch from your child’s hands this winter. Nintendo’s new Switch system lets users play their favorite video games wherever they want and with as many friends as they want. The system connects to your TV for a traditional gaming experience at home, but lift the console from the dock, and you’re free to game on the go. Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers on either side of the handheld console come off, allowing for multiplayer gaming at school, the mall, in the park.
For the Star Wars fan: Sphero R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid, $129.99, www.amazon.com
Finally, the droid every Star Wars fanatic has been waiting for — and just in time for The Last Jedi. Control this R2-D2 with your smartphone, sending it out on patrol and triggering its signature waddles. Watch your favorite Star Wars film with R2-D2 by your side, and the unit actually reacts to the action. Its holographic simulator lets you explore the galaxy and send messages to Obi-Wan. The Sphero toy is also a teacher: Download the educational app and learn to code your R2-D2 with character-specific commands.
For the little girl who will one day rule the world: MILLY Minis Bossy Tee, $65, www.saksfifthavenue.com
For the third grader who’s dying for an Apple Watch (but can’t even find his apple slices): VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, $47.97, www.amazon.com
Not quite ready to gift your elementary schooler an Apple Watch? Try this VTech smart watch on for size. It’s a dozen gifts in one, featuring games, activities, a camera, action challenges, a motion sensor to count steps, a voice recorder, a touch screen, an alarm, a timer, a stopwatch, a calendar, a calculator and, well, a watch.
Gifts for him
For the dude who has everything, except the perfect watch: Apple Hermes watch, $1200, Hermes.com
The Apple Watch Series 3 features Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and cellular data.
For the Dapper Dad who needs a new winter coat: Façonnable Loro Piano Cashmere coat, 1000 euros, faconnable.com
For the man who would rather dance naked in the snow than miss the Cowboys game: OMONSIM Game Day Socks, $6.99, www.amazon.com
Get the message loud and clear with these socks — which make a perfect stocking stuffer. Any sports lover will thank you.
For the husband who prides himself on having a
“smart” house: Nest Learning Thermostat, $199, www.nordstrom
Nest’s Learning Thermostat ensures you’ll never arrive home to a bitterly cold country house again. Use it for only one week, and the device learns your preferences, habits and the weather in your area. Then, it programs itself.
For the Dad who want to look cool (but not like a try hard): Ted Baker Romeo Funnel Neck Padded Jacket, $381, tedbaker.com
This British line runs small so order one size larger than normal.