Turtleneck: J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck (available both at Nordstrom and J.Crew–comes in tons of colors! Check back often if you don’t see your size, they go really fast but frequently re-stock!), Plaid scarf: J.Crew Factory (only $25! Comes in more colors as well!) Jeans: J.Brand Maria skinny jeans (also at Nordstrom) I also love these Rag & Bone Skinny jeans and Levi’s 721 High Waisted Skinnies, Ankle Strap Pumps: Marc Fisher c/o DSW (similar here and here from Nordstrom) Also, Shopbop has a really big selection of adorable ankle strap pumps at lot’s of price points! Ball Drop Earrings: J.Crew (shop more ball earrings here!) Present boxes: Target
Happy Wednesday, guys!
Hooray to being halfway through to Friday. Can you believe Christmas is SO close!?
This week has gone by kind of fast for me, because Neal was home on Monday (he travels often and is gone Monday nights) so that was really fun to spend that extra time together. We went to Orange Theory and then made dinner (I made my own version of this tumeric braised chicken that was really good!) I threw in extra veggies–cauliflower and sweet potatoes–to make it more nutritious.
Yesterday honestly it looked so miserable outside that I didn’t leave the house. WHOOPS. (Except now I feel like a hermit. Gotta get out of the house today.)
Anyway–EEEK! It’s getting down to the wire on online purchases, so today I’m excited to reveal my biggest gift guide yet. (It’s honestly so big that I didn’t do collages because it would’ve taken me like 10 extra hours to do this post ?
In addition to my “Gifts for Everyone on Any Budget” guide, I’m also sharing another festive outfit in case you’re in the market for more holiday party or Christmas Eve outfit ideas!
You’ll notice that a couple of items in today’s outfit are also part of my gift guides (for good reason, they’re awesome!) but, let’s dive into outfit details before we jump into gift guide territory, yeah?
First, ARE YOU SO SHOCKED OMG I’m wearing a tissue turtleneck! (!! ?) You know I always like to keep you guys on your toes. (But really, see how else I styled my favorite tissue turtlenecks here, here, and here to name a few.)
I decided I had to complete my collection of striped turtlenecks on Black Friday and snagged this black turtleneck with white stripes. These are my absolute favorite layering turtlenecks (which you’ll know if you have read my blog ever, I really never shut up about them ?)
This camel plaid blanket scarf is another pick in my guide, for good reason–it’s super versatile! Wear it as a scarf, as a wrap, or you can even belt it to make it into an adorable poncho.
Also–how cute are these earrings? They come in additional colors and would make the cutest gift for a coworker or girlfriend.
If you’re in the market for some great party shoes that will get a ton of wear, my ankle strap pumps are from–wait for it–DSW! They’re $59 and so darn cute. I wore them to Thanksgiving and will probably wear them for Christmas, too!
Anyway, let’s jump right into these gift guides already! I’ve rounded up gifts for everyone on any budget for the entire family, friends, coworkers, you name it–I’ve got a gift for them below!
Gifts Under $10
Officially the softest, comfiest, coziest socks known to the world. Everyone needs these in their life. (Kelly owns 100 pairs in black, not kidding.)
GlamGlow makes awesome products, and sheet makes are always fun gifts to give!
For your cat-obsessed coworker, give this to her with a bottle of her favorite Pinot!
Kiehl’s lip balm: $5
Women and men love Kiehl’s lip balm. It’s a great gift for anyone and right now its on sale!
Because we all know that person who would carry hot sauce with her at all times if she could. (But now she CAN!)
Fisherman Beanie: $10
It’s hard to find cozy beanies at this price, but this one fits the bill, and comes in so many colors!
Mini gold photo frame: $10 each or 2 for $12
These mini gold photo frames are so cute and the price is tough to beat! Awesome gifts for aunts, cousins, coworkers, etc.
Like a pop-socket but a ring! So cute, right?
Avocado Huggers: (keep them fresh!): $7
How many avocado lovers do you have in your life? [So many.] And how many of them are sad when they only eat HALF the avocado and the rest turns brown? [All of them]. Which is why this is the best gift ever ?
I have this neck scarf and it is SO CUTE. I can’t believe how much it’s marked down now. Perfect for your most stylish, feminine bestie!
Gifts Under $25
I just got these adorable earrings (the one’s I’m wearing in these photos) and I love the combination of the beading and the sequins! It’s subtle but makes them even more fun! They come in other colors, too.
Holiday Pug Slippers: $23
I actually squealed when I saw these. They have pugs with reindeer antlers on them! For only $24! They are a MUST for any dog freak in your life!
Plaid Blanket Scarf: $24
Another item I’m wearing in these photos, this plaid blanket scarf! It’s cute as a scarf, or as a wrap! It’s really versatile and comes in other colors–plus, you really can’t beat the price.
My Aunt Julie got me a set of nice chopsticks back in college because she knew how much I loved Thai and Chinese, and I STILL have them. They’re a super cute but functional gift for someone who loves their takeout ?
For someone who has everything, but enjoys fun and new experiences–this DIY Everything Bagel and Cream Cheese kit looks fun AND delicious! (Wouldn’t this be a fun Christmas brunch activity?)
Who doesn’t love fair isle socks? These come in a pack of two and will brighten anyone’s Christmas morning!
My favorite moisturizing mask that comes in the prettiest packaging and is made of good-for-you ingredients. I love this brand, and all of their products would make amazing gifts. All of their prices are very reasonable!
For the frequent traveler, this “How to Pack” book will look cute on a coffee table and is full of useful info!
I couldn’t believe this set was only $19! It includes three sets of the prettiest little vintage-inspired studs and mini hoops!
Joshua Tree Print: $25
This would make the coolest gift for a new home-owner or art-lover! It’s one of my friend Cassandra’s prints. (Blair also has this hanging in her stairwell! I love it!)
Gifts Under $50
J.Crew tissue turtleneck: $17-$34
Hands down the most versatile layering piece that I own. (Well…pieces…I own several of them these days ?) I’ve never met any woman who wasn’t obsessed with these! Plus, they’re so affordable, you can afford to stock up for your mom, sister, mother-in-law, cousins–whoever!
(Note: The price varies based on color and also by retailer, sometimes they will be different prices at J.Crew vs. Nordstrom!)
Knit Pocket Scarf: $29
How adorable is this chunky scarf? It has POCKETS. Amazing. And it’s the best winter color!
Cashmere gloves always make the best gift! I don’t know about you, but I can never seem to hang onto gloves, so gloves are always a welcome gift, especially if they’re cashmere AND a beautiful color? (Camel especially!)
Swell Water Bottle: $35
Swell makes amazing water bottles and they help bring clean water to those who need it most! Nordstrom has so many in lot’s of colors, so you can find one that suits just about anyone!
Wine & Work Doormat: $34
How funny is this doormat? Perfect for any wine lover!
It seems like I can’t go a day without hearing how amazing these sherpa lined cardigans from Abercrombie are! They’re the perfect thing to lounge around in on Christmas afternoon.
Cozy Fleece Throw: $39
A super soft fleece throw will make anyone smile–especially a recent grad, or someone who just moved into their own place!
Lodge Cast-Iron Pan: $29
This is the pan we do 90% of our cooking in, and we absolutely LOVE it. Funny enough, guys especially seem to be obsessed with cast-iron pans. (Dads, boyfriends, brothers alike–I think maybe because they’re so good at cooking bacon? Haha!) Anyone who loves to cook definitely needs one of these.
Still on our kitchen kick here–this nifty little gadget has EVERYTHING on it that someone might need! This would be awesome for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of kitchen space, again, a recent grad, college student, or any cook who is always on the go!
This tee is on my list, doesn’t it look sooo comfy? And nobody ever owned enough stripes ? I like that they’re grey too, for a nice mix-up!
Beer Cap Map: $35
For any beer enthusiast, Beer Cap Maps is a really fun gift to hold collected bottle caps!
Mock Neck Sweater: $49
I love this mockneck sweater that comes in the prettiest orangey-caramel hue! (They have a lot of other colors too, but this one is my favorite!) It would be perfect for your sister or bestie!
Beautiful Kids toy sets: $30+
If you’re looking for something to buy nieces, nephews, or even your own kiddos, Shopbop has the most beautiful kids toy sets (like, that don’t have primary colors and that you actually wouldn’t mind seeing scattered on your floor) You can shop their full selection here! They even have a wooden sushi set ?
Gifts Under $100
This is a twin of my gold initial necklace and it’s such a steal! It comes in rose gold as well! It would make a really nice gift for any woman in your life! (Also, it could be cute to get a new mom with the initial of her new baby!)
I am LOVING this adorable striped sweater. It looks so cozy and the stripes are so classic.
I’ve been wanting one of these letter boards forever! Anyone who likes home decor will love opening this.
I love that these PJ’s aren’t super baggy like a lot of other flannel pajamas, they’re cut more slim for a cuter, more feminine silhouette.
I absolutely love Cuyana–they make the most beautiful, classic leather goods. I like that this passport holder has more compartments and it’s long enough to hold your plane tickets!
This cozy knit throw with cute fur pom poms just got marked down! Hooray! Comes in several colors as well.
Velvet Leggings: $98
My favorite leggings EVER like, in the world. They are so comfortable and make every outfit you wear them with so much cuter! (You can wear them with anything you’d wear regular leggings with.) They are the perfect gift for your fashion-loving friend, sister, or mom!
I think we all know a few Kombucha nuts, am I right? This has a tap for easy dispensing and looks way prettier on a counter than an old jar!
My favorite sweater (I’m actually wearing it as I write this post, hehe!) just got re-stocked in all sizes. Your sister, cousin, mom, or bestie will LOVE this sweater. Comes in black, too! It’s the softest thing you’ll ever put on, I swear. (And not itchy at all!)
You guys know how much I love neck scarves–and I just discovered one in CASHMERE! It’s the warmth of a winter scarf with the femininity of a neck scarf. I’m in love! I seriously want everything from White & Warren. (Liz first turned me on to them!)
Classic Tall UGG Boots: $199
I’m laughing to myself that I’m adding these to my Christmas list again (flashback to high school where I LOVED tucking my Juicy jumpsuit sweatpants into my UGGS!!!) but UGGs are making a comeback. And, why not, really? They’re the warmest, comfiest boots, and I really want boots I can pull on with leggings and a cozy sweater without having to actually, like…get dressed? Put REAL boots on? You feel me? They now come with a pre-treated protective coating that makes them water and stain resistant! ??
I’ve been seeing these really pretty sideways dainty initial necklaces popping up everywhere, and I think they are so beautiful! This one is 14K gold (not gold plated!) so you know it will last a long time!
A great nice gift for any whiskey-loving man in your life! You can’t get cooler than Waterford crystal tumblers. We got a pair at our wedding shower and they are Neal’s favorite glasses to drink out of.
Down faux fur trim parka: $199
This down faux fur trim parka is so cute and a budget-friendly alternative to many of the other down coats out there! Comes in several colors.
Ray Ban “Icon” Sunnies: $153
My favorite favorite new sunnies. I’m convinced they look good on everybody–Ray Bans always make the best gift, and they never go out of style.
I swear a new person EVERY week reaches out to me to tell me how much they love these boots! They’re awesome because they’re waterproof and they’re stretchy in the back, so they really do hug to your calf and your thigh–which is where a lot of other boots miss the mark! Plus, you cant do better on price!
Cuyana Travel Bags: $110
Another awesome gift from Cuyana–I have these bags in “ecru” and they are absolutely beautiful. You can monogram them as well, and they’re great for frequent travels or organization lovers. They look so pretty on display on your bathroom shelf!
Lole Packable Jacket: $110
If you’re searching for a lightweight, packable jacket for your mom, sister (or yourself, obviously) I highly recommend this Lole jacket! I adore this brand and this jacket is great to wear on a run to and from the gym, but it also looks great with sneakers and jeans if you’re heading on an outdoorsy adventure.
My T3 curling iron:
Honestly. This curling iron is AMAZING (so many people have messaged me thanking me for the great recco! Everyone says it’s the best one they’ve used!)
It’s convertible, so you can change out the attachments (there are a bunch you can buy!) but use this base with the 1″ barrel attachment about 90% of the time! I also like the larger barrel it comes with too if you’d prefer to purchase the full set (it’s just more pricey!)
Splurge Gifts: $200+
I’ve been dying for one of these chunky handmade blankets! They definitely are pricey though (unless you want a really small “lap” blanket…which I’m confused…what is the point of that? ?) You get what you pay for though–an awesome, handmade blanket that helps out a small Etsy maker at the same time is definitely a win!
This wins GG reader choice gift of the year! Multiple people reached out recommending these for inclusion in my gift guides–awesome gifts for both guys and girls who travel frequently or just enjoy their peace and quiet!
This luggage set has great reviews and is such a steal! I’m obsessed with both the gold and rose gold colors, but they have more “manly” colors as well, if you’re looking for your guy ?
J.Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat ($350) or Chateau Parka ($375)
Both of these J.Crew parkas are really warm (made of J.Crew’s toasty “stadium cloth”) and are a great puffer alternative. They’re both really classic and classy jackets–my favorite is the cocoon coat because it can easily be dressed up as well. It’s still fully stocked in grey!
Stuart Weitzman Boots: $798
Anddd now. I’ve saved the best for last, my Lowland boots are honestly my favorite thing that I own. (Lowlands are their flat boots, but they make a lot of different over the knee styles that you can shop right here at Shopbop (free prime shipping!) or right here at Nordstrom!)
I will admit that I think it’s absolutely ridiculous for anyone to spend this amount of money on a pair of shoes, and would never dream of spending this amount on something like heels or pumps (because I really don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to get a good pair of heels) but over the knee boots are different.
I have tried on countless pairs of over the knee boots and there are NO boots that are as good as these. They truly hug your calf and thigh (even for those like me with really small calves.)
Ask any owner of Stuart Weitzman OTK boots and they will tell you the same–they are truly one of a kind and they are expensive for a reason: the quality is unparalleled. I guess long story short, YES, they are worth the money, and YES, if you’re thinking about it, you should fully encourage your entire family to go in on these for you in lieu of multiple gifts ?
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