Hard to believe that the holiday season has once again arrived so quickly, so it is time for my annual personality perfect gift guide where I go in search of unique gift ideas for the different personalities on your shopping list. Here is what I found this year...
For the Budget Conscious Fashionista:
I get a lot of compliments when I wear fashions that I find at Kohl's, especially the J Lo line and the Rock & Republic styles. Jennifer Lopez has a fashion line that fits curves nicely and the price is right, too. Rock & Republic has cutting edge styles and comfy jeans that can be purchased for both the gals and the guys. Be sure to visit www.kohls.com and register because you will frequently receive coupons that can be scanned right off of your smart phone in addition to the already low prices. Also note that most of the time, the price will be lower at the register than what is marked on the price tag. I have never paid what the J Lo price tag says, as it is always less at check-out. To see the cool styles I brought from J Lo and from Rock & Republic, watch the segment. Also consider buying a Kohl's gift card so that your loved one can shop for the fabulous fashions.
And big news for Kohl's is the launch of French designer Catherine Malandrino for DesigNation who blends the energy of New York City with the elegance of Paris in her stunning clothes. Her styles are now sold for great prices at Kohl's, so give the fashionista on your list a cutting edge outfit from this cool line that is new to Kohls.
For the Guy's Guy:
If you have a great guy that you want to give a gift to that will remind him to relax and enjoy life, get him the fun KRUPS Beer Tender. You can find them for $149.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel and www.krups.com. This is a fun gift to give because your guy can keep his beer cold and serve it to friends and family easily from the counter-sized appliance that looks a lot nicer than a keg. The Beer Tender is designed to dispense Heineken, Heineken Premium Light and Newcastle Brown Ale and the beer stays good for up to 30 days. Fun and unique gift for sure.
For the Tween Girl:
Not yet a teen, but too big for grade school, these girls love the Keds line, especially the black high top that is comfortable and stylish all in one. The Keds for Kate Spade line have super cute polka dot patterns and the Keds Rookie Wedge high tops are a favorite of my daughter's and her middle school friends. Keds are high quality shoes that have been around for a while and they are comfortable and good for your growing girl's feet. Order the different styles at www.keds.com or find them at Nordstrom.
For The Organic Beauty Gal:
One of my favorite lines that I discovered this year is the Nourish line. The Nourish Coconut Argan Oil is sold at Whole Foods and the Nourish Coconut Argan Body Wash and lotion are sold at exclusively at Target. Select the Signature set which is available in all of Nourish Organics scents, including luscious Fresh Fig, delectable Almond Vanilla, refreshing Lavender Mint, and sweet Wild Berries. The set is also available in Unscented for those looking for a great fragrance-free gift option. The Nourish line is 100% USDA certified organic.
For the Festive Mani/Pedi Gal:
It is fun to give gifts that already come in holiday-themed packaging, so I was happy to find
the Ciaté nail polish line perfectly packaged for the holidays. The mini Paint Pots are filled with fun glitter shades that come in pretty Ciaté tree trinkets. Each of the six Sephora exclusive pots are enclosed in a crystal clear bauble and finished with a signature black satin bow, making it a great gift idea. The limited edition pack contains six new glamorous glitter shades in Candy Cane, All Aglow, Yule Rules, Blizzard, Naughty or Nice and Glitterball, including six gift tags so you can give the entire set or multi-task and present these fun polish presents to six different friends. I also like Ciaté because this polish is free from Dibutyl-Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde, plus they have a unique professional optimum 250 bristle, flat brush to give an even, smooth finish to the nails.
For the Lovely Wine Lover:
This is so cool because it doubles as a stylish purse, but it also carries and keeps a wine bottle cold. It is a wine clutch ($25) and Urbayn in Chandler carries lots of different colors and patterns. Fun and unique gift idea. Urbayn is located near the I10 and Ray Road in the Casa Paloma shopping center in Chandler.
For the iPad Lover:
I have looked and looked for a stylish Mini iPad holder and I finally found one, even though it isn't meant to be an iPad holder. Urbayn has envelope purses ($25) and a mini iPad fits perfectly in this stylish clutch. The store also carries a large variety of attractive full sized iPad carriers that are made to carry iPads.
For the Teen Boy:
I do think these guys are hard to shop for, so I asked my almost 16-year-old son what teen guys like these days and he told me that watches are back in so that is a good one to know about. I also found some cool sports items at Urbayn. I picked up a cool golf sign ($15) that says, "When you have lots of things to do, get your GOLF GAME out of the way first" and since my son plays on the high school golf team, this was perfect. All kinds of sports are included in the sports gift section for guys. Another good stand-by is to get a teen boy an Amazon gift card or Visa gift card. Teens and tweens love those.
For the Fashionable and Fun Hostess:
For the hostess that needs to don an apron while entertaining, I found one that is blinged out with words that say "group therapy" underneath a line of colorful cocktails at Bed, Bath & Beyond for only $19.99. I love this!
For the Fab Fragrance Female:
Elizabeth Arden Untold perfume has a pretty floral scent and comes in a bottle and box that looks holiday festive. Order this perfume at www.elizabetharden.com.
For the Sweet Toothed Girly Girl:
Tiny Hands Scented Jewelry is an adorable jewelry line that has scented food jewelry from cupcakes, cookies, donuts, waffles, lollipops and more. All of the sweet treats are featured on necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Best sellers like the Strawberry Sprinkles Cupcake Necklace and Pumpkin Pie Ring make these USA made handcrafted pieces fun to give for the holidays. For prices and different jewelry styles, visit www.tinyhandsonline.com.
For the Little Girl:
Sass Factory brings together fashion and fun and takes me back to my own childhood because this toy is the age-old pastime of paper dolls. Budding fashion designers can put their skills to the test by first choosing a bright pink or purple t-shirt. Then they dress their Sass Factory Me-T with one of the six different sassy characters and her playful pup. Whether the little girl you are shopping for is into fairy princesses or sports, there's a sassy dress-up outfit to suit everyone's individual style. She can also mix and match parts of different outfits to put her own unique spin on each dress-up style. The characters adhere to the shirts with Velcro and sticker material. Each t-shirt set comes with one outfit and a dog for less than 30 dollars. Made in the USA and can be ordered at www.sassfactory.com.
What are your favorite gift ideas? Have you seen anything really unique out there this year? Tell us in the comments section and remember to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more holiday shopping ideas, recipes, beauty news and more. Happy Holiday Shopping Season!