The holidays get very expensive very quickly. Not only are there gifts to buy, but there are parties (both to attend and to throw), holiday dinners, travel expenses and a whole other hosts of costs that go along with a celebration. We usually talk about extravagant shopping adventures around here, but with your budgets in mind, we’ve prepared a series of gift guides that are tiered by price.
When we think Gucci, we think of fabulous Italian style, best-of-the-best exotic handbags and leather goods with a rich historical context. All of that, of course, comes with a designer price tag; quality workmanship and fine materials have their attendant costs. What you might not realize, though, is that it’s possible to put a little bit of Gucci under the tree without totally tapping out your budget.
There are a few obvious bag gifts every holiday season. After all, who wouldn’t want a classic Chanel or Hermes bag, if one were an option? Beyond just the obvious choices, though, there’s a whole, wide world of potential handbag gifts out there, spread among a variety of price ranges and for nearly everyone on your list. Like we do every year, we’ve taken the liberty of finding the perfect handbag gifts for everyone in your life, which you can peruse below.
As much as we’d like to give everyone a handbag for the holidays (and we really, really would), that’s just not an idea that’s within our budgets this year. Makeup, skincare and haircare, on the other hand, are a much more price-flexible gift idea; a $30 eyeshadow palette is delightful, but so is a $600 set of Tom Ford lipsticks.
Beauty gifts run the price continuum, and there is literally not a single person on this planet who can’t be plied with a lovely set of hand creams or some new nail polish.
If you’ve got a big family, lots of friends or simply a long list of people with whom you’d like to curry favor, this time of year can get…intense. We’re staring down the barrel of a week that culminates in the biggest shopping day of the year (and make sure to check back with us on Friday for a comprehensive guide to the best sales and deals on the Internet), and figuring out where or how to start can be a task in and of itself.
By now, everyone should know that a bottle of wine isn’t an ideal hostess gift, even if it is a traditional one. At dinner parties in particular, party-throwers probably have taken wine pairings into consideration, and an extra bottle will, at best, get lost in the shuffle. Instead, pamper a hostess with something a little luxurious just for her – cashmere slippers, a bottle of luxury bubble bath, a little something for her home.
To be honest, I’m not sure if I have even felt that summer feeling yet, but in a blink of an eye the entire season has passed me by. After being super busy with work and traveling, it has meant I woke up and it’s nearly the middle of August. There’s still time for our August birthday girls, so I put together a gift guide with your birthstone, peridot.
I forgot to give the June birthdays some loving, but I’m hoping these beautiful ruby red bags will make everyone happy, especially our July birthday babies! A red bag is an instant statement piece and we’ve found some of the best bags that work both for our July birthday gift guide and anyone looking to add a red bag to their collection.
Face it: we’ve now entered Mother’s Day gift crunch time, wherein you try to surreptitiously find out what mom likes these days and pray that whatever store carries it also offers expedited shipping so that you don’t feel like a disappointment of a child when Sunday rolls around. To expedite that process on your behalf (and avoid tipping mom off that you’ve waited until now to search for a gift), we have a suggestion: get her something luxe that doesn’t require you to guess her size.
Mother’s Day can be an extremely tough gift-giving occasion, especially when shopping for your own mother. What do you get for a woman who’s well established in her life, has grown children and who you’ve already given dozens of gifts for Mother’s Days, birthdays and Christmases or Hanukahs in the past? How do you pick something meaningful that’s not basically a repeat of a gift from a couple years ago?