The Holiday season is fast approaching, and we’ve already kicked off the most frenzied shopping season of year with a guide full of gifts to get you started. Now I’m here to help you out when it comes to gifting the hostess, whether it’s for Thanksgiving, a holiday party or a Christmas stay with your in-laws.
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As soon as Halloween passed, we started getting emails from brands and retailers about their newly unveiled gift selections. It seemed early, but a quick look at the calendar explained why: Thanksgiving is late this year, so if shoppers wait as long to shop as they might normally, things are going to be a bit tight for all involved.
Let’s be honest: whether you get along with your in-laws or not, shopping for them is hard. Do you pick something that just makes sense for the woman of the house, since women are usually in charge of the gift-buying and exchanging, or do you try to find something to make the man of the house happy as well?
We all have that one friend who obsessively reads fashion mags, has a Feedly full of personal style blogs and keeps track of every trend, no matter how minute. (If you don’t think you have a friend like this, then it’s probably you.) Those girls and women can be particularly hard to shop for because their ideas of what they want to wear and carry are very specific, and if you’re not paying as close attention as they are, you’re probably not on the same wavelength.
Normally, by this time of year, there are a million things I want. Sale season is in full swing, my trigger finger is itchy in anticipation of second markdowns, everything on the shopping front is grand. This year, despite the fact that I love a lot of what’s going on in fashion right now, my Christmas Wish List (and birthday wish list, since it’s Christmas Eve) is kind of limited.
Getting a gift for your mom can be tricky, no matter her age. You want to carefully straddle the line between luxury and practicality; I don’t know any moms who aren’t busy (my mom, who is retired and has two grown children, still never picks up her cell phone because she’s always out and about), and I also don’t know any who couldn’t use a little bit of a treat.