No matter how you spell it – Chanukah, Hanukka or Hanuka – the holiday is fast approaching. I was raised in a Jewish home where we definitely did not celebrate Christmas, and my parents consoled me with the concept that we got eight days of presents and I resigned myself to a lack of Christmas tree. As an adult, I no longer see a full 8 days of presents (boo!), but my family does still engage in some serious holiday gifting. Sometimes gift-giving for Hanukkah can be a little tricky. You want to honor the holiday, but not overdo it. Not too worry, I’ve narrowed down the vast interwebs to nine items that would be perfect for your Hanukkah-celebrating friends and family.

We’ve planned out a lot of gift guides to help you sort out all of your holiday shopping, but this one is a personal favorite. For those who have everything but are always on top of the latest and greatest in the fashion world and beyond, our Trendy Gift Guide is the place to figure out exactly what it is they’re craving.

Receiving a classic piece is always appreciated, of course, but sometimes you just want something that feels fresh and current and now. That’s what this guide is for – that girl who lives in the moment, watches fashion like a hawk and always has the latest things. Those people are usually hard to shop for, but we think we’ve figured it out.

Once upon a time, people who loved technology and gadgets were considered geeks. It’s weird to think about just how recently that era was, particularly since the general public now sits in rapt attention whenever Apple unveils a new product in California. Now everyone’s a gadget person, and meeting someone who’s not is a jarring experience. I can think of one person I’ve met in the last five years who didn’t have a cell phone, and he was profoundly strange.

With so many of us leading gadget-centric lives (I have an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro and an iMac. All in my tiny apartment. For no reason. They’re like a little family that I live with.), technology is a natural source of great holiday gifts. After all, if you want to buy something that a friend or family member will really use, odds are that choosing something to make their phone or tablet experience more enjoyable is a great way to go. Below, we’ve selected some of the most stylish tech gifts of the season to get you started.

Despite the fact that we often talk about the most expensive accessories on the face of the planet, everyone on the PurseBlog team finds great pleasure in well-priced pieces as well. That’s especially true around the holidays, when we want to spread as much cheer as we can to our friends and families. (And, ok, to ourselves. We like cheer too. We’re not above admitting that.) Try as we might, we can’t buy a Birkin for everybody.

What we can do, though, is find great gifts under $100 to give to our friends, family and coworkers. We’ve scoured the Internet and found a selection of the best gifts, from handbags to makeup sets, that seem a lot more expensive than they are. You don’t have to have a huge budget to be a great gift-giver, and we’ve got ample evidence of that fact below.

If your dad is anything like mine, he’s a little hard to shop for. Not only does he generally tend to buy whatever he wants for himself before anyone gets the opportunity to give it to him, but he’s retired, so I can’t fall back on reliable gifts like ties, cufflinks or interesting pieces for his desk or office. If you’re shopping for luxury gifts for your dad, you’re probably in a simular situation – what do you get for a man whose primary activities are going to the gym and exploring iTunes? (Or, in the case of many retired dads, playing golf and…playing more golf.)

After careful situation, we think we’ve got a good selection to get you headed in the right direction when you’re shopping for your pop. Our first piece of advice? Splurge a little bit on your parents. They’ve probably given a lot to (and for) you over the years, and now’s the time in life to show them how much you appreciate it.

We are so thrilled to bring you the PurseBlog Holiday Gift Guides for 2012! Our team has been working hard for weeks to be able to plan every gift guide you could want to help you get through the shopping season. Whether you are shopping for a loved one, a frenemy, or the man in your life, we have the guides for you. You can track each guide on our Gift Guides page and follow along as each box lights up once the guide is live. From now until the end of December, we plan to bring you every bit of help you could possibly need. If we’ve left something out and you need some guidance, feel free to write to us and we will try to help!

Visit our designated Holiday Gift Guides 2012 page now!

The gift guides are just going to keep on coming! Today we put together the best gifts for mom, who is always a tricky person to shop for. I always begin thinking about what I will get my mother for the holidays extra early, not because she is difficult, but because I really want to find the perfect gift for her.

Mothers have the hardest job out there, and that’s why we want you to plan extra early when it comes to finding a great gift for mom. Whether your budget is small or extra-large, we have some of the best gifts any mother would love. Check out our picks below!

Typically, Monday morning means the start of a new week, and while it still means that today, this week there’s much more added pressure: it’s Thanksgiving week. While I am pretty excited to be celebrating Thanksgiving and eating until my expandable pants won’t expand any more, I am also ready to officially kick off the holiday season with our annual gift guides.

This year we have lots of gift guides full of covetable goodies for everyone on your list in store for you, and to begin, we thought we’d help you plan the very important Hostess Gifts for the Holidays. Whether you are spending the the holidays with friends, in-laws, or family, a Hostess Gift is a must. (And not just for Christmas, but for Thanksgiving and all the holiday parties in between, too.) A bottle of wine always gets the job done, as well as bringing a dish for everyone to enjoy, but if you are looking for something to wow, we’ve got the goods picked out to show your hosts that you really appreciate their hospitality.

This is probably the fastest moving year of my life or so it seems. November has arrived and that means the Holidays are upon us. Every month I feel like I say the same thing, but really, how did this happen? We kick off each month with a birthday gift guide and though November and December birthdays may get lost in the holiday mix, we haven’t forgotten about you November birthday babies.

The birthstone for November is the gorgeous citrine stone, which holds a medium deep yellow hue. Fall yellows are one of my favorite fashion statements, as the color works well with blacks and browns and burgundy alike. I rounded up the best Citrine Handbags for our November birthday girls. Happy birthday!

Hey October babies, this is your month! And here I am trying to put together the best opal bags as birthday ideas, but it’s tough. Really tough. Opal is a stone that changes color in light and glimmers and shines non-stop, which makes finding any type of handbag to coincide quite difficult. When I started to think about it, I began wishing that more designers would make bags that had flecks of color that could shine randomly. So here are the bags that I think are the best when it comes to opal handbags – a slight tinge of metallic with an off-white color is the closest thing out there.

Happy Birthday all our October gals and guys, your birthday is in one of my favorite months of the year! I hope you like your gift guide! (more…)

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