Eight Great Gift Ideas for Just for HER
What do you gift to your favorite hostess, or your co-workers, boss, the ladies who have gone the extra mile and those very special women in your life? That gift for her has to be special no matter what your budget! We think these eight are simply great! Pick one to suit her personality and your budget!
Make It Personal – 2 Ideas from Simply Personalized Products
Personalized gifts show you have really put some thought and effort into finding something you think that person is really going to want, like and keep. It also shows you purchased that gift just for that person (no “re-gifting” unless your name or initials are exactly the same).
Simply Personalized is an online site with a mind-boggling amount of items you can personalize ranging from children’s books to jewelry, to artwork to more unusual items We’ve selected two ideas that are not just practical, but versatile, and they make lovely gifts.
We really liked the colorful glass cutting board ($54.99) is part of the Simply Personalized new Clairebella collection. You can order this in 2 sizes approx 16 x 12″ or 12 x 8″ and in a wide range of designs, colors, and personalized styles from an initial, to a monogram, to a full name (up to 22 characters). On the back of the piece, there are little button feet to keep your counter from being scratched and to keep the cutting board from moving about.
While this is meant to be used in the kitchen, you could use it as anything from a placemat on a table, to a way to keep furniture safe from perfumes and cosmetics (if they leak onto the glass you can just wipe clean with a damp sponge). You could even use this under the pet bowl! The Clairebella collection has a lot of really pretty gift-ables for home entertaining includes homeware, kitchenware, personal accessories and more.
Treat her to a clear acrylic tray ($45.99) engraved with any message up to three lines of 12 characters . Like the Clairebella Cutting Board above, this acrylic tray has many more uses than just holding food and drinks. It could also be a showpiece for her perfume, makeup, jewelry, perfume,etc. The acrylic tray is substantial and arrives nicely boxed. It measures 16.5″ x 9.5″ x 2.25″ and is dishwasher safe and BPA free (also made in the USA). Visit http://www.simplypersonalized.com/ and order early. Then you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the holiday spirit, instead of spending your time in crowded stores!
L’Occitane Duo Mains & Levres Hugs & Kisses
L’Occitane always wows us with beautifully packaged gifts in all sorts of price ranges and for all sorts of interests and personalities, but if you’re looking for something that makes a great hostess gift or a gift to give a co-worker (or even the boss), we like the L’Occitane Duo Mains @ Levres Hugs & Kisses or if you will, the Shea Butter Lips and Hands Duo ($35) . This gift set has two things everyone can use to help deal with the saboteurs of dryness and Winter environments: a 1 oz Shea Butter Hand Cream and a 0.40 oz. Shea Butter Lip Balm 0.40 oz. The attractive soft-sided bag/ornament with blue with blue and gold accents is ready to gift without even having to add more wrapping to it, FYI: shea butter from the African Shea tree, Shea Butter has natural benefits that protect and nourish dry and dehydrated skin and help to prevent moisture loss to keep skin hydration levels high., Winter can really dry out the lips and hands, so this set will really be welcome! Visit your favorite L’Occitane boutique or visit http://usa.loccitane.com/
L’Occitane Arlésienne Voyage Set
Another L’Occitane gift that is impressive but amazingly well prices is the limited edition Arlésienne Voyage Set by L’Occitaine ($26.00/$36.50). This is a gift for her that’ that is so affordable you might gift this one to yourself too. . The fragrance is an homage to the woman of Arles in France –”the Arlésienne.” The notes include a trio of Provençal flowers made with extracts of rose from Grasse, sweet violet, and saffron from Provence emblematic of the spirit of the woman of Arles: rose for her grace, the sweet violet for her mystery, and the saffron for her temperament. The beautifully boxed three piece set features mini sizes of:: Arlésienne EDT 0.25 fl.oz.; Arlésienne Lip Balm 0.4 oz. and Arlésienne Hand Cream 1 oz all packaged in a red holiday box (just add a bow and a gift card).
A larger ticket item in the same fragrance category from L’Occitane is the Limited Edition Graceful Arlsienne Gift set ($78.00Value $108.00) . In this pink and red “hatbox” you’ll find more products in the scent collection, and larger sizes of Arlésienne Eau de Toilette 2.5 fl. oz., Arlésienne Shower Gel 8.4 fl. oz., Arlésienne Body Milk 2.5 fl. oz.. Arlésienne Soap 1.76 oz., – Arlésienne Hand Cream .33 oz. . Since they’re all already impressively packaged in a big red L’Occitaine holiday box, you don’t need to gift wrap! Visit your favorite L’Occitane boutique or visit http://usa.loccitane.com/
Edie Parker Glitter Coasters
No one likes to have water stains on their furniture, but it can be a challenge to get people to use coasters. Not with these glitzy Solid Round Coasters ($165) by Edie Parker! They are guaranteed to make everyone stop, look, and put their drink down on them. Made with 100% acrylic and infused with a rainbow of glitter pieces, you can’t help put want to pick one up.
Edie Parker makes vintage-inspired clutches but she launched home accessories in Spring 2016. Judging from the pieces we saw at the Accessories Council preview, they’re going to sell out quickly. All of her items are handmade in America by skilled artisans using 100% acrylic. Visit the Edie Parker Website www.edie-parker.com
Vera Bradley Ornaments
We found these Vera Bradley Ornaments ($19/each) that are cute enough to hang from more than just a tree and at under $20 they’re a great hostess gift for her or a little thank you for those folks who have gone the extra mile for you all year. Nearly every woman knows the designs of Vera Bradley and her iconic quilted totes. But Vera Bradley has branched out a great deal. For the holiday/Winter season, Vera Bradley is featuring handbags in leather and some with faux fur, and some really lovely faux fur scarves and earmuffs, glitzed with sequins.
If it’s the Vera Bradley iconic pretty prints you are after, there are plenty of those in her totes and items. What we like so much about these little ornaments with two of her designs is that you can decorate with them all year, because they not really so Christmas-themed you couldn’t just use them in a sunny window, or on a real tree in the Spring and Summer. You might hang them from a tree branch, on a table setting, too. For more information visit www.verabradley.com
Piccolo New York Scarves & Fingerless Cashmere Gloves:
At the Accessories Council holiday preview in NYC, we discovered Piccolo New York, a luxury fashion brand launched by two sisters featuring 100% cashmere knit fur and leather trimmed ponchos, gloves, shawls and hand-printed animal skin designed scarves. How could we not love anything “sisters?”
Piccolo New York cashmere is remarkable. It’s kitten-soft! The print scarves are also soft and luxurious and generously sized. The animal prints are not your average basic print –they’re transformed so that you aren’t just wearing tiger or zebra stripes, or leopard spots (just boring and we all have enough). The fingerless gloves trimmed in fox fur ($129) are on our wish list, for sure. We want them in every color!
The print scarves ($195) make a one-size-fits-all luxe gift for her, or to impress the boss or that special woman in your life. Visit http://www.www.piccolonewyork.com
The BIG Cheese – Jarlsberg!
We had no idea that Jarlsberg was celebrating its 60th anniversary until we until we attended an anniversary party” of sorts for the company. American eat more Jarlsberg than they do in Norway! We also didn’t know that Jarlsberg and the lite version are naturally lactose-free. That’s good news for all your lactose-intolerant guests, and it also makes it more gift-able.
When cheese is made, the whey is separated from the milk, and what is left is the curd. Since most of the lactose follows the whey, little is left in the curd. During the ripening process, the small amount of lactose that remains is eaten by lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria are added to give the cheese its distinctive taste and consistency. The lactic acid bacteria produce enzymes that are involved in cheese ripening. In a fully matured cheese, there is no lactose left at all, just lots of great taste. The cheese is also gluten-free.
It takes over 200 pounds of milk to make one Jarlsberg® wheel! You can also find Jarlsberg® Hickory Smoked Cheese and several varieties of Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps in bags that are great for eating as-is, or for dipping. While it would be impractical to bring a huge wheel of cheese to your favorite hostess, it’s easy to bring her a slice, along with some Jarlsberg cheese crisps for her to enjoy the next day. Add a nice bottle of wine and package it in a pretty bag or basket to make a great holiday gift. Get some for your own gatherings, too. For more information visit www.jarlsberg.com
Kinross Cashmere Poncho & Matching Scarf
When you find a piece of clothing that you absolutely love, you’ll wear it everywhere, all the time. If we owned this Kinross Cashmere poncho ($285) and matching scarf ($148) we would travel with it, lounge in it, wear it at work when we feel a chill, and wear it all over the world. We swear we’d sleep in it! Kinross Cashmere is soft and warm and they feature lovely colors and lots of scarves and shawls. The Cashmere Poncho is also available in a subdued beige combination, but the blue and turquoise reminded us of a Caribbean sea, which we think is just lovely. These items are mostlyh sold in boutiques (at least for now) but fFor more information and where to purchase visit http://www.kinrosscashmere.com