The Nice List: For Her, Pt. 2
A gift is so much more than the present itself. It's the anticipation and excitement that makes you feel like a kid again on Christmas morning. It's wondering what that special item is hidden inside, and imagining so many thrilling possibilities from its size, shape and weight. It's the joy of seeing a perfectly packaged present nestled under a twinkling, ornamented tree; reading a thoughtful message inscribed in a beautifully handcrafted card. It's the delightful sound that comes from tearing to pieces that candy cane printed wrapping paper to find what you've been coveting for so very long.
What's even better than the gift? For us, it's the gift giving. It's that one moment (that wonderful, magical, invaluable feel-good moment) when you know you've made someone's day.
We're wrapping up our roundup of thoughtful holiday gift ideas, FOR HER, and we hope so very much that it gives you the inspiration you are seeking this holiday season. Merry shopping loves!
The Lounger Gift
If you or your bestie can lounge with the very best of them... we're with you! Because while work, play (and that little case of FOMO you haven't quite owned up to) have kept you quite the busy bee this year, there's something you'll never trade up... your beauty sleep! For the girl boss who can appreciate a casual night in (scented candles, pizza and Netflix, required!), a cozy set of PJs and a steaming mug of tea (or mulled wine! See our recommendation from Part I of our Gift Guide) can go a long way. Lounging never looked so good!
The Daddy & Fox Pussy Galore Pajama Set (above) was made for those marathon sessions of snoozing, lounging and indulging in any act of delicious reverie. Made in South Africa from 100% cotton this cozy two-piece sets the tone for those Friday nights unwinding indoors, or lazy Sunday mornings that call for coffee and brunch in bed (cause aren't those simply the best?). This set is breathable, soft, and beautifully patterned. Consider pairing it with our Lavender Sleep Mask and some well-deserved rest and relaxation in the New Year.
- Daddy & Fox Pussy Galore Pajama Set + The Blue White Lavender Sleep Mask
- BRUNETTE The Label Sweatshirt + Many Mornings Socks
- LILA Scots Collection McDuff Dress Modern Scarf + SPAROZA Shaman Tea
For a piece that's as playful as it is snap-worthy, grab your bestie a sweatshirt from BRUNETTE The Label. These conversation starters are serious billboards for the soul, made for the marathon brunches, fry enthusiasts, caffeine addicts and wander lusters in all of us. Our favorite combo? The Blonde and Brunette sweatshirts, which paired together are Instagram gold and make for an oh-so fun outing when styled alongside your BFF. Add a pair of ultra cozy socks from Polish design house Many Mornings and your gifting duties are complete! From Bold Beets and Juicy Pineapples, to Snowy Mountaintops and Playful Felines, the collection of brilliantly patterned socks adds an electric pop to everyday office attire (much needed!) and makes for quite the snuggle companion on chilly winter mornings when you'd rather just stay under the duvet.
An equally cozy alternative is a tartan scarf from the LILA Scots Collection. Made in Scotland from 100% pure new wool, choose from a variety of patterns, including the popular Thomson Camel and Black Watch, festive Stewart Royal or bold MacBeth Modern. Pair it with our organic Shaman Tea imported all the way from Athens, Greece and you have yourself the perfect present. Our personal favorite tartan is the McDuff Dress Modern... super holiday wouldn't you say?
The #GirlBoss Gift
We've witnessed some pretty major changes in the workwear department over the last two decades. Sayonara to the pant suits and the blazers! We've embraced office attire that is both elegant and feminine, because nothing is more empowering than looking and feeling confident in your own skin. And that begins with your wardrobe. Designers have carved a place for workwear in high fashion (finally!) and we've got a few favorite pieces that will make returning to work in the new year all the merrier. If these looks don’t put a pep in your Monday step, nothing will.
The Pemba Dress by Cypriot designer Erotokritos is a vision in chic black and white. The traditional check pattern, accentuated with metallic silver threading, will elevate your office ensemble to the next level. Made from soft cotton and wool, we especially love how this versatile piece creates the illusion of a crop top and skirt for the most flattering fit. Whether your shopping for yourself or the #girlboss in your girl squad, the Pemba dress will be your biggest champion as you close that big deal, snap up that coveted promotion and overall slay at the office. Bring it on 2017!
For another office appropriate piece that can be styled season after season, the Mayfair Heel by British designer, Yull, is the definitive 'power pump'. Made in the UK from 100% leather, it boasts a warm olive tone and black patent cap toe that goes with everything from earthy browns to creams and blacks. Easy to wear and comfortable to boot, this is the holiday gift that keeps on giving (fashionably, of course)!
The Creative Spirit Gift
She is an artist inside and out, and if she's looking to buy, you can be sure that item's going to be one-of-a-kind, just like her. She is your artistic best friend, always sketching, painting, observing the little things that so often go unnoticed. She always carries a notebook with her, and sees the beauty in everything she puts pen to paper. Her positive energy is infectious, and as far as you're concerned, she's your creative half, the right brain. Her gifts must be and will be as unique as she is.
The beautiful scarves by Grecian Chic are hand-illustrated by the masterfully talented Elena Zournatzi, the designer and founder behind the brand. Inspired by the world around her and by her Greek heritage, her illustrations are digitally printed on pure silk twill in her London studio, creating stunning pieces that can be styled with any ensemble. Gift the coveted Trojan Horse, Folklore or our favorite, Grecian in London to the artist in your life.
Also well worth appreciating are the fine woven and leather handbags by Greek designer, Tagari. This collection was made for the artistic eye! Each handbag was crafted using a traditional loom technique that dates back to Ancient Greece, and is embellished with soft leather details that make it feminine, modern, and a touch bohemian. From the movement of the tassels, texture of the leathers and craftsmanship in the weaves, the Tagari collection represents what it genuinely means to be handcrafted. Carry along the brilliant cobalt blue Meltini Clutch with black suede fringes to your next swanky holiday soiree.
The Academic Gift
This is for the college prepster in your life, or perhaps she's working on her PhD? She watches National Geographic, gets lost for hours in the library, and considers Starbucks her regular work space. The caffeine's just a bonus! She's always spotted carrying around her iPad and a NYT best seller, is up to speed on current events and absorbs random factoids like a sponge.
- Silver Scholar Satchel + Your Favorite Book
Gift your academic a Scholar Satchel by Cypriot designer Love From Cyprus (LFC). Perfectly sized to fit all the essentials, including an iPad mini, the satchel can also be strapped crossbody so that biking (or walking and reading!) can be done easily and hands free. Handcrafted from 100% raw Greek leather in Cyprus, the Scholar Satchel is available in three wonderful winter colors - chocolate brown, metallic silver and purple. Consider pairing this beautifully handcrafted bag with a favorite novel to lend this fashion forward gift a personal touch.
So there you have it. We hope this Gift Guide has taken a little bit of the stress out of your holiday shopping. If you still haven't found your perfect gift, please do email us, as we would be delighted to share additional gift ideas with you. Happy holiday shopping!