Editors' Picks: Gifts We're Loving This Holiday Season
Everyone can use a little cheer this holiday season. And since we see the latest in fashion, beauty and more throughout the year, we decided to give you a jump start on some gift giving ideas. What are we buying for everyone on our lists (ourselves included)? Check out our favorites to inspire your 2020 holiday shopping
Summersalt Cashmere Lounge Set
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I have three sister-in-laws on my shopping list who live in Europe. And even though Christmas this year will be over Zoom, that's not going to stop us all from matching in these comfy and chic cashmere sets from Summersalt.
Buy it! Summersalt The Coziest Cashmere Hoodie, $125; summersalt.com
But it! Summersalt The Coziest Cashmere Blend Jogger, $95; summersalt.com
Fresh x West Elm
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: When I heard that two of my favorite brands were partnering on a digital pop-up shop, it was a holiday dream come true. This genius collaboration allows you to create the ultimate self-care gift by bundling a curated selection of Fresh's beauty products (like their best-selling Brown Sugar Body Polish) with West Elm's modern home decor (like a set of luxe organic towels or a cozy throw blanket).
Buy It! Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $67; westelm.com/fresh
Brandon Blackwood Tote
Hanna Flanagan, Style & Beauty Assistant: I’ve been eying Brandon Blackwood’s functional (and affordable!) totes all year. And when Kim Kardashian West showed support for the New York-based designer by posting an Instagram photo with his viral “End Systematic Racism” bag in October, I knew I wanted to do the same this holiday season. Whether you choose Blackwood’s politically-charged design or one of his original box-shaped purses — which come in neutral shades, as well as snakeskin print and metallic pink, among other statement-making options — you’ll be supporting a young Black creative who's bound to break even more ground in 2021.
Buy it! Brandon Blackwood Kuei Bag in Powder Blue Shearling, $125; brandonblackwood.com
Z Supply Girls Dip Dye Pullover
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I have five nieces ranging in age from five to ten, so I consider myself an expert when it comes to gifts for girls. This year I’m buying all of them super-soft, tie-dye sweatshirts because #coolestauntever.
Buy It! Z Supply Girls "Kaiya" Dip Dye Pullover $44; zsupplyclothing.com
Filoro Cashmere Cardigan
Sarah Ball, Market Editor: I've been living in leggings and refuse to wear real pants, but I want to upgrade my winter uniform and this cardigan is the prefect piece to do so. It's super luxe looking (and feeling!) and the fringe detail adds some flare to a basic look. (a.k.a. a white tee and black leggings).
Buy it! Filoro "Harlow" Cashmere Cardigan, $150; filoro.com
BeautyStat Mini Universal Essentials Kit
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: I discovered this Black-owned business during quarantine and immediately fell in love with the efficacious products. Founder and CEO Ron Robinson, a cosmetic chemist with experience at some of the biggest beauty brands in the world, developed his own patented Vitamin C and more gamechanging formulas that changed my skin. For under $40, this mini skincare set is one not to miss.
Buy it! BeautyStat Mini Universal Essentials Kit, $39; saks.com
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: If you have a hard-to-shop-for guy on your list, get them a Bespoke Post gift card. Whether they want to pick from one of the brand's many curated box sets (which includes this crewneck sweater and face mask duo this month) or peruse the tastefully refined selection of hand-picked products, the range varies from grooming, to barware, apparel and home decor, so there's something new, cool and best of all, useful, to discover at every turn.
Buy it! Bespoke Post Cable box, $45 with membership; bespokepost.com
Saje Wellness Diffuser
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Making your WFH space as zen as possible is really important. Enter this Saje diffuser which will make any room more tranquil.
Buy it! Saje Morning to Night Diffuser Kit, $80; saje.com
Alex Mill Sweater Jumpsuit
Lindy Segal, Contributing Editor: I’ve largely stopped buying new clothes, but I wouldn’t be upset if someone wanted to gift me this jumpsuit for the *checks notes* many days of lounging still to come. Nope, wouldn’t be upset at all.
Buy it! sweater jumpsuit, $175; alexmill.com
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: If you're looking for the perfect gift for a mom or mom-to-be, go with this cozy robe cardigan hybrid. It's the perfect piece to throw on over everything from jeans to pajamas and she'll appreciate the oversize pockets.
Buy It! Goumi Knit Hooded Cardigan, $98; goumikids.com
111Skin The Aesthete’s Wallet Sheet Mask Trio
Jackie Fields, Style + Beauty Senior Editor: I was first turned on to 111Skin’s masks by none other than Priyanka Chopra Jonas in 2017. When she shared that her favorite one from them at the time “makes anything I put on after look flawless,” I was sold. At essentially $10 a mask, this affordable set is an affordable introduction to the luxe, celeb-loved brand, and is especially welcome now that in-person pampering is not an option.
Buy It! 111Skin The Aesthete’s Wallet Sheet Mask Trio, $30; 111skin.com
Sweatpants and Food
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: The only things truly bringing me joy this year are sweatpants and ordering the food I miss. I'd like to share that same 360° happiness experience with my loved ones.
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I stan all Uggs. I wear my short chestnut boots more than I should probably admit. And I've had these slippers saved in my shopping cart forever. Going to snag myself a pair, as well as my mom and sister. They're bound to be the most worn footwear we own.
Buy it! Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide Slippers, $100; ugg.com
Tiny Tags Perfectly Imperfect Heart Band
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: Our personal style may have changed dramatically throughout quarantine, but everyone's love for jewelry has stayed the same. These delicate rings that can be kept on every day are the perfect accessory to bring joy to a loved one.
Buy it! Tiny Tags Perfectly Imperfect Heart Band, $60 for sterling silver, $75 for gold vermeil, $275 for 14k gold; tinytags.com
The Harmonist Hypnotizing Fire Candle
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: Sure, a fancy candle is an obvious gift, but that’s because nearly everyone likes to receive them. I like to give one that not only smells incredible (of course), but also doubles as decor. This blend of rose, patchouli and vanilla checks both boxes.
Buy It! The Harmonist Hypnotizing Fire Candle, $80; the harmonist.com
Leopard Lounge Set
Lauren Lieberman, Senior Photo Editor: Winter is coming, and let's face it, nobody is dressing up to go out anywhere any time soon. So why not be stuck at home in a comfy and stylish outfit? This super soft leopard-print set is cute worn together or separately, and is a perfect companion to your next Netflix binge!
Buy it! shopfit2at Leopard Lounge Set, Top, $32, Pants, $38; instagram.com/shopfit2atee
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: Not only are these two-tone earrings a total outfit-maker, but they also have a great story: They’re handmade with sustainable tagua seeds by female artisans in Ecuador.
Buy it! Noonday "Ditto" earrings, $48; noondaycollection.com
GOT BAG Rolltop Backpack
Diane J. Cho, Features Editor: It’s more important than ever to become a conscious shopper. When there are so many brands and products to choose from, the GOT BAG really stands out because of their 100 percent water-resistant backpack, which is made of ocean plastic. Each backpack is created from 7.7 lbs of plastic that’s collected from the brand’s own clean-up program in Indonesia. It’s sturdy, beautifully designed and has so many useful functions. Can’t wait to gift this to my family this year.
Buy it! GOT BAG Rolltop Backpack; $149, got-bag.com
Stuart Weitzman Boots
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I've had my eyes on these Stuart Weitzman combat boots since I saw Serena Williams wearing them in the brand's powerful fall 2020 campaign. Here's to hoping my husband is reading this. Someone send him a link?
Buy it! The Kolbie Boot, $675; stuartweitzman.com
Brooklinen Bath Sheets
Lindy Segal, Contributing Editor: If I could wrap my entire life in waffle knit, I would. But since I (sigh) can't, I'll take these oversize, ultra-soft towels that instantly give any bathroom fancy-spa vibes.
Buy it! Set of two waffle bath sheets $79; brooklinen.com
Prose Shimmer Hair Oil
Jackie Fields, Style + Beauty Senior Editor: These days it’s rare my hair isn’t wrapped up under a scarf. But, if anything could entice me to take it out, it’s this lovely oil. The extra cool part about hair care brand Prose is that all of their products are customizable based on your individual needs (all you have to do is fill out a short survey), and this is no exception. So you’re not only giving the gift of gorgeous, but healthy hair, too.
Buy It! Prose Limited Edition Shimmer Hair Oil, $48; prose.com
Fellow Electric Kettle
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I turned into a big tea drinker during quarantine. And thanks to ad-targeting on Instagram, I'm adding this chic Fellow electric kettle to my list. It offers various temperature control options and a sleek, precision-pour spout, perfect for tea or pour-over coffee. I think it will make a great addition to my work from home space. (And yes, I still support millennial pink.)
Buy it! Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over Kettle, $149; nordstrom.com
OUT Travel Kit
Mackenzie Schmidt, Home + Travel Editor: We’ve all gotten used to wearing our masks and toting hand sanitizer every day, but if you need to travel by public transit (plane, train, bus) this winter, it’s not a bad idea to up your sanitation essentials. This kit, created by three women during the pandemic, has everything you need to make travel as safe and germ-free as possible: a disposable seat cover (a la early adopter Naomi Campbell), a tray table cover, 2 pairs of disposable gloves, 2 stylish disposable masks, hand sanitizer spray, and alcohol wipes for hands and surfaces. Everything comes in a small, to-go pouch you can tuck in a carry-on.
Buy it! OUT Travel Kit, $29; theoutbrand.com
Kira Stokes Fit App + Equipment
Lauren Lieberman, Senior Photo Editor: Any fitness buff will tell you, app workouts were a serious game changer during quarantine. My favorite is the Kira Stokes Fit App, which features a ton of different workouts — all various lengths that you can mix and match — and even 7 to 14 day long training plans to help you keep your fitness game on-track. (No wonder Candace Cameron Bure and Ashley Graham are on her star-studded client list!) You can gift a subscription for a month or a year, and combine her stoked bands and stoked ball with a cute workout outfit, like these super soft Beyond Yoga snake-print leggings, for the perfect at-home workout-bundle.
Buy it! Kira Stokes Fit App Gift Subscription, $144.99 (yearly)/ $14.99 (monthly); app.kirastokes.com
Buy it! Stoked Bands, $12.99; shopkirastokes.com
Buy it! Stoked Ball, $11.99; shopkirastokes.com
Buy it! Olympus Ombre Snake High Waisted Midi Leggings, $69.95 (orig. $99); beyondyoga.com
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Cashmere makes a great holiday gift, but it usually sets back the shopping budget. That's why Quince developed a waste-free business model that allows the brand to sell high-quality essentials (like cashmere, Italian leather, silk, Turkish towels) at radically low prices, directly from the factory floor. This timeless staple is great for any guy on the list. The crew sweater features 100% Mongolian cashmere, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Buy it! Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crew, $59.90; onequince.com
Nicole Miller Reserved Gift Certificate
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: If you're craving some excitement in your wardrobe these days, Nicole Miller Reserved is the perfect place to turn. It's a rental program that lets shoppers chose from three items at a time to wear as often as they want. For one flat monthly fee, members can shop the full assortment of the brand's signature prints and just send the clothes back whenever they're done. (Bonus: shipping is free both ways!)
Buy it! Nicole Miller Reserved Gift Certificate Packages: 1 month at $95 (Save $15), 2 months at $195 (Save $25), 3 months at $275 (save $55); nicolemillerreserved.com
The Now Calm Balm
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I had one of the best massages of my life at The Now in Los Angeles. Since it's going to be awhile until my next trip to the West Coast, I'll be channeling the spa's relaxing vibes with their incredible coconut oil-based muscle rub which also happens to make a great gift.
Buy it! The Now Clam Balm, $42; thenowmassage.com
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: At first I was like, am I insane to ask for cashmere slippers that cost as much as a nice pair of boots? And then I was like, when was the last time I even wore real footwear? It's going to be at least another six months before I even consider a heel. It's time to treat myself to the ultimate pair of inside shoes.
Buy It! Margaux wool-cashmere ballet slippers, $158; margauxny.com
Simple Modern Insulated Tumbler
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: I never thought I could get so jazzed up over a water bottle, but this one did it for me. It comes in every size, color and pattern imaginable, which makes choosing the one for you all the more fun. Every person I've already gifted one to says the same thing: there's just something about this tumbler that makes it so good. Trust me — get one and see for yourself.
Buy it! Simple Modern Insulated Tumbler with Straw 24oz, $22.99; amazon.com
Mayfair the Label Sweat Set
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: With everyone living in loungewear right now, a stylish sweatsuit is a foolproof gift for 2020. This JLo-approved set sends a powerful message while looking super cute.
Buy it! Mayfair the Label Empathy Always Sweatpants, $68; mayfairgroupllc.com
Buy it! Mayfair the Label Empathy Always Crewneck Sweatshirt, $98; mayfairgroupllc.com
Olay “Golden Hour Glow” Vitamin C Gift Set
Jackie Fields, Style + Beauty Senior Editor: Skin care is as personal as fragrance, in my opinion, but if someone in your life is bummed about having a dull complexion, I’d suggest this brightening set. This cleanser, eye and face cream will make your face glow, and assuming your loved one becomes obsessed, it won’t break her bank to replenish again – and again.
Buy It! Olay “Golden Hour Glow” Vitamin C Gift Set, $83; olay.com
Hyperice Hypersphere Mini Compact Massage Ball
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: If you know someone who works on their feet all day, they need to try this massage ball. It uses vibration therapy to enhance muscle performance, reduce soreness and improve range of motion and flexibility.
Buy it! Hyperice Hypersphere Mini, $69; hyperice.com
Alex Apatoff, Digital Lifestyle Director: Yes, they're socks, but not just any socks - they're super cozy thermal ones from the luxury hosiery brand. And since all of our socializing is happening outside this winter, your regular old ankle socks just ain't gonna cut it anymore. This is a great way to wow your friends and family (and their feet) for less than $10.
Buy It! Calzedonia thermal socks, $7.50 (or 5 for $19); calzedonia.com