Editors' Picks: What We Really Want This Holiday Season
Krost Pullover Hoodie
Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: With every collection, this minimalist luxury brand partners with a non-profit organization to increase awareness and donate a portion of proceeds raised. The elevated hoodie (which also comes in yellow and green) is cozy enough to wear around the house but cool enough to wear under a blazer. Plus, Krost Hailey Bieber-approved — and if it’s good enough for the streetwear queen of 2019, it’s good enough for me.
Buy It! Krost Lake Pullover Hoodie; $160, krostnewyork.com
Frame Les Cube
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director:
I decided to sit out the small bag trend because I’m more of a double tote person, but then I saw Frame’s Les Cube. The geometric shape, vibrant color and croc-embossed texture is just so cool, it might actually motivate me to pare down all of my stuff to just the essentials.
Buy It! Frame Les Cube, $295; frame-store.com
Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Fitbit is always evolving and coming out with new styles that make living a healthy lifestyle easier and more efficient. That’s why this year picking out gifts for my loved ones was easy. The brand's new Versa 2 model (Kaley Cuoco is a huge fan!) features a built-in Amazon Alexa, plus round the clock heart rate tracking, Sleep Score, apps and a lot more. The best part? The design is sleeker than ever!
August & June Hoop Earrings
Katie Intner, Style + Beauty: Earrings are my biggest weakness, and these diamond pave hoops embody everything I love about them: they’re dainty, sparkly and look way more expensive then they actually are. After seeing them on Instagram this summer, I stopped scrolling and promised myself I would buy them as a treat. I’m a big fan of mixing metals, so I plan on wearing these daily with my second-hole silver huggies for a fun ear party.
Buy It! August & June Diamond Huggie Hoops, $280; shopaugustjune.com
Hanky Panky Set
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style & Beauty Editor: I always put off actually buying new underwear for myself, because it can be expensive! Hanky Panky's lacy styles are my absolute favorite, so I always ask my mom to buy me some a stocking stuffer.
Louis Vuitton Candle
Jackie Fields, Senior Beauty Editor: My mother collects candles, so every holiday season, I give her an extra special votive. Louis Vuitton’s sweet peony and raspberry scented wax is encased in the most luxurious packaging (including a leather handle) I’ve ever seen. But in addition to being the most beautiful thing on her vanity, this votive has a meaningful purpose: it’s part of the brand’s partnership with (RED) to fight AIDS globally. For each purchase, $60 goes toward financing programs around the world.
Roxanne Assoulin Bracelets
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: These colorful enamel letter bracelets have been on my wish list since I spotted them on a colleague this summer. I'm asking for one for each of my kids' names, plus a stack to mix them with.
SARTO by Franco Sarto Riding Boot
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: These boots have the entire PEOPLE style team talking, which is why they are on the top of my wish list. The rich wine color goes with just about everything in my closet, and I love the equestrian-inspired silhouette. Plus, the 2 1/2" chunky block heel is ideal for all-day wearability. Now I just have to remind my family Secret Santa chat about my shoe size.
dh New York Faux Fur Moto Jacket
Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: I added this fuzzy piece to my wish list the second I saw Kacey Musgraves wearing a similar cream version on her Instagram Stories a few weeks ago. The fit is slimmer (and more flattering!) than most faux fur jackets, and I’m a big fan of the edgy leather details. While I usually stick to neutral-colored outerwear, this soft blue shade is surprisingly versatile. P.S. It's on sale right now!
Aviator Nation Sweatpants
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I never used to wear sweatpants outside of the house. Leggings? Sure. But sweats? Never. With their shapeless fit and typically dull color, they belong inside on a couch. Then I had kids who wake up at 6am and want to go get bagels. So now I wear sweats in public. But if someone gets these Aviator Nations for me, at least they'll be super cute sweats.
Buy It!: Aviator Nation "Glider" Stripe Sweatpants, $161; aviatornation.com
Kendra Scott Chain Bracelet
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Editor: I gifted this delicate, sparkly chain to a friend for her birthday and immediately fell in love with how beautifully it layered with the other bracelets on her wrist. While I gave her the gorgeous rose gold one, I'm dying to get my hands on the yellow gold design to stack with my other bracelets.
Venus et Fleur Dried Floral Arrangement
Jackie Fields, Senior Beauty Editor: I, on the other hand, have become obsessed with these dried floral arrangements ever since I got my precious dog and could no longer mind burning candles in my apartment. This set of four scents my bedroom without being overwhelming. I received my first box last holiday season, and since each arrangement lasts a year, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a fresh bouquet, don't you think?
Buy It! Venus et Fleur Zodiac by Susan Miller Collection, $169; venusetfleur.com
ba&sh Cecil Belt
Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: Picture this: A long sleeve maxi dress paired with your favorite suede over-the-knee boots and this wide buckle belt. I mean, you really can’t go wrong. Thanks to a super flexible calfskin material, this ba&sh accessory is just as flattering as it is cool and elegant — I’m counting on it to take me from basic to best dressed this holiday party season.
Drybar Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush
Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: This new hair tool combines the hot air of a blow-dryer with the structure of a round brush, making it easy to achieve a silky-smooth blowout from the comfort of your own home. I put The Double Shot on my list because the high-powered airflow is a major time-saver, plus it's easier to store than a traditional blow-dryer. And considering the fact that one salon blowout costs nearly $50, I've convinced myself that this gift will be worth the price in no time.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I've always wanted a signature scent. You know, something that people would smell and be like, "that's Andrea!" But even with my access to pratically every fragrance out there, I still haven't found THE ONE. Until now.
I discovered Byredo Sundazed while browsing in a boutique during a recent trip to Austin, Texas. After draining the store's tester bottle, I took a photo of it so I can text it to the next person who asks me what I want for Christmas. And if you're wondering what my soon-to-be signature scent smells like, the brand describes it as a "mythical undoing of body and mind in a mid-summer’s daydream" which seems accurate.
Summersalt Cashmere Turtleneck
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Summersalt, the buzzy brand that has revolutionized the fit and fabrication of swimwear, recently launched a ready-to-wear line, and the label's sweaters are becoming just as popular as its swimsuits. This color-blocking turtleneck style — comprised of 70 percent wool and 30 percent cashmere — features a slight high-low hem that makes it the perfect match for leggings or jeans.
Puppies Make Me Happy Tank
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Style + Beauty Editor: There's few things that spark spontaneous conversations with people in my barre class than the absolutely adorable tanks I wear from Puppies Make Me Happy. Plus, as I am sure it's intended, every time I wear one, I always brings a smile to at least one person's face which I love. I'm hoping to get this new tie-dye design to add to my collection.
Patagonia Fleece Zip-Up
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: The office is always set at below-arctic temperatures which leaves me huddled under two desk blankets all day long. I want to revamp my winter officewear by getting a zip-up fleece that will fit over anything I wear — even thick sweaters. I'm putting this Patagonia item on my wish list because it's heavy-duty and Fair Trade certified, which means money goes directly back to its factory workers.
Ashleigh Bergman Collective Initial Earrings
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I love everything about these 14-karat gold earrings, but what I love most is their 2-in-1 versatility. The initials are removable if you choose to wear the turquoise huggie style on its own. You can also add the initial — featuring a single diamond — to a necklace.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: I have an entire shoe rack of sneakers in my closet, but you wouldn’t know it because I wear the same pair of Rothy’s almost every day. And why wouldn’t I? They’re comfortable, cute and machine washable so you can keep them looking box fresh even if your toddler smears avocado on them (true story). My mom and sister in law are always complimenting me on mine, so I’m going to buy them each a pair for Hanukah this year.
Missoma Advent Calendar
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: What's better than an advent calendar filled with candy? An advent calendar filled with jewelry. This holiday season, Missoma launched its limited-edition "12 Days to Shine" calendar which offers a selection of the brand's best-selling pieces — including the Gold Mini Molten Necklace, Gold Leaf Choker, Gold Double Chain Bracelet, Gold Star Bracelet, Malachite Gold Mini Shield Hinged Hoops and Gold Mini Claw Charm Hoops — a set valued at $900 but being offered at a fraction of the price for the holidays.
ALIMALA Meditation Necklace
Lauren Lieberman, Senior Photo Editor: Who wouldn’t benefit from taking a few minutes for themselves during the crazy holiday season? For all the yogis in your life, that stressed-out relative that could use a subtle hint to relax, or to treat yourself to a little peace amidst the chaos, this beautiful meditation necklace serves as a gentle reminder to slow down, be present in the moment and appreciate everything life has to offer.
Buy It! ALIMALA Meditation Necklace, $225-$450; alimalas.com
Casper Weighted Blanket
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Editor: I have trouble falling asleep, but I've been told using a weighted blanket helps reduce stress and promote relaxation. I'm hoping that snuggling up underneath this cozy one from Casper can help me feel more well-rested in the morning.
Lou & Grey Faux Sherling Teddy Coat
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: I've been a fan of the teddy bear coat trend for a while now, and this winter I'm going to finally take the plunge and invest in one. In fact, I decided I'm going to gift this to myself as a pre-Christmas present so I can wear it on the holiday party circuit. Lou & Grey is known for its chic-and-cozy clothing, and this curled faux sherpa fabric definitely delivers ultimate comfort.
Daisy London x Esteé Lalonde Unity Ring
Hanna Flanagan, Editorial Assistant: If I’m being honest, I was sold on this Daisy London collaboration when I saw the whimsical campaign images shot in Morocco during golden hour. But luckily, the 28-piece line lived up to my high expectations. This dainty band paired with others from the collection — like the Trinity Ring or the Thea Stacking Ring — makes for the cool curated look of my dreams.
Buy It! Esteé Lalonde Unity Ring, $82; daisyjewellery.com
Switch Jewelry Gift Card
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: Looking for a gift that's pure gold? Switch, a luxury designer jewelry rental service, has you covered. This year, I'm surprising my mom and sister each with a 3-month subscription, which will give them an endless rotation of jewelry. Switch offers unlimited access to a wide range of designer collections, whether vintage pieces from heritage luxe brands like Chanel to Hermès or exclusives from emerging designers like Rebecca Pinto. I'm going for the platinum level membership, which will allow my mom and sister to rent two pieces at a time. Here's to hoping this solidifies my status at the best gift giver in the family.
Aspinal of London Wallet
Colleen Kratofil, Style Editor: I’ve been using the same credit card case for so many years that it’s currently a tattered mess. So since I'm in desperate need of an upgrade, I want a piece that will last me another five-plus years. This wallet from Aspinal of London is chic, sleek and fits everything in a compact compartment.
Saje Diffuser Kit
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: In an effort to become more of a morning person, I'm putting this "energizing" diffuser set on my list. The kit comes with two invigorating diffuser blends — "Liquid Sunshine" featuring citrus scents like grapefruit and bergamot and a "Deep Breath" blend boasting notes of eucalyptus and peppermint — developed to help kickstart your day. The device offers five hours of continuous mist, plus, its chic geometric shape makes it a sleek accessory for a bedroom.
Ring Concierge Pavé Diamond Ring
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Editor: I don't like to think about the amount of money I've spent on costume jewelry that quickly tarnishes and ultimately ends up in the trash. But this delicate band by Ring Concierge (the jeweler that designed JoJo Fletcher's engagement ring!) is made with 14-karat gold and features 17 glimmering pavé diamonds across, so it's one that will stand the test of time. Since fine jewelry is on the pricier side, I'm crossing my fingers that I find this ring in my stocking on Christmas morning.
Wilson NFL 100 Football
Jackie Fields, Senior Beauty Editor: Thanks to Marie Kondo, I have been on a tchotchke diet for some time. But TBH, this limited-edition football commemorating the NFL’s 100-year mark is at the top of my most-wanted list. Even cooler than its gold hue is the fact that it’s tech-enabled, so super-fans like me can access exclusive content via the Wilson App. If this doesn’t give new meaning to the term #Baller, I don’t know what does.
Buy It! Wilson NFL 100, $199.99; nflshop.com
Electric Picks Necklace
Andrea Lavinthal, Style + Beauty Director: Electric Picks is my go-to for affordable, on-trend jewelry. Padlocks are everywhere right now, and this pendant is the perfect size for layering with other necklaces (like this heart style).
Kaitlyn Frey, Assistant Editor: The dry winter air destroys my skin and sinuses. I've been wanting to try a humidifer for a while, but was overwhelmed by all the choices. While this one from Dyson is pricey, I already own the blow dryer and vaccum, so I know their products truly perform. What really convinced me to ask for this one for Christmas was the fact that it's on sale until Nov. 26 -- a rare major discount for a luxury gift like this!
The Sill Plant Subscription Box
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: As you can tell from previous slides, I'm really into subscription gifts this year. Not only are they thougtful, but they last longer. That's why I'm sending my closest friends the gift that grows — literally! The Sill offers a "Plants for Beginners" monthly plant subscription box, where you receive a new hand-potted plant every month! I'm sending this to my BFF who recently moved into a new apartment. (The gift does double duty as a holiday and housewarming present!)
VICI Cardigan Sweater
Kami Phillips, Freelance Editor: VICI is my go-to for all things stylish and this season, you can't go wrong with a cute and cozy cardigan. This kelly green Take a Walk Button Down Knit Cardigan is not only the perfect pop of color to add to your wardrobe, but it won't break the bank either — meaning, it's a guilt-free gift to give yourself and anyone else on your holiday shopping list.
Buy It! VICI Take a Walk Button Down Knit Cardigan, $42; vicicollection.com