Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – Best Gifts for the Women, Men & Kids on your Christmas Shopping List. Here are lots of fun gift ideas to help get you started on your holiday shopping. It is a pretty eclectic mix of presents. I started out with gifts for you and your girlfriends (or sisters and moms) as well as some gift ideas for the kids, and last but not least some modern gift ideas for the men in your life. Happy Shopping!
Modern Christmas Gifts for Women
I have a major problem when I go Christmas shopping. I end up buying myself one present for every gift I buy for someone else. I completely agree with the saying, “it is better to give than to receive,” but I also support treating ourselves to a few special gifts too. We deserve it. I hope you find something cute to add to your list.
Tiffany & Co. Bracelet Bag
You know that there is a 95% chance that you will wear black to the company Christmas party. Spice things up with a gorgeous bag in bold, beautiful color. And yes, it is available in Tiffany blue too!
Ivanka Trump Collection Black Onyx Cabochon Cocktail Ring
When else do you have an excuse to splurge on a little bling than at your own Christmas party. Heck – I’d wear this ring every day of the year. It is breathtaking.
Afghan Hands Scarf
These exquisite scarves are proudly handmade by women living in Afghanistan. By purchasing a one of these one-of-a-kind pieces you are helping bring hope and independence to these women. Learn more about AfghanHands and the work they are doing to help women and children. Here are a few other places where you can shop for a good cause.
Amanda Rudney “Rock Candy” Emerald Jade Earrings
Angelina Jolie wowed the red carpet awhile back with stunning emerald earrings. Green jewels are a bold, beautiful choice, especially around the holidays. These are totally affordable too.
I Don’t Get Out of Bed for Less than $10,000 a Day Pillow
For your girlfriends with a good sense of humor, or a lot of attitude, this colorful pillow from Jonathan Adler is certain to delight. Here are more resources for home decor gifts.
KORS Michael Kors Vivian Slingback
For all of the Project Runway fans out there, enjoy silver Michael Kors slingbacks everyday to add a little holiday sparkly. If you love them, you can buy them in 11 colors!
Princess Diana & Kate Middleton Inspired Ring
Have a friend who still can’t get enough of Will & Kate? I was obsessed with Lady Di back in the day – I will not lie. I watched every minute of that wedding, glued to the TV. I was only 10 years old – I had an excuse! Now that Kate has the ring, every royal watcher wants one.
Designer Cell Phone Case
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love one of these. They are practical, personal, fun gift. These cases are particularly good for your favorite co-workers or staff, and even teenagers and college students too.
Kora Horn Cuff Lined with Brass Studs
‘Kora merges the worlds of beautiful jewelry and sustainable business development in the belief that both can and will benefit.’ These super chic pieces feature recycled materials and are made by skilled artisans living in Kenya & Rwanda.
Kate Spade Charm Heels
Grab yourself a new pair of sassy ‘twinkle toes’ just in time for Santa.
Holiday Gift Guide for Kids – Christmas Presents for the Good Boys & Girls on your List
Here are some gifts that will certainly bring smiles to the faces of your little ones this holiday season. When you are doing your Christmas shopping, please don’t forget to support Toys for Tots or other local programs supporting underprivileged children in your community.
Milly Minis Sequin Daisy Dress
The holidays are the perfect time to splurge on a few festive outfits for your little angels. This dress is perfect for your little princess who needs a little (or a lot!) of sparkle.
I am amazed at all of the things that children can learn and discover on an iPad. Maybe it is because I live in Silicon Valley not to far from Apple headquarters, but the little ones around here can navigate their iPads better than the remote.
For your budding jet-setter…Little Passports makes toys and games to inspire children ages 5-10 to learn about other countries and cultures. Each month your child will receive an exciting package that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities and access to online games and activities.
Plan Toys The Green Dollhouse with Furniture
All natural, non-toxic living for your little tree hugger. What a great way to teach your kids about the environment, solar energy and recycling than having a ‘green’ dollhouse.
Manny & Simon Wooden Toys
Most people think that babies and toddlers want to pull their toys, but I think they actually prefer pushing them. These wooden toys have that perfect combination of great quality, utility, designs and colors.
Personalized Children’s Books
From Christmas and Hanukkah to pirates and fairies – there are lots of great stories to choose from. Your child will love hearing familiar names as you read these wonderful stories together.
Sweet Peas & Stilettos Baby Onesies
For any baby girl on your list (or new mom for that matter) check out the collection of adorable baby onesies for little fashionistas.
Organic Cotton Santa Pajamas from Hanna Andersson
It is always fun to wake up on Christmas morning with a cozy new pair of holiday pajamas. My son has picked out this pair for himself.
Piñata Stripe Holiday Dress from Tea Collection
I fell in love with this dress when it appeared in my mailbox on the cover of a Tea Collection catalog. I wish I could buy it in my size.
Quilted Buckle Boots
Funny how these boots look very very familiar to a pair I tried on at Neiman Marcus… These fabulous boots for your little girl have the perfect mix of soft velvet, patent leather and rugged heels. Cute and practical! Available at Hanna Andersson (unfortunately the red ones are already sold out!)
Ride On Fire Engine Toy Speedster
Every little boy wants a fire engine of his very own…
Kiva – Loans that Change Lives
Last year I gave my niece (14) and nephew (12) Kiva gift certificates for Christmas. At first they were a little skeptical about the whole thing. I am sure they were first thinking that they would rather have cash, movie tickets or a skateboard. In the end they really enjoyed going online and picking entrepreneurs to support. There is so much they can learn from the experience.
Tiffany & Co. Snowman Charm & Chain
Celebrate the holidays with an extra special Tiffany necklace your daughter, niece or granddaughter will treasure forever.
College Savings Account
The best gift you can give to any child is an education. In lieu of trucks and dolls, opt to put money away for your child’s education. This is a great gift to recommend to grandparents and aunts and uncles who aren’t sure what to buy for your kids. A little bit stashed away every year will really make a difference.
Modern Christmas Presents for Men
Dads don’t want ties. They don’t want a new sweater or scarf either. Most will be happy with the new Kindle or an iPad they don’t have to share with everyone else. When I ask my father what he wants for Christmas his answer is always the same, “No Bills” or “Save your money – don’t spend it on me.” Somehow, I don’t think that is going to be my husband’s response to the same question. Here are some cool gift ideas for the men and boys in your life.
Surf Lessons at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp
These guys can accommodate surfers at all levels. You can get surf lessons & great day trips to some pretty famous places like Ollie’s Point (mentioned in Endless Summer 2). Book a room at the Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort. Looking for something closer to home? How about new boogie boards and a family day at the beach full of laughter and sunshine.
Skip Barber Racing School
Driving fast cars is obviously going to be a thrill for just about every guy I know. Skip Barber Racing School is one of the best and has about a dozen locations all over the US. Check out Bondurant Racing School too for karting. Most professional drivers, whether Nascar or F1, got their start in karting – your husband or dad may want to give it a try too.
IWC Ingenieur Series Watch
I’ve worn my grandfather’s IWC watch for the last 10 years and it is one of my most cherished possessions. This watch is cool and incredibly well built. As my friend Gene tells me, this watch makes the statement, “I’m cool enough to own a nice watch, but I’m humble enough not to put it in your face.”
Maria Bartiromo When You Go Behind the Scenes of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo
Visit CharityBuzz for some fabulous adventures and really cool one-on-one meetings. Meet Maria Bartiromo when you go behind the scenes of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo. In addition, you will enjoy a visit to the CNBC Headquarters and the New York Stock Exchange! You will also receive signed books for two. The proceeds for this item benefit GlamourGals Foundation, Inc.
Have your kids design dad a funky, custom pair of sneakers.
Tool Bag Diaper Bag for Dad-to-Be
For the dad to be, or new daddy, how about a Babymel diaper bag that doesn’t even look like a diaper bag. He is going to be nervous enough, let him look a little manly while he tries to change your screaming child’s diaper for the first time on the dressing room floor at Target.
Please tell me your husband isn’t still watching Top Gun…
A fun (and British) look at lots of really really expensive guy stuff – cars that cost more than houses, that sort of thing.
Tumi Leather Card Holder
A very practical gift. Fill it with pictures and notes from you and the kids to make it sentimental too.
The ultimate Christmas gift….duh…a red Ferrari. Don’t forget to sign him up for the special Ferrari owner only driving school courses. Go to Italy with him and buy yourself something cute while he is driving in circles.
Not in the budget this year – park an electric ride-on Ferrari sports car for the kids under the Christmas tree and tell your husband if he is good, next year he will get his own…
Best Holiday Gift Guides for 2011
In case you don’t find what you are looking for above in the Sweet Peas & Stilettos holiday gift guide, I have quick links to a number of other fabulous Christmas gift ideas and holiday shopping guides.
Chronicle Books Gift Finder
Crate & Barrel – Holiday Gift Guide 2011
Giggle’s Holiday Gift Finder for Babies
J. Crew’s Very Merry Holiday Gift Guide
Jimmy Choo’s His & Her Festive Gift Guide
Jonathan Adler’s Jet Set 2011 Holiday Gift Guide
Kate Spade’s very colorful Holiday Gift Guide for Women
Nordstrom – The Joy of Giving – Gift Guides for everyone on your list
Oprah’s O Magazine’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide & Favorite Things
Rachel Zoe’s Zoe Report Holiday Gift Guide 2011
The Land of Nod – Top Picks for Kids – Holiday Gifts 2011
The Wall Street Journal – Holiday Gift Guide 2011
Tory Burch – Tory’s Gift Guide: Holiday & Designer Gifts for Her
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