Each year when the holidays roll around, we’re always caught off guard by those few hard-to-buy-for girlfriends. Everyone’s got at least one, right? Not this holiday season. Try these ideas and maximize your gift-giving ability in no time at all. Say goodbye to schlepping around the mall for hours on end. Instead, spend that time enjoying a cocktail with a friend this month. How’s that for a time-saver during the busiest season of the year?
Gifts to Inspire
Do you know a woman who doesn’t need a little bit of added inspiration in their life? We didn’t think so. Provide her with a book (or two!) to help guide her days to happier, more inspired places.
‘She’, $13 | ‘Let Your Spirit Soar’, $15
‘May You Live a Life you Love’, $15
‘Starting Today: A Journal of Intention and Change’, $15
Hostess with the Mostess
Make cleaning up as much fun as the party itself. This holiday scent, redolent of cinnamon and clove, is certain to add some pep to her step after a long evening of entertaining. The dishtowels offer a practical, but pretty, helping hand.
Spiced Chestnut Hand Soap & Lotion, Williams-Sonoma, $13 each
Dishtowel Set, Williams-Sonoma, $20
Fan in the Making
Start them off in style with a sweet little beanie to keep those heads warm during football season.
A true foodie can never have enough cookbooks. Gift her one that helps turn the basics into something extraordinary. Then, provide her with a place to keep her latest oil and vinegar selections. Pretty enough to leave out on the counter.
Cookbook, Williams-Sonoma, $25
Oil & Vinegar Ceramic Cruets,Williams-Sonoma, $15 each
Lover of Local
Know someone who treasures her Hoosier roots? Allow her to show her pride with these home accents with a hometown feel. Or, have a friend who’s moved away? Perfect way to send a little bit of ‘home’ to her ‘new home’.
What feels better then gifting something with a purpose? One-of-a-kind, fair-trade crafted bracelets from Kenya provides not only a unique, beautiful accessory, but one you can feel good about wearing. A gift that truly makes a difference.
Girlfriend’s Gift Swap
We’re all invited to one each year, but never have a clue as to what to bring. Problem solved. Fully customizable bath products are great for creating a unique, personalized gift on a budget. Pick a product, select your scent and color, and you’ll be thanked for your one-of-a-kind gift.
Salt scrubs, lotions and other bath, body (and even pet) products, Bath Junkie, $5 and up
‘That’ Crafty Friend
What creative gal doesn’t covet unique fabrics for their never-ending list of items to make? These fun prints will inspire her to create and brighten her work.
No health nut is ever far away from a water bottle. Carry H2O in style with this rubber-encased glass variety. The punchy color is certain to brighten the dreariest of winter days; add some additional warmth to your workout wear with a lightweight scarf draped around your neck.
Eddy Glass Bottle by Camelback, Athleta, $25
Striped Scarf, Athleta, $32
Start her day with these cheerful, whimsical oversized coffee mugs, and add in some gourmet cocoa-on-a-stick to end her day on a sweet note.
Early Bird Mug, Crate & Barrel, $6 each
Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Crate & Barrel, $4 each
BY STEPHANIE BURKHART | PHOTOS BY CHRIS WHONSETLER