Gift ideas for women and girls

With Black Friday sales coming up this week, I thought I'd do a post with some ideas about gifts for others.  Sure, I love getting gifts, but at this point in my life the gifts that I get are rarely things to get too excited about.  (So I buy my own.). What I enjoy more is getting things for others that I don't think they'd get for themselves.  My Mom, for instance, is very frugal and rarely buys herself any luxury items.  I used to buy her luxury items that I thought she SHOULD have, only to find out that she never used them.  Now I try to go with practical luxury, things that she'll use but probably wouldn't buy herself.
Keep things like that in mind.  Don't buy things that YOU like for someone else, buy something that they would like.  If you only have a general idea of what they like, ask someone who seems to like the same things as the "giftee" for specifics.
For example, if you know a girl or woman likes fashion, either get her a gift certificate from her favorite store, look at blogs she reads, or ask her friends what kind of fashion she likes.  Here are a few ideas:

   -Scarves are really in right now, especially infinity scarves (they have no ends, they're loops that you put on over your head.

  - Leather and faux-leather are HUGE.  Jackets, especially ones that look like motorcycle jackets, are very popular, whether they're leather or have leather trim.  There are shirts with pieces of "leather" mixed with wool or knit pieces of fabric. These are usually called "mixed media", since they have several different fabrics.

    -Sweaters are always popular.  Long sweaters that can be worn with leggings, cropped ones to show off a trim middle, and embellished ones with beads or sequins on them.

    -Pants right now are skinny, usually jeans or leggings.  That's for casual wear, though.  Work is different depending on where they work.  And some people, like me, still like flare legs.  Pants are the hardest thing to buy, in my opinion.  Unless you have a list with a specific brand, size and color, I'd stay away from them as a gift.

   -High socks are popular, knee-high or over the knee.  Also popular are leg warmers, (yes, they're back!), and boot toppers.  But if the person you're buying for is athletic, they might want sox to wear to the gym.

 -  Boots are big this time of year.  Combat boots, riding boots and motorcycle boots are VERY popular right now.  Also boots with buckles, black boots with gold accents, knee-high boots, and of course ankle boots with a heel.  High heels aren't the thing right now, flats are more in style, but there are still heels that look so great that a woman would  like them anyhow.  As far as boot colors, cognac is very popular this fall (it's a rich, buttery-looking tan), as well as a wine/berry color. And black is always a good choice.

-don't forget stocking stuffers!
1. Beauty products are great for this.  Plum and berry hues are very popular for lipsticks.  Eye shadow palettes are a nice gift and many of them are created just for the holidays. If you have a young girl on your list, try one from Urban Decay (Naked 3, Vice 2 or Smoked are on many Wanted lists), or MAC.  young girls really love MAC lipsticks.
2. Perfume roller balls are tiny enough for stockings (get Flowerbomb, it's fab)
3. Skin care products are good if someone has a favorite
4. Jewelry is also great for stockings, as well as the ever-popular gift card!


  1. Oh, I can never have enough boots :-)



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