The holidays are upon us, and if you’re anything like my well-meaning but pressed-for-time boyfriend, you’re dropping major hints to the woman in your life that, well…you haven’t even started shopping yet.
Thankfully, a shortage of time is no problem for your holiday shopping! Women are surprisingly simple to please when you know the can’t-miss gifts we all love receiving. Below, a quick hit list for all you fellas nervously eyeing the December calendar with a rising sense of present panic.
A soft and sumptuous scarf
Scarves are to women as baseball caps are to men – we simply cannot have too many of them. And now, there are a zillion new kinds to stuff your front hall closet with – infinity scarves (the kind made in a loop with no beginning or end), snoods – (which are super fun to say, but also really cozy thanks to their funnel-like shape), and of course, the good old-fashioned kinds that wrap around her neck. Even better? There’s no chance you’ll buy her the wrong size.
Pick: Marc Jacobs for Target + Neiman Marcus Collection scarf, $70 at www.target.com.
A beautiful clutch
Another item for which a woman has infinite need. Tiny purses suggest having fancy places to go, in which all that’s required is your ID and a lipstick. Bonus points if you give the woman in your life a clutch in tandem with an invitation to a dressed-up affair to which she can carry it.
Pick: Blair Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff, $350 at www.rebeccaminkoff.com.
Coffee table books
A beautiful, hardcover coffee table book is a surefire success in gift giving. Just think about the woman’s hobbies and interests. Does she love fashion? Pick a book on her favorite designer’s work. Got a gal who loves to cook? A tome on restaurants around the world will pique her culinary interests. The list goes on and on.
Pick: “Kate: The Kate Moss Book,” $54 at www.barnesandnoble.com.
A statement necklace
Another stylish pick that’s thankfully free of sizing questions. Statement necklaces continue to be a big trend this year, and help dress up any outfit – from jeans and a T-shirt to the most structured work dress.
Pick: Bubble Strand necklace, $36 at www.baublebar.com.