Ask Avery: Holiday Gift Guide — Under $100
blog by Avery Hartmans • November 29, 2013 @ 9:47am
Black Friday seems to unofficially kick-off the holiday shopping season each year. So in honor of what has to be the most insane day on the American calendar, I give you the first installment of my holiday gift guide — presents for under $100.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to shower everyone on my list with $100 gifts. A select few will merit the big ticket items, but not everyone deserves top-tier presents. Before you shop, figure out who you’ll be spending a little more one and who’s getting a less extravagant gift. That way, you won’t be drawn to the holiday “deals” like a moth to a flame and end up blowing your savings on expensive gifts for everyone.
Try to balance it all out so you don’t have a post-holiday meltdown.
And try to really think about the personalities of your recipients before you shop. It may seem obvious, but unwanted presents can be burdensome for the recipient and unfulfilling for you. In the ideal gift-giving scenario, we should all come out winners.
Option No. 1: The Dapper Dad
Even if your dad is a total homebody, he’s bound to attend some kind of festive function this holiday season, whether it be an office party or a New Year’s gala. Make sure he’s dressed to suit in the perfect holiday outfit.
Your dad may not be all that stylish on his own, but as long as he’s open to the idea, you should put together a festive ensemble he’ll feel comfortable in.
A denim shirt is always in style, but make sure it’s a medium wash and fits well so he doesn’t look like he just came from the construction site. Add a basic v-neck sweater and a plaid tie, pop his collar and make sure his pants actually fit him and he’s ready for any holiday event. I suspect someone’s about to take the title of favorite child.
Option No. 2: The Glamazon
We all have at least one glamorous lady in our lives, the type that loves sparkles, shimmer and just about anything metallic. Feed her addiction this holiday season by giving her everything she loves in the form of accessories.
An ultra-luxe infinity scarf will dress up any outfit and become her go-to for all holiday occasions. It works with a top and skinny jeans for out to dinner or with a super fuzzy sweater for colder days. Pair it with a shiny charm bracelet and a shimmering minaudiére clutch for nights out and she’ll be subtly sparkly all season long.
Option No. 3: The Jet-setter
Whether their job takes them around the world or they just got back from studying abroad and “oh my gosh cannot wait to go back, it’s so amazing,” there’s always that friend or family member who seems to constantly be jumping on a plane. This year, treat them to something they’ll actually use — and love.
Upgrade their carry-on to a classic, durable Hershel bag that looks cool without breaking your bank, and tuck a travel guide to their favorite places inside. They may think they know it all, but a little expertise is always appreciated. Hey, maybe next time they’ll even take you with them.
Option No. 4: The Outdoorsman
Winter in Western New York is not known for being kind. This year, treat that outdoorsy guy in your life to apparel that will not only keep him warm, but is actually kind of chic.
It doesn’t matter if he thinks he’s outdoorsy because he snowblows the driveway twice a week or if he actually goes on 30-mile hikes when there’s a single-digit windchill — either way, he’ll need to stay warm. A buffalo plaid, sherpa-lined jacket will be an extra-warm layer under his coat, and it looks cool in a lumberjack sort of way. Add a thick, woven beanie in speckled gray — it matches with pretty much anything — and he’ll be stylish without even realizing it.
Option No. 5: The Luxe Homemaker
When she’s busy taking care of the house, getting the kids off to school and putting dinner on the table, she probably doesn’t have time to think about decorating her home or sitting back and relaxing. This year, treat her to something special to help make her life a little easier.
A super-soft faux fur throw is an essential, since its warm, stylish and — for all the animal lovers — synthetic. Tiny twinkle lights will be an unexpected but welcome present, especially since she can leave them up year-round. And a pretty, scented candle is always appreciated for when she finally has some downtime to relax and put her feet up. Just make sure the throw doesn’t get anywhere near that candle, because that thing will totally go up in flames.
Image courtesy of Dennis van Zuijlekom