Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Ultimate 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

How is your holiday shopping coming along? Last month, we discussed ways to relieve the stress from the shopping mayhem that surrounds us at this time of year. Now, with only two weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve rounded up some favorite holiday gifting ideas. Happy shopping!

Gifts for Her 

Bottega Veneta 

Suede Chain Cassette Crossbody Bag / $4,000 

Give the gift of luxury with this beautiful timeless bag. The oversized chains are on-trend, but also very chic. And let’s face it, can a woman ever have too many bags, right? 

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

Sydney Evan

Gold & Diamond Heart Marquis Eye Studs / $1,785 for Full Pair

Classic pieces with a twist and inspired by spirituality, sentiment and strength embody Sydney Evan, the highly acclaimed fine jewelry collection. With an infinite amount of options to choose from and spanning a wide range of price points, you can’t go wrong with a Sydney Evan gift. Made with 14k gold, these studs are a fabulous staple piece to add to any personal jewelry collection.

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton.

Saint Holiday

Saint Caftan / $320

The shirt dress meets caftan for effortless style. While everyone else is dealing with cold temperatures, it continues to be a warm winter season for us in South Florida. For a laid back yet polished look and made with 100% organic cotton, give the gift of chic comfort. 

Available at www.saintholiday.com.

Isabella Kron

Alice Scarf K Black & White / $180

Shop local! Isabella Kron is a namesake brand that was founded by the fashion designer who has worked alongside Tom Ford at Gucci, Giorgio Armani, and Calvin Klein. Located in downtown Delray, the Isabella Kron boutique will instantly transport you to Milan. This thin scarf is a favorite of the designer and ideal for the warm Florida weather.

Visit the boutique located at 522 NE 2nd St., Delray Beach 33483.

F&W Style

Layla Laptop Case / $160

This brand founded by Alexandria Alli has several great holiday gifting options. For the boss babe in your life, this brand new laptop case comes in three color choices of Croc-embossed Italian leather on the exterior. It fits up laptops and tablets up to 14” and features an attached luggage strap on the back. Alli calls it “a purse for your laptop!”

Available at www.fwstyle.com as of 12/9.

Protect My Shoes

Protect My Shoes x Sew Sketchy / $45

Know someone who loves her shoes and has everything? This special collaboration between the brand who invented the patented shoe stuffer (by yours truly) and Sew Sketchy, an illustrated virtual icon, features a gift-set of 3 pairs of shoe stuffers in an exclusive print created by Sew Sketchy. It’s a limited-edition gift-set, so grab one or more before they sell out. 

Available at www.ProtectMyShoes.com.

Gifts for Him 

Sydney Evan

Men’s Collection Gold & Diamond Small Enamel Hamsa on Red Sponge Coral / $440

Men have been rocking bracelets for a while now, whether they wear just one or stack a few together. Bracelets for men are a style statement and Sydney Evan does it best with an abundance of options to choose from. This diamond hamsa charm bracelet is made with 14k yellow gold on a stretch cord. Take it a step further and get matching bracelets as a symbol of your relationship. 

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton.

Prada

Men’s Metal Aviator Sunglasses / $392

Made with lightweight metal frames, a pair of aviator sunglasses never goes out of style. Plus, with the new Top Gun film set to release in 2022, I’m definitely feeling Maverick vibes. 

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

Bang & Olufsen

BeoPlay A1 2nd Generation Speaker in Gray / $250

It’s always design meets technology when it comes to products by Bang & Olufsen. Known for delivering bespoke audio solutions for at home or on-the-go, this portable Bluetooth speaker is no exception with it’s sleek design and offers up to 24 hours of play time. 

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

Everknown

Hypelev Levitating Sneaker Display Stand / $229

This item is simply so cool! Sneakers are all the rage, so for the ‘sneaker heads’ in your life, I can’t think of a better gift to help them exhibit their beloved sneakers. By manipulating electromagnetic currents, the soles suspend in mid-air and the white LED light is the ideal dramatic touch to the display which comes in 3 color waves.

Available at www.happilyeverknown.com.

Papier

Monogram Leather Notebook / $39.99

In an age of mobile devices, give the gift of luxe simplicity with a monogrammed leather-bound notebook. The cover is crafted from upcycled leather with traditionally pressed foil details, available in several colors. 

Available at www.papier.com.

Go-To Gifts That Won’t Disappoint 

Baccarat

2.5” Lucky Crystal Midnight Diamont Butterfly / $200

Baccarat is renowned the world over for its magnificent works of crystal. Over the years, I’ve gifted this butterfly to special individuals in my life to bring them luck and joy. This decorative accent is easy to add to any one’s home or office and the sentimental meaning behind a gift like this will be forever cherished by the lucky recipient.

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

Pearth

Gray, White an Blue Alpaca Blanket – Yacht / $137

Another favorite local brand is Pearth (Peace on Earth). Founded by Jamie Raitan, their artisanal goods made by artisans in the heart of the Andes Mountains are designed to remind us “to stop, take a breath, and enjoy the precious moments that surround us.” And that’s exactly what their oversized throw blankets do. Handmade in Ecuador from genuine alpaca, you’ll find this is the softest blanket. 

Available at www.pearthblankets.com.

Diptyque

Candle Set of 3 2.4 oz / $126

I’m a candle addict and love giving them as gifts, but scents are personal. After years of trying out different candle brands, I know that you can’t go wrong with Diptyque. This gift-set is ideal for discovering three-limited edition holiday creations–Biscuit, Sapin, and Flocon. Add the packaging to it, you’ll impress with this great gift.

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

8 Oak Lane 

Large Gold Champagne Clutch / $36

Tired of the typical wine gift bags? Make a bold statement at the next dinner party you attend by adding a bottle of champagne to this clutch. I can’t think of a more unique hostess gift. 

Available at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton.

Cristino Chocolates

Chocolate Truffle Collection 24 Piece Box / $28.95

We love supporting local businesses, and this is certainly a favorite. Cristino Chocolates, founded by Gloria Hosh, adds a touch of sweetness to every occasion. Their artisan truffles are not only delicious, but also visually beautiful. I must also mention that their chocolate pretzels are my fave. Stock up on these sweet goodies and make sure you gift yourself a box because the temptation to dive in before giving out these sweet delights will inevitably there.

Available at www.cristinochocolates.com and in-store at Cristino Fine Jewelry.

Miami Posh

My Posh Planner 2022 / $26.99 Pre-order

Take it from me–I still need to write down everything–this is the best planner I’ve ever used for several reasons. The weekly pages have plenty of space to fill up with busy scheduling commitments, the multi-colored hardcover reminds us to manifest dreams, and the fashion-inspired imagery makes it a fun planner to use everyday for 365 days. There are plenty of other fab features to discover as well. You won’t be disappointed to get one for yourself and to gift this to your girlfriends.

Available at MyPoshPlanner.com.

Give the Gift of Experiences 

The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

Boca Raton Historical Society Membership / Pricing based on membership level

Visit the newly renovated museum at the historic Town Hall and you’ll be impressed with the interactive exhibits showcasing Boca Raton’s rich history. When you gift a membership, you’re giving not only unparalleled access to this local landmark, but also to a wide array of events such as Town Hall Talks and signature fundraising events including Boca Bacchanal, among others. 

Available by calling the Boca Raton Historical Society at 561/395-6766 as they undergo a website makeover.

The Addison 

Private Wine Tasting Dinner / Price upon request

It’s always a special day when you’re attending an event at the Addison, but it doesn’t always have to be a large-scale gathering. The Addison is the ideal place for an intimate gathering with family and friends. Travel to the wine region of your choice without leaving Boca Raton. The Addison’s award-winning chefs will curate a multiple course menu with perfectly appointed wine pairings for you and your guests.

Call the Addison for details at 561/372-0568.

Swank Farm

Swank Table / $165 per person

If you haven’t yet experienced this family style dinner “down on the farm,” you are seriously missing out. This season, Swank Table will host eight al fresco dinners with locally and nationally known chefs who produce multi-course dinners of the highest quality including fresh produce grown at Swank Farm. These special dinners are in high demand, so make sure you book in advance with the first Swank Table happening on December 12 and the last one on April 24, 2022. 

Reserve online at https://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com/swank-table-dinners/.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Spa Experience / Pricing based on select services

A few steps away from the beach in downtown Delray Beach, give the ultimate gift of relaxation with a gift card to the Seagate Spa. Visitors can escape to an 8,000-square-foot spa while also enjoying access to the hotel pool, whirlpool, pool bar, fitness center, tranquility room, and steam room. There’s even an active holiday offer through the end of the month: purchase $300 or more in Spa gift cards and receive a complimentary Votivo holiday-scented candle. It sounds so good that I’ll gift this to myself!

Book appointments at https://www.seagatedelray.com/spa or call 561/665-4800.

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