Thoughts By Natalie
gift guide

gift guides for ladies + gents

Though a teensy bit delayed, the day and time has finally arrived: I’ve made my very first Thoughts by Natalie gift guides!!! While I’ve been working on a few for Glitter Guide, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite gift finds that I picked out just with you girls in mind.

There’s one for the ladies and one for the gents, which you may or may not need in the case that you decided to get your man some meggings!!! Happy shopping, friends—and don’t feel bad if you buy a few of these for yourself, too :)

First, gifts for the ladies…

1. Darling Magazine ($20/issue, $80/year)
With 144 pages of rich content, Darling is an ideal gift for the ladies in our lives. Our girlfriends, sisters, cousins and moms will all appreciate reading a different kind of magazine that inspires them to live purposeful lives and discover what it really means to be a woman. She’ll treasure the articles, as well as enjoy displaying it on her coffee table all winter long. Better yet, get her a magazine and mug combo with a mug that perfectly suits her personality.

2. Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle ($28)
Fill her home with the intoxicating scent of Anthropologie in a beautiful mercury glass container. She’ll think of you every time she lights it!

3. Wall Mounted Stag Bottle Opener ($15)
Both functional and decorative, this bottle opener can me mounted to the wall and use its mouth to open a bottle of choice.

4. Pim + Larkin Square Stud Earrings ($16)
These mint and gold earrings are a simple, yet thoughtful gift for a classy jewelry-loving lady

5. Clustered Necklace ($30)
This show-stopping necklace works for casual and dressy occasions, making it a versatile gift for any girl who likes to feel put-together.

6. J.Crew Glitter Case for iPhone 4 ($22.50)
For the tech-lover in your life who loves to be chic, this glittery iPhone 4 case is a playful statement piece she’ll love. Have a friend with an iPhone 5? I love this tortoise shell case! If I had an iPhone 5, I guarantee mine would be wrapped in that.

7. Merona Crossbody ($20)
Can a girl ever have too many bags? I don’t think so. I’m a big fan of the cross-body style on this one, making it ideal for being out and about—plus, how fabulous is the red color?

8. Gap Blanket Striped Scarf ($30)
Help her stay warm the rest of the winter with a cozy blanket scarf she can wrap around her on chilly days—or chilly holiday flights.

9. Alice in Wonderland ($18)
Feed her mind and fuel her home decor with a stylishly covered Penguin Classic book that she can read this month and display on her bookshelf for years. Not into Alice in Wonderland? Mr. Boddington’s Studio has also designed covers for Jane Eyre, Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, Little Women and Pride & Prejudice.

10. Kate Spade Pucker Up Lipstick ($24)
Bold lipstick is one of this year’s hottest accessories, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. A simple gift for a fashionista in your life.

11. FACE Stockholm Nail Polish ($10)
For fingers that are decidedly fashion forward, the most covetable hues from the Swedish cosmetics brand with a devoted cult following. Not ones to sacrifice substance for style, the mother-daughter duo behind the brand developed an exclusive formula that’s ultra-long lasting and free of the commonly used chemicals that strip nails dry.

12. Labrador Notecards ($10)
Your Labrador-loving friends will appreciate these adorable notecards that come with 8 cards and envelopes and are fastened with a ribbon and a charm.

13. Chaia Moccasin Slippers ($15)
Keep her feet warm with these snuggly slippers, which are cozy enough to wear around the house, and structured enough to wear outside to grab the mail or the newspaper.

14. Navy Ikat Dinnerware ($10-$14)
Perfect for a friend who has a new home, this pretty ikat dinnerware will give help her entertain in style.

15. Gap Two Tone Leather Clutch ($40)
Perfect for carrying the essentials on a night out with the girls, or even a date night with the guy in her life.

16. Kate Spade Out of the Office 13″ Laptop Sleeve ($60)
In true Kate Spade style, this neoprene laptop case is playful, lighthearted and fun. Your hard-working friend (or sister or mother) will love to keep her personal laptop in here to remind her that she’s not on the clock.

17. Rifle Paper Co. Monogram Notecards ($18)
Pick your friend’s first initial, or an engaged or recently married friend’s new last name initial for an adorable personalized gift.

18. One Thousand Gifts ($12)
A book dedicated to developing a heart of gratitude for all of the little gifts in each day, this book is sure to lift spirits. I can say with confidence that it is my favorite book I’ve read all year, and certainly in my top 5 all-time favorite books.

And now, gifts for the gentleman…

1. Warby Parker Gift Card ($95)
Give a gift card and he can request to have up to five styles at a time to try on at home. The best part? Their one-for-one program ensures that your gift to him also gives another the ability to see clearly as well (for every pair purchased they donate a pair to someone in need).

2. Beardo Original Beard Hat ($40)
Help keep your man warm this season with this awesome beard beanie! It has a foldaway, detachable and adjustable beard, and is pretty ideal for snowboarding, skiing, hiking and all other winter or outdoor sports—also, it’s a pretty good conversation piece and is sure to make him some new friends. Have a little man in your life? They make baby hats, too!

3. Men’s Backup Battery for iPhone ($39.50)
This backup battery charges on a computer, holds the charge until needed, and goes with him everywhere. In exclusive custom-developed prints for J.Crew, it’s a great gift for the tech-loving man in your life. Compatible with the iPhone 3G/4/4S.

4. Magazine Subscription ($13-$25)
Outside Magazine for the outdoorsy type, and Inc Magazine for the business-minded (or both, if your guy is a combo of the two!)

5. Jack Spade Cargo Canvas Small Dopp Kit ($65)
Made of canvas with leather trim, this toiletries bag holds his razor, comb, brush, shaving cream, moisturizer, cologne and other necessities. Comes in red and black.

6. Built 6-Pack Neoprene Tote ($25)
An eco-friendly way to carry beer! Insulates up to 4 hours, holds 6-12 cans or bottles, and can even be used for carrying condiments and utensils for picnics or BBQs with friends.

7. WoodWick Candle in Fireside ($15)
It smells like the wilderness and crackles like a real fire. What’s not to love?

8. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife ($18)
A tool that every man needs in his life, this translucent pocket knife has all the essentials for convenient use: blade, nail file, screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers and toothpick.

9. Vegan Cooking For Carnivores ($21)
Keep your guy healthy with a vegan cookbook that appeals to die-hard carnivores and veggie-heads alike. Ellen DeGeneres’ personal chef, Roberto Martin, shares over 125 delicious vegan recipes that he hopes will make healthy vegan cooking accessible and easy for everyone. Recipes include Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes, Avocado Reuben, Red Beans and Rice, “Chick’n” Pot Pie, Chocolate Cheesecake and more.

10. Timex Military Watch ($150)
J.Crew joined forces with Timex to make this vintage-inspired watch—an iconic military style from the 1940s that your guy will love to wear every day.

11. OXO 8-Cup French Press ($40)
A great choice for the coffee lover, this French Press has a silicone ladle with a stainless steel handle that pulls the used grounds out for easy clean up. The sturdy stainless steel housing surrounds a premium glass carafe that has convenient measurement markings on glass carafe. It’s functional and sleek and brews a good cup of jo!

12. Merona Men’s Weekender Bag ($30)
Every guy needs a good weekend bag. This one is sturdy and masculine, and has plenty of pockets to keep things organized.

13. J.Crew Cotton Waffle Shawl-Collar Pullover ($88)
Who doesn’t love a guy in a sweater? There’s something so classy about it without being over-the-top metro—it’s like what our grandfathers used to wear, and I love every bit of it. Constructed from soft slub cotton, it’s specially woven to have a unique waffle texture.

Want more gift ideas? Check out these other gift guides, too…
+ Glittery Gift Guide: Giving Back
+ Darling Gifts for Darling Girls
+ Darling Gift Guide: For Little Ones
+ Going Home To Roost’s Gift Guides (all of them!!)

What are your favorite kinds of gifts to give? To receive?

Image via That Kind Of Woman

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  • Kate
    December 15, 2012 at 12:31 am

    What great picks! I never know what to get my guy, and I might be checking out a few or your suggestions this year!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    The beard hat cracks me up! Great gift guides Natalie!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Haha, me too! I really hope some lucky guy gets one of those this year. It’s so good!!! Glad you enjoyed the guides :)

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