11 No-Brainer Gift Ideas, According to a Professional Shopper
The holidays are right around the corner, and there’s no time to waste when it comes to getting your shopping list handled. If you’ve still got tons of presents to buy and need some no-brainer gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. We turned to NYC celebrity stylist and personal shopper Samantha Brown, who gave us her top 11 gift ideas for this holiday season. We trust her (and you should too) because she literally shops for a living.
1. SLIP FOR BEAUTY SLEEP SLIPSILK PURE SILK PILLOWCASE
If you’re shopping for a loved one who appreciates the simple luxuries in life, you can’t go wrong with this gem. “Silk pillowcases feel special and do wonders for your skin and hair,” Brown says. BTW, the silk fibers are less absorbent than other materials, so they keep your skin and hair products where they belong. Anyone who values their sleep (uh, who among us doesn’t?) will appreciate this anti-aging, anti-crease, anti-bedhead pillowcase.
2. SEXTROLOGY: THE ASTROLOGY OF SEX AND THE SEXES
“If you’re looking for a conversation starter, this book will be passed around to all the guests who are eager to read about their star sign and what it means,” Brown promises. Sextrology helps people find their perfect sexual matches by drawing insight from modern astrology. Trust us, zodiac talk sure beats political chatter during Christmas dinner.
3. John Varvatos Handstained Vulcanized Low Top
We love a low-top, slip-on sneaker, and the hand-stained leather on this pair adds a polished touch to the throw-on-and-go silhouette. Brown notes that it’s an “edgy twist on the classic style,” meaning it will please even the pickiest guys on your list.
4. TANGRAM FACTORY LED SMART ROPE
Brown recommends this fun, techy gift for the fitness junkie in your life. Smart Rope is an LED jump rope that displays your jump count in midair as you work out. It can even be synced to the Smart Gym mobile app to track calories burned and work on interval training.
5. Stone & Beam Ceramic Floral Embossed Decorative Planter
“For friends who are always sprucing their living space, I love to gift a planter. Bonus points if you pick up a succulent to put inside,” Brown says. The blue glaze finish and floral embossing would look lovely in most plant parent’s homes—or even outside on their sunny porch.
6. Jonathan Adler Versailles Playing Card Set
“The holidays are a time to come together and relax with your loved ones. I find that the togetherness always encourages a game night or two,” our shopping expert says. Enter these chic playing cards. They’re a holiday hostess gift that will actually get used, perhaps even on the spot. Plus, they’re displayed in a luxurious drawer box that doubles as decor. Just make sure the party crew isn’t too competitive!
7. Naked Cashmere Ynes Robe
Do they love to lounge? Or perhaps it just seems like they need to indulge in some self-care? Treat your stressed-out cousin (and your boss) to the most extravagant robe. This one is made from 575 grams of 100 percent pure cashmere in a five-gauge knit. “One of my personal favorite things is my cashmere bathrobe, so I know firsthand that this would make an excellent gift,” Brown recommends.
8. Dorset Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glasses (Set of 4)
Give their bar cart a major upgrade. Crafted from hand-cut lead crystal, these luxe glasses will add a shimmering presentation to any holiday cocktail (or even sparkling water, for that matter).
9. CLEAN COCKTAILS: RIGHTEOUS RECIPES FOR THE MODERN MIXOLOGIST
Along with those chic glasses, give the gift of many delicious, guilt-free drinks. The pages of this book are filled with recipes for low-calorie spirits, vitamin-packed juices, gentle sweeteners and anti-inflammatory spices. “The holidays are the optimal season for indulgence, and these cocktails will complement any menu—without making you regret your decisions the next day,” says Brown.
10. Zero Halliburton Spinner Carry-On
“Chic luggage is always a big hit,” Brown says. Whether your gift recipient travels for business or pleasure, a high-quality piece of rolling luggage is something they’ll appreciate—and might not buy for themselves. We’re partial to the sleek silhouette of this Zero Halliburton design, but our favorite feature has to be the smart global tracking that can locate this bag wherever it ends up in the world.
11. Flightgift Gift Card
With a Flightgift gift card, your recipient can book a flight from more than 300 airlines. Plus, it’s valid for two whole years, so they don’t have to feel rushed to redeem it. Brown’s advice? “Tuck it inside their new suitcase!” That’s a surprise everyone will love.