Gift Guide: Ten Stylish Gifts for Women
Birchbox Gift Subscription
We reported on these beauty sample-delivery companies earlier this year, and so far Birchbox has been quite nice; a commenter added that Glossybox was worth the $21 per month subscription fee. Birchbox is a very affordable $10 per month and has a lovely mix of name brands, including Essie, Dior, and the luxurious Shu Uemura. A 12-month gift subscription is $110--that's one month free! Six-month ($60) and three-month ($30) gift subscriptions are also available.
Thornwillow Press Stationary
Letter writing is a lost art, but it needn't be--and Thornwillow Press makes letter writing (or just dropping a quick note) a luxurious pleasure. The boxed stationary starts at $40 and come in a wide range of motifs--absolutely darling! These are wonderful for host/hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or perhaps a daughter or niece away at college--hint, hint.
House of Harlow Clutch for Goop
There is more than meets the eye with this brown-on-turquoise clutch from Nicole Richie's House of Harlow. The bag is first dyed in turquoise, then brown, so the blue shows through in a subtle, textural glimmer. The cool jaguar head clasp is in a rich, brushed gold. The clutch is an all-around easy-to-style accessory for any woman over 16; $250.
Tory Burch Bracelet
Tory Burch has put together a lovely gift guide of her own, and the Sidney Hinge Bracelet is a standout. For those who shy away from designer items with flashy branding, the Tory Burch "T" is done subtly here, as prongs holding the jewels in place--cheeky, without screaming, "I'M WEARING TORY BURCH." Your choice of topaz or amethyst; the topaz has a bit more oomph.
Hunting Gifts for Vintage Lovers
Shopping for a vintage lover is hard-work, and depends on what is available. Consignment shops are also great places to hunt for pieces for your hard-to-buy-for girlfriends. Here are a few places to start your search
• The Guild Shop: Just about everything you can imagine, but there is usually a really fun assortment of jewelry and the occasional very special handbag.
• The Little Bird: This consignment "transplant" from Aspen is right across the street from Philippe. If you don't find the perfect gift, console yourself with a perfectly French lunch or dinner.
• Couture Blowout: The Montrose location is where you'll find the super-fancy labels; head over to S. Shepherd for the mid-price labels like Theory.
Tomorrow: Check out our 10 Stylish Gifts for Men.
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