Shopping for holiday gifts can feel like a puzzle that’s impossible to solve, especially when your list contains loved ones with varying interests and preferences (and whose doesn’t?). But before you get overwhelmed, seek some inspo from Senior Branded Fashion Editor Elly Ayres.
Not only does she have ideas for everyone on your list, but she’s scoring it all in one spot. Whether your gift recipients are fashion lovers, hosting pros, or adamant skin care enthusiasts, she’s got you covered. Ahead, Ayres shares all the stylish finds she discovered at Macy’s, so you can feel inspired by — or straight-up copy — her picks for your own list.
If your mom is all about high quality skin care like Ayres’s, you can’t go wrong with Clinique’s signature line. “Not only are Clinique’s formulas always free of parabens, phthalates, and fragrance (a must for sensitive skin, like hers!), but they actually work. The lotions are so soothing and always leave your skin feeling renewed and replenished,” she says. Be prepared to be Mom’s favorite with this gift!
This candy-pink purse holds the essentials while looking great with any outfit, whether you’re opting for bold printed outerwear or more minimalist layers this season. “I love playful pieces,” says Ayres. “From this bag’s bubbly pink hue to its cool chain-link crossbody strap, it feels like a great addition that will end any look on a high note.”
A versatile pair of shoes that can be styled multiple ways is fashion catnip to those who already have a fabulous sense of style. Ayres says these patent leather loafers “combine the trendiness of a chunky platform with the timelessness of prep-inspired style,” which matches her sister’s fun fashion sense. “Whether she’s wearing jeans and a tee or a brightly patterned maxi dress, these shoes give her endless styling options, and that kind of dependability is essential!”
For that friend who’s in perpetual nesting mode, it’s all about creating that staying-in vibe. Because Ayres also loves to stay home and enjoy her abode, she knows exactly what to get her best friend. “We’re constantly on the hunt for new home decor pieces that can elevate a room and add some ambiance — candles do just that,” she points out. “While introducing someone to an entirely new scent can be hit or miss, this votive set offers multiple options, so she’s guaranteed to find one she truly loves.”
Ayres’s dad has a knack for hosting parties, so this fondue pot would make an incredible and unforgettable gift. You just know it’s going to be a hit with the crowd. “I think he’d love adding this food prep gadget to any one of his parties. It’d be sure to take the appetizer (or dessert!) selection to the next level,” she says. “Truly, a fondue fountain is the gift that keeps on giving.”
Clothing can sometimes be a difficult thing to navigate in the gift-giving department, but this black waterproof jacket from The North Face is both stylish and practical. “My boyfriend can be tough to shop for, but when it comes to style, he’s a fan of the classics,” says Ayres. She likes that the jacket’s zip-out liner is versatile enough to adapt to NYC’s unpredictable weather, and will go with anything in his wardrobe.