The holidays provide the perfect excuse for excessive shopping. This is the one time of year when spending too much is considered nice and thoughtful. Often during the year I select special items that I know will make great holiday or birthday presents. I also always use the holidays as an excuse to buy myself something I have been coveting from the Shop Latitude site. Here are my favorite gift ideas for thrifty shoppers, hard to please friends, personal perks and unexpected treasures. Happy Holidays!
1. The Unique Gift
I love unusual gifts that can be given to many different types of people. These Chako pouches are made from vintage silk kimono fabrics and are exclusive to Shop Latitude. They are made by a mother and daughter team of designers in Hong Kong. They are chic, graphic and special. I gift a different pattern every year to all the special women in my life including my mother, sister, hairdresser, bookkeeper and assistant.
These worldly finds are fun, quirky and useful - they make great stocking stufffers and are all priced under $20. Everyone on your list will love a little souvenir from Brazil, Mexico, India, Africa or Turkey.
3. The Chic Traveler
Most of my friends travel as much as I do, so any gift that makes traveling a degree more pleasant is always appreciated. Everyone loves to receive a new cosmetic bag, luggage tassel, passport cover or sleep mask.
4. The Worldly Gesture
Throughout the year I travel to some pretty spectacular hotels. Whenever possible I always shop their gift boutiques for mementos of my trip or chic branded products to give to my most stylish friends.
5. Everyday Artisan
I love fashion and so do all the women in my life. There is really nothing chicer than a unique artisan-made accessory that you will wear every day and will never go out of style.
6. With Special Love
I love giving the gift of a talisman, it not only says happy holiday but shows you love and wish to protect those closest to you. We found a great selection of talismans at every price point in Istanbul.
7. For the Host or Hostess
Gifts for the home are always great, especially when they are from unusual places in the World. We enlarged our home selection this time to include great hostess gifts that can be used throughout the year.
8. The Bling Ring
9. Gifts For Him or Her
Because our customers are always requesting gifts for the men in their lives, we sought out some unique gifts that are perfect for any man or woman on your list. We promise gifting exotic treasures like a wool Mochila bag, jet black beaded Huichol skull or Indagare annual membership will all be winners regardless of gender.
10. Personal Perks
Finally, here it is - my fantasy gift list. These are all the things I want to gift and to receive! Go ahead, what are you waiting for? Buy yourself a present!