Carpool Candy Holiday gift guide for ladies 2013

Buying the right gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things to do. But I know that’s not true for everyone so I’m sharing all the good stuff I’ve found in my search for personal, eclectic, and/or fun presents. And you don’t even have to leave the house.

All items have links for easy purchasing, so just click on the name of the item and it will take you right to the website. Happy shopping!

Smiley face snack bowl from on

Whimsical serving dishes:     One of my favorite local stores, Shed,  just started a website with amazing home goods. It was hard to pick just a few things to list. But how can you resist a happy face snack bowl ($75) or this inspired serving “peace” ($75)?

Mercury glass votives from on

Candle votives:  If you know me, you know I love a candle. These mercury glass votives are rustic and refined all at once, and give off nice light because they’re a bit distressed. Plus, I like that they’re all different and not matchy-matchy. This set of 5 for $35 will light up your life.

Light up letter from on

Light up letter:   This is fun for adults and kids, for a bedroom or living area.  I’m going to get one for my 8-year-old son, Eli, who would love to see his name in lights. ($210).  (If that price tag is too steep, you can still be a star with this light up star for $159.

Garnet Hill eyebobs on

Stylish readers:   If you hate to admit you’re getting old but your eyes are failing you, give in and treat yourself to a pair of these ($75.)  Anthropologie also has a less expensive but equally chic selection: $38.

Fun sweater from on

Fun sweater:   For the gal who likes a little oomph in her style, these sweaters are fun and great colors. I love the bird, and the heart speaks to me. ($118)

Mark and Graham coasters on

Personalized Coasters:   These linen coasters are great for that impossible person on your list who can (and usually does) buy whatever she wants for herself.  Smart looking, useful, and available in a variety of colors. ($35 for 6)

Sundance jewelry tree on

Jewelry tree:   Keep your favorite necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings from weaving a tangled web with this nature-inspired jewelry stand. ($40)

Jewelry for a Cause steel bracelet on

Steel, politically correct bracelet:   For the activist on your list, these steel bracelets are made from guns taken off the streets by Newark, NJ Police. Each carries a serial number that corresponds with the gun from which it came. 20% of the profits go to future gun buyback programs.  Prices range from $150 for steel cuff to $350 for steel bangle with diamonds.

Nirvanna handwarmers on

Handwarmers:  Almost every glove I’ve seen featured this year has some way of combining warmth with texting ease.  God forbid we have to put down the phone for a sec while outside! These crafty handwarmers have no fingers so can’t even be called gloves. But I love the cozy fleece lining, crocheted flowers, and the many colors from which to choose.

Henri Bendel faux fur earmuffs on

Faux fur earmuffs:   For the chic gal who wants to be warm, but doesn’t want to mess up her coiff.  ($78)

Pottery Barn peace love joy pillow on

Message pillow:  Ok, maybe I’m channeling my inner hippie here but I LOVE this pillow. It can serve as a reminder to always find JOY. C’mon, give PEACE a chance people! ($40)

Shutterfly dry erase chore chart on

Dry erase chore chart:   This decal sticks (and resticks like a Fathead) to any wall and comes with a dry-erase marker to check off tasks. Personalize it with photos and your name. Great tool for busy moms. Maybe some people wouldn’t think this present-worthy but it’s what I asked Wilson to give me this year. Order it, fill it out, and get kids to comply. Now that’s a gift.

If none of these ideas are quite right, try last year’s suggestions here.

What’s on your list? Tell me in the comments!

3 responses to “Carpool Candy Holiday gift guide for ladies 2013

  1. Barbara Johnson

    Thank you Brooke! Love the pillows from Pottery Barn.

  2. Shed - the Eclectic Home

    Hi Brooke Thank you for this. You are so kind!!!! Really appreciate it. HUGE THANK YOU. I saw you yesterday when I was in Garubo going into the nail salon. Guessing that was your mom?? What fun. Enjoy the visit and thanks again for including Shed in your post!!!!


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