White Elephant, Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa — call it what you will, but the one thing that faithfully remains constant? The task of trying to find a cute, cheap gift that everybody will love. Thankfully, that's where we come in. Not only will all of these baubles, wares, and accessories elicit glances of envy from other swappers — and maybe even a few chuckles — but they all ring in under $15. It's time to start swapping.
Not to brag, but we here at POPSUGAR Fashion know a thing or two about gifting. As diligent market editors, we've spent many late nights poring over the latest seasonal merchandise, visiting showrooms, and leafing through lookbooks, and we've curated shopping guides for everyone on your list — whether it's the men in your life, the moms, or even the furriest of friends.
But what about us? We've seen it all and we tend to think you might get a few ideas from sneaking a peek at what's on our wish list this year. After uncovering everything from budget-friendly box clutches under $25 to the accessories of our ultimate fantasies, we're sharing our holiday favorites at every price — along with a few gift-giving memories of our own.
At its best, shopping for others can be a cinch, but at its worst . . . "difficult" doesn't even begin to describe it. To help, we've collected presents perfect for all the different personality types in your life. Whether it's a sister who prefers the girlier things in life, a best friend who relates to anything hippie, or a work friend who'd rather be, well, working out, we have something sure to please them all, within.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil
Aside from busting out our favorite holiday tunes, the easiest way to get festive might just be by slipping on a party top. Don't get me wrong; we love a great party dress, but there's something about throwing on a sequined camisole with our boyfriend jeans that's entirely effortless and totally cool.
So, whether you're throwing together a holiday party look on the go or you just want to add a little sparkle to your everyday outfit, we've hunted down 24 blouses, metallic sweatshirts, and even a crop top to get the party started.
We all have that token Christmas sweater party that works its way into our party circuits each year –– so we decided to DIY our own sweater for this festive occasion. Sure, those '80s holiday sweaters have had a long and funny run, but it's time to switch things up. Watch on, and start making your own (not so) ugly Christmas sweater now!
On Allison: Dolce Vita
When the holiday party circuit gets into full swing, there's a good chance you won't be able to stomach looking at another cocktail dress. The ubiquitous piece is chic and easy to style, sure, but it feels a bit . . . predictable, no? Liv Tyler stepped out at a book party for Modern Manners in a Stella McCartney printed sweater paired with a black knee-length skirt. She finished it off with loafer-like pumps and a black and white bag. In case you're already feeling the early stages of dressing brain, we've shopped out the look for you.
December marks a very special time in our hearts — party season! That said, the slew of holiday invitations are rolling in, and before you get befuddled on what to wear, we suggest you take special note of the holiday dress code.
If you're wondering what all of those little terms mean — casual, cocktail, formal, black tie — we're here to break it down for you, all with a holiday twist. After all, nothing is more awkward than being the only girl at the party wearing jeans while everyone else is decked out in pretty little dresses. Read all about it below.
- Dress code: casual. You're in luck: this is your chance to show your style cred in a multitude of ways; dark skinny jeans, leather leggings, miniskirts — everything goes. Just remember to add a little shine on top (metallic blazers, red silk tops, sequined tees) or bottom (beaded skirts, jacquard trousers, shiny shorts) to show off your holiday spirit.
- Dress code: cocktail. This category is one of our favorites — you get to wear pretty dresses and jumpsuits without the worry of looking too "dressed down." It's all about having fun here, so pull out that little red dress you've been aching to wear, and if you're feeling experimental, we love the idea of dressing up a chic black jumpsuit with statement jewels and accessories.
Now, it's time to talk about the trickier categories.
After buzzing around a whole lot of ecommerce sites working to bring you this season's best gift guides, we were particularly taken aback by Tory Burch's swatch of stylish presents. Whether you're on the hunt for something cozy, girlie, or simply classic, she has a product you'll love. To help you avoid present overload (as if), we're sharing our favorites.
When it comes to festive, sweet, eternally giftable items, you just can't do better than Kate Spade New York (it's a fashion fact). The brand has collected its holiday offerings online, and we sorted through them all to cull the very best. Whether you're working to cross someone off your shopping list or just need a personal pick-me-up, you owe yourself a look.
In our little black book of stylish women, Tibi’s Amy Smilovic is someone we keep on the proverbial speed dial. Whenever we need style tips, chic vacation ideas, or Fashion Week insights, she's our go-to.
Naturally, with the holidays fast approaching, we tapped Amy once again to share her chicest tips for this festive season. From where to take your out-of-town guests (Bergdorf Goodman) to what to give (think tech and music), Amy's ideas are guaranteed to make this merriest time of the year the most stylish, too. Shop below for Amy Smilovic's picks for a festive, fun, and well-dressed holiday season.