Give the gift of love this holiday season by spoiling that special someone with a present that really comes from the heart. From must-have fitness gear to nutrition tools for the kitchen, we've got you covered with over 200 heart-healthy gifts with finds in all price ranges.
I've been a fan of yoga sensation Tara Stiles for years. Her DVDs are some of my all-time favorites, and I love her free-flowing, light-hearted, yet matter-of-fact approach to tackling new poses and pushing your body to new places. After I had the opportunity to take an incredible class from her at Sports Club/LA, I knew I needed to find out what was on her holiday wish list this year — and what she'll be giving to her loved ones.
Sweet and Bright SunniesTara loves a good pair of shades, and she's a big fan of these colorful and fun Marc by Marc Jacobs Square Sunglasses ($110). Tara believes that these sunnies will "brighten up the holidays," and perhaps remind us of warmer temperatures.
Pandora's BoxTara was introduced to Pandora charm bracelets this year and was "taken by the storytelling and meaning of all the charms." She's partial to this Pandora Passion Charm ($40), since it's a thoughtful and personal gift "to honor the values we see in our loved ones."
Sweet ScentTara always gifts "special girlfriends (she) wants to spoil" with a bottle of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume ($29-$165). Call it a pay-it-forward gift if you will; Tara received this scent as a gift a few years ago and always feels "super special" when she wears it.
Cozy CollaborationTara put out an awesome collaboration with Reebok full of comfortable and functional gear for yoga class. One of her favorite pieces from the line are these Reebok Strong Relax Pants ($45) that are "so soft and cozy for the holidays!"
Strong StripesTara loves how she can wear her Reebok sweater ($85) to the yoga studio or running around town. I can vouch for this fact! Tara rocked this sweater at the special event at Sports Club/LA introducing her brand of Strala Yoga to the club, and all of its fun colors immediately caught my eye.
Wool and the GangIf you follow Tara on Instagram, you know she loves to knit and make gifts for friends. She's been a fan of Wool and the Gang (and knitting in general) for a few years now. She says her skills are at "the hat level," but she aspires to improve and tackle more complex projects in 2014. In the meantime, this Wool and the Gang Hold Tight Clutch ($131, originally $139) is "her newest favorite."
Luxe Lingerie Options
When Tara's in a bind for finding just the right gift, she leaves it up to her girlfriends to choose with a Agent Provcateur Gift Card so they can indulge in some luxe lingerie. One of her top picks these days is this Margot Bra ($220) but says it's hard for her to pick a favorite!
Parks and Recreation is one of the those TV shows that seems to keep getting better — and simultaneously inspire its viewers to love it all the more. If you know a big Parks and Rec fan, then the following gift guide will have the perfect present for them. And, of course, if you're the fan, then take the opportunity to, as they say, treat yo self.
This holiday season, teach your children the importance of charity by giving them an extraspecial gift that gives back. Uncovering everything from a hand-crocheted baby rattle to a herd of sheep in a needy community, we've found 11 ways to do good with your children's gifts this year. Something fun for them to unwrap that goes a step further by helping those in need? Sounds like a formula for success to us!
From makeup brushes to cosmetics cases and perfume sets, fashion designers are putting their coveted names on all things beauty this holiday season. Whether she's a label snob or just into the finer things in life, she'll be happy to unwrap one of these designer gifts.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel
For a gift that doesn't scream "last minute" but only takes minutes, consider turning to your photo library. Easy to make — usually with just a few clicks — and plenty personal, photo gifts may just outdo Santa come Christmas Day. From custom Rubik's Cubes (yes, we're excited too!) to photo-filled iPad cases, we found plenty of ideas for anyone on your list. And since it's only November, once this to-do is checked off, you can carry on with more important things, like getting started on those new gaming consoles.
Happy chic isn't just Jonathan Adler's design mantra. After peeking at his holiday shopping list, we're convinced that anyone receiving something from him this year will be both (Simon Doonan, we're looking at you!). The peppy potter-turned-design-mogul has a knack for making retro feel relevant, which is why we had to find out what made his holiday lust list. Check out the things he can't wait to give and receive this year!
What He's Dying to Give
"Winter is here, people! I love a soft, squishy blanket, and this Richard Nixon Alpaca Throw ($295) is big enough for a snuggle à deux."
"I just launched a line of groovy socks ($30 for a set of three), and I'm on a personal mission to turn the ankle into a fetish zone."
"I'm going to give my hubby this sweater ($1,395) from Michael Bastian (I hope he's not reading!). It's graphic, it's cozy, and I think Simon will look even more adorable than he usually does — if that's even possible."
Keep reading to see what he's hoping to receive!
'Tis the season for fun holiday festivities, and, of course, it's the season of both giving (and receiving) gifts. While we've been making our lists and checking off names left and right, there are plenty of goods we'd love to see under the tree this December. Without further ado, here are the top picks on all our holiday wish lists this year. Any of our loved ones can feel free to take note . . .
Whether you're looking for an edible artisan-made stocking stuffer or an delectable nibble to treat yourself to this holiday season, we've got your back. These tantalizing treats not only have our stamp of approval, but also are made by trusted producers in small batches.
Take tender, buttery shortbread cookies, spread on a thick layer of salty, not-too-sweet caramel, and cap it off with a coating of lush Belgian chocolate, and you have Clairesquares ($8 for three), a fabulous store-bought take on millionaire's shortbread.
Emmy's Turmeric Cauliflower
Humble cauliflower becomes crave-able and charcuterie-plate-ready when pickled in a briny turmeric-braced bath, as with Emmy's Pickles and Jams Turmeric Cauliflower ($8).
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it's time to get gifting! Our editors have rounded up some of their favorite items to help you pick the perfect present for that special friend, family member, or co-worker. We've got 100 great ideas to make the giving even easier this year, and if you're still stumped, check out even more gift guides to get you started. Happy holidays — and happy shopping!