Everyone wants to make a big impact when they watch the kids open their gifts during the holiday season, but how can you ensure that your gift is worthy or an "oooh" or an "ahhh"? Sure the hot toys of the year always elicit a strong response, but they're not the only ones! From a mod take on a traditional baby walker and the hottest crafting activity of the year to new offerings from two ever-popular toy companies, we've rounded up the gifts that are sure to have kids jumping for joy!
If you've got a Harry Potter-loving muggle in your life, then consider your holiday shopping done. There are so many amazing items for fans of the wizarding world, from cute key chains to more high-end items like crystal balls and magic wands. With lots of options at every price point, you'll be sure to cast a spell with one of these goodies.
What's the best gift Lubov Azria, the designer behind BCBG Max Azria and Hervé Léger, has ever gotten? "My husband surprised me and my girlfriends with a holiday getaway to St. Barts. It was a weekend filled with shopping and great fun."
That's one tricky present to top, so we were more than curious to find out what's on her wish list this season. She shared her must haves with us, and while we have a good feeling she's got easy access to many of the pieces she's asking for, some of her other picks — two under $10! — surprised us.
Shop right off her list inside, and be sure to follow her top recommendation when buying for others: "Don't forget stationery when shopping," she tells us. "Sometimes it's not so much about the gift but the message that goes along with it."
With Christmas less than three weeks away, shopping crunch time has officially begun. Thankfully, your plan of attack comes courtesy of our gift guides. We're breaking things down by price point, personality, and style to not only de-stress one of the most hectic times of the year but also ensure you'll come out with the best gift at the best price. And here's the very best part: because all these wares can be scored online, you won't have to leave your couch to score everything on your list.
We've compiled foodie-friendly gifts for your friends and family all holiday season long, but the time has come for us food editors to reveal what's really on our Christmas wish lists. From a radish-printed dress to passionfruit candy to a knit teapot koozie, there are plenty of reasons for us to anxiously await Dec. 25.
While there will be plenty of shadow palettes, preboxed lotion sets, and everything in between available to give this holiday season, why not personalize some (if not all) of your presents this year? Monogrammed gifts are always a best bet, and your recipient will feel all warm and cozy inside, knowing that you took a little extra time to make him or her feel loved. So let's kick things off with personalized beauty gifts. If it can be stamped, embossed, or stitched, you'll find it here.
If there's a runner in your life, there's an easy way to spoil her this holiday: with a new, state-of-the-art GPS running watch. She'll love any of these options, which track running stats like calories, distance, pace, and then some. Here are eight GPS running watching she'll flip over.
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- Adidas Smart Run ($400): The new Smart Run watch tracks your distance, steps, and calories, as well as your heart rate (from your wrist), and features a touchscreen that is customizable so you can see the stats you want. The Smart Run also streams music and audible coaching tips to Bluetooth-enabled headphones. The watch features strength-training animations that play right on your wrist so you can follow along anywhere. Stats sync wirelessly so you can view them on your computer. Available Nov. 1.
- New Balance GPS Runner ($100): Perfect for the runner who needs a solid, simple GPS watch, the New Balance GPS runner features lap and interval functionality and tracks your calories burned, distance, pace, average pace, speed, and average speed.
- Suunto Ambit 2 S ($320, originally $400): The Suunto Ambit 2 S is for the all-around athlete in your life. The big, clear screen is a cinch to see in many different conditions, and the watch includes detailed tracking for running, swimming, and cycling. If your friend is a hiker, she'll love the navigation features, where she can plan routes, find coordinates, and track her way back to her starting point. You can download more apps to customize what sports data the Suunto collects.
Nike+ Sportswatch GPS ($169): For the runner who wants a simple watch with a little style, the Nike+ Sportswatch uses TomTom technology for accurate GPS tracking; it also tracks your speed, distance, pace, and calories, all of which you can see on your Nike+ online account once you connect your watch (it slips right into your computer's USB port without the need for cables). A Nike+ sensor that fits in certain Nike+ shoes (or your pocket) helps ensure accuracy even if you are running indoors. The watch also stores your last 50 runs and lets you know whenever you hit a personal best.
- Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 GPS ($225): For the triathlete in your life, the Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 features a large screen with easy-to-read data. It tracks your distance, pace, and speed; connect it to your computer to view graphs, maps, and charts of your workouts. Vibrations tell you when you've hit a certain pace or remind you to drink water. The Timex Ironman Run Trainer 2.0 syncs with training plans like MapMyRun for easy data collection.
- Polar RC3 GPS ($350): The Polar RC3 GPS includes a heart rate sensor for accurate calorie and heart rate measurements. The GPS sensor tracks both distance and altitude so you or your friend can see just how strenuous that run really was. Connect to a USB port on your computer in order to see and share all your stats.
- Garmin Forerunner 620 ($400): A clean, simple touchscreen interface means your runner friend will love the new Garmin Forerunner 620. Other features, like measuring your heart rate and VO2 max, as well as calculating how long your recovery should be in between workouts and analyzing your running form and offering suggestions, makes this more than just a GPS-tracking watch. Available Nov. 1.
- TomTom GPS Sport Watch ($170): The perfect entry watch, the TomTom Runner GPS Watch tracks everything you expect and features a large interface and one-button control. Vibrations alert you when you've hit a milestone. Track your stats after uploading data to an online account; it also syncs with apps like MapMyFitness. You can also easily swap out the strap with another color or style.
If you've tuned in for Bravo's Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis or Flipping Out shows, you already know two things about Jeff Lewis: the man has style — and jokes. Whether he's transforming a home or pumping out a new paint line, he doesn't disappoint. Style knowledge aside, Jeff's perfectionist tendencies and knack for telling it like it is are traits every clueless gift giver needs this time of year. Check out his sleek holiday-shopping list that makes everything from dog walking to cocktail swizzling feel GQ-worthy.
What's on His Wish List:
"This is a stylish set of tools ($99) for concocting cocktails."
"A little bit of sticker shock, but these three gold vases ($850) paired together add glam to your room."
"This Bottega Veneta cologne ($80-$110) is a fresh, universally masculine fragrance."
What He's Dying to Give:
"This candy jar display ($498) is a great accessory. Put it on a countertop or coffee-table book for an added pop of color (and sugar). It's a gift that keeps giving all year long."
"Shupaca throws ($115) are incredibly soft and add pattern to any space, whether you're using one at the foot of your bed or over the back of a sofa."
"Sonos speakers ($199) allow you to install an entire home audio system in an instant — wirelessly. They're perfect for holiday dance parties."
"Presentation is everything. This modern and stylish wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. ($9) is perfect for wrapping regifts. I buy it in bulk."
"Not only is this vintage cocktail book ($50) a great accessory, but it also holds many recipes to cope with the holidays."
My first cell phone was heavier than my purse, but I carried it like it was the One Ring. Several years earlier, you couldn't part me from my Game Boy, which, at the time, was just slightly cooler than the new cordless phone (with the two-foot-long antenna) my dad excitedly brought home from Circuit City. As the years pass, we all get pretty nostalgic about our tech. So to honor the retrophiles on your gift list, we rounded up a few cases and sleeves that will make them reminisce about their own gadgets of yore.
You've probably seen Deborah Lippmann's handiwork in the likes of Vogue or on the runways at New York Fashion Week, but she's most well-known for her line of polishes that you can find at many department stores and Sephora. We tapped the celebrity manicurist for her holiday shopping list, and just like her polishes — you'll find nothing but luxury here. From cozy cashmere blankets to a special spa treatment, see what Deborah is gifting this season.
— Additional reporting by Kaitlyn Dreyling