'Tis the season to treat the main man in your life with a gift he'll actually love. With a nod to modern classics, our no-fail gift guide featuring cool shoes, timeless wear-everywhere shirts, and fun accessories is sure to please even the pickiest guy. Fill your brother's stocking with French Connection's fun socks, indulge your boyfriend with a supercool watch from Nixon, or surprise a colleague with a metallic card case from Marc Jacobs. Check out those and more picks below.
The saying goes that it's always better to give than to receive. Well, for those of us who've had some trouble in this department, TOMS has just made giving back this holiday season a whole lot easier. The charitable brand has launched TOMS Marketplace, a curated selection of more than 200 products from 30 socially conscious labels like LSTN, Apolis, and Stone + Cloth — not to mention Jessica Alba's The Honest Company and supermodel Liya Kebede's Lemlem. Need a little help sorting through the piles of product? Alba and Kebede scoured through the merchandise and shared their favorite finds with us.
Liya Kebede's picks:Shop clockwise from top left: Lemlem Navy Classic Dolo Scarf ($125), JADEtribe Nicole Weekender ($418), LSTN Beachwood Bowery Earbuds ($50), Apolis Cypress Fig Travel Candle ($30), Lemlem Red Classic Senna Scarf ($125)
The TOMS and Tabitha Simmons coupling just added a new member to the family! After falling for the collaborative striped shoes earlier this season, we're recently besotted with the embroidered satin pair that spells out a sweet message — and has a cute feline! Shop the above pair ($125) right now and then see the striped versions below
TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie built a business on the one-for-one initiative, which quickly became a global movement, with a total of over 10 million (and counting!) shoes handed out to children in need since the company began in 2006. Now, he's taking his mission closer to home. On the heels of TOMS's success delivering shoes to children in need in 60 countries and helping to also restore eyesight in 13 countries outside the US, his next step is applying the same strategy right here. That means that your TOMS purchase could be going toward getting a child in one of 35 states a new pair of shoes or helping to improve a child's eyesight in one of 13 states by the end of this year. If you needed any excuse to shop, this one is ironclad. We've rounded up a few of our favorite styles right here, but be sure to check out all the styles (translation: all the ways you can help!) at TOMS.com.Leopard Burlap Women's Strappy Wedges ($69)
The piece: TOMS Bellevue Matte Honey Crystal Sunglasses
The price: $98
Why we want it: We've been wanting TOMS' new line of eyewear since we first laid eyes on it (no pun intended) at Lollapalooza earlier this month. And today, the brand's newest shades have launched online. Our favorite are these vintage-inspired frames in a honey hue as bright as the sun. And just like with TOMS shoes, with every pair purchased, the company will help give sight to someone in need. So far, 150,000 people around the world have have been helped — why not one more?
The piece: TOMS x Jonathan Adler Lobamba sunglasses
The price: $179
Why we want it: The scorching Summer sun requires cool shades to protect us from its rays. Well, you're looking at a pair that's not only super cool — and red hot! — but also has a charitable side to boot. TOMS and design guru Jonathan Adler have teamed up to create this fabulous '60s-inspired style that will add an instant pop of color to your Summer wardrobe. Plus, each pair comes with a handmade Jonathan Adler padded case that's just as cute as the glasses. And if you need another reason to shop, for every purchase, TOMS will donate free prescription glasses to someone who is visually impaired. Here's how it all works. No more excuses, score a pair for yourself, then be sure to check out other cool designer collaborations.
It's inevitable that, despite the best of intentions, plenty of upstanding sons and daughters show up giftless on Mother's Day. With not much time left, do better than a greeting card from the picked-over Hallmark aisle and try your luck with one of these procrastination-friendly suggestions to help you win Mom's favor. Just, please, try to get a jump on next year.
- Nordstrom lets online buyers pick up Mother's Day items in-store. That way, you can save yourself the hassle of fighting off fellow shoppers and still not worry about whether the package will arrive on schedule (though, they do have free shipping all the time). Some items to consider: These Kendra Scott oval earrings ($52) or this Alex and Ani expandable wire bangle ($38).
- It's not the most sentimental, but it gets the job done: Neiman Marcus sells virtual gift cards (ranging from $25 to $1,000) that get sent instantly via email. And if Mom doesn't use it within 60 days, an actual card will be shipped, free, to her house.
- Bloomingdale's offers up a slew of fashion-friendly Mother's Day beauty gift sets by brands such as Prada, Viktor & Rolf, and Jimmy Choo — all of which come with a bonus gift-with-purchase for mom.
- For a gift that gives back, TOMS is offering last-minute shipping of all shoes, including the classic "TOMS Hearts Moms" pattern ($54), which is only available through its site.
- It's no surprise that Amazon offers need-to-have-it-now shipping options, and for Mom, why not spring for overnight delivery? Or if you'd rather not, get one-day shipping free by picking a jewelry or watch item from the site's preselected list of qualifying products. We think Mom would like this Vince Camuto white ceramic timepiece ($225).
Have other last-minute shopping secrets to share? Please do, in the comments below!
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Looking for a do-good reason to shop? Charlize Theron and Toms have just released their third shoe collaboration to benefit CTAOP — which stands for Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project — in its efforts to keep African youth safe from HIV/AIDS through education and support of local community organizations. Theron's new limited-edition shoes ($58) feature a pretty sunset-orange hue and embroidered CTAOP logo. Even more, the inside shoe liner highlights the organization's inspirational motto: "Look Within. Think Beyond. Reach Out." We're totally down for Theron's fashion for a cause. Are you?