Shopping for the special girls or women in your life can be tougher than it seems. If choosing the right size, color, or scent has got you on a wild Christmas chase, here are a few ready ideas sure to please.
Whether your girl is a “dare to wear” or is a little more understated, animal prints are all the rage this season and can be found in the bargain-priced as well as higher-end department stores. For a just a hint of print, texting gloves with animal print trim are great for the girl who likes to keep herself in the chat loop. Try a silk scarf for a fun touch to a classic outfit and younger girls will love the novelty, fuzzy scarves in leopard or tiger prints with large paws where the fringe should be. Try a gift of flats or boots as another good way for her to wear the trend without feeling overwhelmed by it. Many stores offer a choice of footwear at reasonable prices.
For a woman or girl on the go, a color block satchel bag or purse is the “just right” accessory that can finish a fashion statement. Color combinations vary as do material and styles. Look for black and white, navy and black, beige and tan, or a color combined with brown or tan. Grace Adele, a Scentsy Family company, offers a line of bag and clutch combinations; think two bags in one. With this line you can create a color combo from a range of available shades and accessorize with wallets, cell phone keepers, and jewelry designed to personalize each bag. Check them out on line to locate a consultant in your area or for more information.
Pamper her with a spa experience without leaving home. Facial steamers range in price from a Conair model ringing in at $20 to a Panasonic Ion Steamer for $125. If she loves a manicure or pedicure, search cosmetic departments and cosmetic specialty stores for nail kits for girls of all ages. Less pricey nail kits consist of a simple line of “DIY” manicure products while more expensive kits feature professional quality polishes, tools, and accessories for the gal who really relishes the nail experience.
Sweets for the sweet, the Smart Planet MCM-1 Mini Cupcake Maker may appeal the baker and sweet lover of any age. Reviewed by Good Housekeeping, it’s easy to use, comes with a recipe book (but you can use your own or box mixes), and takes fifteen minutes from bake to frost and eat. Search Amazon for best prices but expect a cost of about $40.00.
For something off the beaten path, have a retro pop art canvas created from a personal photo of her. This Warhol-style art is funky, colorful, and sure to be a conversation piece. In the movie, “Working Girl,” Sigourney Weaver’s character has a huge pop art photo of herself in her apartment. There are many design websites that offer the service. Depending on the site, size, and design, prices begin at $30 for a small canvas.
Although technology has made it easier than ever to capture pictures on the spot, where’s the fun? Fujifilm and Polaroid both offer instant digital cameras with printers that provide immediate gratification. Fewer or more camera features are available depending on the model but all can produce instant pictures to share with friends. It’s gift idea that can bring a party to life in a flash.
So think photos, fashion, food, and fun when shopping for her this holiday. Remember, if you’re excited to give it, she’ll be excited to receive it. Just be sure your surprise stays “under wraps” until Christmas!