30 Gifts I'd Really Like to Unwrap This Holiday Season

Not to brag, but I'm really good at gift-giving. Here's my secret: Whenever someone mentions a new brand they love or something specific they've been on the hunt for like a coffee-table book, a red lipstick, or an everyday handbag, I make a mental note of it (or sometimes a physical one in my phone). Then, when it's time to start shopping for gifts, I already have plenty of ideas I know that person will be excited about. Genius, right?

This year, I'm going into the holiday season super prepared. From the luxurious face serum that will end my mom's search to the printed throw that will look perfect in my best friend's new apartment, my gift ideas are seriously good. Plus, I can get everything at Neiman Marcus, which makes my shopping experience even easier. The retailer carries so many of my favorite fashion, beauty, and home-décor brands. And I'm not going to lie: I discovered quite a few new brands while I was scouring the site. I'm not one to keep a secret, so I'm sharing my 30 favorite items below. PS You can buy these luxe gifts now and pay over time thanks to the option to pay with Affirm* at checkout.

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Accessories—like jewelry, a leather wallet, or sunglasses—always make great gifts because you don't have to worry about sizing. However, if you do have that info on hand, then a cozy sweater or some form of loungewear makes a perfect gift this time of year.

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Wallets are one of those items people use every single day, so they're always an appreciated gift. I'm really drawn to this mini one from Bottega Veneta probably because this particular shade of green really had a moment in 2021. It's truly so cute.

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Anyone into fashion trends will appreciate receiving a faux-fur or shearling accessory, whether it's a handbag, a pair of shoes, or a hat. My top recommendation is this cozy bucket hat.

These earrings are simple enough for everyday wear but still make a statement thanks to the Gucci logo.

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Both the color and on-trend Fair-Isle print make this sweater an obvious choice, but wait until you feel how soft it is. If you know someone with an upcoming ski trip, buy them this.

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Since people often buy handbags in black, why not gift a friend with one in a more unique neutral color? This chocolate brown is so chic.

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These sweatpants deserve to be worn outside of the house. There's a matching sweatshirt if you're feeling generous.

I'm getting these navy biker shorts for all of my friends who love to work out, so if you see us wearing matching outfits in a yoga class, you'll know why.

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This Ray-Ban frame shape looks good on everyone, so buying these sunglasses as a gift is a no-brainer.

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Slippers are one of those items that people love having but don't really buy for themselves. This pink pair from Ugg are fun, cozy, and—I hate to say it—practical for the winter.

beauty gift ideas

When it comes to holiday gifts, you can't go wrong with a luxurious beauty item like a fancy perfume or a festive eye-shadow palette. Here are 10 of my favorites this year.

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This lipstick is the perfect shade of red. It also looks pretty displayed on a vanity.

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Byredo perfumes are so luxurious and special. I can never pick a favorite scent, but this one is at the top of my list.

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Not exactly sure which scent to buy for someone? This 5-piece sampler from Jo Malone is a safe bet.

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Aesop products instantly make a bathroom feel chic. Plus, this duo will keep the hands ultra soft. Who doesn't love that?

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This Nars eye-shadow palette features the only four shimmery shades you need to create a perfect holiday makeup look.

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Anyone that travels often will appreciate this set of mini body washes. 

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Beauty lovers go crazy for this at-home skin treatment. It uses microcurrents to sculpt the face, and the results are honestly impressive.

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It's makeup! It's sunscreen! No, it's both! This combo product is a game changer and something I keep in my handbag all year round.

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Does anyone really use all twelve of their makeup brushes? The answer is no, which is why this streamlined set is so ideal.

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The ultimate face serum that beauty editors can't stop raving about. My mom is going to love this one!

best home decor gift ideas

Home décor is my top choice when I'm buying gifts for hosts. (I know I can't be the only one who already has a calendar full of holiday festivities.) I found some pretty chic items, from a beautiful coffee-table book to cocktail glasses fit for the Queen herself.

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Silk pillowcases are not only beautiful, but they're more gentle on the skin and hair than other fabrics.

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One of the newest travel books in the Assouline collection. I love the idea of gifting a friend with a new one every year to build a collection.

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Smeg products make cooking fun. Not to mention they look cool on a kitchen countertop.

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How gorgeous are these coasters? I wouldn't mind adding them to my bar cart ASAP.

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People rarely buy fancy candles for themselves, so it feels special to receive one. This Diptyque candle is a limited edition for the holidays, so act fast.

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This printed throw makes a plain couch feel stylish and adds some color to any room.

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You can't not feel glamorous while drinking out of these crystal glasses. Anyone know how to make an old fashioned?

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This set is the only excuse I need to learn how to play chess. Even if you don't know how to play, it makes a very cool coffee-table centerpiece.

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This marble tray will instantly elevate any bathroom or dresser.

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This cozy throw blanket is perfect for bundling up by the fire during the holidays. I personally could use a new one right about now.

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