My 60-Year-Old Mom Has $200 to Spend at Nordstrom—34 Items I'd Buy If I Were Her


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If you ask me whether or not to buy someone a gift card, I'll tell you that it's impersonal and a bit of a yawn 90% of the time. The only time I praise them is when the recipient is anything like my mother, who rarely buys anything indulgent for herself and therefore needs the incentive to go out and splurge on something that's just for her.

That is why I was thrilled to find out that she'd been gifted with a $200 gift card to Nordstrom aka our department store. (Everyone has one that holds an extra-special place in their hearts.) I'm aware that she knows her way around Nordstrom just as well as I do from years of experience, but given how little time she spends shopping anymore, I took it upon myself to scour the entire contents of the store (no really, I did) to help her get busy spending it. Below, find 34 under-$200 items that I'd pick if I were my gift-card-holding 60-year-old mom.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.