I’ve saved this column for the week before Christmas because, let’s be honest, some of you guys are just starting your shopping. Amirite? Don’t worry, me too.
Below, what to buy for all the ladies on your list:
The girl you just started seeing
It’s early, so you agreed not to exchange presents. She is LYING. She got you something and expects you to do the same. If you’re even thinking about going Facebook status-official with this person, buy her a gift, like these adorable (but non-committal) puppet mittens.
Your girlfriend that’s expecting a small, ring-shaped box…but isn’t getting one
NOT jewelry. If you aren’t planning to pop the question, don’t tease the poor girl with earrings. Get her a bike or a coat or a kayak – anything that doesn’t say “I might be housing a diamond.” These Frye boots will help her walk off the disappointment.
Frye tall riding boot ($348)
Your Harried Mom
For the mom who takes care of everyone but herself. Help her carry the world on her shoulders a little more stylishly with a well-made leather bag in a color that pops.
Your New Mother-in-Law
If you’re still calling her by her last name, go for a gift that at least suggests warmth. Get one step closer to “Mom” with an elegant soy candle from Archipelago. They burn clean, smell amazing and won’t break your budget.
Your Younger, Impressionable Sister
As a big brother, you have a responsibility to guide your female siblings down a stylish (read: non-slutty) path. This tome, by Men’s Vogue blogger Amanda Brooks, will help keep sis in line with helpful tips and sartorial tricks.
Your Politically-Minded Neighbor
For the woman who wants to do good, and smell good doing it. Kiehl’s and artist Jeff Koons collaborated on a line of products to raise money for The Koons Family Institute, which fights child trafficking, child pornography and child abduction.
Your Female Boss
Barring any very good reasons for *not* doing so, a bottle of Veuve is always appropriate for a boss – male or female. Help her celebrate the coming new year in style with this chic bottle of bubbly. The best part? This gift looks best unwrapped, with just a bow (and a nice card, of course) topping it.
Veuve Cliquot Brut ($45)