You remind your BFF that she's your person every other day, but when it comes to gifting her during the holiday season, you draw a blank. You know everything about her, but you struggle with finding something that will really speak to her. Gift cards can feel overdone so I compiled my favorite finds to take the guesswork out of gifting your best friend. And we won't fault you if you keep a few items for yourself. After all, everyone can use a little extra self-care during the holiday season, right?
This one's perfect for your stressed-out mama friend who needs a break or your bestie who's always telling hilarious jokes. It's a quick read that's great to peruse while waiting at the doctor's office or while you're in the pickup line at school.
Your bestie already has the cutest heels in black, brown and gray, so gift her this snake embossed leather pair so she can live on the edge a little.
Sweater weather season calls for full-bodied fragrances and these best-selling vegan scents are spot on. The refillable 10 ml travel sprays is also great for stocking stuffers—or keeping in your mini purse.
Reminiscent of a mix of autumn leaves and grapefruit, the sweet smell of this candle will instantly transport you to your happy place. The beautiful metallic maidenhair fern design also makes it a conversation starter for any room.
When she needs a break from huge diaper bags and oversized backpacks, this circular premium vegan leather purse is the cutest upgrade. It feature an adjustable shoulder strap that can be worn messenger style, so mama can be hands free. And a sneaky interior pocket for keeping credit cards and money.
When it comes to home décor items for hosting, she probably has everything. This holiday, help her impress her guests with a box filled to the brim with a variety of healthy goodies like dried fruit nuts that pair well with meats, cheeses, spicy hors d'oeuvres, red wines and microbrews.
We get it—a doorbell isn't your typical gift, but hear us out. Consider this a cool way to let her know you're thinking about her safety: she'll get an alert and talk to visitors at her door from anywhere, anytime. And, this guarantees she'll never miss a package again. Genius!
If she's the hostess with the mostest, this gift has her name written all over it. And, if she's not into hosting, it's all good. The generous size of this microwave and dishwasher server bowl makes it a great fruit bowl.
When you're gifting that friend that seems to have everything, ask yourself if their basics can be upgraded. You know she's hard on her phone (hopefully she'll get that cracked screen fixed one day) so give her a gift that keeps it chic and protected.
Trust us, if your mama friend loves to enjoy a good glass of wine, this one is a fab option. Show how much you appreciate your friendship with a bottle filled with notes of citrus, stone fruit and green apple on the nose and palate.
If your bestie is serious about skin care, then she'll go crazy for this kit filled with essential anti-aging products for all skin types. There are so many good ones in here, but we love the two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind only silky soft skin.
During the winter months, we're constantly on a quest to reach peak coziness, and there's nothing that screams relaxation louder than a sweet-smelling candle. Try these flower-scented candles for a light aroma that permeates an entire room.
Gifting your bestie a pillow isn't exactly high on our list—sure we love them, but they are rather personal. We hear you, but this layered pillow is a cut above the rest. She'll love these removable, interchangeable fill layers, that supports her head and neck with customized firmness that's great even if her head and neck isn't hurting.
If she's over bulky winter sweaters, cape-sleeve is the new new. What can possibly be better than a dramatic cape sleeved sweater with a comfortable, loose fit? It's also made from a fine, Italian wool-blend yarn with metallic threads so she'll feel extra fancy.
For the outdoorsy type looking for style and function, this mid-thigh length coat keeps her warm for hours. And even if she's not into cold weather outings, this coat is the best way to signal that she's on-trend.
Perhaps she just started wearing makeup or she's been a lipstick pro since she was 16-years-old. Either way, this super-pigmented lipstick set is packed with powerful superfood oils like avocado, sesame, olive and coconut for your most for your most put together friend. Oh, and it goes on smooth, too.
Any foodie will love this hand selected maple wood cutting board. One side of the cutting board features a deep juice groove and the reverse side has a completely smooth and flat cutting surface.
For the girl who's so busy she can't keep regular visits to a salon, gift her this kit of her favorite Drybar products. She'll love that she can extend her blowout, refresh her hair and detangle in her own home.
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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.
While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.
When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.
These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).
Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.
This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!
For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.
You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!
This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.
Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!
Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.
Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.
This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!
Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.
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Can you believe it's already time to start decorating for the holidays? And this year, Target is making it easier than ever to create inviting holiday spaces that are still neat, organized and clutter-free. Whether your style is whimsical, traditional or rustic, there are plenty of neutral creams, frosty whites and touches of evergreen that will take you through the holidays and well into the new year with style.
This holiday also marks the 3-year anniversary of the launch of Joanna Gaines' Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line. The collection features nearly 300 new pieces from gifting and décor to entertaining. Oh, and this season they have faux Christmas trees!
The word "Joy" isn't a holiday classic for nothing—it's sure to bring lots of smiles and laughs to any home. And when it's atop the garland in this festive wreath, it's an instant pick-me-up. Plus, for an extra twist: This comes pre-strung with white LED bulbs for a little light to brighten dark spaces.
This stocking brings simplistic holiday cheer to just about any living space. This mini size is perfect for little ones or if you just want stockings that don't take up too much space.
Bring the outdoors indoors with a garland that can be framed around your door. Or add holiday spirit to your table runner with a garland centerpiece. We love how realistic this one looks for such an affordable price.
Let's be honest, advent calendars are nice, but some have gone a bit overboard in how complicated they are. But not this one. The cutout shape of a tree features rows of numbers, while a roaming wreath moves the countdown along. Simple, yet chic.
No tree is complete without a beautiful tree skirt. This striped one is a must-have for a farmhouse-inspired atmosphere. Even better if you want a splash of rustic charm that matches your other holiday décor.
Brighten up your living room with this attention-grabbing statement piece. Hang the star sign on your entryway wall to help welcome guests, or place it on your mantel, shelf or end table alongside other accents to add touches of holiday cheer in a minimalist way.
This tiny house with windows, door and a chimney lends realistic, whimsical appeal, but the solid ceramic design allows it to be used from season to season. Place a small light inside to light up your mantle when standard candles won't suffice.
Sometimes less is more! Upgrade your staircase or tree with this simplistic wooded garland. Pair with fresh cedar and grapevine twigs to create a striking focal point on your home.
For a refined look, the decor offers a hardwood frame and the sawtooth back allows for easy display on tiny spaces that need a touch of holiday spirit.
Minimalists will rejoice for this multi-tasking stocking holder—acting as both festive signage and a holder for multiple stockings. It's simple, charming and will look great on your mantle for years to come.
That little spark ✨ in the air that only comes around this time of year is starting to buzz and pop around us. There's nothing quite like the joy and excitement that comes with counting down to the holidays—especially with your kids who think last Christmas was forever ago.
It's perfectly neutral to go with any type of holiday decor, but is made to bring a spark of magic and fun as your kids rush each morning to find out what's inside the tiny drawers.
This has to be the most unique advent calendar we've ever seen. We love everything about it: The simple metal hoop, the greenery and the 24 kraft boxes that can be filled with goodies for both adults and kids. It's so pretty, we might even leave it up past Christmas!
We love that you can fill this one with your own treats that can change as your kids grow. And it doesn't have to be sweets. It can be filled with stickers, little toys, handmade goodies and more.
This sleek metal sign comes with 25 small muslin bags and 30 cards you can tuck into each one. The cards have an activity or kind gesture you and your kids can do to celebrate the season.
For the crafty mamas in the group, this sweet kit has everything you and your family need to create your advent calendar together. Once you've assembled all the houses, you can fill it with whatever treats your family will love.
This sweet and modern fabric calendar can be customized with your family name or cherished holiday phrase. It also comes with a set of 24 activity cards you can pop into each pocket.
The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn't stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that.
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One of my favorite things to do is spoil my niece and nephews and this especially rings true during the holidays. Parents can give practical gifts, grandparents can give sweet presents, but aunts and uncles have the pleasure of just focusing on gifting items that are pure fun. After all, we don't have to go home with that loud drum set and hear banging for hours.