By Alexandra Taylor
The holiday shopping season has begun, from elaborately designed department store windows along 5th avenue to frenzied shoppers scouring the best retail stores for the perfect gift. Forget the typical cold weather accessory, gift card, or other ordinary stocking stuffer and choose a gift worth giving. We have highlighted 15 gifts under $100 that will surely impress even the most difficult of style-savvy giftees, without breaking the bank of course.
With 2012 around the corner and many resolutions to be declared consider stylish fitness gear for your sporty-chic loved ones. Nike’s Hyperwarm 2.0 Women’s Training Hoodie is a great buy for any athlete or workout enthusiast. With mesh panels for breathability, Dri-FIT fabric, and versatile insulation for warmth, the exceptionally cut hoodie has the advantage of a stylish fit. Available at http://www.nike.com, $75. Give an eco-friendly and stylish gift with the Bobble bottle, a stylish and reusable bottle, which filters water as you drink. No need for plastic water bottles, with each filter you are saving 300 bottles. With a fun design, bold colors, and three size options as well as a jug, the Bobble is a must-buy this holiday season. Choice your Bobble bottle or jug at http://www.waterbobble.com, $8.99 – $29.99. With winter around the corner, bundling up in fashionable workout gear is priority for many. For those brisk days give your best girlfriends or sister a fun pair of Elbow Patch Arm Warmers by Echo Design. An extra long sleeve style can pair with short and mid-length sleeve shirts or as an extra layer for warmth while skiing or cold-weather running. A great value at $48, available at http://www.athleta.gap.com. Another great fashionably fit gift is the Rebook inShape Fitness Monitor, a bold watch that keeps track of your workout. The brightly colored watch can track your every step with a calorie burn monitor, speed and distance tracking. Pick your favorite color at http://www.reebok.com, $79.99.
The Gift of Giving
For the fashion and philanthropic minded, choose gifts that give back. As a social entrepreneur and designer myself, giving charitable goods this holiday season is priority for my gifting list. This year you can give stylish accessories while knowing you have aided in a great cause. With so many brands jumping on the charitable bandwagon, it is easy enough to find the perfect gift. Some of our favorites include, TOMS Silver Holiday Women’s Shoes; a pair of flats that brings the holiday spirit with every step. Made with a soft wool fabric for ultra warmth with a festive Fair Isle snowflake print. With every shoe purchased TOMS will donate a pair to a child in need. Available at major department stores, and http://www.toms.com, $54. For a beautiful piece of jewelry that will inspire altruistic deeds, look no further than the Hand in Hand Gold Bangle Bracelet from Kate Spade. Plated in 14K gold, the simple, yet chic bracelet makes a bold statement. The words “hand in hand” are engraved around the outside of the bangle as a reminder of the aid to women in war-torn countries. A portion of the profits is donated to Women for Women International. Available at http://www.katespade.com, $58. A partnership of two charitable causes results in a beautiful bag. The (FEED) RED LOVE 30 Bag constructed of natural burlap and printed with the (RED) logo, is a great carryall that assists in the fight against AIDS. With the purchase of each bag FEED and (RED) will provide 30 days of ARV treatment and 30 meals through the UN, providing a month of life-saving assistance to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Purchase the popular tote at, http://www.feedprojects.com, or http://www.joinred.com, $80. Nicole Miller’s Indego Africa collaboration aids and empowers women in Rwanda, with the creation of handcrafted colorful jewelry and accessories. The Indego Africa Shorts, $65 come in several bright prints and with 15% of the proceeds donated, it is a gift that will please any socially conscious fashionista. Also, consider the Indego Africa Fabric Wrap Bracelets, $25, which are wrapped with vibrant African prints and come in a set of three. Available at http://www.nicolemiller.com. Kenneth Cole’s Buckled Rain Boot is a chic rubber boot that is slim cut and more fashionable than your average pair. A textured shaft and stylish buckle details, gives these charitable boots a fashionable edge. 100% of the net profits from the boot sales will be donated to The AWEARNESS Fund, in partnership with amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research). Available at http://www.kennethcole.com, $98.
Lastly, you can never go wrong with the gifting of a unique fashion accessory. These five uber-chic accessories will add a spark to any outfit. The Nordic Scarf from J.Crew is right on trend and a great add to any cold weather accessory collection. Inspired by ski slopes and Nordic aesthetic this wool scarf is a fitting gift for snow bunnies and fashionistas alike. Available in acorn and charcoal, http://www.jcrew.com, $59.50. Anthropologie’s Faux Fur Necker, $98, with snap front closure, is a great piece to spruce up a winter sweater or wool trench. Another great find at Anthropologie is the DIY Collectors Charms. With the option to choose all you favorite charms and chain, you will be creating a uniquely special gift that is personalized to your loved one. Available at http://www.anthropologie.com, $15 -$22. For all the fashionable texting mavens, wearing gloves while trying to text can be quite a hassle. Lord & Taylor’s Touchpoint Suede Smart Gloves are the perfect solution to frustrations of winter weather. With a color-blocked leather and stylish leopard print design, these chic gloves won’t hinder your texting or tweeting skills. Lord & Taylor, $59. For a distinct jewelry piece, consider Blue Nile’s Leaf Chandelier Earrings. These chandelier earrings in sterling silver feature seven beaded leaves. The lightweight design is beautifully crafted. Available at http://www.bluenile.com, $30.