Dropping thermostats, crazy-long lines at the stores and yummy homecooking can only mean one thing—the holidays are upon us! And while this time of year is always the warmest (well, emotionally speaking) and most exciting, it can also bring a little pressure, too....especially for busy women such as ourselves.
So let us help take the load off! Latina.com trolled the aisles and scoured through shopping websites to bring you the best and most original gifts for everyone you know and love: kids, husbands, girlfriends, abuelos, everyone in between...and of course, you. Keep checking back every week from here to December 25 for our weekly roundup of gifts in every category.
This week, we start out with the most important people on our list: the mujeres. Start here to see our top gifts for all the special women in your life, from the bookworm to the multi-tasking mom and the gadget fiend to the party hostess. We've already added some of these to our own lists, and we're pretty sure that you will, too.
For the music lover, give recently released CDs from Juanes (La Vida Es Un Ratico En Vivo [Deluxe Edition], $9.99, amazon.com), Ricky Martin (17, $10.99, amazon.com) and Christina Aguilera (Christina Aguilera: Keeps Gettin’ Better – A Decade of Hits, $11.99, target.com). Throw in these crazy colored headphones from WeSC ($50, urbanoutfitters.com) so she can rock out to her new tunes in style.
Any item from Sephora’s Holiday Kat Von D collection is a sure bet for a risk-taking woman, but we suggest the Metal Orchesta Eyeshadow Palette ($34, sephora.com) and Kat Eye Brush Set ($48, sephora.com) to start. Combined with L.A. Ink Season One on DVD ($24.95, amazon.com) for some risk-taking inspiration, she will be all set for a night out...and in.
Tarte’s The Vanity Limited Edition Palette ($52, sephora.com)would be an ideal
gift for the makeup queen or that lady who loves color in her life! 16 eye
shadows, 16 lip glosses, mascara, four blushes, and more for a girl to feel more
polished is in one easy to manage fold-out box. Worn in combination with a
Wonder Woman-inspired wrap dress from Diane Von Furstenburg’s holiday collection
($385, dvf.com), your friend will never have looked so bold.
For the girly-girl, a pair of Victoria’s Secret satin pajamas ($59.50, victoriassecret.com) or lace-up hiphugger panties ($3/25, victoriassecret.com), plus Sex and the City - The Movie: Special Edition ($19.99, amazon.com). She will be all ready to hit the town to find her own Mr. Big in her sexy new panties.
For the hostess or the wine lover, give this Wine Decanter set made by Mariposa from recycled glass ($98, vivaterra.com) with a bottle of ARESTI Reserve Carmenere 2006 ($13.20, winerz.com), a great wine from Chile. Not only is the decanter set a stylish way to serve guests, but VivaTerra is dedicated to selling lifestyle products that help you to live in harmony with nature, all of their products are sustainable, and earth and people friendly.
For the caffeine-addict, treat her to gourmet Gorilla coffee beans from Guatemala ($11, gorillacoffee.com) to go with her own personalized stainless steel tumbler from Initially Yours($18, initiallyyoursnc.com). Pair them with an apartment-friendly mini espresso maker ($39, restorationhardware.com), and she’ll be thanking you every sip she takes.
The brand new Blackberry Storm (199.99, verizonwireless.com)is the perfect gift for your geeked out gadget freak girlfriend or the person who has everything.
For the earth goddess, the Tagua “Rubi” Bracelet from Eco Ivory (12.50, ecoivory.com) and Tia Cibani’s wooden clutch ($295, momastore.com) will be perfect additions to her accessories collection. Sales of Eco Ivory help to protect elephants, frequently slaughtered for their ivory. Vegetable Ivory provides an eco-friendly alternative and also has a positive socio-economic impact. It is estimated that 30,000 families benefit from the production of vegetable ivory.
For the antique lover, the Vermont Spoon necklace from Demitasse Jewelry($188, demitassejewelry.com) and ruffled cashmere scarf from Anthropologie ($98, anthropologie.com) are brand new, but they appear to be from another time.
For the woman who needs pampering, treat her to EO organic body products and a luxe experience at the spa of her choosing with a VivaBox gift set ($160, vivaboxus.com). If you're in a pinch, Philosophy's decadent Warm by the Fire set ($25, sephora.com) with Restoration Hardware's Luxury Plush Robe ($59, restorationhardware.com) will force her to think only of herself...at least until the bath is over.
For the art and fashion lover, Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo ($26.40, amazon.com) paired with these carved buffalo horn Spiral earrings by Vanessa Montiel ($235, vivre.com) will give her inspiration and something to play dress up with.
For the most stylish Mommy on the block, the Toss Medallion Baby Bag ($148), with cute rain boots ($84, tossdesigns.com) in the same funky print is a gift she's sure to love. Throw in food delivery from Nu-Kitchen, from their NuMoms plan (starting at $45, nu-kitchen.com) and she will be ready to take on the world, baby in tow!
Add a little spice to your fitness-obsessed friend's workout with Acacia's Dance and Be Fit: Latin Groove instructional DVD ($14.99, acaciacatalog.com) and Stella McCartney for Adidas's Women's Cover Up Tennis Blouson ($170, shopadidas.com).
For the cook, Anthropologie's Parisian Cafe Apron ($32, anthropologie.com) and Mario Batali's latest Spain...A Culinary Road Trip ($34.95, barnesandnoble.com) will make her love being in the kitchen even more.
For the book lover, A Life Well Read - My Personal Journey Through Books ($29.95, alifeunplugged.com) will help her stay organized as she gets her read on with Roberto Bolano's new tome, the critically acclaimed 2666 ($18, amazon.com). For a bit of an easier read, throw Lorraine Lopez's beautiful new novel, The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters ($10.39, amazon.com) in for added measure.