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Neiman Marcus Redefining The Way We Do Holidays

Let the the ho ho ho holiday season begin!

The holiday rush will be here before you know it, so getting your gifting done early this year to avoid shipping and manufacturing delays is definitely the move right now.

But where do you start? Gift gathering can be overwhelming.  What should I buy, what would they like? It can be tough coming up with ideas. Take a deep breath and read on. I have some AMAZING gift ideas ahead and not to fret- I will be here all season long dropping my top gift recommends to help make your holiday season as smooth as a sleigh ride with Santa.

Now dasher! Now dancer..

Here we go!

Neiman Marcus has THREE exciting new things happening this season that redefine gifting, wrapping and giving back.

That’s right!  Neiman Marcus redefining the way we do holidays!

To make your holiday shopping the easiest and most convenient experience yet, Neiman Marcus launched a luxurious Gift Suite that is an IRL wonderland of gifting ideas. Packed full of the most unique gifts and hottest trends the Gift Suite is even divided into gifts categories! So easy it’s like someone did the shopping for you!

Here are some of my top picks from the The Gift Suite..

Francis Kurkdjian Candles

Francis Kurkdijian Holiday Candles.

From one of my favorite perfumers these are next level holiday scents that transport you to a winter stroll in a snowy forest, to a charming storybook gingerbread house, promising sweet treats and childhood delights and to a holiday market to savor a juicy, generously caramel-coated candy apple. Available individually or as a set its a fragrant gift of an olfactory fantasy.

El Arroyo Puzzle

El Arroyo “I’d Rather Be Someone’s Shot of Tequila than everyone’s Cup of Tea” Puzzle.

Since 1975, El Arroyo has been serving up Tex-Mex with a side of laughs on their famous marquee sign that stands on the corner of West 5th and Campbell in Austin, Texas. The Last Queso Stop Before a Bunch of Yoga Studios – over the years they have covered every food pun imaginable while never forgetting witty commentary on current events. Now you can gift one of their iconic signs made from recycled paper in puzzle form!

wine handbag

Wine Bottle Carrying Clutch.

Holiday Mic drop.  Nobody’s Going to know… lol. What better way to carry your wine or champs than in a discreet (lol) clutch! It’s also a really adorbs way to wrap a boozy gift.

Byredo Hair Perfume

Byredo Hair Perfume.

One of the hottest trends in beauty, each hair perfume combines one of BYREDO’s signature scents with a unique silicone and polymer formula to create a light, invisible veil designed to leave the hair nourished and luminous whilst divinely scented.

Jonathan Adler Decanters

Jonathan Adler Decanters.

Serve up booze in the chicest wittiest way possible. The Whiskey one is currently Center Stage on my home bar cart.

Holiday Lights Set

Holiday Lights Cups.

This is one of my holiday staples. I buy them every year to serve up holiday cocktails for the adults and hot cocoa for the littles. Fun and festove they put a smile on everyone’s face.

It isn’t just the perfect Gift that Neiman Marcus has to offer this season….

They have also given their iconic gift boxes a sleek matte black modern redesign which includes  a luxurious magnetic closure. GORGEOUS. No wrapping necessary!

PLUS they have created an easy way to make a difference and give back this season.

Neiman Marcus has partnered with The Give Back Box to help you donate to someone in need this season while lessening  your fashion environmental  footprint.

It’s so easy!

Pack a box with gently used clothing, accessories and shoes.

Scan the QR code on the paper that was included in your order or given to you by your sales associate.

Print the free shipping label.

Then drop off your box to UPS or FEDex.

The Give Back Box will redirect your donation to a local charity. Or you can choose the charity you want.

There you go.  Three ways Neiman Marcus is redefining the way we do holidays!

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Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

At some point during every holiday season, we are all faced with that awkward dilemma: being presented with a gift and you have nothing to give in return.

We’ve all been there. Friends drop by to visit for the holidays with unexpected gifts in hand and you’ve got nothing to offer except an awkward “Merry Christmas“, you get invited to a last-minute work party with Secret Santas or your kid comes home and adds another teacher to their “must gift” list.

Whatever the reason, we all find ourselves in need of “emergency Christmas gifts” throughout the season. Rather than racing around at the very last second stressed out trying to find something, plan ahead for those emergencies by stocking up on a few gifts that just about everyone would love (including you, in case you don’t actually end up needing to dip into the emergency stash!).

What makes a great “Emergency Gift”?  I gathered some of my top Emergency Gift ideas from Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show to get you started.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Maison Francis  Kurkdjian Mon Beau Sapin Candle

There are few things more widely well-received than a chic, well-crafted scented candle. Choosing one is all about love at first sight and smell.  You want a candle that not only looks chic, but also smells great while it’s burning and has lift (meaning: you can smell it) while it’s cold.

This gorgeous candle from one of my favorite perfume houses smells like a fresh balsam fir in a snowy wonderland.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Wine Condom

Wine is probably the number one most gifted hostess gift around and it makes a solid choice for an emergency gift; BUT if you want to take that gift to the next level, try pairing it with these fun, INSTAGRAM worthy wine condoms.  Yes WINE..CONDOMS!  A fun, easy, and effective way to keep your wine fresh and ready to drink! They seal your bottle flush and make for easy transporting of uncorked bottles.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Neiman Marcus Red Velvet Bourbon Cake

No time to bake this season?  Give something sweet without lifting a finger.  This is one of the MOST delicious, scrumptious cakes I have EVER had! Infused with Bourbon, this rich chocolate cake delivers a classic cocoa flavor that they will love with every bite!

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Dream Decoder Cards

Ever woken up from a weird dream and wondered what it meant?  So has EVERYONE!  Dream Decoder presents 60 of the most common dreams, explaining what your unconscious mind is telling you, and what events or situations in your waking life might cause certain dreams.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

United Tastes of America Cookbook

Cookbooks are a gift that keeps on giving with each recipe prepared.  The best cookbooks do more than just present recipes — they offer a glimpse into a particular place or style of cooking that can change the way we view the food on our plates. This fun and gorgeously animated cookbook by author Gabrielle Langholtz contains 54 child-friendly recipes – one for each state, plus Washington D.C. and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). From Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels to Louisiana gumbo, Oklahoma fry bread to Virginia peanut soup, each recipe is made simple by a step-by-step format and a full-color photograph of the finished dish. A full-spread introduction to each state/territory features background about its culinary culture and is brought to life with illustrated food facts and maps. A great gift for a family.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

Now that you have your “Emergency Gift” it’s time to wrap things up.. literally… with some sustainable wrapping.

Gifts, as with anything, are all about the presentation! So why not make a chic gifting statement with eco-friendly, sustainable Furoshiki style wrapping?

Furoshiki is a style of Japanese wrapping using a cloth to cover gifts or other goods. I suggest enlisting a tea towel, scarf or bandanna – something that coordinates with your gift, but can also be used by the recipient later- to wrap your gift.

A gift to wrap another gift. It’s like gift giving Inception. Mind Blown!

Traditional furoshiki cloths are large, square and made from fairly thin fabric, which makes them very adaptable to wrap and carry almost anything. With a tea towel, you are more limited with wrapping styles and have to get a little creative with it. I’m demonstrating with a box, but you can wrap a bottle of wine, candle or anything really in this style.

There are a million different ways to do this but here is a basic technique. It will get you started, and make your presents look beautifully presented.

To begin, place the item in the middle of the fabric. Then, fold the top section over and tuck the extra fabric underneath your gift.

Now fold the bottom section up (like you would wrapping paper) if there is too much fabric fold it to the edge of the box and then fold again, until you have a clean fold.

Now take the two sides, bring them up and tie into a knot. You can tuck them underneath or leave the corners to hang free. I like to add a sprig of fresh winter greenery to give the gift a finished look.

Not only will your gift recipient LOVE the gift you gave them- they will also love the thought behind your wrapping choice.

Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand


Why You Should Have Emergency Christmas Gifts On Hand

This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.