Gift Guide

THE ONLY CYBER MONDAY SALES YOU NEED TO SHOP

The Steele Maiden: Holiday Travel - Shearling Seychelles Booties

**Updated the below with the best of Cyber Monday sales**

Hopefully you’re all relaxing at home – still in a post-turkey haze and plan on shopping from the comfort of your pajamas. Black Friday weekends sales, while amazing, can feel fairly overwhelming. Which is why I’ve narrowed down my sale suggestions to just 10 of the best that I’ll be shopping this year. See the list below and if you need gift ideas – I’ve got 100 great ones for everyone on your list here. Happy shopping friends!

1. ANTHROPOLOGIE – 20% off full-priced items + 30% off sale items + free shipping over $100
– I suggest the booties shown above and this sweater I just bought. Plus the outfit below (skirt and sweater).
The Steele Maiden: Black and White Holiday Style - Anthropologie Pearl Tulle Skirt and Off the Shoulder Sweater
2. AMAZON – A variety of deals across all categories.
– Need I say more? For sheer breadth you can’t beat it. I suggest electronics like this crockpot or Nespresso machine plus great fashion items like these Adidas sneakers I just got.
3. J.CREW – Now an incredible 50% off sitewide + free shipping with code SHOPFAST until noon today
– So many good things for him and her. I just bought this plaid puffer vest and these starry earrings.
4. LANDS END – 50% off site wide + free shipping
– I love their outerwear – like the floral puffer jacket shown below or this trench coat I wear constantly.
The Steele Maiden - 3 Must Have Coats for Fall Travel
5. NORDSTROM – Extra 20% off sale items – plus lots more price-matched
– Great for finding things for the entire family – from beauty gift sets to cozy throw blankets.
6. OLD NAVY – 50% off sitewide + free shipping over $25 with code FREESHIP
– Another family friendly sale – I love their cute holiday pajamas and cold-weather accessories.
7. SHOPBOP – up to 30% off orders with code MORE17
– Perfect if you’ve got your eye on staples from your favorite brands or big ticket luxury pieces.
8. TALBOTS – 50% off one item + 40% off the rest of your purchase
– The entire outfit below (vest, velvet leggings and heels) is included. I always love their boots, sweaters and coats.
The Steele Maiden: Luxe Textures for Fall - Velvet Jeggings, Cashmere Sweater and Faux Fur Plaid Vest

9. URBAN OUTFITTERS – $15 off $75, $50 off $150 purchase

– One of my favorite spots for affordable party dresses and fun Christmas tree ornaments.

10. WEST ELM – Sitewide deals + free shipping with code FREERIDE

– A perfect time to pick up bedding, and kitchen or bar items that make great gifts

 

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THE STEELE MAIDEN’S 100 BEST HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

The Steele Maiden - Cozy Holiday Style - Lands' End sweats and Anthropologie Mug

Get cozy – because this is one you’re going to want to spend some time with. For the first time ever I’m bringing you: The Steele Maiden’s 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for everyone on your list (I stopped at 100 because I didn’t want to out-do Oprah’s 102 Favorite Things.. naturally). I think there’s a special kind of joy in finding just the right thing for just the right person and since this year has felt particularly tough for the world at large – it would be nice if we could all spread a bit more joy this season, no? So go on and peruse to your heart’s delight. And if you still can’t find the gift you’re looking for.. find me here. I’ll be playing Secret Santa all weekend long. Happy shopping friends!

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

 

SHOP GIFTS FOR: LADIES

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This Polaroid camera disguised as an old film version – so cute!

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: GENTLEMAN

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: Totally not my thing, but Adam got this Oculus Virtual Reality headset last year and loves it. Plus – it’s hilarious to have parents/grandparents try them on over the holidays.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: THE HOME

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: A tie between this Instant CrockPot my sister has been raving about and these pretty gold-flecked mugs.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: LITTLE ONES

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This hat and mitten set – instant snuggle bear status.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: TRAVELERS

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This multi-purpose backpack with compartments for everything.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: BEAUTY FANS

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This silk pillowcase – helps prevent wrinkles and preserves blow-outs!

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

 

SHOP GIFTS FOR: HEALTH + WELLNESS

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This book – for getting a jumpstart on a happier 2018.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

 

SHOP GIFTS FOR: THE OFFICE

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This set of pencils with Beyonce lyrics – just try writing with one and not smiling.

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: LUXURY LOVERS

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This cruiser bicycle (extra points if you add a basket on the back!)

The Steele Maiden: 100 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

SHOP GIFTS FOR: UNDER $25

*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: These ribbon wrapped hoop earrings – available in 4 classic colors.

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INSTAGRAM ROUND-UP + LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SALES

The Steele Maiden: Instagram Lately

Oh hi there! Remember me?! These past couple of weeks (okay.. months) have been a whirlwind between my full time job, real life and this corner of the internet so hoping you can excuse the few days of radio silence (but in the meantime be sure you’re following me on Instagram so you see the day to day). I spent most of this weekend trying to race around time to get my holiday shopping wrapped up – and if you’ve decided to wait until one week before Christmas to do your own shopping (or just have been equally busy and haven’t yet had the time) at least you can take advantage of the major sales/shipping deals happening right now. Below – what’s been up on Instagram lately + some last minute gift suggestions. And for more – check out my holiday gift guide here.

INSTAGRAM LATELY

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SALES

ANTHROPOLOGIE30% off clothing & accessories, 20% off home & beauty

BODEN: Up to 40% off select items – order by 12/21 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

BANANA REPUBLIC40% off full-priced styles with code BRHOLIDAY – order by 12/18 for standard delivery by 12/23

FRENCH CONNECTION: Extra 50% off sale – order by 12/19 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

GIGI NEW YORK: Free personalization, shipping and gift with purchase this weekend only

JCREW40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY – order by 12/20 for delivery by 12/23

OLD NAVYUp to 60% off the entire store + free shipping through 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

SOLE SOCIETY: Up to 50% off select styles

TALBOTSUp to 50% off sitewide + $8 flat rate shipping for delivery by 12/24

URBAN OUTFITTERS: $20 off $100 + free shipping on 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

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GIFTING FINE JEWELRY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH JEWELERS MUTUAL


Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

While I definitely have fun switching up my costume jewelry to match the trends of each season, the pieces that I wear on a daily basis – and are easily the most meaningful ‘fashion items’ that I own – are all fine jewelry. From a custom-made ring that spells out my last name in precious stones to a thin gold band passed down to me from my favorite great Aunt, there are pieces that I’d be devastated to lose. Fine jewelry, unlike almost any other wearable item, just feels so incredibly sentimental and long-lasting.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

Which is why it’s important to protect it – and where Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company comes in. Accidents can happen no matter how careful we are. My late grandmother infamously threw away her own un-insured wedding ring and I once helped a friend search through gravel for hours after losing a brand new diamond stud earring that she’d yet to insure… and we never found it. There’s really no excuse for not having jewelry protection. Jewelers Mutual offers repair/replacement (including worldwide travel coverage!) for all types of jewelry and watches whether it’s been lost, stolen, damaged or just plain mysteriously disappeared.

So now that you know how to protect it – comes the fun part. Shopping for it (or hint, hint.. sending this post to someone who needs a little extra guidance in shopping for you!). Below, a few handy tips to picking the perfect fine jewelry gift this time of year. PLUS! Enter here for a chance to win a $1,000 jewelry gift card + other great prizes in the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes from Jewelers Mutual.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

To me, the wonderful part of fine jewelry is that it manages to feel timeless yet can be so tied to a particular moment or milestone. A vintage Hermes watch to celebrate a successful year of business or a sapphire studded ring to mark the addition of a new baby to the family. Pieces that will grow with you but will always call to mind special memories of when you first received them.

When looking for myself or for gifts I always look for that extra sentimental factor. I just got these Zodiac element studs in 10karat – one Air sign for Adam who is a Gemini and one Earth sign for my Taurus self to wear as a mismatched pair that represents us as a couple. And I gifted a stack of these sterling silver number rings to my sister on her wedding day (510 for her May 10th anniversary). Symbols, colors and stones are all great ways to add an air of personalization. Aside from that – I look for classic silhouettes that won’t feel aged or go out of style, yet still have details that make them feel modern. These natural pearl studs with minimal gold settings or this abstract diamond cluster necklace are both great examples.

Happy shopping! And don’t forget to add on Jewelers Mutual coverage to really make it a forever gift!

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 Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

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COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS: VOLUME II, ISSUE I

*PLEASE BE PATIENT WHILE ‘THE STEELE MAIDEN’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS’ LOADS ABOVE – CLICK TO EXPAND AND VIEW IN FULL SCREEN*

And I’m back with Part Two! This time, adding ideas for home, decor and entertaining to the first half of my guide which tackled style and gifts (jump straight to page 30 if you want to get to the new section.. although it’s best read front to back!). Now that it’s complete, I’m hoping more than ever that this handy guide serves you up ideas and inspiration all season long. Something that answers those tricky questions like ‘What do I wear for my winter bridal shower? An ice-skating date? Holiday travel?’ or ‘What do I get my outdoorsy Dad or minimalist boss for the holidays? or ‘What festive cocktail could I serve when friends come over?’. My hope is that you can reference this guide from now through New Year’s any time you have a question about how to handle the season in style. That way you can quickly get back to the more important things, like spending time with family & friends… and sipping champagne. Enjoy! xx

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