**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
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!
SHOP GIFTS FOR: LADIES
*The Steele Maiden Top Pick: This Polaroid camera disguised as an old film version – so cute!
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.
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.
LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SALES
ANTHROPOLOGIE: 30% 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 REPUBLIC: 40% 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
JCREW: 40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY – order by 12/20 for delivery by 12/23
OLD NAVY: Up to 60% off the entire store + free shipping through 12/18 to arrive by 12/23
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.
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.
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. Avintage 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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*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