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(credit: istockphoto)


For you men who don’t know what kind of presents to get your wife, girlfriend or sister this holiday season, we’ve got you covered. In a nutshell, girls like make-up, jewelry, spa products, shoes and perfume. We’ve got it all covered. Read along and get your shopping done early this year with these special gifts.
(credit: J.Crew)

(credit: J.Crew)


J. Crew
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 939-1070
www.jcrew.com

This holiday season, some of our favorite looks come from J.Crew. Shop this classic winter look by getting their Buffalo Check Peacoat with it’s red and navy check boxes. The jacket is tailored for a fitted look and is a perfect warm jacket for these cold winter nights. Match the look with J.Crew’s ‘Crinkle Boy Shirt In Red Check’, and ‘Toothpick Jean in Chevron Bead’ for an outfit that will look great day and night. Finish the look with a heel or choose J. Crew’s ‘Viv Patent Flat’s’ in black. Be sure to take advantage of the great deal’s going on at J.Crew in store or online by using their gift codes. During the holidays, all in-store and online items are 30% off with gift code ‘GIFTNOW’. And, if you’re a student, you can receive 15% off as well! Just be sure to bring your student ID.

(credit: Madewell)

(credit: Madewell)


Madewell ‘Hepcat Shades’
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 772-0428
www.madewell.com

For a gift she’ll definitely love, stop by Century City Mall’s Madewell or visit www.madewell.com to order the ‘Hepcat Shades’. The sunglasses come in 2 colors, vintage stout (shown) as well as beach pebble and are a perfect gift at only $55.00. Madewell also sell’s great sunglasses cases which come in red/black check, black and white stripe or black and green check for only $12.50. Make sure to check the website or ask in store about any gift codes.

(credit: Illamasqua)

(credit: Illamasqua)


Fatale Palette Eyeshadow Compact by Illamasqua
Bloomingdales (Glendale Galleria)
100 W Broadway #700
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 246-6737
www.illamasqua.com

The latest player to crack the major make-up leagues is British cosmetics brand Illamasqua, who recently made their US debut at Bloomingdale’s, their exclusive department store partner. The brand’s color-intense products and long-lasting makeup inspire self-expression and experimentation. The Fatale Palette eyeshadow compact consists of four rich shades: Bronx (Bronze Gold), Ensnare (Sultry Berry Shimmer), Mystify (Chestnut Brown Shimmer) and Seductive (violet shimmer). Use shades individually or altogether to create the ultimate party eye. Illamasqua’s Christmas Gift Collection 2013 includes: an eye shadow compact, sculpting duo, festive nail varnish, Maiden lip gloss and a perfect pout lipstick set. A fun, new make-up line to discover and all she’ll need for the holiday party season.

(credit: Fresh®)

(credit: Fresh®)


Sugar Treasures Mini Lip Collection by Fresh
Sephora
Multiple Locations
www.fresh.com

The festive and colorful packaging is sure to put a smile on her face and the Fresh® Sugar Treasures Mini Lip Collection (a Sephora exclusive) has just about every shade of lippiness she could want. The gift set includes a high-shine nourishing lip treatment and six tinted lip treatments with SPF15 in colors ranging from sheer rose, nude, pink blossom, flirty berry and a new sheer, sunny red. Inspired by the vibrant palette of Brazilian paintings, Fresh’s holiday gift set collection embodies the joyful spirit of the season and includes moisturizing body polish, body creams, facial cleansers and perfume rollers to keep her looking (and smelling) her best.

(credit: Forevermark)

(credit: Forevermark)


Center of My Universe™ Diamond Drop Earrings by Forevermark
Forevermark
Multiple Locations
www.forevermarkdiamond.com

This holiday season, dazzle her with diamonds. If you’ve heard the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” then you’ll score high points when presenting her with such an exquisite pair of Center of My Universe™ Diamond Drop Earrings. These gorgeous earrings feature two round Forevermark diamonds, which come from the world’s most carefully selected, socially responsible diamonds. Each is inscribed with a unique number, which underscores the promise of its exceptional beauty. Go ahead and splurge a bit, she’s worth it!

(credit: Clarisonic)

(credit: Clarisonic)


Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System
Clarisonic
QVC (Item #A238711)
www.qvc.com

Many women yearn for softer, smoother looking skin and the Clarisonic Mia 2 will help them achieve just that. Clarisonic uses sonic technology to deeply and gently cleanse pores of dirt and makeup more effectively than manual cleansing, without being too abrasive. It’s quick and easy to use in just one minute (literally – and will automatically shut off after 60 seconds). After applying the gel cleanser to the brush head, use small, circular motions for 10 – 20 second intervals and, voila! — healthy, glowing skin in no time. The Mia 2 is available in shades of Blue Moon, Day Break and Frost and comes with a traveling case.

(credit: Crocs)

(credit: Crocs)


Women’s A-Leigh Leather Boot
Crocs
Multiple Locations
www.crocs.com

It’s hard to believe that the same company that gave us the original Crocs (a slip-on boat shoe) 10 years ago is now producing hundreds of stylish shoes, including this lightweight leather boot. The Women’s A-Leigh Leather Boot is casual and super comfortable due to the Croslite™ material in the footbed. A wedge heel will give you a bit of a lift and the side zipper makes the boot easy to take on and off. Details on the boot include a houndstooth textile lining and metal buckle hardware.

Fun fact: The iconic clog-style shoe that Crocs is so well-known for now accounts for less than half of its’ footwear sales, which total more than 200 million pairs of shoes in over 90 countries.

(credit: Oscar de la Renta)

(credit: Oscar de la Renta)


Oscar Eau De Toilette Gift Set
Oscar de la Renta
Multiple Locations (Macy’s & Bloomingdales)
www.oscardelarenta.com

Inspired by a dazzling red carnation runway print, the Oscar Eau De Toilette Gift Set includes a 3.4 fl. oz. OSCAR Eau de Toilette Spray, 3.4 oz. Body Lotion and a 3.4 oz. Body Bath and is part of the Oscar de la Renta Red Carnation Holiday Collection. This limited-edition gift set is the perfect introduction to the OSCAR fragrance with floral-oriental notes throughout — a bright, citrus bouquet of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron, along with jasmine, orange flower and tuberose. In other words, the perfect scent for just about anyone on your gift list.

Liz Laing is a writer, web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on Liz Laing.