Still Not Sure What to Give? Try These Ideas!

Each year, I make a promise to myself that I'm going to start my holiday shopping earlier. I vow that I won't wait until the last moment and end up in a mad dash through the mall, grabbing any size and color I can find. Or even worse, ordering things online and paying almost as much in shipping as for the item itself, all the while praying that the item will actually make it to its recipient on time.

When iVillage asked me to put together a round-up of gifts that I'd like to give this year, I was thrilled. Not only did it encourage me to shop around to find some cool gifts, I actually made some purchases! I'm already ahead of the game and that's good news considering there have been a few additions to the family and friends list since last year!

While selecting gifts, I tried to figure out what categories my family and friends fit into. There's definitely the cook, the fashionista, the traveler, the newlyweds, the kids and the "dude," among others. Here are a few of the items I found and loved!

Above (left to right): Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail Glass Set, $18 at Furbish Studio; Locals Only by Hugh Holland, $39.95 at Urban Outfitters; Leather Flask, $125 at Jack Spade; Meteorite T Prong Ring, $125 at Tory Burch; Scotch Shruck Skateboard, $132 at Barneys; Jellycat Truffle Wooly Mammoth, $78 at Barneys; The Essential Thomas Keller; $100 at Barneys

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Above (left to right): Industrial Canvas Dipped Coal Bag, $195 at Jack Spade; Pendleton Motor Robe Blanket with Leather Carrying Strap, $78 at Urban Outfitters; Take Ivy, $16.20 on Amazon; Silk Twilly, $130 at Hermes; Posters of the WPA: Keep Your Teeth Clean, $100 at Hickoree's Hard Goods; Platinum Rimmed Glassware, $32 at West Elm

What are you giving this year? Chime in below!

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