So many friends, so many gifts and so little time to shop for them during the holidays. With Christmas a hop and a skip away, finding the perfect gift for the girls in my life can sometimes be stressful, which is why stylist Robert Verdi came to my rescue with some lovely gift ideas. Hosted in his lavish loft in Chelsea, Mr. Verdi’s Holiday Gift Guide Tweet-Up earlier this month was much needed for all the fashion editors who were lucky enough to be invited. Mr. Verdi’s well curated gift list will serve as a guide for your holiday gifting. So without further adieu, here is Mr. Verdi’s list.
SPOIL YOURSELF: Any gift giving maven needs a stylish tote to carry all the splendid presents you’ll be placing under the holiday tree to dazzle. For this task, Mr. Verdi suggests an LL Zip-Top Hunter’s Tote Bag ($29) which can be monogrammed and gifted to your secret Santa. It’s a lovely gift that will be used all year round. Speaking of personalized, make guests feel more special with personalized or customized cookies from Brooklyn’s Tasty Morsels Bakery. If you are into social media, why not personalize each cookie with a Custom Twitter Handle of each guest?
BLOGGING BUDDIES: Because of my addiction to social media I am attached to my phone like moss on a tree. Most of my friends are too, and one in particular has a phone so busted that even she is embarassed to whip it out in public. For her, Mr. Verdi suggests the HTC Windows Touch Screen Phone 8x ($199 on AT&T or Verizon). This phone feels amazing in the hands and has a very wide screen to capture an entire runway show.
For the Twitter happy gal or guy, taking pics is a cinch because the phone automatically adjusts and takes the photo without having to press another button. It also syncs with Facebook to allow you to stay in contact with friends, family and followers. Those obsessed with Spotify will be amazed by the incredible sound quality thanks to the incorporation of Beats by Dr. Dre.
DO-IT-ALL MOMS: Show mom some love by giving her the gift of rest and relaxation. Pampering is the key word when looking for a gift for mom this year. Mr. Verdi suggests Tea Forte Skin-Smart Event Box ($48) on a Tea Forte Ceramic Tea Tray ($6), The Liar, The Bitch & The Wardrobe by Allie Kingsley ($15.00), Shower Sensations Kit from P&G ($9.99) all neatly housed in the ultra chic Rugby Stripe Bin from the Container Store ($14.99).
Note: Mom is not getting the tea because I already popped that open and had a few sips in my custom Glamazon Diaries mug from Sutter’s Mill.
DEAR OL’ DAD: A well-groomed dad is a happy dad and Mr. Verdi knows how to keep him happy. He suggests gifting dad with grooming tools including the Gillette Fusion ProGlider Styler ($20) with Duracell Ultra Power Batteries ($2.99) and a nail kit packed neatly and in a manly way in a 15″ Steel Gadget Tool box from Stack-On (I already know my mom is going to snatch the tool box from my dad to put in her car).
THE GLAM PAL: We all have that one ultra glamorous girlfriend who seems to have everything and need nothing. For her, Mr. Verdi suggests making a very posh gift bag for her starting with the Lauren Merkin Eve Glitter Clutch ($180) filled with CoverGirl Blast flipstick Lip Duo ($8.49), CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara ($6.99), CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss ($5.49), Crest 3D 2-Hour Express Whitestrips ($54.99), Oral B Glide 3D White Floss Picks ($3.49), and Tide-To-Go Pens ($2.99-8.99). Chic and creative no?
OH SO LOVELY IN-LAWS: Be the perfect little house guest while visiting your in-laws by bringing a few things for the house. Mr. Verdi suggests putting a little gift bag of cleaning products in a beautiful Rope Handled Canvas Tote from Jessica Kagan Cushman ($95). Inside it, fill with a Swiffer WetJet ($21.99), Cascade Complete Dishwashing Pacs ($10.95), Bounty Paper Towel Picker Uppers ($4), Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong Facial Tissue ($3.50,) the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original ($1.75) and Tide Pods.