Trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones year after year can be more than just a challenge but downright nerve wrecking. My gift giving philosophy is CAU: Creative, Affordable and Usable. I don’t recommend spending more then $50 on coworkers. Impress the boss with a thoughtful and usable (keyword) gift. Always be creative with family members (they love you) but the item should be functional. Don’t waste money on a toy that you know will just sit in your nephew’s closet.
To help ease your gift shopping anxiety, I composed a list of CAU for 2011:
**Remember today is Cyber-Monday and a lot of these items are on sale today only
-For the environmental conscious individual: C Wonder’s bicycle with basket $289 (cwonder.com). Great price for a brand new “vintage looking” bicycle and the basket is functional
-For the female coworker who you share a work-station with: Marc Jacobs fingerless gloves and Nars nail polish gift set $52 (Nars 646-459-2323)
-For the sweet-tooth coworker: delicious gourmet cookies from Ruby et Violette Giverny; they can share them in the office or a guilty pleasure for themselves at home $45 (rubyetviolette.com)
-For the baby fashionista: the Gap’s Brocade bubble dress is a double A—adorable and affordable at $55 she’ll be a star at this years Christmas festival or New Year’s celebration
-For that hip drinker buddy with an appetite for gothic: skull head bottle stopper from Thomas Fuchs Creative $98 (thomasfuchscreative.com)
-Creative gift alert** Earmuff & Headphones in one. American Eagle Outfitters furry warmers have a built in cord that plugs into your music player. They also have stylist headphone beanies for the jocks. Perfect gift for anyone; amazing price too $19 (ae.com)
-For the constant hostess: sleek serving trays. Z Gallerie’s wood high-gloss finish trays have raised edges to keep items from sliding off 14.5”H x 18.5”W x 1”D $24.95 (zgallerie.com). It’s a chic gift that’s affordable and usable.
-For the woman in your life with an insatiable appetite for shoes: the ultimate coffee table book Christian Louboutin Rizzoli coffee table book. It’s packed with high-fashion photos of the designer’s sexiest shoes, plus interviews and more. $150 (amazon.com)
-For the friend who loves to party whether hosting the festive or eagerly attending one, Sony’s “IPT-DS2 party shot personal photographer” $99. Set the dock up at the next party and it will snap candid pictures all night long; the gadget rotates 360° (amazon.com)
-For the younger fashionably conscious sister, Chloe’s Shirley solid perfume locket necklace $60 (212-753-4000). Its chic on its own; she’ll open it to a surprise: Chloe’s signature scent which you can reapply throughout the day.
-New watch for your significant other, Bulova white ceramic with diamonds and stainless steel timepiece $525 (zales.com)
-For the globetrotting dad, Dooney & Bourke rolling trunk $425-a timeless-piece that will be passed on through generations (dooney.com)
-Diamonds are a mom’s best friend! For the hard to please mother, Jessica Simpson’s new collection for Zales features a classic diamond titled butterfly pendant in pink gold with necklace $299 (zales.com)