For the Ladies in your Life: 20+ Gift Ideas

Nov 27, 2013 by

With Small Business Saturday just days away, I thought I would curate a small collection of gift ideas for those of you who have some shopping to do for you wives, sisters, moms, mother-in-laws, friends, coworkers and more.

So, I took a stroll through Downtown today and found some items that I would actually want for myself or buy for some of the important ladies in my life.  Here is a preview of just some of the items you will find in Downtown Friday and Saturday (and throughout the Holiday season) and that are myJCMO-approved as great gifts for the holiday season.  (Feel free to send this link to my husband).

Accessories

Earrings

I love these statement earrings.  I feel like I’ve seen similar ones floating around in magazines and on Pinterest.  What a great way to spice up an otherwise boring outfit.

I Love This Look Boutqiue 120 E. High St.  ~$10

I Love This Look Boutqiue
120 E. High St.
~$10

Lily & Laura Bracelets

Southbank carries these bracelets in all different colors.  We went for a Mizzou theme here.  I love these because you can mix and match them with each other and with your other bracelets as well.

Southbank Gift Company 110 E. High St. 3 bracelets for $27

Southbank Gift Company
110 E. High St.
3 bracelets for $27

 

Scarves

Of course the women in your life could always use a new scarf.  They can transform a basic outfit into something truly fabulous.  And, they are one-size fits all – so an easy wearable item without guessing as to what size to get.  Downtown is FULL of unique scarves.  Carrie’s Hallmark has an entire wall dedicated to infinity scarves!  My favorite? the one in the background – teal and brown chevron!

Carrie's Hallmark 117 E. High St.  ~$12-15

Carrie’s Hallmark
117 E. High St.
~$12-15

I really like this one from Saffees.  It’s classic – I feel like you could wear this for years and I also feel like it would be good for any age.

Saffees 227 E. High St. ~$12

Saffees
227 E. High St.
~$12

I also love this shawl.  The Art Bazaar is full of locally crafted gifts (think painting, photography, pottery, jewelry and more!).  This caught my eye, made in Centertown.

The Art Bazaar 112 E. High St. $65

The Art Bazaar
112 E. High St.
$65

 

Hats

I can’t believe how cold it has been lately.  Besides picking up a Coffee Zone gift certificate and a few scarves for the lady in your life, you might also consider a good hat.  Unfortunately, as cold as it has already been…we are just getting started.   Thanks to my sister for modeling – she is more trendy than me and she found this one.  That color is one of her favorites.

Hat Downtown Jefferson City

Carrie’s Hallmark
117 E. High St.
~$13

Beauty

Some of my favorite gifts are those that make you feel pampered.  Here are a few ideas to make the lady in your life feel beautiful.

Merle Norman Lip Glosses

[Note to my husband, if you do actually read this – skip this item because I already purchased it, right after I snapped this photo].  This is a great sample of four different colors of lip glosses for a great price.  The lip gloss is long lasting and I always have at least one of these in my purse.  If you have several ladies in your life — you could also break this up — four stocking stuffers for less than $7 each!

Merle Norman  316 Jefferson St. $25

Merle Norman
316 Jefferson St.
$25

Salon Quality Shampoo

In my world, salon quality shampoo is a luxury.  It’s something I really enjoy, but I’m not likely to spend my own money on.  That is why I really enjoy getting it as a gift!  Winter also does a number on your hair, so it’s nice to be able to give it a little extra love.  Haute Salon has shelves full of shampoos, conditioners and products.  Their friendly staff is sure to be able to identify the right products for the ladies in your life.

Haute Salon 112 E. High St. $25-35

Haute Salon
112 E. High St.
$25-35

Merle Norman Gift Set

I have crazy bad skin.  You might not know because I hide it well – thanks to Merle Norman.  I have been using their skin care products since I was about 16 and haven’t looked back.  I have received countless compliments on my skin over the years — which I attribute to a good Merle Norman skin care regimen.   Right now they have a couple of gift sets — it is a great way to try out some of the products at a pretty deep discount.

Merle Norman 316 Jefferson St. $40

Merle Norman
316 Jefferson St.
$40

Bags

Purse Organizer

If the ladies in your life have multiple bags, this is exactly what they need.  It is a pouch that drops into her purse.  When she wants to “switch” purses she just pulls this out and puts it in another purse.  It is a win-win.  They love it, and you might actually get to that party on time!

Saffees 227 E. High St. $27

Saffees
227 E. High St.
$27

Clutches

I have an obsession with the color green.  As soon as I saw this bag, I wanted it.  Beyond the color, I also love the shape and the texture.  A must have.

I Love This Look Boutique 120 E. High  ~$19

I Love This Look Boutique
120 E. High
~$19

If you are looking to splurge a little, here is another option is a great bold color.  I love how many pockets and compartments this thing has.

Saffees  227 E. High St. $110

Saffees
227 E. High St.
$110

And, when you are done filling it, it looks like a basic clutch!

Clutch Downtown Jefferson City

Saffees
227 E. High St.
$110

Crossbody/Clutch

This bag can be a clutch or a crossbody (which is all the rage).  I love the brown and the yellow.  Wish you could see the cute patterned lining too.

Saffees 227 E. High St. ~20

Saffees
227 E. High St.
~$20

Clothes/Shoes

Military Style Jacket

While buying clothes might require a little more research on sizes etc., one option that should require less research is a jacket or a coat.  Here is a really stylish jacket for the trendy lady in your life.

I Love This Look Boutique 120 E. High St.  $42

I Love This Look Boutique
120 E. High St.
$42

Hunter Boots & Boot Socks

These are great boots and a really hot item for the holidays.  While most people think of Hunter Boots for rain, the addition of the boot socks make them perfect for winter! I love these kinds of gifts because they allow for multiple gift giving.  My parents could get my sister the boots, and I can buy the boot socks.  Or I could buy the boots for her, and give her the boot socks for her birthday.  Covering multiple holidays with gifts she’ll love?   Yes, please.

American Shoe 221 E. High St. Boots: ~140 Socks: ~30-50

American Shoe
221 E. High St.
Boots: ~$140
Socks: ~$30-$50

Uggs

I love a good pair of Uggs. And you can find all the latest styles and colors in Downtown Jefferson City.  A splurge for the special ladies in your life!

American Shoe 221 E. High St. ~$120+

American Shoe
221 E. High St.
~$120+

Get Creative

I can do my own shopping at Target and Amazon (#thankyouverymuch), so I really love when gifts are more unique to me or when people take time to do something a little creative.  Here are a few ideas which might win you some bonus points.

Tervis + Candy

Carrie’s has a huge selection of Tervis Cups.  I love the this Mizzou one, but there are Cardinal ones, personalized ones, and I believe even Duck Dynasty Tervis cups.  I have actually given this gift before (so it is one of my favs), but I think a Tervis is the perfect vehicle for other gifts.  Pick up a bag of the person’s favorite candy (Dark Dove Chocolate anyone?) and fill the Tervis up!  A great gift for ladies (and guys)!

Carrie's Hallmark 117 E. High St.  ~$22

Carrie’s Hallmark
117 E. High St.
~$22

Stationary

Stationary is another thing that, for me, is a luxury.  It’s not something that I make a regular part of my budget, but I love having a beautiful set of personalized stationary when sending a note to a friend.  At My Sentiments Exactly, they can customize ever color, word, and inch of your stationary (I have also gifted this before and will probably do so again this year)!

My Sentiments Exactly 103 W. High St.  $22 (for 25 cards/envelopes)

My Sentiments Exactly
103 W. High St.
$22 (for 25 cards/envelopes)

If you are looking for stocking stuffers, you can also do personalized notepads.  Less than $10 each!

Notepads Downtown Jefferson City

My Sentiments Exactly
103 W. High St.
$34 for 4 Notepads

A Good Book

I think I got 10+ books last year for Christmas.   Reading is one of my favorite things to do, especially during the winter.   This book was just made into a movie.  I haven’t seen the movie, but the book was so good I would suggest you gift the book for Christmas.  You can pair the book with something creative:  (1) a promise to take your lady out to dinner and the movie later or (2) a basket with popcorn and movie snacks and a plan to rent the movie for a night in.

Downtown Book & Toy 125 E. High St. ~$10

Downtown Book & Toy
125 E. High St.
~$10

Painting Classes

Give a gift certificate for the Twisted Canvas and take the lady in your life to a painting class.  Below is the one they are painting this weekend.  Of course, you could go before Christmas, and gift her your actual painting.  But, I’d bet she’d enjoy painting with you.

The Twisted Canvas 219 E. High St.  $70 (for two people)

The Twisted Canvas
219 E. High St.
$70 (for two people)

Baskets

Here is where you can really get creative.  Southbank will work with you to create very personalized baskets.  You can tell them a price point and a theme, and they will create something fabulous.

Here is a “breakfast” themed basket:

Southbank Gift Company  110 E. High St. ~$45

Southbank Gift Company
110 E. High St.
~$45

For the ladies in your life, I love the idea of a “girlfriends” night basket.  I love to entertain and don’t find nearly enough time to have my girlfriends over to just visit, laugh, and eat.  Southbank has so many items that make entertaining a breeze.  A basket from my husband with some of these appetizers/drink mixes, a box of chocolates, a  bottle of wine, and a Love Actually DVD?  A perfect “girlfriends night” basket.

These fancy crackers and jellies/mustard will allow the busy ladies in your life to enjoy time with friends while feeling like an great hostess!

Southbank Gift Company 110 E. High St. ~$18

Southbank Gift Company
110 E. High St.
~$18

And for a little added fun:

Southbank Gift Company 110 E. High St. ~$11 each

Southbank Gift Company
110 E. High St.
~$11 each

I love the idea of gift baskets with a theme or an event in mind because it allows you to really personalize it.  Pro tip: a Southbank small plate, spreading knife, and dip mix?  Perfect hostess gift for those ladies hosting holiday parties you are attending this season!

What did I miss?  What other creative ideas do you have for gifts?  Hope to see you out and about Friday and Saturday in Downtown JCMO!

-Stephanie

P.S.  For the ladies in your life who have everything?  I love the idea to splurge on a fresh floral centerpiece (before the big holiday) for them to enjoy through the holiday season.  Bonus – snap a pic of their holiday decor when they aren’t looking, and River City can customize something that will fit right  in!

Here is a beautiful fall arrangement:

River City Florist 212 Madison St. ~$50+

River City Florist
212 Madison St.
~$50+

 

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  1. Amy M.

    Great job, Stephanie! I love the list, but I especially love that all the examples come from our great little shops downtown (w pics!).

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