Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Women


Before I present this year’s gift guide for women: today is Giving Tuesday, and also day two of our fifth annual DW holiday book drive. We’re nearly 100% to our goal of 215 books, but still have a few more left to be purchased. Please consider contributing to this drive and giving a memorable gift to some high-needs kids who might not otherwise feel so acknowledged and remembered this holiday season. Thank you!! And now, some of my favorite gifts for women in 2016:


Travel prints from Anderson Design, $20-$150 (I own three and I love them).


I don’t wear a watch, but if I did I’d wear this one, $115.


Blanket scarf, $44. I also love this one, this one, and this one.


Vellabox is a candle subscription company that sources high quality candles hand-poured by American artisans and combines them with a lifestyle gift and beautiful packaging style for the recipient to open every month. I received a sample a few weeks ago and loved the candles included and have been burning them almost daily since. There are three different monthly value subscriptions available at 3-, 6-, and 12-month options.


For the cat freaks, $55.


Eat Cake for Breakfast Travel Mug, $20. I also love this one and this one.


Winter survival kit: The Neapolitan Novels Book Series, $42.


Love these Chan Luu earrings, $75.


Luxury is always a good gift. Cashmere Sweatpants, $98 (get 30% off with code THANKFUL30).


Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones, $300


LE LABO Discovery Set, $30 (includes my fave, Santal 33).


Folk Pad Printed Bowls, $7 each.


NASTY WOMAN t-shirt, $25 (50% of proceeds go to Planned Parenthood).

Holiday gift guides for women: 2014, 2013, 2012.

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  • ktfran November 30, 2016, 9:21 am

    I love your holiday gift guides! Thanks Wendy. I’m actually ahead of the game this year. I have one more to order for my nieces and then a couple of small items to pick up.


    That’s what I’m ordering my nieces. I also got them a personalized journal. But how fun does the sled look?

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    Lianne November 30, 2016, 9:37 am

    I want those cashmere joggers so bad. Kate…tell A, pls!

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  • snoopy128 November 30, 2016, 9:59 am

    I just emailed my partner the cashmere sweat pants. Everything but size 12 is sold out right now πŸ™

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  • snoopy128 November 30, 2016, 10:36 am

    Please tell me there is a men’s gift guide coming out soon! I have no idea what to get my fiance. I gave all the good gift ideas to both sets of parents and his siblings. Ugh.
    I’ve got one practical half of his gift, but he likes fun/impractical gifts. HALP ME.

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    • K November 30, 2016, 10:58 am

      I really like the site Uncommon Goods. Check them out, they have a mix of practical/just for fun/unique gifts. I’ve gotten stuff for my boyfriend, my mom, and myself on there previously.

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      • snoopy128 November 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

        Thanks! I will check it out!

    • MissDre November 30, 2016, 11:00 am

      Pretty sure Wendy always does multiple gift guides πŸ™‚

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        Dear Wendy November 30, 2016, 11:43 am

        Yes! Working on a men’s gift guide now. Glad you all liked this one!

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    Addie Pray November 30, 2016, 12:28 pm

    You’re a good gift picker-outer, Wendy. I am TERRIBLE with stuff. I need help, always. But is it bad that I want to opt out of the gift giving this year? I just bought my sister tickets to Hamilton right around Xmas and now I’m muy broke, LOL. I’m going to need to suck it up and stop being a scrooge to others in my family.

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    • ktfran November 30, 2016, 1:00 pm

      Since my sister just had a baby, I’m up to two nieces and a nephew. I told everyone I was not buying for Brother In Laws this year. I know it shouldn’t be about money. But when you start spending $150 per family and only receive a $30 – $50 gift back, it gets a little old. So, I buy for my nieces/nephew and my sisters. Plus, one BIL, I always just bought a gift card because I never know what to get him. Lame.

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      • RedRoverRedRover November 30, 2016, 1:49 pm

        When we all started having kids, we dropped giving gifts to our siblings. Why not suggest that for next year? Or do a secret santa among the adults and then give gifts to just the kids (and maybe your parents).

      • Steph November 30, 2016, 2:25 pm

        We (the adults in my family) do a gift card exchange. One to a restaurant and one to something practical that most people could use. Walmart, Target, a gas card, etc. And then make it a white elephant gift exchange. Roughly $20-$25 per gift card.

    • Kate November 30, 2016, 2:50 pm

      Ha! My mom told me she cried when she saw the Hamilton cast talk to Pence. That incident drew my attention to what Hamilton actually is, a Broadway musical. I had no clue. So I was drunk and bought us two tickets on Stubhub for the holiday week. When I sobered up, I was like, wtf did I do??? They are $850 each!!! I had enough awards miles for the W in Times Square and we’ll take the train down there. Her friends are super jealous, which cracks me up.

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      • Kate November 30, 2016, 2:52 pm

        She said she never thought she’d get to see it, which makes me feel good.

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        Addie Pray November 30, 2016, 3:41 pm

        That’ll be so fun! I can’t wait to see it. I am not usually that into theater (I know, I know that sounds horrible, but I just… I just I dunno, it just rarely moves me; maybe I haven’t seen good theater?), but I’m anxious to see what the fuss is about. Think it’s one of those things where you should listen to the soundtrack ahead of time (like a concert, where, in my opinion, it’s more fun when you already know the songs) or where it’ll be more fun to walk in blind and be surprised?

      • ktfran November 30, 2016, 4:30 pm

        AP, I’m going in Feb! People have told me that I should listen to the soundtrack before I go, so I still need to do that.

        And Kate, that’ll be a great night out with your mom!

    • Kate November 30, 2016, 3:51 pm

      Are you going in Chicago or NYC, Addie? I kind of feel the same, I’m nervous I might not be that into it. I absolutely love Les Mis, but never really got into any other musicals too much. I think I will go in blind rather than listen to the soundtrack first.

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    bittergaymark November 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

    Lots of CLASSY gifts here. I like the Folk Printed Bowls and those GROOVY Earrings the best. Very, very cool.

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      bittergaymark November 30, 2016, 3:56 pm

      The Travel Posters, too. But truthfully, I am trying to forget them as they are SO ME and not what I need to buy right now… πŸ˜‰

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  • SpaceySteph November 30, 2016, 3:48 pm

    I totally did buy the Nasty woman shirt and its a bit snug over my bump even though I got the XL already… but I will do the thing where you cut holes in it and lace it up with a shoelace if I need the extra space to wear the damn thing on inauguration day.

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    • ktfran November 30, 2016, 4:34 pm

      Speaking of inauguration day… there’s several buses leaving from Chicago for the Women’s March on DC. She’s taking her two girls, who I think are 12 and 9, or something like that. Such a great think to take them to!

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