Yesterday I announced a $400 shopping spree giveaway, and I was thinking how that cash could be spent on that favorite woman in your life (or yourself!:)  I compiled a few of my favorite gift ideas for women- gifts I've given in the past that have been well-received or things I have and love.  Truth be told, my girlfriends  are my favorite people to shop for during the holidays!  I have a small handful of very close friends that are like sisters to me and I love picking out that perfect something for them each year.  I haven't done any shopping yet- just getting ideas, so no secrets spilled ladies!

Michael Kors Hamilton 18K Large Tote- The perfect size, classy, goes with everything, and nice compartments inside.  It's the kind of bag you'd carry for years and years.  I gave my best girlfriend a nice bag for her 40th birthday a few years ago and she just mentioned the other day how much she still likes and uses it.  

London Fog Hooded Red Vest - I've been looking for something like this in a bold color.  I love how this one doesn't lose the woman's shape in the puffiness of the vest.  I think it looks cool to pair these bright vests with patterned shirts.

Bobbi Brown Twilight Pink Lip & Eye Palette- I only buy a makeup palette if it looks like I'll use every color in the set.  This definitely fits the bill and I love Bobbi Brown's natural every-woman-is-beautiful philosophy when it comes to makeup.  These are great gifts because I find it's something we'd love to have, but wouldn't necessarily purchase for ourselves. 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Chunky Link Toggle Bracelet- This bracelet is unique enough to stand alone beautifully or would be nice layered with other bangles. 

Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch- how sporty and fierce is this watch? Yes, please!

Michael Kors Bradshaw Chronograph Bracelet Watch- I'm on a gold and black kick lately and LOVE this!  

Michael Kors Chevron Infinity Scarf- I've been given scarves as gifts and they are among my most cherished.  This one is awesome because it's infinity style and it also comes in other colors- but I really like the warm, fall-ish colors of the one pictured.

Chanel Chance - Fragrances are tricky sometimes if you're giving as a gift and not so sure what the recipient favors.  Me and my closest girlfriends all have Chanel Chance among our favorite fragrances and we are all very different personalities.  If you haven't smelled it, go now and report back and let me know what you think! I barely ever wear perfume, but if I do, it's usually this one. 

Molton Brown The Bathing Collection - Typically I'd prefer giving one large bottle than a bunch of minis, but with these body washes, I think it's great to give someone a sampling because they are all awesome and then they can find their favorite. 

This was a fun post to put together- I think I'll do a few more in the near future.  ;) 


The winner of the Gilded Mint Giveaway is Desaree Martin!

Thank you to everyone who entered!

On Honey We're Healthy- checking in and sharing a new (to me) fitness blog where this gorgeous fitness competitor trained only at home, not in the gym, for her contest.  Pretty inspiring. Melissa shares her workouts and food in detail on her blog. 


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