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We all still have time to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, but I thought I’d try to make it easier with some suggestions, 10+ for everyone from the significant other on your list, to the kids, and even the cook, gardener, or art buff you may be shopping for!  You’ll notice one consistent theme, the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection in collaboration with the CFDA, available as of December 1st.  If any of it is left, there are 50+ exceptional designer gifts to choose from, by Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and more!

AERIN beauty products

FOR HER:  I’m a huge Estee Lauder fan, from the product itself, to the ad campaigns and overall chicness, thanks greatly to Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of the makeup mogul.  I was very excited when I first heard that Aerin would be launching her own namesake brand AERIN, which would include cosmetics, of course, as well as gorgeous things for the home, and closet.  Aerin herself is known to wear the best of fashion, supporting new talent, and the old classics.  Her homes are impeccable as well, with interiors by Jacques Grange (he did her offices too), one of the best decorators around!  Pick up anything from her line for that special woman on your list, whether it’s your wife, daughter, mother, or grandmother.  There’s something for everyone!  www.aerin.com

Aesop grooming kit

FOR HIM:  Another favorite brand for personal care products is Aesop, and I particularly like their men’s offerings like these grooming kits, available through Mr. Porter.  I’m also completely obsessed with all of their shops!  The design is so fantastic, and completely aligned with the brand as a whole.  www.aesop.com

rag & bone for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

FOR THE KIDS (boy):  For the stylish kid on your list, rag & bone created a very dapper cardigan for boys and men (I want that one) as part of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.  Sure to be a cozy classic that can handle the unpredictable activities (and mud) that boys get into!  Available for a limited time at select Target and Neiman Marcus stores.

www.target.com; www.neimanmarcus.com

Stella McCartney Kids

FOR THE KIDS (girl):  My go-to for girl’s clothing will always be Stella McCartney!  She has four children herself, so she knows what kids want, and yet never allows it to go too cutesy, imbuing it with grown-up details from her namesake collection.   The dress above for instance is a miniature of a dress from her own womenswear collection a few seasons back, given a more playful color combination.

Derek Lam for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

FOR THE KIDS (and maybe adults too):  For the kid in all of us, or an actual kid, this skateboard by fashion designer Derek Lam, also from the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, would be a great discovery under the tree!  I love the graphic pattern on the bottom, as well as the Derek Lam graphic on the top side.

Stella McCartney Kids

FOR THE KIDS (baby):  More Stella McCartney kids for the littlest of your present recipients.  I just adore her charming take on children’s clothing.  www.stellamccartneykids.com

Copper measuring cups from West Elm Market

Brooklyn Copper Cookware from West Elm Market

FOR THE COOK:  I’ve been obsessed with copper the last few months, so of course I would recommend a copper gift! Both of these items above are from the newly launched West Elm Market.  The copper pot from Brooklyn Copper Cookware is so beautiful in person with its imperfections (in a good way) and irregular shape.  www.westelm.com; www.brooklyncoppercookware.com

Denim and leather apron from Emily Thompson Flowers

FOR THE GARDENER:  An apron may seem more appropriate for the cook, but for the constant gardener, a tough apron made of denim is quite handy for getting your hands dirty.  I love this one from Emily Thompson Flowers.  Include some beautiful garden tools or some heirloom seed packets in the pockets so they can get planting!  www.emilythompsonflowers.com

Ear buds from Anthropologie

FOR THE MUSIC LOVER:  If you listen to a lot of music like I do, then great headphones are a must!  The sound quality is number 1, but if you can get that and also make them aesthetically pleasing then you have my kind of ear buds!  www.anthropologie.com

iPad mini

Tablet case by Proenza Schouler for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

FOR THE TECHI:  Apple always comes out with the most coveted devices, and with the launch of the iPad mini, that trend continues.  I’m actually not the proud owner of a tablet, but definitely see the appeal.  Maybe one of these days!  When I do get one, you know it’s going to have to be in the most attractive of cases, like the one by Proenza Schouler for the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.  www.apple.com

‘In Your Face’ by Mario Testino

Mario Testino’s exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

FOR THE ART LOVER:  Whatever art form you love the most, there is a great book on it available to buy for yourself, or give to the art buff on your list.  I happen to be a huge fan of photography, especially by Mario Testino, who always captures people at their best and most natural.  I would love to buy his new book In Your Face,and include tickets to the exhibit that furthers the book’s message and photography.  It’s at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston until February.  Go check it out!  www.taschen.com; www.mfa.org

Sunglasses by Brian Atwood for Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection

FOR THE FASHIONISTA:  One more pick from the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, these shades by shoe designer Brian Atwood are right on trend with the round shape, pretty purple lenses, and pierced detail.  These would be chic on anyone!

Visionaire Religion Limited Edition Hardcover Book by Riccardo Tisci in Wooden Case

FOR THE FASHIONISTO:  Perhaps this is on my list just because I secretly want to receive it, but I really would recommend it to any stylish, fashion loving man on your list.  It’s by one of my favorite designers, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who designs clothes and accessories to covet for men and women.  Available through www.mrporter.com

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