It's already December. And unless you're planning on giving gift cards this year, it's time to start your holiday shopping! While gift certificates are convenient and useful, let's face it, they're not all that thoughtful. Every year I pride myself on finding creative and unique presents that my loved ones will appreciate.
Here are 13 items that have made my list, and I think they're worth sharing.
Keep that iPhone fanatic from freezing their fingers off with Echo Touch gloves. They have specially designed fingertips for touch-screen use and are available in a rainbow of colors. Echo design ($30)
Accessory Source tried, tested and approved!
Add some wow to your man's wardrobe with these snazzy socks and matching tie by Stanley Lewis. Stanley Gentlemen ($173.86)
What's in a word? Silver or gold, if you gift your pal with a custom-made script ring by Sylas. Sylas by Nashelle ($58)
Or identify the ones you love with Nashelle's identity collection.
Turn fantasy into reality with an Alice in Wonderland bangle by Disney. Shop the Look ($18)
Help your friends lighten their load with Its-Las-Tik. The reusable bag made from a strong elastic material stretches to carry large hauls and bounces with you while you walk, making everything feel lighter. Available in a variety of colors, prints and sizes. Whatsurbag-usa ($14.99)
Accessory Source tried, tested and approved! Honestly, they will make carrying groceries a pleasure!
Pack your little jet-setters with panache. Timi & Leslie
Need a stocking stuffer? Your elders will love these compact and cleverly designed reading glasses by Foster Grant. Choose from two styles: the book mark, or the purse friendly mini. Available at your local pharmacy.
Keep things cookin' for the baker in your life with this apron and glove combo by Carolyn's Kitchen. ShopManhattanite, apron ($42), gloves ($22)
Allow your tot to walk on the wild side in these Chuck Taylor Animals. Converse ($30)
Give a scentsible gift with the Crazylibellule & The Poppies Les Garconnes, a no-spills solid perfume stick. Amazon ($18)
Accessory Source tried, tested and approved! I have one in every handbag.
Gather up all those priceless photos and create a personalized calendar from Kodak. In a few steps, you can create a 12-month masterpiece. Kodak Gallery (about $20)
Forget the Kindle -- upgrade to the Barnes & Noble Nook. This eBook has features like book sharing and remote access, not to mention an array of designer covers. Nook ($259)
Create a custom-made set of bracelets with Alex and Ani's bangle bar. Hand pick your metals, bead choice and charms on their interactive web site for a one-of-a-kind gift. Alex and Ani (prices vary)
Take recycling to another level by wrapping your presents in baggu tote bags. Click here to learn how.
If all else fails, I recently discovered Elfster, a free online service similar to a Secret Santa, with wish lists and gift suggestions that all your friends and family can join. It takes the guess work out of gift giving and makes the whole process painless.