2016 Gift Guide for The Men in Your Life

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I am excellent gift giver.  It is one of my finest qualities.  Be they expensive or affordable, I know exactly what to get my friends and family 99% of the time.  The only place I falter, the only stumbling block I find is my younger brother.  Some years, I know exactly what he needs, wants, and requires.  But this year is one of the rare years when, between law school and his wedding, we just didn’t talk enough to set me up for success.

Why do men have to be so tough to buy for sometimes?  Here are some gifts for the men in your life.

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The Ten: December 5, 2016

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1) Why can’t we stop sexual harassment at work after decades of trying? (Bloomberg)

2) This Tasks Over Teal handbag is a unique take on the work bag for under-$75, love the braided handle.

3) Cheap Ways to Care for Your Fancy Sweaters. (Racked)

4) This ‘piggy bank’ USB power charger is useful and positively adorable. #goodgift

5) How the people at DeBeers are rebranding to keep Millenials hooked on shards of shiny carbon. (The NYT)

6) This ivory strapless Alexis dress, these crystal-burst earrings, and these Iris & Ink burgundy sandals is the perfect outfit for a holiday cocktail party.

7) Two articles for travelers: Expats who step into help when Americans are in trouble abroad, and how to stay safe when traveling overseas. (The Washington Post)

8) Madewell’s sweaters include this perfectly chunky cable knit cardigan and this on-trend lace-up hoodie.

9) Why I started wearing makeup to work, the logic behind lipstick. (Cosmopolitan)

10) Clinique’s Very Honey palette was inspired by cult-favorite Black Honey Almost Lipstick, and it’s just as fab.

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2016 Gift Guide for Under-$50 Friend Gifts

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Friend gifts are the best.  Boyfriend gifts, parent gifts, etc. can be stressful to buy, but friend gifts are just fun.  You can pick something sentimental, something useful, something humorous, they’re my favorite gifts to buy.  The only thing better is meeting up for fun drinks or coffee to exchange your holiday wares.  Here are some chic holiday gifts for under-$50.

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The Ten: December 2, 2016

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1) An oldie, but such a goodie: 21 things hiring managers wish you knew. (Yahoo)

2) These gold, tassel flats from Sole Society are perfect for casual holiday parties, or just for fun.

3) Four steps for beating burnout (so important this holiday season). (HBR)

4) I’m not doing a beauty gift guide, but if I were: this Bite Beauty set, and this Ole Henriksen set would be tops.

5) From cat photos to stardom: Confessions of an ‘Instagram Influencer’. (Bloomberg)

6) Going to a mild climate for the holidays?  This chic side-tie, jersey dress and this ruched tee dress are perfect.

7) Ways you’re sabotaging yourself at work without realizing it. (The Zoe Report)

8) Need cute pajamas for Xmas morning?  Try these Kate Spade flannel pjs or these uber soft Barefoot Dreams pants.

9) How couples handle money, real stories about when the finances of two become one. (Bloomberg)

10) This tie-sleeve Banana Republic sweater is gorgeous.  These ivory, tie-front trousers are also chic.

Bonus) You don’t change anyone’s mind by labeling them.  Why persuasion is better than stigmatizing the other side, and why we can’t sit out difficult debates and expect lasting solutions to follow. (The Atlantic; The Washington Post)

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2016 Gift Guide for the Career Woman

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Whether the career woman in your life is your daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, or your self (never!), they can be especially difficult to buy for.  The prevailing sentiment of many successful women is, “If I wanted it, I’d buy it for myself.”  And for those still coming up, they’re usually working so hard that they don’t have time to think about a holiday wish list.

For me, the best way to buy for a career woman is to find a gift that brings style and elegance to every day necessities.  After the jump, fine the gifts that I would want under my tree this holiday.

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