65 GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

I’m excited to kick off my 2019 gift guides with a long list of ideas for the ladies in your life! I’m keeping things simple this year and sharing all my best gift ideas in fewer, longer posts that you can bookmark and refer back to once the cyber week sales start next week. I hope this is helpful! I scoured all my go-to retailers and racked my brain for the items that I love most and think would make fabulous gifts for any number of recipients. I incorporated a wide variety of price points, but definitely keep in mind that the vast majority of these items can also be purchased with a promo code over the coming weeks. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, your grandmother, your mother-in-law, your sister, your best friend, or putting together a little list for yourself, I hope you find something you love!

P.S. I’ll be sharing a similar round-up of gifts for the men in your life as well as a list of experiential gift ideas. Stay tuned!

Halogen crewneck cashmere sweater, $98

Hands down the best affordable cashmere sweaters — and who doesn’t love a cashmere sweater? Also recommend this similar style if you’re looking for more colors!

J.Crew pajama set, $98

I love these pajamas so much I gave them to my bridesmaids to wear the morning of our wedding! J.Crew Factory makes a great lookalike pair for only $52.

Slip silk eye mask, $50

I sleep with an eye mask every night and this one is my all-time favorite. It’s the kind of thing you wouldn’t think to buy for yourself but would be thrilled to receive!

Etsy monogrammed notepad, $25

A no-brainer for the monogram lover in your life.

Pottery Barn faux sheepskin throw, $119

My mom first gave me this blanket probably ten years ago and it instantly became a family obsession. Now each of us owns at least one! It doesn’t get comfier or cozier than this.

J.Crew velvet smoking slippers, $188

I never tire of a classic smoking slipper and this playful bright pink velvet pair would be extra fun to unwrap.

Diptyque Baies candle, $65

I dare you to find someone who doesn’t love this scent! And pretty packaging to boot.


Tuckernuck waffle cosmetic bag, $22

Practical and personalized at an unbeatable price.

Etsy monogrammed Euro sham, $116

These oversized monograms would liven up any bedroom. My mom would love a set of Euro shams!

Williams-Sonoma Home ginger jar champagne bucket, $127

A perfect present for a bride-to-be.

Polo Ralph Lauren cable-knit cashmere sweater, $398

My all-time favorite cashmere sweater and a very splurge-worthy gift for someone special.

Do You Mind If I Cancel? by Gary Janetti, $16

I think just about every woman I know follows Gary Janetti on Instagram and his new book made me laugh so hard I had tears streaming down my face.

Mark & Graham personalized doormat, $89

A great gift for the girl who has everything.

J.Crew embellished button-down, $89

An everyday essential gets a festive upgrade.

Mark & Graham monogrammed jewelry case, $69

Every girl can use a travel jewelry case and the shadow monogram on these is the perfect personal touch!

Slim Aarons framed print, $275

The first piece of art Will gave me and one that’s brightened up many rooms since!

Jane Austen: The Complete Works, $69 for boxed set of seven

These books are a work of art inside and out. Browse more of these beautiful covers here!

 

Williams-Sonoma ginger jar ornaments, $75 for six

A chic addition to any Christmas tree. These sell out every year!

Mark & Graham monogrammed beanie, $39

Buy matching ones for you and your bestie!

J.Crew cocoon coat, $365

My go-to winter coat. I had a navy version for years but last year I bought this pretty tan color which you can see in this post. J.Crew Factory sells their own version for almost $200 less!

August Morgan overserved cocktail napkins, $40

The best thing on our bar cart and one of my go-to hostess gifts.

Amazon hair straightening brush, $45

One of my best Amazon purchases (see more of them here) and a practical gift for anyone who hates doing her own hair. You can see it in action here!

J.Crew over-the-knee boots, $325

A stylish staple in brown suede. Wait for a promo code to score them at a steep discount!

Ralph Lauren monogrammed oxford shirt, $115

These knit oxford shirts are my all-time favorite button-downs, but did you know you can add a monogram for an extra special touch? I’m obsessed!

Nantucket Print Shop framed print, $225

A shameless plug for the print shop I run with my brother Camden and the ultimate gift for anyone who loves Nantucket as much as we do! See this in our previous guest bedroom here!

Mark & Graham monogrammed gloves, $89

If it isn’t moving, monogram it.

Wisteria ginger jars, $549 for three

An over-the-top gift for anyone who shares my love of blue and white. You can see them in action in our previous house here!

Lululemon Align pants, $88

The best workout leggings ever made, period. I’m 5’1″ and like the 23″ version, but you can browse all the lengths and colors here.

Stubbs & Wootton bespoke slippers, $650

An investment pair of shoes you can customize to your recipient’s liking. My bespoke Nantucket lighthouse pair is my favorite! You can use code DESIGN DARLING for 20% off any full-price order.

Tata Harper resurfacing mask, $65

This all-natural mask delivers an instant glow that’s worth every penny.

Serena & Lily throw pillow, $138

These oversized throw pillows are my new favorite addition to our family room.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, $16

The ultimate read for anyone in need of a little pick-me-up. I’ve gifted copies to several friends and family members!

Beth Ladd custom monogrammed clutch, $140

How gorgeous are these custom beaded clutches? They’d make a thoughtful gift for your bff or a bride-to-be!

Amazon beach cruiser, $175

How fun would it be to see this bicycle under the Christmas tree? Will gave me a hot pink bike for our first Valentine’s Day together and it remains one of my favorite gifts to this day.

APL sneakers, $165

I was convinced to buy these after so many of my friends and readers raved about them. They’re super comfortable and come in the best colors — I went with this pair!

The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, $14

I love following these ladies on Instagram and their book is a must-have for anyone with a goal to get organized in the new year.

Talbots suede bow mules, $139

I wore the plaid version of these to an event in the city last week and now I have my heart set on the black suede pair as well. I think they look much pricier than they are!

Etsy applique monogram hand towel, $32

I’ve had these bookmarked for once we complete our powder room renovation next year, but they’d make a darling gift for a new homeowner too!

 

 

Hydro Flask water bottle, $44

This water bottle has been a lifesaver for feeding Teddy in the middle of the night and it’d make a great gift for any fitness fanatics on your list. It holds 32 ounces, keeps water cold for up to 24 hours (!), and has a straw cap that prevents spills and can be opened one-handed.

Beautycounter Counter+ set, $89

Who doesn’t love the gift of self-care? This set has a $130 value and includes two of my current favorite skincare products, the overnight resurfacing peel and the charcoal mask.


Cuyana zip wallet, $125

I’m thinking it’s time to upgrade my mom’s wallet and I’ve had and loved this pebbled leather wallet for several years now.

Gray Malin: Italy, $26

Everyone loves a beautiful coffee table book and this one is definitely worthy of display.

Dudley Stephens turtleneck, $158

If you’re not familiar with Dudley Stephens, you’re majorly missing out. I wear their Park Slope style with everything from jeans to workout leggings and it’s the most flattering turtleneck I’ve ever owned. The high neck is flattering for all ages and their super soft fleece has repurposed more than 1 million plastic water bottles! Lots more colors here.

Nordstrom imitation pearl studs, $39

No classic wardrobe is complete without a pair of pearl studs. This real pair would make a lovely gift if you’re looking to splurge!

 

 

Cuyana leather travel case set, $120

I haven’t taken a trip without these since I got them years ago. Love the subtle gold monogram!

Steamline Luggage carry-on suitcase, $850

A dreamy gift for anyone with a big trip on the horizon. Will gave me the navy version years ago and it’s been everywhere with us!

LL Bean boots, $159

I wouldn’t survive winter in New England without them. I have the 8″ pair with Thinsulate insulation but I’m eyeing the shearling-lined pair for extra warmth.

Pottery Barn picture frame, $29

When in doubt, I often fall back on gifting framed photos. Most people rarely take the time to print their own photos nowadays which makes it a new frame all the more special!

Serena & Lily side cart, $448

We use this cart as a side table in our family room (you can see it in our last place here), but it’s a versatile piece that anyone on a decorating kick will be happy to find a home for. It’s a bit of a splurge but stay tuned for a big Serena & Lily sale next week!

Mark & Graham striped pouch, $85

A pretty pop of color great for girlfriends or cousins. I have the navy but I also love the hot pink!

Amazon ice roller, $11

A cheap thrill that every woman should have in her freezer. I love mine for mornings when I can tell I was grinding my teeth the night before, but they’re also great for depuffing and hangover relief.

J.Crew moccasin slippers, $59

I’ve been practically living in these since I gave birth. The shearling lining is insanely cozy, plus they have a rubber sole so I can let Rory out in them. I just realized J.Crew Factory sells a nearly identical pair for $39!

Nordstrom diamond studs, $575

For anyone who’s been extra nice this year, it doesn’t get more timeless than a pair of diamond studs.

Saint James striped sailor shirt, $79

The best striped shirts available in a variety of different colors (I own all four, oops!). A forever classic that my Grandy and I both swear by.

The Daily Edited shadow text phone case, $60

I get so many questions about my iPhone case and it’s the shadow text option from The Daily Edited. Such a good gift for girlfriends!

Mark & Graham marble cheese board, $39

A personalized gift for anyone who loves to entertain.

Tretorn sneakers, $75

I love my Tretorn sneakers and both my mom and my mother-in-law have commented that they wore the exact same pair at my age. Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise them with a pair?

Amazon fabric shaver, $8

Every household needs at least one. This $8 purchase is key to keeping your sweaters (and everything from workout pants to throw blankets) looking brand new — see my before and after here. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or yankee swap gift!

LL Bean boat and tote, $29 + $8 monogram

You can never have too many canvas bags. We use the medium size for a diaper bag, the large for a beach bag, and the extra-large for weekend trips.

 

Tod’s driving loafers, $495

A pair of Tod’s loafers has been on my wishlist forever, and this pale blue color is calling my name.

Ralph Lauren custom cashmere crewneck, $298

A gift that will have everyone asking, “where’d you get that?” The customization options are endless.

Williams-Sonoma Home coral frame, $70

We have the mirror version of this frame above the dresser in our bedroom and it’s the perfect accent for anyone who loves the beach.

Mark & Graham monogrammed robe, $89

I’m taking it as a sign that this has my married initials on it… 🙂

Pamela Munson pearl clutch, $325

I have a wicker bag obsession and Pamela Munson makes some of my favorites. How darling is this pearl clutch?

Hunter rain boots, $150

A gift she’ll wear for decades. I own this pair but I’m intrigued by the packable version!

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FRIDAY Q&A: WHY WE’RE NOT HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER, WHAT WE LOOKED FOR IN A FIXER UPPER, AND MORE

Happy Friday! We are in town today and Sunday and planning to chip away at more house projects (mostly finishing painting the living room and doing some unpacking). Tomorrow we’re headed to Rhode Island for the day for our annual family reunion on my dad’s side — it’s always a good time with all five siblings and their significant others, siblings and cousins, a diving contest, a talent show, and lots of good food. I hope you all have a great one!

design darling friday q&a

1. We are house hunting in Darien too! Any advice on picking a good house to renovate?

So exciting! We’re so new to the world of fixing up an old home that I don’t feel qualified to give advice just yet, but I’d be happy to share more on our thought process! We decided we felt more comfortable taking on an old home where projects could be tackled room by room than a house that needed a massive addition or complete gut job that would require us living elsewhere for several months. I shared our first round of house projects in this post, but we’ve already put a lot of thought into what rounds two, three, and four will look like! Everything in this house is liveable as is, so it was a question of what on our wishlist to prioritize financially as opposed to absolutely needing to do this or that before we could live in it. We were drawn to the high ceilings, relatively open layout, what we could see of the original hardwood floors — I guess I would say the house had good bones that we could see ourselves being able to breathe new life into over time. 

2. What are the first five or so things you’re doing to your new home before moving in?

You can read our first round of projects for the house in this post! I’ve also shared updates on what we accomplished in our first week and our second week.

3. Will you hire a decorator for your new house?

No way! I thoroughly enjoy decorating and am excited to take my time in making this house feel like ours. We will of course hire an architect/contractor when we take on bigger projects like our kitchen next year, but the interior design will be all me (with input from my husband and mom!).

4. How do you store statement earrings?

You can see a peek at my jewelry storage system in this post! I use several of these linen trays (the 12 grid size for statement earrings and the 24 grid size for necklaces, rings, studs, etc.) which are pretty enough to keep on display.

5. Going to an October wedding that is “CT casual.” Is this Tuckernuck dress too dressy with heels/earrings? 

Wedding dress codes can be so confusing but I think you’re spot on! It’s always best to err on the side of being too dressed up rather than too casual, especially for a wedding. I wore the same dress to an event a few weeks ago with espadrilles and this wicker bag (now on sale!), but for a wedding I’d dress it up with a big statement earring like these or these. 

6. Favorite day-to-day sandals during pregnancy?

Jack Rogers for sure! Anything I can slide into and not have to bend over and tie is a major win right now. 

7. Before pregnancy, what was your favorite white jean brand and fit?

These J Brand jeans have been my go-to white jeans for several years. I can’t recommend them more highly if you’re on the shorter side!

8. Do you have a sunscreen rec that doesn’t make your hair gross? I have a good face one but would love something for ears/neck/body.

Have you tried the Supergoop Unseen sunscreen? It’s more like a gel than a thick cream — I like it a lot for my face, ears, and neck. I’m less picky about what I use on my body — just the higher SPF, the better!

9. Go-to lip products? Favorite gloss, color, etc.

I’m honestly most comfortable with a dab of Aquaphor and that’s it! If I am wearing lipstick, it’s almost always Nars Roman Holiday — the perfect pink and the color I wore on our wedding day!

10. Any good recommendations for fall in Vermont? We’re going to Woodstock!

You will love Woodstock! We went last year at the end of September and I wish we’d gone a few weeks later to experience the fall foliage in all its glory. We did a fair amount of driving so we could experience multiple towns, but I’d say the highlights were the Simon Pearce factory and restaurant in Quechee, dinner at the Pitcher Inn in Warren, exploring the Quechee Gorgelunch at the Equinox in Manchester, and riding bikes around Woodstock.

MY WINTER ESSENTIALS

Will and I started watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix show over the weekend and like the rest of America, I felt an immediate urge to tidy our entire house. (You can read my takeaways from her book in this post from 2016!) We’re out of town the next couple weekends so the organizational overhaul is going to have to wait a little bit, but it got me thinking about the pieces I consider absolute essentials in my wardrobe and other pieces I could give to someone who will wear them more than I do. Whether you’re on the east coast and bracing for three more months of winter or planning a trip to a snowy destination, I hope my list of winter essentials helps you pare down and warm up!

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  1. Moncler puffer coat. I bought this before my trip to Finland two years ago and it’s easily the warmest and most worn coat in my closet. My exact coat is no longer available but I love the similar design of this and this. If an outerwear splurge isn’t in the cards right now, I also like the look of thisthis, or this! And if you’re willing to compromise on length for a similar peplum style, this is just the cutest.
  2. J.Crew pom pom beanie. Mine is old from Club Monaco but this one is nearly identical!
  3. J.Crew cocoon coat. I love this for its heavy weight and tailored fit — it’s a go-to for nights out when I want to feel a little more polished than a puffer coat will allow. You can see mine on in this post and this coat is a great way to get the look for less!
  4. White + Warren cashmere travel wrap. I have one in camel and one in gray and they are the ultimate winter accessory in my book. This will give you the same look and feel for less.
  5. LL Bean boots. I have the 8″ style in navy and wear them with heavy socks as they run a little large.
  6. Ralph Lauren cable-knit cashmere sweater. A year-round must and particularly versatile for winter layering.
  7. Sorel wedge boots. A step up (literally) from the more casual Bean boots.
  8. Halogen cashmere sweaters. The most affordable cashmere sweaters I’ve come across — I have a couple of both the crewneck and the tunic.
  9. J.Crew texting gloves. The newest addition to my cold weather wardrobe and a total game-changer. What took me so long?!
  10. Dudley Stephens fleece pullover. The only thing better than a cozy turtleneck is a cozy turtleneck that’s actually surprisingly flattering. You can see mine in action here!

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THE BEST OF 2018

Who else feels like 2018 flew by in the blink of an eye? This November marked nine years of Design Darling and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to each and every one of you reading here. It blows my mind that this little personal project I started my junior year of college is still bringing me so much joy and so many opportunities nearly a decade later and that wouldn’t be the case without all of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

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Just wanted to share a few of my favorite memories from the year as well as the most popular posts on Design Darling over the past twelve months. (Apologies in advance for photo overload!) It’s been an action-packed year with lots of travel, weddings, and getting settled with a new house and new friends in CT. I’m planning to take the next week off to relax and spend time with family but I’ll be back on Wednesday, January 2, ready to kick it into high gear for 2019! Happy happy holidays, everyone!

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Most popular posts of 2018:

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My favorite posts from 2018:

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A few blog highlights… I launched a new blog design, published my Nantucket guide, redesigned my 101 in 1001 list, got to work with some of my favorite brands (like J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Vineyard Vines!) shared four room reveals in our new house, finally shared a program that’s near and dear to my heart, and started my Friday Q&A series which has quickly become one of the most popular features on the site and one of my favorites to write!

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A few travel highlights… visiting the Berkshires for the first time, taking a polo lesson in Palm Beach, feeding the pigs in the Abacos, our stay at Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic, taking Will to the French Open, having a group of friends out for the Fourth of July on Nantucket, stand up paddle boarding with my mom and sister, and an early fall road trip through Vermont! I’m so grateful for every opportunity to see a little bit more of the world and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

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If you’ve made it this far… I’d love to hear what you’d like to see in 2019! Always love hearing your suggestions for blog posts, new series, travel destinations, and more. Thank you again for making this little corner of the internet so special!

WEEKEND READING

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  1. Book recommendations for November.
  2. Four things to do to get ready to vote in the midterms.
  3. How good are these Parent Trap costumes?
  4. Just ordered these lamps for our guest bedroom (see more table lamps I love here).
  5. LOVE the colors on this striped sweater.
  6. Loved this interview with Paloma — so excited about her upcoming projects!
  7. Molly Moorkamp just launched her e-commerce site and I want two of everything!
  8. So proud of my friend Julia and her husband.
  9. These texting gloves would make a great gift.
  10. Thirty days of good deeds.

 

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