Maddie is APW's Chief Revenue Officer. She's been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia. Current hair color: Natural (gasp!)


There’s thin ice to tread, though. When a man is conscious of his style, he’s going to take certain gifts with a bit more doubt. This guy requires a bit of extra work to figure out his ideal style gift. If he’s not into boots, and you grab a pair of Chelsea boots for him, it’s going to feel more like, “This is what they want me to wear, not what’s in line with my style.” To avoid that, we have a section further in the guide, all about color-matching with certain skin tones, and their current wardrobe. That’s going to show some real dedication and attention to their style, while still getting something that compliments them.
Look, we all know how hard it is to find the perfect gift and the pressure that goes along with it. Whether it is your daughter, mother, niece, or friend, you need to find the perfect gift. Well we take the pressure right off of your shoulders. We have a wide range of gift guides to cover every holiday or occasion because you don’t need more stress in your life. Does your girl love wine? Or maybe your daughter is a techie or tomgirl. No matter what the occasion or personality, you are sure to find an amazing gift for every woman in your life.
The Air-King recently returned to the Rolex line after being retired for a number of years. It's the only Rolex whose logo—the crown and signature—is printed in two different colors: green and yellow. The self-winding mechanical movement of this antimagnetic steel watch, which is waterproof to 330 feet, is also entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.
Give the gift of a hand-painted Mason jar or glass container this holiday season. They make gorgeous vases, makeup brush holders, or pencil cups. To craft this Christmas gift, paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint. We mixed several shades of pink with white to create a range of hues, but any color scheme works. For a touch of glam, mask the top of the jar with painter's tape and cover the bottom with glitter spray paint.
These slippers have a 5-star rating on Nordstrom from over 3,000 reviews! The Dakota slipper has been around for years, combining fashion and comfort into one. You can even wear the shoe outside, as it has a rubber sole. Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers as a gift. In the past six years, I have given a different pair of UGG slippers to my mom, grandmother, grandfather, fiancé, and brothers – and each time, they were a hit.
There is a myth out there that a gift is “better” if it’s more expensive, but that isn’t true! In fact, most women will appreciate a well thought-out gift much more than an ordinary gift that cost more money. It is easy to go to the nearest store and buy the first thing you see. Instead, take a little more time to think of a unique gift. The fact that you took the time will guarantee that she’ll love it.
One more thing to take into account is the clip-on coupons you’ll see with a lot of online stores. These sometimes give you an extra 5% or 15% off, but then, there are some that benefit you in order to optimize their delivery procedures. If you’re getting this gift plenty early (which we’re about to discuss), you can opt-in for these little coupons, and get cash back rewards or digital downloads at discounted prices, just for delaying the delivery window by a few days or a week. If you’re getting the gift for someone, and it’ll be here in plenty of time, then why not treat yourself a bit?
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.
I swear by these yoga pants. Whether I’m lounging on the couch, taking a barre class, or sweating profusely in spin class, these yoga pants are game-changers. No camel toe. No sweating through the pants. No itching from discomfort. These yogas are definitely worth the price tag. I promise. If you're looking for an option that is a little less money, Nordstrom's fitness brand, Zella, has a pair of high waist leggings that have 4.5 stars from 5,400 reviews. I own them, and they are great too.
Now, we get to the most notorious American shopping holiday, heard ‘round the world: Black Friday. This, along with the predecessor of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, make up one of the greatest and most iconic shopping experiences in America. In recent years, it’s been rolled-up into a three-day extravaganza with our next addition but still offers some killer digital sales. We’re not going to recommend venturing out into the wild, wild world of Black Friday shopping, but sitting online at home is definitely the way to go.
Our own elves have selected a remarkable assortment of gifts from some of the most exclusive suppliers from across the United States so that it will be easy to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones. Your choices range from inexpensive yet thoughtful presents to personalized items to those that are customized just for you. You can also find once-in-a-lifetime experience gifts, selections for those who are hard to buy for, gift baskets for every possible interest and monthly gift clubs so the recipient can enjoy their Christmas gift all year!
When it comes to party favors or Christmas stocking stuffers, we have adorable plush toys, finger puppets, puzzles and other mini toys. Or go for something bigger and give the gift that keeps on giving with great accessories for a creative kids work nook- stock it with crayons, markers, books and whimsical decor, and then sit back and watch as their ideas come to life. Encourage your little ones to go outside with kites, tents and games or even a mini picnic basket to match yours. And when they're all sweaty and muddy and it's time to get clean, make bath time more fun with animal hooded wrap towels and tub time play toys. And discover an array of classic children's books including Richard Scarry's illustrated favorites and timeless Little Golden books - it's a gift they'll treasure every night as you tuck them in and read a bedtime story.

A custom mug is one of those ingenuous gifts that can work for practically anyone—a family member, close friend, coworker, teacher, next-door neighbor—you name it. What makes an ordinary mug extraordinary is how you customize it. And the Signature Style personalized coffee mug makes this easy and elegant. Simply add any name and select the colors you like and the unique design is created for...


It’s easy to see why we’re serious about gifts. Whether it's contemporary or classic, for us offering a premium assortment of personalized gifts for him is the key to gift success. Thinking of something timeless and traditional? You'll find that our gifts range from great watch boxes and men’s valets that can be customized to feature a wonderful etched monogram, to silver money clips that are set to bring plenty of custom flair to his every day.

The perfect tech gift all depends on who you're thinking of gifts for — boyfriend, husband, dad, etc. Is he someone who loves using tech to explore and see things in new ways? Introduce him to the aerial photography craze with our huge selection of drones. Maybe he's more of a hands-on adventurer who'd enjoy capturing his exploits on an action cam. Or perhaps he's a pragmatist who likes to have information at his fingertips, in which case wearables like smartwatches and activity trackers could be right up his alley. While we can show you the best gifts for men based on our expertise, you're the one who knows the guy you're shopping for and what will make him happy.
Brighten a plain notebook or journal with colorful embroidery floss for a thoughtful Christmas gift. Sketch a design on a piece of paper; secure the sketch to the notebook cover using masking tape, making sure to wrap the tape around to the inside of the cover to keep the design from moving. Place the front cover on a cutting mat and pierce using a large needle or paper piercer, making sure the holes are evenly spaced. If you're using a circular design, bring the holes a little closer together when approaching a curve to get smooth lines. Remove the pattern from the cover and stitch using four strands of embroidery floss; knot on the inside of the cover to finish the special Christmas gift.
It’s everything that we’ve talked about, but on the flip side. They’re finally taking the final load off, and kicking their feet up on top of all their accomplishments. You can’t really get them anything for their career or business, so it’s all about them. For this, a relaxing experience day is just the ticket, or a celebratory night out with you, them, and a couple of others. Pay the tab on the food and drink, and give them a night they’ll never forget.

Budget ahead of time, order ahead of time and expect delivery delays. We would also like to add that if you’re in a highly-populated area, you’re going to be a prime target for box theft during the holiday season. It’s an unfortunate truth, but this is where planning ahead of time just saved your skin. If the delivery date doesn’t matter, you can ensure that you’ll be home for it without stressing for time. You hear a knock at the door, hop to, and boom: the package is safely inside.
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Okay, this cardigan has over 2,500 reviews on Nordstrom and a 5-star rating. Why don't I own this? It looks like a comfortable blanket disguised as clothing. When it comes to cardigans and sweaters, the limit does not exist for the amount one can own. They make great gifts—especially when they’re this cozy(chic). Not shopping for a cardigan person? Barefoot Dreams also sells a robe. Just saying...

A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!


Accentuate a vintage bowl with delicate copper leaf to create one-of-a-kind decorative dishes perfect for holding everything from jewelry to keys. These decorative gifts are lovely, inexpensive, and ideal presents for friends and family during the holiday season. For first-timers, choose an simple design like our mistake-proof ragged copper edge. Finish with a clear spray sealer to ensure this Christmas gift spans the whole season. 
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