There’s a scene in the holiday classic Love Actually where Harry (Alan Rickman, RIP) asks his assistant Mia (Heike Makatsch) what she wants for Christmas. When he suggests a gift of (gasp), staplers, she tells him she “doesn’t want something she needs, she wants something she wants.” Subject matter aside, this scene brilliantly unlocks the secret to holiday gift giving for the lady on your list: Buy her something she wants, not something she needs.
Let’s take it a step further. Think adjacencies and you’ll win every time. Adjacencies, you ask? Yes, adjacencies. You see, if we’re into wine, we probably have wine glasses, coasters and wine charms coming out of our eyeballs. But give us a gorgeous tray for when we’re entertaining friends over vino and we’ll swoon. The same goes for anything we’re into. Odds are if we enjoy something on the regular (pilates, pickleball, pets), we already have what we need, so get us something related to what we like and we’ll think you’re the best gift giver. Ever.
With this in mind, we present you Cigora’s Curated Gift Guide for Gals, the 2023 Edition.
Brits know how to do cold, damp and rainy like nobody’s business. And they do it with style. Take a page from across the pond with these super cute, super warm booties. With a vegan shearling lining and a grippy bottom, these will be a shoe-in for her all winter long, and well into spring.
We’re going heavy on this exception to the need vs want rule of gifting. Because even a diehard beauty junkie will be thrilled to have the holy grail of eyelash curlers under the tree this year. With one squeeze of this magically-shaped contraption, her lashes will be lifted to perfection. Throw in a Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara (trust us!) and she’ll think you spent countless hours scouring beauty blogs for intel.
There’s nothing like being enveloped in a warm embrace. This little dynamo heats up towels, small blankets, socks or pjs to turn your bathroom into a spa in a snap. Trust us, if she lives where it’s even remotely cold in winter, she’ll LOVE this.
The workhorse of statement trays, this hand-polished, scalloped-edged piece can be used for serving or styling on a coffee table. It’s available in an array of colors and styles and is all but guaranteed to wow the design diva on your list.
From the iconic celebrity hotel Le Sirenuse Positano comes one of the most alluring fragrances we’ve ever experienced. The light floral notes of Mystic Sunset will whisk her away to Positano where the nightly spectacle of sunset has been held in awe since Roman times. This Eau de Parfum is pure magic in a bottle and a gift she’ll enjoy throughout the year.
Surprisingly roomy and ultra versatile, this buttery-soft vegan leather handbag from it-brand ALC goes from day to date night in a stylish second. It’s effortlessly chic and easy to wear. Snag this before it sells out.
How many times have you heard her say she loves a photo from her cellphone, yet she never has the time to have it printed? With a fast-charging battery and the ability to customize photos and print high-quality images on the go, this little gem could very well be one of her favorite gifts this holiday season.
We’re going to let you in on one final little secret when it comes to gifting the lady or ladies in your life. Not sure what color to buy her? For just about anything, stick with the tones she typically dresses or surrounds herself with. If she leans toward cool tones (blues, grays, greens, pinks) buy something in that palette and if she tends to go to the warmer side (beiges, oranges, yellows, fire-y reds), anything that’s got a golden vibe will be well, golden.