Illustrated Gift Guide (Part 1)

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy great food and company this Thanksgiving!  Now that you’ve concealed that food baby (with stretchy pants) you are about to go into hibernation mode… but instead panic mode sets in! What to give everyone for the holidays!?!?!  How can I even think about that when I can’t even move!?!? I despise crowds and waiting in line!

Solution: The joy of online shopping.  Take advantage of Black Friday/Weekend deals from the comfort of your couch/bed.  Here are my top picks (illustrated) for this holiday season.  And, don’t worry – I hit the full range of low-cost to high-style.

Enjoy part one my gift guide!  Tomorrowpart 2: great ideas for parents (or in-laws) and colleagues.

Great gifts for your sister.

For your sister: $ Pretty Bow Gloves, $$ Collector’s Edition Brush Set, $$ Gold Clutch,  $$$ Pyramid wrap watch

These gifts add some sparkle and fun to her holiday.  Is she a little edgy? The sophisticated studded wrap watch works for the office or the club.  I can’t live without these soft and sweet knit gloves. I know my own sister would love this sparkle clutch especially for holiday parties.  Last but not least I am obsessed with this brush set from Sephora.  It’s a great value and comes with a cool acrylic stand.  They look and feel expensive and make my morning routine seem glamorous!

Great gift ideas for your brother!

For your brother:  $$$ Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100, $$ Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Hardened Edition), The Walking Dead Graphic Novel, $$$$ Leather trim suit carrier

First, add Black Ops 2 to his game collection.  (I mean, more copies were sold than tickets for Avatar!) (Try the hardened edition for the seasoned pro.)  Whether or not he is addicted to AMC’s hit show, or has never seen the Walking Dead – this graphic novel compendium is a source of good art and great storytelling… with tons of zombies. My brother just had a baby so I love this Sony Cybershot for him.  It was ranked by CNET the best “prosumer” compact camera – it captures great photos and is easy enough for anyone to figure out.  Or, if your brother travels a lot, this suit bag is perfect.  V.Ng has a similar one; he always gets compliments on it and his suits are never rumpled after a flight!

I hope part one of my gift guide is helpful.  Avoid those crowded stores and check back tomorrow for more illustrated ideas.

PS: Some coupon codes for some of my favorite stores…


Madewell: TREAT
25% Off + free shipping

J.Crew: COLOR25
25% Off + free shipping (over $150)

J.Crew Factory: GIVEANDGET
+15% Off (over $100)

Shopbop: BIGEVENT12
A variety of huge savings based on spending

LOFT: ENJOY
40% Off everything

Sephora: LITTLELUX
Makeup Gift Bag + Samples

Friend & Family Disclaimer:
I almost didn’t do a shopping guide because I thought it would make my friends figure out what they’re getting!  If you’re reading this and you know you’re receiving gifts from me, you are not getting any of these presents!! Don’t get excited or hyped up, because you will be hugely disappointed!