The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. Often it is difficult to find just the right gift for the special people in your life, and it is easy to procrastinate. This year, I have asked my darling friend Alison @cattlebarronincashmere to help out! If you don’t already follow Alison on Instagram, you will want to stop what you are doing and head over to her account. Alison has a sixth sense for finding the most thoughtful and perfect gifts for everyone – and at any budget. She also has the most amazing party tips and suggestions for making every day a reason to celebrate.
I am delighted Alison has agreed to partner with The Glam Pad for a short series of holiday gift guides. Today, she is offering a wide variety of options certain to delight all the lovely ladies in your life. Welcome, Alison!
I’ve been using this product after my nightly bath for years and still adore it! The beautiful shaker is also lovely on my vanity!
Since I was a young teen, my mom taught me that a lady should never be without a pretty compact in her handbag. I love these alligator embossed compacts from Estee Lauder (and they’re refillable).
I’m a firm believer in taking care of your skin, and my regimen includes steaming at least twice a week. This unit is a powerhouse for the price!
A gorgeous palette of neutral eye shadows that any woman would enjoy adding to her makeup kit!
A wonderful gift of luxury for someone who might not otherwise indulge in La Mer products.
This little manicure set belongs in every handbag! It is so well priced that it can be gifted as a stocking stuffer or paired with some pretty nail polishes! I don’t leave home without mine! A great value!
Most every one has a good set of makeup brushes at home, but this is a great little set for travel and to keep in your purse! It’s a great gift for under $20 but looks like it cost more.
Like many people, I struggle with dry lips in the winter. These volumizing serums are terrific for plumping lips naturally and can be worn on their own or under your favorite lipstick or gloss:
This makeup mirror is not only pretty — which is a plus for anything you’ll be leaving on your countertop — but it gives off the most natural light and has 10x magnification.
Everyone needs a Kabuki brush, and this gorgeous rose gold set includes their innovative brush cleaning mat.
Mason Pearson makes the finest hair brushes that money can buy! This brush is in it’s own class when it comes to anti-breakage!
One of the most luxe bubble baths out there…
My beautiful mother, who has aged very well, absolutely swears by this hand cream!
Every woman needs this in her beauty tool kit, and this one is both pretty and functional!
I’ve always been a fan of the liquid liner and mascara duo and this gift is a fun way to experiment with that “old Hollywood” look.
Jo Malone makes the most exquisite fragrances and this gift allows the recipient to identify her favorite.
A beautiful gift to give to any fashion enthusiast.
A gift that would delight any cook or foodie — Ina Garten is simply the best!
This year we lost one of the most iconic interior designers, Mario Buatta, so it seems only fit that decor enthusiasts add this book to their library if they don’t yet own it.
A wonderful gift for anyone who loved Jacqueline Kennedy and her iconic style!
Another fantastic gift for any style and fashion enthusiast.
Most people already have this book, but if not, its a must!
One of the handful of books authored by a favorite designer: A gift of beauty, for certain.
A fascinating volume about the stylish jet set!
COMFORT & JOY:
This is a gift that I give almost every year, including to myself! The lavender scented warmth around your shoulders is so relaxing and part of my nightly ritual (you can cool it, too!)
I have given these “cashmere” throws to many friends — the quality is remarkable for the price! This is a gift that fits anyone!
These silk pillowcases make not only for a night of sweet dreams, but are also known to help prevent wrinkles and preserve the condition of your hair.
I own seven pairs of these pajamas — one pair for every day of the week! They are superb quality for the price, and are a luxe gift as is or with a monogram!
A very affordable pair of padded house slippers that don’t skimp on glamour!
I own several of these Barefoot Dreams Jersey Caftans and hate to ever take them off! They are as comfortable as can be and make you feel “put together” when lounging around the house. They’re also great to sleep in — truly, a dream!
This is a fantastic alternative to bath bombs, and something I find more enjoyable. This set is packaged perfectly for gifting.
I’ve tried every just about every bath pillow on the market, and this one takes the cake!
There’s no luxury quite like breakfast in bed, and this tray in the walnut finish fits the bill.
There is no more comfortable way to lounge around the house than in this blissfully comfortable house coat.
For the fall and winter months, this is by far my favorite candle ever! It is exactly as described — the perfect blend of orange and clove, and highly fragranced!
I received this room spray as a gift earlier this year, and now the bathrooms and powder rooms in my home will never be without it! It’s the most divine scent, and the coordinating potpourri is a favorite of Pat Altschul’s.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES:
These gloves are not only cashmere lined, but touchscreen compatible so that you don’t have to remove them to text or take a call.
These are some of my favorite sunglasses out there and they flatter most any face. The bigger, the better!
This little calf hair clutch is one of my favorite’s of the season — the gold shoulder chain is optional!
The gift for “her” when you want to splurge! I love the classic double G logo on simple but stylish tote!
Camo has become almost as prevalent & popular of a print as leopard, and I love a touch of it here and there! This neck scarf is also great wrapped around the handles of your favorite handbag!
A nice quality travel umbrella is always handy — I love the chic look of this black one with inner leopard lining (UVA sun protection a bonus!)
The chic quilted pattern of these high gloss wellies will have you singing in the rain!
Every woman should have a cashmere travel wrap in their closet — I love this in black!
Fabulous Furs makes some of the finest faux fur on the market, and the classic lines of this coat with the gorgeous shawl collar is a style that flatters anyone!
I own two of this blouse in white and two of the black. It is incredibly flattering and has a longer shirt tail hem in the back to cover what needs to be covered! Its the blouse you never knew you needed but will never go without once you try it!
This piece is a ‘one size fits all’ wonder and instantly upgrades any ensemble!
A glamorous and practical way to keep your head warm and your hairstyle intact on cold and windy days!
Need I say more than “cheddar” and “biscuit“? Make sure to gift one to yourself, as well!
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love cheese, and this artisan sampler is comprised of some delicious selections.
I have long been a fan of The Savannah Bee Company, and this sampler is a marvelous gift for any lady who enjoys breakfast in bed!
Who doesn’t love an invitation to eat cookies? Or “biscuits”, as it were. These are rich and buttery — a true treat!
A bit more of a splurge, but a wonderfully useful gift for mothers of young ones and any espresso/coffee enthusiast..
A festive, fun, and ceremonial item that most people don’t own but would love to! Perfect with a nice bottle of champagne!
A thoughtful and beautiful gift for any wine lover on your list! A bit of bling for the bar cart!
JEWELRY & TRAVEL ACCESSORIES:
I believe every women should own “summer diamonds” (some are real, some are not). I never travel with my real pieces. These are gorgeous for everyday and the quality is superb.
These painted cameo earrings by Oscar de la Renta are so unique and remind me of antique bakelite. For the person on your list that wears a lot of black (like me!) these are a fantastic gift!
Ashley Pittman is always a favorite of mine when it comes to statement jewelry, and I like to buy her bracelets in matching pairs. These amethyst studded horn bangles are so fantastic!
My absolute favorite bangles from Ashley Pittman! One is enough, but two is nicer!
These gold tone and turquoise studded bracelets are reminiscent of faux bamboo gold bangles made by a major fine jewelry house. I love them for stacking in multiples or paired with a chunky curb link bracelet!
You can never miss with a monogrammed pouch, and the custom options on these make them extra fun.
A jewelry pouch is a must for any woman, and I find this drawstring style is ideal for people like me who tend to wear bigger jewelry.
Wolf makes the most beautiful jewelry boxes, and this size is ideal for storing your staples.
Although this tote isn’t new to the scene, it remains my favorite carry-on bag for any woman on the go.
Thank you, Alison, for this wonderful gift guide! My Christmas shopping is now well underway, and I may have picked up a few goodies for myself as well! 😉 Stay tuned as Alison will be sharing shopping guides for men, children, and hostess.
Alison is a lifestyle and style expert. She has worked as a wedding & event planner, wardrobe stylist, jewelry designer, creative consultant, and more. She is passionate about family, entertaining, fashion, dogs, interior decor, jewelry design, needlepoint, cooking, and art & antiques. She is a mother of three and spends her time between their home in Houston and their family ranch in Round Top, Texas.