Gifts

Hermès Carre at Nordstrom Seattle
Our Seattle flagship store recently received the happy addition of Hermès Carré, a little shop dedicated to the luxurious fragrances of Hermès. Just in time for Christmas season, this counter carrying lovely bottles of perfumes and lotions, scented candles and perfectly packaged soaps is a gift containing endless elegant gifting options—all like pretty orange nested parcels.

Nathan Rubin, Hermès executive directorWe took this opportunity to explore the Carré and to speak with Nathan Rubin, Hermès executive director of retail and training, about how to select a scent for someone and the perfect Hermès gifts for everyone on your list.

What makes a good gift?

I think the best gifts are the ones that are thoughtful and personal. A great gift also reflects the personality and desires of the person for whom it is intended. Fragrance is a gift that perfectly fits all of these requirements but I frequently hear that people are hesitant to give fragrance as a gift because it is “too personal.” They are afraid they will make a mistake.

This is where the Hermès Carré can really help. Our staff are expertly trained and can help you pick a fragrance for someone if you tell them a little bit about the person you are buying for. Every perfume has a personality and a story at Hermès. We are experts at connecting people with our perfumes and making them at home at the Hermès Carré.

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST: READ ON

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

Lubov Azria, CCO of BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger

Understandably, the designer, wife, mother of five and chief creative officer Lubov Azria is busy every time of year. Aiding the vision of multiple fashion houses (BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger), running the Bon Chic Blog and managing several impressively active social-media accounts while preparing a bustling household for the holiday is an extraordinary charge. But, as with every opportunity, Azria approaches it with elegance. (On that note, have you seen her outfits of the day on Facebook?)

So, can you blame us for asking Azria for a few tips on graceful giving?

Fornasetti 'Flora' large candleWhat’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

I think the gift of experience is the best gift I have ever received. My best friends once gave me ten things that they knew were on my bucket list. I will always cherish that.

What is “the perfect gift” anyway?

To me, the perfect gift is something versatile, something they can wear and use all the time. I like to really sit down and ask myself, “What do they love? What do they need?” When you pick out a gift based on your knowledge of the person, it makes it all the more special.

What’s your go-to host or hostess gift, either for a party or for a weekend or extended stay?

I typically do the hosting, especially around the holidays, but my go-to gift would be a nice candle. For a holiday party, maybe a bottle of champagne or a dessert. You can never have too many desserts.

Pictured at right, the Fornasseti Flora candle.

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition.

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Adam Selman self portrait

Perhaps you know fashion designer Adam Selman from his his much-ballyhooed position on Rihanna’s speed dial. Or maybe you’ve been shopping his all-purpose capsule collection on our site.

For the uninitiated, Selman occupies a Warhol-esque place in pop culture, has designed costumes for Britney Spears and Michael Jackson (RIP the K.o.P.) and imbues his work with a natural sense of play which is refreshing without being hokey.

He has an unusually straightforward approach to gifting. Here he is talking about Jenga, Brita filters and the fruitful agony of self-sacrifice.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

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Gifts for Dad: Pop Rocks

Whether he sang you Beatles songs as lullabies, introduced you to Jagger’s swagger, bought you Michael Jackson’s Thriller or went with you to your first concert—Dad deserves a chart-topping gift this Christmas.

Gifts for Dad this holiday

Here are some suggestions to make your pop look like the rock star he really is.

He has always been able to belt out a power ballad in the shower/car/most embarrassing setting. An Allen Edmonds leather belt will keep his diaphragm looking good regardless of how he sounds.

Thankfully he wasn’t a “Cosby Sweater” wearing type of dad, but he’ll still appreciate suiting up for “Sweater Weather.” A shawl collar cardigan will have him looking hip. but with a wrinkle-free Nordstrom dress shirt, his coolness won’t go to his head.

Although his rhythm may be wanting, he can keep time with this Burberry leather-strap watch.

READ ON FOR MORE POP HITS

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Gifts for Kids: Child’s Play

Whether they’re your own or someone else’s, little ones are the most fun to shop for. Children look cute in everything. Miniature anything looks cute. And just try not to buy the adorable stuffed animals that seem to plead with their plastic eyes for a loving cuddle.

Nordstrom Gifts for Kids

Check out the items (shown above) that we couldn’t help but purchase this season—now we just have to find some pint-size recipients.

Any little girl would be pleased as punch to slip her paws into a pair of pink eyelash mittens. (If only our hands were small enough to squeeze into these.)

A sweet sweater from Tucker + Tate should warm the heart of any little or big girl. Pair it with some equally cute dotted jeans.

CONTINUE WITH THE CUTENESS: READ ON

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Gifts for Him: Internet Shopping

We’re not suggesting you check his search history, but you can tell a lot about a man by the websites he visits–what he reads, listens to, watches or just ogles. So let his bookmarked webpages guide your gift-giving this holiday season.

Nordstrom gifts for men

matadornetwork.com: This guy lives to go. He’s always planning his next vacation, road trip or hike. Get him a lightweight Herschel backpack to carry all his (and some of your) travel necessities.

radaronline.com: Though he may not readily admit it, he knows which starlets Bieber and Drake have been spotted with. A pair of Classic Clubmaster Ray-Bans will let him consume the latest celebrity gossip and Twitter blunder with zeal, while incognito.

pitchfork.com: He’s got opinions on albums before they’re released. (But can he tell us when Rihanna’s ANTI is landing?) Get him a pair of Bose headphones and he’ll definitely give you a 10 out of 10.

STILL SEARCHING? READ ON

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Luck (Tinder), a mutual acquaintance (Hinge) or playing various dating sites like casino slot machines may have brought you together, but making your relationship work requires thoughtfulness. So think about what you’re giving her for the holidays. Think carefully. Then think again.

Nordstrom gifts for herAnd if you’re still stumped, just answer this simple quiz. Our algorithm will determine a statistical match for your mate. That is, a match in terms of the perfect present.

1. Underneath it all, she’s:
a. a cuddle bunny.
b. got layers on layers.
c. a lady.

2. You’d most describe her as:
a. sweet.
b. playful.
c. glamorous.

CONTINUE THE QUIZ

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Gifts for Mom: The Mother Lode

Your mom’s parenting style made you who you are today. Whether you agree with the laxity or strictness of her methods, whether you appreciate her cooking or lack thereof, whether she’s a source of comfort or anxiety (likely a bit of both), you’re an adult now, so it’s time to let bygones be gone—just buy your mama something nice for the holidays.

Nordstrom gifts for Mom

Here are gift suggestions based on the realm in which your mother excels—or choose from both. Moms do it all, all the time.

The domestic front: She rules the kitchen and the living room like a duchess does her duchy. Home-cooked meals are regularly served with a side of sangfroid. And Mom tidies tirelessly; grimy bathtubs and stovetops don’t stand a chance against her scrubbing.

Help her celebrate the season with pretty gold star and orb ornaments. This 12-inch wood reindeer charms with its rustic finish and sweetly bowed head.

While she busies about the house, UGG® shearling slippers will keep her toes toasty.

Who’s Your Mama? Read on to find her the perfect gift.

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The Weekend Guide: December 4-6

A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix

Watch: A Very Murray Christmas
It may be plain weird or it may be a winter wonderland packed with our favorite celebrity oddballs—or delightfully both. We’re not quite sure what to expect from Netflix’s new musical comedy (available today) starring Bill Murray (a “secular saint,” according to The New York Times) and directed by indie auteur Sofia Coppola. Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler and many others join in the fun.

Chi-Raq
Spike Lee
‘s adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata has the title character encouraging all women to pledge abstinence until gang members in Chicago put down their guns. With acerbic humor cutting the severity of the real-life death count in the Windy City, Lee depicts our national crisis with sexual, historical and satirical layers, courting plenty of controversy and conflicting reviews.

Cook (or Just Admire): New York Times Hanukkah Recipes on Pinterest
Even if you’re not keeping kosher, these mouthwatering foods will have you whipping up some latkes, brisket and challah. Raspberry Rose Rugelach could easily dominate any cookie exchange you have on the calendar. And the Sweet and Sour Braised Brisket with Cranberries and Pomegranate deserves to be served at your next family function, no matter the occasion.

See the Year-in-Music and More: Read On

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There are all different kinds of friends. Circle the underlined words that apply to your bestie:

It’s been a great/hard year. She has really been there with her willingness to grab a glass of wine at the spur of the moment to celebrate/kvetch. Now it’s time to express your gratitude–and have another glass of wine.

Nordstrom giftcard and gifts for friends

Show her how cool you think she is with a pair of classic Ray-Bans. She’ll need them when discreetly sizing up potential mates/competition.

She does/doesn’t decorate for the holidays. Help Mrs. Claus/Grinch get in the spirit with a Nordstrom ornament.

Jo Malone body cream is a luxurious treatment for skin during the winter months. She can lather up before/after a hot/bad date to feel her prettiest.

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