Gifts & Home

The Nordstrom blogs team recently went poking around the vaults for a little inspiration, and we totally found it. Truth is, we got a little giddy looking back over decades’ worth of some real retro styles in our catalog archives. So much so, we’re taking the best of the best live with our Throwback Thursday series on Men’s Shop Daily—and starting now, here, with this special holiday edition.

While thumbing through our 1975 ‘Gift Selector,’ it really hit us: there are things in there that we’d still actually dig unwrapping ourselves and giving to others for the holidays. In fact, it was a pretty hard list to narrow down, but here are the top 15 gifts we’re vibing on for friends and family, guys and gals, ironic, iconic and otherwise.

1. These oversized sunglasses and some versatile silk scarvesso many ways to wear them.



“I wanted to create a one-stop area where people could find awesome, awesome gifts for their friends.” —Olivia Kim

So what’s Kim giving her friends? Not sure, but we can guess—and get some last minute inspiration from this video, which is all about her favorite Pop-In Shop picks.

1. Bodum French press coffee maker
2. Graphic Image Bottoms Up flask
3. Selfie stick and Bluetooth remote shutter release
4. Topshop robes
5. Meadowlark jewelry
6. Knot & Bow confetti bombs
7. Inflatable raft



To ease the pain of an overcrowded schedule, we created a handful of short videos with clever tips to help you get in the spirit and breeze through the social season—whether you’re planning a festive celebration, jetting off to the in-laws or looking for the perfect hostess gift.

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Don’t forget Dad! Father’s Day is June 16, and we’ve got you covered with plenty of presents for Pop in our Father’s Day Gifts Shop.


Shop by price or item type, and browse our top 25 favorites or top-rated gifts by customers. And speaking of Father’s Day, check out what’s going on over at our Men’s Shop Daily Blog—a nostalgic salute to some memorable dads of employees right here at Nordstrom HQ.


Did you hear? We’ve partnered with Etsy—the global online marketplace—to bring you unique, handcrafted goods and artwork from some of our favorite emerging artists across the country.

We’re excited to announce that, starting early this month, we’re bringing even more artists into our Etsy and Nordstrom Present Boutique online and in a handful of our stores. In addition to Downing Pottery and CircaCeramics, we’ll soon be offering pieces from Dock Artisan and Anto Arts in our At Home Department as well as Whichgoose, Serephine, Paloma’s Nest, Sweet Sorrella and Milk and Honey in our Wedding Suite.

We asked a couple of our artisans about their craft and their partnership with us. Here’s what they had to say.

Sarah Woodson from Downing Pottery

“Walking into Nordstrom and seeing my mugs on display was a moment I will never forget. I threw those pots. I attached the handles. I painted and glazed each piece and sat by a kiln until 2AM, waiting for it to shut off. Being on display in Nordstrom was tangible validation that the work that I do matters. It’s a feeling that artists dream of and one that very few of us are ever lucky enough to experience.”

Erin Brooks from Serephine: Headpieces, Accessories and Veils

“My line is a very personal and special thing to me; that’s something I try to convey in the artistry of each piece that I create with my own two hands. I focus on the special, unique, original—and on providing the best possible quality.

“I’ve spent my fair share of time perusing the lovely things in the Seattle store’s Wedding Suite, and I think it’s such a beautiful space. I’m simply elated that my pieces get to be a part of that.”

Join us to meet the artisans and view their trunk shows on June 15 or check back to view their collections online, available June 10.
Downtown Seattle: Serephine, wedding veils and sashes
Tysons Corner: Milk & Honey, flatware
Houston Galleria: Sweet Sorella, compacts
Garden State Plaza: Paloma’s Nest, ring bearer trays


We’ve mentioned our diptyque devotion before, not only for all the divine scents to choose from, but also for those elegant, simply designed containers. But what to do when your wick runs out? We discovered that we weren’t the only ones who thought it a shame to get rid of our empty jars when hit up one of our favorite resources for inspiration—Pinterest.

Here are our favorite ideas that we came across for upcycling diptyque candle jars.

A flower vase-as-bookend topper for the literature lover, from Hope in High Heels.

A tasteful, DIY way to stay organized, from Katie Armour.

A perfect way to accent French-inspired décor and a place for chic odds and ends, from decor8.

The beauty queen’s makeup brush holder, from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere.

An orchid centerpiece for uptown tea, from Luxiarare.

What are your creative ways for upcycling beautiful objects?

Jeff Powell


Cheri Botiz, our National Beauty and Fragrance Director, shares her top five favorite Mother’s Day gifts.

Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you 5 of my favorite beauty and fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day that I know any mom would love—I know I would!

1 – Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne ($55-$110). Every time I smell this fragrance, it makes me happy. Mom will definitely get compliments with this one.

2 – Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Extrait de Parfum ($350). This gift is an exquisite customer favorite. Any mom would be very happy with this long-lasting, floral concentrate.

3 – Antica Farmacista ‘Champagne’ Home Ambiance Perfume ($62-$92). Everyone loves to walk into a beautifully scented home. This fragrance is so unique and vibrant. Perfectly fresh.

4 – I Love New York Mother’s Day by Bond No. 9 Fragrance ($175). I love this for the bottle alone! It’s so fun to have on the vanity, and the tangerine scent is intoxicating.

5 – Diptyque Scented Candles ($60-$90). I could not pick just one; these are all wonderful. Pick up multiple candles and cluster together for a gorgeous statement on your dining table.

Bonus: receive a rose-gold-toned mirrored compact as a gift with any $150 women’s fragrance purchase while supplies last. It will automatically be added to your cart at Checkout.


Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 13. We’ve put together a few of our highest-rated gifts for Mom under $100. Check out your fellow shoppers’ rave reviews below, and find something Mom will adore.

1 – philosophy ‘summer grace’ duo ($50). “Ladies, this fragrance is a must have. Light, airy, fresh and soft. Summer grace will lighten the senses and last all day. Enjoy”—coco49brown

2Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Saijo Persimmon’ 2-Wick Candle ($16). “probably the best candle i’ve bought in a while, the aroma is not overwhelming at all but even after it is blown out, the scent is left in the room. I am complimented on it daily!”—shopbns

3 – Nixon ‘The Time Teller’ Watch ($75). “Great watch for everyday wear! beautiful color for the summer, have gotten a lot of compliments on it!”—Mellow90

4 – MICHAEL Michael Kors Aviator Sunglasses ($99). “I was looking for aviator sunglasses and got these in blue…Had them for 2 weeks now, and got more compliments on them than any other sunglasses I own..!!! I’m ordering another pair in orange… :)”—Bibi11

5 – Antica Farmacista ‘Peonia Gardenia & Rosa’ Home Ambiance Perfume ($62-$92). “The scent of this home ambiance perfume is absolutely divine but not over-powering. It is a soft, powdery, truly feminine scent that will not give you a headache as many home perfumes do. Beautiful product that I would definitely recommend to a friend.”—GreenEyedMuse

6 – Make + Model ‘Animal’ Scarf ($38). “Beautiful, reasonably priced scarf for Spring 2012!”—Rehnquist

7 – kate spade new york ‘garden society’ iPhone 4 & 4S case ($40). “This case is even cuter than pictured and is a bright addition to all of the other “stuff” in my handbag!”—Eglise

8 – Elliott Lucca ‘Cordoba’ Clutch ($98). “I was so excited when I received this bag – it is absolutely gorgeous. I was looking for a bag that was a little special, but not a true “evening bag” that couldn’t be carried with some dressy jeans and a cute top for a night out. This fits the bill perfectly…”—Happy2Shop2

Want to see even more options? Shop all our Mother’s Day gifts.


We’re so charmed by these ‘Rare Wonders’ talisman necklaces from Lagos.

In case you’re having trouble picking a favorite, Lagos’s handy quiz matches your personality traits to your perfect creature. Your blog editor’s result? The gecko: embodying creativity, intuition, fun and poise. Love! Who doesn’t want an inspiring reminder of how amazing they are to wear around their neck?

What’s your talisman?
Seahorse: Perception, originality, uniqueness and strength
Butterfly: Lightheartedness, grace, flirtatiousness and femininity
Gecko: Creativity, intuition, fun and poise
Turtle: Sensitivity, peace, friendship and kindness
Elephant: Power, strong will, honesty and trust


Entertaining Essentials

Hosting a party? Check off all the necessary ingredients to a successful soiree with our tips and entertaining essentials.

1 – Serving Bowls. Fill these with spiced nuts, candies, marinated olives and dips. Scatter thoughtfully throughout your entertaining space to encourage mingling away from the main-table spread. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Nut Bowl]

2 – Wine Stoppers. Preserve your favorite vintage with something decorative and functional—also good to have on hand as excellent last-minute gifts. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Wine Stopper]

3 – Candles and Candle Holders. Ambiance is paramount when entertaining. Be sure to set the right mood with accents of candlelight and your favorite scent. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Candle Holders (Set of 2)]

4 – Cheese Boards and Serving Sets. You took time to choose the perfect cheese. Show it some respect with a beautiful serving place. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Granite Cheese Board]

5 – Cheese & Wine—A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying. Speaking of cheese, delight your guests with your ability to marry wine and cheese like a master sommelier.

6 – Napkin Holders. Party perfection is in the small details. Napkins never stay in neat little stacks, and they inevitably get blown to the floor. Keep them from going rogue with an elegant holder. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Ocean Coral’ Cocktail Napkin Holder]

7 – Soirée ‘Signature Series’ Wine Aerator Set (Nordstrom Exclusive). With all the prep and running around to make sure everything is ready for your guests, you may barely have time to breathe, much less remember to allow the wine to. Ensure every glass is served at its best right as you pour.

8 – Glassware. An accidental breakage or an unexpected guest shouldn’t mean reducing someone to drinking out of a tumbler. Always have extra wine glasses and champagne flutes at the ready. [Pictured: Schott Zwiesel Stemware]

9 – Coasters. One of Mom’s golden rules? Use a coaster. Nobody likes to disobey Mother, and people feel awkward when they don’t know where to set their drink. Don’t be afraid to mix and match—be a little eclectic, just make sure to have plenty. [Pictured: Michael Aram ‘Forest Leaf’ Coasters (Set of 6)]

Jeff Powell