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Hungry for the holidays?

If you’re craving wrap-worthy gift options and tailor-made deals that will put your appetite for fashion into overdrive, then our Gift-It Guide is the season’s icing on the cake.

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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.

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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.

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.

From jeans and a simple blouse to an unembellished cocktail dress, a pendant necklace adds polished perfection to any occasion. Right now, we’re particularly into pendants full of big personality—beautiful eye-catchers that aren’t afraid of getting noticed.

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Cara Accessories Faceted Crystal Teardrop Pendant Necklace
Nordstrom ‘Holiday Treasure – Love’ Statement Pendant Long Necklace
Elizabeth and James ‘Antler’ Round Pendant Necklace
House of Harlow 1960 Long Statement Pendant Necklace

November 23, 2011

Gifts for Him Under $100

Not to leave out the gents, we have 10 more favorite picks from our Gift Guide for guys—all under $100—with more ideas to fit any gift-giving budget.

1 – Cashmere, Sweaters & Fleece. These all make great gifts, but if your guy doesn’t have a black V-neck cashmere sweater, help him out—stat. It’s a cold-weather workhorse for layering over button-up shirts, under blazers or just on its own. [Pictured: 1901 Trim Fit Cashmere V-Neck Sweater. $99.50]

2 – Scarves, Hats & Gloves. Plenty of options here to help keep him warm this winter. We can’t get enough of tech gloves made with fingertip materials that let you use your touchscreen without taking them off. [Pictured: The North Face E-Tip Gloves. $40]

3 – Jeans & Pants. You can’t beat a classic. We’re all for chinos and slacks, but you won’t find anything in his closet that will get more wear than a simple pair of dependable jeans. [Pictured: Levi’s Red Tab ‘514’ Slim Straight Leg Jeans. $68]

4 – Gift Cards. Stumped? Nordstrom Gift Cards are ideal for sending in the mail… to the guy who has everything. [Pictured: Nordstrom Festive Flurries Gift Card. $25-$1,000]

5 – Bags & Accessories. You can’t go wrong with a tie or bag, but a pair of bright, high-tech headphones or ear buds is sure to be a welcome surprise for anyone’s inner audiophile. [Pictured: Urbanears ‘Medis’ Ear Buds. $50]

6 – Watches. Whether the recipient is a boyfriend, gentleman, jetsetter or outdoorsy type, every guy needs a few watches to rely on. This minimalist Nixon (in 13 colors) adds just the right amount of levity and style to a timepiece. [Pictured: Nixon ‘The Time Teller’ Watch. $60]

7 – Shoes & Slippers. From dressy to casualrugged to lazy. Get him something comfy to grab the morning paper in. These UGG® Australia slippers are so comfortable, “like walking on heaven.” —MicheleR, 5-star review. [Pictured: UGG Australia ‘Ascot’ Slipper. $99.95]

8 – Sleepwear & Robes. Speaking of things to lounge in, nothing says “perfect lazy Sunday” like flannel pants and a robe. [Pictured: 1901 Flannel Sleep Pants. $29.50]

9 – Fragrance & Grooming. A distinctive fragrance you’re sure he’ll love is always a good gift idea, but also consider total-body skincare—like a head-to-toe set that’ll take care of him from body scrub to shave cream. [Pictured: Kiehl’s ‘Ultimate Man’ Holiday Set. $50; $72 value]

10Coats & Outerwear. Find the best outwear for your guy with our Ultimate Coat Guide. A utilitarian, three-season jacket that’s lightweight and waterproof is a smart choice for anyone. [Pictured: The North Face ‘Venture’ Jacket. $99]

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November 22, 2011

Gifts for Her Under $100

We love gift giving, but sometimes a helping hand to find the perfect item would be welcome. Here are just a few of our Gift Guide favorites under $100, with further inspiration for all price ranges.

1 – Cashmere & Sweaters. A cashmere scarf, pair of gloves and sweater should be a staple in every woman’s closet. We love all types of sweaters, but the decadence and versatility of a classic cashmere V-neck is always a go-to for looking put together. [Pictured: Only Mine V-Neck Cashmere Sweater. $79]

2 – Handbags & Tech Accessories. The perfect handbag is a girl’s best friend. Find inspiration for the gift of a new companion in our top-rated gift handbags. Or, help her personalize her favorite gadget with tech accessories. [Pictured: kate spade new york rigid iPhone 4 & 4S cover. $40]

3 – Denim. If you’re giving the gift of denim, we suggest bold colors and prints on skinny silhouettes. Shop our denim trend guide for more looks she’ll love. [Pictured: Blue Essence Colored Denim Skinny Jeans. $98]

4 – Shoes & Slippers. A comfortable slipper or casual shoe is a great place to start when it comes to giving footwear, and there are plenty of ideas in our customer favorites. We’re fond of these Sperry Top-Sider® rain boots, which come in a rainbow of colors and are much more fun for rainy-day puddle jumping than our favorite Louboutin heels.  [Pictured: Sperry Top-Sider ‘Pelican’ Tall Rain Boot. $69.95]

5 – Gift Cards. If you’re having trouble deciding what she’ll love the most, how about letting her choose with the gift of a shopping spree? Go with her and make a day of it shopping and catching up. [Pictured: Nordstrom Joyous Wishes. $25-$1,000]

6 – Jewelry & Watches. Earrings, simple necklaces, bracelets and watches are all classics, but we’re especially smitten with a great set of bangles. Their sparkling stackability means they can perk up anything from denim to date night. [Pictured: Nadri Pavé Bangle. $58]

7 – Scarves, Hats & Gloves. Everyone needs cold-weather accessories, which is probably why these are among the most given of gifts. (We keep a few extra on hand for unexpected guests.) But staying warm doesn’t mean she needs to be disconnected—these tech gloves let her use her gadget without taking them off. [Pictured: Echo ‘Touch’ Tech Gloves. $35]

8 – Outerwear. Keep her cozy with fleece. Keep her trendy with faux fur. Or give her versatility with a beautiful cape—it’s an outerwear essential. [Pictured: KUT from the Kloth Toggle Cape. $98]

9 – Sleepwear, Robes & Lingerie. Intimate items and sleepwear for lounging can make great gifts. We especially love the bold stripes and bright colors of these Josie robes. [Pictured: Josie ‘Tutti Fruity’ Terry Robe. $68]

SHOP ALL OF OUR GIFTS FOR HER

An old brooch, a beautiful button, sprigs of fragrant evergreen—these are just a few of the creative touches you can add to your wrappings this season for a personalized gift that incorporates a bit of stylish whimsy. It’s a perfect way to add that extra-thoughtful touch to a standard paper and bow. See more inspirational ways to repurpose items you already have around your home at Design*Sponge.


Still haven’t found the perfect gift to put in the box? Find out if your friends and family have created a Wish List this year, or see all our gifts under $100 for him or for her.

The brainchild of three young college men, the nonprofit Krochet Kids International has one mission: to empower people to rise above poverty.

They’re doing just that—empowering—by teaching women in Uganda to crochet hats, the profits of which go directly back to the hat’s maker to help her break the cycle of poverty and dependence on humanitarian aid. We’re happy to announce that these hats are now available both online and in store. It was our pleasure to speak with Stewart Ramsey, co-founder of Krochet Kids, about the program’s goals and how it all came to life.

What gave you the idea to start Krochet Kids?

In our naivety, my friends and I wanted to change the world! But in reality, Krochet Kids started because we listened to the need. In traveling and volunteering in different places around the world, we made friends with people who were often subjected to unjust and difficult circumstances—things like war, disease, famine and living on less than $2 a day. In an effort to help with the little resources we had as a group of young college boys, we turned to crocheting as an opportunity to employ people who wanted to work. With yarn and hook in hand, we traveled to Africa and taught a small group of women how to crochet hats.

What do you want customers to know about you?

First, I’d want customers to know that we are a nonprofit. We are fully transparent about how much of a hat purchase actually changes the life of the person who signed it. Our customers need to understand that by purchasing a hat, a woman is able to provide food, water, clothes and education for up to six dependents. Purchasing a hat literally pulls people out of poverty, those living on less than $2 a day. It also allows for the next generation to be educated, so they can pursue their own hopes and dream. Customers have an opportunity to get to know the person that made their product and interact with them on our website.

Why partner with Nordstrom?

Nordstrom has an amazing role in all of this. Together, the more hats we sell, the more lives we change. For instance, to get ready for our first Nordstrom order, Krochet Kids grew from 10 ladies to 100 in a matter of months. The total impact grew from 60 individuals being directly impacted to 600. That is just the direct impact; there is an indirect impact of another 22 individuals per beneficiary. Villages in Northern Uganda are experiencing the positive effects of global economics in ways they never have before. It’s an opportunity to educate customers about a new product and a new way of doing business that is beneficial to the world.

What’s next for Krochet Kids?

Krochet Kids will continue to grow in sub-Saharan Africa by employing more women and sourcing raw materials. In addition to growth in Africa, we have already taken trips to countries in South America and Asia where women and their families find themselves in destitute situations. Krochet Kids will expand its product offering from around the globe and change lives while we do it.

You can purchase Krochet Kids online or in store at The Rail and BP.

With temperatures dropping and rainy days coming, it’s the perfect time of year to climb into comfort. From movie nights and lazy days to a few stolen moments cuddling up, here’s how we’re keeping cozy at home. And it goes without saying—any of these make a perfect-for-anyone gift.

Loungewear
For her: Make & Model. Mix or match any of their tees ($22) and pants ($28). Both for $38.

For him: Daniel Buchler. Super soft, and each piece is only $39.

Throws
Snuggle up with your favorite hot drink under one of these Nordstrom-exclusive throws. Starting at $38.

Slippers
Keeping your toes toasty.
For her: Slippers, slipper socks and boots. Starting at $10.

For him: Styles to suit any man. From $29.95.