Gifted Giver: Margie Plus

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.

Readers of need no introduction to the total babe pictured here: Blogger, writer and all-around cool girl Margie Ashcroft (you can call her Margie Plus) contributes smart style advice and more for women of all sizes—and not just for national publications and blogs, but also on her Instagram and Pinterest. You know what else is cool about our gal Margie? None other than Lena Dunham singled her out when she guest-edited UK’s Stylist magazine; the image above is from the pages that resulted. We’re psyched to have this bi-coastal fashion pro’s insight in our gift-giving mix.

The Thread: What would you love to give your mom this year?
I would love to gift my mom a new pair of Mini Baily Button Bling UGG boots. Living in Spokane, WA, she endures her fair share of snow-covered winters. These new booties are not only practical for the climate but she’s fan of anything with a little bling, and I know she will appreciate the oversized crystal button detail.

What would you love to unwrap for yourself?
I am obsessed with all of Tom Ford‘s fragrances! My favorite scent of the moment is Mr. Ford’s Jasmin Rouge and I would love to unwrap a new bottle this holiday season. His bold fragrances always have a mix of edge and elegance that definitely complete any outfit.

What kinds of things do people tend to give you? Why do you suppose that is? What does no one ever give you or what do you never indulge in for yourself?
For the holidays my friends and family tend to know my quirky style and give me bold statement accessories or one of a kind vintage pieces. When it comes to buying for myself I never really indulge in beauty and make-up products aside from a few fundamental basics. Now that I am in my mid-20s and my skin is changing, I need to indulge in a more tailored skin regimen. To test some options out I have had my eyes on the new Elemis 12 Day Beauty Skin Care gift set.

What’s your go-to host or hostess gift, either for a party or for a weekend or extended stay?
My go-to is a nice universal candle. I love ones that have a personal touch with either a monogram or a unique design or scent.

SHOP: Holiday Gifts

—Laura Cassidy