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Gifts for Your Host This Holiday Season

Photos by Elizabeth Podlesnik 

She’s dutifully planned the perfect holiday hobnob, complete with all the trimmings. As you’re picking up presents for your family and friends, don’t forget your loving host, without whom your favorite pumpkin chiffon pie would not have been baked.

Ahead, the holiday gifts that acknowledge her effort and ensure you get a standing invitation—if not an extra slice.

SEE (AND SHOP) THE GIFTS

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Friends from the Floor: 16 Designer and Emerging Designer Gift Ideas from the Nordstrom Crew

“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

Holiday shopping: it might be the most wonderful difficult thing in the world. Equal parts super fun and pretty stressful, choosing just the right surprise for your favorite people on the planet can make you a little crazy if you let it—but that’s where we come in.

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Designer sales person Felicia Stapleton would love to give you one of these Dior scarves.

Our employees—inside the store and behind the scenes—sort of live for beautiful indulgences and stylish challenges. To inspire your gift giving, we took eight of our Seattle favorites into our designer collections and SPACE shop to show us what they’d love to give and get.

MEET OUR FRIENDS AND SHOP THEIR PICKS

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How Emerging Designers Tackle (or Maybe Fumble—Hey, We’re All Human) the Winter Holidays

With the idea that the holidays deserve their very own holiday collection, Olivia Kim and the SPACE team created Winter Whites, a seasonal emerging designer shop-in-shop filled with killer gift-worthy accessories, books, housewares and more—and exclusive tweed skirts, rad denim and cotton hoodies from Simone Rocha, Marques’Almeida, Vetements and other top names.

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Tulle and ruffles by a Rihanna favorite, Molly Goddard

In an interview about the shop with Vogue.com, Olivia said, “I’ve always loved all the various interpretations of the holidays and what they mean to so many different cultures. So, by creating a capsule around white, it seemed so fresh and renewing—like a clean slate.”

We, in turn, tapped a few of our favorite white-shop designers and got their take on what the season’s hottest hue cues up for them and how they approach this season of giving and togetherness.

GET INTO THESE WHITE-HOT IDEAS

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Just Landed: Gifts from SPACE

In the Venn diagram of gifting, there’s a sweet spot where, well, sweet, intimate and stylish overlap. And there in that zone of awesomeness is this pajama top-and-boxer set from Araks—available now at SPACE, our shop for emerging and advanced designers.

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The boyish cut and menswear-inspired fabrication? The short-short hem? All but guaranteed to make girlfriends both platonic and romantic swoon, swivel, and strike the best pose ever.

And what else is in that SPACE-wrapped box?

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How to Shop for the Holidays Like a Pro

“Yes, since I ‘shop’ for a living the assumption is that the perfect gift is always available and around me,” admits Sahar Sokhandan, Nordstrom’s buyer of designer fine apparel and evening collections.

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Call it a job hazard for Sahar (above), but it’s a win for you; today we’re sharing her pro gift-giving insight as well as tips and trade secrets from fellow buyer Jennifer Sabenorio.

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You Give, We Give: Great News You Can Use About Nordstrom Gift Cards

Giving the perfect gift is right up there on the list of things that feel amazing, but it just got even better. Nordstrom is now donating 1% of Gift Card proceeds to our nonprofit partners. That means when you give, you give twice. You give powerfully.

We believe in connecting with and empowering the communities we are part of, so we’re thrilled to be supporting organizations that positively impact our cities. As part of our 2015 focus on youth and kids, your Gift Card contributions will help Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and other like-minded enterprises as they literally change the world.

For a closer look at how one Northwest-based charity transforms lives via a quintessential childhood experience, keep reading.

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What to Get the Ones You Love for Valentine’s Day

Sure, that’s easy. Just follow the link to: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone

(Or, take our LA crew’s lead and go for something short and sweetly sexy like the romper shown here from BCBGMAXAZRIA.)

GIF image by Andrew McLeod for Nordstrom | Styled by Alexandra Hartle | Hair & Makeup by Jessica Later | Art Direction by Rosemary Cassidy

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Gifted Giver: Crystal Nicodemus, our Global Trend Reporter

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.

Some people have insanely cool jobs, and we think our Global Trend Reporter, Crystal Nicodemus happens to be one of them. You probably know her best from our street style reports wherein she uses her keen eye at Fashion Week to snap the most inspiring looks, but did you know she actually does that all year long? This super-nice, super-talented Pacific Northwesterner travels to fashion capitals, music fests and random places the world over to stalk style locals and capture what’s trending globally with her trusty camera—and in the process, she gets style stalked herself. When not gallivanting abroad hard at work, Crystal is back at home in Portland spending time with her fiancé and hairless Sphinx, Wednesday—see more of Crystal’s world (mostly her grumpy cat) on Instagram.

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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 luckymag.com 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.

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Gifted Giver: Monica Khemsurov of Sight Unseen

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.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone as well-informed and in-the-mix as Brooklyn-based Sight Unseen cofounder Monica Khemsurov on your list, there’s every chance you’re stuck in the middle of that whole “what to give someone who has everything” conundrum. On the other hand, if someone like her has you on theirs, you’re psyched. As we kick off this new series, consider her words true gifting wisdom; the editor, writer, curator and design-world insider knows what’s now.

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