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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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Gift-wrap Inspiration: Kirigami Fan + Card Sheath | Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom

We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

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Last-Minute Gifts From Nordstrom’s Olivia Kim and Her Dog Spy

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By Rajni Jacques and Brittany Adams for Elle

Photographer: Andy Ryan; prop stylist: Vanessa Barrantes; hair and makeup: Jezz Hill

Fear not, procrastinators! If you haven’t begun holiday shopping yet, there’s still time to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. We enlisted our supercool Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim—and her adorable French bulldog, Spy–for a lesson in one-stop shopping. “Spy is my secret weapon,” says Kim. “He’s a distinguished older gentleman who knows what he’s looking for and goes straight for it!”

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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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Here’s How to Create the Season’s Most Stylish Dinner Party (and Brunch, and More!)

There’s more to the season than the bold-face main events. Not to take away from the traditions and ceremonies that mean the most to you and your family, but wouldn’t you agree that the last-minute get-togethers and low-key shared meals that end up happening before and after are every bit as meaningful and special?

And aren’t the outfits just as good, too?

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Agazit Afeworki, SPACE sales associate from our Seattle flagship, styled by Nordstrom stylist Keara Matthiesen in a Comme des Garçons tee and Molly Goddard Grace skirt (Nordstrom exclusive) with Ashley Williams earrings. She holds wonderfully giftable zipper pouches from Undercover. Some items available in-store only; please call 1.888.282.6060 in the U.S. or 1.877.794.5304 in Canada for assistance. 

All images by Jessa Carter

We’re in favor of celebrating togetherness as often as possible, and we’re also in favor of looking at decor and party vibes in the same way we look at fashion: as a mix of classic motifs, artfully unearthed components and new, inventive spins on everything else. 

HERE’S HOW

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Treasure&Bond Purchases Give to Big Brothers Big Sisters this Holiday

We all know the holidays are a time for giving. But it’s pretty clear, from the countless commercials that start in October, this season is also about shopping and spending, sometimes a lot. Finding a personal and financial balance can be something of a struggle. Fortunately, this year, Treasure&Bond is making it a little easier to feel good about the gifts you give others–and yourself–with their latest giveback partnership.

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Photos by Manuela Insixiengmay

Continuing the brand’s tradition of philanthropy, this season the Americana clothier is donating 2.5% of net sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It’s nice to feel wholesome about the holidays–perhaps especially this year–and not only is Treasure&Bond’s impeccably crafted collection of casual clothes the perfect uniform for a household gathering of you and yours, but through January the label is also helping to foster bonds in communities. That’s pretty great.

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Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, told us: “These partnerships are very important; they help build awareness for our work. When customers see a Nordstrom and Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership, they have confidence in it because they respect both institutions.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Life Styled | How to Pimp Your Wreath

Fiori holiday wreaths

At this time in the season it’s a little late to commission a custom evergreen arrangement from a luxury florist. But ring a jingle bell, because the folks at floral design studio Fiori are angels: they’ve volunteered to show us how to dress up a store-bought fir circle with just a few easy tips.

Pomegranates, dried oranges, succulents and other wreath decorationsWhat you need:
A wreath, 26 to 28 inches wide
A spool of wired ribbon
Accents like pine cones, fruit, artificial flowers, succulents, glass ornaments, other foliage–pick things that go with the style of you home and the size of your door
20 or so pieces of six-inch wire
A 10 to 12-inch wire for a back fastener
A hot glue pot or gun
A wire cutter

1. Start with a simple green wreath that you can buy at many grocery or home improvement stores. Attach a wire or hanger to its back if there isn’t one already.

2. Collect some wares. Fiori’s creative director Leigh Grossman recommends wired ribbon with reversible sides. Six-inch wire pieces for fasteners. Camellia, magnolia and/or eucalyptus leaves add depth to the evergreen needles. Pinon cones are sturdy, earthy accents. Fruit, as well, can be used for color. Artificial or dried flowers add softness.

YOUR WREATH COMES FULL CIRCLE: HERE’S HOW

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Gifts for Her: You’ve Got a Match

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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