The Maven Gift Guide for 2021

Well, well, well.

It's sure been a hot minute since I've written anything here. I've been busy with work and my column over at the Ageist, which I'm incredibly excited about and grateful for. It's been a crazy couple of years, but thank goodness, life is good. I hope you are feeling the same, and since the holidays are my absolute favorite time of year, I wanted to give you a quick list of feel-good gifts, maven style. Just some stuff I'm loving this year that I hope you love too. It's been a rough stretch for all and we're not out of the woods yet, but gifting is a joy and a blessing. In fact,  just being in a position to gift is a gift so let's do this.

First up, this sweatsuit from Sunday Forever is just the absolute MOST. I know we are all tired of wearing sweats but are we really? I'm sure you can find it in your cozy hearts to purchase one more set, and this one is the comfiest and cutest one around. Plus, the pockets in the pants are magical. Just trust me on that—cute fit, not Oompa Loompa, and super soft. I'm obsessed.

Second, I have written about this many times, but I've been shopping for a new robe, and the truth is, nothing compares to my beloved Natori Shangri-La robe. It's the perfect weight for morning rituals and looks chic, and is so very soft. I'm not a fluffy robe type, so I love that this one is light enough but cozy. It's so so good. And at under 100 bucks, a reasonable price. It's a must-have and makes my list every year.

Third, an oversized puffer from Uniqlo's collab with Jil Sander. This one is hands down the chicest thing, and it's an excellent gift for yourself or someone who needs a little warmth. Winter is here, friends. Dress accordingly.

Fourth, I dig these ankle weights from Equipt for home workouts and beyond. Vegan, cool-looking, and somehow sleeker than the Bala version, which I also love, but these feel more seamless during all of those box lunges I do over at the Salt Drop (shout out to Dino Malvone for creating my fav workout of all time).  Maybe gift a month or two of Salt Drop for yourself or someone you love? Nothing beats shaking your butt. My ya yas have never been happier.

Fifth, my Hinoki obsession knows no bounds. Currently, I am burning the most lovely Hinoki candle from Heretic Parfum. It's warm and somehow spiritual, and I love burning it when working out or simply working. It's such a clean and sophisticated scent, with top notes of cedar and lots of yummy hinoki at the heart and notes of labdanum and sandalwood. Also, their limited edition Hinoki body oil is perfection and a wonderful indulgence. And the bottle is so pretty. 

Sixth, a newish comer for me in terms of brands to watch is Kule. I went to their Rock Center pop-up, and oh, what fun. Stripes. Wit. A preppy, tomboy vibe. Check, check, and check. My pick for stocking stuffers is a fun pair of socks or go a little extra with a fun tote. How can I not love the Oy Vey version for a Hanukkah gift? Bonus points for the wonderful sweater selection, too.

Seventh, Wagwear, a favorite dog brand of mine, sells for Black Friday of 25 percent off sitewide. I love their fisherman sweaters and just got little K a navy blue one. They are soft and easy to put on, and I love them.

Eighth, I got a note in my inbox from the artist Jane Kirby, who does lovely beauty illos but is doing family illustrations and pet illustrations for the holidays. What a wonderful gift, and I love her style. Such a personal and meaningful present.

Ninth, a velour jumpsuit from Suzie Kondi. Expensive? Indeed. But so wearable and fun and gives off new school Juicy Couture vibes. I love the one with the Lurex thread. So good.

Tenth, I would go with a cool sweatshirt from Rowing Blazers for the man on your list. Such a cool vibe, and if he's a NY fan, the Knicks sweater is so good. Lots of fun stuff on sale for men and women, ps.

Ooh, and one more for the beauty babes in your life. This body plane from Esker is so cool looking and gently exfoliates. Use it post-shower or bath after applying oil or lotion. It's such a lovely ritual and delivers for those seeking smooth skin.

I'm hoping you love this round-up as much as I do. Incidentally, I want to show up here more, so thank you for reading. This Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for still having that creative spark and all the amazing people in my life who inspire me each and every day. Love you all and a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. Eat all the things and drink all the things and have the best time. Let the holiday season begin! XO