Fashion & Footwear December 5th, 2016

These Treasured Holiday Gifts Come Without The Stress

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Lucky for you, it comes with the pressure of gift giving. And cheers of glee roar from no one. Ever.

Of course, nobody purposely ventures into this annual tradition of holiday shopping expecting to be pressured, full of anxiety and totally stressed out. (Or do they?) In fact, every year, most of us resolve it to be different than the previous year; stress-free this time.

We say we’re going to start earlier, buy more thoughtful items, and give with less guilt (meaning those so-called friends, who never return texts or emails until they need something, just won’t make the list this year). Sounds good, however, somewhere between secret Santas, office gift exchanges, new in-laws and those ever-so-hard-to-please loved ones, anxiety once again rears its ugly head.

Well, this year, you can officially relinquish that stress-queen crown! Step down from your role as traumatized, nerve-wracking holiday shopper! Zappos.com, representing thousands of top brands of shoes, clothing, bags and accessories online, has everything you need to keep you happy, worry-free and shining brightly in the eyes of others as Santa’s little helper.

Let me highlight just a few of our bags and accessories to give you an idea of how much fun and hassle-free this can be for you.

First of all, who knew that a brand so capable of giving your feet the most comfortable experience ever could re-create that same amazing encounter for your hands? UGG’s Shorty Smart Fabric Gloves w/ Short Pile Trim, with its inner ultra-soft lining of Australian lamb shearling, will surely make someone on your list know they’ve been far from naughty and ever so nice!

Next, here’s how you can brighten someone’s holiday. Literally! What a contrast they’ll create against nature’s white snowy backdrop when they top off their outerwear with this bright and colorful Crochet Knit Oblong Scarf from San Diego Hat Company®. This 100% acrylic scarf has colorful weave throughout and thick tasseled edges.

And because you know what's really on her mind, you surprise her with a Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace. This 14 karat gold plated over brass necklace holds a one-of-a-kind imported pendant with varying color patterns. Customers have already been raving about its versatility. Its daintiness is perfect for everyday wear and its sparkling effect accents dressier outfits quite nicely.

Now, you can’t allow that beautiful necklace to go solo, can you? These stunning imported Kendra Scott Dee Earrings are just the ticket to pull that special person’s outfit all together. Just like the necklace, the earrings are 14 karat gold plated over brass, have faceted center stones and are offered in lots of colors. Simply gorgeous.

Looking for a more low-key type of necklace? Check out the Dogeared Karma Necklace 16 inch. Quite amazing how it makes such a bold and confident statement while barely being seen. Its chic “karma-ness” (of course I know that’s not a word), whether in sterling silver or gold-dipped sterling silver, emits a peaceful kind of balance.

Here’s one that comes with a warning. You got to be careful when you purchase this Fossil Piper Toaster Crossbody purse for that lucky person on your list. With leather that is among the softest you’ve ever felt, and other neat features, like a dual zipper closure, long crossbody strap, numerous interior pockets and Fossil logo hardware, you just may end up keeping this gift for yourself! And why not? You deserve it! So, go ahead and put two of these purses in your shopping cart. After all, there are seven different colors and designs for this one style of handbag. In fact, why stop at two? Take care of your entire list! Now, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Last but not least, who wouldn’t love a super adorable yet grown up classy charm bracelet? This holiday version of Alex and Ani Charity By Design Gingerbread Man II is steeped in storybook nostalgia with its gingerbread charm. Historically, spices like ginger and nutmeg were traded from India, making them a rare and precious treat for the holidays, lending to the gingerbread-holiday connection. What makes this an even more valuable gift is the fact that ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price from each Gingerbread Man Charm sold between October 2016 and February 2017 to Blessings in a Backpack, a program designed to feed underprivileged children. Everyone wins with this purchase!

So, there you have it! Hopefully, this gives you a little boost to get you in the spirit of giving. As with the Fossil purse, the only problem I can see in shopping at Zappos.com this holiday season is that all the items in your cart could end up being for you! That wouldn’t be all bad. After all, receiving a gift is a great stress reliever, isn’t it? And you did resolve to be stress-free this year, didn’t you? Case closed.