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November 29th, 2011 · Print Print

This might not be a secret to some of you, but I’m honestly obsessed with TJ Maxx this holiday season!  You guys have probably already seen the amazing deals I’ve scored there on Sugarlaws (this Calvin Klein top was $49, these heels that I’ve worn to death were $39, and I was lucky enough to find them in grey too)! 

With 10,000 new items arriving in each store every week, you don’t have to worry that everything will be picked over by the end of the holiday season!  Avoiding holiday crowds and scoring amazing deals on current-season clothes, accessories and gifts?  Yes please.

But this time of year, I’m not thinking about shopping for myself — I’m thinking about all the people on my Christmas lists!  I’ve put together a few ideas for a few of my most important friends and family, and then I’m going to take you guys on a shopping trip through TJ Maxx and Marshalls to find the perfect gifts for each one (and maybe something for me along the way too)!

So here’s what I’m thinking so far:

My Sister: Emily is almost the easiest person to shop for, because I generally just pick out something I’d love and give it to her!  (Ok, sometimes I buy an extra one for myself and then we get to be twins when we wear them together)!  She’s really into jewelry, and I love the jeweled bracelets in the bottom left photo above for her!  And at 60% off retail prices, I can get her a whole stack.

My Parents: This is always the toughest!  My parents have great taste, which makes them tricky to shop for, but I’m always safe when I get them something beautiful for their home!  I adore these copper pots for decoration and for cooking — dishes like meringues come together so much better when you whip them in a copper pot, so these are functional and gorgeous!

Calvin and Coco: Obviously, my dogs need Christmas presents too!  I usually buy them an extra special rawhide or treat for the holiday, but I think this season I’ve got to pick up a cute little puppy outfit!  Here’s hoping they don’t chew it off too quickly!

Just-Engaged Couple: I love getting home decorations for people who’ve just gotten engaged or married, even if they already live together.  There’s something special about getting joint gifts for the home, but I always try to make sure anything I get has some personality too!  I love this winged piggy bank from Marshalls (how amazing is that?!) or a beautiful crystal serving dish or vase as an extra-special holiday present. 

Hostess Gifts: Holiday parties call for smaller gifts for the host or hostess, and I love to do something a little more fun than just bringing a bottle of wine.  TJ Maxx and Marshalls have amazing selections of European chocolates, special spices and olive oils, and beautiful wrapping papers to make them extra-special!  You’ll definitely get invited back next year.

New Babies: I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like my friends went into baby mode this past year!  I have so many newborns that I’m seeing over the holidays (can’t wait) and I always like to bring along a little something!  Both stores have an amazing selection of baby clothes and toys, at huge discounts! 

And even more fun… I want to know who you’re buying for this year!  Leave a comment below, tweet to me, or leave a question on the Sugarlaws Facebook page with your gifting dilemmas, and I’ll try my best to help out with some fun ideas!


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Nov 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

    That copper pot is gorgeous!  I would definitely scoop that up.  Can’t wait to see what you get!

    What about office-appropriate gift ideas?  I never know if I should get something for coworkers, secretaries, bosses, etc.  What do you think?

  • 2 Katy // Nov 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

    That’s a good one!  I actually almost put it on this list too.  A few thoughts on that:

    For coworkers, I love the idea of a cute holiday decorative item (think, ornaments for the tree, serving plates, or a beautiful vase) that doesn’t have to break the bank.  For your boss, the trick is to get something nice without looking like a suck-up who spent too much — a box of really good chocolate, a fancy candle or a picture frame are perfect.  Secretaries and support staff often get a cash gift around the holidays — so I’d be wary of spending money on a store-bought present until you figure out what the office customs are.  But everyone loves something small and pretty to make a cash gift a little more personal!

    And in a pinch, no one is going to say no to a plate of Christmas cookies!

  • 3 C // Nov 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Love TJMaxx.  Have you been to Ross?  They always seem to have the most fantastic Calvin Klein dresses.

    Suggestions for my hopefully-soon mother-in-law?  She dresses well and likes wine, but I have a tight budget.  I want to continue to make a good impression, but she seems to have anything she might need.  Any specific suggestions?

  • 4 katy // Nov 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    My in laws are tough too!  Does she have any favorite places, animals, etc?  For my mother in law, I’ve gotten her bulldog bookends (sounds weird, but they were cute) because she had a bulldog when Chad was young.  Or if they’ve recently done a fun trip, maybe a picture frame for one of their vacation photos? 

    For clothes, I think you can never go wrong with a sparkly or satin clutch in a basic color or a neutral — something she’ll get a ton of use out of and think of you when she does. :-)

  • 5 Whitney@somethingbroughtyouhere // Dec 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I have the hardest time buying for my in-laws. Especially my father in law. They literally already have EVERYTHING.

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