One site that always comes out with tons of guides is Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. If you haven't heard of the website, it's an upper-class site full of expensive products, restaurant and travel suggestions, and tips for staying mindful and fashionable.
Each year, Goop releases extravagant gift guides for different types of people. Their gift suggestions range anywhere from less than $50 to over $90,000 (would a trip to the moon be a stocking stuffer or...?). This year, I decided to tackle three of their guides- the Wanderer, the Ridiculous (and Awesome), and the Dude- and try to find affordable options for a few gifts that I think are thoughtful and clever. I hope you enjoy!
Mini Backpacks are huge this year, and for good reason! They're really handy for holding everything that a purse would, without the struggle. I love the sleek look of the Loeffler Randall bag, and couldn't believe how similar the Zara bag was!
Goop: Loeffler Randall Mini Backpack ($395)
Gretch: Zara Backpack with Foldover Flap ($29.90)
Card CaseA few years ago, I traded my normal, huge wallet in for a card case. It's so much easier to swap between bags, and slip into my pocket now. Plus, it forces me to keep it clean! I love the interesting print of the Valentino case, and the Marc Jacobs one has the same graphic impact for a fraction of the cost.
Goop: Valentino Camouflage Leather & Canvas Card Case ($195)
Gretch: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sophisticato Leopard Print Lina Card Case ($68.60)
Flight KitFor the friend who travels a lot, I think this would be a great gift! Sephora is always coming out with travel kits and amazing value packs. This one is full of skin care goodies and would be perfect for travel. I also love the idea of making your own travel kit- just get a quart bag and fill it with mini products, headphones, and an eye mask. Done!
Goop: Goop Flight Pack ($185)
Gretch: Sephora Skin Wonderland ($68)
The Ridiculous (and Awesome) Gifts
Gold Nail PolishWho wouldn't want a gift in gold? While the Formula X nail polish doesn't come in a gorgeous bottle, the formula is absolutely terrific and one of my favorites. Both of the polishes look very similar on the nails, so save some money and go the cheaper route!
Goop: Dior Diorific Vernis in State of Gold ($28)
Gretchen: Formula X in Temptation ($10.50)
Water FilterStaying hydrated is always a good thing, and now you can give someone a stylish way to drink their water! I love the modern look of the Soma pitchers (available at Target). They're sleek and are SO much cheaper than the one recommended by Goop.
Goop: Aquaovo Ruby Water Filter ($1,100)
Gretch: Soma Water Filter Carafe ($49.99)
Survival KitI actually love the idea of getting someone a survival kit. This may not be the most romantic or fun gift, but it's very important and something that you might not think to buy for yourself. Dan and I are actually in the process of putting together our own survival kit, and I'll be writing a post about this in the future. With all the tragedies we see on a weekly basis now, it's a good idea to be prepared in case the worst happens.
Goop: Just One Eye Standard Survival Kit ($12,500)
Gretch: Emergency Zone Bug Out Bag ($119)
This is another non-romantic gift, but a really great idea! I know that Dan always complains about there not being enough light in our apartment, so I think he would love getting a lamp. I like the Target lamp so much- marble is really in style right now, but it's so basic that it will look great in any style living room or bedroom.
Goop: Paul Smith Desk Lamp ($240)
Gretch: Target Copper Desk Lamp ($50)
Perpetual CalendarCalendars are always a great gift idea, and what's better than a clock that doesn't expire? Perpetual clocks are so cool because they can be used year after year. Both of these versions are really stylish and would look really cool in a cubical or home office. I really like the cheaper version, and I know Dan would geek out about the engineering behind the design!
Goop: Formosa Wall Calendar ($275)
Gretch: MoMA Small Perpetual Calendar ($32)
SweaterNo one really likes getting clothes for Christmas, but it's usually inevitable that you'll receive at least one sweater. If your guy is anything like Dan, he wouldn't know the difference between a $20 and $200 sweater, and would be really upset if I spent that much on a single article of clothing. LL Bean's clothes are such great quality and come with a lifetime warranty, so I know he would appreciate this sweater a lot. It's such a basic style and color, and he can enjoy the softness of the cotton/cashmere blend.
Goop: Steven Alan Accent Sweater ($140)
Gretch: LL Bean Cotton Cashmere Sweater ($39.95)
I hope you all enjoyed this post! It was fun to put together a gift guide and try to find cheaper alternatives to the suggestions from Goop. Have fun shopping, but don't forget to join REI and #OptOutside on Black Friday (I know I will!)
Where do you usually look for the best gift guide?
Bloggers- are you making gift guides? Please link because I love to read them!
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