December 2, 2013

Lysst: Holiday Gifts For Grown-Ups

Gift ideas for the adults in your life from Lyss Stern of Divalysscious Moms

By Lyss Stern

While shopping for the little ones in your life may take priority during the holiday season, moms and dads everywhere shouldn’t forget to treat each other (or even themselves) as they prepare to celebrate.

And to shop for little one, check out our toy guide here!

  • Tory Burch fragranceSimply scent-sational: If the mom in your life is a fan of Tory Burch’s signature ballet flats, sophisticated clothes, and chic handbags (and let’s face it—who isn’t?), she’ll absolutely love the NYC designer’s self-titled debut fragrance. Packaged in a beautiful bottle, this eau de parfum is a memorable blend of feminine and tomboy scents, with floral peony and tuberose mixing with crisp grapefruit and neroli. Vetiver and sandalwood add an earthy touch. $62-110,
  • diptyque Holiday Collection Candles LitGorgeous glow: There’s nothing like the perfect candle to give any home an infusion of holiday warmth. Diptyque—long regarded as the gold standard in candle chic—goes the extra mile with its stunning limited edition holiday candle collection, which includes three scents: Encens des Indes, a rich fragrance marked by myrrh and incense; Orange Chaya, a spicy blend that includes orange, cinnamon and ginger; and Écorce de Pin, a woodsy scent of pine and Japanese cypress. In addition to their intoxicating aromas, the candles themselves are works of art, adding a bright accent to any room. $32 each,
  • Bendel clutchesChic clutch: An oversized carryall is a must-have for daytime while running around with the kids or heading to work. But for any winter evening, a haute new clutch should be on every mom’s wish list, especially once the holiday party invites start rolling in. Henri Bendel’s satin Debutante slim asymmetrical clutch comes in a variety of terrific shades, from fiery chili to sunny topaz to versatile navy blue, so you’ll surely find a bag to suit any mama’s style. $150,
  • iomoi totePretty and personalized: Give mom something truly personal to match her unique personality. The preppy-chic tote by can be completely customized, from the size (it comes in three) to the design—we love this sweet chevron look, though there are hundreds to choose from—to the colors to the monogramming. $108-210,
  • caroleeB6364-5060Serious sparkle: Every mom needs a little sparkle in her wardrobe this season, and that’s why this striking bracelet by Carolee is the perfect stocking stuffer. Featuring gorgeous blue crystals, the California Girls chain bracelet will add something special to any outfit this winter, jazzing up jeans and a sweater on the weekend, giving some oomph to a lunch-with-girlfriends look or adding sizzle to a date night ensemble. $125,
  • Chantecaille setEye on beauty: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend—and so is Chantecaille’s Diamond eye shadow trio! Inspired by the rare elegance of colored diamonds, this limited edition palette includes three shades (Champagne Diamond, Onyx Diamond, and Cognac Diamond). Beauty mavens will love the palette’s hues as well as the shadows’ silky feel and non-creasing formula.$60,
  • bloomieslondon_undercover_beatles_umbrellas_blmRainy daze: Love we do! Any fan of the Fab Four will burst into song for one of London Undercover’s Beatles-themed large umbrellas. Available in “Help!” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” graphics, one of these polyester and beechwood styles is sure to brighten up any dad’s rainy day. $200 each,
  • GANT weekend bagIn the bag: There’s no better gift for dads who travel than GANT’s great canvas weekend bag. Whether it’s for work or play, a weekend getaway is pleasantly packable with this handsome bag, which is lightweight, roomy and, easy to carry with an adjustable leather strap. It’s also eye-catching, of course, with its neutral green color, classic shape, and tan leather accents. $375,
  • Men's-Socks-1Sock it to me: Keep his tootsies toasty this winter with PACT’s holiday gift set, which includes three pairs of crew socks in standout prints in shades of orange, gray, and blue. Not only are these socks cozy, they’re also eco-friendly, made with organic cotton and vegetable-based ink in processes powered by wind  energy. $24.99,
  • Cycle in style: Just because the temps are low doesn’t mean some brisk biking with the family can’t be in order. The dad in your life will ride easy—and stand out from the pack—with Martone Cycling Co.’s fashionable red Gramercy Bike. The 31-pound bicycle features a steel alloy frame with a built-in basket, 28-inch tires, stainless steel spokes, and Road Caliper brakes, making it the perfect choice for both city and country cycling. $999,
  • Tartan tidings: Get into the holiday spirit with a jaunty plaid bow tie from Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont. The classy Kit bow tie is handcrafted in the Green Mountain State and made from the finest woven silk. Talk about a distinguished stocking stuffer to put a final flourish on the season of festivity. $49,
  • Tied up: Whether he wears a tie on a daily basis or just for special occasions, a new tie from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift for any dapper dad. Available in a variety of bold prints—including classic stripes and cheeky yet modern prints and patterns—each silk and cotton tie is 3 inches wide and 57 inches long. $95 each,

Lyss Stern is the founder of DivaLysscious Moms and co-author of best-selling book If You Give A Mom A Martini: 100 Ways To Find 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself. She is also an Upper East Side mom of two, and expecting her third child in 2014.

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