The most stressful part of the holiday season is finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Some people like X, others like Y, and just for the sake of making things difficult there's absolutely zero overlap in-between. That's why whenever I'm looking for gifts to give my loved ones, I always head over to Amazon.
Why Amazon? For one thing, there are tons of knockoffs I can choose from if I decide to be cheap — but for the people I really care about? I just check out all the brand names on Amazon. From Kenneth Cole to Coach and Nike, the sky is almost the limit with what you can find.
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But why go searching through the aisles yourself when I've rounded up the best of the brand-name best on Amazon for you? Frankly, I need other, better hobbies — but until I figure out how to build a birdhouse, scrolling through Amazon is all I've got.
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A Pair Of Ray-Bans With Polarized LensesRay-Bans can cost up to $200, but this pair is available for less than $140. The unisex frames look great on mine, and my boyfriend's faces (I got him a pair for his birthday last month), plus they're even shatter-resistant.
Everybody Needs At Least One Cocktail DressYou never know when a formal event is gonna pop up, which is why I keep this cocktail dress from BCBG around — just in case. The sleeveless cut means you don't have to worry about pit stains, and the bottom half flares for a cute skater look.
This Leather Jacket For Fall LayersMade from 100% vegan leather, this jacket from BB Dakota is perfect for styling up a plain top or tee. Choose from two colors: black or brown. View on Amazon
A Billabong Romper With A Stretchy WaistMy favorite part about this romper isn't just the bright colors — it also features an elasticized waist that fits just right, even after a big lunch.
A Pair Of Bootcut Jeans That Are Easy To FitI've found that Levi's are the most forgiving in terms of fit when it comes to shopping online, so why not grab this pair of boot cut jeans? The mid rise sits right at my waist, and unlike other jeans they fit true-to-size.
This Loose Tunic From Kenneth ColeWant to look put-together for your next Zoom call? Just throw on this Kenneth Cole tunic — pants are optional. Or, if you're in the mood for pants, just add some jeans and head on out the door to your next appointment.
This Travelpro LuggageNeed more packing room but still want a carry-on? Try this Travelpro 21-inch suitcase on spinner wheels that'll fit in the overhead compartment easily but lets you pack for at least a week. It has over 2,200 rave reviews for being lightweight but sturdy enough to handle being knocked around. And that dusty rose color!
These Dansko BootiesIf you know someone who's on their feet a lot, these Dansko booties are real foot-savers. They're as comfy as the clog version but a teensy bit more stylish if you want to wear the booties outside of work, too.
This Seiko WatchThis sleek Seiko watch looks just like the Cartier tank watch I've been drooling over for ages. It's a classic style that'll never go out of fashion, but looks totally modern at the same time. And it gets absolutely wonderful reviews - if you're in the market for a new everyday watch, I'd suggest this beauty.
These Cosabella Pajamas That Are Too SoftComfy pajamas are also a gift no one’s ever going to turn down. These Cosabella ones are a buttery mix of modal and cotton so they’re stretchy but breathable. I have a similar pair and could use another for when they’re in the wash. View on Amazon
This Kate Spade Handbag That'll Never Go Out Of StyleNo one does sleek, classy handbags like Kate Spade. This one is on the small side but is great for work, events, or everyday if you travel light. I love all the color combinations, from subtle to out there — and the price is pretty nice, too.
This Coach Tote For Less Than $150Another mom favorite, this Coach tote is an affordable luxury (less than $150!) she’ll love carrying everywhere on the daily. Also highly recommended for aunts, godmothers, grandmas, pretty much any special lady in your life! View on Amazon
These Paige Bootcut Jeans That Hug All The Right SpotsPaige does denim so well, and these bootcut jeans are a prime example. They make your legs look miles long, the fabric is thick and stretchy and they’re so high quality. I wear mine at least weekly, they’re the ones I reach for first if I’m putting on real pants! View on Amazon
This Fossil Bag Made From Real LeatherThis Fossil bag couldn’t be cuter with its leather and textile combination. It’s just the right dose of pattern to make it unique and stylish on casual days. I love the signature key accent, too! View on Amazon
These Ecco Sneakers You Can Wear Casually Or To The OfficeMy husband recently got these leather sneakers from Ecco to wear on casual work days - they're definitely more polished than running shoes and they look great with jeans or khakis. Eccos are so well-made and comfortable, and the price for certain colors and sizes of these is amazing.
This Michael Kors Watch In Chic Rose GoldI’m loving the mixed metals on this gold and rose gold Michael Kors watch that’s dressy enough for work and special occasions. Looks like I’m not the only one – this gorgeous piece has over 4,300 reviews raving about its great looks, quality and suitability for gifting! View on Amazon
I'm Absolutely In Love With These Sperry Saltwater BootsThese Sperry Saltwater boots are pretty much an essential in New England where I live, but they’re ideal for lots of other climates, too. They’re cozy enough to wear when the weather turns chilly in the fall and stays that way throughout the spring, and are especially good for mud season around here. Over 6,000 other happy reviewers concur! View on Amazon
Don't Need Boots? Grab These Birkenstock SandalsThe quintessential summer shoes, these Birkenstock sandals bring back amazing warm-weather memories just looking at them. This is the best price I’ve seen for them anywhere, and they come in a ton of colors to choose from. View on Amazon
This Fossil Crossbody That's Hard To LoseCrossbody bags are so great because they don’t get in the way when you need both hands to do something, and they aren't constantly falling down your shoulder. As a mom, I especially love them when wrangling the kids – I just sling it on then forget it! This leopard print crossbody from Fossil up everyday style with a pattern that’s basically become a neutral. View on Amazon
These Adidas Sneakers You Can Wear All Over TownAfter I read the over 22,500 rave reviews of these Adidas Cloudfoam running shoes I had to give them a try. They’re the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned, it really is like walking on a cloud! Plus they look great with leggings and yoga pants which I wear daily — I’m basically never taking these shoes off. View on Amazon
These Calvin Klein Pumps For Work And Formal EventsIf you need a good work or special event shoe, these Calvin Klein pumps can’t be beat. The 4″ heel makes your legs look a mile long but they’re cushioned enough to be comfortable to wear all day or night. 17 colors and patterns, too. View on Amazon
These Tommy Hilfiger Chinos For Your Everyday Casual LookAlong with a good pair of jeans, every guy needs a pair of chinos in his closet for business casual days or just looking presentable for a dinner out. These slimmer fit ones from Tommy Hilfiger aren’t baggy like a well-known brand favored by suburban dads everywhere, so they’re an updated cut to a classic style. View on Amazon
This Icebreaker Merino Tee For Lazy Days Around The HouseIn a similar vein as the wool socks above, I love a wool longsleeve tee layer under sweaters on really cold days, but especially when skiing or sledding with the kids. The merino isn’t itchy, wicks sweat well and doesn’t get stinky like synthetic fabrics can. This one’s even stylish enough to wear on its own. View on Amazon
These Dr. Scholl's Slip-Ons That Keep Your Feet SupportedIf you have any kind of foot problems but don’t want to wear orthopedic looking shoes (who does, really), try these Dr. Scholl’s leopard print slip-on sneakers. They are supportive and stylish at the same time, which isn’t always easy to come by! View on Amazon
These Kendra Scott Earrings That Are Almost Too CuteKendra Scott makes delicately beautiful jewelry like these filigree statement earrings that go with basically everything! I like how lightweight these are because often dangly earrings pull way too much on my ears to wear comfortably. Plus they’re gorgeous! View on Amazon
These Adidas Trackpants That Let You Work From Home In Comfy StyleTrack pants are so comfortable, but they can be really stylish, too. Case in point: these Adidas ones with a tapered leg so they don’t look shapeless and baggy. They come in some bright colors and some tamer ones, I like the classic black to go with all my athleisure wear. View on Amazon
This Swarovski Necklace That Goes With Any OutfitThis crystal solitaire Swarovski necklace is a classic that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. It adds the perfect touch of class to every outfit, and I love that this one is big enough to be noticed but not too big that it looks like costume jewelry. View on Amazon
This Vera Bradley PurseMoms love Vera Bradley – trust. This Vera Bradley purse has such a cute seahorse print, but it comes in a ton of other ones too. The quilted design is classic and iconic for the brand, along with the best patterns around. View on Amazon
These Converse Sneakers That You Can Even Wear With DressesConverse are just the sort of shoe that goes with everything — even dresses. They’re comfy, easy to wear and look great no matter what you’re doing. I like to rotate through the different colors of those I own, but I always come back to navy blue. View on Amazon
These Michael Kors Sunglasses For Chic Days Out And AboutIf you want to add some glam to your everyday look, slip on these Michael Kors sunglasses for effortless style. The lenses have a cool brown to peach gradient and gold striped details on the arms, plus they have a 5 out of 5 stars overall review score! View on Amazon
This J. Crew Sweater That's Cute And ComfyI love that you can get select J.Crew pieces on Amazon. You save so much on shipping! This cute gray polka dot sweater is nice for everyday or you can dress it up for the holidays since the dots are metallic silver, it’s a little special while not trying too hard. View on Amazon
These Men's Levi's JeansThese Levi jeans for men are a staple every guy should own. The cut of the 511 model is slim so they don’t look like Dad jeans, and they come in 40 washes! They even have a little bit of stretch so they’re not stiff at all. View on Amazon
This Schoolboy Blazer For Effortless StyleI love these J.Crew schoolboy blazers for work – just throw one on and you instantly look polished and ready to take on the world. The price on these ones are the best I’ve ever seen, time to stock up! View on Amazon
These Pajama Jeans That Look Like Real DenimMy husband is the kind of guy that thinks comfortable relaxing pants are jeans, which to this comfort-obsessed person seems like torture. I’m going to get him a pair of these pajama jeans so he can still pretend he’s wearing real ones but actually be comfortable! View on Amazon
This Backpack Set From MKPIf, like me, you’re more the backpack type, we’ve got you covered. This subtly patterned faux leather backpack is big enough to hold what you need, and it even comes with a little wristlet that you can use solo on days you’re traveling lighter. View on Amazon