Our Guide to 2014 Holiday Gift Guides + Black Friday Sales

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Especially when it comes to saving a ton of money at your favorite retail stores. Browse the gift guides, and get your discount codes organized, because Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday is upon us!

Step 1: Check out the pre-selected gifts at your favorite retailers and add your favorites to your shopping cart:

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Nordstrom
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Kate Spade

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C. Wonder
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SHOPBOP
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Ann Taylor
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Sole Society
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Step 2: Don’t forget the discount codes! Use the following codes to ensure you get the best possible price while shopping this weekend:

Ann Taylor – 50% off your entire purchase. Online Only. Use code: THANKS

J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles and extra 40% off sale styles.* Use code: HOLIDAY

Tory Burch - Holiday Sale Event. Save 20-30%. Use code: LUCKY

Shopbop - Take up to 25% off your order with code: GOBIG14

Don’t forget the Kate Spade Surprise Sale is up to 75% off (but the good stuff goes quick!) and Nordstrom is offering up to 40% off thousands of items.

Happy Shopping!

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Black Friday Came Early This Year! Shop Early Deals:

C. Wonder is offering 40% off ‘Every Little Thing’ PLUS free shipping on orders $100+  (in stores + online thru Monday 12/1)

Some of our favorite finds (trust us, there’s plenty to pick from!):

From the ‘Bring it Home‘ Section:

From the ‘Comfy & Cozy‘ Section:

From the ‘Make it Personal‘ Section:

ModCloth‘s ’Beyond Black Friday’ Sale is offering 50% off 100′s of NEW items – while they last!

Some of our favorite ModCloth Sale Picks:

*PS, how adorable are the ModCloth product names? Cupcake Competition Dress? Snug at Your Heartstrings Cardigan?

Several sale items to be found in the ModCloth Home & Gifts section, too:

These ‘vintage’ European maps = adorable, affordable wall decor. I’ve never seen a better deal on them – now 3 for $12.

Nordstrom has published a sneak peek at Black Friday.
Details: Shopping starts online a day early – Thursday, Nov. 27!

And, they’ve already discounted a ton of items (15,320 women’s items, to be exact)!
The current Nordstrom Women’s Sale offers 40% off Women’s Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories.

Our Picks:

P.S. We just heard that Saks Fifth Avenue has launched a Thanksgiving Sale – offering up to 60% off select styles.

~Happy Holiday Shopping!

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Gift Guide: The GOLD Edition

True Life: we’re obsessed with all things shiny and gold. So it’s no surprise that we’ve rounded up our favorite gold gift ideas:

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1. The Legend Ring by Coordinates Collection @ Charm & Chain (Sign up for the email for 10% off!) Personalize with your own latitude and longitude to create a cherished keepsake.

2. The Wishbone Ring Holder @ Shopbop – A new lucky charm to hold onto your favorite rings!

3. Giftable Passpost Case in Gold Metallic @ FOSSIL - Book your tickets & travel in style!

4. Tory Burch Chevron Drop Earring {on sale for $66.50!) @ Tory Burch - ’Adds chic architectural interest to any look!’

5. Jonathan Adler Holiday Hearth Candle @ Waiting on Martha – It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!

6. Kate Spade New York Skinny Mini Bow Stud Earrings @ Piperlime - Bows on lobes!
(Hmmmmthat doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Bows on Toes,’ now does it?)

7. Plaza Number Necklace by Lulu Frost @ Neiman Marcus - If you have an extra $900 laying around ~ definitely buy three!

8. Sparkling Champagne Water Bottle by S’well @ Shopbop – Contain Yourself! You can now keep a beverage hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours and look glamorous while doing it!

 But wait, there’s mooooooooore!

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1. Spikey Firefly Necklace (Get 30% off with code: GETFESTIVE) @ JCrew -  ‘Add instant twinkly magic to an evening look’

2. C. Wonder Stag Bottle Stopper @ Shopbop – It’s the sculpted gold tone deer bottle stopper you’ve been looking for!

3. Kate Spade ’Tied Up’ Drop Earrings @ Nordstrom - ’Girly bows bathed in 14-karat gold and sparkling crystal teardrops…’

4. Bobbi Brown ‘Beige Shimmer’ Brick Compact @ Nordstrom - Every glimmery neutral hue you could ask for!

5. Kate Spade New York ‘Secret Garden’ Mixed Stone Stud Earrings @ Nordstrom - Very versatile. Much glam. Ultra gifty.

6. Personalized State Pendant Necklace by Moon and Lola @ Neiman MarcusShow your state some ♥!

Stay Golden,

Marty

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Gift Ideas – Nordstrom & Nordstrom.com

I went to Nordstrom last weekend (to try on bridesmaid dresses for my friend Carrie’s wedding — we ♥ the Jenny Yoo ‘Annabelle’ Convertible Tulle Column Dress BTW!) and it confirmed what I thought to be true — stay out of Nordstrom ‘til next year. There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friends. Instead, shop Nordstrom.com in the comfort of your own home.

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I’ve spent WAY to much time on their site today sorting through potential gift picks, so I figured I’d share my top picks (and potentially save you some time!).

This year, they have gift picks sorted by recipient and price, making it easier to dig through their 1,000s of items. Choose from: Gifts for Women / Gifts for Men / Gifts for Juniors / Gifts for Kids / Gifts for Home.

I’ve successfully gotten through ‘Gifts for Women,’ and pulled out some of my favorites:


What’s at the top of your holiday shopping list this year?

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Target Black Friday Deals – 2014 Preview

It’s been a tradition of ours to roll into Target during the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday.

Not necessarily because we need anything, but because:
A. Target is the best
B. We enjoy watching people in their pajamas ransacking towers of $2 DVDs

This year, Target is offering Black Friday Deals online all day Thursday, which is perfect, because I’m flying to Seattle for Thanksgiving and will have to forgo my typical 2:00am Target Run.

Whether you plan to hit your nearest Target store, or stay home in your yoga pants, the Black Friday preview on target.com provides all the info you need to pre-plan your shopping:

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You can even create a ‘Quick List’ tagging items to come back to on Black Friday. If any apparel catches your eye, add it to your Quick List, because it will be 40% off!

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Our Women’s Apparel picks include:

And the very best deal of all…
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10% off Target Gift Cards in-store and online from 6:00am – noon Friday only.

Did we mention there’s FREE SHIPPING on every order, too?

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Gift Guide: Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

Who doesn’t love something made just for them? Delight your family and friends with thoughtful gifts marked with their initials.

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A Monogrammed Luggage Tag from GiGi New York is perfect for the world traveler. Monogrammed Square Plates from C.Wonder marry fashion with function.
Jewelry is a keepsake that will be cherished for years to come – check out these Personalized Necklaces from Nordstrom. And while you’re at it — add a Monogram Jewelry Box.

The Croc-Embossed Clutches from GiGi New York look uber-chic when personalized with gold letters — as do the Mark and Graham trays — add a fun saying, your street name, or your surname. Continuing with the bar theme, an Acrylic Cocktail Tray and Shaker are perfect for outdoor entertaining, as is the Personalized Craft Beer Holder from Nordstrom.

Shop Our Personalized Gift Picks:

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Gift Guide: For the Homebody

I think we have all fantasized about a cozy weekend indoors.  The snow falls lightly outside being illuminated by street lights while the fire blazes indoors. Glass of red wine in hand, snuggling on the couch with your boyfriend under a thick, hand-knit blanket… Please tell me it isn’t just me who finds themselves thinking of situations like this? Being the homebody that I am, there are quite a few gift ideas sure to make everyone happy as they spend more time indoors during the winter. Here are just a few:

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1. What is better than a cup of tea on a chilly day? Add in some Netflix and you have the perfect relaxing day away from the cold. 2. I’ve basically been living in my blanket scarf since October. It’s so cozy and a perfect extra layer to wear around the house. 3. Your friend will have another reason to host a fun get together for you and your girlfriends – puzzle nights are surprisingly fun! 4. The second I get home and my shoes come off, my slippers come on. No better way to complete a cozy ensemble. 5. You know how much we love Pixie pants as an alternative to leggings! Your friend will appreciate a chic alternative to their lounging gear. 6. There is nothing I like better than lighting a candle and opening a good book. These are great because the scents are very fragrant and relaxing. 7. After you’ve had too many glasses of wine at puzzle night you can break out Apples to Apples for some more fun! 8. Slow cooker meals are so easy and will allow you to focus on making sure you get as much relaxation time as possible!

XO,

Laura

This post was brought to you by one of our best friends and an honorary JCR Girl, Laura!

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Happy Holiday Shopping Season! ~ J.Crew Gift Ideas

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It’s here (whether we’re ready or not)! In an effort to avoid shopping malls and make the holiday shopping experience as painless as possible, we’ve decided to organize a series of Gift Guides (at every price point) plus roundups of the best sales + deals at your favorite retailers.

We’ll kick things off with one of our all-time favorites, J.Crew.

If you live in a frigid climate like me, you’re likely looking for a cozy new coat with a feminine fit. Take advantage of holiday sales (Black Friday + Cyber Monday, in particular) to treat yourself to a new winter coat (or point Santa in this direction…)

The Chateau Parka

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The Chateau Parka comes in six luxurious colors and is made from J.Crew’s exclusive stadium-cloth wool (from Italy’s Nello Gori mill).
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I’ve also been a long-time fan of the J.Crew Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat.
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And you really can’t go wrong with the Classic Majesty Peacoat. I love the way the gold buttons pop on the navy version.
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This season, you can have some fun with saturated hues like Turquoise, Golden Sun, and Neon Electric Flame.
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If you’re shopping for a little crewcut, the Girls’ stadium-cloth peacoat with furry collar is as cute as can be!
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Need some boots, too? Get them at J.Crew (but hurry, these sell out quickly)!

If you’re in the market for some under $50 gift options, we recommend:

XO,

Marty

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Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Here’s a roundup of our favorite finds under $50 from Baublebar, Nordstrom, Sephora & Shopbop!

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Pave Arc Pendant – $34.00 // Back Me Up Mobile Charger by Ban.do - $30.00
Stila Sparking Rose Gift Set – $50.00 

NORDSTROM
Kendra-Scott-Alex-Drop-Earrings-Moon-Jade Kendra Scott ‘Alex’ Drop Earrings Maroon Jade - $44.00

 

Voluspa-Candles-Nordstrom VOLUSPA Candles – $8.00 – $50.00

 

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Buffalo Check Cheese Knives - $38.00  // Stag Bottle Stopper - $24.00
Bubbles Champagne Flute Glasses - $38.00 – C. Wonder

 

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Small Square Stud Earrings - $38.00 – Kate Spade New York

 

Thanks for checking out our Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: $50 and Under.
Stay tuned for more guides in the coming weeks. XO!

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Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: Fun, Quirky, and Handmade Gift Ideas

Now that it’s November, we’re getting into the gifting spirit. This is the first of a series of holiday gift guides featuring gift ideas representing a variety of styles and price points.

Here’s a roundup of our favorite fun & quirky gift ideas: TheJCRGirls-Quirky-Gift-Guide-2014-Collage

1. 2015 Travel the World Wall Calendar // 2. Cruise Ship Double Shaker | Pottery Barn // 3. Los Angeles Cosmetic Bag // 4. Happy Hour Glitter Coaster Set // 5. Gray Malin iPhone Case

No matter what climate you live in, these Gray Malin iPhone Cases will have you feeling sunkissed and summery all winter long. “You’ll be able to take a piece of the adventure along with you wherever your busy life takes you. Also, makes a great gift for your favorite jetsetter.”

And a few of our favorite handmade gift ideas (found on Etsy.com)!

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1. Handmade Natural Soap
2. C
hunky Cable Knit Infinity Scarf
3. 
Monogrammed Tie Bar
4. Knitted Boot Cuffs / Leg Warmers 

Etsy is a great spot for handmade gifts for everyone on your list. Not only is the variety fantastic, but you can feel great about supporting small, independent artisans and retailers. For winter, I love cozy knit accessories. As always, I’m a big fan of anything with a monogram. These simple, chic, personalized pieces of jewelry are at the top of my list.

What’s on your list this year?

XO,

The JCR Girls

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