This is a wonderful time of year, but it's also a big pain for men who have no idea what their favorite woman wants for the holidays.
So on "The Early Show" Tuesday, style and trend expert Jenn Falik shared suggestions to give men some help!
Diamonds are always nice, but can of course get very pricey! Here are some beautiful, blingy alternatives:
AQUA BANGLE SET, $48
- layer on the bracelets
- brass, rhinestone and pearl
- available at Bloomingdale's
- set of 18
SHOSHANNA METALLIC BEAD FRINGE TOGGLE BRACELET, $59
- costume jewelry is all the rage right now
- these look very rich but are a total steal
AMERICAN LIVING FOR JC PENNEY, $50
- a lifestyle brand with timeless classic style
- costume jewelry with luxe feel
- everything is under $50
AROC URTU NECKLACES, $175 - 280
- Jewelry designer used to design for Harry Winston
- stones from beaches and rivers around the world that are combined with little gems (sapphires, rubies, etc)
- Many women said they wanted diamonds - which are expensive, but some of these pieces have diamond slices and black diamonds
- handcrafted / one-of-a-kind / conflict free gems
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JUDITH RIPKA FONTAINE HEART PENDANT, $350
- Really hot designer right now
- Definitely a splurge, but looks and feel like a canary diamond
- Sterling Silver, 18k Yellow Gold, Canary Crystal & White Sapphires
EVERYDAY INDULGENCES women wouldn't necessarily purchase or spend the money on for themselves
Women love makeup! They wear it every day, and everyone wants to look their best. But most women trek to the drug store to pick up their mascara or eye shadow and wouldn't necessarily think about spending the money on themselves as a treat.
STILA COLOR WHEEL EYE SHADOW PALETTE COLOR WHEEL, $38
- One-stop wonder
- 37 eye shadow shades, 2 double-ended eye shadow brushes, a mirror and a 16-page
- Look book with photos of models in the numerous color wheel looks
- Shades in the palette include purples, blues, greens, browns and grays cirled around a black shadow
$38 / (this is a $558 value if you bought all separate full size versions)
CHRISTIAN DIOR BLACK CANNAGE EYE PALLETE, $44
Christian Dior is one of the biggest names in designer fashion. This eye palette with the signature Dior charm is a great gift.
LAURA MERCIER LIP GLACE SET, $48
One things girls can never have enough of is lip gloss, and Laura Mercier is known for amazingly universally - flattering shades so she is sure to love this set
Also: Cashmere, cashmere and more cashmere! Nothing says luxury like cashmere. Many women wouldn't splurge on it for themselves, but, a cashmere "anything" makes it feel more special. Mom doesn't want socks, but cashmere booties -- that's another story!
CLUB MONACO CASHMERE SCARVES, $98
- love these multifunctional scarves - can be used as wrap, outerwear or scarf for almost any outfit
- super soft and many colors
JACLYN SMITH CASHMERE FOR KMART, $30
- 100% cashmere is 100% cashmere… So you don't have to spend an arm and a leg!
CUSTOMIZED SHOES FROM ENCHANTED SHOE BOX, $295
- this is a definite splurge but if your mom, wife, sister, daughter loves shoes… a customized one-of-a-kind pair to fit her personality is the ultimate gift
- pick a shoe and then select jewelry, gems, Swarovski crystals and/or feathers
- can even incorporate own heirloom jewelry for an extra special personal touch
ISABEL TOLEDO FOR PAYLESS, $45
- Shoes that are a steal
- Isabel Toeldo, creator of the First Lady's inaugural outfit designed these shoes exclusively for Payless that look like a million bucks, but are only $45.
- How cute would these look for any holiday or new year's party?
For many more gift ideas from Jenn, go to Page 2.
FOR WOMEN WHO ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH "STUFF"
Thinking outside the box and really personalize and customize a gift by giving them an EXPERIENCE…
PAMPERING AT A SPA
- SpaFinder Gift Certificates are accepted at over 5,000 spas around the globe (so you can your mom a mani / pedi from around the block or your wife a spa day during a vacation anywhere in the world))
- Can be used for any spa treatment of the recipient's choice such as relaxing massages, luxurious facials, sparkling mania/pedis… even a full day at the spa
SpaFinder's new Instant Gift Certificates are very popular as they can be printed or emailed for immediate delivery - perfect for last minute gifts.
SMART DESTINATION GO CARDS $47
- We heard one woman in the story say she'd love a trip to Europe… But for many people, a big international trip is out of the question…. However….
- Offer admission to an unlimited number of attractions for one highly discounted fixed price - It's like all you can eat sight-seeing!
- Can literally save hundreds of dollars on activities in most major cities.
- Are the most fun, affordable and hassle free way to experience the country's top vacation destinations - It's like the whole city on a gift card!
- Make an exciting, unique and budget-friendly holiday gift for fun-loving women - You give the gift but they have the fun of choosing what they want to do
- Include admission to a wide range of female and/or family-friendly attractions including a mix of culture, shopping, entertainment and educational activities and every destination's list of "must-see attractions" - There are activities for every type of traveler!
- Start at just $47 and are available in more than 14 destinations including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, New York City, and Oahu.
- Even a great deal if you're not traveling across the country but maybe doing some day-trips in the city closest to you!