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Trends in Gifting


If you are up on the latest trends when it comes to shopping for yourself, it makes perfect sense to want to keep your close ones outfitted in equally popular attire. Surprising to some, trends don't always start and stop with clothing. The 'tragically hip' have the latest up-to-the-minute styles when it comes to home décor, accessories, audio equipment, fad foods and more.

Sometimes it seems that giving a trendy gift can give you credibility when someone opens a present that is endorsed by a current magazine or a popular talk-show host.

It seems that if there is a 'hype' or 'buzz' around your gift by shoppers and media types; then it's likely your gift recipient will share this enthusiasm.

Key trends that will influence gift giving during the fall and winter seasons are:
  • Simplicity
  • Organization/streamlining
  • Shopping via alternate means (online and catalog)
  • Nesting
  • Burning your own CDs (Everybody's a DJ)
  • Handwritten correspondence on personalized stationary
  • Focus on health and fitness
  • Luxury items for pets
Trends in Colors
  • Pale aqua
  • Amethyst, lilac and violet
  • Apple green
  • Pink
Trends in Products
  • Gourmet hot chocolate
  • Organic junk food
  • Australian or South African wine
  • Low-carb chocolate
  • Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • Handmade old-fashioned Caramels
  • Revival of martini making kits (and other bar staples)
Trends in Fashion
  • Ponchos (cable knit; lambs wool)
  • Vibrant opaque tights
  • Brooches
  • Tweedy ladylike jackets with a twist
    (de-constructed edges, contrasting trim or a velvet ribbon)
  • Contemporary jewelry with single-word declarations: hope, peace, believe...
  • Silver chains with logo tags
  • Fabric floral corsage pins
  • Leopard print accessories (do they ever go out of style?)
  • Fitted stripe oxford shirts (borrowed from the boys, but distinctly feminine)


  • Sharkskin oxfords
  • Denim Jacket by 5EP (Five Easy pieces)
  • Solid dress shirts with a thin cashmere striped sweater
  • Liberty-style prints
  • Punk plaid
  • Malo Cashmere socks
  • Victorinox Travel Gear TX-24 suitcase
  • Asprey Cashmere scarf
  • Ermenegildo Zegna reversible leather belt


  • Jewelry Activity Kit (floating bracelets/ necklaces)
  • Surfer board shorts
  • Hipster Flare Jeans - American Eagle
  • Teen Ugg Boots
  • Mini Skirts with ruffles
  • Studded belts
  • Trucker hats
  • Army inspired patterns (especially cargo pants)
  • Puma shoes
  • Track Jackets
  • Wraps or Shawls
  • Layered Tees
  • Watches in bright colors with thick leather bands
  • One-shoulder backpacks (with monogramming)
  • Leather bracelets (for boys or girls)
  • Charm bracelets
Trends in Personal Care
  • Bronzing powders
  • Lavender everything
  • Engraved ladylike compacts
  • Origins Ginger Body Scrub
  • SubarBath cubes (effervescent crystallized sugar cubes for the bath)
  • Klein-Becker StriVectin-SD Eye Cream
  • Philosophy's Little Piggies Foot Kit


  • Bigelow Apothecaries
  • Kiehl's
  • Aesop
  • Face Stockholm
  • Jurlique foaming facial cleanser
  • Go Smile tooth whitening system
  • Dr. Hauschka rejuvenating Mask
  • Malin + Goetz shaving cream
  • Burberry Aftershave balm


  • DuWop Lip Venom
  • Adidas 'Adrenaline' perfume(for him)
  • Hair extensions (ponytail pieces)
  • Blue eyeshadow
  • MOP Pomade
  • Bratz Beauty Book of Shadows
  • Helen of Troy Hair Diffuser
  • Tony & Tina facial glitter
  • Eye Candy (from Hard Candy)
  • Wet 'n Wild MegaPump Glitter Gel
Trends in Home Decor
  • Red Flower candles
  • Embroidered linens
  • Monogrammed flatware
  • Chandeliers
  • Floor throw pillows
  • Fleece throws in vibrant hues (desert orange, cinnamon, apple green and canary yellow)
  • Zen chunky coffee table
  • Tocca votive candles
  • Geometric shelving
  • Hardcover books (classics)
Trends in Appliances & Electronics
  • IPod Mini (order ahead: it's a long wait)
  • The Ultra Heart and Sound soother (Sharper Image)
  • Speech Guard translator (3000 phrases; multiple languages)
  • GPS Garmin Forerunner 201 (for runners on the go)
  • Motorola A630 Flip phone (keyboard, screen, digital camera & Internet)
  • Motorola E398 Cell (MPEG4 movies, digital camera with flash)
  • Roomba Discovery iRobot (robotic vacuum)
  • FrancisFrancisX1 Espresso machine
  • Powershot SD10 Digital Elph camera
General Trends
  • Journals
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Custom praise word stickers
  • Rescue-oriented toys (firefighter trucks, outfits, etc)
  • Desk Toppers name plates
  • 'Disney Afternoon' DVD series
  • Animal Imagery on clothing
  • Dr. Scholl's Kids' Shoes (fun patterns)
  • Candle Light Lamp (paint lamps to match kids' rooms)
  • Yoga Kids' Video (safe moves to strengthen and improve coordination)
  • Race Car Graphics on Clothing


  • Seatsack or Lovesac (like a bean bag/ perfect for hanging out & slumber parties)
  • Boyfriend Pillow (for studying)
  • Roxy Skateboards
  • Anything Spiderman (lunch pails, folders, back packs, etc)
  • Sketcher shoes
  • Lap Desk (from Pottery Barn)
  • Flokati Rugs
  • Fishnet canopy bedding
  • Hello Kitty beach-cruiser bicycle
  • Fake Tattoos (Body Art, Henna)
Gift ideas & Images
  • Kiehl's Moisturizer available at Barney's New York.
  • Living room zen furniture from Pottery Barn
  • PETCO luxury pet items
  • Camouflage cargo pants from Old Navy
  • Yoga instruction books from Barnes & Noble
  • Customized facial from
  • Seven jeans from Saks Fifth Avenue
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