The OC Gift Giving Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love to give gifts to all the special people in my life and want to share my favorite gift ideas with you! Here are my go-to presents no matter what your budget is:



Jewelry is such a meaningful gift because it is something you can wear all the time and think of the person that gave it to you. I like to get friends fun jewelry from brands like Kendra Scott and Pandora. A charm bracelet or necklace can be a great gift because you can keep adding to it with new charms each year. A great pair of earrings like the Sophia or a necklace like the Elisa are perfect as well! Sometimes fine jewelry can be an amazing gift for someone really special. I love pretty much everything from the Messika collection and when it comes to earrings, my go to is Bulgari! I’m also really into wearing multiple dainty rings right now. All of the rings from Adina’s Jewels are perfect for mixing and matching!

A gift card is also perfect for the Kendra Scott Color Bar! You can make custom jewelry pieces and the experience would make for a perfect day out with your BFF. – $-$$$


There’s really nothing better than a beautifully fragrant home, so a soothing candle makes for a great gift. Two of my favorites are Figue 15 by Le Labo and Baies by Diptyque. – $$

One thing that I think is perfect for those of you who want to splurge is the Le Labo home diffuser! I was given this as a gift and honestly it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever received. It’s so unique and I find myself using it every day! – $$$$


Books! I absolutely love reading and find myself spending most of my time being captivated in beautiful literature. A few of my favorites are:

  • What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey – $
  • A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson – $
  • The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav – $

Personalized Donuts

For something casual and inexpensive I love getting people personalized letter donuts from California Donuts! Not only are they so freaking cute but they’re also delicious! – $

For those of you who don’t live in LA, Baked by Melissa is another great option for gift sweets and they offer nationwide shipping! – $

Marled x Olivia Culpo

For my fashionistas, I love getting them clothes that fit their style. There’s so many amazing pieces from my new collection with Marled that would make great gifts! – $-$$

Spa Treatment

Spa treatments are always great gifts! They allow the receiver to treat themselves and relax. This could be something as simple as a mani/pedi, or a full spa day treatment with a massage, facial, steam room, tea time, and whatever else they need to unwind – $-$$$$

Silk Robe

Something that would be great to gift alongside a spa treatment is a silk kimono robe from Intimissimi! I love giving gifts that go hand in hand with each other and this will most definitely elevate their spa experience. It’s also something that they can keep for years to come! – $$


Experiences! I love giving people I love the opportunity to go on an excursion or do an activity. Some things experiences I’ve gifted before are:

  • Wine tasting
  • Concerts
  • Sporting events
  • Daytime boat rentals


Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For the jetsetter in your life, the JBL noise canceling headphones! JBL has a great selection and they are super state of the art – $$

Travel & Travel Accessories

As many of you know I absolutely love to travel so a destination gift is always something that I love to give. Something that is perfect for the holidays is a ski trip or a beach vacation depending on the receiver! I personally love Aman and Dorchester hotels for a really splurge worthy trip.

If that’s too out of the budget, a nice luggage set is also an amazing gift. I’m actually giving a few friends the Jen Atkin x CalPak luggage set! – $$-$$$$

Photo Albums

I love anything personalized, so photo albums make a perfect gift for someone that you’ve shared special moments with. I also love them because it’s something that you can hold on to and revisit for many years to come. – $

A Birkin

If you have the opportunity to absolutely splurge on someone, you can never go wrong with a classic Birkin bag. In my opinion, it’s the most iconic handbag in fashion history. It’s a treasure that your loved one will cherish for a very long time and can hand down to future generations. – $$$$


I absolutely love stocking stuffers! Some of my personal favorites are:

  •  The Nurse Jamie Uplifting Massaging Beauty Roller for that friend that is always on the go! – $$
  • Ouai travel products! I love the travel size goodies because I can bring them with me wherever I go. They have so many that you can buy individually or in a set! – $
  • Kitsch x Justine Marjan hair pins! They are the perfect finishing touch to any hair style and are the ultimate cool-girl accessory – $
  • Dermovia Lace Your Face sheet masks! I use these probably 3-4 times a week and they keep my skin glowing and refreshed every single time. My favorite is the calming chamomile sheet mask, but they have many others such as healing yogurt, rejuvenating collagen, and more! – $-$$
  • If you know me then you know I absolutely love the SK-II gift sets! They’re such a great way to try their products and my skin hasn’t been the same since I started using it. My favorite is the facial treatment essence. – $$
  • One thing that I can never get enough of is lipstick! They’re such a staple to almost every look and I always find myself experimenting with new shades. My go-to is the Givenchy Le Rouge. – $
  • One of my absolute favorite things to give as a gift is perfume. Not only is it such an elegant finishing touch but the perfectly scented perfume is so irreplaceable. My favorite is Amo Ferragamo by Salvatore Ferragamo. – $$
  • I love to make my friends feel confident when they look their very best and what makes me feel my very best is the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream. It’s so easy to use and I guarantee you your friends will be buying it themselves for years after their first try! – $$

What are you gifting your friends and family for Christmas? Share in the comments!

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