2017 Gift Guides: The Splurges

Gift ideas worth the splurge

Changing gears slightly with today’s gift guide, since it’s one with lots of splurges! I generally try and vary the item prices in my gift guides but know that many of you have larger budgets for one or two people on your lists or are going with one large gift instead of multiple smaller ones. Also, this list is really fun to put together so if anything, hopefully you enjoy window shopping it as much as I did!

First off, four items I can personally back and say are completely worth the price–I bought this bracelet for myself a year and a half ago and wear it literally every day (it’s so simple and dainty and I love that it doesn’t get in the way and can easily be stacked with a watch). You may remember this post, but I got the older version of this camera before our trip to Europe last fall and it takes amazing photos. Definitely worth it if you plan on learning photography or want something that’s easy to travel with (I leave my big DSLR at home on trips now!). Another purchase I’d been wanting to make for years and ended up spending my birthday money on this year is a KitchenAid stand mixer–let me tell you, they are 100% worth the hype and this would be an amazing gift! Even J loves it and has used it multiple times in the couple months we’ve had it. Lastly, you’ve probably seen my Tissot watch in nearly every outfit shoot…I got it in Switzerland last fall, and it’s my daily timepiece of choice. The price won’t break the bank either, and there are so many classic styles for both men and women (Note: If you need ideas for the guys, J has this one or one very similar to it and it goes with everything!)


ONE: t3 Featherweight hairdryer ($199) // TWO: Diptyque mini candle set ($150) // THREE: Lake Pajamas cotton PJ set ($84) // FOUR: KitchenAid stand mixer ($279 but price is less or more depending on color) // FIVE: Tissot watch ($275) // SIX: David Yurman bracelet ($395) // SEVEN: Ralph Lauren cashmere cableknit sweater ($398) // EIGHT: Cuyana leather satchel ($375) // NINE: Sony a6000 mirrorless camera ($498) // TEN: Mejuri pearl necklace ($215) // ELEVEN: Le Creuset dutch oven ($330; on sale) // TWELVE: White + Warren cashmere wrap ($298)


Everyone who has one of these cashmere wraps seems to rave about them and say the high price tag is worth it. It’s definitely on a “dream” list for me and in the meantime, I have a much more budget-friendly version from Nordstrom that’s sadly currently unavailable. Same thing with this hairdryer…there seems to be team Drybar Buttercup and team t3 Featherweight, and either of them would be a practical gift that I think most women would be thrilled to receive (raise your hand if you’re on a 7+ year old Conair!). A delicate, everyday necklace has been on my wishlist for awhile and I especially love this one from Mejuri (which has great stuff in general!). I’ve mentioned Lake Pajamas on here before and at under $100, they’re a splurge in the sense that no one needs expensive pajamas but they’ll certainly be enjoyed if they come your way. For larger splurges, consider an indulgent cashmere cableknit sweater from one of the brands who does classic style best, a pretty leather bag from Cuyana, or a Le Creuset dutch oven that’s probably on most everyone’s dream kitchen “appliance” wishlist!

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  1. katie wrote:

    WOO! I love a good splurge! My mom has that hair dryer and I always steal it from her when I am home! It’s seriously the BEST.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Posted 12.15.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Love!!! It may be my birthday present to myself in 2018 :)

      Posted 12.18.17 Reply