Holiday Gift Guide: From Sweaters to Winter Boots

Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 8.

Traditional Christmas sweaters and pajamas are always high on most holiday lists, but what about well-made jeans, boots or a stylish winter jacket? Surprise that special someone with a garment they only dreamed of owning. Keep your eyes open for the latest trends and you can find something that will wow your recipient.

Important to note that clothing is an amazing gift for the one you love, a close friend or family member, but you may want to steer clear from giving something so personal if you are participating in a secret Santa or grab bag situation. Before you shop, have an idea of size, style and preference; also clarify the return or exchange policy -- gift receipts are a must!

Warm and cozy sweaters for everyone

Ditch the notion of the tacky Christmas reindeer sweater and go for style and luxury. Peter Millar makes elegant sweaters for men and women. This quilted wool-cotton sweater jacket  provides the comfort of a traditional sweater, plus the versatility of a jacket. Decked out in a quilted style, ribbed waist, neck and cuffs, it's made from 55% wool and 45% cotton. Choose from charcoal or navy.

For women, this twist-stitch crewneck sweater by Peter Millar delivers elegance and refinement to sweater fashion. Joining the finest cashmere-cotton blend through a twist-switch construction, this is a ribbed neck, waist and cuff sweater you can wear for either dressy or casual events. Your gift recipient will appreciate how easy it is to maintain -- no dry cleaning necessary.

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Get wrapped up in warmth with a winter coat

With most areas seeing cold winter around the holidays, a sturdy new winter coat might be another great way to go with a holiday gift. Many families greet the season with the new winter coat so make sure your gift recipient hasn't already recently purchased a new jacket.

Utility and style are a priority for anyone looking for a new winter jacket, which makes the Men's Nat Geo 250 Jacket an ideal choice. Perfect for the outdoorsman in your life, this jacket presents an AquaDry waterproof membrane for protection from the elements, a cozy, baffled lining and a zip off hood for utility. Style-wise the jacket includes several interior and exterior pockets and an adjustable waist for a flattering fit.

Craghoppers also has an ultra-fashionable model for women with the Delta Jacket. Designed for comfort and warmth, thanks to its signature AquaDry membrane, the Delta features a longer-length and an oversized cropped fur lined hood. The jacket's interior is lined with satin, whereas the exterior is made from soft, breathable material. Interior pockets are ultra-convenient with separate compartments for a mobile phone, credit cards, headphones and other accessories.

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Women's outerwear for under $100

Give the woman on your list the gift of a chic and trendy outerwear without breaking the bank.

This Dynamic Dual Hooded Coat provides both comfort and style when braving the elements. You can wear it two different ways: use the second zip closure for a bundled-up look, or remove the second layer for a lighter throw-on. Your gift recipient will thank you for the fact that this coat (retails for $72) is machine-washable -- the puffer and faux fur lining are made of 100% polyester.

For someone who prefers to layer up during the winter, this Cat Snap Vest is a great pick. The quilted stitching, asymmetrical zip, and vegan leather waist are just a few details that make this gift seem pricier than it is (retails for $76).

The coat and vest are by Coalition LA, a young contemporary brand in Los Angeles that makes high quality vegan (PETA-approved) outerwear and knitwear.


For the man who loves jeans

For the gift that won't miss the mark, a well made pair of jeans makes for an ideal gift. Today's jean styles and choices are endless, which is why you can ultimately find a great pair for nearly anyone. Plus, jeans endure the test of time and are worn in almost any setting--even at the office.

One main consideration when selecting jeans is body type--is your recipient curvy or has smaller thighs but larger in the waist? 34 Heritage jeans for men are designed specifically to fit bodies that don't conform to standard measurement. They are made from premium denim that mix the feel and comfort of the standard trouser with the feel of jeans.

For instance, 34 Heritage's Charisma Fit offers the classic high waist fit with a higher back for a more comfortable wear. Tapered thighs provide a slimmer look, which follows along the full leg. Choose from a wide range of colors including several blue denim shades, plus shades of twill, black, brown and grey.

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Who doesn't love a wonderful new pair of leather shoes?

Impress that woman in your life with a stylish pair of Lucille lace chukka boots from Timberland Boot Company. These shoes are made of premium full-grain leather from the Horween Leather company, one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the United States (and the only one still located in Chicago).

Want to make the gift extra special? Include a note explaining the inspiration behind these shoes: Timberland's Lucille collection honors post-industrial-era women who had to fix and repair their own shoes, and also worked alongside men on the factory floor. The leather uppers of these boots have been oiled, waxed or hand finished for that vintage charm -- a tribute to the women's ingenuity during that period. The beauty and functionality of these chukka boots make them the perfect holiday gift for the woman on the go.

For men, you can never go wrong with the Bardstown Plain Toe Oxford Shoes. These shoes use the same lightweight Horween leather as the women's Lucille collection and they are hand-finished for a uniquely vintage appearance. Very versatile with the perfect blend of rugged and refined. Packed in an elegant shoe box from Timberland Boot Company, this pair also comes with two natural canvas bags with drawstring tops to keep the shoes protected in storage or travel.

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Add style to winter with a great pair of boots

Whether you look forward to cooler temps or feel dread the minute you see the first snow flake fall, you can still add style and fun to winter with a snappy pair of boots. When shopping for boots, think style but also utility. Nearly every boot type is available so understanding your intended recipient's personal style will be vital to choosing that perfect gift.

If you marry utility with style, you may meet just about every criteria, like boots from fashion-forward leader, Kamik. The Sienna model hits all the right notes with Thinsulate insulation to retain warmth and rubber traction for safety, but also the decorative side buckle and lace up exterior. Available in three color styles, including traditional black.

If you are buying for kids or toddlers, check out Kamik's irresistible Snowbug3 boots. Designed with lightweight waterproof bottoms and rubber-traction soles, youngsters will delight in how easy it will be to walk in a winter wonderland while their feet stay dry and secured safely on the ground.

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Shopping for the little ones

With infants and toddlers quickly outgrowing their tiny garments, parents are always happy to receive clothing for their little ones around the holidays. The best gifts are matching sets of clothing that include a top, bottom and jacket or sweater.

Little Me offers stylish and cool gift sets for infants and young toddlers. Made of fabrics like soft cotton, terrycloth and velour, the garments are sure to make the little ones comfortable, snuggly and move around freely. We especially like this Camo 3-Piece Jacket Set. It comes with a camo-themed, fleece-lined jacket and a matching shirt with camo-themed binoculars that look like they're hanging from your little boy's neck. The drawstring pants are a sure hit with parents because they're not only comfortable to wear, they are also easy to put on.  Another cute and reasonable option is this Little Explorer day-to-play set. For little girls, how adorable is this Quilted Pink 3-Piece Jacket Set?

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