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The Head-to-Toe Women’s Gift Guide

Gifts on the Top of her Wish List for Under the Tree

Whether the woman on your gift list loves to travel and explore the outdoors or prefers a night in watching a movie or listening to music, here are 10 great gift ideas that will make her holidays bright.

Hot Iron

She will love making herself gorgeous for date night with Paul Mitchell Pro Tools, like the limited edition peacock printed express ion smoothing iron, constructed with a blend of silicone and ceramic to speed up styling times and fight frizz with negative ion technology for a shiny, elegant finish. Available at Paul Mitchell schools and professional salons found at Prices vary by salon.

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Getting Warm-Her

She’ll stay cozy and comfy this winter with an Exofficio Women’s Storm Logic Vest, featuring rip-stop water repellant warm-even-when-wet Primaloft Sport fabric, a fleece-lined collar and pockets and an interior pocket. The vest not only looks great as casual wear and performs like a champ as sportswear – it also converts into a travel pillow in its own built-it sack. $120.00. Available at REI or

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Girl in the Hoody

For a casual day out, she’ll look smart and sporty in the space-dyed Exofficio Chica Cool Long-Sleeve Hoody, featuring SPF moisture-wicking fabric, four buttons down the front, a drawstring hood and kangaroo pockets for hands or small items. $75. Available at REI or

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Pajama Mama

Whether it’s lounging around on a lazy Sunday morning or snuggling up for a Roku all-nighter, she will love hanging out in PJ Savage’s Monkeying Around PJ set. The vintage velour thermal shirt and drawcord waistband pants are soft and luxurious and as comfy as they are adorable. Available at, $100.

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Heeling Power

The hard-playing female athlete on your holiday list feel like a champ in the VIONIC Women’s Casade by ORTHAHEEL. These super hi-tech sandals worn by many Olympic athletes post-competition are designed to help the body recover from sport activity and relieve heel, knee, leg and back pain. The lower heel bed is reminiscent of the Earth shoes of the 70s, but the rest of the shoe is space age, including the materials (VIBRAM outsole, triple-density EVA) and the styling (leather uppers with a bungee strap overlay). Available at $99.95.

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Travel Assure-Her-nce

Give her peace of mind when she’s on the road with a travel safe that protects her valuables and comes and goes with her. MasterLock’s 5900D SafeSpace Storage Security features a hard case with an integrated cable that can be wrapped around a fixed object and locked for safe keeping. Perfect for safekeeping small valuables like her cell phone, MP3 player, jewelry, wallet or medicines. $27.59. HomeDepot, Sears and other national retailers.

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Hi-Fi Wi-Fi at its Finest

You love that she’s such a good listener, so reward her with the ultimate gift of music, anywhere she wants it. The Sonos wireless music system allows her to stream music from an iTunes library, Pandora , SiriusXM talk or whatever is her listening pleasure on an expandable receiver speaker system controlled by a computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The Sonos PLAY3 ($299) is a great starter kit, which includes a compact player that can operate alone, or pair it with an optional wireless-signal-boosting Sonos Bridge ($49). For a limited time, PLAY3 and Bridge are packaged together for the price of $299. Available at Target, Best Buy, Amazon and

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Opa Fekkai Style

For the stylin’ woman whose hot looks come by heated hair tools, the Fekkai Advanced PrX Reparatives collection, fortified with silk proteins and keratin, protects and repairs hair that is porous, dry and damaged due to heat styling or chemical processing. The formula is enriched with a cornucopia of fruity fragrances, and promises up to 98 percent less breakage in one week when the mask and conditioner are used. Shampoo $30. Conditioner $30, Intensive Fortifying Mask $49. Intensive Reparative 3-Day Transformation leave-in treatment $100. Available at Frédéric Fekkai Salons, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, Ulta and other select fine beauty retailers.


This is 40?

Whether she’s hit the big four-oh or not, she will appreciate lovely skin just like “This is 40” actress Leslie Mann who uses First Aid Beauty (FAB) as part of her daily skincare routine. The FAB Uplifting Serum is infused with bio marine extracts to protect skin, firming polymers for sculpting, and advanced peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, humectants and emollients to smooth and firm skin overtime, delivered by a no-touch roller-ball applicator. $46.00. Exclusively at Sephora.

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Stone Cold

Make her a cold one in seconds with SPARQ Whiskey Stones, small cubes made from soapstone that you keep in the freezer and then drop into your drink to chill it without watering down your liquor. The reusable and dishwasher safe stones can also be heated to keep hot drinks warm. $24.95. Available at

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