BrookstoneIf you're like me, you tend to panic when the holidays roll around.

What on earth will you get for your mother/father/stepmother/stepfather/best friend/favorite teacher/Secret Santa/brother/sister/in-law? And how will you afford it?

Fear not, friends! I have some fantastic ideas ... like this Connoisseur's Wine Opener (Brookstone, $39.95), which my parents gave me last year. Seriously, people, it is the best wine opener EVER. My 6-year-old daughter could open a bottle of wine with this thing. Not that I'd let her. But anyway ...

Keep reading to see more stylish and affordable gift ideas for the holidays!

 

Capturing CoutureWe all have a photography buff or two on our gift list. Here's a perfect gift for him or her. Capturing Couture makes camera straps in all sorts of stylish prints and patterns, for both men and women. Camera straps start at $29 for this leopard print strap and go up to $49 for organza flower-adorned straps. Capturing Couture sent me a camera strap earlier this year and I absolutely LOVE it!

 

Mad MenKnow someone who STILL hasn't seen Mad Men? Give them Season 1 on DVD and rest assured that they will love it. The great thing about Mad Men is that it appeals both to our generation and to our parents -- they watch it and love both the storyline and remembering how things were in the '60s. Best of all, Mad Men Season 1 is just $22.49 on Amazon right now, so it's a very affordable present.

 

J. CrewYou can't go wrong with a classic pair of cashmere gloves. These black cashmere gloves (J.Crew, $48) fit the bill quite nicely.

 

BrookstoneEvery stylista (including me, honey! Are you reading this?) could use this WeatherCast Wireless 3-Day Forecaster/Alarm Clock (Brookstone, $39.95 on sale). The alarm clock receives up-to-date information from AccuWeather.com every 15 minutes wirelessly, with no fees! You can wake up knowing whether to put on your Hunter wellies or your cashmere Calvin Klein overcoat. I WANT ONE.

Stay tuned for more great gift ideas in the weeks to come!

 

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