Gift Ideas

Thursday, February 6th 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Clockwise, from top left: Anya Hindmarch pouch, Ginette_ny necklace, Tory Burch flats, Honeydew Intimates chemise, Bing Bang earrings, Jenna Leigh lingerie set (pieces sold separately).

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which means it’s time to share the love. This year, skip the wilted flowers and box of chocolate and opt for gifts that speak to the individual. Follow our handy guide to ensure that instead of the standard, “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” they’ll be thinking, “Glad you did!”

YOUR BEST FRIEND
You love her because she keeps you level-headed and well-styled, so why not return the favor? She’ll stay cozy and chic in a heart-print scarf, and a soothing, scented candle will put her mind at ease.

YOUR MOTHER
Moms may be the most selfless people on the planet, so indulge yours with something luxe she wouldn’t normally buy for herself. Diamond earrings or a sophisticated pouch are great ways to let her know she’s appreciated.

YOUR GUY
Surprise him with lingerie—on you, of course! Such a romantic day is hardly complete without a little lace. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur has some great options that are sure to make him swoon.

YOURSELF
And finally, don’t get so lost in your lover’s eyes that you forget about yourself. Splurge on a flirty pair of shoes in cherry red or bubblegum pink. They’ll add just the right amount of festiveness to your LBD on date night—and might not look too shabby with your new lingerie set.

—Madeline

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Thursday, December 12th 2013

Holiday Gift Boutique: For Your Bestie


Clockwise, from left: Ari Dein PJ set (pieces sold separately), Sheriff&Cherry sunglasses, Noir iPhone case, Lauren Wolf earrings, Hudson+Bleecker cosmetic case.

You’ve found the perfect gift for your sister, your mom, even your impossible-to-shop-for dad. It’s time to find something nice for the best lady in your life: your BFF.

THE LUXE LADY
For the lady with an eye for luxury, gift her with something decadent, like a pajama set from Ari Dein or Eberjey. Nothing says luxe like a fancy pair of PJs.

THE FREE SPIRIT
If there’s a free spirit in your crew, gift her with something that matches her personality, like leopard-print or colorblock Sheriff&Cherry sunglasses. The brand does whimsy better than anyone.

THE FUN ONE
Shopping for a girl with a goofy side is awfully fun: it gives you license to go a little off-kilter. Look to tech accessories with graphic appeal, like a Noir iPhone case.

THE CLASSIC GIRL
For the reserved one, the one who keeps her look clean and simple, browse Lauren Wolf jewelry. Her rough-cut earrings feel personal and unique.

THE ARTIST
And finally, gift your arty friend with something that acknowledges her creative side, like a brushstroke cosmetic case from Hudson+Bleecker. If you’re feeling extra generous, include a gift card to her favorite beauty store to help her fill it up.

--Amie

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Tuesday, December 10th 2013

Exclusive Interview: Gift Ideas from Melinda Maria

Jewelry designer Melinda Maria has a profound passion for jewelry. It’s evident in the incredible detail and quality of each one of her pieces. The Goddess Collection specifically uses semi-precious stones and 14k gold plating as a tribute to the inner beauty and power of women. They also happen to make a fantastic gift! We spoke to Melinda about her creative start, perfect presents, and her inspirations.

SHOPBOP: Your start in design came at the expense of your mother’s jewelry box. What drew you to re-crafting her pieces?
MELINDA MARIA: I have always suffered from what I like to call "Shiny Objects Syndrome." As long as I can remember, jewelry has been my passion and my obsession. I found that I was drawn to the warmth of gold, the sparkle of diamonds, and the rich color of gemstones in my mother's jewelry box. I often took it upon myself to modernize some of her pieces by pulling them apart and recreating them. The process always brought me such joy!

SB: The Goddess Collection is truly a celebration of women. Where did the inspiration for this line come from?
MM: My aim was to create a beautiful keepsake charm collection that was centered around the strength of women. I wanted each necklace to tell a story and to remind us all of some of the special qualities that women inherently possess. I have always surrounded myself with amazing women who I consider to be true goddesses.

SB: The detail and craftsmanship of designs are incredible. How do you achieve such a high quality?
MM: As a jewelry designer, ultimate craftsmanship and design is something that I strive for with each new collection. Our quality control after the collections are completed is rigorous, with the utmost attention to detail. Since the start of my line, one of my main goals has been to have customers who become collectors of Melinda Maria. In my experience, I've found that this is only possible if each and every piece is well-made and wears well.


The MELINDA MARIA Goddess Collection.

SB: The Goddess necklaces make a perfect gift. Who would you give each one to?
MM: The Goddess of Sisterhood pendant is for every woman in your life. To me, sisterhood means developing meaningful relationships with one another. I believe that all women are connected, and we need to be supportive of each other. It's truly amazing what a room full of women working together can achieve! Nothing can replace the relationship between two women who want the best for each other. The Goddess of Love pendant is the perfect gift for that special someone you just want to wrap your arms around. It's for mothers, daughters, sisters, and best friends who have been there for you through thick and thin. The Goddess of Power pendant is a great way to remind someone of the strength they have within themselves. This necklace is the ideal piece to give to someone who needs support, providing a reminder for her to be fearless in her journey.

SB: If you could give one of the necklaces to any woman in history, who would it be and why?
MM: Oprah has had an enormous impact on my life. I would give her the Goddess of Power pendant. The tagline for this goddess is, "No one can diminish your personal power." Coming from a small town in Washington state, I always had big dreams. Whenever I would set goals for myself, I aimed higher and higher, thinking, "Why not me?" Oprah is the perfect example of that. She had all the odds against her, but never gave up. She built a global brand and network from nothing! Her story is beyond inspiring to me. Because of her, I realized that everyone has a past, but it's the future that you can write for yourself.

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Thursday, December 5th 2013

An Excuse to Buy a Cake Stand: Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Tart

Working for Shopbop these last eight years, I’ve developed a healthy appreciation for fashion and all its parts, but my true addiction rests elsewhere: kitchenware. More specifically: cake plates. Do I have many occasions to display my baked goods on fancy fare? Not really. Does that stop me from collecting the pretty stands just in case I need them for an as-yet-planned party? Nope.

So when a crop of cake stands started to make their way into our Holiday Gift Boutique, I knew I needed a reason to take one home. A pretty recipe that deserves a pretty plate was born, and I share it with you: Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Tart, perfect for a Lunares ceramic cake stand.

Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Tart

THE CRUST
1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. baking powder
7 Tbsp. butter, chilled
1 egg beaten w/ 1 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Cut chilled butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. Use your fingers to blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is broken down into small, flour-coated flakes. (You can also do this step with a food processor.) Add the egg, water, and vanilla to the mixture and blend quickly with your fingers. Dump the contents of the bowl onto a clean counter, and work the butter and liquid further into the dough by smearing the dough away from you in a quick motion with the heel of your hand. Gather it back together in a ball, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least one hour.

After one hour, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll to fit a 10-inch tart pan. Gently place in the pan, trim the edges, and poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line the top of the crust with foil, and layer on pie weights or dried beans to keep the foil in place.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown. (Check at 20 minutes to be sure it’s not cooking too quickly.)

While the crust is cooling, make the ganache.

THE GANACHE
8 oz. heavy cream
16 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped into ½-inch pieces
1 tsp. peppermint extract

Place a metal bowl over a pot of water, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add heavy cream and heat for a few minutes until the cream is hot, but not boiling. Add chocolate and stir constantly with a whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in peppermint extract. Set aside until crust is cooled.

THE CONSTRUCTION
Crust
Ganache
3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Remove the crust from the tart pan and place on a cake stand or platter. Pour ganache into the crust and sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint candy canes. Place in refrigerator for approximately one hour to let the ganache set.

Enjoy!
--Amie

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Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

Shopbop Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home


Clockwise, from top left: RABLABS candle holders, Jaipur bowl, toasting flutes, Lunares stag bust, Reiko Kaneko ornament.

Finding the perfect gift for someone can be stress-inducing, but it’s hard to go wrong with a gift for the home. Here are our top décor picks for everyone on your list.

THE HOSTESS
With a full holiday social schedule it’s a good idea to have a few hostess gifts at the ready. If your host is a pet-lover, try a Reiko Kaneko ornament with a wide-angle shot of a little critter. Or, in lieu of giving the standard bottle of wine, present a crystal-topped RABLABS bottle stopper and she’ll remember the thought long after the vino is gone!

THE IN-LAWS
Think about the things you share to help guide your gift selection. If you bond over coffee, a pair of gold drip-rimmed cups shows how much you treasure that time. Big on baking? A unique cake plate or serving tray will display delicious treats beautifully.

THE COWORKERS
Dress up the desks of your coworkers with a Kate Spade sticky note set, wall calendar, or notebook set. If there is someone who deserves a little more—they helped you meet a deadline or had your back—slip a gift card to their favorite restaurant into a fun fortune cookie box.

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Tuesday, November 12th 2013

Shopbop’s Wish List: Staffers Pick Their Holiday Must-Haves


Clockwise, from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel, Pamela Love Pin, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel, Eddie Borgo Ring, GARRETT LEIGHT sunglasses, Alexandre Birman booties.

The holiday season is here and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to get shopping. My lists are ready, and I’m diving into the Shopbop Holiday Gift Boutique to find the perfect items for the people I love. Along the way, though, I’m sure to spend just a few minutes looking at the things that I’d love to receive. One thing that I’m hoping to move from my wish list to my “own” list is the Eddie Borgo Bear Trap Ring. It fits my style to a T—polished, with just a hint of humor. In the spirit of great gift ideas, I asked a few other Shopboppers what items are on their wish lists this season.

Stylist Dokia and assistant merchandiser Jennifer have 3.1 Phillip Lim bags in mind. “I’m not a real-fur kind of person, but the colors of this Ryder Satchel add an edge that totally screams my style,” says Dokia. Meanwhile, the classic Pashli Satchel is on Jennifer’s list. “I’ve been coveting this bag forever—it’s the perfect combo of structure and slouch!”

Merchandiser Holly wants a pair of Alexandre Birman booties, saying “I love everything about these booties – the shape, color, and python detailing make these a top contender on my holiday wish list.” A Pamela Love Arrow Pin is a must-have for copywriter Annie. “Pamela Love jewelry has such a unique charm,” she says, “and this brooch is one of my favorite pieces right now.” And stylist Loni would love a pair of GARRETT LEIGHT frames. She says, “These frames are the perfect size for gals with small faces. I have tiny features and most glasses really overwhelm me, but these are ideal.”

We also want to know what’s on your Shopbop Wish List! Share a shot of your most-wanted items on Instagram and tag it with #ShopbopWish. Each week, we’ll repost our favorites and tag you back. Happy shopping!

--Libby S.

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Friday, December 16th 2011

Fail-Safe Last Minute Gift: Jewelry


Clockwise from upper left: Bing Bang initial necklace, T. Cyia horn cuff, Gorjana XOX ring set, ginette_ny baguette necklace, Fallon happy cuff, Alexis Bittar woven cuff.

The holidays are mere days away, adding a sense of urgency to remaining to-buy-for lists. Gift the gals a fail-safe favorite: jewelry.

Something Personal
A personal piece will be something she wears every day. Give her an initial necklace by Bing Bang jewelry or a luxe ginette_ny baguette necklace. (Tip for the latter: take it to a local jewelry store to have her name engraved before you wrap it up.)

A Sweet Message
A sweet sentiment will put a smile on her face each time she looks at it. Give her happy thoughts with a Fallon bracelet or compose a message with Gorjana stacking rings.

New Year’s Eve Sparkle
If bling’s her thing, get her ready for the fête that sparkles. A pavé T. Cyia bracelet makes a shimmering statement, while Alexis Bittar offers an artful interpretation of all that glitters.

--Amie

Monday, December 5th 2011

Gifting Best Bet: Fashion Books


A sampling from the Shopbop Fashion Books collection.

The final weeks of the holiday shopping season have arrived, and if you still have a few what-to-buy questions that need answering, think about gifting a beautiful book. These favorites are sure to please any fashion-loving heart.

Christian Louboutin
A perfect gift for the shoe obsessed, created by Christian Louboutin. This stunning volume—with an intricate pop-up, an elaborate foldout cover, and dramatic still-life photography—evokes the artistry and theatricality of Louboutin’s shoe designs.

American Fashion Cookbook
Compiled by the CFDA, this collection of recipes from America’s favorite designers proves food can be fashionable too. The volume contains more than 100 recipes, memories, and tips from the likes of Isaac Mizrahi, Carolina Herrera, and Derek Lam, with a foreword by Martha Stewart.

Fashion Pack Paper Dolls
What girl, both young and old, doesn’t like a set of paper dolls? Take her back to the days of yore with this updated take on a childhood favorite. She’ll play dress-up with top models Jourdan Dunn and Jessica Stam, and the only thing she’ll need to do it is a pair of scissors.

Christian Lacroix & the Tale of Sleeping Beauty
From the Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir Series, this contemporary take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story is lushly illustrated by Christian Lacroix. Mixing whimsy and memoir, Lacroix unfolds a timeless tale in an entirely new way.

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Thursday, December 1st 2011

No-Fail Gift Guide: The Basics


Clockwise from top left: Yulia B Cashmere Sweater by Theory clothing; Velvet Mouse Slippers by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Mini Diamond Puce Earrings by ginette_ny; Tortoise Jet Set Sport Watch by Michael Kors; Metallic Reva Clutch by Tory Burch.

Like that little black dress or guest-impressing cocktail recipe, some things are always there for you when you’re in a pinch. If you’re beginning to worry about any remaining empty stockings, do as Holly Golightly would: stick to the tried and true, opting for updated staple pieces. You’ll win over even the most discerning giftee with these fail-proof basics.

1) A cashmere sweater
While cashmere may not be a girl’s best friend, it’s still a bridesmaid. Try Theory clothing and Ami dans la Rue for chic, wear-forever options.

2) Cozy slippers
With winter just beginning, now’s the time to replace her UGG mules or add a touch of woodland whimsy with mouse-inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs slippers.

3) Diamond studs
Like coffee and credit cards, diamond earrings are a right of adulthood. Look to ginette_ny for megawatt simplicity.

4) A classic watch
An informed, up-to-date statement watch is a must-have power accessory. Keep her looking confident and in command with a bold Michael Kors or Nixon watch.

5) A timeless clutch
There’s nothing like a small bag to make a girl downsize, let go, and live more spontaneously: she can’t pack layers, bring along work, or store a book for later. A shiny Tory Burch clutch or DVF minaudiere will be big enough for all her essentials, but small enough to leave her unencumbered.

6) A Shopbop gift card
For the most discerning, letting her choose for herself is always easiest. With a gift card, she can have those fringed Alexander Wang booties or leopard-print jeans before New Year’s Eve.

--Rebecca

Monday, November 21st 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Hostess

Gifting season is officially upon us, and finding the perfect present for all your favorite folks can be a daunting task (to say the least). We’ve got clever and creative ideas for what to get all the ladies on your list.


Clockwise, from left: The Selby is in Your Place, Red Flower candle, American Fashion Designers at Home, Jonathan Adler bottle opener, Lunares ice cream holder.

For the lady who hosts. Whether she’s throwing a fête for friends or a family affair, a little something for the hostess is a sweet way to show your appreciation. These gifts should be understated and simple. Anything too flashy or expensive will only embarrass her.

For the host with a classic sensibility, go with a simple candle with a bold scent. A unique use of a Mason jar will fit right into a modern-rustic aesthetic, while a sleek-lined Red Flower candle will create an inviting ambiance in any home. A bottle of wine is always a welcomed gift. Up the ante by offering your favorite red or white with a matching wine carafe.

If your hostess has a playful side, she’ll love a cheeky (and useful) Jonathan Adler mustache bottle opener, or whimsical takes on comfort classics by Lunares: the pint ice cream holder and the Chinese takeout holder, both in shiny silver.

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