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The Stress-Busting Holiday Gift Guide for 2019


As soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are stacked in the sink, it’s gift-getting game on with a seemingly endless list of people who deserve perfect presents.

This is the year to ask Santa for your sanity back.

So light a lavender candle, crack open a dark chocolate bar and peruse our expertly curated Holiday Gift Shop, our Black Friday lingerie deals or any of the suggestions below, and treat yourself and everyone you love to a very Zen holiday season.

Ready to Gift
Just about all of the holiday offerings from some of our favorite innerwear designers come nicely banded or be-ribboned. You can put them inside a festive gift bag, prop them under the tree, wrap in cellophane or even hand out as is.

Spoil the ladies in your life with pairs of sleek, soft pajamas in contrasting neutral shades you know they’re going to love. Everything Barefoot Dreams makes feels like newborn baby clouds; the Barefoot Dreams Luxe Milk Jersey Piped Modal Pajama Set is no exception.

The next best thing to a spa day: the P.J. Salvage Spaw Day Flannel PJ Set. Swaddle yourself or someone you love in pink flannel jammies with adorable dog doodles. (For the win, pair with a gift certificate to an actual spa.)

If the tutti frutti shades of the Kate Spade New York Brushed Twill Striped Pajama Set don’t make you instantly drop your shoulders and smile, then consider getting to yoga sooner than later.

And should your idea of a perfect winter’s night involve a crackling fireplace, a hot toddy and a good novel, then the Lauren Ralph Lauren Brushed Twill Pajama Set is your outfit. Go for understated gray or any number of plaids.

Presents They Won’t Buy Themselves
The family pajamas trend has been going strong the last few years and will no doubt press on. If you know a family—or are in one—that hasn’t tried the matchy-matchy thing for holiday photos or a morning of opening presents, then get a set of Karen Neuburger fleece family pajamas, in plaid (see up top), checks or candy-cane stripes. (Don’t forget the dog!)

Also, slippers. When if not now is the season to pick up extravagant pairs? Once you’ve felt the cozy warmth of padding around the house on a cold morning wearing UGG, Arlotta, Acorn, P.J. Salvage or Lauren Ralph Lauren slippers, there’s no going back.

Another present that surely would be appreciated: elevated loungewear by the likes of PJ Harlow and Flora Nikrooz. Because while everyone has pajamas, not everyone has decent lounge attire.

Finally, for the trend-followers you run with, think fashion leggings from Spanx and Commando. In velvet, designer denim, faux leather and high-shine patent, not only are they flatteringly shaping, they’re extremely chic and useful.

Stocking Stuffers
Just when you think the list is all done, don’t let the extras be your downfall. Load up on warm and witty socks for Christmas and Hanukkah by Hot Sox (how can anybody resist a good “Feliz Naughty Dogs” or a “Knish Me, I’m Jewish” pun?). There’s also plush, posh Barefoot Dreams socks, fine Falke footwear, pretty yet practical Smartwool pairs and the signature styles of Ralph Lauren.

Best seller Hanky Panky always comes through this time of year with ever-so-slightly splurgy treats that feel good to give, to receive and to wear. Choose from lots of bottoms all bundled with care, like Twinkle Lights, the gilded Gift Wrap motif, patchwork Plaidness and flowery Mistletoe.

Of course, stress relief takes myriad forms, one of them involving a sexy holiday something. There’s everything from classic teddies in reds and greens to satin Santa sets and flirty skirted G-strings, all of which make for an exciting new gift-giving direction.

Should none of the above do the trick, find salvation in the ease of a gift card—all the time you save searching can be cashed in on a well-earned bubble bath.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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