For Those Early Bird Holiday Shoppers . . .

I wasn’t going to start my holiday gift guides until after Halloween, but when Lord + Taylor reached out about partnering on a post this month about holiday gifting, I decided I better get this party started!

If you know me, you know I’m a last-minute holiday shopper. I prefer to shop when the stores have decked their halls and Christmas music is wafting over the airwaves, but that’s why I’m usually in a frenzy leading right up to Christmas Day. This year, I’m trying to gather ideas and make my list early.

Lord + Taylor has a wide range of gifts for every member of the family, and right now you can take an additional 20% off many items with code HARVEST.

A few items that immediately caught my eye for gift ideas were this leopard print scarf and Fossil leather backpack.

This backpack is the perfect gift for the mom on the go who likes to be hands-free. It’s such a chic look and a great alternative to a crossbody.

This bag is on the smaller side, so it’s not going to hold sippy cups and toys, but it will hold all of her purse essentials.

It’s also great for travel and sightseeing because it’s lightweight and zips up for security purposes.

This “cashmink” scarf in the of-the-moment leopard print (it also comes in camel) is soft and cozy, and the price is a lot more affordable than cashmere.

(There is also a cashmere option if you’re looking for a super luxe gift for a special someone.)

And speaking of luxe cashmere gifts, Lord + Taylor’s essential cashmere turtleneck is a closet basic that can stand alone or layers beautifully under vests and jackets all fall and winter long.

It comes on a gazillion different colors, and it’s under $100. For size reference, I recommend sizing up if in between; I have the medium.

Not a turtleneck girl? They also have crewneck and v-neck versions.

Then there are these waterproof wedge booties. I think they’re the perfect combination of chic and practical for those who live in colder climates with messy weather, plus they’re sooo comfortable to walk in.

You can’t go wrong with a Sorel boot for winter weather, and Lord + Taylor has several styles to choose from. Unfortunately they aren’t part of this promotion, but they make great gifts nonetheless.

But I think the piece I am MOST excited about is this quilted vest.

If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember a burgundy layered look puffer vest I wore almost to death last winter.

This one is by the same designer — Marc New York — and I love the combination of shiny puffer fabric and the knit insets on the sides. It’s also packable if you want to tuck it into your suitcase for a cold weather vacation.

I love the look of a puffer vest layered over a cashmere turtleneck, and you can throw a scarf on top for added warmth and interest.

This is the perfect chic but practical outfit for all of those outdoor activities this fall and winter.

This is also a great time of year to shop for coats. They’re on sale but not picked over yet, and you have all season long to enjoy them.

I also love giving and getting coats as gifts.

This faux fur trim hood puffer coat is also by Marc New York, and it has such a flattering shape to it. Plus it is suuuuper warm and cozy.

I really like the shiny fabric and pure black faux fur hood — it’s a puffer coat with a touch of glam! This coat definitely has an urban vibe that I love, but you get the warmth and practicality of a puffer.

It has both chest snap pockets and front hip zip pockets, and the hint of velvet trim also adds to the luxe, downtown vibe.

For size reference, I have a small in both the coat and the puffer.

Outfit Details:

cashmere turtleneck // cashmink scarf // Hudson skinnies // Sorel booties // crew socks // Fossil backpack // hoop earrings // puffer coat // quilted vest

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photos: Alison Cornell