Carpool Candy 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Ladies

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Maplewood resident Brooke Lefferts is a journalist, writer, editor and blogger. She has written news and feature stories for NBC’s, the AP, Glamour,,, HuffingtonPost,, Yahoo, Salon, NewYork and Time. Brooke wrote a weekly family life column called “Carpool Candy” on AOL’s starting in 2009, which eventually morphed into the blog. For several years, Brooke has been casting a wide net to  find great gifts and post her much anticipated holiday gift guides of online goods. 

Like your own personal elf, I’ve been gathering gift ideas all year to make you the best damn giver of the season!

I LOVE a reason to shop, and relish the challenge of finding original, fitting gifts for even the pickiest pals.

Click on the name of the gift for website links to buy or get more info. All different price points included. And please note that I get nada from any of these vendors. (Hopefully they’ll be cool with me swiping their photos and we’ll call it even.)

These suggestions are my gift to you, loyal readers. If you want to throw some good will my way, share the link to this list on social media.  The price is right, and no wrapping!

Happy shopping!

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Earrings — Delicate yet sleek, these earrings are handmade from a mold cast from real quills found in nature, but they’re set in brass so the price is nice. ($110)

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Specialty journals– If the kitchen is her domain, she’ll love organizing her recipes and cooking secrets, while checking measurements, conversions and food facts in this cooking journal. If she’s more of a style maven, she can keep track of outfits, convert international sizes, and collect style sheets for wish lists. There are also journals for wedding planning, gardening, music, and even chocolate. ($20)


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Personalized wine bottles– Bring these unique wine bottles to holiday parties, give them as hostess gifts, or buy one for your favorite wino. You can etch initials, a full personal message, or choose from holiday and occasion designs. After the spirits are gone, the bottle is a keepsake. ($70) If etching is too pricey,try these personalized stickers. ($1-2 each)

For more of Brooke’s holiday gift guide ideas for ladies, click here. Follow Brooke on twitter @carpoolcandy. And watch for her gifts guides for men and kids coming soon!

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