The Gooding Gift Guide is back with installment number two (part three will be coming Friday, just in the nick—or Saint Nick—of time)! Today I'm giving you gift ideas for your girlfriend, mom, sister or woman in your life.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones • DVD
If someone in your family really likes The Hunger Games, or a teen paranormal franchise (not quite a Twilight phenomenon though), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will make a great gift. With rising star Lily Collins, this movie packs a punch of drama, romance and action.
Loved Me Back To Life by Céline Dion • CD
For the musical purist on your list, Céline's voice will not disappoint. Let's be honest, Céline's voice is smoother than the most expensive holiday champagne. This would make a great gift for an older woman, but the disc has a 2013 pop edge that keeps Dion relevant. This edition exclusively for Target has two bonus tracks not available anywhere else. You might buy a copy for yourself when you listen to the CD with your gift recipient, because the music on this album is addictive to listen to.
Prism by Katy Perry • CD
Katy Perry is a feel-good pop artist whose music you can't go wrong with giving to someone. Whether your girl likes soaring ballads, edgy hip-hop-influenced pop, or retro tracks, Katy Perry delivers it all. Check out my full review here if you're not convinced.
The Vampire Diaries: Season Four • DVD
The fourth season of The Vampire Diaries (TVD) was probably the show's most thrilling. The show has plenty of man candy, but it also has complex, interwoven story-lines that make it so much fun to watch. TVD has a lot of scary scenes too, it's no sleepy (or sappy) vampire show. This exclusive version has a bonus disc with a 30 minute featurette.
Kate Spade • iPad Folio
Keeping an iPad safe is a battle in itself, but turning it into a stylish accessory is another. This Kate Spade folio does a great job of doing both. This is a great gift for the girl who has everything (I mean she has the iPad, so there's not much else she could need).
H&M • Chiffon Top
What I love about this chiffon top is how subtly sexy it is. This piece would look great with a pair of leather leggings. The peek-a-boo lace shows just the right amount of skin for winter. But what really makes it perfect for your girlfriend is how fashion-forward it is.
Christian Louboutin • Heels
No Christmas shade of crimson looks quite as beautiful as the red bottoms of Louboutins. If you have the money to splurge, these heels are a glamorous, sexy addition to any woman's shoe collection. These four inch tall pieces of art are covered in glitter and will be perfect to wear on New Year's Eve.
Topshop • Ring Collection
A girl can never have too many rings. Midi-rings (rings that fit at the top two thirds of one's finger) are the hottest jewelry craze, and this ring pack has some really cool ones for your chick. This ring pack will please even the trendiest, UK-obsessed fashionista on your list.
Bethany Mota for Aéropostale • Dress
If you have a pre-teen to teenage girl you need to shop for, look no further than Bethany Mota's collection for Aéropostale. Her capsule collection is trendy, fun and a little sassy, like the gorgeous designer herself. Bethany made a name for herself on YouTube by making fashion and style videos (truly a Millennial internet icon), and here she models a black daisy dress. This dress is insanely adorable and buying it with red tights and biker boots is a fantastic idea for a present theme.
Aveda • Hand Lotion
If you take a peek inside a woman's purse (not something I recommend, at least not while they are present), one of the most common things you'll find is hand lotion. This Aveda lotion is a practical gift, but any woman will appreciate this little stocking stuffer. My mom has it and I even steal it from her sometimes to give my hands some much needed moisture during the winter.
Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf • Fragrance Set
Just like Spicebomb, Flowerbomb has become an incredibly popular scent. It's smell is definitely striking and really works for a girl who wants to be just as striking. This beautifully boxed gift set includes a 1.7 oz eau de parfum spray, a 6.7 oz tube of body lotion and a .33 oz rollerball. The set is ideal for keeping the fragrance strong through the day and into the night.
Naked 3 by Urban Decay • Eyeshadow Palette
I always create these guides by doing a little real life research and so many girls I know want this under their tree this year (my sister, my friends, dedicated readers of this blog). This eyeshadow palette is a coveted Urban Decay product by Sephora fans everywhere. The palette has 12 different shadows to choose from, shadow primer and a brush to apply it all. This is the ultimate beauty gift, so you'll be sure to get some kisses under the mistletoe for buying this.
The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales • Paperback
A couple years ago, a group of teens made headlines for stealing countless items from celebrities like Paris Hilton and Audrina Patridge. Nancy Jo Sales, the author of the book-turned-movie-starring-Emma-Watson and regular Vanity Fair journalist, fully details the lives of these teens, their exploitative escapades and sky-rocketing fame in a vivid factual narrative. I couldn't put this book down. I think there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from the book as well as laugh-out-loud moments. Either way, this is a must-have for any girl who loves pop culture and celebrities. There is a lot more than meets the eye with this book though.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai • Hardcover
If you're looking for an inspiring, politically challenging read for someone, Malala's story hits all the marks. The title suggests exactly the nature of the book itself. At only fifteen, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban and survived after fighting for the right of education for herself and the people in her country. Her documented journey is extraordinary and an amazing book to read with New Year's resolutions in mind.
Style by Lauren Conrad • Paperback
Lauren Conrad is known for revealing her drama-filled life on the MTV reality show, The Hills. But Lauren is more than a washed-up reality star, her writing talents have launched two New York Times Bestseller fiction series. Style is all about how to achieve a clean, classic, Californian style just like the one Lauren adorns on the red carpet and in real life. The beautiful photo illustrations and helpful tips make this an elegant book for a coffee table or for outfit inspiration.
On Friday, I'll publish the last installment (the Children's Edition) of the Gooding Gift Guide. You can also check out the Men's Edition here. Let me know what items you're buying for you're loved ones on my social media sites!