Now that the holiday season has begun, our boutiques are filled with all kinds of goodies, whether it’s that “little something” hostess gift, a present for the family member who always says, “I don’t need anything,” a fun stocking stuffer, or an item for your stash of just-in-case presents. Check out our curated collection of gift ideas all under $150 — and check off your list.
HOME, SWEET HOME
There’s always room for a gift that makes a home a little cozier or a little more glamorous. From a throw that’s supremely soft to the touch, upscale scents or that home-décor piece you won’t find everywhere, this grouping of gift ideas has something for an office colleague, friend or loved one for whom home is a sumptuous sanctuary.
Chic and minimalist, the gift-boxed Reed Scent diffuser by CB2 is available in a variety of upscale fragrances, including Oak + Grapefruit, seen here. The set includes hand-poured fragrance oil, an unlacquered brass vessel that develops a lovely patina with each use, and a set of reeds to deliver the scent throughout the home.
Is anything better than a child’s smile when they open a present they absolutely love? Or the smile of a parent who knows a gift will be played with or worn with glee? That’s the thought behind this selection.
For the child who loves practicing the pas de bourrée, Crate and Barrel Home Store’s Moulin Roty Ballerina Mouse Trunk Set includes an adorable mouse that can be dressed up in three charming tutus, all housed in an elegant carrying case with handle and mini luggage tag.
The holiday season is a great time to keep or start a new tradition of board games with family and friends, including classics such as Chinese Checkers. Marbles in brilliant hues add to the fun of the Colorplay Chinese Checkers Game at Anthropologie.
SWEET TREATS THAT SLEIGH
The holidays are never complete without something sweet. Take your pick from chocolate, gummies or a combination of various confections in special themed boxes.
New to South Coast Plaza and filled with sweet delights, Läderach is a premium chocolatier that offers freshly made delicious chocolate produced in Switzerland. This Christmas Tree Hazelnut Milk is filled with caramelized hazelnuts from Italy’s Piedmont region.
Can’t beat a classic with a cult following. Williams Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark is the stuff of holiday candy legend. This Peppermint Bark Sampler features a trio of flavors — Original Peppermint Bark, Salted Peppermint Bark and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark — housed in stacked collectible tins.
Give this Sugarfina 8-Piece Candy Bento Box a shake and watch the snowflakes float in the snow globe on the cover. Inside are eight cubes filled with classic best sellers and the newest seasonal sweets: Champagne Bears, Winter Berry Sparkle Pops, Espresso Martini, Merry Berries, Cranberry Cocktail Bears, Holiday Presents, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Sparkling Rosé Bears.
A FEW GOOD MEN’S GIFTS
Guys of every age can be especially tough to buy for. If your husband, father or uncle has ever demurred when asked if there’s anything he would like, you understand all too well the challenges of buying something he’ll love and use. We curated this selection of well-priced ideas with that in mind:
Go figure: Bucket hats are the surprise must-wear headgear this season. This Unisex Vintage Lacoste Badge Cotton Bucket Hat in durable cotton twill features the brand’s vintage 1927 embroidered badge on the front and its iconic green crocodile on the side.
If he prefers fresh, green and woodsy scents, Awaken, the latest fragrance from Tumi, hits all the right notes – bergamot, grapefruit, fir needle and cedarwood. It’s a combination designed to be refreshing and is housed in a glass bottle with a unique top.
These are designed for those who love plush textures from head to toe, the subtle flash of a designer logo, a splash of holiday sparkle on the wrist, or beauty products that evoke that spa-day feeling.
In one of the season’s best beauty collabs, Aveda partnered with designer Phillip Lim to create a collection of exclusive products inspired by the wonders of nature. These gift sets combine luxe hair products with a limited-edition hair towel wrap or detangling comb, all with a tropical getaway vibe.
Not all gift cards are created equal – and ours is a standout for the holidays. The South Coast Plaza Gift Card is available in any denomination up to $2,000 per card and can be used all South Coast Plaza boutiques and restaurants, as well as Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and The Westin South Coast Plaza. Gift cards are available for purchase at all Concierge locations. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, JCB, UnionPay, cash, checks and debit cards are accepted.