November is officially here, and you know what that means. It’s time to start creating your gift lists and checking them twice… especially when it comes to creating an essential gift guide for those notoriously hard to shop for friends and family members.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. “Jewel, it’s only the first week of November! I still have 7 weeks until Christmas to start thinking up the perfect gifts.”

True. But if you’re anything like us, you’re a glutton for #smartshopping, and going into Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a game plan is always the best way to save — especially when that game plan includes shopping through Jewel to earn cash back on top of all of the Black Friday deals and savings you’ll already be getting.

So, to help guide you through the holiday shopping season ahead, we here at Jewel are looking to our team of experts — from his and hers fashion, to beauty buys and home accessories — to create essential gift guides that will help make your holiday shopping a breeze. And today we’re starting with our go-to gifts for everyone on your list…

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The Crown Jewels Blender Essentials by beautyblender

$65 from Sephora

We promise it’s not the name alone (crown jewels) that has us lusting after this eight piece set by beautyblender. These super-soft foam makeup blenders are a dream when it comes to getting an airbrushed look out of your favorite foundation or concealer. Plus, the set even comes with four gemstone-shaped cleaners, one for each makeup sponge, to keep your blenders in top condition.

Deluxe Vegan Advent Calendar by The Body Shop

$110 from Ulta Beauty

Most people think of advent calendars as an activity that you do in the 12 or 25 days leading up to Christmas. But, for us, an advent calendar is one of our favorite gifts to recieve as a holiday gift, because you get to continue the gift opening weeks after the day has come to an end. (Talk about the perfect way to combat those post-holiday blues.) This 25 day calendar from The Body Shop features some best-selling vegan products from the brand, including skincare, bath and body, and makeup — leaving your loved one with a new treat for 25 days straight.

The Skincare Set by Glossier

$40 from Glossier

When it comes to beauty gifts, you can never go wrong with a set of top rated favorites  — especially when “winter is coming” and the set promises dewy, hydrated skin. Glossier’s daily skin essentials Skincare Set includes fan favorites like their Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, and our personal Jewel fav, the Balm Dotcom universal skin salve. Together, they make the perfect daily skincare backbone for any beauty lover and a clear pick for our essential gift guide.


Black Rollneck Turtleneck by Lauren Manoogian

$390 from SSENSE

Sweaters are a universal favorite in the women’s fashion world — and this classic black mock-neck turtleneck would look great on just about anyone, from your little sister to your mother-in-law. And, made with long sleeve knit alpaca and merino wool-blend, there’s a good chance it will become their new cozy, cold weather favorite.

Le Pliage Large Nylon Shoulder Tote by Longchamp

$145 from Bloomingdale’s

This tried-and-true nylon tote back is a travel must-have for our resident Jewel travel guru. With a nod to timeless French style, the packable design can easily fold up to serve as a back-up tote when you need it, but is also stylish enough to act as your primary carryall for daily commuting or overseas travel. The nylon fabric is also super simple to clean, making it a durable tote that is perfect for whatever life or travel throws at you.

Cashmere Scarf by COS

$115 from COS

Is there anything more luxurious than a cashmere scarf when it comes to gift giving? We love this timeless, versatile camel cashmere scarf from COS, as it pairs perfectly with all of the leopard print styles we have seen pop up this fall. Plus, the classic rectangular shape and fuzzy finish makes it a staple style that can be worn for years (and trends) to come.


Men’s Ascot Suede Slippers by UGG

$110 from Neiman Marcus

Speaking of luxurious and cozy, UGG slippers are always a fan-favorite gift under the Christmas tree, thanks to their signature soft UGGpure™ faux-shearling lining that naturally wicks away moisture. These slippers are the perfect addition to our essential gift guide for the hard-working dad in your life who needs an excuse to put his feet up and relax, or is looking for the finishing touch to their loungewear attire, according to our resident menswear expert, Gareth.

Self-Cleaning Bottle by Larq

$95 from Bloomingdale’s

Here at the Jewel office, there’s been some rumours going around about unnamed brothers and boyfriends who have a bad habit of using the same water bottle day after day. (Yeah, we see you.) Thankfully, there’s a new high-tech water bottle out there that aims to clean up after the water bottle reusers in our life, thanks to digital purification technology that uses a UV-C LED light to purify both the water and the bottle at the touch of a button. Plus, the double insulated bottle keeps your beverage cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. Isn’t technology the best?

Men’s Greenland Winter Jacket by Fjallraven

$309.95 from Moosejaw

Give the guy in your life the warm-weather necessities to get outdoors with winter, starting with this sharp Fjallraven Men’s Greenland Winter Jacket. Lined with pile fleece and Fjallraven’s classic G-1000® fabric, this durable jacket will last any outdoorsman through the worst of seasons. Plus, the stylish cut features a cozy hood and plenty of pockets for all of life’s outdoor essentials.


Greenwich Convertible Diaper Backpack by Skip Hop

$100 from Skip Hop

Just because your fashion-forward friend is a new mom (or future mom-to-be), that doesn’t mean she has to trade in all of her stylish handbags. This adorable, soft grey Greenwich Convertible Backpack in luxe vegan leather offers two timeless looks in one: a diaper bag backpack and a messenger diaper bag. 

Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter Play Set by Mellisa & Doug

$49.99 from Bloomingdale’s

Help little ones transform their home into a modern-day ice cream shop with this Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter. With 28 pieces, including ice cream scoops, toppings, cones, menu cards, play money, and more, kids 3+ can bring all of the delights of their favorite after-dinner treat right to the playroom.

Kids Sweater by Moschino

$233 from YOOX

Do you know a toddler that is just as trendy as their fashion-forward parent? Elevate their style with this high-fashion Moschino Sweater… a no-brainer item for our essential gift guide. The navy crewneck is perfect for the holiday season, thanks to Moschino bear mascot donning a red fuzzy bauble cap on the front.


3 Piece Votive Candle Set by Tory Burch

$128 from Tory Burch

Candles are our go-to gift when we’re stumped with what to get someone, or need a chic item to throw into a black elephant gift exchange. This trio of beautiful glass and brass-fretwork votives are especially elegant, with their hand-poured Tory Burch scents of Cedarwood, 797 Madison, and Westerly scents, making them the perfect elegant gift for your boss or sister to display and enjoy at home.

Andy Warhol: 7 Illustrated Books by Taschen

$192 from LuisaViaRoma

If you’re looking for something unique and eclectic for the artist in your life, look no further than this seven piece collection of Andy Warhol’s 1950s hand-drawn books, created during his pre-fame years. Complete with an XL-sized guidebook that helps contextualize Warhol’s life alongside his unique creations, this is the perfect coffee table collection for any creative or budding artist.

The Skateroom, Untitled 1981 by Keith Haring

$659 from YOOX

Another great home decor piece for someone with minimalist, yet bold artistic style is this art piece that features a three set of skateboards depicting the artwork of world-renowned artist Keith Haring, as part of his Untitled 1981 project. Known for his subjects that are characterized by the reassuring cartoon appeal of Walt Disney, these pop-infused creations feature profound anthropological undertones and act as a modern artistic representation of our time and our society.

Looking for even more holiday gift inspiration for the loved ones in your life? Stay tuned to our Jewel blog all season long for more essential gift guides for fashion, tech, beauty, home and more. Plus, keep an eye out at UseJewel.com, along with our Jewel Facebook and Instagram pages for new cash back offers daily.

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