The Perfect: Gifts to Buy at the Mall



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Welcome to “The Perfect,”’s roundup of all the elements needed for a perfectly outfitted and executed fill-in-the-blank.

Even people with the very best gift-giving intentions can lose track of time and suddenly realize online shopping is no longer an option. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, don’t bypass the lifeboat conveniently docked within swimming distance: the shopping mall. Here, some favorites we’d be happy to unwrap.

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From Banana Republic


A zip-up is clutch, truly, in about 101 situations. It can be carried on its own, slid into a purse, or used to organize travel accessories. In other words, it’s the perfect present. 


From Macy’s

Benefit Cosmetics


There’s a reason pint-sized beauty samples sleekly packaged together always pop up this time of year: They’re awesome.  The right mix of universal products guarantees it will all get used.




A fuzzy, tri-color scarf is doubly smart. Not only does it help ward off winter chills, it punches above its weight class when it comes to adding major style.


From J.Crew


In the world of loungewear, a classic set of pajamas with contrasting piping is always in style (and natural fibers, like cotton, are infinitely more comfortable than synthetic blends). 


From Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor


A sophisticated barrette looks expensive and, as an MVP on bad-hair days, is the sort of gift someone will fall more and more in love with.


From Gap


You can never have too many bags. Treat someone to a slightly less practical pick that will be sure to delight, fuzzy faux fur included.


From Claire’s


Because, honestly, think about it: You 100 percent know someone who goes extra extra on dress-up occasions like birthdays and New Year’s Eve, and nothing exceeds like excess. 


From Forever21


Given tongue-in-cheek or with all seriousness, a witty mug is the kind of useful gift that never hurts.


From H&M



Whether someone’s makeup bag stays at home or is always on the go, there’s nothing to lose by opting for a shade that sparks joy.

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