Hello. I'm married, and I'm looking for good stocking stuffers for my wife.
She is a kind-of girly girl. She works part-time. Likes trinkets and candy.
We talked and we both like a stocking mixed with cheap things and nice things... and by nice I mean no more than $20 things. I know I'll be putting mints and such that she likes in there, but beyond that I'm a bit lost. We've been married 5 years but this is the first time we could really afford to spend money on each other.
Go into Ulta (I count at least 3 in Michigan, but I'm not google-mapping Ferndale) and tell the sales lady exactly this. You can even pretend to be mute, put "I'd like help" at the top, print it out, and have the sales lady select things for you, and not have to say a word.
Then take your pick of the juniors section at Nordstroms, Forever 21, H&M, or Sears and pick a couple pieces of costume jewelry. [You're married, so you don't have to worry about AoM's myth that even costume jewelry signals "serious."] Costume jewelry is the stuff made of plastic and tin.
Ulta, interesting. Not really close.
You're right about jewelry. She still likes Claire's stuff (now THAT is an awkward place for a guy to shop in alone).
You could try Sephora, but it runs more expensive
Story with a purpose: Before I met my husband, I read all sorts of dating advice. Some I knew was good. Some I knew was bad. A bit that was silly but couldn't hurt was to wear a "statement" [large, obvious] necklace on your first date, so he has something obvious to compliment you on. I found something for $3 at Nordstroms. I would have worn it to the wedding, but it didn't fit with the dress's neckline.
Actually there was an Ulta that is close, and I did go there last night. Thanks.
Claire's would work. Also, try Bed, Bath and Beyond and/or Bath and Body Works. Girls like lotions and bath beads and crap.
Get used to awkward shopping trips. Its the nature of the business.
The fleece-lined and sweater ones that came back/out last year
That reminds me last year someone was selling stockings like that that looked like sharks. It was inspired, and would be morbidly hilarious every 28 days.
Thigh-highs are suddenly easier to find. But I prefer fleece-lined or sweater tights to wear with skirts, and knee-highs to wear with pants.
How exciting, that after being married for 5 years now you two can really afford to spend money on each other this Christmas.
Does she love a particular animal (small stuffed animals often run somewhere from $6,$9,$16). Also, if she collects a certain type of trinket, you can sometimes find great deals at antique stores (if you have a lot of time on your hands to browse). Hand written card, small token of appreciation, or something sentimental could also work (like a picture of a place that something memorable took place, first date, first kiss, where you proposed, wedding, honeymoon, where you took her on her birthday or 5 year anniversary, etc.)
Or anything anyone else mentioned, like costume jewelry, lotions, bath beads and/stockings, because they're all great ideas as well.
So today I get an email from Ulta: "Great gift ideas under $20" It was all the bath salts and lotions and stuff. [bath salts as in epsom salts, which you can't eat, as opposed to the bath salts at Trader Joe's, which are actual salt] I receive far more of that stuff than I have time to use. I think it's a myth that women actually like it. It's just what you get when you don't know what else to get - like getting groomsmen a flask. But if it floats your wives' boat, great.
You're married, which means you're in this for the long haul. And, this is the *first* year you can afford to spend any money.
Then, why spend it?
Each of you could get the other *1* trinket as a gift...something to open on Christmas. And then take what you would have otherwise spent and open a joint savings account.
Girly-girls like stability and financial security, too.