5 Gifts The 29Secrets Team Are Treating Themselves To This Year

You’ve made your shopping list and checked it twice, and honestly, now you’re kind of jealous. We know the feeling. It’s been a crazy year and life should be about treating yourself every once in awhile, right? (right?!) That’s why we asked a few of our favourite 29Secrets contributors to stop by their local Nordstom Rack and let us know what products they’d treat themselves to and why you should, too!

Get ready for some serious holideals!

Read on to see what five of our favourite contributors scored this holiday season after a visit to Nordstrom Rack

As the holiday season is approaching faster than I’m ready for, I tried to make a point to get ahead on the gift-giving game. While I love shopping for everyone on my list—seriously, I get such joy from finding the perfect gift—I’m also taking some time to treat myself this year. And not in a fake self-care kind of way, but to truly appreciate myself for all of the hard work and everything I’ve accomplished through this year. On my holiday shopping excursion, I popped into Nordstrom Rack, which had a little something for everyone on my list (plus tons of cute holiday décor I definitely didn’t need but got anyway)—including myself.

I’m a new mom, so I’ve been spending a lot of time at home, especially as the cold temps set in. I’m also a Taurus to my core), which also means I love all things luxury and all things comfy (and also that I don’t mind being home this much). This pair of pajamas was too good to even add to my wish list—it’s one of those gotta-have-it items that I just couldn’t wait for. They’re super-soft, comfy and have a fun print so I don’t have to feel bad that I’m still wearing them around lunchtime.

’Tis the season for end-of year deadlines, indulgent holiday parties, and frantic shopping trips for last-minute gifts. It’s also the time of year when it seems like cash is flying out of my bank account at warp speed, so despite the temperatures in Toronto, December is decidedly the least chill month of the year. There’s so much to do and so many other people to think about over the holidays that it’s easy to forget to check in with myself and my own sanity. That’s why I decided to treat myself to something nice this year—well, besides the countless shortbread cookies.

Since my holiday shopping strategy is all about efficiency, stores like Nordstrom Rack are the perfect place to check a bunch of items off my list all in one trip. It doesn’t hurt that I can’t leave the store without spotting something I love, like this grey and white windowpane blanket scarf. I’ve always liked how those oversized scarves looked on other people a lot more than I liked them on myself, but this one has me believing I can be a scarf person too. The colour is the perfect shade of grey (my favourite neutral) and the pattern is a classic that will never go out of style. Thanks to Marie Kondo, I’m all about quality over quantity when it comes to accessories these days and this cashmere scarf will definitely come in handy during the next three months of frigid Canadian winter. Both practical and luxurious? That’s a splurge I can get behind.

Though there were many fabulous options at Nordstrom Rack to choose from, I decided to gift myself this Steve Madden outerwear accessory set. It came in a selection of luxurious neutrals, so I knew it would go with every coat I have. The creamy beige colour reminded me exactly of Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe in The Holiday, and aren’t we all trying to replicate that cozy girl vibe every winter? I’m somebody who tends to mismatch my gloves, hat, and scarf, so when I saw this I knew that the pearl embellishments on the super soft items made them special enough to wear on their own, or all together when I’m heading out to a holiday party. If the faux fur pompom on the top of the hat didn’t completely sell this to me, the touch-screen friendly gloves did. I love that I can keep them on while answering emails, or (more realistically) scrolling through Instagram. I am a firm believer in the #TreatYoSelf movement, and this year I’ve worked really hard with trying to balance everything I have going on. This set is perfect for treating myself because it’s timeless, and a great addition for any girl on the go, which is exactly what I’m going to be this holiday season.

Every year I splurge on something for myself – usually something from the fashion or beauty department. This year I decided to treat myself to my very first Kate Spade bag. I’ve always admired Kate Spade’s line of classic and chic purses but never really bought any. I went to my local Nordstrom Rack store and a beautiful two-toned satchel caught my eye. The Carli two-toned satchel is a dome-shaped leather bag with an adjustable crossbody strap. The exterior looks simple but refined, featuring leather construction and gold-tone hardware. The neutral tone is perfect for winter and will match any outfit. I can carry this purse from day to night. I love the clean lines, minimal detailing, and sturdy structure of this bag. I prefer this style over patterns. Sometimes less is more and that’s why I decided to gift myself this Kate Spade satchel this holiday season.

The good news is I have started my holiday shopping. The bad news is I’ve only started shopping for gifts for myself. So, what have I already picked up for myself for Christmas this year? A beautiful three-wick Nest candle, that I picked up from the Nordstrom Rack near me! Okay I picked up more than one… the price point is an amazing deal! After all ‘tis the season to start burning a super festive candle and treat yourself (and your home).

This oversized orange blossom-scented three-wick candle is a blend of orange blossom, orchid, tiare flower and freesia combined with tangerine, lemon and musk and was created by the most accomplished perfumers in the world, and is one of Nest’s signature scents. It fills the room with the most incredible scent and is guaranteed to go the distance—150 hours to be exact.

But, the most convincing argument has to be candles have the power to turn a bad day around…and is there any better present than that?

This post is brought to you by Nordstrom Rack. For prices and availability please visit your local Nordstrom Rack location.

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