I was thinking the other day about how crowded shopping malls will be this coming weekend with Christmas falling on a Monday. Today is going to be a big shopping day for all of the procrastinators out there!
In high school, my friends and I were always hanging out at our local mall, but I actually haven’t been there in ages (mainly because DC is full of great stores to browse and online shopping is way easier for most things). However, I hear it’s vastly improved in the past few years–now they have a Lilly Pulitzer, a Lululemon, and even a cookie dough place?!
While chain stores are full of options, it can sometimes seem harder to find a gift that’s whimsical and meaningful. For example, I personally love cute, quirky shops like Furbish Studio and Waiting on Martha, but I haven’t come across any chain stores with similar selections (although as I’ve mentioned before, H&M home has some great pieces!). However, I did a little digging and rounded up my favorite items that YES! you can buy at the mall, but NO! they don’t look too generic. Scroll through this prior to your last-minute holiday shopping and you’ll feel a bit more together during what will no doubt be a chaotic situation.
Old Navy: All of these items are either a) practical and classic or b) totally fun for this time of year. Old Navy isn’t just where you bought your 4th of July tee in 2003–the current offerings are definitely on trend.
Francesca’s: I’ve always been a huge fan of Francesca’s for things like dresses, shirts, and sweaters. If you love prints as much as I do, this is your place! Plus, they frequently have sales or other promos. It’s a great place to shop for gifts because of all of the accessory offerings. No need to worry if you don’t know someone’s exact size or style preference–there are tons of items like scarves, coffee mugs, and wristlets that make easy gifts.
Gap: If I hadn’t known better, I would’ve mistaken most of these items for J.Crew! Gap has really stepped up its game and I’m kind of lusting over everything shown here. Plus, some of these items would be great outfit additions for NYE (if you want to pick up a few things for yourself while you’re at it!).
Urban Outfitters: I realized I hadn’t been including any guy gifts on here (whoops), so I’m adding a few here along with some additional items for the ladies! In addition to their signature items, UO sells items from a great mix of brands, including Patagonia, Ouai (eager to try their products), and more.