Gift Guide: Bestie

by astanhaus

Of course, I tell my besties constantly how important they are to me. But during the holidays I like to put my $$ where my mouth is and show them how much I love them!

The following are three gift suggestions for the specials ladies in your life.


The most stressful part of flying during the Christmas season is successfully arriving at the airport in a timely manner and not looking crazed as I lug presents for my whole family. While I can’t ensure there won’t be traffic, I lighten my bestie’s load by accompanying them on their public transit trip to the airport.  Variations on this gift can include: paying for her public transit fare, driving her in a car (if available), and offering return trip accompaniment.


In Mad Men, one of the first  pearls of wisdom Joan gives to newbie Peggy is that men love scarves.  And we all know that men—for the most part—don’t change.

I have a knack for setting trends, and I have a funny feeling that silk scarves (à la Bubbie) are going to be a future trend. Two years ago, I had the same funny feeling when I started wearing plaid pants and now everyone is wearing them.

Make sure your bestie is on trend by finding a fabulous silk scarf with just the right colors for her at your local consignment/vintage/salvation army store. Make sure to dry clean it (thrift store finds are an exception to my anti-dry cleaning stance) and then tie it in a bow to be presented to her at brunch.


Psst…this one is a semi-secret. I’m a better baker than most of my besties, yet their families expect them to bring pie for dessert on Christmas. My besties have learned its better to outsource the pie baking to me, instead of risking crumbling under the pressure of baking dessert for Christmas dinner. My besties’ gifts of “homemade pecan pie” to their families is actually my gift to my besties.

Hmm…I wonder what they are getting me this year?!?

Merry Merry!

(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)