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Gilt-y Pleasures: 10 Hot Gift Ideas from Gilt x TheCoolist

This month, Gilt Man invited TheCoolist to tour its Brooklyn warehouse and to sit behind-the-scenes at a Gilt sale photo shoot.  We shared our experience on what makes Gilt Groupe tick, but there’s another story about what we at TheCoolist have in our own Gilt shopping cart.  Today just happens to be Cyber Monday, the busiest day in online retail.  To kick off this week, we’re sharing the items we saw at Gilt this month that had us drooling, and will likely have you and your loved ones drooling as well.  After hours of climbing through the Gilt warehouse, below are the digs that drove us wild.

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Gilt Gift Ideas for Her

A tip for men: memorize your better half’s sizes.  If you can’t remember them, keep them in your smartphone.  When you see something you’d love to see her in, the gift of clothing can be gracious when it fits her like a charm.  If you aren’t confident in the right item, nail down a few designers that she loves and you won’t go wrong.  For this holiday season, we suggest brands like Ella MossMiss Sixty or Alana Bess Jewelry.  If you’re still having trouble finding the right gift, the For Her gift guide is more of a final destination than a last resort.

Gilt for Her Gallery

Gilt Travel: JetSetter.com

Going somewhere?  JetSetter.com is Gilt’s travel channel, which plays host to a range of designer and boutique hotels with un-sold rooms.  Think Priceline, but for high-end hotspots.  Since most winter travel involves escaping the cold, here are three JetSetter locations on our radar.  The Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida gives travelers direct beach access from $150 a night only at JetSetter.  If you’re planning on a trip to Art Basel Miami, this short drive north is just the ticket.  The Shorebreak hotel in Huntington Beach, California provides the same luxury on the left coast, starting here at $125/night.  Last, the Carmel Valley Ranch near Monterey, California provides a serene escape from busy San Francisco to the north, where local wine and abundant nature sooth the worries of urban living.

JetSetter Travel Gallery

Gilt for Kids

During our visit to the Gilt warehouse, photo shoots were underway for kids clothing from newborns to active toddlers.  We were able to see just how precise a process these shoots are, and the results are stunning.  In perusing the kids section, we picked three items that the big kid in us would have loved in our childhood.  Hey, even as adults we love the awesome Inntrax Twig Crayons shown above, a set of 120 that are melted within hand-carved twigs.  The Kapital K “Marshall” Plaid Shirt is cool enough that we wish it came in our own size, and the Nirvana Designs Lizard Hat and Mittens are as playful as it gets.

Gilt for Kids Gallery

Gilt for Dogs

The furry children of the fashion world are also well represented on Gilt.  We missed the above photo shoot by a matter of days, and would have loved to see this one behind-the-scenes.  The pup above is wearing a White & Warren Cashmere Cable Pull-On Sweater in red, ready to greet his holiday guests.  TheCoolist’s office dog Magnum (who is actually typing this while we dictate) is perfect for the Croc Collar or the Wagwear Athletic Hoodie shown below.

Gilt for Dogs Gallery

Gilt at Home for the Holidays

See that happy holiday scene above?  Those gifts were wrapped, that tree was lit, those stockings were hung and the drinks to the right were all poured by Gilt Groupe’s creative team.  Each item came together to showcase Gilt’s holiday-themed gifts for high-style giving.  While not pictured, the Vintage Holiday Cards are our favorites, some throwback cards to the holidays of yore.  The Black Pillar Vanilla candle and the Royal Copenhagen Crown Mobile Ornament were also on our x-mas list.

Gilt Home Gallery

Gilt City

Your holidays shouldn’t only be spent at home, as gift giving can mean getting out and seeing the world in your own city.  If you’re in a major metro area, Gilt City is a must-follow, the Groupon for luxury and design-minded go-getters.  Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, NYC and San Francisco are all on the hot list, with more cities on the way.  If you’re in New York, for example, you’ll find discounts on nightlife, dining, theater and more for much lower than you’d pay to walk in the door.

Gilt on a Budget

Gilt is a luxury retailer in times that aren’t so luxurious.  They do it by carefully curating top brands who release their goods at accessible prices.  You don’t have to dip into your savings to get a deal in this holiday season, and their gift guide is designed with that in mind.  Gilt has organized their gear at prices below $100, $75, $50 and $25 to provide solid deals at the budget level.  A few gifts to ourselves hit from these deal packages alone.

Speaking of gifts to ourselves, here are the hot items at Gilt we’re looking at for our own closet during this holiday season…

Gilt Coat Rack

For our warm-blooded friends in cooler climates, outerwear like this will get you through a tough winter while still looking good.  Gilt Groupe is running a sale “coat rack” for men that includes active outerwear, blazers and vests, peacoats and trenches, leather jackets and more.  We’re digging the crinkled look of late, so we picked the Marc by Marc Jacobs Twill Crinkled Coat as our stepping out jacket.  For cooler, more formal appearances, the Jack Spade Wool Toggle Coat caught our eye.  When we’re out and active, the Columbia St. Pierre Shell Jacket is ideal for temps above freezing.

Gilt Coat Rack

Flannel Fanatacism

There is a lot of flannel underneath the winter jackets of the world during these cold months.  To us, there’s something about simple red-and-black flannel that we can’t get enough of.  We’ve saw a few at Gilt that we would have wanted for our own if TheCoolist hadn’t migrated south.  Check the Cotton Vintage Work Shirt by Steven Alan, the Wool Plaid Hunter Jacket by Canterbury and the Buffalo Check Hunting Hat by Gant.  Don’t you dare try to wear all three at once, because flannel is best exercised in moderation.

Gilt Flannel Gallery

Gilt Glasses: Summer Sunwear on Sale

While winter is on its way in the northern states, the rest of the U.S. can seize the day when unsold summer stock hits Gilt’s virtual shelves.  Oliver Peoples and Mosley Tribes are kicking out the remains of the sunnier days in a fresh collection of sunglasses at Gilt.  Three of our favorites are the Oliver Peoples Escobar Sunglasses, the Mosley Tribes Syndicate Sunglasses and the fresh pair of Lyndel Plaid Sunglasses above, also by Mosely Tribes.

Gilt Glasses Gallery

This post was sponsored by our friends at Gilt Groupe, but the language and selections above are purely our own.  Gilt is quite possibly the hottest name in fashion on the web today, a place where luxury-minded shoppers can find top name gear at insider, discount prices.  We say that not out of obligation, but because we feel that Gilt is a special happening in fashion during hard times for today’s consumer.  Thanks to Gilt for inviting TheCoolist to take part in your story and to share it with our community here on TheCoolist.com.