Becoming a better gifter with Zappos

It’s no secret I'm a wreck when it comes to buying gifts during the holiday season. I even commissioned my older sister to do a bulk of shopping for me earlier this fall.  It may be the reason I've been breaking out in hives! Unlikely but it just might. When Zappos contacted me to join their #ZapposPresentPalooza challenge, I thought it would be a great opportunity to suck it up and develop this weak gift-giving muscle of mine.  The kicker, they told me, was to shop for a complete stranger. Cue: hyperventilation but challenge accepted.

As soon as I stopped being dramatic I was thrilled to find out they paired me with Anne Sage of the beautiful blog City Sage. After reading pages and pages of her thoughtful blog and stalking her Instagram, I learned that Anne is a talented curator with immaculate taste. She designs with a simple aesthetic, loves being in the kitchen (her pancakes look positively delicious), and has lived in the best cities but currently lives in sunny LA. She’s also one hard working cookie, helping to co-found Rue Magazine. Her style is innately chic, with a clear appreciation for basics and leathers. I was ready to get to work! 

I wanted to put together a gift that Anne could add to her classic wardrobe beyond the holiday season. Using the Zappos gift guide, I found a Free People sweater that fit the bill perfectly and this Michael Stars hat could easily be worn in spring. And finally, a leather Fossil frame coin pouch so she can toss in her handbag for parking meters, and well, you know -- flat lays. Done! Or so I thought.

The minute I submitted my order I realized I shipped the gift to myself. A quick call with a Zappo’s customer service rep assured me she’d receive the gift by the next business day. The rep also said she’d love the gift for herself. Woo!

Anne, having done the same research on me, hit the nail on the head with her ‘hibernate in style’ package. She sent a beautiful plaid Kate Spade scarf, quirky Marc by Marc Jacobs pretzel earrings, and the most comfortable slippers. It might have been in me all this time, but I learned that with a little research, some thought, and with the help of Zappos I could actually enjoy the process of buying gifts. And knowing that Anne loved my picks made it that much more rewarding!


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