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Gifts for her: What to buy the women in your life

What to buy her this holiday season

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Stumped about what to get her this holiday? You're not alone.

With consumers earmarking a smaller piece of their budget for apparel and handbags, finding the perfect gift for the woman in your life may be trickier than in years' past.

While those evergreen categories shouldn't be ignored, it's worth taking a more modern approach — for instance, a designer handbag that doubles as a phone charger.

And as home values rise and consumers invest more of their paycheck into their residences, sales of decor and furnishings are expected to post double-digit gains this season, making them a viable gift option.

From barware to lingerie to jewelry and more, click ahead to see 12 gift ideas for her.

— By Krystina Gustafson
Posted 21 Nov. 2015

Pottery Barn bar cart

Source: Pottery Barn

Price: $599

Spending on nongift items is expected to outpace that of traditional presents this year, according to Deloitte.

Decor and furnishings, in particular, are projected to grow a whopping 33 percent compared to last year, as consumers do more entertaining at home.

This 1960s Italian brass bar cart, from Pottery Barn, will make it easy for her to host a chic New Year's Eve party, or other festivities throughout the year.

Urban Outfitters Drink A Diamond glass set

Source: Urban Outfitters

Price: $34

A cheaper way to get in on the hostess trend is by giving her a set of unique glassware.

These diamond-shape tumblers from Urban Outfitters, which come in a set of two, will make having cocktails at home feel more like a special occasion.

Apple Watch Hermes

Source: Apple

Price: Starts at $1,100

Some Apple Watch critics contend the technology won't take off until it gets buy-in from the fashion set.

French luxury leather goods brand Hermes responded to that call by partnering with the tech giant on three variations, which can be further customized via the typeface, numeral display and strap color.

Everpurse x Kate Spade iPhone charging wristlet

Source: Kate Spade

Price: $198

If she's the type of person who forgets to charge her phone at night, this purse may be the solution.

Through a partnership with Chicago-based start-up Everpurse, this Kate Spade wristlet is designed to keep her iPhone 6 or 6S juiced up while she's on the go.

By placing the bag on a charging mat, the bag itself gets powered up, allowing the phone to steal its battery power..

Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Demi Bra

Source: Victoria's Secret

Price: $48-$72.50

This bra, new from Victoria's Secret, taps into the sparkle and frill of the holiday season. For a more complete look, it can be paired with a matching panty and garter belt.

Alex and Ani bracelets

Source: Alex and Ani

Price: Varies

From rings to bracelets, Alex and Ani has made a name for itself by offering individual pieces that are perfect for stacking.

Most of its bracelets fall in the $25 to $50 range, while rings all run for less than $50. The flexible way to buy and wear the pieces makes them an easy gift for any budget.

Henri Bendel 2016 planner

Source: Henri Bendel

Price: $78

Want to give her a luxury gift but not making six figures quite yet? This planner from Fifth Avenue staple Bendel's will make her feel like you splurged on her every day of the year.

Ted Baker London Manicure Set

Source: Nordstrom

Price: $40

Another way to tap into the high end on a modest budget is this at-home manicure set, from British luxury brand Ted Baker.

In addition to being stylish, the zip-around case makes the set easy to travel with, making it perfect for quick touch-ups while she's on the go.

Travel French Press

Source: Brookstone

Price: $30

Speaking of on the go, save her a trip to the coffee shop with this 15-ounce travel mug from Bodum, available at Brookstone.

The cup is designed to brew French press-style coffee without the kitchen, and is vacuum sealed to keep her drink warm for hours.

Tazo Tea gift basket

Source: Target

Price: $69.99

If she fancies tea instead, this gift basket by Tazo Tea may be a better fit.

In the midst of a push to spice up its food and drink offerings, Target's holiday gift selection includes this assortment of teas and a kettle, conveniently packaged in a wooden basket.

Nest Holiday Gift Set

Source: Candle Delirium

Price: $70

Help her create a cozy holiday ambiance with this gift set from Nest.

This package includes classic and votive candles, a room spray and reed diffuser, which blend together mandarin orange, pomegranate, cinnamon and other scents.

Neiman Marcus dream trip to India

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Price: $400,000

Hey big spender: Here's a gift idea that's sure to leave an impression.

From Neiman Marcus' annual Christmas Book, this 12-day trip to India includes a tour of a Bollywood studio; a rickshaw tour of historic monuments; and a luxury suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas, the world's No.1 hotel as determined by Travel & Leisure.