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21 Ideas for Spending That Gift Card You Got

Chances are, you received some kind of gift card this holiday — maybe from a boss or a well-intentioned aunt — and aren’t quite sure how to spend it. That’s why we went and found some nice things (many on sale) at five very different stores: Now you can collect on that gift instead of letting it gather dust in some drawer.


Hunter Original Refined High-Gloss Rain Boot
$165 at Nordstrom

A high-shine and sophisticated take on the rain boot.

BP Plaid Poncho
$39 at Nordstrom

Like wearing a comfy and cozy plaid blanket, but with an actually flattering shape.

Zella Premier Mesh Leggings
$35 (40 percent off) at Nordstrom

For when you’re bored of basic black: multicolor leggings in red and pink.
Original Price $59

Topshop Marled Sweater
$32 (50 percent off) at Nordstrom

A slouchy, speckled sweater with slits on the sides that you can live in all winter.
Original Price: $65

Topshop Asymmetrical Biker Jacket
80 (50 percent off) at Nordstrom

Like a cross between a leather biker and a knee-length wool coat.
Original Price: $160

DwellStudio Marled-Knit Throw Blanket
$80 (20 percent off) at Nordstrom

A 100 percent cotton throw with a handsome red border would make a great addition to the love seat.
Original Price: $99


Everlane Men’s Ribbed Crew
$69 (30 percent off) at Everlane

A chunky merino sweater with none of regular wool’s scratchy irritation.
Original Price: $98

Everlane Women’s Street Fleece Sweatshirt
$35 (30 percent off) at Everlane

Like a simple sweatshirt modernized with thoughtful details like a scoopy collar and three-quarter-length sleeves.
Original Price: $50

Everlane Women’s Unstructured Coat
$137 (30 percent off) at Everlane

An unlined black coat stripped down to its most basic silhouette.
Original Price: $195

Everlane Heavyweight Tee
$32 (30 percent off) at Everlane

The stripey sailor shirt is slightly longer in the trunk, which looks just as great untucked or front-tucked.

Everlane Wool Cashmere Beanie
$27 (30 percent off) at Everlane

A super-soft beanie worn with a puffer or wool coat captures that easy model-off-duty vibe.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Le Creuset 2.75-Quart Shallow Dutch Oven
$130 (43 percent off) at Bed Bath & Beyond

For all the stews and onion-browning you could want to do through February.
Original Price: $230

Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook’s Knife
$100 (29 percent off) at Bed Bath & Beyond

You can feel the German precision in this essential kitchen tool.
Original Price: $140

Himalayan Glow Ionic Natural-Salt-Crystal Lamp
From $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond

A little New Age–y, sure, but the rose-colored glow it casts is flattering on anyone.


KitchenAid 4.5-Quart Classic Plus Stand Mixer
$200 (43 percent off) at Macy’s

A baker’s essential, the professional-grade stand mixer is heavily discounted and the best assistant for batters and doughs.
Original Price: $350

Levi’s Boyfriend Trucker Jacket
$55 (21 percent off) at Macy’s

A slick layering piece for when you don’t want to wear a parka but need some extra insulation.
Original Price: $70

Nike Dri-Fit Tempo Running Shorts
$23 (23 percent off) at Macy’s

A perfect pair of running shorts for helping you reach your 2017 fitness goals.
Original Price: $30

Nespresso VertuoLine Single-Serve Brewer & Espresso-maker
$150 (48 percent off) at Macy’s

For indulging your morning-espresso habit with none of the hassle.
Original Price: $290


Lululemon Reversible Mat
$68 at Lululemon

Our wellness expert’s favorite (extra-thick) yoga mat.

Lululemon High Times Pant
$98 at Lululemon

A sweat-wicking pair of tights with a figure-hugging high waist.

Run for Cold Vest
$148 at Lululemon

Masochists who insist on running outdoors even though it’s winter: You’ve found your new best friend.

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21 Ideas for Spending That Gift Card You Got