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My Favorite Gifts for Family & Friends from Macy's

Written by Lori Felix | November 23, 2020

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As I began my holiday shopping this year, I was thinking about all the challenges each one of us has been through and how 2020 has stretched us all. I wanted my gifts to reflect how much my family means to me, and Macy’s made that easy.

I also wanted to limit my holiday shopping to just a few stores for my convenience and to avoid shipping delays. If you have not tried shopping online and then picking up in-store, I highly recommend it this year!

This year, the day after Halloween, I put up my Christmas tree and decorations. It might be a bit early for some but now that we are home more, I’m enjoying the lights on my tree at night, along with a cozy fire. When will you put up your tree this year?

We have a new grandson this year and it made me so happy to add his stocking to our mantle! In spite of 2020, we have so much to be thankful for.

I filled my online cart with thoughtful presents for everyone on my list and then edited just a bit until I had everything I needed. I've been called a "shopping ninja," and I think my reputation is well-deserved! I do enjoy shopping, and I feel like I've developed a keen eye for a good deal. I've always looked to Macy's for good value as well as good pricing.

Black Friday at Macy's is definitely the time to get the best prices of the year, plus you will beat the stress of the shipping rush and be able to relax and enjoy the holidays. Let me show you what I found! I took these photos in my home and grouped like things together.

If you are ready to jump on the "pajamas all day" trend (which I highly recommend), look no further than Macy's. If you do a quick search for "family pajamas" on, you are going to see so many adorable and affordable selections for the holidays and for all year-round. Do you buy matching family pajamas for the holidays? Here are just a few of my favorites!

The two-piece set for dad is wearable at any time of the year. Just add a Santa hat for the holidays! See them here, Matching Men's Mix It Stewart Plaid Family Pajama Set along with matchable PJs for the entire crew too.

There are so many choices for mom on the Macy's website. I chose a nightgown, but you'll also find plaid pajama sets, character sets, onesies, and more. For the kids, I chose the Brinkley Plaid Family Pajama Nightgown and the Ho Ho Ho Matching Kids Ornament-Print Family Pajama Set.

If you are getting dressed up for the holidays, you'll find so many beautiful options at Macy's. Some of my friends are planning to wear holiday dresses this year, even for intimate family gatherings. I was looking for a casual yet chic outfit that I can wear for the holidays and beyond, and I put together an outfit that I love!

A red sweater is a must-have for the holidays and for Valentine's Day. My top is from INC but you'll find many options in red and at great prices too. See them all here.

I live in Southern California where a coat is almost never necessary, but a vest for layering is perfect. The quilted vest I chose is available in both regular and petite, and it’s available in many different colors.

The Grid-Pattern Muffler Scarf from Steve Madden is so soft and luxurious. These also come in several different patterns and will make great gifts too. And these JBU Redrock Women's Ankle Boots are so cute in off-white. They are also available in Indigo, Multi, and Black. My daughter saw them and thought they were for her. Sorry!

For a little bling to dress up my casual chic outfit, I spotted this Cubic Zirconia Flower Pendant Necklace and Stud Earrings Set created exclusively for Macy's. Wait till you see the deal for Black Friday! This is another beautiful gift idea, and it comes in a box perfect for gifting.

Turning my focus back to others, these beauty sets make gift giving so easy for all the women in your life. My husband puts me in charge of buying gifts for all the women who help him in his office each year. Plus, my sisters and my girlfriends love beauty sets too!

You'll find some fantastic bundled beauty sets online at Macy's. Smart shoppers will pick up a few extra to have on hand for birthdays, Mother's Day and other special celebrations.

For the younger set, the Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath from Philosophy are the lowest price I've ever seen. These make great stocking stuffers too! Look for Snow Fairy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath; Snow Angel Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath; and Sparkling Hollyberries Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. I have older nieces and a neighborhood dog walker that I am giving these to this year.

My niece will also love the Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy 2-Pc. Fragrance Gift Set. Other fragrance gifts beautifully packaged include Donna Karan 3-Pc. Cashmere Mist Purse Spray Set , Clinique 3-Pc. Wear It & Be Happy Gift Set and created for Macy's, I spotted these bundles of 15-Pc. Macy's Favorite Scents For Her Discovery Set and 15-Pc. Macy's Favorite Scents For Him Discovery Set. If you have someone hard to buy for, I thought these would be perfect. They can try a new scent throughout the year. See the special Black Friday pricing!

If you really want to spoil her, this year, check out the 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, created for Macy's. It is a very popular gift to give and get! There are beauty must-haves from IT Cosmetics, Elemis, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Clinique, and more! You'll get 24 beauty gifts and 1 surprise gift in a beautiful package. This is a $434.00 value!

Also for the makeup lover, these Macy's sets make perfect gifts; Origins 3-Pc. GinZing Eye For Enchantment Gift Set and Estée Lauder 5-Pc. Lipgloss Wonders Pure Color Envy Gift Set.

As a new grandmother, I was immediately drawn to the beautifully packed FAO Schwarz toys, books, and gift sets. These are such a great deal during the Black Friday sale. I'm showing you just a few....go here to see all that is available! These will be popular under the tree and the art work on the packing is beautiful. The reading of The Night Before Christmas has been a treasured tradition in our house. Now I have a new grandson to continue the tradition and the FAO Schwarz Book A Night Before Christmas Record and Read is the perfect keepsake gift for every grandparent. Record yourself reading the Night Before Christmas, write a special note in the book and then give one to all your grandchildren. This will always be a treasured keepsake!

The FAO Schwarz Toy Plush Bear in a Bag will be adorable peeking out of a Christmas stocking. For my niece and nephew, (ages 6 and 8), I chose gifts that can keep them occupied and engaged; I know their parents will appreciate this. For her, the FAO Schwarz LED 3D Spin Art, and for him the FAO Schwarz Toy Magnetic Tile and Truck Set.

My siblings are sticking close to home this year, so I thought these fun gifts from Studio Mercantile, created exclusively for Macy's would be the perfect gift to send. Wait until you see the Black Friday markdown! If you need a host or hostess gift, there are many more to choose from. These look so fun!

I chose the Vintage Wood Drink Dispenser, 5-in-1 Dice Box Game Set, Tabletop Cornhole Wood Game, and the 24-Pc. Mini Wood Beer Pong Game.

I'm sure you will agree that Macy's has something for everyone and they have everything you need! Eliminate the stress of looking all over for your special holiday gifts this year. Make this the one-stop shopping spot for Black Friday and enjoy the selection and the savings. I sure did!

Macy's Black Friday Shopping Tips

  • Macy's Black Friday sale will begin November 16th in stores and online. Macy's stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26th), but they are always open at
  • We all know that shopping online is the way to go this year. We, shopping gurus, are also strongly recommending that you do not delay your holiday shopping this year. The last thing you want is last-minute stress and the extra expense of rush shipping.
  • Join Macy's Star Rewards for free, and earn on every purchase (excluding gift cards, services, and fees). This is not a credit card; it is Macy's Reward program. Your benefits include exclusive perks and personalized savings.
  • Shop online and pick-up in-store. Find your closest Macy's and choose store pick-up when checking out online.
  • Get free shipping when you spend $25+ in the contiguous US now until 11/30.
  • Enjoy extended returns for purchases made between now and December 31, 2020. Those purchases may be returned by January 31, 2021, or the last date allowed under the normal applicable return policy, whichever is later. See the exclusions here.

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