5 tried and true gifts I’ve given (w/ free ship by Xmas)

mommy and me toddler girl christmas outfits

On me: Express faux fur jacket xxs petite + skirt (similar), Sperry boots 5 // On Nori: Hunter boots, Zara cardigan, plaid skirt, Janie & Jack headband + tights (old)

There’s nothing like spending days mulling over the perfect gift for someone, only for it to be opened and met with a “oh, um, is there gift receipt?” (ahem…Dad). So these are a few gifts I’ve personally given over this past year that resulted in very happy campers. They make good birthday or “just because” gifts throughout the year, but also happen to ship in time for the holidays if you’re shopping in a pinch!

Btw these snaps were taken at the lovely Ocean House, RI hotel during our recent press visit. Nori had a blast meeting Santa for the first time and running in and out of their fondue ski gondolas. The gondolas so cute for a cozy date night or girls brunch, but I’d suggest leaving any active toddlers at home ; )

santa clause ocean house hotel ri

1. Allbirds Mizzle sneakers (also in womens; free rush shipping)

Warm, water repellent sneakers by a brand committed toward sustainability. Nick is not typically excited by fashion, but wouldn’t stop talking about these shoes after trying them on (they would’ve made his men’s gift guide however were completely sold out at the time).

Luckily, they were fully restocked with free expedited shipping! Nick has tried on all their mens styles and Mizzles were the standouts. He said they felt comfy like his beloved Nike Free sneakers but much warmer and cozier, with a higher top and flexible feel throughout (plus the major water resistant factor of course).

uniqlo down puffer coat petite try on

Seamless Down Short Coat XS (available in xxs online)on sale!, Everlane jeans 24 ankle (free 2-day shipping), Sperry boots 5

2. UNIQLO DOWN COATS + Fluffy Fleece

Free 2-day shipping for the holidays on orders $150+ if you order by 12/21. Amongst their down coats, my mother in law (who is ~ 5’2″) loved the longer Ultra Light Hooded Down Coat with removable hood. It is lightweight but she wore it even in frigid Boston with extra layering underneath. I tried on a bunch of their long coats and found the Seamless Down Short Coat (on sale!) to be the most petite friendly. It is shorter than the aforementioned one but still a long coat on someone petite. It’s thicker but still light, and has nifty little features like an interior zipper pocket and slot for earbuds.

For a budget gift, this fleece is still hands down one of my favorite cozy pieces that has held up nicely over time. I’ve worn this going to the gym, lounging at home, as a layer under my thicker coats, the list goes on. Mine pictured above is an older color but I have seen the current ones in person and #35 brown is pretty close (I also liked #30 natural or #1 off white in person).

3. Rothy’s Flats (free rush shipping)

Another sustainable footwear option, these are a great gift for someone who spends a lot of time on their feet. This gift was inspired by my friend, a daycare teacher, who got a gift card for Rothy’s of her choice and was over the moon. My personal pick is their sleek “point” style in either big cat or smaller leopard. I can do a more detailed review on these in the new year if anyone is interested!

4. Melissa & Doug For the Little ones (free ship by xmas)
  • Reusable Sticker pads – these can serve as either interactive learning friendly toys or quiet self entertainment for little ones ages ~ 2 to 8  depending on the type of pad you get. I’ve given these to friends’ little ones who come visit to help keep them busy on the flight back.
  • Kitchen sets like Cutting Fruit and Sushi Slicing – can’t wait for Nori to be old enough to open this!
  • Pull Back Cars – recommended to us by a friend when I needed toddler boy gift ideas! These are soft, easy to stuff into a bag, and the pull back moving feature can help keep little ones entertained while on the road.

5. Milk Bar Assorted dozen Cookie Tin ($10 for 2 day ship)

I was first hooked on these indulgent cookies thanks to a friend, and have been sending them as gifts ever since (with recipients ranging from clients, to my birthing hospital nurses, to friends who live further away) and they’re always a hit. Each large cookie inside the tin is individually wrapped and sealed to stay fresh, and their shipping is reasonably priced for pretty fast service (usually $10 for delivery in 2 business days). If you need a referral code, this gives $10 off a first purchase of $50+.

other retailers offering free shipping by christmas
  • Everlane – order by 11:59pm EST on 12/20 for free 2-day shipping. See my reviews + Nick’s reviews – would highly recommend the men’s merino hoodie he suggested and the everyday performance chinos (they look great together too!).
  • Nordstrom – order by noon EST 12/22 for free delivery by Christmas Eve
  • H&M – order by 12/19 for free delivery by Christmas Eve
  • Banana Republic – 50% off; order by 12/21 for free delivery by Christmas Eve on orders of $100+
  • Neiman Marcus – order by noon CT on 12/21 for free delivery by Christmas Eve with code NMRUSH
  • Bloomingdales – 15% off + order by 12/21 for free delivery by Christmas Eve
  • Sephora – order by 9am PT 12/20 for free delivery by Christmas Eve on orders of $50+
  • Abercrombie – not free, but order by 12/19 for $5 for expedited shipping
  • Pottery Barn – order by 10am PST with standard shipping by 12/21 for Christmas Eve delivery (must be by 12/20 for monogram items). Nori’s Anywhere Chair is 25% off (note: furniture does not ship free) – we have the regular size and not the “my first size” which would’ve been outgrown quickly.

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  1. Amanda wrote:

    A Rothys tip for people with extra petite feet…their kids sizes cost about half as much as their adult shoes. I ordered the black loafers in kids size 4, and they work really well. I’m usually size 5 in women’s. I only wish they had the pointed flats in kids sizes too.

    Posted 12.21.19 Reply
  2. Anna wrote:

    That picture of Nori! Oh my! <3

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  3. The Milk Bar cookies are my favorite too! <3 🙂 Definitely a great gift choice, especially for clients!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  4. Mireia wrote:

    Aww how lovely!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  5. Rebecca wrote:

    Dear Jean,

    Is it bad that I just ordered the Milk Bar cookies via rush delivery for myself?

    Thanks for the great recs. 🙂

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Haha I may or may not have been guilty of that myself. Gotta do some quality control, right? Happy holidays and I hope you enjoy – I think the compost or blueberry flavors are my favorite!

      Posted 12.21.19 Reply
  6. Linda wrote:

    Can you also do a review for the round toe flat for Rothy’s as a comparison to the point?

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Linda, round toe flats don’t tend to be flattering on me so unfortunately I’ve only tried the point and can’t speak to their rounded option!

      Posted 12.21.19 Reply
  7. Laura Majors wrote:

    Hi! Would love to see a Rothys review! Been on the fence about them!

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  8. I agree on the Rothys review! I have the Allbirds flats and love them, and I’m wondering how they compare. I heard that the Rothys are a little too breathable, and your feet get cold. They’re much cuter and more varied than allbirds, though!

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  9. sue wrote:

    i wanted so badly to love the rothy’s point flat, but found that no matter how much i sized up, they would still rub on my toes. hopefully you’ve found it to be a better fit!

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  10. Ka wrote:

    Yes please do a Rothy review!!!

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
    • Alisha wrote:

      I agree! I’ve been looking at it for awhile but I have petite feet so I wasn’t sure how comfy it will be.

      Posted 12.20.19 Reply
    • Kelly wrote:

      Yes! I would like to hear if the Rothys offer any arch support.

      Posted 12.22.19 Reply
  11. Maureen Beery wrote:

    I would love a review of the Rothys! I’ve had my eye on the “point” style as well.

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Will do!

      Posted 12.21.19 Reply
      • Nancy Huang wrote:

        I am waiting for the review!! Happy new year

        Posted 1.1.20 Reply
  12. Suganiya Rajoo wrote:

    Hi jean! Could you please tell me where do you get those lepoard print waterproof shoes with the orthotic insole which you posted in your stories two days ago? They looked really good! Happy holidays!

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi! They are from Nordstrom and saved here (in the photo with the camel cardigan): https://www.extrapetite.com/instashop

      If you click on the photo and then the read more button I usually include fit and other info! I actually ordered them as a rothys alternative for myself and loved them (not made of sustainable materials like rothys unfortunately, but they have a hidden wedge which felt more comfy for my feet).

      Posted 12.20.19 Reply
      • Suganiya Rajoo wrote:

        thank you jean!

        Posted 12.23.19 Reply

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