Today we are officially in the middle of our annual Gift Guide series, so in honor of the halfway mark (and the impending weekend), we've decided to address the trickiest sort of giftee: the Individualist. Whether you are an Individualist or are merely shopping for one, you certainly know that these unique ladies demand only the most thoughtfully considered presents. Her gift criteria is as follows: nothing fussy or overly girly, must be slightly off-beat but totally of-the-moment, and bonus points if the item has an interesting backstory. In other words, you must ask yourself: What Would Alexa Chung Like? If that's a question you simply can't answer, fret not, because we've done some serious sleuthing and rounded up a top-notch selection of Individualist-inspired options for your purchasing pleasure. And, as if that wasn't enough, we've also included an amazing tip for easy holiday shopping, courtesy of the lovely team at Rightcliq by Visa.* (More on that in a moment!) Yes, dear readers, you'll find all of these delights in our third installment of the GG, so please feel free to indulge and enjoy!
Oliver Peoples Sheldrake Sunglasses ($350) in Crystal with Viola Photochromic
Sunglasses are decidedly utilitarian, yet they're also capable of conveying so much about one's personal style, which is exactly why they're such an essential for any Individualist. While wayfarer styles will work for some girls and other may adore an oversized cat-eye style, today's type of giftee wants something that truly feels one-of-a-kind, hence our selection of these clear frames from Oliver Peoples. This style was inspired by an iconic Individualist-Andy Warhol-just one more reason why they'd make a perfect present!
Madewell Herringbone Vestcoat ($198)
We adore Madewell for its delightfully curated collection of better-than-basics and thoughtfully designed essentials, so naturally we had to include a piece in today's Gift Guide! (Plus, their amazing Alexa Chung-helmed collection was just so darn fabulous.) While there are literally hundreds of potential picks for the Individualist, we think she'd flip for this oversized short-sleeve outerwear option. The hybrid vest-coat style makes for a super cute layering option, while its generous cut will allow the Individualist to play with proportions-one of her favorite things!
Nixon Time Teller Watch ($60) in Matte Black
A blinged-out watch is definitely not the appropriate choice for today's gift recipient-perish the thought! Instead of going for something oversized, bejeweled, or delicately girly, we suggest picking up this minimalist and sporty watch from Nixon. She's sure to adore its unique look-it's made from matte black poly-carbonate-which will work with everything from her most casual ensembles to fancier looks.
Nubar 2010 Nail Polish ($7.50)
The Individualist is a little bit of a tomboy, but she's also got a very creative, artsy side too. That combination is exactly why this extraordinary polish is perfect for this type of girl. When layered over a colored polish, this topcoat gives your manicure a reflective, almost tie-dyed effect that's weirdly cool and sure to appeal to the Individualist. The result is marbled and amazing and decidedly one-of-a-kind-perfect for this girl (or anyone!).
Urban Outfitters/Republic Custom Bike ($399)
How about a truly unusual accessory for your Individualist, like a custom bike, built just for her? Everyone knows that biking is a big deal-and it has been a big deal for ages-but so much of the gear that goes along with it is nerdy. This bike is definitely not: you can pick from a number of different retro-inspired styles (including the Plato Dutch, shown here), and then tweak the colors of the frame, seat, handle bars, and more. You can even customize the tires; pick from red, pink, green or basic black.
Kimchi Blue Shorts ($48)
While the Individualist has loads of sartorial weapons in her arsenal of knockout looks, she does favor a few key pieces. Topping that list: shorts. Whether she pairs them with fabulous flats whilst bumming around town or styles them with a silky blouse and standout heels for an evening event, this type of girl typically goes for an intriguing pair of shorts over a skimpy mini or body-con dress. Currently there are plenty of investment shorts on the market, but we think she'd love these ultra-affordable wide-leg shorts by Kimchi Blue. The cummerbund-style pleats at the waist make them dressy enough for evening or she can wear them with a crisp button-down, tights, and ankle boots during the day. Either way, they're a very savvy purchase!
Daisy Knights Oxidized Sterling Silver Skull Hoop Earrings ($135)
We're quite enamored with this fledgling collection from Central Saint Martins graduate Daisy Knights. The British jewelry designer's pieces are handmade from recycled silver and ethically mined gold and are earthy, yet delicate, which is probably why they appeal to today's Gift Guide archetype. Yup, Alexa Chung's been spotted in a number of pieces, which is partially why we think the Individualist would love these oxidized sterling silver earrings with wee skulls. They're very macabre marvelous, so snap them up now!
Aldo Hessling Heels ($130)
Okay total confession: these black velvet heels are an excellent choice for the Individualist, but frankly we think they'd be well received by just about any type of girl! The combination of the luxe material and the chunky silhouette is so completely current, plus we think the Individualist would really approve of the sturdy heel and platform. A steal at twice the price, these heels are sure to delight the independent, unique, and interesting fashion fanatic in your life-be sure to buy them today!
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