Holiday Gift Guide
December is upon us and you know what that means: presents, presents, presents galore! While undoubtedly some of you are all set and know just what you're giving, hopefully the rest of our dear readers will find this holiday gift guide inspiring and (ideally) helpful.
What does one give the girl who not only has everything chic, but also gets it and wears it before anyone else? You have two options: the slightly obscure route (little luxuries she'd never think of getting for herself) or the path of brilliant basics (those wardrobe building-blocks she'd adore ).
The Row T-Shirt ($200)
Sure, it's a crazy expensive tee, but this is the ideal gift for a fashion-forward girl. If she doesn't have something by The Row, this key item will make her flip out with excitement. Not to mention she'll wear it constantly-and always think of you! [Also, while the above link is the only place to find The Row online, most Barneys carry this shirt, in an array of colors, at slightly lower prices.]
Pantera Oversized Cobra Skin Clutch ($415)
Style aficionados always invest in handbags, but they may skimp in the luxurious evening bag department. The oversized shape of this clutch, plus its perfectly neutral color and discrete design, make it particularly perfect.
Garland Collection Monogrammed Necklace ($960)
There's something simply sublime about the rose gold necklace from fashion-editor/writer -turned-jewelry designer Nicole Mann Novick. It's also a thoroughly romantic, totally original present as well. Significant others, we highly suggest making a grand gesture and get one with your initials and your love's as well. (Available in yellow and white gold at Kaviar and Kind, 310.659.9523)
Alexander McQueen Garden Fairies Scarf ($430)
McQueen's scarves are a highly collectable commodity in the fashionable set and this black-and-white, fairy-print, silk/wool scarf will be much loved and fondly treasured.
Michael Antonio Tarsus Hidden Platform Bootie ($64.90)
These shoes are very of-the-moment, have an incredibly reasonable price, and they look like something Sienna Miller would wear. One of the just-mentioned facts-let alone all three-make these booties a must-give present.
French Vogue ($153.67)
It doesn't matter if your chic friend doesn't understand a lick of French, the insanely brilliant photography and always interesting editorial selects are ultra satisfying.
Yves Saint Laurent DVD ($23.99)
While she's waiting for Lagerfeld Confidential to hit her Netflix queue, your fabulous friend will no doubt enjoy the double documentaries Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times and Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau.
Whether she's passing canapés at home or claiming the best banquette at her favorite bar, everyone has a friend who's always entertaining. As she's equal parts hostess-with-the-mostess and gal-about-town, we found gifts that will indulge both sides of her social style.
Mrs. John L. Strong Ornamental Belt Stationary ($95 for 20 cards)
Gorgeous stationary is the hallmark of a good hostess. If she's got Mrs. John L. Strong note cards, well, she gets upgraded from good to exemplary.
3.1 Phillip Lim Pleated Swing Dress ($770)
It's rare that a dress looks like it embodies fun on the hanger, but this black organza, pleated frock just seems like a blast. Like your social butterfly friend, this dress belongs on a dance floor.
D. L. & Co. Seven Deadly Sins Plates ($250)
If you don't get greedy and keep these seven, gold-edged, porcelain plates for your own table, we promise the recipient of this gift will be delighted. Each plate has one of the big sins scrolled in gold and is 8.5" wide (works for salad or dessert).
Acme Studio Fingerprints Business Card Case ($31)
Just because there are cocktails involved doesn't mean it's all play and no work. It's only natural to combine a little networking with socializing, right? This amusing (and pedigreed, it was designed by James Wines) card case will keep the ducks in a row.
J.Crew Starburst Ring ($50)
The social butterfly obviously needs a great cocktail ring and we're currently crazy about this vintage-style number from J. Crew. It's made of solid brass with gold-tone plating and hematite stones.
Nine West Mae Boutique 9 Flats ($130)
While heels would be an obvious choice, these dark red patent leather flats are a darling and unexpected choice. (They're also very Ferragamo, no?)
Just because a certain gal you know is devoted to her job doesn't mean she's a corporate drone. Remind that workaholic in your life that you know how hard the hustle is and that you're proud of her with the following cool gifts.
3.1 Phillip Lim Patent Tote Bag ($621)
Way more interesting than the usual schlepper, this patent tote is sizeable enough to hold all the Type A accoutrements.
Topshop Eyelash Lace Underwired Bra ($32) and Eyelash Lace Mini ($12)
This might look like just a set of black lace and electric blue satin underthings, but this is, in fact, power lingerie meant to go under a power suit. Okay, we're kidding about that, but it's certainly a better present than another pen, right?
R.J. Graziano Studded Cuffs ($125 each)
The gold-plate studs and leather band on these cuffs are that ideal mixture of tough and sophisticated. The one-inch wide bracelets are available in black or chocolate leather and look particularly fearsome when wore stacked.
Topshop Tuxedo Jacket with Satin Trim ($160)
One of the great recent trends is the profusion of smart, really well cut, insanely sexy tuxedo jackets. As the Type A is no doubt equipped with blazers galore, but this satin trimmed number goes from day to night effortlessly and will be a welcome wardrobe addition.
Tivoli Sirius Table Radio ($299)
While neither Sirius nor this Tivoli radio is groundbreaking, the idea that you could turn your busy, possibly out-of-touch, friend onto new (or old) music they love? Radical. If nothing else, they're sure to love the peerless musings of our favorite DJ, Jenny Eliscu. (You can also give your busy someone a Sirius internet radio account, so they can listen online.)
The wonderful part about the following presents is that they work equally well for givers and recipients alike. If you have a green conscience, you will be happy to hand off these gifts, as they all have integrity and soul. Also, there's sure to be something on this list that will appeal to your most eco-minded companions.
Amana Hananne Silk Shirt ($142)
A crisp, impeccably tailored shirt is hard to find, let alone one that's made from a wild and organic silk mixture.
iWood Bamboo Sunglasses ($350)
These attractively designed shades are hand made from sustainably harvested wood. If this shape isn't ideal for the green gal (or guy, most of iWood's frames are unisex), there are lots of other styles to choose from.
Antarctica: The Global Warming ($34.65)
This devastatingly beautiful book by Sebastian Copeland shows the reality of global warming through heartbreaking photographs and stark writings. The foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev (and introduction by Leonardo DiCaprio) is a must-read as well.
Foley + Corinna Handbags Country Tote ($444)
The smarties at Foley + Corinna have created one of their popular totes in burlap with leather trim exclusively for Shopbop. We were pleased to learn that the burlap is totally biodegradable while the style is totally classic.
VerdeRocks Ivy League Cuff ($179)
Who could resist the luxe statement of this elaborate cuff? Made from antique jewelry, the bracelet features intricate ivy wrapped around a shield.
Josie Maran Lipstick ($18)
When models try their hands at other industries, the results are either glorious (Tyra Banks/talk show, Heidi Klum/Project Runway) or sad and odd (Naomi Campbell/solo music album "Baby Woman"). Josie Maran seems to be taking the non-Naomi route with her new, eco-friendly line of makeup.
Camilla Norrback High Waist Button Skirt ($210)
And finally, we have one of our favorite pieces, this divine, high-waisted, gray skirt from Swedish designer Camilla Norrback. Norrback uses environmentally friendly technology for producing fabrics and we think any woman would love the lines of this skirt.