Uncovering that ideal gift for someone special is often easier said than done. When you think about all of the boxes you need to check off (something that’s personal, thoughtful, useful, and so on), the search can feel ever so daunting with all of the items out there. Naturally, we want to streamline the gift searching process for you. But rather than use this time to showcase a wide range of items, we ended up curating a list of the top 10 gifts that we, your fellow fashion editors, are most thrilled to give this year.
While the edit is tighter, the gift ideas coming your way really do run the gamut. So essentially, there could be something for all of the key people on your shopping list. We’re talking everything from cozy loungewear items to chic face masks to trendy shoe silhouettes.
With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out the gifts we’re giving that we think you might be into as well.
The Shoes That Are Destined to Become Winter Wardrobe Staples
When in doubt, go for shoes. Truly, they are a no-fail gift. These fresh styles from Converse are at the top of our list this season. One features a utilitarian silhouette that will bring a trend-forward spin to anyone’s vibe. And the other (a boot version of the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star) is sure to become a winter staple in a wardrobe. Done and done.
The Sauce the Culinary World Is Obsessed With
Initially launched on Kickstarter, Jing Gao’s brand, Fly by Jing, has now taken over the food world. Featuring an all-natural line of spices, the flavors are all inspired by the food served in the restaurants in her hometown of Chengdu. Go ahead and order two sets, so you don’t get jealous when you give one to a friend.
The Mask-and-Chain Pairings You Know Will Come in Handy
Name a better 2020 gift duo than a mask and a mask chain. We love two-part presents, so we curated the most fashionable face masks out there complete with coordinating chains. First, you have a covering by NYC-based sustainable brand Kes and a pearl chain by Donni, the female-owned line that partners exclusively with women-owned factories in Los Angeles. Next up is a beautiful design by NYC-brand Saint Ola and a pretty gold chain from Lele Sadoughi. Finally, a silk mask from celeb-favorite brand Night and a Billie Simone Jewelry mask chain (which is made from 10k gold).
The Toolkit for Taking Mindfulness to New Heights
For those curious about meditation to those who practice regularly, 3rd Ritual’s Bel offers a thoughtful way to engage using the elements of fire, gravity, and sound to measure time. You simply insert a brass pin along with the candle, depending on how long you want your meditation to be. When the candle is lit, wax melts, and eventually, the pin falls, landing with a resonant ding on the solid brass holder, which is handmade in India using traditional casting techniques. The candles are also infused with the essential oils of palo santo, French lavender, and sage, engaging your sense of smell for an immersive meditation experience. The brand also offers a trio of body products with a spectrum of scents designed to be used for mindful rituals like palm inhalation and self-massage.
The Exercise Gear That Keeps Selling Out
These are a favorite amongst many of the editors on our team, so they’re bound to be a hit for anyone on your list as well. Wear these chic lightweight weights on your wrist or ankles and you’ll add a manageable resistance for those at-home workouts. TBH, these sell out frequently, so don’t sleep here.
The Knit Set That's Easy on the Eyes and the Earth
The knitted set reigns supreme as the ultimate lounge staple. This specific pair is made from recycled cashmere and has that trend-forward ribbed detail to appeal to any fashion girl.
The $25 Card Game That Fosters Priceless Connection
A gift idea that’s thoughtful and fun? Bam. This isn’t your ordinary card game where you bounce around meaningless questions. Actually Curious actually features thoughtful questions rooted in values and other important issues. A great gift to pass the time while staying at home.
The Nail Polish Set Every Fashion Person Has on Their Wish List
Known for its range of sustainable jewelry, this downtown Los Angeles–based label also has a cult-favorite nail polish line. This specific set is in collaboration with The Met’s About Time exhibit and features a range of gorgeous shades and textures. We’re especially smitten with the Gel Cream ads for the collaboration.
The Puzzle (and Coordinating Socks) for Quality Time in the Great Indoors
Piecework Puzzles are basically the only cool puzzle company in our book. We’re not surprised editors at practically every publication from Vogue to The New York Times are fans of their whimsical designs. With a season of lounging at home ahead of us, we think a festive puzzle plus their coordinating socks (that are embroidered with the phrase "leisure time”) are the perfect gifts. Oh, each puzzle also comes with a corresponding playlist so you can set the mood for some quality time offline.
The Flower Service Gift That Keeps on Giving
A flower subscription is always a smart idea to keep that gifting feeling going well after the holidays. It’s one of those things everyone wants, but won’t necessarily splurge on for themselves. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Lou’s Flowers are our favorite for its whimsical and fresh take on floral arrangements. And if you’re in another city, Farm Girl Flowers ships nationwide.
Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.
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