Failproof presents for everyone on your list.
By Alana Wexman
October 20, 2023
Gifts For the Fashion Obsessed
Shopping for style setters can be a challenge. They know exactly what labels they want to wear—and unwrap. If anyone knows the way to a fashion lover’s heart, it’s Shopbop Associate Fashion Director Kate Johanson. “You can’t go wrong with a fun novelty sweater for the holidays,” she says. “Cool, chunky pullovers from STAUD or graphic knits from GANNI will keep them feeling cozy and looking chic.” For the trend-obsessed friend who already knows what they like, Johanson recommends buzzy, outfit-finishing bags from Reformation, or indulgent upgrades for their pad, like a striped wool throw from Missoni.
Gifts For the Self-Care Enthusiast
For that someone on your list who deserves a little TLC: gift them the makings of a chill night in. R&R looks different for everyone, so considering how your giftee prefers to pamper is key. Is a DIY facial their favorite way to wind down? “Cult-status serums from Dr. Barbara Sturm give a glass-skin glow, while Skin Gym’s sculpting rollers and purifying steamers will level up their spa-at-home game,” says Johanson. If hibernation is their me-time vibe, a botanical-scented Nest Fragrance candle will set the serene scene. And during the busy holiday season, anyone would appreciate swaddling up in a cloud-soft bathrobe from Barefoot Dreams. (Don’t forget to grab one for yourself, too.)
Gifts For the Jet-Setter
When it comes to gifts for globetrotters there are a few routes you can take—from resort-ready essentials to necessities for the journey itself. Whichever way you go, it’s all about practical (and chic) presents they’ll get lots of mileage from. Could your travel companion use some sleek new luggage? Upgrade their flight status with durable, hard-shell suitcases or luxe leather duffels from Lancel. Or for the style-minded frequent flyer, “a plush scarf from Acne Studios will elevate their airport look,” suggests Johanson. And anyone whose complexion has been dried out by in-cabin AC will appreciate luxe, moisturizing skincare—rich creams from Costa Brazil help nourish skin after a long-haul.
Gifts For the Yogi
For the exercise enthusiast in your life, it’s all about chilled-out gifts. If you’re shopping for a novice yogi, a super-soft workout set from Beyond Yoga is all the motivation they’ll need to practice their poses. For the seasoned meditator, Alo Yoga has all the necessities covered—think slip-free yoga mats, stretchy tops & pants, and even skincare for perfecting a post-session glow. And any on-the-go yogi needs cool studio-to-street styles: “An oversized Varley popover and cozy UGG slides will have them looking put-together when yoga class leads to a coffee date,” says Johanson.
Gifts For the Entertainer
We all have that one friend or family member who loves dishing out invites for dinner parties, holiday hangs and birthday bashes. The season of gifting is a perfect time to wow the party planner in your life with elevated entertaining staples. For the host who throws a top-shelf cocktail party, sleek barware from Georg Jensen and statement-making stemware from Sophie Lou Jacobsen serve up expertly-shaken drinks with a chic twist. Italian tabletop treasures from La Double J (think bold painted plates & luxe linens that’ll transport you straight to Positano) make any main course the main event. And when your home is the party venue, hosts will want to have high-style decor on display, says Johanson. She pegs anything from TF DESIGN as a sure-to-please present, but especially their “playful resin vases and sculptural bowls, which are like functional pieces of art.”