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There are many people to give acknowledge (read: gift) during the holidays and none more so than all the women who enrich our lives. Whether that’s a wife, girlfriend, sister or aunt-in-law, we’ve rounded up 26 stylish gifts to treat all the gals who keep you going.
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Kule The Monroe Scarf
Versatile, irreverently cool and quietly decadent, this faux fur scarf is the cold weather accessory she never knew she needed.
Jenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater
Jenni Kayne’s downy cashmere crewneck comes in a pleasantly chunky ribbed knit with a cut that’s roomy but flattering and is available in a range of neutral hues. In other words, a pretty perfect sweater.
Mizuki 14-karat Gold Pearl Earrings
There may be no piece of jewelry more timeless than a pair of pearl earrings, making them a failsafe choice for gifting. But rather than the usual staid studs, opt for something more modern like these baroque pearl drops.
Sophie Bille Brahe Jewelry Box
This petite jewelry box, swathed in lustrous velvet and trimmed with a tassel, would be a welcome addition to any well-appointed vanity. But if you ask us, combine it with those Mizuki earrings—or any other precious little something—and consider your wrapping done.
Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat
Springing for a mink coat doesn’t quite strike the right tone these days, but there’s still something about the grand gesture of an extravagant coat. Max Mara’s is decidedly less flashy but doesn’t skimp on the decadence thanks to its swaddling alpaca, wool and silk fleece.
Susanne Kaufmann Mountain Pine Bath Oil
Bring the spa to her with this pampering bath oil. Infused with the oil of spruce and pine trees from the Austrian Alps, this aromatic unction soothes sore muscles and boosts circulation—if she closes her eyes, she just might think she’s in Baden-Baden.
Alicia Adams Alpaca Throw
Turn Netflix binging into a swankier affair with a blanket in sumptuous 100 percent baby alpaca. Sustainably sourced and woven in Peru and available in over 90 colors, Alicia Adams’ throw is a welcome addition to any couch. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll share.
Charvet Striped Cotton Shirt
If the lady in your life has a habit of pilfering your closet, it may be time to get her a Charvet shirt of her own. This collarless poplin number has all the thoughtful details of the esteemed Parisian brand’s men’s wares, tailor-made for her.
Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Sandals
Is it a slipper or is it a shoe? Either way, the plush shearling lining makes these Birkenstocks the rare footwear that appeals to Billie Eilish fans, Golden Girls and everyone in between.
Gucci Jackie 1961 Leather Shoulder Bag
If House of Gucci has her chomping at the horsebit, consider this classic made famous after Jackie Kennedy was photographed using one to shield herself from the paparazzi. Recently reintroduced in glossy box leather, it’s a pedigreed purse she’ll be carrying for years to come.
Tom Ford Lip Color Deluxe Mini Set
A superlative lipstick may be the most essential accessory in a woman’s arsenal. This kit, comprising five of Tom Ford’s best-selling shades of red in a rich, moisturizing formula, will ensure that she’s well stocked.
La Perla Long-Sleeve Silk Robe
Who doesn’t love some luxurious loungewear? Double down on the decadence with La Perla’s knee-length robe, tastefully tailored in cherry red silk satin with a notched lapel. Bonus: it’s chic enough for her to don for cocktail hour.
Aerin “Valentina” Velvet Frame
Gifting a photograph is guaranteed to score extra points for sentimentality, especially if it’s for a loved one you don’t get to see very often. Almost as important as the image is the vessel in which it’s mounted. Aerin’s frame is upholstered in moss green velvet and accented with the glint of polished brass—a sophisticated choice she’ll be proud to display.
Saint Laurent Tweed AirPods Case
Who among us hasn’t been tormented by searching for misplaced earbuds? With this rather haute little case in a nubby tweed lined with smooth leather and topped with a key ring, she’ll always have them stylishly stowed.
Van Cleef & Arpels Zodiac Pendant
Van Cleef & Arpels produced a range of zodiac charms in the 1950s through 70s that have become one of the hottest collectibles on the secondary market. Finding one is even harder than nabbing a vintage Daytona but, luckily, the French jeweler recently reintroduced the astrological gems to its collection. These new pendants faithfully recreate the ancient coin look of the originals for the ultimate good luck charm.
Frederic Malle “Café Society” Perfume Gun
Frederic Malle’s perfume gun is essentially the high-roller’s answer to Febreeze. It’s housed in a handsome ceramic bottle (that cheekily mimics its supermarket equivalents) and dispenses a refined fragrance that evokes a Parisian dinner party: a whiff of lavender, incense, musk. “April Fresh” it is not.
Versace Greca Silk Foulard
Silk scarves are to a woman’s wardrobe what ties are to a man’s: one can never have too many. Scarves afford even greater versatility; they double as headbands, belts, face masks. This one from Versace is sure to pep up any outfit with its graphic Greek key motif in vivid red and blue.
Staud x C. Bonz Custom Pet Sweatshirt
If the lady on your list is an animal lover, she’ll surely be impressed by this sweatshirt, which is custom embroidered with the likeness of whatever pet you specify. Just snap a shot (or swipe one from her Instagram), upload it and three to four weeks later, your one-of-a-kind gift will be ready to incite awwws.
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première
Picking a fragrance for another person can be tricky, but Chanel No. 5 is the little black dress of perfume—always a good idea. This newer formulation lightens up the blend for a more delicate interpretation of the famed classic.
Selim Mouzannar Diamond, Morganite and 18kt Gold Earrings
Rather than the expected diamonds, or even sapphires or rubies, flex your gemological prowess with this pair of morganite earrings. The pale peachy-pink stone flatters every skin tone and looks particularly radiant in this romantic, diamond-accented design from Lebanese designer Selim Mouzannar.
Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Serving Platter
Exceptional tableware makes for a happy home. This platter is part of a collaboration between fashion maven Tory Burch and ceramicist Dodie Thayer. The latter’s trompe l’oeil lettuceware has been collected by such celebrated hostesses as Jackie O, Bunny Mellon and Brooke Astor (Frank Sinatra was a fan, too).
Cartier “Baignoire 1920” Watch
For a big-ticket gift, you could do much worse than a Cartier watch. We suggest opting for something a bit more idiosyncratic than the Tank, like this lithe Baignoire (named for its resemblance to the sinuous lines of a bathtub). This particular model nods to vintage 1920s iterations with a silvered dial, 18k gold bezel and taupe alligator strap.
Khaite “Eda” Cashmere Bralette
Katie Holmes caused a viral sensation last year when she was photographed hailing a cab in this cashmere bra (and this coordinating cardigan). The hubbub was as much to do with her effortless chic as it was the revelation of underwear knitted from the world’s favorite sweater material. Wouldn’t you like a pair of cashmere boxer shorts? Exactly.
Buly “Baum des Muses” Lip Balm
Parisian beauty purveyor Buly is a fashion insider favorite—for the high-quality formulations as well as the artful packaging. The brand’s take on lip balm is a prime example: it’s encased in a sleek compact, topped with your choice of vegetable-tanned leather and emblazoned with whatever monogram you desire. The question isn’t “Will she like it?” but “Is she more baby blue shagreen or cognac croc?”
Finn Letter Necklace with Diamond Accent
A personalized touch makes for a standout gift, and what’s more personal than one’s own initials? Finn’s 18k gold necklace combines a sleek letter charm and pear-shaped diamond pendant on a classic chain. If you really want to up the ante, add initials for all of her kids as well.
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