It’s my favorite time of year — a time for wreaths, fairy lights, holiday films, and shortbread cookies everywhere. It’s also gift-giving season. Personally, I love gifting just as much as I love receiving. However, if you’re one of the many who find that unique, thoughtful gift elusive, never fear…we’ve got you!
Whoever you’re shopping for this festive season – from your SO to your bestie MoH to your best man – our Haute gift guide has the perfect present to suit all styles, tastes, and budgets. With special little somethings and glitzy grand gestures, we’ve rounded up our top prezzies for the guys and gals in your life that will make gift-giving as thrilling as receiving them this year. Keep reading to discover all of my top recommendations and shop my favorite gift ideas below.
What to buy for the guys in your life…
For the man who seemingly has it all, our guys’ edit is inspired by all the things we love about our dudes – cozying up with him on the couch, his love of sports, and how he commands the room when entertaining. As temperatures dip, a wool-blend coat is an excellent choice for an outerwear refresh. Burberry’s double-breasted pea coat is smart and tailored while speaking to a rugged, utilitarian aesthetic. A classic navy blue dresses it up for dinner, paired with an Alexander McQueen cashmere scarf in caramel and Paul Smith Chelsea boots. Meanwhile, Jonathan Adler’s burlwood and plexiglass bar cart makes a luxurious addition to any living room – and has the potential to become a treasured family heirloom with James Bond-like caché. For a fail-safe choice, refine his olfactory collection with a scent by Maison Francis Kurkdijan. The label is an expert at mixing cult perfumes that are inspired by emotions and intimate moments; Oud Satin Mood is a particularly stunning example – with notes of violet, amber, and rose, it’s redolent of warm leather, cashmere, and a time gone by. Whether he’s into pickleball, rugby or tennis, we have a treat for him. And, since travel is now back on the cards, he’ll appreciate a vintage take on the weekender duffle bag, as well as a modern take on finding it (in the event it gets lost) with Apple’s newly launched AirTags.
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Clockwise from top left: PJs; canvas duffle bag; Apple AirTags; in ear earphones; chopsticks; personalized tennis balls; Chelsea boots; Burberry pea coat; cashmere scarf; Chopard watch; La Ligne sweater; rugby ball; men’s cologne; Sonos speaker; pickleball bats; bar cart; stainless steel flask
What to buy for the gals in your life…
Whether spoiling a sister, partner, mother, or friend, our edit of stylish gift ideas for the gals in your life is sure to please. When it comes to exceptional style, designer accessories can transform any outfit, and one such piece is Alaia’s leather bag in a classic shoulder style in one of the must-have shapes of the season, available in black or a more modern white that will transition nicely into the summer. It looks effortlessly cool whether dressed up with a pair of Celine cat eye sunnies or down with jeans and Miu Miu’s perennially chic ballet flats. Of course, no outfit is finished without an appropriate amount of bling such as these Dorsey Asscher cut earrings or a signature Icon ring from the house of Gucci. For the lady with impeccable taste, a thoughtful piece of home décor can transform a room. CB2’s silver taper candleholders will add a modern sophistication when hosting friends for dinner, while Bella Freud’s set of four ceramic cocktail plates adds a playfulness that will make dinner conversation all the more colorful. Everything looks better with a bow on it, especially dinner napkins cinched with silver bow napkin rings. Lounge around in style on slow mornings in luxurious nightwear in a jaguar print, sure to bring out your gal’s inner cat woman. Add the finishing touch to your outfit with opera gloves, Fall’s most opulent trend. There are notes of Bridgerton and Blonde here, too, which we just can’t get enough of. Also guaranteed to please, is the poetic alchemy of jasmine, saffron, and freshly cut cedar of Maison Francis Kurkdijan’s Baccarat Rouge 550. Finally, gift your sunseeker a set of rose gold-colored luggage along with first-class tickets to Florence, of course! And don’t forget; you’ll want to make sure she’s up to speed on La Dolce Vita – the way of life perfectly encapsulated by Belmond’s Italian properties – with the latest read on Italian summer travel.
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Clockwise from top left: PJs; nail polish; Gucci ring; shoulder bag; alphabet necklace; lip gloss; candlestick holders; perfume; cocktail plates; playing cards; luggage set; velvet jewelry box; opera gloves; coffee table travel book; silver bow napkin ring; Miu Miu ballet flats; earrings; Celine sunglasses
Photo credit: Glen Luchford for Gucci’s Valigeria Fall 2022 campaign