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Before you know it, the holidays will be knocking on your door singing Christmas carols and tempting you with cozy family dinners, fun social events, and adventure-packed ski vacations. But before you get to the pleasant part of snuggling in front of a fireplace with a hot drink in hand, you have to, once again, channel your inner Santa and make sure everyone on your holiday list receives a fantastic gift that will make them feel appreciated.
For the tech-obsessed, consider the latest Apple products or a fresh set of headphones. The beauty and fashion conscious will surely enjoy an exclusive limited edition Chanel fragrance or a stunning Tiffany & Co. piece of jewelry. Classics such as a warm mohair shawl or a wool sweater are always a safe bet while a Rolex or a luxury designer handbag will score you major points with your friends and family.
To help you get your holiday shopping started, we rounded up 18 gifts will impress and delight.
Agnelle Chloe Quilted Leather Pearl Gloves
A pair of gloves may be a standard holiday gift, but this one by French glove manufacturer Agnelle takes it up a notch. Faux-pearl studs complement the soft quilted lambskin leather for an elegant and distinct look. Warm cashmere lines the interior while snap cuffs ensure proper fit.
To buy: $215; saksfifthavenue.com
Isaia Pindot Cotton Dress Shirt
For almost 100 years, Neapolitan menswear brand Isaia has been in the business of high-quality fabrics and impeccable tailoring. And while some companies may be tempted to stick to their aesthetic roots, Isaia is continually re-inventing its designs offering new and modern silhouettes. This Italian-made cotton dress shirt comes in a delicate pindot pattern and features a spread collar, mother-of-pearl buttons, and mitered cuffs.
To buy: $495; neimanmarcus.com
Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones
Technical specs aside (although they are quite impressive), these over-the-ear headphones are simply beautiful. Crafted from heavy grain premium cowhide and soft lambskin leather on the headband’s interior and ear pads, these headphones are elegant and ooze a bit of a vintage vibe. Their noise-isolating design allows you to focus on work (or sleep) and listen to your favorite tunes without being distracted by ambient noise.
To buy: $399; bergdorfgoodman.com
Fendi Cruise Shiny Calf Leather Backpack
While ready-to-wear may be a big part of Fendi’s allure to the modern customer, the Rome-based brand started out as a family-owned fur and leather shop back in 1925. So if there’s something that Fendi does really well, that’s accessories.
We love the simplicity and elegance of this pebbled leather backpack with a classic flap top and key push-lock closure. The “F” cutout medallion that secures the shoulder straps and the hanging keys make this piece stand out. Well this and the exquisite craftsmanship, of course.
To buy: $1,980; neimanmarcus.com
Shinola Men's Embossed Tech Portfolio Case
Give the gift of organization to a special someone this holiday season. Detroit-based company Shinola prides itself with its well-built and long-lasting products (all of them are made in the USA) and this portfolio case is no exception.
Any seasoned jet-setter will appreciate this resin case that features memory-foam padded walls to protect your electronics and an all-around zipper closure. It has pockets and slots for all your travel essentials such as your passport, credit and ID cards, boarding passes, smartphone, and tablet.
To buy: $395; neimanmarcus.com
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Watch
Rolex’s Yacht-Master models pay homage to the brand’s commitment to the world of sailing. The water-proof Yacht Master 40 watch is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the open seas and like to stay stylish while doing so. From the signature blue dial and its hour markers crafted from 18-carat gold to the strong Oyster steel bracelet and 60-minute graduated bezel, the Yacht-Master 40 was built to endure and inspire new adventures.
To buy: $11,550; rolex.com
Brunello Cuccinelli Plaid Scarf and Belt Set
The chic combination of this luxurious alpaca-wool blend scarf cinched with a belt has the power to completely transform an outfit. Wear it over a turtleneck sweater and jeans or a dress for an extra layer of warmth.
The muted plaid pattern of the cape with teal accents and the delicate rose-tone paillettes make for an unexpectedly festive look. You could, of course, wear the scarf on its own and only add the belt if you need a more structured look.
To buy: $2,295; saksfifthavenue.com
Moncler Knit-Back Down Puffer Vest in Burgundy
A down puffer vest is a cold-weather must-have, especially if the person that it’s gifted to spends a considerable amount of time on the slopes. Moncler’s version of this winter essential comes in a classic stand collar, quilted design at the front and a knitted back. While we love the vest in black, the one in burgundy is a complete showstopper.
To buy: $895; neimanmarcus.com
Drake’s Dark Brown Calf Suede Belt with Brass Buckle
This supple calf suede belt from London-based haberdasher Drake’s is for the man who pays attention to details and likes to stay stylish on weekends. It features a unique brass buckle design and a hidden prong fastening.
To buy: $215; drakes.com
Chanel N5 Collector’s Edition
Chanel is celebrating this holiday season by releasing its iconic ChanelN5 fragrance in a limited-edition red Baccarat crystal bottles to symbolize “all the boldness, freedom and strength of a woman who forged her own destiny.” It is the first time in the French house’s history that the legendary clear-glass bottle, which was designed by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1921, is getting a makeover. The fiery red collector’s edition bottle is available at the brand’s stores, including its new flagship in New York, and online.
To buy: From $160; chanel.com
Oscar de la Renta Bold Disc Clip-On Earrings with Crystals
The holidays are the perfect time of the year to sport a little sparkle. We are completely head over heels these stunning bold Oscar de la Renta earrings. The two discs are covered in mixed-cut glass crystals and come with clip-on backs. This opulent pair is the absolute epitome of statement jewelry, so if you’re looking for a present that will make an impression, this is it.
To buy: $490; bergdorfgoodman.com
Apple Watch Series 4 Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Milanese Loop
Apple’s new Apple Watch Series 4 is for the tech and health obsessed. From a built-in electrical heart sensor that can take electrocardiograms straight from the wrist to making emergency calls if it senses that you’ve fallen and have remained immobile for more than a minute to its new Watch OS 5 operating system that features, among other things, improved fitness tracking, the Series 4 watch is in a league of its own. The combination of the stainless steel case and the black Milanese Loop bracelet is sleek and modern.
To buy: $849; apple.com
Tiffany & Co. Keys Wire Bracelet
One of Tiffany’s most recognizable and renowned collections is Tiffany Keys. Launched in 2009, it was inspired by a set of vintage keys in the Tiffany&Co. Archives, and is comprised of pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
This beautiful wire bracelet is crafted from 18 karat gold and adorned with pavé diamonds. It has a timeless and sophisticated design that oozes elegance.
To buy: $3,100; tiffany.com
Borsalino Siur Pipen Hat
For over 160 years, Italian hat maker Borsalino has been manufacturing luxury hats engraving its name not just in fashion, but in movie history, too. Who can forget the iconic final scene of Casablanca where both Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman sport toppers by Borsalino?
So if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, look no further than this classy velour hat. It showcases the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and superior attention to detail and quality materials. The hat has a wide brim and a round crown shape and features an elegant grey hatband.
To buy: $2,540; borsalino.com
TOM FORD Woven Leather And Gold-Tone Bracelet
For the gentleman who likes to accessorize his look with more than just a watch, this Tom Ford bracelet is a perfect match. It oozes an undeniable boho-chic vibe and is woven from supple dark brown leather. It also features the brand’s signature “T” letter that doubles as a buckle. The bracelet is .6 inches wide and reaches a maximum length of nine inches.
To buy: $490; mrporter.com
Brioni Brown and Blue Melange Sweater
You really can’t go wrong with a classic crew neck sweater, can you?! This one by Italian menswear brand Brioni is knitted from brown and blue wool moulinée and features a double collar knit hem and cuffs. The sweater sports a regular fit and could be paired with pants and a shirt underneath for a more formal look or jeans for a weekend-ready ensemble.
To buy: $875; brioni.com
Roger Vivier Club Chain Morocco Evening Bag
Roger Vivier may be best known for his elaborate shoe designs and as the father of the stiletto heel, but it is this exquisite evening clutch that has “the holidays” written all over it. The bag’s opulent metallic embroidery, complemented by Roger Vivier’s signature buckle that forms a tassel, is truly fit for a queen, or at least a princess headed to a holiday ball.
To buy: $2,650; neimanmarcus.com
Missoni Long Mohair-Blend Knit Shawl Cardigan
Nobody does a bold print quite like Missoni. This ultra soft mohair and alpaca blend cardigan cut a loose silhouette and feature an open front, large patch pockets, and long flared sleeves. It is the perfect piece to bundle up in front of the fireplace.
To buy: $1,590; saksfifthavenue.com