Trying to get a head start on Christmas shopping? If you’re like me, it’s not going to happen. But there are a few perks of being a fashion blogger, and one of them is discovering some really incredible new brands with unique, luxury products that are make gifting during the holiday season a total breeze. Who new there were so many companies doing such amazing things!
I remember before I started blogging, scrounging for last minute ideas on dozens of “holiday gift guides”, “gifts for her”, “luxury gift ideas” and more – only to be recommended some cheap office do-dads, some kind of zen sandbox-thing, and other equally bazaar gifts that any normal human being would never consider owning in real life.
Now, I have the opportunity to try so many incredible products throughout the year, that by the time Christmas rolls around, I can hardly wait to grab doubles of my favorites for friends and family. Here is my “for her” luxury holiday gift guide 2017, with a few of my top picks for affordable luxe gifts that are perfect for getting or gifting.
Best quarterly subscription package gift
For the girl that has it all, and you’re not really sure what to get her
Simple. Edgy. Modern. Luxe. That’s their statement and no one here is arguing. I don’t know why more people don’t take advantage of subscription services for gifts. It’s something that’s not only fun to receive on Christmas Day, it keeps on giving throughout the year. I’ve gifted wine subscriptions, European design magazines, cigar and whisky packets – you name it. Because they’re customized to fit a certain audience and are often semi-consumable, they’re also great for those people on your list that just seem to have it all. This past year, I discovered Happy Rebel Box, a luxury subscription box that has had me drooling over every package they’ve sent. From fun home goods like unique servings bowls and knitted blankets to those huge roundie towels that are ever popular right now, Happy Rebel Box curates hand-selected lifestyle pieces directly to your door. What I love about them – they find some really unique pieces that you never would have thought of, but then when you get them you’re like… “oh, yeah that’s cool.” They sent me some jumbo, black-tipped matches with a skull on the box which somehow made me feel so good just lighting a candle. I have also received a plexi and rose gold desk set with stapler, tape dispenser and gold scissors that still adorn my desk to this day. If you want to try a subscription gift idea, I highly recommend.
For the minimalist who believes in less is more, and has an eye for quality pieces
You can never go wrong with silk. Less is more, and Ravella does an excellent job providing minimal essentials to the market. Ravella is a luxury fashion company specializing in fabulous silk essentials at an attainable price. Their pieces have a velvety, buttery smooth feel to the touch that you’d expect in high-price luxury, but you’ll be surprised at their more reasonable price range.
“Our clothes are 100% pure, ultra-premium silk, made with only the fancy, top-grade stuff. They are handcrafted by the same folks as the top luxury brands (think PFW) that usually charge $500 – $1,000 at Bergdorf and Saks. Ours go for only $135 – $225.” – Ravella
They pay a great attention to detail, which is key in minimal designs. This piece (the Milano blouse) is 100% pure silk and features dainty, rounded gold buttons and a cut that gracefully drapes over your body. Their new site has just launched, and for a limited time they’re offering access to the pre-sale price of $160 ($35 off) for orders placed by Dec 17, just in time to gift or get for Christmas.
Occasion and cocktail bags
For the feminine girl who’s looking for something unique
Looking for a luxury gift idea that’s totally out of the box? Consider a bag. FARRAH + SLOANE is an Australian label making waves in the fashion community by “Steering away from commercial bag design options” and pursuing a gap in the market of very unique cocktail bags with an edge (FARRAH + SLOANE). Their iconic styles feature feet of silky tassels swaying romantically with every move. They’re lightweight, and designed to fit comfortably on an arm while balancing a Cosmo. The signature ring-band make them almost a sort of jewelry hybrid. I have a couple pieces from their collection, my favorite being a black, studded clutch with flowing black tassels. Today I welcome a new member to the family – great for an upcoming tropical vacation on my holiday calendar. This is a great luxury present for her any time of the year.
For the edgy-chic girl who loves travel, fashion, festivals, and always accessorizes
Sticks and Stones has some incredible, luxe bohemian jewelry that are not only Insta-fabulous, but also make great gifts. Unlike many costume jewelry finds you may order online, their pieces are handmade in India, with a heavy-metal feel in hand. They are bold, beautiful, and intricate – and can be worn casual or formal depending on how you style them. I brought one of their pieces on my last trip to Cancun and it adopted a really sort of tropical aura. This new piece is going to be another new favorite of mine from their latest collection. Their pieces have sort of a dreamy, wanderlust vibe with an almost romantic edge. They also have expanded their collection to some equally badass bags, so if your girl is constantly on the go, they could make a great holiday grab.
Australian clothing label
For the global girl who’s bored of American fashion labels
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of Australian labels. Why? Their fashion is unique, luxurious and feminine – while still being perfectly understandable in the US. One of my absolute favorite destination for Australian fashion pieces is Prem the Label. I don’t think I’ve owned a piece from them I didn’t love. Their speciality is in the unique cuts, luxurious materials, carefully executed embellishments and excellent craftsmanship at an affordable price tag. If the girl on your gift list seems bored with her current options in the US, this is going to be her new obsession. If you’re not comfortable picking out clothes, they’ve also just launched an accessories collection that’s to die for.
Casual everyday fashion
For the girl next door who adores the classics and requires comfort
Sometimes being surrounded in a world of high-fashion can be exhausting. For the girl that wants to kick back and relax in style, Parker Smith designs and produces some of the most comfortable denim on the planet, made in Los Angeles, CA. LA totally knows whats up with jeans, and Parker Smith is no exception. We all know your favorite pair of is all about the fabric and the fit. Parker Smith features soft, super stretchy denim that hugs your voluptuous or straight curves just right way. Their new designs feature some fun details like fray hems and patchwork designs, and they’ve quickly become a celebrity favorite being spotted frequently on Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston and more. Refinery29 did an exclusive article titled “Gigi Hadid Has Been Wearing This New Denim Brand Constantly” and Racked.com called Parker Smith “The Best Denim Brand You Probably Don’t Know About.” When people with limitless options are gravitating towards one denim brand, that’s when you know they’re good.
Beauty grabs gift ideas
For the beauty lovers who take time to care for their bodies inside and out
Though they are self-stately “not pretty, beautiful, pampering, or luxury – I couldn’t create a holiday gift guide for her without including Dermologica, since I recently gifted my mom some of their products and she’s been absolutely raving about them. Crowned the number 1 choice of skin care from professionals worldwide, Dermologica focuses on the science of beauty creating products with specifically sourced ingredients to bring your skin results. To me, luxury means many things, but when it comes to skin, luxurious skin starts with the right care, not with high-price tag products. So in my book, Dermologica is just the right kind of luxury skin care that makes it great for getting or gifting. My mom has noticed a significant reduction in pores since she started using their facial scrub just a couple months back, and I have noticed a more even skin tone from their moisturizers. If you’re looking for a beauty grab that’s going to do some good, grab Dermologica. They also make great stocking stuffers!
In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post by some of the featured brands. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!