The holidays are in sight and your diary is filling up fast, but this year, don’t leave all of your shopping until the last minute – you’ve got better things to do on Christmas Eve. In our ultimate gift guide, we’ve picked presents so perfect that you’ll be shooting straight to the top of everyone’s nice list next year. After all, nothing beats the feeling of giving someone a gift they’ll truly love – except for receiving one, of course…
What to buy for… the magpie
Never knowingly underdressed, the Magpie loves pieces with personality that are sure to get her noticed. Her taste is elegant without scrimping on fun, so this party season she’ll appreciate anything by fashion-forward labels like Rixo, Ganni and Laura Lombardi. Cinderella-style shoes jostle for space alongside diamond-encrusted watches by Cartier and Chopard on her never-ending wish list.
What to buy for… the jet-setter
A seasoned traveler with an unwavering sense of adventure, the Jet-Setter’s wanderlust is never satisfied. Make her journeys memorable with the ultimate indulgence for any frequent flyer: Globetrotter’s leather luggage. No doubt she’s got even more envy-inducing trips planned this year, so when it comes to stocking fillers, Phaidon’s city guides, Le Labo’s airport-approved travel set and Saint Laurent’s cat-eye sunglasses are no-brainers.
What to buy for… the fashion addict
For your best-dressed friend who is always one step ahead of every trend, you’ll need to pick pieces with serious fashion kudos. Appeal to her inner sneaker-head with Gucci’s ‘dad’ trainers; prove you’re up on the western trend by opting for Calvin Klein’s chic saddle bag; or go for a future classic in the form of Fendi and Fila’s in-demand collaboration.
What to buy for… the beauty obsessive
She might own 12 red lipsticks, a foundation wardrobe, a substantial perfume collection and a bathroom cabinet full of cream, serums and masks, but the Beauty Obsessive will always be able to make space in her makeup bag for more. Expand her beauty horizons with Tata Harper’s luxurious Vanity Case, which includes six of the brand’s best-selling skincare products, or a glamorous set like Huda Beauty’s latest The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette, with 18 highly pigmented shades.
What to buy for… the perfectionist
With never so much as a hair out of place (thanks to Oribe’s cult products), the perfectionist is a woman with discerning taste. From her bathroom cabinet (stocked up with Rodin oils and Claus Porto’s pretty pastel soaps) to her carefully curated closet (where her timeless trench coats match her sharply tailored suiting), she’ll never sacrifice when it comes to quality. Such exacting standards are precisely why you need to opt for fashion classics – an iconic watch or leather bag are sure to satisfy.
What to buy for… the adrenaline junkie
Skiing down a black run, surfing the world’s biggest waves, trying aerial yoga… Whatever you suggest, the adrenaline junkie will always be game. But while she might be full of surprises, it’s best not to go off-piste when it comes to picking her present. Stick with Perfect Moment’s graphic ski gear, Bella Freud’s ’70s-inspired tracksuits or APL’s performance-enhancing sneakers and you’ll be on the right track.
What to buy for… the homebody
Endless holiday parties and big nights out? Not for the homebody. She has perfected the art of hygge and cozy nights in, turning her abode into an oasis of relaxation – note the high-brow books and the heady aroma of Cire Trudon’s cedarwood candle. This season, &Daughter’s luxurious knits, Olivia von Halle’s silk pajamas, Slip’s wrinkle-reducing eye masks and Skin’s plush robe will be fighting for the top spot on her wish list.
What to buy for… Everybody
We’ve all been there: you’ve made plenty of wish lists and browsed for hours, but you haven’t quite got around to actually buying any presents; now all of a sudden, the holidays are right around the corner. Don’t freak out: last-minute gifts don’t have to be a let-down. The secret is to shop smart. Opt for those decadent pieces you know your friends and family would love but would never treat themselves to, like a disco-inspired Gucci phone case, a diamond-studded Pomellato ring or a heady Frederic Malle fragrance. They’ll never know you didn’t pick it out months ago…