MR PORTER picks…
We’ve all been there: you’ve made plenty of lists and been scrolling for hours, but you haven’t quite got round to actually purchasing any presents – and now, all of a sudden, the holidays are upon us. Don’t worry, though: last-minute gifts don’t have to be a let-down. The secret is to shop smart.
Opt for decadent pieces you know your friends and family would love but are unlikely to treat themselves to, such as a pair of Olivia von Halle’s ultra-cozy silk pajamas – an effortless and elegant way to ease into a long, lazy weekend – or a sumptuous cashmere cardigan by cult New York-based brand Khaite. Alternatively, embellished pumps by legendary footwear label Manolo Blahnik are sure to be the crowning glory of any woman’s shoe collection. Don’t fret if you’re not confident when it comes to assessing sizes – instead of shoes, simply stick to other covetable accessories and you’re sure to knock it out of the park. Any fashion fan would love to find a ladylike handbag by Parisian powerhouse Saint Laurent, or a buttery-leather iteration from Spanish label Loewe under their tree this year.
Meanwhile, for the beauty buff, furnishing her bathroom shelf with sumptuous scents from Le Labo will earn you serious gifting kudos. The holidays are also the perfect time to add to someone special’s jewelry box – from chunky gold chains by Laura Lombardi and Lauren Rubinski to delicate rings from Spinelli Kilcollin, these designs were made to be worn and cherished for years to come. However, when it comes to forever pieces, few items are more deserving of the moniker than a classic Hermès Timepieces watch in its signature orange hue.
Of course, with many of us having found a new appreciation for interiors over the past two years, art-like objets make for an especially thoughtful gift. Contemporary ceramics by UK-based brands Anissa Kermiche and Vanderohe Curio are Instagram catnip, while Diptyque’s heavenly scented candles promise to elevate any space.
Over on MR PORTER, we’ve been eyeing up Loewe’s luxe color-blocked cable-knit. Perfect for cuddling up in over the holidays, it’s the kind of gift you’ll give and then instantly want to borrow (self-gifting is, of course, encouraged).
For any board-game buffs in your life, consider gifting them a sleek chess set by Skyline Chess. Architecture aficionados will appreciate how the pieces showcase some of London’s Brutalist mid-20th-century buildings, making it a beautiful addition for the home, as well as a boredom-buster. Sports fans will also love the Sonic Editions’ framed print of a young Muhammad Ali, training for his defence of the world heavyweight championship title against Henry Cooper back in 1963.
If you’re seeking presents that are sure to wow their receiver, consider Hermès Timepieces’ ‘Arceau’ wristwatch, or Spinelli Kilcollin’s ‘Libra Gris’ ring – either would be ideal for that very special someone. For something romantic, scents can carry huge sentimental value. Cult Swedish fragrance brand Byredo’s Sunday Cologne is so-called for being “forever faithful, like a Sunday”. Give it to someone you love this season and every spritz of its woody yet spicy scent will recall fond memories.
Finally, for the person who has everything, they surely don’t have a sound system by Transparent Sound? Aesthetes will adore its slick, minimalist design and music lovers will appreciate its crisp, balanced and full-bodied sound.
Whoever you’re shopping for, select from this curated edit of last-minute gifts and they’ll never know you didn’t plan it all months ago…