We’ve all been there: you’ve made plenty of wish 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 almost 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 way to put an elegant spin on lockdown dressing – or a sumptuous cashmere cardigan by Alexandra Golovanoff. Alternatively, embellished mules by legendary footwear label Jimmy Choo 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 handbag by Parisian powerhouse Saint Laurent or cult brand Khaite under their tree this year.
Meanwhile, for the beauty buffs, high-performance products by the likes of Dr. Barbara Sturm will earn you serious gifting kudos. The holidays are also the perfect time to add to someone special’s jewelry box; from roughly hewn pearls and everyday diamonds to Lauren Rubinski’s chunky chains, 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 Cartier watch.
Of course, with many of us spending more time at home than ever before this holiday season, chic interior pieces make for an especially thoughtful gift. Contemporary ceramics by London-based brands Anissa Kermiche and Completedworks are Instagram catnip, while Diptyque’s heavenly scented candles promise to elevate any space. 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…