Everyone has that friend or family members on their list that’s the toughest to buy gifts for during the holiday season, and the fashionista, who has a specific taste of his or her own, could be the most difficult; It's no use buying them clothes and their nuanced tastes may not match your gift-giving perception. Or, worst case, they just already have it all and you don't know what to buy.
So unless you’ve got a hold of his or her wish list to Santa, -- or hacked into their Pinterest account -- don’t rush out to buy those so-last-season Valentino Rockstud pumps.
Here’s a list of gifts for any budget that are not only safe for the fashion maven in your life but these luxe ideas will make that discerning sartorial superstar smile as they tear apart the wrapping paper.
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Mustache Hangers (set of 4 for $12 at Gama-Go)
He or she already has every piece of clothing imaginable, but such an amazing wardrobe should not be hung on ordinary plastic tube hangers. These cloth mustache hangers will add a bit of kitsch and fun to a closet.
Books (Prices vary at Amazon)
One of the most fashionable accessories is a great book, especially when it’s about fashion. Here’s a selection that were published this year:
“The World According to Karl” ($19.15 at Amazon)
“It” by Alexa Chung ($18.94 at Amazon)
“The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences…and hysteria” by Simon Doonan ($16.41 at Amazon)
“Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls” by Leandra Medine ($16.42 at Amazon)
CFDA USB Bracelet ($25 at eBay Holiday)
This season, it’s all about wearable technology and thanks to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) you can wear the season’s latest right around your wrist, designed by Mara Hoffman, Shipley & Halmos, Rachel Zoe, Milly by Michelle Smith or Michael Bastian.
Birchbox Subscription ($30 for 3 months, $40 for 6 months, $110 for 12 months at Birchbox)
This is the gift that will keep on giving, even after Christmas depending if you choose the three-month subscription or beyond. Best of all, there’s a men’s counterpart.
Jonathan Adler Passport Case ($38 at Nordstrom)
Everyone knows the fashionista is constantly jetsetting, but he or she may be too busy packing or buying travel-sized beauty products to remember they still have the same passport case since it was issued for college spring break. And if you want to make it a set with a matching luggage tag, Johnathan Adler’s collection for Nordstrom will do the trick.
The Fashion Book: New And Expanded Edition (51.82 at Amazon)
The classic coffee table book, often called “the fashion bible” which covers fashion for the past 200 years, was recently expanded and re-launched this year.
Balenciaga L’Essence Candle ($65 at Barneys)
After smelling this ambient mix of “leaves, delicate flowers and soft mosses” from Balenciaga, that Glade candle just won’t do it.
Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Canvas Sneakers ($70 and up at Converse)
A good pair of Chucks never go out of style and thanks to Converse, you can send a gift to personalize a pair of the classic sneakers.
Lemlem Classic Split Scarf ($150 at Tom’s)
With every purchase of this scarf made in Ethopia, proceeds are donated to create economic opportunity and preserve artistic tradition in Ethiopia.
Frends ‘Taylor’ Headphones ($199.99 at Nordstrom)
Fashionistas have been clamoring for these gold and white headphones this year by Frends.
Knucklecase for iPhone 5 and 5S ($120 and up at Knucklecase)
In silver, black and gold, this iPhone case resembling brass knuckles makes a statement.