Some people are harder to buy for than others. Case in point: the most stylish pals in our lives. They’re chic, together, and seem to have just about everything. So, what should be we leave under the tree for them when December rolls around?
Don’t sweat it – we’ve picked out seven stylish goodies that any fashion or beauty fan would be thrilled to find stuffed in their stocking, whether you pick up our specific suggestions, or use them as a jumping-off point for your own ideas.
Self-gifting is, of course, also very acceptable too…
A gorgeous book
You should never judge a book by its cover, but it helps that books like Anna Murphy’s new fashion bible How Not To Wear Black look good on the coffee table, as well as offering a riveting read. After all, good writing never goes out of style.
Lazy days are a luxury, and so they need an outfit to match. Department stores like Selfridges or Liberty offer high-quality loungewear that will go down a treat, or try high-end offerings from The Outnet, Yolke or Eberjey. If you’re tighter on budget, Oysho will get you plenty for your money.
An everyday essential
Upgrading a day-to-day occurrence – like paying for a train journey, or shopping for fruit and veg – is always a good idea. Start at stores like Aspinal of London, Kate Spade and Smythson and you a) won’t leave empty handed, and b) will know that your gift is built to last.
A (strong) candle
Scented candles are the present that keeps on giving, as long as you choose one with a potent enough fragrance. We love The White Company’s festive slogan votives – the one above is infused with invigorating notes of lime and bay.
A diary with a difference
This slim diary will slip into any size of bag, but still has space inside to details various dates and appointments – perfect for a special someone who’s constantly on the go. There’s also a larger version, which comes in a rainbow of colours.
A silk pillowcase
Sleeping on silk has serious benefits for your skin and your hair – just ask the slew of supermodels who swear by them. If your budget stretches, the matching and equally soothing eye mask (£45) seriously upgrades this package.
Well, if all else fails, what do you get the friend who has everything? Somewhere to put it all, that’s what. This may be billed as an ashtray, but we instantly see jewellery storage – additional precious gift optional.