If you’ve been as last minute about picking gifts as we’ve been about writing this gift guide then welcome to this slacker special! Avoid the last minute panic attack about what to get and most importantly for who! We’ve been inspired by our favourite illustrator and soul catcher Mari Andrew’s SOS on gift guides. So see if you spot your person on this list and gifts that will really say what you want to :)
Source: Instagram- @bymariandrew
FOR THE GUY YOU’RE DATING IN YOUR HEAD
Know what’s the way to a man’s heart? Sports not food. Send a note of playing too hard to get with the Louis Vuitton sporty gifts selection in all its monogram glory! Ping pong paddles with cases, the discreet cards deck or even the jump rope- he’ll even think of you in the gym! You never know you might actually start dating in real life!
The Ping Pong Paddle Set James is a professionally designed table tennis set complete with regulation balls in custom holders, and an exclusive Monogram canvas cover in black and grey. The Christopher Jump Rope is LV’s special spin on this work-out staple with canvas handles and a brooding elegant look. Ditto with the Playing Cards and Pouch Arsène which comes with the LV playing cards set. Who knows you could be be playing that game with him!
The damage? Starting from $485
Where to buy?: Any LV store because they’re currently out of stock online.
TO BE MIND BLOWING WITHOUT POCKET BLOWING
This was a hard one till we saw the Saint Laurent X Colette lighters. Perfect big small gift! And wouldn’t you want to say your final goodbye to Colette with a cute keepsake?! SL Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello has gone all out in the capsule collection which is more like a swan song for the iconic Paris store that shuts its doors this month. And these totally politically incorrect lighters with a big ‘Smoking Forever’ written on them are the best pocket friendly picks from it.
The damage? $199
HOW TO OUT DO SANTA FOR THE KIDS
You want to be the really cool aunt or uncle and like Mari said impress the parents a tad too, then the edible gold gilded chocolate-caramel macarons by Ladurée are just the thing. Firstly do we really need to say anything on how insanely delicious Ladurée treats are? Especially their signature melt in the mouth macarons! For Christmas, the director of iconic Bergdorf Goodman department store, Linda Fargo, has collaborated with the famed Parisian confectioner to make these exclusive gold numbers.
The damage? Pack of 6 at $35, 40 piece Pyramid at $252
Where to buy? Linda’s at Bergdorf Goodman, 4th floor, 745 Fifth Avenue (58th Street), New York.
DADDY HARD TO PLEASE
He’s one hard nut to crack. One of those Mari described who’s not into golf goodies, highland whiskeys or even cigars. Or one of those who’s got these and more. Either way it’s tough to get him beaming on gifts. But this one will break him. Even the most stoic ones will melt under the spell of these minimal Saint Laurent X Bang & Olufsen speaker. Actually you’ve already had them at Bang & Olufsen!
These beautiful speakers are a collector’s item and a design marvel(what do you expect when B&O collabs with Saint Laurent!) which were again designed for the Colette farewell pop-up by Anthony Vaccarello. For the collab they have reenvioned B&O’s premium BeoPlay A9 in an all-black design with leather on its legs and a silver printed SL logo on the back. The speaker has an in-built streaming access for all major digital devices and apps. And do we need to say anything on the quality of B&O sound system?
The damage? $350
Where to buy? Available at e-bay.
FOR THE GF WHO KNOWS HER SHIT ON G.O.T.
Does your GF take over every conversation on G.O.T. with your bros? Does she quote from the series and the huge books? Is she trying to learn old Valyrian? Here’s something to shut her up. Nicely of course. Give your Khaleesi her own little dragon- the Game of Thrones inspired couture Delvaux bag.
The exclusive holiday edition is a gorgeous middle ages take on the classic Delvaux “Brillant” bag. The collection has 4 bags: Iron Shield, Black Beauty, Queen’s Desire and Golden Glory, ‘all inspired by medieval legends and dramatic fantasy’. The details are brilliant and delicate making it a perfect couture limited edition piece. Get it for her today! After all, Valar Dohaeris! (all men must serve for the uninitiated.)
The damage? Priced between $5,600 and $9,200
Where to buy? The Couture Exclusive Collection is available in select Delvaux boutiques. Find the one nearest you here.
FOR THE OTT BFF WHO LIVES IN HYPERBOLE
What to get for the BFF who tags you in slinky night wear turned day wear as her ‘Meeting Look #..’? The crazier-than-thou piece of your heart who ODs on everything OTT from clothes to emotions?! The one who talks in soul maps and has tried every possible type of bangs(on the hair that is) out there? And who’s style file will give ADR(Anna Dello Russo) a run for her money in the OTT stakes! Get her the fantastical and season’s craziest shoes- Gommino loafers from the ADR X Tod’s Christmas Capsule Collection- Tod’s Circus. The collection has signature Tod’s classics like the D-bag & the Gommino which have been given a flamboyant circus inspired makeover by ADR. Colourful. Quirky. OTT. Adorable. Just like her.
The damage? Priced at $950 – $1000
Where to buy? All Tod’s flagship stores and select boutiques. Find one nearest to you here.
FOR THE ONE WHO LIVES ON THE INSTAGRAM COUNTER CULTURE. VERY LITERALLY.
This one is for that sister/ cousin who’s the champion of Insta counter culture, the meme addict(she’ll never admit to it), the arm chair warrior who’s hell bent on changing the world, one insta post like at a time. You know she’s dying for that slogan tee but Gucci’s Coco Capitan masterpieces have become ‘too out there’ for her and Dior’s ‘We should all be feminists’ is become untouchable ever since Bollywood discovered it. Let her discover the new conscious stream with Instagram Approved tees from Dana Frid or Ava Niuri or even the irreverent Beyoncé jumpers. Just the fact that people hated her jumpers will make her love them!
Dana Frid is an Egyptian students who started out selling her luxury meme printed designs via a gmail address became an overnight sensation when her cheeky slogans caught Vogue’s eye. Ava Niuri better known as Insta star artist Avanope, is more luxury pedigree, being the digital director of Helmut Lang. Ava broke the internet with her jumper with Marc Jacobs spelled wrong. On purpose. Vogue calls her designs ‘chic-fake’ and they’re definitely provocative! And what do we say about Queen B. You can ‘have a thicc holiday’ with them!
The damage? Word has it that Dana Frid tees cost $50-$60. Beyoncé jumpers too are $55. Ava X Marc Jacobs hoodie is selling for $400.
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Happy holidays everyone!