Women’s Holiday Luxury Gift Guide
There are few gifts more lovely than ultra-luxury goods. And there are few faux-pas more awkward than gifting the wrong piece. Luckily, this sort of misstep is easily avoidable — so to save you from disappointing someone you adore (or worse, sending the message that you don’t quite ‘get’ them), FASHIONPHILE has made a set of holiday gift guides for every sensibility.
So whether your well-meaning boyfriend needs a nice little nudge in the right direction, or your mom just needs some inspiration (for herself, or for you!), I’ve pulled my favorite highlights from each, as well as a little guidance on which rabbit hole is right for you.
For the Classic One
You know the one: she’ll (he’ll) always choose the timeless piece that will last over something trendy and of the moment. They’re into styles that are just as desirable as they were 10 years ago (and in some cases, 20, 50, or 100 years ago.) They’re into what we like to call generationless elegance.
If you’ve got someone in your life (or if you’re that someone) who loves the simplicity and practicality of classic luxury, this one’s for you.
The word that comes to mind with this one? Emblematic. In part because of the palladium hardware clasp that doubles as a logo, but equally because of its chic structure and no-nonsense Epsom leather finish.
A favorite of many classic celebs, including Jackie O, the Hermes Constance handbag design was the brainchild of designer Catherine Chaillet, who named it after her own daughter when it was first released in 1959.
An icon, point blank, period. With options in nude or black, depending on her sensibilities. If she’s more likely to wear them as a day shoe (or simply likes to stay under 6’2, as the case may be), I’m tempted to point you to the 55mm heel. The 85mm heel is reserved for the one who isn’t afraid to flaunt a bit. Either way, the red sole is a dead giveaway — and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I think of the Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap, the word “decadent” immediately comes to mind. It’s just…yummy. Classic black is a safe, timeless bet that can easily be dressed up or down. Playful colors distinct from their year are equally alluring (see: All the shades of beige). Take your pick.
Monogram mania is a thing, and we’re not sorry about it. Of course, it’s also a certain taste — but those of us that love them, love them the way my niece loves Moana and Princess Elsa: fanatically.
There are layers to this obsession, too. There’s the single, statement logo in gold or some other form of hardware. And then there are the logo-smattered patterns that demand every gaze in the room.
Saint Laurent Monogram Satchel
Enter layer one: YSL always manages to stay chic and elevated, while still rocking a bold, gold logo that can easily be seen from fifty yards away (and definitely six feet, for that matter.)
It’s ideal if your first thought was, “well, she’s definitely classic. But she also loves her logos.” Enter the perfect intersection of the two.
Chanel Crystal CC Drop Earrings
Whether she’s more the multicolor rainbow type or baguette in silver, the CC drop earrings are one of the simplest ways to rock an ultra-luxury logo that’s as zoom-call friendly as it is dinner date friendly (which, in a world where going outside isn’t necessarily a thing, might just be a selling point).
Louis Vuitton Speedy
For those who delight in monogram patterning throughout, it doesn’t get much better than Louis Vuitton. I love the Speedy because the plump shape and sleek handles feel fresh yet carry a timeless quality —- and offer surprising volume, to boot.
What do you get the girl who has everything? Well, you lean in on a little secret — no one has everything. But you do have to get creative. This guide is reserved for those one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find items that are sure to be like no other gift she’s (or he’s) received.
Hermes Porcelain Passifolia Tea Set
Made in France using Limoges porcelain, this rare tea set is decorated using chromolithography, a method used in the late 18th century to make multi-color prints with stones or metal plates. It’s romantic, unusual, and so delightful that it’s essentially a guaranteed conversation piece at tea time.
Chanel Success Story Set of 4 Minis
For the one who has everything…but still really, really loves handbags. There’s a good chance she’s never received a set — or if she has, not one quite like this. Think of it as Chanel for every occasion, and every outfit you could dream up. Lambskin, calfskin, and tweed meet both gold and silver hardware. With this collection on hand, there will never be another moment that isn’t a Chanel moment.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Cube Trunk
This beautiful piece conjures a rare level of nostalgia — for some version of life that I’ve never actually lived but will never stop aspiring to. Ideal for storing precious items in or as a showpiece in the living room, it offers a level of whimsy that I can’t get enough of (and neither will she.)