The alternate title for this post: Last minute budget stocking stuffer ideas for the fashion-lovers in your life. Hey, no one is judging. It happens to the best of us – we blink and it’s suddenly less than a week till Christmas and there are still a few discriminating people whose names have not been checked off our list yet. Here are some of my suggestions:
The easiest way to give the gift of fashion – a magazine subscription. These can cost anywhere from less than $20/year for Canadian titles (I’m a fan of Elle Canada and LouLou) to about $40US for the big name “fashion bibles” (InStyle, Vogue, etc.). Keep in mind that your giftee will receive her first issue in 4-6 weeks; in the meantime, wrap a nice bow around the latest issue and roll it up in her stocking – easy peasy!
I know it may seem unlikely right now, but it will be sunny again in this town. Now is a great time to pick up designer sunglasses for a bargain. Winners has some big names on clearance: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Kate Spade, Valentino, Gucci and more for around $16-30 (selection varies by store).
For perfume lovers, Shoppers Drugmart has a great deal on the new Harajuku Lovers “Wicked Style” perfume collection: only $29.99 for 30 ml (full size). If your friend prefers the original fragrances, most Winners stores carry a variety of the “Snow Bunnies”, “Sunshine Cuties” and regular versions ($19.99 for the mini versions), including some gift sets.
Sometimes only a label will do, and luckily there are options out there that won’t break the bank. Coach offers a nice selection of coin purses and wristlets ($40-55), and the deals are even better if you can hit up their outlet store just outside Calgary. Along the same lines, a little while ago, Holt Renfrew had some cute Kate Spade coin purses (around $50), but I am not sure if those are still available.
What better gift for a beauty junkie than Sephora‘s Color Play – 5 in 1 II – Fashion Edition colour palette ($150 value for $30US). It’s a versatile eye, lip, and cheek set with five interchangeable color stories. Each of the five sub-sets includes 10 eye-shadows, 2 lip colours and 1 blush – whew!!
My final suggestion, while not, strictly speaking, a “stylish” gift, is a classic – books. OK, so I may be a bit of a book nerd, but I’ve never not been excited to find a book with my name on it under the tree. Here are some of my fave suggestions by genre:
– historical fiction: for any Jane Austen lovers, in particular, Georgette Heyer is the way to go. Her Regency-era novels, written in the early part of the 20th century, are simply lovely – well written and researched (and not merely corny pastiches of Austen). Heyer also wrote some cracking good mysteries in the
– science fiction/fantasy: Jasper Fforde is one of the funniest, most brilliant writers currently writing in the genre. You have plenty of options, from his Thursday Next series (whose female heroine is the definition of “kick-ass”), to the Nursery Crimes series, to his brand book (and series) “Shades of Grey” – he will not disappoint!
– non-fiction: while there are so many options (I’m a non-fiction junkie), two of my favourites are books about biographies about sisters. “Aristocrats” by Stella Tillyard is the collective biography of the four Lennox sisters, daughters of the Duke of Richmond, who made quite a splash in 18th century English society. It is a fascinating glimpse into the era, and the personalities of these interesting women. For something a little more modern, “Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family” by Mary Lovell details the fascinating lives of the five daughters of the Baron Redesdale (one was a Communist; one became the Duchess of Devonshire; one was a best-selling novelist; one became the most hated woman in England; and one became obsessed with Adolf Hitler).
– fashion: for anyone who might be interested in a DIY style makeover, Isaac Mizrahi‘s “How to Have Style” is the way to go. It’s a breezy read, and it’s full of practical tips and ideas for discovering your own style.