Online shopping has made it virtually impossible for anyone to give a shitty gift. Hate malls at Christmas time? Stay at home and shop online. Too cold to head outside? Stay at home and shop online. Too damn lazy to put on a pair of pants today? Stay at home and shop online—naked. See what I mean? And if you’re totally stumped as to what to get your wifey, girlfriend, sister, besties, etc., we here at Killahbeez have made it easy to pick out a gift that’ll wow and not end up in the dumpster. If you’ve been following the Too Hot Not to Cop column year-round, I’m sure you’ve got plenty of ideas, but for those just catching up this minute, here’s a roundup of our top-10 holiday gift picks this year.
So the idea here is go big or go home. And what better way to show how much you care than scooping up a lustworthy dress from one of the year’s most popular labels. This dress features Carven’s signature cross-stitching at the bust and a slight a-line skirt. Ruching at the shoulders are a fun detail, and the bright red hue is plain festive. Available for $410 at SSENSE.
This bag is unique enough for a special lady in your life, but classic enough to suit all tastes. Los Angeles-based accessories designer Clare Vivier has been gaining tons of attention in the past year or so, and this green messenger carryall is destined to become a classic. Made of ultra-soft nubuck leather, the bag measures 12” in height and 17” in width. The option to use shorter handles or the longer 20” strap means that this messenger bag is built for versatility. Meanwhile, the deep forest green hue will pair with more colors than you think. Available for $363 at Need Supply Co.
Has the smoking slipper ever looked so cute, not to mention grown up? As soon as I spotted this purple tasseled pair, I knew it had to go on this list. These Kelsi Dagger Tabitha Flats are what your quirky, shoe-obsessed sister or girlfriend is secretly wishing for this year (whether she knows it or not). Made of suede with a leather lining, the slippers feature a comfortably short heel. Pair them with slightly cropped cigarette trousers for a smart look, or punch up an office-appropriate dress by trading your classic black ballet flats for these. Available for $110 at Eluxe.
Often, the best things under the tree are small and sparkly (or big and sparkly—no one would be mad at you for that). But sparkly doesn’t have to mean “break the bank”. Sometimes, all it takes is a super glistening chunk of pyrite to catch the eye, like this large pyrite ring by U.S. jewelry designer Adina Mills. All of Mills’ rings are hand-sculpted and painted to achieve one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. The large pyrite ring features an oversized piece of pyrite on a silver-painted clay band. Perfect for the woman in your life who prefers all-natural, standout pieces. Available for $168 at Totokaelo.
For the ultra-cool “it” girl in your life, there’s no other label but Acne. Everything that the hip Scandinavian brand touches turns to gold. Take this buttery forest green-hued leather jacket. Not only is the cropped motorcycle cut exquisite, but the lizard-embossed texture makes it stand out from all other leather jackets. A chunky belt and gunmetal zippers give it that edge. Available for $1,200 at Net-a-Porter.
Seriously, who could deny a soft, snuggly snood to keep old man winter at bay? This cashmere purl-stitch snood is a J. Crew seasonal favorite and an instant classic. The purl stitching gives the infinity scarf a handmade feel, while the cool white-grey is modern enough to wear with even the most serious winter outfits. Available for $250 at J. Crew.
For the sneaker freak on your holiday list, these kicks are simple enough to please most people’s styles, yet special enough to impress the girl you know with like 100 Nikes. The distressed leather high-top sneakers by Japanese label Sisii are available in light Sand and darker brown Tobacco. The grooved rubber sole means they’re good to go rain or shine, and these puppies would particularly pop off an all-black ensemble. Available for $209 at Totokaelo.
Supers are the sunnies of choice for “it” girls, and these super cute Lucia Mat Kilim sunnies would certainly wow on Christmas morning. The half-frame features a faded blue, burgundy, and khaki Aztec print printed on acetate frames. The round lesnes are on-trend and easily wearable even in the dead of winter. Available for $383 at Need Supply Co.
The gift of Theyskens’ Theory by Olivier Theyskens isn’t just for any girl on your list. A beautiful burgundy dress like this deserves to be worn by someone special. The Keify Dress features a perforated overlay and padded shoulders for textural and structural intrigue. Meanwhile, the above-the-knee length and crewneck collar makes the Keify just as easy to rock during the day or at night. Available for $420 at SSENSE.
Arm parties and luxe friendship bracelets have been all the rage this year, and what better way to show a BFF just how much they mean to you than with this never-want-to-take-off Do Brasil gold-plated woven bracelet by jewelery designer Aurelie Bidermann. The colorful bauble is made of bright cotton trim with a gold-plated chain in the middle. A clasp resembling a safety pin is not just cute and reminiscent of elementary school playground days but also makes the bracelet easy to take on and off. Available for $360 at Net-a-Porter.