ow that the holiday season is well underway, it’s time to get cracking on your gifting responsibilities. With iFN’s holiday picks, there is no need to phone it in with a gift card, especially when you can order everything right from your computer. Here are our top picks by price…
A Kindle is a great gift that always fits. Perfect for any age, this is our go-to gift for the person who is difficult to shop for. Splurge on the $189 version (amazon.com) that has free Wi-Fi, and your loved ones will be able to download reading materials from anywhere in the world. Put a whimsical, fashionable spin on your gift with a cheeky canvas Kate Spade Kindle cover ($85, amazon.com) that gives the illusion that your giftee is actually reading something worthwhile.
For the practical girl, these basics from Splendid fit the bill. A three-piece henley set ($149), three-piece circle scarf set ($99), and 6-piece tank set ($189) hold infinite mixing and matching possibilities for laid-back days. The sets are available at splendid.com; check the website for additional color options.
For the label lover, a little piece of luxury is in order. These key fobs by Judith Lieber ($375 at Neiman Marcus) encrusted in either red or black Swarovski crystals are just as shimmery and special as their larger handbag counterparts. This cute bauble will be appreciated whether she has tons of Lieber or this is her first.
No boring, shapeless, itchy Christmas sweaters here! Rebecca Taylor’s black and white striped merino wool sweater ($275 at Neiman Marcus) is anything but basic. It has an interesting v-neckline, cool arm-warmer sleeves, and chic side slits for a tunic feel.
Hunter’s Festival short wellington boots ($143 at net-a-porter.com) are edgier than the rest of the Hunter line and super-cute in electric blue. Add the coordinating Hunter socks ($25 at hunter-boots.com) for warmth and style (let the stripes peek out of the top of the boots), and your giftee can enjoy these through the spring.
Chan Luu’s leather wrap bracelets woven with stones and crystals are the perfect accessory for casual looks. Available at Bloomingdales ($170-$295), gift as many of these as your budget will allow. Check the Bloomingdales website for tons of styles.
Burberry’s studded cashmere check scarf ($495 at Saks) is a fresh update on a classic and instantly updates a tired black coat. Don’t have the patience for individual gift giving? Just give everyone one of these and call it a day; it’s perfect for women of all ages.
For the young at heart, a luxurious Autumn Cashmere peace sign adorned cashmere tunic ($260 at Bergdorf Goodman) is a perfect choice. The forgiving fit makes for easy gifting, and its inviting, cozy feel is perfect for the ski lodge.
These Prada stone earrings ($390 at Bergdorf Goodman) look as great all dressed up as they do with jeans. Choose from gold, clear, or black stones for friends or family who love bold accessories.
Tory Burch’s embellished wool sweater (now on sale for $245 at net-a-porter.com) is a great deal and totally chic for the girl with a little bit of a bohemian edge. Generous embellishments, stylish bell sleeves, and a flattering v-neckline make this sweater a standout.
Gift an iPad (from $499, apple.com) along with a signature Gucci case ($230 at net-a-porter.com) for the woman who needs all the latest gadgets.
Prada’s sequined continental wallets ($555 at Bergdorf Goodman) are glamorous while staying on trend with a military motif. Available in blue or army green.
Stephen Dweck’s multistone link necklace ($895 at Bergdorf Goodman) is a potpourri of bronze chains, abalone links, garnets, green bloodstones, and smoky quartz; perfect for adding polish to everyday basics.
Maison Martin Margiela offers the perfect gift – the comfort of a wedge with the illusion of a pump. Choose from an ankle boot style ($890) or a pump ($765); available at Barney’s.
Fendi ‘s versatile studded baguette shoulder bag ($995 at barneys) can be dressed up for evening, dressed down to wear with jeans, and has a removable shoulder strap. Choose between black and tan.
Fashion meets function with Burberry’s quilted down-filled velvet trench coat ($995 at Saks). Thoughtful details like oversized patch pockets and buckles on the sleeves add interest to this insulated topper that will keep your giftee warm all winter long.
The ruffles at the neckline bring this cape to life. Inspired by Native American blankets, this hand knit piece ($998 at ralphlauren.com) is cozy and works with jeans or grey slacks.
For the fashionista turned collector, scoop up Andrew Yang and the Kouklitas dolls ($1,350 each at Barneys). These 27 inch dolls are stuffed by hand, have unique hand-painted faces, and are outfitted in designer outfits crafted using couture sewing methods. Choices abound, check the website for the full collection. Pictured here are dolls outfitted in (from left) Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, and Rodarte.
Burberry’s Nova totes and wallets ($750 and $375 at Burberry) get a modern twist in punchy colors and edgy degrade. The perfect sunny set to brighten up cold winter days.
For the woman who has everything, try these Lanvin fur jeweled earmuffs, ($1,255 at Bergdorf Goodman). Navy embellished satin ribbon and fox fur combine for a luxurious look perfect for braving Manhattan winters.
You can never go wrong with one of Judith Leiber’s quintessential evening bags. We love this rounded, jeweled miniaudiere version ($2,995), and we’re sure your giftee will feel likewise.
She can tote her stuff hands-free with this Chanel tan quilted leather messenger bag ($2,325 at Chanel boutiques), new for the 2011 resort season. The luggage color gives this perfect weekend bag a casual vibe.
Roberto coin’s circle necklace ($2,980 at Neiman Marcus) is elegant and stunning and goes anywhere. Set in 18K white gold, pave diamonds have a .93 total carat weight.
For the jet -setter planning to escape the cold, she can hit the beach in this matching Emilio Pucci bikini and tunic ($450 and $795 at net-a-porter.com).
For those braving the elements, let her bundle up in this sequined cashmere scarf by Donna Karan ($1,295 at Donna Karan stores). It’s perfect for day, night, and anytime there is a chill in the air, from now through the spring. We especially love the blue version.
This ensemble by Milly reflects the designer’s chic uptown aesthetic. We love nontraditional suits, and she can wear these pieces as separates as well (skirt-$190, jacket-$525, blouse-$295, at milly.com).
The Chanel jumbo flap bag is a forever piece, and the grained luggage-colored calfskin is the newest, must-have version ($3,700 at Chanel boutiques).
The Vogue archive collection was selected from the Vogue magazine archive by Anna Wintour and features 5 American style icons shot by legendary photographers. This is a unique gift for the right person ($3,200 at net-a-porter.com). One caveat – since this is collectible merchandise, it cannot be returned once opened.
At iFN, we love playing with prints and any like-minded mod girl would appreciate this ensemble by Marc Jacobs (jacket-3,200, dress-$985). Striking but restrained, this cotton and silk look is fresh and fabulous for spring.
Classic diamond hoop earrings by Roberto coin ($3,400 at Bergdorf Goodman) will be well-loved for years. This pair is set in 18K white gold and has a 1.5 total carat weight.
The Row leather trench ($4,000 at Bergdorf Goodman) is the perfect topper of the season. Edgy over jeans and sophisticated over slacks, this easy to wear style is flattering on everyone.
Tiffany’s flower brooch ($4,700) perfectly compliments the feminine styles coming our way this spring. This style features 18k rose gold with lavender amethysts, pink tourmalines, and round brilliant diamonds. She can pin it on blazers, coats, oversized cowl necks, and hats for an instant whimsical touch.
The matching bag and shoes is a nod to the feminine trend this season, but the studs toughen up the look. Burberry’s studded leather Knight bag ($2,195 at net-a-porter.com) and towering studded leather platform sandals ($895 at Burberry) are perfect for the fashionista who likes to push the envelope.
Loro Piana cashmere always exudes casual elegance, and this cape ($4,650 at Neiman Marcus) is elegant and cozy; the perfect combination for chilly days. It looks amazing with jeans, leggings, or flared slacks. Your giftee will thank you again and again for this one.
Delicate, feminine styles are big for spring, and this look by Valentino perfectly captures the trend. The floral chiffon blouse ($2,690 at Neiman Marcus) features a pink and black print and lace appliqués along the bodice. Sheer sleeves contribute to the airy feel. The demure, a-line black jersey skirt ($980, also at Neiman Marcus) finishes the look beautifully.
The only thing better than a classic Lanvin trench? A reversible one to double her possibilities. She can switch between tan and grey all spring in this chic staple ($5,650 at Bergdorf Goodman).
Treat her to a Chanel ensemble like this sequin tweed jacket with tulle trim and fringed wool and cotton tweed minidress ($3,100 and $4,865), and she will have a fashion-forward head start on her spring wardrobe.
Valentino’s rosette hem leather trench coat ($ 8,900 at Neiman Marcus) is a statement piece that sharpens up any look. Buttery soft and sleek-fitting, but still soft and feminine, this is a truly special piece.
Get her ready for that tropical vacation with Chanel’s beach tote which includes a removable classic bag in patent calfskin ($3,400). Pair it with Chanel’s printed caftan with glass pearl embellishments ($1,900) for no-fuss glamour on the beach or out to dinner.
Last but not least, gift one of Tiffany’s signature key pendants. Everyone loves to open a little bright blue box, and we especially love this classic version in the shape of a flower ($6,825). This version is set in platinum, with a 1.18 total carat weight.