Happy Holidays, everyone! Tis’ the season of shopping, shopping, shopping… for other people. And I love that. There’s nothing better than having your special someone open your gift and actually, truly, really be surprised and excited.
So here’s the thing about Christmas shopping—I’m morbidly scared of accidentally giving someone a blah gift. Generally speaking, I’m pretty good at picking up hints, but every now and then, I get stumped—mainly by people who are too knowledgeable about the things I’m trying to get them gifts for. Like, the coffee-loving friend who has everything from a Nespresso machine to a Turkish ibrik. Or, that relative you can never surprise with your knowledge of the coolest make-up brands, no matter how many reviews you read.
It’s hard to shop for people who are passionate about things we don’t know much about, especially when said passion involves fashion. When shopping for gifts, I tend to steer clear from clothes, because it’s really hard to know someone’s size. (And it’s always awkward to ask). Even I do know their letter, fit varies store to store. Really, you’re setting yourself up for failure if your plan is to buy a dress you’ve never seen her/him try on in front of your very own eyes.
So here’s where I come in. If you have a fashion-forward friend you don’t know what to get, then you might find this size-free guide useful. I’m not talking about casual Topshop shoppers here. I’m talking about that SUPER in-the-know friend or partner who gushes about Maryam Nassir Zadeh and always points out a Shrimps bag when she sees one. I’m talking about that person who won’t shut up about Copenhagen Fashion Week. I’m talking about someone who likes unique, unusual fashion things!
And remember, if these don’t do the trick, you can always send me a friendly DM on @marimakatsaria, and I’ll make sure to help you out with even more suggestions.
The brand is definitely more known for its variations of the classic door knocker, but I strongly prefer these heart charms, mainly because I feel like they’re more practical. They weigh less, work with more outfits and are still uber-trendy.
You can scoff at the price tag (for such a teeny, tiny bag) all you like, but the truth is, Jacquemus has taken over the fashion world by storm. There’s nary a fashionista who hasn’t heard of the French designer, or see his little creations around the necks and waists of Instagram heavy-hitters like the Kardashians. You don’t have to understand it, but trust me, whoever you’re giving this to will.
This is possibly one of the more unique pieces you can gift anyone, because, technically, you’re giving the gift of repurposing Summer tops into winter sweaters. I mean, that’s sorta priceless, I would say. This sleeve accessory (but is it an accessory, really?) ties at the back for a custom fit. No sleuthing around for your friend’s size needed.
This handbag has been having a major Instagram moment this whole year—and for good reason. The circular shape does well to hog attention and infuse a lil’ oomph into the blandest of outfits. Word to the wise: don’t go out with your friend post-gift if you hate being stopped for compliments at the mall.
There’s a lot I love about this necklace, especially knowing that Mejuri always dreams up high-quality, long-lasting pieces made with 18k gold layered on sterling silver. This charm necklace is small, delicately beautiful and very polite when paired with chunky winter knits. If you’re looking for something a little more personalized, the brand also has a zodiac necklace collection worth perusing.
Note: even though I’m a Mejuri partner, I was not paid or asked to write include the brand in this particular list.
Have you been noticing your special person wearing a lot of cat-eye sunglasses lately? Yes? Well, in that case, this number from Moy Atelier will prove to be a perfect gift. There’s something so, so cool about the tortoiseshell-effect acetate, especially because it’s ONLY on the lower rim. It’s definitely an elevated twist on the classic cat-eye sunnies that we’ve been seeing so much of in the past few years.
As much as I love that “layered” winter look, sometimes, I don’t actually like…doing the layering itself. Especially here on the West Coast, when it doesn’t get too cold. And especially when it comes to layering turtlenecks. It takes a certain level of skill to layer without looking too clunky, or too forced or too lumpy. Enter this black “snood.” Wear it, and all you really have to do is pretend like you’ve layered.