Gifts for the Fashion-Mad

Santa Baby

I am always told that I am impossible to shop for… firstly, because if I really want something, I buy it for myself (true), secondly that I have very expensive tastes (also true) and lastly I am quite picky (not…okay…yes, true).  I know those close to me think my wish list comes straight from the Eartha Kitt version of the song “Santa Baby” but that is not the case and I truly do have a hard time coming up with requests when asked!  But it’s genuinely not on purpose, it just sort of worked out that way. 

Lucky girl that I am, despite all the grumbling, my beloved Mr. Commando seems to nail it EVERY time. Now admittedly it is very hard to go wrong when you buy oh…say a Chanel wallet, a Valentino bag, or just about anything from Tiffany and Co., where Mr. Commando does rather well.  But he hasn’t always just opted for the expensive and obvious.  No, he has gotten pretty creative and thoughtful.  Last year he simply amazed me with the just-released Alexander McQueen tribute book.  Brilliant!  How did he know?  Well, clearly he hears more of my relentless fashion drivel than he generally lets on. 

Yes, shopping for a beloved fashionista can be a daunting task.  Buying actual clothes or accessories, unless you know them incredibly well, can be fraught with questions – will they like it? Is it really their style?  Will it fit?   Aaahhhh….so hard!!!  Then there is the whole budget question – clearly most of us can’t just spring for Louis Vuitton bags for everyone, or even a special someone.  This leads us inexorably to gift cards.  But while gift cards to favorite stores are always great and appreciated, for me they aren’t all that satisfying to give.  Surely I am a bit more creative than that!  I LOVE to give great presents that are truly about the recipient and will trigger a positive emotional response.  Gift cards don’t always do that, and they aren’t nearly as much fun to see opened as a pretty and intriguing package with a thoughtful gift inside.   

So here are a few gift ideas for those fashionistas in your life:

  • Goodies for their closets – sets of matching hangers or super luxurious ones for their special pieces.  Fancy shoe trees.  Cedar sachets.  Coordinating garment bags and sweater boxes.  These may seem mundane, but for the closet worshipper in your life these will be treasures.
  • Gift Certificates for an appointment with a personal stylist or a closet organizer
  • Good Books – There are tons of fashion-related reads out there.  Here are a few that I highly recommend:
    • Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style – for the teen or tween in your world
    • Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style – a fabulous read
    • The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia
    • The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman – great favorites from the best fashion blogger/photographer of all time
    • Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser
    • Eccentric Glamour – Simon Doonan – a fun read, you can’t help but smile along
    • Freakin’ Fabulous by Clinton Kelly – more than just fashion, pure fun.
  • Great coffee table books – besides the nifty Alexander McQueen book, there are some other amazing fashion photography books including a comprehensive Chanel book, and best cover books from both Harper’s Baazar and Vogue.
  • Fashion Documentary DVDs for an inside look – my two favorites are Valentino – The Last Emperor and, of course, The September Issue
  • Fashion-related and just Fashionable Movies
    • The Devil Wears Prada
    • Funny Face
    • Coco Before Chanel
    • To Catch a Thief
  • Reality TV Series on DVD
    • Project Runway
    • What Not To Wear

Hopefully one or more of these will produce that much sought after “Oooohhhh”.  And of course, when all else fails, there are gift cards.  Repeat after me…Nordstrom, Saks and Neimans…Nord…

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