19 fashionable gifts for the stylish friend on your Christmas list

Nov 17 2020, 12:34 am

Tired of gifting the same predictable items year after year, from bath sets to patterned (often holiday-themed) socks?

We hear you loud and clear.

Although the festive season looks a little different this time around, it’s easy to make your favourite people smile — if even over Zoom — by sending them gifts you know they’ll love.

To help, we’ve rounded up a selection of stylish options for the fashionista on your Christmas list. From comfortable yet glamorous WFH apparel to investment ankle boots, gorgeous jewellery to a subscription that lets you say goodbye to laddered tights, these gifts are sure to spark joy.

The timeless jumpsuit

Meri jumpsuit/LEZ√Č the Label

Reduce the amount of time you spend making outfit decisions with a one-piece that can take you from working at home to drinks with friends later that night. This elegant and perfectly stretchy¬†Meri jumpsuit by¬†LEZ√Č the Label ($144) is sustainably made with recycled fishnets, and its wide-leg pant is 70s chic. It also comes in black and cream.¬†

Everyday matcha tote

Abbi tote bag – Dwell/Matt and Nat

Forget the struggles of shoving your laptop, wallet, and umbrella into a small bag. This cute matcha-coloured tote¬†($140, Matt and Nat) — which is also available in four other colours — has enough interior real estate for the aforementioned items (plus snacks), all protected by a 100% recycled nylon lining and a zip to close.¬†

A minimalist wool coat

The Stedman coat/Aritzia

Winter after winter, tailored coats stand the test of time. This Babaton classic ($328, Aritzia) is no exception, boasting a minimalist style that’s engineered to deliver warmth up to 0¬įC. Tailored in a virgin-wool-blend fabric from an Italian mill, it oozes sophistication. (It’s on our wishlist right now).

Fern yoga mat

Recycled cork fern yoga mat/Corked Supply Co.

Whether you’re taking a virtual flow yoga class in the morning or hatha in the evening, stretch out and settle into¬†savasana on this recycled cork yoga mat ($80.12). Designed by Corked Supply Co., its sustainable material offers a superior grip, meaning you don’t need to use a towel for your practice. Plus, with each mat sold, 10 meals are donated to those in need.

Chic house dress

The house dress is a trend that’s here to stay, and this seersucker cotton Helena dress ($370) is a fabulous option. A collaboration between designer¬†Jason Matlo and The Sleep Shirt, it makes a statement whether worn at home or to an upscale restaurant. A portion of all sales (10%) for this item will go to the non-profit¬†Qmunity.¬†

Tights subscription

Bracing cold weather with bare legs is never a good idea. Luckily, tights-wearing season is in full swing, and you can get brand new pairs delivered to your door with a monthly Threads subscription. Thoughtfully designed for comfort, there are five different colours available for sheer tights ($18), along with the classic black opaque ($23).

Shimmering pearl ring

Ring with cultured freshwater pearl and cubic zirconia/Michael Hill

Treat yourself to a classic piece of jewellery with this¬†cultured freshwater pearl and cubic zirconia ring ($99) by Michael Hill. Set in sterling silver, it’s neat and fashionable, with the ability to glam-up any outfit this holiday season. Pro tip: Complete your look with a dainty pair of pearl earrings ($23).

Walk on air sneakers

Avro knit shoes/Casca

Step into the new year in sleek sneakers that pair well with everything in your wardrobe. These Avro knit shoes ($198) by Casca have a mountaineer-grade sole and state-of-the-art cushioning with 3D-printed insoles. Run errands wearing these beauties and feel as though you’re still in your slippers.

A staple blazer

Rea blazer/Glam Sesh

If your 2020 uniform was¬†slouchy joggers and a hoodie sporting drips of yesterday’s coffee, let us be the first to say that you need the linen¬†Rea Blazer ($80).¬†Designed by Glam Sesh, the¬†relaxed open front detailing with a single button-down makes this piece feel effortlessly stylish. It’s a wardrobe staple that’s ideal for¬†slipping over any outfit; jeans and a t-shirt, a dress, or that cozy winter pullover.

Tropical vibes printed scarf

Pink palms handkerchief/Art of Marina

You can brighten up any outfit from now through summer with a statement scarf. This limited-edition pink palms handkerchief ($29, Art of Marina) can be worn as a neck scarf or a fun hair accessory with a pop of colour. It’s both beautiful and breathable, made using 50% cotton and 50% silk.

Cozy textured cardigan

Texture cotton cardigan/Everlane

When the weather gets frosty, you can stay warm and on-trend with go-to knitwear. This texture cotton cardigan ($147, Everlane) has an easy fit with relaxed saddle shoulders and a clean button front. Wear it over a turtleneck dress or simply as it is paired with high-waisted jeans.

Amber ankle boots

Granada boots/Maguire via INLAND

Every fashionista needs a pair of mid-heel leather ankle boots in their closet — fact. These show-stopping¬†Granada booties by¬†Maguire ($235) are available on the Canadian designer platform INLAND. Designed in Montreal and handmade in Spain, they say “I love you” without any words needed.

The tee with attitude

“Blah Blah Blah” t-shirt/Secret Location

If you’re searching for a classic white tee with a touch of sassiness, say hello to this Secret Location Collection design ($135). Made in Italy using 100% cotton fabric, it boasts a classic fit with a contrasting playful phrase embroidered below the neckline.

Luxury loungewear

Cropped sleep shirt and lounge pant/The Sleep Shirt

Sleep in serenity with a pair of 100% linen pyjamas¬†by The Sleep Shirt ($360). Made in Canada with a trendy oversize top design, the set can be worn during virtual work meetings without anyone suspecting that you’ve just rolled out of bed. Best of all, when you take care of this set, it can last for years.

Cropped turtleneck sweater

Twik ribbed loose cropped turtleneck/Simons

Turtlenecks are a favourite winter essential for so many reasons, with tons of styling opportunities. This ribbed cropped version ($49, Twik) is soft against your skin and snug enough to nap in after indulgent holiday feasts.

A bespoke lapel pin

Spider lapel pin/Tyrock Barclay

Statement accessories allow you to¬†push your style boundaries and show off your individuality. This Tyrock Barclay spider lapel pin¬†is a perfect example, made from 18-karat gold¬†plated brass with an antique finish. Like many of¬†Tyrock Barclay’s luxe¬†lapel pins and brooches¬†(ranging from¬†$335 to $445) — available in either silver or gold — it features a glistening Swarovski crystal.

Crushed velvet leggings

Wunder lounge pant/lululemon

Take comfort lounging up a notch in these seriously cool velvet lululemon leggings ($118). Designed with a four-way stretch fabric, they’re a wonderful WFH option that can be worn from a pilates session to your afternoon coffee run and everywhere in between. They’ve also got a waistband pocket for your card or keys.

Disco slippers

UGG disco slippers/Nordstrom

Wearing flip-flops at home in the wintertime can get cold fast, but these plush disco slippers ($124.95, UGG) are a next-level alternative. Lined with genuine shearling, they’ll keep your feet warm every time you stylishly leave the house to collect your takeout order.

Moonstone necklace

Ciel necklace/Cadette

Looking for a necklace you can wear day-in and day-out? Let us introduce you to the 14-karat gold Ciel necklace in moonstone ($175), designed in Toronto and handmade to order. Every time you make a Cadette purchase, one tree is planted in partnership with One Tree Planted.

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