Emergencies, work deadlines and a general lack of ideas when it comes to gift ideas are all more than valid reasons for your festive shopping to have taken a back seat. Before you write off your purchasing capabilities completely and defeatedly settle for gift cards and IOU's, perhaps we can provide some respite with a little inspiration that might take you out of your gifting slump? After all, present-giving should actually be fun. Choosing something that will make someone smile, gush, laugh, or maybe even cry over (happy tears, we hope) is worth it come Christmas morning.
At times like these, we all need a little help - even the most organised and prepped personalities require some assistance at Christmas. We asked our resident stylist, Alex, to pick 12 gifts that are worthy of the people you are purchasing them for. The best part? They're all available at our brick and mortar store in Cambridge so you can see them, touch them and talk to someone about them before you make any purchases. Oh, and you don't have to worry about last-minute deliveries going rogue: no longingly looking out the window for a DHL driver to show required.
Here is Alex's definitive list of the last-minute gifts worth giving (and receiving) this season.
MEN'S LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
Left to Right:
1 - BALENCIAGA BB Logo T-Shirt:
Balenciaga is new to Giulio for Spring 2020, so I thought it would be the perfect way to start this last-minute gift guide. The t-shirt features the BB logo on the chest, printed onto a beautiful baby blue marl cotton. As expected from Balenciaga, the fit is very relaxed which is something to take into account when purchasing.
2 - GUCCI Double G Buckle Leather Belt
: From BB to GG with this offering from Gucci. The monogram belt is iconic and I’m sure most have seen it on social media over the past few years. It is the perfect accessory for adding elegance and luxury to any outfit.
3 - SAINT LAURENT Faceted Cable Chain Bracelet
: For those struggling to pick gifts for friends and family, jewellery is always a good option; especially for someone who appears to have everything. The chain bracelet by Saint Laurent is the kind of piece you can wear every day.
4 - OFF-WHITE Carryover Crossbody
: Another item on the gift guide that has proved popular on social media over the past year is Off-White's yellow branded tape belt which has become a streetwear staple. They’ve one-upped their signature design by adding it as a strap to a water repellent nylon, crossbody bag with leather trimmings.
5 - GUCCI GG Wool Scarf
: Another iconic piece from Gucci that I couldn’t miss off the list is the signature GG print scarf. The Gucci scarf is timeless and a must-have for anyone that doesn’t own one. This version is constructed out of wool making it ideal for this time of year and it will never go out of style.
6 - STONE ISLAND 63051 Crew Neck Sweatshirt
: Last but not least, a classic sweatshirt from Stone Island. With a lot of brands dropping their pre-spring collections at this time of year, it’s a perfect time to start collecting new designs. Stone Island always creates iconic pieces that are in high demand at Christmas time. Grab a piece from the restock before they (inevitably) fly off the shelves.
WOMEN'S LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
Left to Right:
1 - BAO BAO ISSEY MIYAKE Prism Flat Pouch
: Starting off with something vibrant for cold and dark winter days: Issey Miyake's Bao Bao line is not one to disappoint. The prism pouch is lightweight and adds instant glamour to your look. It also comes in green if purple isn't your colour.
2 - MONCLER Structured Scarf
: The second item on my women’s gift guide is the Moncler structured scarf. Perfect for throwing on for the colder days and a perfect gift for someone who loves the brand.
3 - BURBERRY Monogram Crossbody Bag
: Burberry makes some of the most covetable bags in the industry making them a perfect Christmas present. The monogram crossbody features the revamped TB logo that has been crafted into a monogram print with a gold TB fastening and shoulder strap that enables you to go hands-free while carrying your belongings. An amazing for someone special.
4 - MONCLER Chouelle Jacket
: Moncler's iconic padding makes for great gifting and so I had to feature another piece in the gift guide. Moncler are known for their stylish outerwear pieces that never compromise on functionality and quality. The jacket features a classic nylon outer shell in a two-tone of black and white, with felt patches on the shoulders as well as a felt Moncler logo.
5 - BALENCIAGA Paris Flat T-Shirt
: It wouldn’t be fair to feature new Balenciaga in the Men's selection and not showcase it for the women's picks as well. The design plays into the fashion house's origin; featuring the French flag and accompanied by their address. Like the men's tee, this t-shirt is an oversized fit which is something to consider when purchasing.
6 - GOLDEN GOOSE Superstar Sneakers
: Last on the list, I’ve chosen a sneaker. Personally, I love buying sneakers as gifts as I feel like you can really pinpoint someone’s style by their choice of footwear. Golden Goose has been gaining a lot of traction with their sneakers; their signature star features on the side of their designs. These shoes are easy to wear and we stock a variety of styles, shapes and colours to choose from, everything from high-tops to glitter-encrusted designs that embody the festive season.