I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Purchasing clothing as a gift for another person is tough. Even if the person in question is a total clotheshorse and die-hard fashion lover, it can be tough to guess at sizes, brands, colors, fiber preferences, and countless other factors. And yes, you could certainly request a few wishlist items or catalog pages so you’re more likely to succeed. That’s my MO, for sure. But if you’re looking for some creative-but-relatively-safe ideas for gifts that should please the stylish gal, here are a few:
Stylist’s Emergency Kit
An inexpensive, practical, fun gift that just about any fashionista will appreciate is a stylist’s emergency kit. Wardrobe malfunctions are guaranteed day-ruiners, and having the tools on-hand to deal with common style-related problems can make a world of difference. Track down a small, zippered purse and fill it with blister block, double-sided fashion tape, safety pins, a stain removal stick, a mini bottle of clear nail polish, bobby pins, and nail clippers, all of which can be procured from drug stores and online. If you can squeeze them in, add ponytail holders, blotting papers, and tweezers, but remember that the ideal emergency kit can be tucked into a handbag. Don’t let it get too bulky.
A whole slew of fashion-themed movies have been released over the past few years, and just about any style-minded woman would be tickled to receive them as a set. I recommend, Valentino: The Last Emperor, The September Issue, Bill Cunningham New York, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Coco Before Chanel, and Unzipped, all of which provide insight into designer minds and industry pressures. If documentaries and docu-dramas aren’t her thing, try The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City: The Movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Prêt-à-Porter for more lighthearted, plot-driven fare. Pack the DVDs in a basket with popcorn and Milk Duds, and finish it off with an oversized silk flower a la Carrie Bradshaw.
Experiential gifts are all the rage these days it seems, and there are plenty that would work for fashionable femmes. An all-expenses paid trip to the Benefit Brow Bar or a local spa for a facial, manicure, or other beauty treatment is always appreciated. If you know of a woman who loves style but struggles with her own, consider a shopping service like Le Tote or StitchFix. Subscription services like ShoeDazzle for footwear, Rocksbox for jewelry, or Glossybox for cosmetics are a little riskier, but definitely fun.
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