The final installment in our 2013 fashion gift guide is for those wanting to splurge on presents. (Not you? Check out the $50 and under and $100 and under lineups for more budget-friendly ideas.) Keep reading for seven ideas to spoil that special someone.
For Her: When I first introduced you to Dear Margot creator Sarah Gregori, she was designing under her former company name, Bellissima Jewlery. That line had what Gregori called a more worldly vibe. Her current collection, though, tends toward sophisticated and refined with a vintage feel. A perfect example of her new direction is this striking three-tier necklace with turquoise and black fire-polished glass, accented with gold Swarovski crystal pearls.
Find It: $140, dearmargot.com
For Her: Get winter toes sandal-ready by wrapping up Clarisonic’s new Pedi Foot Transformation System. Known for their outstanding face brushes, the company’s latest product is an all-in-one for her tootsies: It includes a smoothing disc, wet/dry buffing brush, cleansing scrub, hydrating balm, and gentle acid exfoliator. Trust me, she’ll appreciate those nourished feet in the dead of Colorado winter.
For Her: I don’t normally think of shoes as a gift idea—it’s difficult to deal with sizing—but I would make an exception for these. A contemporary version of Valenki—traditional wool-felt boots worn by Russians for centuries—ZDAR’s Katja and its shearling trim is a chic update to the drab original. Plus, the rubber sole provides the traction she needs in a practical, good-looking casual boot for après-ski.
Find It: $389, zdarbootusa.com
For Him: Is he a music lover and a design junkie? If so, these recycled wood Troubadour headphones by LSTN will score major points. The elegant look is backed up with high-quality sound (just ask fans of the product, including members of Jurassic 5, The Lumineers, and Linkin Park). Bonus: LSTN helps people hear by donating a portion of proceeds to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Find It: $150, lstnheadphones.com
For Him: A timepiece is a classic gift for a guy, but if you want to keep it reasonable price-wise without losing the cool factor, Swatch is the way to go. The company’s great value derives from a focus on design as well as function. (Swatch also makes movements for more expensive brands such as Breguet, Harry Winston, and Omega). My pick is the stainless-steel Blackie from the Irony Chrono Collection for its masculine, military style.
Find It: $185, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. First Ave., 303-316-6670, swatch.com
For Him: Famed Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven (translation: arctic fox) recently opened its first Colorado store. The durable and versatile Duffel No. 4 is made from waxed fabric, and the leather straps can be adjusted to be held as tote or worn over the shoulder or across the back. It’s just right for a long-weekend getaway—the multiple interior and exterior pockets are great for stashing important travel items.
Find It: $175, Fjällräven, 777 Pearl St., ?Boulder, 720-508-8191, fjallraven.us
Give Back: I attend a lot of events around the country, and Denver’s fashion crowd is one of the most generous I’ve encountered. Just look to the annual fashion shows to benefit Children’s Hospital (Max) or create awareness and fund research for AIDS (The Red Ball) and hunger (Fashion Feast). But I would remiss not to include Cartel Noir’s Greg Garmen on that list, The Denver-based designer helped start the Kid’s Christmas Fund. Make a $100 donation, and the organization will purchase a Christmas gift for a child, plus give their family a $50 grocery store gift card to put a holiday meal on their table; any leftover dollars go toward gifts for the child’s siblings. ‘Tis the season of giving.
Find It: $100, kidschristmasfund.org