The Big Gift:
For a one-of-a-kind fashion gift, look to husband-and-wife design team Tina Carelli and James Wissel of Pure Couture (pictured). This New Jersey-based duo is bringing their contemporary men's and women's clothing, handbags, and home goods to Denver's Michele Mosko Fine Art gallery this month. Designed and handmade in their own studio, each custom garment is created from luxury materials like antique lace, hand-tooled leather, or dye-cut silk. Order their signature “luna leather,” a textured leather with an organic feel, in a biker-jacket style for a modern couture take on an all-American wardrobe staple. Michele Mosko Fine Art, 136 W. 12th Ave., 303-534-5433, michelemoskofineart.com from Wednesday, December 15 to Thursday, December 16, noon-8 p.m. or purecouture.com.
Gifting clothes can be tricky any time of year, but it’s especially so during the holiday season when the pressure is on to impress. The Insider's suggestion? Give her something that can be easily incorporated into her current wardrobe while making a fashion statement, like a stylish piece of outerwear. This season's key trend piece is the cape, a chic topper that works well for both the office and a casual weekend. H Fredriksson's urban batwing version with asymmetrical closure looks great with leggings or skinny jeans and a pair of long, leather gloves. $525, Blush, 1411 Larimer St., 303-399-7779.
The Well-Accessorized Gift:
Need a stocking stuffer for a stiletto-wearing fashionista? Save her many a long, painful night with a pair of ballet flats by Delicate Soles. Founded by Denverite Quinn Martinez, Delicate Soles are "rollable" ballet flats that tuck neatly into any handbag or clutch for those times when a girl needs a quick—and comfortable—change of shoes. And with Delicate Soles available in a variety of colors and patterns—from classic black to zebra-striped with red trim—you can even match the flats to her fashion personality. $19.99, delicatesoles.com.
A handbag is a fantastic gift idea simply for the uniform ease of buying (no size issues). At the top of our list is recently discovered line Morgan Parish, a collection of sleek, modern bags created by Boulder designer Ayeisha Mesinger. Made by hand in the United States from plush materials, Mesinger’s limited-edition mallard green pony-hair clutch with a black horsehair tassel (pictured) is a sophisticated bag that's so stylish it can be carried day or night. $340, morganparish.com.
Recognized for her jewelry's rustic, Western appeal, Denver-based designer Christy Lea Payne is both a local and national favorite. We're particularly fond of Payne's charm series, which allows gift givers the chance to bestow some positive holiday spirit with a wide array of good-luck talismans—from sterling-silver protection amulets and stamped initials to colored-stone Buddhas. But don't let the positive vibes stop there. String all those petite trinkets on one of Payne's sterling-silver necklaces to complete the look. Charms starting at $7.50 and sterling-silver chains starting at $36, clpjewelry.com.
The Pampered Gift:
Just in time for the holidays, luxury house Hermès is launching its ninth fragrance in the Hermessence collection: Iris Ukiyoé (pictured). Created by Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Iris Ukiyoé is his distinctive interpretation of the iris flower (a scent unfamiliar to most). And in true Hermès style, the bottle’s stopper and case are clothed in violet, saddle-stitched leather, while the interior of the case features Hermès’ signature orange goatskin. $235 without the leather case, $575 with, Hermès, 105 Fillmore St., 303-388-0700, hermes.com.
A Satin Doll chemise by Mary Green—dubbed "the queen of lingerie" by Vanity Fair Italy—will definitely turn up the holiday heat. With a flattering bias cut and delicate lace trim, this two-tone chemise has a great fit and is available in a range of colors. $71.50, Satin Camisole, 217 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-224-3375, thesatincamisole.com or marygreen.com.
Scent stylist extraordinaire Jo Malone has developed a cult following for her unusual and exotic cologne and home fragrance collections. The limited-edition gift set of three scented travel candles was created in partnership with Farrow & Ball, the English interior decor company known for their hand-crafted wallpapers and paints. Now, a stale hotel room can be transformed into a romantic retreat with scents like Pomegranate Noir enveloped in Farrow & Ball's Eating Room Red (No. 43) colour holder and Wild Fig & Cassis in Pelt (No. 254). $95, Jo Malone Boutique, Nordstrom, Park Meadows Mall, 8465 Park Meadows Center Dr., 303-799-3400, shop.nordstrom.com or jomalone.com.