Women’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

1    Dannijo Mila Necklace, $420 US at Dannijo & Holt Renfrew
2    Aesop Preen Gift Set, $95 US at WANT PASSPORT & Oliver Spencer
3    3.1 Phillip Lim Speckled White Oxford Flats, $425 US at 3.1 Phillip Lim
4    Carven Patent Leather Round Shoulder Bag in bourgogne, $660 US at Opening Ceremony
5    ACNE Acid Green Bouclé Jacket, $598 US at The Corner
6    Oliver Peoples O’Malley Sunglasses in beige crystal rose, $445 US at Oliver Peoples
7    Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady in rose gold, $180 CAD at A2Zane
8    Jessie Ware Devotion LP, $11.99 CDN, at iTunes
9    Butter London Jack The Lad Nail Laquer, $17 at Bicyclette Boutique
10  Lanvin Pom Pom Bonnet, $449 at Barneys New York

It’s down to the wire, and we know nearly 60% of you have yet to start your holiday shopping. So we thought we’d do you a solid with this wonderfully thoughtful little cheat sheet containing ten super-awesome gifts, nearly any girl would swoon over. From big ticket items like outerwear, shoes, jewellery, and bags, to essentials stocking stuffers like music and nail polish, you’ll look like a total star in her eyes on Christmas morning if you score a few of these gifts!

1   Dannijo Mila Necklace, $420 US at Dannijo & Holt Renfrew

A girl always loves a bit of glitter and the Dannijo sisters provide their signature ‘pop of colour’ with this Mila necklace, revamped with some complimentary neon. Comprised of oxidized silver and Swarovski crystals, this little beauty is sure to dazzle even the most demure lady. Fall in love with the Dannijo aesthetic in our video interview from earlier this week!

2    Aesop Preen Gift Set, $95 US at WANT PASSPORT & Oliver Spencer

It’s a chilly time of year for most of us, and it’s always nice to pamper your weather beaten limbs around the holiday season, and what better way to do that than with our favourite Melbourne based skincare line, Aesop. We suggest their Preen gift set because it contains their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Resurrection Aromatic Balm, and Geranium Leaf Body Balm; four of their most popular products,  ideal to sooth the hands, feet, and body of any hardworking individual.

3    3.1 Phillip Lim Speckled White Oxford Flats, $425 US at 3.1 Phillip Lim

We always find ourselves pining away for items on the 3.1 Phillip Lim site since the launched their e-shop a few months back, and because easy accessories are overrated, we thought we’d suggest these classically sweet, sleek, and oh so snappy Nancy Oxfords in speckled white goat leather. They’re a take on the overdone lace ups we see around so often these days, but their truly well made construction and execution are what make them a complete knock out.

4    Carven Patent Leather Round Shoulder Bag in bourgogne, $660 US at Opening Ceremony

Every Christmas we find ourselves craving for Carven and this round patent leather shoulder bag is calling our name with its deep Bourgogne colour and glorious heavy braided handle. The detachable strap and French flag luggage tag have us in the mood for a little post holiday jet setting, yet the bags timeless design by Guillaume Henry, at the helm of Carven, make it a luxuriously classic gift.

6    Oliver Peoples O’Malley Sunglasses in beige crystal rose, $445 US at Oliver Peoples

One can never have too many sunglasses and really, who isn’t pining for a pair of Oliver Peoples, especially in this classically fresh design, popularized and worn by Los Angeles Dodgers’ former owner Peter O’Malley. We couldn’t dream of a more chic pair of sunnies with beige crystal acetate frames and rose coloured lenses to wear on a sunny snowy (hopefully) Christmas morning. We love this re-invisioning of the O’Malley frames, which date back to 1959 and today remain one of the most popular and recognizable shapes by Oliver Peoples.

7    Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady in rose gold, $180 CAD at A2Zane

Everyone adores getting a watch for Christmas, but let’s be honest, who can actually afford a Rolex? This Daniel Wellington Classic Trinity Lady watch won’t break the bank and will have you looking like a star because you dared to give her something with a little less femininity and whole lot of design appeal. We adore the rose gold watch face paired with the blue periwinkle and white band, although all of the Daniel Wellinton watches have interchangeable nato straps, so you can change the look of your timepiece, for less then the cost of a new one. A2Zane on Queen St. in Toronto stocks quite a few varieties, so you’ll be sure to find the right one for her!

8    Jessie Ware Devotion LP, $11.99 CDN, at iTunes

As shameless lovers of both music and fashion, we always recommend giving the gift of new music on Christmas, or really, anytime and Jessie Ware’s debut album Devotion is one of our current favourites we’ve had on heavy rotation this year. She’s the voice behind fellow Londoner SBTRKT’s popular post eletro dub tunes with the pipes like some of the greats like Toni Braxton and Sade, it won’t be long before the masses love and obsess over her too. We’d recommend her album to anyone on your list this holiday. Get a taste of her perfection in this adorable video for “Sweet Talk.”

9    Butter London Jack The Lad Nail Laquer, $17 at Bicyclette Boutique

Most holiday nail polish sets focus around more popularly worn holiday colours like glittering vibrant reds and rubies, but Butter London’s are always a little more balanced for those of us who aren’t into reds. We’ve been wearing a lot of emeralds this season but naturally crave a bit more glitz for the holiday season. This opaque shimmery mossy green, called Jack The Lad, follows slightly with the emerald trend that’s so hot right now, with a little micro glitter, which Butter London does so well. In past we’ve adored colours like The Black Knight, Wallis, and Knackered and can’t wait to integrate this shimmery gold turquoise into our holiday wardrobe. Snag one before they’re gone over at Bicyclette Boutique.

10  Lanvin Pom Pom Bonnet, $449 at Barneys New York

Hats are always a holiday hit and this Lanvin pom pom bonnet is pretty darn cute and luxurious to boot! It’s got a festive rosey coloured rabbit fur pom pom to off set the more neutral graphite coloured wool, although we must admit, four bills is a lot to pay for a hat. But what the hell, Christmas only comes once a year, right?!