The Fashion Lover’s Official Gift Guide

It's intimidating to buy a gift for someone who always seems to know more about what's in style than you do. This guide -- including everything from Miu Miu booties to fashion tomes -- takes the guesswork out of gifting.

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Jason Wu
Jason Wu's cobalt python mini-satchel.
Saks Fifth Avenue/Conde Nast/Jason Wu
It's intimidating to buy a gift for someone who always seems to know more about what's in style than you do. This guide -- including everything from Miu Miu booties to fashion tomes -- takes the guesswork out of gifting.
Glitter Booties: Miu Miu's Fall 2011 collection was the show of the season, and the glitter booties on the runway are the "It" shoe. This yellow pair is one of the few still available, and will still feel relevant come spring. Find it: Saks Fifth Avenue, $622.99.
An Updated Holiday Sweater: Opt to give a slightly edgier version of something your great aunt might have given you in holiday seasons past like Aubin & Wills' Huntsgrove Jumper. Find it:, $200.
Conde Nast
Vintage Fashion Art: Conde Nast's newly-revamped store is a treasure trove of vintage covers and iconic photographs. For the true fashion fanatic, we'd recommend a retro Vogue cover. Find it:, $125.
Kitten Flats: Instead of gifting terry cloth slippers, the true fashion aficionado prefers British Fashion Award winner Charlotte Olympia's Cat-Face Velvet Skimmers. Find it:, $695.
Courtesy of Brooks Brothers
Pajamas (Really): Pajamas are a classic holiday gift, but fashionistas will have new appreciation for receiving a pair since they were all over the Fall 2011 runways. Brooks Brothers' Wrinkle-Resistant Broadcloth Pajamas are almost chic enough to wear outside. Find it:, $98.50.
Les Nouvelles
A Festive Button-Down: Ultra-bright hues are very of-the-moment, and this hot pink blouse could go straight from holiday gift box to holiday party. Find it:, $228.
Courtesy of Rizzoli
A Fashion Tome: Assuage every fashion lover's obsession with former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld by gifting them a copy of her just released book, Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent Find it:, $100.
Custom Kicks: For the sneaker freak that has 'em all: a customized pair to his or her specifications. Find it:, $125.
An Affordable It-Designer Item: Giving a designer gift on a budget isn't always easy. Isabel Marant's Pop Color beaded brash bracelet fits the bill. Find it:, $80.
Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty
The "It" Lipstick: While Tom Ford's beauty collection comes at a premium, the prices seem downright bargain basement compared to his ready-to-wear offerings, and will make any fashion fan swoon. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Black Orchid is the color of the season. Find it:, $48.
High Style Gloves: Perk up your winter wardrobe with a pair of J.Crew's candy-colored cashmere gloves. They make a stylish alternative to the conventional black or gray. Find it: J.Crew, $58.
La Garconne
A Chic Scarf Made By a Local: Rachel Comey's cozy plaid scarf comes in a Christmas-ready shade of green and is made entirely in New York City. Find it: La Garconne, $196.
Notice-Me Nail Polish: Deborah Lippman is the "It" polish brand of the moment, having glossed nails from Soho to the Fashion Week tents. This "Ruby Red Slippers" polish is party-perfect. Find it: CatBird, $18.
The Tech Accessory of the Moment: The "it" designers of the moment have designed a bag for the "it" gadget of the moment in the "it" color of the moment, making this a triple threat. Bonus: It looks just like the bag that costs more than twice as much. Find it:, $685.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
The Perfect Winter Dress: Isabel Marant's versatile wool dress will see you through freezing winter evenings and into cool spring nights. Find it: Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
A Chic Fashion Journal: Give the gift of Lanvin (already you can't go wrong) with Lanvin's Alber Faces Medium Notebook. Find it:, $65.
La Garconne
Patent Lace-Ups: Your kicks will look cool year-round if Santa leaves a pair of patent leather, wear-them-with-everything Dieppa Restrepo loafers at the bottom of the tree. Find it: La Garconne, $225.
La Garconne
Edgy Precious Jewelry: If you've got plans to buy someone something extra-special this holiday, opt for something a bit less conventional, like one of Satomi Kawakita's glorious black diamond bands. Find it: La Garconne, $1670.
Barneys New York
An Artful Tray for Jewelry: There's no better way to stash miscellaneous jewelry accumulating on your dresser than with one of Ibride's peculiar anthropomorphic trays. Find it: Barneys New York, $98.
A Versatile Makeup Kit in a Luxe Case: Fashion insiders know that no one does the made-up-yet-natural look better than Laura Mercier. For the holidays, her signature nudes set is available in his luxe python case for less than $50. Find it:, $48.
Jason Wu Studio
A Designer Bag: If you can afford to drop more than a month's rent on a bag, make it this Jason Wu python "Mini Miss Wu" satchel, rendered in electric cobalt python (so everyone will notice it). Find it:, $2350.
A Miracle Hair Serum: Wow your friends with your beauty knowledge by gifting this bottle, which helps restore one's locks to their pre-winter luster with a few dollops. Find it:, $88.
Camille Hempel
A Delicate Necklace: Holiday cheer is an unavoidable side affect of finding Camille Hempel's delicate pearl and rose gold necklace in your Christmas stocking. Find it: Camille Hempel.
Creatures of Comfort
Bold, Beautiful Socks: Yes, even socks can be stylish, and nothing does the trick like these quirky geometric socks from Henrik Vibskov. Find it: Creatures of Comfort, $28.
A Conversation-starting Clutch: For the literary fashionista, try one of Olympia Le-Tan's book clutches. We like The Sun The Sky and Kit Book-Clutch. Find it:, $1540.
A Cult Designer's Book: What better way to enjoy Ricks Owens' (otherwise unaffordable) creations than with this gorgeous retrospective of his work? Find it: Net-a-Porter, $135.
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