A festive mine field peppered with emotional baggage and hysterical last minute shopping, getting the girl who knows what she wants something that won’t end up in the bin demands a sartorial sixth sense only a seasoned pro beholds.
Whether you’re buying for your soul sister, biological sibling or partner in crime, getting something that says you’re fabulous, stylish and totally worth it (whilst, at the same time, lets you bask in the glory of your superior gift giving skills) demands a battle plan worth a badge of honour. The right balance of budget vs. reality, yes, an iconic Hermès would indeed be the best V-day surprise for your bestie, but unless you intend to remortgage your house – or are in fact, heiress to the Birkin legacy, the likelihood is, you’ll have to stick to a more realistic check list this February.
But, gifting in the black doesn’t have to mean cheap and cheerful. Thanks to this year’s rise in niche online designer offerings, the discerning dresser can be easily catered for with a wide range of crush-worthy statement pieces that can’t go wrong. From scented candles that don’t suck to that drool-worthy bag she’s had in her cart since the start of summer, take on a ‘carpe diem’ approach to holiday must-haves with this VAUGHAN gift guide.
Inspired by this year’s obsession with the exotic, tropical fever is still resonating through wish lists as designers look to the desert island design to liven up our seasonal accessories. Starting with plant extract skin care routines and ending with saffron silks, this collection of covetables reads like a who’s who of style, taste and originality – Cupid's got nothing on you.
First up's our VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt. A warm and exotic hue cut from the finest silk, this spice market inspired design is the perfect present for the fashion conscious woman looking to expand her work to chic wardrobe. An instant classic with endless style mileage, this rich palette is a fashion forecaster’s favourite for 17 and beyond. Sensual and smooth, there's really no better V-day gift.
The Gucci Dionysus bag is a black leather beauty with an antique bamboo handle and serpent clasp, this sexy yet ladylike handle bag is a bold move for the accessory obsessed style vanguard. An Italian stallion on this year’s lust-have list, it’s not for the fiscally fainthearted – but certainly something worth hinting at as your main gift under the tree.
Moving on to luscious little treats packed with personality, this Dolce & Gabbana phone case is ideal for the banana leaf convert looking to add a touch more frond fantasy into their lives, whilst this crocodile skin 2017 planner is the perfect way to kick start the new year with extra bite.
Offering a festive scented candle may seem like a cop-out - until you light this Byredo candle and realise that luxury truly is a sensation. Its rich peachy hues are anything but classic, the ideal aroma to set the scene.
Last but not least is this iconic Aesop caring kit – the ideal post-party care package bursting with anti-oxidant apothecary favourites nurtured by nature and refined by science.
Pictured: VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Keeper of the Flame, Gucci Dionysus bag, Dolce & Gabbana iPhone case, Aesop gift set, Smythson leather diary, Byredo candle
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