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The only thing worse than getting a gift that you know you’ll never use is gifting someone with said gift. This year, skip the trends and fads (cough pearl hair clips cough) and opt for something that’s classic and timeless.
From a classic wool scarf to leather gloves to delicate gold jewellery, here are some of our favourite timeless gift ideas that will impress even the most discerning fashionista.
THAT’S A WRAP
A classic wool coat that can be worn with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to your New Year’s Eve party dress is a cold weather staple. This powder blue option from Ever New Melbourne features a statement collar and a waist-cinching belt that will look good on everyone.
Bella Wrap Coat, $190 at Ever New Melbourne
ALL ABOUT THAT SLEEP
Sure, Christmas PJs are cute, but they can only be worn for two weeks out of the year (although we won’t judge if you’re still rocking them in July). These classic navy ones, however, can be worn year-round, with no judgement from other, more judgmental people.
SIORIO Pajamas, from $19 at Amazon
IF YOU’RE ONLY BUYING ONE GIFT, THIS IS IT
Honestly, name us one fashion fan who wouldn’t want to own a bespoke suit. You can’t. It’s impossible. Beloved Canadian designer Alfred Sung has entrusted his iconic Canadian label to Jordin and Tamara Mimran, who are taking the brand to the next level. Now offering the most gorgeous and sophisticated pieces measured perfectly to your body, your giftee will not only go home with something made to last, but with their new favourite wardrobe piece. Guaranteed.
Alfred Sung Bespoke Gift Card, from $250 at Alfred Sung
TELL ME ABOUT IT, STUDS
Looking to gift timeless, wearable jewellery? These 14k solid gold earrings are “made to last forever,” according to Mejuri’s website, and “will not oxidize or discolour, so you can wear your jewellery every day, everywhere.” Sold!
Gold Sphere Studs, $70 at Mejuri
OVER THE KNEES PLEASE
What fashion lover doesn’t need a pair of over the knee boots to keep their legs warm and style extra piping hot over the winter? These black Maede boots go perfect with skirts, tights and chunky knits. (If your giftee isn’t a fan of heels, the Araecia style is a good option too.)
Maede Boots, $140 at Aldo
A FUNCTIONAL YET CHIC BUILT TO LAST
If you’ve got a little extra to splurge on that special someone, a hooded, quilted jacket is a great way to say “I’d love to protect you from all of the elements.” This one is filled with ethically sourced down, is water resistant, wind proof yet breathable, packs well, is completely machine washable, has hidden pockets and most importantly, actually looks good.
Elle Quilted Jacket, $550 at Nobis
LOVE THE GLOVES
These aren’t regular leather gloves, these are cool leather gloves with bright red detailing that really make them pop!
Leather Gloves, $40 in store at Winners
One way to look put together is to add a timeless tennis bracelet to your wrist. This one will look perfect with anything from jeans and a tee to an LBD. The choice is yours.
Sparkling Slider Tennis Bracelet, $140 at Pandora
SLIPPERS THAT YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO TAKE OFF
Slippers – like bed sheets and towels – are the kind of thing that you never really want to buy for yourself, but when they magically appear under the Christmas tree, you realize just how badly you needed them.
UGG Women’s Scuffette II Slipper, from $90 at Amazon
EARMUFFS ARE THE NEW TOQUE
For the friend who always has perfect hair, but also cold ears, they’ll appreciate that these earmuffs will keep them warm without giving them hat hair.
Sharapova Earmuffs, $15 at Call It Spring
A little bit oversized, a little bit round, these classic glasses suit every face shape. The tortoiseshell pattern is timeless, comes in four different shades, and will look just as nice when paired with a winter coat and toque as they would a bathing suit.
Serengeti Leonora Sunglasses, $270 at Amazon
Beautiful when layered or worn on its own, this delicate gold chain by Canadian jewellery brand, Mejuri is a thoughtful gift for anyone on your list.
Double Curb Chain Necklace, $125 at Mejuri
These luxurious cashmere sweaters come in five glorious colours and cost less than $100. We suggest picking one up for your BFF, sister, mom and yourself.
3D Cashmere V-Neck Cocoon Cardigan, $80 at Uniqlo
Hoops, contrary to popular belief, are a staple for folks of all ages. Elevate any outfit with these organically shaped soft statement hoops by Jenny Bird.
Jenny Bird Nova Hoops, $115 at Jenny Bird
A CLASSIC TRACK JACKET
Wear it to the gym, or wear it with a crop top and high waisted jeans, this cropped jacket by Reebok, in classic black and white, is a versatile, safe bet.
Classic Vector Cropped Track Jacket, $90 at Reebok
PEARLS WITH A TWIST
Put a spin on the classic pearl drop necklace with this whimsical necklace by Canadian jewellery brand, Maison Birks. With beautiful designs and high quality craftsmanship, there’s a reason the brand is favoured by the Duchess of Sussex.
Plaisirs de Birks Freshwater Pearl and Silver Arctic Hare Pendant, $150 at Maison Birks
A SLEEK LITTLE WALLET
Bank, library, credit, membership cards… they all get lost in the abyss that is our bag. Just us? Well, this compact (not to mention useful) Ted Baker wallet will house all of those things in the most stylish way possible.
ELENTYN Mini Purse, $125 at Ted Baker
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
No one is going to say ‘no thanks’ to a classic timepiece for their wrist. Why not make it count with a rose gold, classic, goes-with-anything piece by Swatch?
Skinelegance Watch, $240 at Swatch
BAG LADY, BUT MAKE IT FASHION
For the friend or family member that totes around three or more bags at a time (you know the ones), give them a much-needed upgrade with this sleek tote from Away. It’s great for schlepping around everything from gym clothes to groceries to carry-on items.
Longitude Tote, $345 at Away
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