Giving the Gift of Style

By Sharon Mosley

December 11, 2018 5 min read

Want a unique idea for that special fashion lover on your list? Then take a cue from this Santa's helper! Make a list and check it off with some fun gifts that will be sure to appeal to your fashionable loved one's personal sense of style, whatever it may be. Here are some ideas to get you inspired — and finished with your shopping!

—Booking it. You can't go wrong with this one. While most creative types love those big coffee-table books, they usually end up stashed away on a bookshelf (in a must-see place, of course) and long forgotten. Instead, this year, pick up award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon's new tribute to her Southern heritage, "Whiskey in a Teacup" (Touchstone, 2018, $35). Filled with loads of entertaining stories, down-home recipes as well as decorating and fashion tips, Witherspoon's book will be a delightful gift for anyone to curl up with long after the holidays have come and gone. The book's title comes from one of her grandmother's favorite sayings about Southern women: "We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, but inside, we're strong and fiery."

And if you want a coffee table tome, then "Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography" ($45 on Amazon) will be a treasured keepsake for anyone on your gift list. Curated by Paul Martineau, the book complements the recent exhibition at the Getty Museum.

—All boxed up. Imagine giving your favorite fashionista the ultimate fashion gift not just once, but four times a year. Another trendsetter, Rachel Zoe, can help you make that dream come true. Her "Box of Style" arrives four times a year, each filled with over $400 worth of her hand-selected individually customized items for an annual subscription price of $99. Her latest "box" included an Eddie Borgo watch, a Jules Kae vegan leather tote, Caudalie serum, an Ettika Chloe tassel necklace and Tarte eyeliner. Check it out at www.boxofstyle.com.

And you can box up a gift of style for that special guy on your list, too. Get a year's subscription to GQ's Best Stuff box and your giftee will receive an array of GQ editors' favorite products every three months ($50 at www.gq.com).

—Wrapped in luxury. One of the most elegant gifts you can give is a silk kimono inspired by artistic Chinese designs. Kimonos have become one of fashion's biggest trends, worn with everything from jeans to swimsuits. Kim + Ono (formerly Old Shanghai) has some of the best kimonos for holiday gifting, featuring original saturated watercolors of symbolic birds and botanticals. Holiday favorites include draped kimonos with velvet cuffs for $120. Browse the selection at www.kimandono.com.

—Getting in gear. Got a sports lover on your list? Designer Tory Burch has you covered with varsity spirit. From tennis to swimwear to running to golf and apres-ski, Burch's new collection, Tory Sport, will give you plenty of ways to express your appreciation for the athlete in your life, whether it's weekends-only or not. See the new collection at www.toryburch.com.

—Light it up. Why not put a little magic into the gifts you give this holiday season with light-flashing beanies, blinking jewelry or glow-in-the-dark T-shirts? And for the princes and princesses in your life — young and old — there's even a magic light wand with a remote control that can turn on and off tree lights, complete with an enchanting twinkling sound. All are available at www.amazon.com.

Wrap up a luxury gift of a stylish kimono from Kim and Ono this holiday season. www.kimandono.com.
Wrap up a luxury gift of a stylish kimono from Kim and Ono this holiday season. www.kimandono.com.

To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

Photo credit: at Pixabay

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