The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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Sometimes, being a label whore when it comes to gifts is a good thing. There is something so glamorous about opening a Chanel gift box — even when what’s inside said box is a bar of soap. In that vein, we sniffed around the fanciest, schmanciest brands, and found the cheapest, nicest thing from each (many of which, we should note, are not cheap cheap, but comparatively cheap) that make a wonderful, indulgent gift, especially for the stumpers on your list.

Vetements x Reebok Glitter Socks
$72 (30 percent off) Matches Fashion

Glittery Vetements socks for when you can’t afford the sock boots.

Original Price: $104

Drunk Elephant Travel Duo
$18, Dermstore

Two travel soaps from the best natural skin-care line, Drunk Elephant. They’re pH-balanced, so they’re safe to use even on hypersensitive skin.

Chloé Charm Hook
$60, Nordstrom

This sleek golden hook from Chloé for hanging keys or charms would make a great stocking stuffer.

Mansur Gavriel Leather Cardholder
$176, Matches Fashion

It’s still pricey, but the quality of this teeny leather cardholder from Mansur Gavriel will at least ensure that you’ll be using it for years to come.

DVF Stripe-Print Silk Scarf
$49 (30 percent off) Matches Fashion

One of DVF’s silk prints in a light, bandanna-style scarf that can be knotted around your neck, a bag handle, or on top of your head.

Original Price: $70

Prada Les Infusions d’Iris Body Lotion
$55, Nordstrom

A floral-scented body lotion from Prada that feels extra rich, thanks to the added avocado oil and shea butter.

Maison Margiela Spiral-Shaped Earring
$112, Matches Fashion

Single earrings have been very trendy lately, and here’s one in a spiral shape for the person who appreciates the avant-garde.

Original Price: $187

Opening Ceremony Shimmer Tote
$26 (60 percent off) Orchard Mile

Another tote bag to add to your rotation (and not immediately try to foist on someone else) from Opening Ceremony, in glittery millennial pink.

Original Price: $65

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (Single)
$17, Nordstrom

The famed Japanese beauty brand’s best-selling face mask (if you don’t want to shell out for one of their essences).

Thom Browne Gray Cashmere Four Bar Beanie
$168 (42 percent off) Ssense

This gray cashmere beanie ain’t cheap (nothing from Thom Browne is), but it features the designer’s signature tricolor pull tab at the back, which is a delightful little touch.

Original Price: $290

Georg Jensen Barbry Glass Carafe
$55, Saks Fifth Avenue

A sculptural glass carafe that’s ideal for entertaining guests, from Danish silversmith Georg Jensen.

Paul Smith Bright Polka Dot Socks
$30, Ssense

A kicky pair of socks with Paul Smith’s signature color-blocking.

Comme des Garçons Wallet
$99, Need Supply

Several men in our life own one of these half-zip Comme des Garçons wallets, and swear by it.

Aesop Rinse-Free Hand Wash
$10, Nordstrom

It’s not cheap for what’s essentially fancy hand sanitizer, but it’s easily the most affordable thing from Aesop’s understated skin-care line — and it will leave your hands smelling like mandarin, rosemary, and cedar.

Yeezy Embroidered Snapback Hat
$83 (20 percent off) Farfetch

An insignia hat with a handsome suede brim from Yeezy Season Five (if you’ve been keeping up).

Original Price: $120

Le Creuset Stoneware Spoon Rest
$25, Amazon

If you’re not ready to go all in on a Dutch oven this year, a bright-red stoneware spoon rest from Le Creuset is a useful alternative.

Chanel No. 5 Bath Soap
$26, Nordstrom

An indulgent treat that they would never get themselves in a million years.

Lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband II
$12, Lululemon

It’s not a pair of Lululemon yoga pants, but it’ll keep their hair out of their face while doing a sarvangasana. (For more wellness-themed gift ideas, click here.)

Carl Auböck U Key Ring
$140, The Line

Viennese designer Carl Auböck is known for his beautiful brass objects — many of which are over $300. This key chain, that they’ll use every day, is not.

Bonpoint Baby’s Foaming Cream
$49, Saks Fifth Avenue

They’ll grow out of a Bonpoint $100-plus onesie in less than a month; this cherry-blossom-scented bath foam will last at least six months, and mom and dad will think of you every night at the tub.

Stella McCartney Marbled Cloud iPhone 7 Cover
$59 (30 percent off) Matches Fashion

A dreamy pink cloud iPhone cover from Stella McCartney; good for a teen.

Original Price: $85

Off-White Black ‘The End’ Socks
$41 (45 percent off) Ssense

Logo socks in Virgil Abloh’s signature black-and-white palette.

Original Price: $75

Dolce & Gabbana Printed Silk-Twill Scarf
$195, Net-a-Porter

A Dolce & Gabbana rose-festooned silk scarf for mom.

Isabel Marant Set of Five Silver Stacking Rings
$46 (39 percent off) Ssense

Stack these Isabel Marant rings, or wear them separately. (For those keeping track, it breaks down to about $9 a ring.)

Original Price: $75

Canada Goose Reversible Tech Beanie
$85, Nordstrom

A reversible tech beanie from Canada Goose, made with the same Canadian care as their thousand-dollar jackets.

Sferra Filetto Placemats, Set of Four
$58, Bloomingdales

While Sferra’s linens tend to be super pricey, these place mats are surprisingly affordable.

Dior Lip Sugar Scrub
$34, Nordstrom

This Dior tinted lip balm doubles as an exfoliating scrub.

Rachel Comey Camille Earrings
$95, Need Supply

A pair of Italian-made Lucite earrings from Rachel Comey.

Heller Clear Mug
$12, Design Within Reach

This see-through plastic mug from Design Within Reach, a collab between Massimo and Lella Vignelli and Heller, is perfect for sipping their morning orange juice.

Tom Dixon: The Golden Rule
$22, East Dane

Tom Dixon, creator of beautiful thingamajigs, offers a stately brass ruler.

La Mer Lip Balm
$60, Neiman Marcus

Instead of a $460 La Mer serum, try this $60 tub of the cult brand’s lip balm.

Cire Trudon Madeline Tapers
$17, The Line

Get the credit for buying them something from fancy candle line Cire Trudon — while spending less than 20 bucks. These taper candles also come in black and white. (Here’s another highly giftable candle we stand behind.)

Herman Miller Formwork Tissue Box
$44, Design Within Reach

For the design snob: a tissue-box holder from Herman Miller.

Christofle Albi Stainless Steel Cheese Knife
$40, Amara

They’ll ooh and aah that you got them a gift from super-luxe French flatware line Christofle (and you’ll smile because this cheese knife only cost you 40 bucks).

Hermès H Deco Covered Sugar Jar
$195, Michael C. Fina

A gorgeous Art Deco–looking Hermès sugar jar (that’s admittedly still very pricey, but remember, it’s Hermès we’re talking about here).

D. Porthault Printed Handkerchief
$50, D. Porthault

D. Porthault is a cultishly beloved French linens line that costs zillions of dollars. This handkerchief, covered in the brand’s signature heart pattern, is “only” $50.

Tiffany Paper Clip Playing Cards
$70, Tiffany & Co.

Playing cards from Tiffany: just cuz.

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The Cheapest Nicest Gifts From The Most Expensive Brands