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.
Glittery Vetements socks for when you can’t afford the sock boots.
Original Price: $104
This sleek golden hook from Chloé for hanging keys or charms would make a great stocking stuffer.
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.
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
A floral-scented body lotion from Prada that feels extra rich, thanks to the added avocado oil and shea butter.
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
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
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
A sculptural glass carafe that’s ideal for entertaining guests, from Danish silversmith Georg Jensen.
A kicky pair of socks with Paul Smith’s signature color-blocking.
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.
An insignia hat with a handsome suede brim from Yeezy Season Five (if you’ve been keeping up).
Original Price: $120
An indulgent treat that they would never get themselves in a million years.
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.
Logo socks in Virgil Abloh’s signature black-and-white palette.
Original Price: $75
A Dolce & Gabbana rose-festooned silk scarf for mom.
Stack these Isabel Marant rings, or wear them separately. (For those keeping track, it breaks down to about $9 a ring.)
Original Price: $75
This Dior tinted lip balm doubles as an exfoliating scrub.
A pair of Italian-made Lucite earrings from Rachel Comey.
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.
For the design snob: a tissue-box holder from Herman Miller.
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).
A gorgeous Art Deco–looking Hermès sugar jar (that’s admittedly still very pricey, but remember, it’s Hermès we’re talking about here).
Playing cards from Tiffany: just cuz.
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