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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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Sometimes, being brand-obsessed 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 item from each (many of which, we should note, are not cheap-cheap — only relatively so) that would make a wonderful, indulgent gift, especially for the stumpers on your list. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.

Chanel No. 5 Bath Soap

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

Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte Alcohol-free Deodorant Stick

How luxurious to swipe a little Hermès under your arms?

Gucci Suzanne Socks

A subtle nod to the Italian brand that’s really not that subtle at all.

Drunk Elephant Travel Duo

Two travel soaps from the best natural skin-care line, Drunk Elephant (pH-balanced, too).

Le Labo Lip Balm

If springing for expensive hand-wash feels too indulgent, try this plant-based lip balm instead.

Prada L’Homme Prada Perfumed Soap

On the other hand, you might as well go big and go Prada — this is scented with their men’s fragrance.

Jacquemus Le Pitchou Leather Coin Purse

Though it’ll cost you more than a few coins, this tiny purse from French darling Jacquemus can be worn like a necklace.

Maison Margiela Tabi Copper Bookmark

If you can’t afford the iconic split-toe boots from Maison Margiela, settle for this copper bookmark inspired by its shape.

Opening Ceremony Box Logo Mug

Take your morning coffee in style with this matte ceramic mug from Opening Ceremony.

Ugg Pet Cable Knit Scarf with Pom-Poms

For the dog owner (or dog) in your life, what could be cuter than a cable-knit scarf from Ugg — which also happens to cost $10?

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (Single)

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 Navy Aran Cable Knit Beanie

This navy cable-knit 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.

Georg Jensen Elephant Bottle Opener

You can’t even tell at first that this stainless steel elephant by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen is actually a bottle opener.

Paul Smith Hatty Metallic Stripe Crew Socks

A kicky pair of socks from Paul Smith that combines a sheer foot with a sparkly cuff — perfect for the holidays.

La Mer Lip Balm
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La Mer Lip Balm

Instead of a $490 La Mer serum, try this $60 tub of the cult brand’s lip balm.

Comme des Garçons Wallet

Several men in our life own this half-zip Comme des Garçons wallet, and swear by it.

Aesop Rinse-Free Hand Wash

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.

Le Creuset Stoneware Spoon Rest

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.

Lululemon Uplifting Scrunchie Bow

It’s not a pair of Lululemon yoga pants, but it’ll keep their hair out of their face while they’re doing a sarvangasana. Besides, scrunchies seem to be having a comeback. (Jeweler Aurélie Bidermann can’t live without her silk ones.)

Bonpoint Baby’s Foaming Cream

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.

Isabel Marant Gold Horn and Hand Earrings

Mismatched earrings are always fun, as are these horn and hand danglers from French cool-girl label Isabel Marant.

Canada Goose Standard Wool Blend Beanie

Channel your inner Steve Zissou in this bright red, water-resistant beanie from Canada Goose, made with the same Canadian care as their thousand-dollar jackets.

Sferra Terzo Throw

While Sferra’s linens tend to be super pricey, this cotton throw is surprisingly affordable.

Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

This Dior lip glow also moisturizes.

Tom Dixon: The Golden Rule

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

Cire Trudon Marie Antoinette Bust Decorative Candle

Okay, it’s definitely not the cheapest item from fancy candle line Cire Trudon, but this Marie Antoinette bust is more than just a candle — it’s also a design piece.

Herman Miller Formwork Tissue Box

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

D. Porthault Printed Handkerchief

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

Tiffany Paper Clip Playing Cards

Playing cards from Tiffany: just because.

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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From The Most Expensive Brands