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.
Two travel soaps from the best natural skin-care line, Drunk Elephant (pH-balanced, too).
If springing for expensive hand-wash feels too indulgent, try this plant-based lip balm instead.
Take your morning coffee in style with this matte ceramic mug from Opening Ceremony.
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.
Instead of a $490 La Mer serum, try this $60 tub of the cult brand’s lip balm.
Several men in our life own this half-zip Comme des Garçons wallet, and swear by it.
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.
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.
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.
While Sferra’s linens tend to be super pricey, this cotton throw is surprisingly affordable.
Tom Dixon, creator of beautiful thingamajigs, offers a stately brass ruler.
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.
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.
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