What do you get for the friend or family member who seemingly has everything? Or for the hypebeast who’s on top of every single launch? Or for the person whose taste for the finer things means they’re only ever filling their closets and shelves with designer goods? Often times, for nearly impossible-to-please folks like this, size doesn’t matter — but a fancy brand name does. And the nice thing about many fancy brands is that unwrapping their less expensive stuff offers the same thrill as unwrapping any of their pricier things. Below, we’ve rounded up 27 of the most affordable gifts — that are still really thoughtful — from the nicest brands, any of which we think would impress those Very Picky People in your life. (For more — lots more — gift ideas, check out our 2019 gift-guide hub.)
Editor’s Note: Since we are now in the final surge of holiday shopping, we’ve checked this post to make sure everything is in-stock and should arrive before December 25. But prices and stock are subject to change, so check to make sure your gifts will ship in time.
Tom Ford always looks impeccable, which is why think the bearded man in your life will look that much more impeccable carrying around Ford’s tortoiseshell comb (whether he uses it or not).
A pair of sheer tights for your most elegant friend.
Christofle is another covetable homeware brand, but instead of getting one $70 tumbler, we suggest this slightly more expensive (but affordable for Christofle) twofer of silver-plated cocktail stirrers that would surely make a consummate host or hostess very happy.
Not only will your opinionated dad or brother be impressed unwrapping it, they’ll also think of you — and your gift-giving prowess — every morning when they splash a little Prada on their face.
This precious cap with pom-pom “ears” is just as adorable (and cozy) as Canada Goose’s almost $400 baby snowsuit.
A very fancy bar of soap that the recipient can use to bathe herself (or himself!) in the luxurious scent of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.
Some cheekier underwear for a flashier friend.
If they live and die by their Vitamix, they might also appreciate this 20-ounce to-go cup as a companion (and vessel) for their daily green smoothie.
These linen placemats by Matouk, a purveyor of very luxurious sheets, have the sweetest wavy edges (and cost a lot less than said sheets).
Cire Trudon’s scented candles can run about a hundred bucks, so this set of six tapered candles feels especially like a steal. The rosy stems would make a fabulous gift for anyone who likes to throw a good dinner party.
A little Dior deodorant for him.
Louboutin’s signature red-bottoms now come in a nail polish whose packaging makes the price tag worth it. (And although it may be pricey for a polish, $45 is a fraction of the cost of any Louboutin shoe.)
Lots of famous people — from actress Felicity Jones to accessories designer Lele Sadoughi — tell us they swear by Clé de Peau’s (often very pricey) products. So we think any beauty obsessive would be impressed to unwrap this concealer for the eyes (which, we should note, is even more affordable now that it’s on sale).
And if you can’t spring for A.P.C. jeans, why not go for the brand’s room spray. Jake Woolf, the editorial director of SEAM, recommended it for our list of 130 gift ideas from people with particular, exacting taste (a.k.a. the type of people who’d be thrilled to receive lots of the things on this list). According to him, it “smells like a musky orange — which doesn’t sound great, but is actually the ideal balance between masculine and fresh.”
A Le Creuset Dutch oven will set you back a couple hundred dollars, but these splendid salt and pepper shakers won’t. A bonus: your recipient doesn’t have to be a cook to use them.
Everyone knows a germ-averse someone, and this would make for a luxurious upgrade of that Purell they’re constantly whipping out.
Editor’s Note: They’ll appreciate it even on January 13, 2020, when this back-ordered item is scheduled to ship.
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