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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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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 Beard Comb

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).

Wolford Satin Touch Comfort 20-Denier Tights

A pair of sheer tights for your most elegant friend.

Alessi Biglove Ice Cream Spoons, Set Of 4

These sweet heart-shaped spoons from the Italian homeware brand seem ideal for scooping up ice cream and other treats. We think the set is particularly giftable, but you can also buy them individually, in case you just want to get one or a pair.

Christofle Uni 2-Piece Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrer Set

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.

Smythson Panama Pocket 2020 Planner

We can think of very few people who wouldn’t enjoy a handsome Smythson planner to help them stay organized in the new year. This one is small enough to fit in a pocket (as its name suggests), and affordable enough that you could even throw in a nice pen.

Prada L'Homme After-Shave Balm 4.2 oz.

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.

Canada Goose Baby's Wool Cub Hat

This precious cap with pom-pom “ears” is just as adorable (and cozy) as Canada Goose’s almost $400 baby snowsuit.

Little Marc Jacobs Logo Stretch-Jersey T-shirt

Or, get the baby in your life some Little Marc Jacobs now so you won’t have to spend a lot on regular-sized Marc Jacobs later.

Marc Jacobs White Pointelle Socks

If you’re worried about mom getting jealous of her babe’s Little Marc Jacobs, get her these adult-sized MJ socks.

Gucci Herbosum Bamboo Incense Stick

These Gucci incense sticks are scented with tomato leaf, basil, and lemongrass leaf, an aroma that interior designer Rayman Boozer calls “sensual and invigorating.” He adds: “Who doesn’t want to open a box that says Gucci?”

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Bath Soap

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.

Arc'teryx Bird Cap

Arc’teryx’s outerwear and other gear can go for hundreds of dollars, which is why the price tag of this baseball cap — something we could totally see Logan Roy wearing, by the way — is so appealing. Plus, the hat has just the subtlest of logos, so those who know will know.

Supreme x Hanes Boxer Briefs

These Supreme x Hanes boxer briefs are sold out, but you can still snag a pair or two on eBay for your little brother who collects everything Supreme.

Versace Cotton Thong

Some cheekier underwear for a flashier friend.

Vitamix Cup, 20 oz.

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.

Lind DNA Nupo Leather Coasters, Set of 4

A set of simple, design-y coasters made of recycled leather and rubber to protect their antique mid-century modern coffee table from coffee stains.

Matouk Meira Placemats, Set of 4

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 Set of Six Madeleine Tapered Candles

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.

Dior 'Sauvage' Deodorant Spray

A little Dior deodorant for him.

Christian Louboutin 'Loubi Under Red' Nail Color Pen

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.)

Comme Des Garçons Bougie Scented Candle

This candle’s scent is based on Comme Des Garçons’ original eau de parfum, which launched in 1994.

Clé De Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes

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).

Off-White Black & White "Socks" Pouch

Ostensibly this Off-White pouch is for “socks,” but we think the hypebeast in your life could use it to stash any number of little treasures.

Acne Studios Pink Blå Konst Welte Belt

If you can’t spring for a nubby Acne sweater, this webbed belt is a more affordable — but no less stylish — option.

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A.P.C. Fleur D'Oranger Room Spray

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.”

Le Creuset Stoneware Salt and Pepper Shakers

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.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

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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The Cheapest, Nicest Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands