The Fashion Lover’s Official Gift Guide

It's intimidating to buy a gift for someone who always seems to know more about what's in style than you do. This guide -- including everything from Miu Miu booties to fashion tomes -- takes the guesswork out of gifting.

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Jason Wu's cobalt python mini-satchel.
Saks Fifth Avenue/Conde Nast/Jason Wu
It's intimidating to buy a gift for someone who always seems to know more about what's in style than you do. This guide -- including everything from Miu Miu booties to fashion tomes -- takes the guesswork out of gifting.
<strong>Glitter Booties:</strong> Miu Miu's Fall 2011 collection was the show of the season, and the glitter booties on the runway are <em>the</em> "It" shoe. This yellow pair is one of the few still available, and will still feel relevant come spring. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>, $622.99.
<strong>An Updated Holiday Sweater:</strong> Opt to give a slightly edgier version of something your great aunt might have given you in holiday seasons past like Aubin & Wills' Huntsgrove Jumper. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $200.
Conde Nast
<strong>Vintage Fashion Art:</strong> Conde Nast's newly-revamped store is a treasure trove of vintage covers and iconic photographs. For the true fashion fanatic, we'd recommend a retro <em>Vogue</em> cover. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125.
<strong>Kitten Flats:</strong> Instead of gifting terry cloth slippers, the true fashion aficionado prefers British Fashion Award winner Charlotte Olympia's Cat-Face Velvet Skimmers. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $695.
Courtesy of Brooks Brothers
<strong>Pajamas (Really):</strong> Pajamas are a classic holiday gift, but fashionistas will have new appreciation for receiving a pair since they were all over the Fall 2011 runways. Brooks Brothers' Wrinkle-Resistant Broadcloth Pajamas are almost chic enough to wear outside. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $98.50.
Les Nouvelles
<strong>A Festive Button-Down:</strong> Ultra-bright hues are very of-the-moment, and this hot pink blouse could go straight from holiday gift box to holiday party. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $228.
Courtesy of Rizzoli
<strong>A Fashion Tome:</strong> Assuage every fashion lover's obsession with former French <i>Vogue</i> editor Carine Roitfeld by gifting them a copy of her just released book, <i>Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent</i> <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $100.
<strong>Custom Kicks:</strong> For the sneaker freak that has 'em all: a customized pair to his or her specifications. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $125.
<strong>An Affordable It-Designer Item:</strong> Giving a designer gift on a budget isn't always easy. Isabel Marant's Pop Color beaded brash bracelet fits the bill. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $80.
Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty
<strong>The "It" Lipstick:</strong> While Tom Ford's beauty collection comes at a premium, the prices seem downright bargain basement compared to his ready-to-wear offerings, and will make any fashion fan swoon. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Black Orchid is the color of the season. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $48.
<strong>High Style Gloves:</strong> Perk up your winter wardrobe with a pair of J.Crew's candy-colored cashmere gloves. They make a stylish alternative to the conventional black or gray. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">J.Crew</a>, $58.
La Garconne
<strong>A Chic Scarf Made By a Local:</strong> Rachel Comey's cozy plaid scarf comes in a Christmas-ready shade of green and is made entirely in New York City. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $196.
<strong>Notice-Me Nail Polish:</strong> Deborah Lippman is the "It" polish brand of the moment, having glossed nails from Soho to the Fashion Week tents. This "Ruby Red Slippers" polish is party-perfect. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">CatBird</a>, $18.
<strong>The Tech Accessory of the Moment:</strong> The "it" designers of the moment have designed a bag for the "it" gadget of the moment in the "it" color of the moment, making this a triple threat. Bonus: It looks just like the bag that costs more than twice as much. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $685.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
<strong>The Perfect Winter Dress:</strong> Isabel Marant's versatile wool dress will see you through freezing winter evenings and into cool spring nights. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Maryam Nassir Zadeh</a>.
<strong>A Chic Fashion Journal:</strong> Give the gift of Lanvin (already you can't go wrong) with Lanvin's Alber Faces Medium Notebook. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $65.
La Garconne
<strong>Patent Lace-Ups:</strong> Your kicks will look cool year-round if Santa leaves a pair of patent leather, wear-them-with-everything Dieppa Restrepo loafers at the bottom of the tree. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $225.
La Garconne
<strong>Edgy Precious Jewelry: </strong> If you've got plans to buy someone something extra-special this holiday, opt for something a bit less conventional, like one of Satomi Kawakita's glorious black diamond bands. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $1670.
Barneys New York
<strong>An Artful Tray for Jewelry:</strong> There's no better way to stash miscellaneous jewelry accumulating on your dresser than with one of Ibride's peculiar anthropomorphic trays. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=",default,pd.html?cgid=HOME_DECOR" target="_blank">Barneys New York</a>, $98.
<strong>A Versatile Makeup Kit in a Luxe Case:</strong> Fashion insiders know that no one does the made-up-yet-natural look better than Laura Mercier. For the holidays, her signature nudes set is available in his luxe python case for less than $50. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=";jsessionid=ZTZ4UGTNHOQLMCV0KQLRHOQ?id=P298100&categoryId=C7010#" target="_blank"></strong>, $48.
Jason Wu Studio
<strong>A Designer Bag:</strong> If you can afford to drop more than a month's rent on a bag, make it this Jason Wu python "Mini Miss Wu" satchel, rendered in electric cobalt python (so everyone will notice it). <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $2350.
<strong>A Miracle Hair Serum:</strong> Wow your friends with your beauty knowledge by gifting this bottle, which helps restore one's locks to their pre-winter luster with a few dollops. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, $88.
Camille Hempel
<strong>A Delicate Necklace:</strong> Holiday cheer is an unavoidable side affect of finding Camille Hempel's delicate pearl and rose gold necklace in your Christmas stocking. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Camille Hempel</a>.
Creatures of Comfort
<strong>Bold, Beautiful Socks:</strong> Yes, even socks can be stylish, and nothing does the trick like these quirky geometric socks from Henrik Vibskov. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Creatures of Comfort</a>, $28.
<strong>A Conversation-starting Clutch:</strong> For the literary fashionista, try one of Olympia Le-Tan's book clutches. We like <em>The Sun The Sky and Kit</em> Book-Clutch. <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href=""></a>, $1540.
<strong>A Cult Designer's Book:</strong> What better way to enjoy Ricks Owens' (otherwise unaffordable) creations than with this gorgeous retrospective of his work? <strong>Find it:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Net-a-Porter</a>, $135.
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