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
Jason Wu's cobalt python mini-satchel.
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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.
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<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="http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446425004" target="_blank">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>, $622.99.
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<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="http://www.aubinandwills.com/en-gb/product/huntsgrove-jumper-011415021">aubinandwills.com</a>, $200.
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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="http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/Vogue-Cover-April-1918-Prints_i8483428_.htm" target="_blank">condenaststore.com</a>, $125.
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<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="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Charlotte-Olympia-Cat-Face-Velvet-Skimmer-Flats/prod134590074/">neimanmarcus.com</a>, $695.
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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="http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=510&Product_Id=500474&Parent_Id=227&default_color=BLUE&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=">brooksbrothers.com</a>, $98.50.
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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="http://www.shoplesnouvelles.com/solo2/dev/page/load/96/c/12/details/1187/product/fuschia-satin-shirt" target="_blank">LesNouvelles.com</a>, $228.
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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="http://www.rizzoliusa.com/book.php?isbn=9780847833689">rizzoliusa.com</a>, $100.
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<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="http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/product/dunk-high-id-shoe/?piid=21811#?pbid=2273385&mid=297789007&sitesrc=nikestoreNT_sfem&cp=us_em_auto_idshrdesgn" target="_blank">nike.com</a>, $125.
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<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="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/171336">net-a-porter.com</a>, $80.
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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="http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod75020003&parentId=cat243473&masterId=cat243413&index=7&cmCat=cat000000cat000005cat243403cat243413cat243473&isEditorial=false">bergdorfgoodman.com</a>, $48.
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J.Crew
<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="http://www.jcrew.com/browse/multi_product_detail_gg.jsp?categoryGGClickAction=productDetailClicked&externalProductCodes=54311" target="_blank">J.Crew</a>, $58.
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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="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=13341&sid=185&pid=" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $196.
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CatBird
<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="https://catbirdnyc.com/shop/product.php?productid=18087&cat=298&page=1" target="_blank">CatBird</a>, $18.
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<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="http://www.proenzaschouler.com/catalog/product/view/id/1948/s/ipad-case/category/41/?color=Sulphur">proenzaschouler.com</a>, $685.
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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="http://www.mnzstore.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/norwell-dress" target="_blank">Maryam Nassir Zadeh</a>.
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<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="http://www.lanvin.com/e-lanvin/US/gifts.html">lanvin.com</a>, $65.
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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="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=12955&sid=1184&pid=" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $225.
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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="http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=11921&sid=186&pid=" target="_blank">La Garconne</a>, $1670.
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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="http://www.barneys.com/Rosita-Oval-Tray/00505013066444,default,pd.html?cgid=HOME_DECOR" target="_blank">Barneys New York</a>, $98.
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Sephora
<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="http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=ZTZ4UGTNHOQLMCV0KQLRHOQ?id=P298100&categoryId=C7010#" target="_blank">Sephora.com</strong>, $48.
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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="http://www.jasonwustudio.com/viewall.html" target="_blank">JasonWuStudio.com</a>, $2350.
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Amazon
<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="http://www.amazon.com/RODIN-RECINE-olio-lusso-Qunatity/dp/B0062PBTV6" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>, $88.
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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="http://camillehempel.com/" target="_blank">Camille Hempel</a>.
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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="http://shop.creaturesofcomfort.us/henrikvibskovhelsinkisocks.aspx" target="_blank">Creatures of Comfort</a>, $28.
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<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="http://www.olympialetan.com/online_shop.cfm">olympialetan.com</a>, $1540.
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Net-a-Porter
<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="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/189017#" target="_blank">Net-a-Porter</a>, $135.
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