Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Fashionable Christmas gifts for her

So I know I’ve been a little lax in the Christmas posting – but honestly, have been up to my eyes. As well as blogging and the occasional feature writing stint, I work in production and have been doing (almost) …

Thu, Dec 16, 2010, 10:30

   

So I know I’ve been a little lax in the Christmas posting – but honestly, have been up to my eyes. As well as blogging and the occasional feature writing stint, I work in production and have been doing (almost) five-day weeks of late, which doesn’t leave an awful lot of time for le blogging. But lo! I have changed my ways, and here follow a selection of gifts for her, in a range of budgets.

First up, the designer selection – for the slightly more cash-heavy wallet and perhaps the expensive-tasted lady. (Then again, I don’t really think of gifts in terms of price; if it’s the right gift for the recipient, it doesn’t really matter how much you spent on it.) Moralising aside, above (clockwise from top left) we have Yves Saint Laurent’s Arty enamel ring, from Net-a-Porter, at £115. I love the chunky enamel paired with the turquoise – just perfect.

Next up? A necklace by Merle O’Grady, via My-Wardrobe, for €356.40. I love the idea of pairing a statement necklace with a really plain tee. My new favourite thing is to pair a very loose Cos T-shirt with a (slightly cheap but no less amazing) bejewelled necklace, jeans and Converse. So chic (yes, in 1992, I know).

Then we have this amazing waterfall Helmut Lang leather jacket – but hold on to your hats, because this costs €1,650 – from My-Wardrobe. The shearling is very right now, and this jacket will make a gorgeous addition to anyone’s wardrobe. HOWEVER, it’s ridiculously expensive. And shearling will go out of fashion again. But Christmas is a time for kind of pointless spending, in a way . . . so go for it, if you can afford it!

Then last up, this is kind of in the realm of ridiculous gifts but I would love it. Because I’m a label whore, yes. It’s Mulberry’s Macbook cover, from the Apple Store, for €433.53. I know, it’s a joke, but it’s only gaaaargeous. Can you imagine the envious looks you’d get, toting this around your local Starbucks?

Now we’ve got the high-street version, and no less gorgeous for it. I’ve tried, as much as possible, to stick with accessories – in general, actually – because clothing is so difficult to buy for other people. So, clockwise from top left: starting with the gorgeous Teacup necklace from Suki Tea, for £18.21. Obviously for the tea-lover in your life, but it’s very sweet. Kooky? Yes. But probably not something anyone would ever buy for themselves, which kind of makes it perfect for Christmas.

Then there’s Topshop’s oversized straw box bag. I LOVE kooky bags, and this one fits the bill perfectly. (My only gripe is that I’m not quite sure how overseized it is; Topshop, put your bags on models, wouldja?!) It’s a lovely neutral colour, kooky enough so that your recipient won’t suspect you think her boring, but safe enough that it won’t massively offend anyone (as, say, a purple one might – some people, you’ll be shocked to hear, don’t like purple).

Then there’s the Priceless necklace, which kind of fills the gap for small, thoughtful gifts that might just mean something – it’s wearable, and it’s minimal, not usually adjectives that whet my appetite for purchasing, but this is just clean enough to make me have an unexpected grá for it.

And, last but not least? Asos’s Mulberry imitation satchel, in leopard print and black leather, for £85. This reminds me of Alix something terrible, and I just love it. I toyed with purchasing it a few weeks back, and didn’t – and now Christmas is upon me and I have more important people to buy for. I cry.

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