Gift Guide No. 04: Splurge

It’s the holidays (have you heard?!) and sometimes that means going totally overboard. It’s the time when you want to “just go for it” when it comes to that absolutely perfect gift. Too much? We think not. Go ahead…splurge! Looking for other gift ideas? Don’t miss our other guides: Thoughtful & Economical,  For Her, and For Him + stay tuned for Last Minute & Stocking Stuffer gifts next week.


No. 01 & 02: For the woman that deserves a big “I love you” this holiday season, may we suggest diamonds?! She’ll love this Diamond Lotus Pendant or the Lisse Dancing Diamonds Kite Necklace. (Available at Mystique Jewelers, Lotus Pendant, $1600; Lisse Necklace, $1270)

No. 03 & 10: Why pay retail when you can find these highly coveted designer handbags and jewelry at discounted prices?! And don’t worry, we only take items that are in “mint” condition and ready for another home! (Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM (Shown in Damier Ebene) $899, Retails $1390; Chanel Clip on earrings $449, Retails $800+)

No. 04: Give the perfect gift with the Alx&Co.X The Shoe Hive collaboration. Choose which charms to add to a gold necklace to give a personalized gift. (Available at The Shoe Hive, Necklace $100, Charms $100)

No. 05: You can’t go wrong with this pearl cuff. Set in 18k gold for a gorgeous luster, this cuff fits just about anyone and is sure to be her new go-to when she’s looking to add an elegant push to her outfit. (Available at Alx&Co., Pearl Cuff, $1800)

No. 06: Get hands-on learning to master the art of pointed-pen calligraphy when you grab a seat at our workshop at our Old Town Alexandria studio {and around the US!}. (Available at Laura Hooper Calligraphy, $225)

No. 07: Winter Cleanse: The program includes everything you need to succeed: comprehensive guidebook, daily protocol, 80-page seasonal recipe book, optional meal plans, shopping lists, daily emails that inspire and empower you to take charge of your health, kick-off call, and daily support via a private Facebook group to answer questions, share experiences, and cheer each other on. (Available online at Mind the Mat, $129) 

No. 08: Our Suzi Roher scarves are everything you’d imagine a designer scarf to be: comfortable, versatile, and show stoppingly cool. These scarves have a digital image of original artwork or photography. Talk about wearable art! (Available at TSALT, $325)

No. 09: These Diamond Drops are completely stunning in person and are sure to take her breath away when she opens them. We opted to set them with lab-created diamonds to make them slightly more friendly on your wallet, but the difference will be known only to you and your credit card statement (and your insurance, I suppose). (Available at Alx&Co., $2975)

No. 11: The ultimate gift in skin care. Perenially sold out, the Zelens Power A Drops are a gentle retinol that is suitable to all skin types and gives instant gratification. (Available at Bellacara, $195)

No. 12: Super fine cotton throws by John Robshaw are patiently stitched by hand. Crafted in thin layers of cotton voile, and a contrasting reverse of cotton chambray. And just for fun: pom poms! A beautiful gift for anyone looking to get cozy this winter. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $225)

No. 13: These Repeat Cashmere Sweatpants are so luxurious. I wear mine at home while relaxing by the fire, but they can be dressed up too! (Available at Kiskadee, $328)

No. 14: There’s something so glamorous about a beautiful match strike sitting next to a fabulous candle. These solid brass match strikes add a bit of sparkle to any surface. Add a gorgeous candle and it’s a gift anyone would swoon for. (Available at Bellacara, $220)

No. 15: A 2020 letterpress wall calendar, hand torn, sheet by sheet to create a layered piece of art in beautiful muted colors. We are drooling. (Available at Penny Post, $65)

No. 16: Our theory on art is if you love it, you will always have a place for it. And we truly love the pieces in Boxwood by Judy Heiser, local artist. Her depictions of scenes such as river farm, dyke marsh, and the sunrise over the Potomac can bring such vibrant color and strong visuals to any wall in your home. (Available at Boxwood, price varies) 

No. 17: This Poketo Medium Minimalist Folio is a stylish vegan leather organizer to keep all your essentials in one polished place, with a button magnet clasp to keep everything safe and secure. Includes an A5 notebook. (Available at Penny Post, $50)

No. 18: Give the gift that keeps on giving: the DC Style Factory Closet Audit! The three-hour service is a comprehensive and personalized assessment of your entire wardrobe. It can be a stand-alone service or the first step in a wardrobe journey that will forever change your approach to dressing. We talk body shape and silhouette, define your personal style, and review your lifestyle. We look at your entire wardrobe — we leave no stone unturned! We provide tailoring recommendations specific to your shape. We organize using our tried-and-true closet system that is easy to maintain and helps you quickly create outfits on your own. Most importantly, though, it maximizes visibility of all your clothing so you can approach your style and shopping with intention and strategy. After the appointment, you will receive a a Style Memo — a comprehensive report detailing your style, body shape, style tips, a personalized mood board based on your style, wardrobe pain points we want to address, clear style goals, and a budgeted and prioritized shopping list.

Our goal is to create a closet, wardrobe, and style that is easy and makes sense for who and where you are today. DC Style Factory Closet Audit launches you into that process! Oh, and did I mention it’s lots of laughs and crazy fun? Details: 3 hours at your home (please note that this is on average what it takes to complete a Closet Audit. We are efficient in our services! If we feel it will take longer than the three hours, we will set clear expectations and provide strategy up front.); DC Style Factory Style Memo provided one week after the Closet Audit. (Available at DC Style Factory, $325/hour, $975 for 3 hours)

No. 19: Walter G is an Australian-owned textile house that creates some of our most favorite pillows. Block printed on 100% linen fabric, they are designed to be mixed and matched to elevate any interior with style and comfort. Choose one or a pair that speaks to their style and you’ll be at the top of their nice list until the end of time. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $188)

No. 20: Jill Rosenwald’s pottery is as colorful and beautiful as her personality. Each piece is hand painted and fired up to three times to create a one-of-a-kind statement. (Available at Boxwood, price varies) 

No. 21: Parker Thatch is a crowd favorite, surprise that special someone with a new Dumpling Bag this holiday season. (Available at The Shoe Hive, $538)

No. 22: These reversible fur vests can be worn fur side or puffer side. So versatile, and warm! (Available at Kiskadee, $285)


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