Gift Guide No. 04: Splurge

And now is when we break out the really big gifts. From diamonds and gold to Golden Goose sneakers, these are the gifts that bring the wows. Whether shopping for a loved one or looking for wish list items for yourself, here you’ll find the special, the extravagant, the oh-you-shouldn’t-have-but-I’m-so-glad-you-did gifts that are unforgettable. (Miss any of our other guides? Thoughtful & EconomicalFor Her and For Him also have great options.)

No. 01: The life-changing Slip Pillowcase will end your crazy hair mornings; you’ll wake with your face feeling hydrated as the silk won’t wick away all your creams, and, most importantly, no more dreaded pillow creases on your face. (Available at Bellacara, $$85 -$105)

No. 02: Is shopping an overwhelming task? Do you wonder about fit or whether a look is flattering? Give (or ask for!) the gift of a shopping package – one-hour consult plus three hours in-person shopping – and proceed with confidence. (Available at DC Style Factory, $800)

No. 03: These diamond hoops are the cannot-go-wrong, extra-indulgent gift you’ll want to give to your best friend who would never buy them for herself — and add them to your own wish list for good measure. They’re sparkly enough for that upcoming New Year’s fete but you can just as gracefully wear them to work without feeling overdressed. Our clients have especially loved them in 14k rose and yellow gold, but we offer them in white gold and platinum, too. (Available at Alx&Co., $2,675 in 14k white, rose, or yellow gold. Available by custom order in platinum.)

No. 04: We love this 18k yellow solid gold Italian Link and Pave Diamond Necklace because it can be worn in so many ways, from casual to elegant. The round, alternating size links make the 25″ necklace adjustable to wear at choker length, doubled, lariat style, or long. The pave-set link comprises top-quality brilliant set F/G color VS2 / SI1 clarity diamonds with 1.00ct tw. (Available at Mystique, $7,130)

No. 05: Jude Frances Elongated Stone Earring Charms feature elongated teardrop faceted rainbow moonstone set in 18k yellow gold with pave round diamonds and a signature brushed finish. (Available at Mystique, $2,400)

No. 06: Hark back to Studio 54 days! This iconic clutch is fashioned from unusual “round mesh” metal tiles for a stylish retro look. (Available at Kiskadee, $212)

No. 07: The prettiest, best-thought-out-yet-still-compact makeup clutch on the market, and on trips the Henry Charles Large Deluxe Cosmetic Bag doubles as a great evening clutch! (Available at Bellacara, $158)

No. 08: The Superstar by Golden Goose are the sneakers that seem to be on the top of everyone’s list. No matter what you are wearing, they seem to work and did we mention they are some of the most comfortable shoes we have ever carried? (Available at The Shoe Hive, $495)

No. 09: A mini spa day! Mani, pedi, blow-out…her choice (or all three!) with a gift card. (Available at Bazzak Salon)

No. 10: Am I dreaming? A boxed rainbow of 75 Gelly Roll pens will put stars in just about anyone’s eyes. (Available at Penny Post, $125)

No. 11: Is she (or he!) getting married soon? With a gift certificate for Kettlebells before Wedding Bells, or really any of these packages at Ascend Cycle or Ascend Underground, they’ll be ready for a lifetime of “and in health.” (Available at Ascend Cycle, Wedding Package 3-month membership $175; 10-class package gift certificate $180 or 20-class package gift certificate $340, +10% off with Stylebook mention.)

No. 12: There is still time to get you into a new home for the holidays! 512 Pendleton Street has it all, right in the heart of Old Town! (Available through The Patterson Group)

No. 13: These handmade ceramics are designed and made in New York City. Not only are they beautiful, they are also incredibly functional. All Terrafirma is food safe and dishwasher safe, and each collectible, copyrighted design is signed and dated. Each piece is truly a work of art. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, $75-$262)

No. 14: This unique fur scarf will bring warmth and softness for that special someone. (Available at Kiskadee, $189)

No. 15: The most gentle and effective retinol on the market and Angela’s favorite product in the store (okay…tied with Skinceuticals Vitamin C), Zelens Power A Drops are a must have for anyone who has yet to use a nightly retinol. LOVE!!! (Available at Bellacara, $195)

No. 16: Recently featured in Washingtonian‘s gift guide, our solid brass Kaweco fountain pen is a classic. It’s gorgeous, compact, and it writes like a dream. (Available at Penny Post, $110)

No. 17: The essentials collection from Cisco Brothers is a great investment in luxury. For a great price, get a comfortable benchmade sofa slip covered in one of Cisco’s beautiful fabrics. This is the perfect gift for someone you love or to yourself this holiday season. (Available at Red Barn Mercantile, prices vary)


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