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The Guide To Gifting A Present Your Stylish Friends Will Actually Want

Your tastemaker BFFs will approve.

It’s that time of the year again. As much as the end-of-year festivities are all about merry-making and feasting, it’s also about making a list and racking your brains about what kinds of presents are appropriate for whom. Not to mention, the perennial struggle of trying to figure out what price point your gift should be so you won’t look like a scrooge. It gets worse when you have knockout friends who are knee-deep in the fashion industry, because let’s face it, these impeccable individuals have really high standards when it comes to gifts, and have pretty much everything.

Though don’t fret — nothing’s mission impossible. Here are eight different gift ideas that you should, and should not, be thinking of when shopping for a Christmas present for your stylish friends. We’ve got you.

You should not gift: Something from the fast-fashion range

You should gift: Something from an indie brand

Although pieces from fast-fashion brands are affordable and stylish, they may come across as insincere or basic as a gift. However, that’s not to say to avoid those labels like the plague. Go for their more discerning lines instead like H&M Conscious Exclusive, or Topshop Boutique. They’re usually of better quality and will last through several washes. Plus, your pal will appreciate the eco-effort with the former. And if you’re willing to go the extra mile, seek out the indie brands instead. They are niche and will likely offer up unique or artisanal pieces your stylish friend will absolutely appreciate.

For tops and T-shirts, we suggest Keur Paris (which offers stitching customisation to create one-of-a-kind tees) and Kule (they specialise in versatile pieces like striped T-shirts and casual shirts, as well as dresses too). If your friend’s a stylish working girl, or a lover of Phoebe Philo’s designs, visit Admise Paris. They sell suits that accentuate a woman’s figure without looking too feminine. As for jewellery, our top picks will be Nalin StudiosShashi and Missoma for dainty, understated accessories.

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