From High-End Handbags to Sophisticated Scents, Here’s How to Make Sure the Luxury Shopper in Your Life Loves Their Gift
There’s nothing wrong with appreciating the finer things – but it can make shopping for a gift more of a challenge. After all, what do you get for someone with discerning taste? Someone whose finger is on the pulse of high fashion, or who would rather indulge in one luxury purchase than several smaller buys?
If you’re struggling to find the perfect designer gift and – even more challenging – you’re shopping last minute, don’t worry. The basic pillars of luxury are always the same, so finding a designer gift in your target price range that they’ll love is easier than it appears.
Keep reading for our top choice last minute designer gifts (for him and for her).
When shopping for someone who knows exactly what they want, gift cards are a great option. Despite getting a bad reputation as a lazy or thoughtless gift, studies have shown that gift cards are actually at the top of many people’s wish lists. That’s especially true with options that are as easy to use as GiftYa.
GiftYa digital gift cards can be personalized and sent in seconds, and the catalog includes thousands of local and national brands. Whether they prefer shopping small boutiques or major labels, you’re sure to find something they’ll love.
Not sure where to start? Consider a couple of these options for last minute designer gifts in our catalog:
Not feeling the digital options? You can always customize a physical Visa gift card with Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, too. Just choose a photo of one of your favorite memories together for the front, add a personal message, and a physical card is on its way.
Finding the perfect signature fragrance is a process, particularly if you’re a connoisseur of luxury perfumes and colognes. High-end fragrance can run hundreds of dollars per bottle, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for experimenting with new scents.
Luckily, many designer brands offer discovery sets of their most popular fragrances so that potential devotees can try a few out before committing to a larger purchase. Despite the designer label, discovery sets also make for a more affordable gift option, typically coming in well under $100.
GiftYa Tip: Keep an eye for sales on sample sets at beauty stores like Sephora and ULTA. Many of their store brand sets feature several high-end fragrance options and include a voucher for a full sized bottle of your favorite sample in the set.
Designer gifts are often timeless, coming in muted shades and classic prints that will look just as good in 5 years or 10 or 50 as they do today. But that doesn’t mean fun designer pieces aren’t out there! This Hermes Odyssey Scarf uses bold, pop colors to make a statement and draw attention – which is perfect if you want all eyes on your standout style.
Debuted in the mid 19th-century, the little Tiffany blue box is iconic. Wrapped in white ribbon, anyone with even a passing appreciation of designer goods would recognize it instantly. It promises simple, elegant jewelry that never goes out of style. Needless to say, it makes for an impressive designer gift before you even lift the lid.
The sleek 1837 hoop earrings, inscribed with the year of Tiffany’s founding over 185 years ago, are medium sized and easy to wear. With a $475 price tag, the iconic earrings are on the low end of Tiffany’s collection in terms of price, but certainly not style.
Established in the 1960s in Tokyo by Rei Kawakubo, the label Commes de Garçons grew in popularity throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Over the years, the brand became associated with distressed designs and punk-related styles. Keeping this in mind, their recent collaboration with Converse – the high top sneaker preferred by basketball players and skate punks everywhere – makes a lot of sense.
The shoes in the collaboration are playful and universally appealing, so no matter who you’re shopping for, they’re sure to appreciate a pair. But shop now – they’re sure to sell out soon!
Giftya Recommends: Buy a Saks Fifth Avenue gift card so the luxury shopper in your life can pick up all of their favorite labels in one place.
Designer purses don’t have to make a statement with flashy designs – sometimes, the exceptional quality and sleek profile is enough to make a splash, and few handbag labels do that better than Kate Spade. With bags that can easily go from the boardroom to a night out on the town, they’re an excellent designer gift option for any girl on the go.
This medium satchel has enough room to fit her essentials without being bulky. It comes in timeless colors like caviar black and lipstick red, but also a few more youthful and trendy options, like this soft hydrangea blue.
This one is for the vintage enthusiast. If he loves a good designer thrift find, he’ll love this sleek, smooth leather wallet. With design details pulled from the House’s archives, this wallet – along with the other items in the Overture collection – have a vintage feel that anyone with a knowledge of designer styles will appreciate.
The best part? Gucci offers complimentary overnight shipping on all purchases, so you can be sure your last minute gift will arrive on time.
Tom Ford is one of the biggest names of early 21st century designer fashion. He burst onto the scene in 2005 with the goal of redefining modern luxury for the new millennium and subsequently made his mark in menswear, womenswear, eyewear, and accessories. The combination of exceptional materials, superior workmanship, and sexy elegance create an unmistakable luxury experience.
This silk tie features a classic herringbone design that is sure to be a welcome addition to his collection.
Nineties grunge is having a moment right now. You’ll see it when you walk down the street, but you’ll see it reflected in designer labels as well. Venice-based Golden Goose is known for bringing its Italian heritage into modern shoe design with kicks that have made their mark all over the world. The Starden in Ecru Nappa Leather with Gold Glitter Star and Heel Tab is one of their latest offerings, sure to be as popular in the skate parks of Los Angeles as it is on the streets of Milan.
Tai’s founder Tai Rittichai was born and raised in Thailand, but she made her mark on the fashion world in Los Angeles. After graduating from California State University’s Fresno campus, she identified an opportunity in the market – high quality fashion jewelry with the finish and details of fine jewelry. And so in 2002, Tai was born.
Today, the label is sold worldwide in specialty boutiques and with major retailers. The zodiac charm necklace here – available in all twelve zodiac signs – puts a fun twist on designer jewelry.
Few shoes are as instantly recognizable as Louboutins – and it’s not just their timeless silhouettes or their undeniable sexiness. We’re talking about the red bottoms. The ultimate way to show off how deep your designer style goes is to kick up your heels to reveal the iconic red sole underneath.
If you’re shopping for a Louboutin loyalist, this nail polish in their iconic red is a must. Now they can carry the color through their entire ensemble. What could be better?
If I asked you to think of designer accessories, what would come to mind first? Chances are the classic Burberry cashmere scarf would be somewhere near the top of your list. There are plenty of cheap imitations – you can find the camel, black, red, and white plaid on scarves everywhere from big box stores to department stores – but there’s no substitute for a true Burberry scarf. Woven at a 200 year-old mill in the Scottish countryside, Burberry scarves are brushed for an unmistakable super soft finish.
Archive beige, pictured here, is the quintessential Burberry color, but there are several other timeless options as well. The red and navy are also classic designs, but there are trendier color combinations – like Alabaster, Indigo/Mid Camel, and Archive Beige/Yellow – available too.
When you order directly through Burberry, you can even personalize the gift with up to three initials embroidered on the hem in a color of your choosing.
Finding the perfect designer gift can be tricky. With so many labels to navigate, it can be difficult to anticipate what the recipient actually has on their list. Hopefully these timeless designer gift ideas have given you a good starting place for your search – no matter what your budget may be.
And don’t forget – if you didn’t find the perfect designer gift here, you can still text a last minute gift card with GiftYa. Our catalog contains thousands of local and national brands to choose from. But even if you choose something they don’t love out of the box, GiftYa makes it easy to exchange or re-gift a balance. That way, you can be certain that even the pickiest recipient with the most discerning tastes will find something special.