November is here. The Halloween displays have come down and the Christmas trees are popping up. We may still be thinking about Thanksgiving, but it is never too early to start thinking about who is on your gift list this year, and to help you avoid some of the impending madness around this holidays, we have ideas for great gifting. From something extra special to a sweet stocking stuffer, here is the Vanguard Seattle Stylish Gift Guide for Holiday 2019.
For The Jewelry Connoisseur
Since 2013, Marla Aaron’s unique jewelry pieces have a “lock” on understated cool. The original collection began with different size and width locks, and has grown to include boomerangs, hearts and her newest design, the Letter Locks. The Silver Babylock on Silver Fine Square Chain is a great way to begin a collection from this designer. And we love her #lockyourmom project, where the Marla Aaron team gives away 400 locks a year to deserving single moms, which Marla herself was once.
For The Athlete
Alala is a women-owned, women-run company that specializes in sophisticated workout wear that can take you from the gym to running about town looking gorgeous. The company just launched their first size-inclusive line in late October 2019. It is true elevated athleisure wear.
All of the pieces are really good, and the jackets in particular hit the mark. The Trinity Jacket is the cream of the crop, with a neoprene exterior, luxe velvet details and blocking. Motivation for hitting the gym never looked so good. $415.
For The Accessories Lover
Local Seattle gem Flora & Henri is chock full of well-curated gifts, clothing and home goods. This gorgeous Becksöndergaard Handy eel skin clutch is one of them. The deep sea eel skin used is a bi-product from the food industry. All of the company’s eel skin items are 100 percent handmade in accordance with old production Korean traditions. According to ancient Korean custom, carrying an item made of genuine eel skin bring luck and prosperity. Give a little luck and unique chic all in one lovely little bag. $45.
For The Trendsetter
When Seattle’s Sway and Cake introduced their private label pieces into their store collections, they were an instant hit. One of these pieces, The Kumi Kimono, is a kicky way to layer a multitude of looks year round. It comes in several prints, including the beautiful Caramel Crane, and is fully lined in a maxi style with a 3/4 sleeve. Wear it over denim, a sleek dress or even aprés swim for a unique style statement. Don’t they say the best gifts are the ones you wish you could keep for yourself? $298.
For The Style Icon
For the woman who has it all and understands the value of having something beautiful that lasts, see the designs of Le Lion. Founder Laura Gelfand chose luxurious fabrics and traditional techniques over fast fashion. Each sweater is made from fine Italian yarn and decorated with embroiderey, personalized with whimsical monograms and zodiac constellations. These forever pieces can be found at here or you can get their special capsule collection of zodiac signs at Net-A-Porter here. $495
For The One In Step with The World
UGG footwear has been the hallmark of popular comfort footwear forever, and now is part of the world of cool and kind. The company’s fabulous fun Fluff Yeah Slides come in a variety of colors, but the Pride pair is a keeper. Plus, for each pair of Pride-inspired Fluff Yeah slides sold, UGG is donating $25 to Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to building a kinder and braver world. In addition, these slides are made in a factory that supports women with the help of HERproject, a collaborative initiative that creates partnerships with brands to empower and educate women in the workplace. $100.
For The Elegant Home
Trays are a way to add polish to any surface, be it a table, countertop or sidebar. A trip through Maison Luxe in Seattle’s Madison Valley will make it difficult for you to decide, but you can never go wrong with one of these gorgeous round brass and lacquered trays. Choose from three different sizes or get them all! You can embellish your tray with some baked treats, some beautiful soaps or another small gift, then wrap it in clear cellophane and you have the most stylish gift in the room. $130-$205.
For The Traveler
Keeping things organized in your travel bags is essential, so why not do it with style? Designed by Swedish stylist Jennifer Jansch who began her business, Bag-all, by creating a collection of good-looking, reusable cotton gift bags. When friends told her they liked using her bags to pack belongings for trips, Jansch created Bag-all, a line of bags for organizing travel and well, life in general. The washable bags come in sets or individually, and have the most charming, whimsical designs on them. Perfect for letting you know where you packed your shoes and looking good when you get arrive at your destination.
For The Philanthropist
Finally, here is something for the philanthropist; giving goods that do good in return. 20 percent of every purchase at Olivela is donated to a variety of causes benefiting children. For the 2019 season Olivela is working with CARE to provide schooling for female refugees, alongside other non-profits like Malala Fund and Too Young to Wed.
For example, buying a pair of Santoni Colorblock Ankle Booties raises funds for 39 days of school for a Syrian refugee with no extra charge to the buyer. Doing good while giving is the best way to celebrate the holidays.
The We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game brings us back to reconnecting with others in a fun and meaningful way. The video showing strangers meeting and playing this game in a public park really sold me. It is the perfect gift for the holidays (and beyond) because it can turn any gathering into a unique way of connecting, sharing and learning something new about someone maybe you thought you already knew. In a good way. Guaranteed to garner emotions. Also in a good way.
And now for the stocking stuffers….
Flavor-Infused Water Bottle
A glass bottle holds an infuser inside to take your plain water bottle up a notch. Add refreshers to the container within the bottle like seasonal fruit like berries or lemon and mint to keep you hydrated in style. Uncommon Goods, $15.
Machete Margot Hoop Earrings
Jennifer Machete’s namesake company creates eco-conscious jewelry from cellulose acetates. Cellulose acetate is a natural and renewable alternative to petroleum-based materials. And these Machete Margot Hoop Earrings are super cool, not only because they have an oval shape, but because they come in elegant ivory or navy. Amour Vert. $48
Simone Wild Velvet Ankle Socks and Cherrystone Style Reversible Socks
How about some fabulous socks for a stocking? The Simone Wild Velvet Ankle Socks elevate your look whether you are rocking sneakers or high heels. An easy way to gift some sweet style. Available here and at Les Amis in Fremont, Seattle. Momo in Seattle’s Japantown boasts treasures from Europe and Asia, including these reversible Cherrystone Style socks from Japan. Get them at Momo.
Carolyn Rowan Beanies
Who doesn’t love a stylish hat? Roll one of Carolyn Rowan’s awesome beanies up, tie it with a festive ribbon, and pop it in your favorite girl’s stocking! Personally, I love the “Paris Hat”, but the Scattered Geo Flower Merino Wool Beanie would also be the perfect something special in a stocking. $125-$165.