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Thursday, December 1st 2011

No-Fail Gift Guide: The Basics

Clockwise from top left: Yulia B Cashmere Sweater by Theory clothing; Velvet Mouse Slippers by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Mini Diamond Puce Earrings by ginette_ny; Tortoise Jet Set Sport Watch by Michael Kors; Metallic Reva Clutch by Tory Burch.

Like that little black dress or guest-impressing cocktail recipe, some things are always there for you when you’re in a pinch. If you’re beginning to worry about any remaining empty stockings, do as Holly Golightly would: stick to the tried and true, opting for updated staple pieces. You’ll win over even the most discerning giftee with these fail-proof basics.

1) A cashmere sweater
While cashmere may not be a girl’s best friend, it’s still a bridesmaid. Try Theory clothing and Ami dans la Rue for chic, wear-forever options.

2) Cozy slippers
With winter just beginning, now’s the time to replace her UGG mules or add a touch of woodland whimsy with mouse-inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs slippers.

3) Diamond studs
Like coffee and credit cards, diamond earrings are a right of adulthood. Look to ginette_ny for megawatt simplicity.

4) A classic watch
An informed, up-to-date statement watch is a must-have power accessory. Keep her looking confident and in command with a bold Michael Kors or Nixon watch.

5) A timeless clutch
There’s nothing like a small bag to make a girl downsize, let go, and live more spontaneously: she can’t pack layers, bring along work, or store a book for later. A shiny Tory Burch clutch or DVF minaudiere will be big enough for all her essentials, but small enough to leave her unencumbered.

6) A Shopbop gift card
For the most discerning, letting her choose for herself is always easiest. With a gift card, she can have those fringed Alexander Wang booties or leopard-print jeans before New Year’s Eve.


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