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.
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.