At this time, as Christmas approaches, I start to get antsy. There is invariably gifts I forgot to send. There is the always welcome “Send Paypal” option, but if you want to actually send something overnight, or close to, a few retailers are pretty reliable for this. Unfortunately, this limits you to the “big boys”, big online retailers that can deliver reliably three days or less. Among these are the giant, Amazon, and then big specialty retailers like Matches Fashion (which ships usually in under 3 days to the US from the UK), and Mr. Porter, which is offering free overnight shipping until Christmas for the real procrastinators.
Here are a few gift ideas that will still get under the Christmas tree in time for the big reveal.
For your father: A Brooks Brothers Signature Tartan Travel Case
Fathers can be hard to shop for. My father claims that he
For your significant other/better half: A Barack Obama Pendleton Blanket $370 at matchesfashion.com
Apparently, and I did not know this, but the marriage between Michelle and Barack Obama (Remember that guy? Liked basketball, asked for Dijon mustard on his cheeseburgers, wore mom jeans, from a few years back?) is lauded as a #relationshipgoal. I had no idea until my social media manager told me. Anyway, that gave me the idea that a good last minute gift for your significant other might be a Barack Obama Pendleton blanket
For your sanity: Master & Dynamic MH40 wireless headphones, $550 at MrPorter.com.
I actually got this idea from one of
For your mother: Cire Trudon candles, $71-83 each on Matchesfashion.com
There are a lot, and I mean, a lot, of candle companies out there, and you might be tempted to buy your mother that very modern candle that has gasoline base notes and is housed in an all black ceramic holder. Unless you know that your mother is really into that, it’s better to stick with more traditional scents like sandalwood, cedar, jasmine, rose, incense, citrus, and so on, that have appealed to our olfactory sense for centuries. Cire Trudon, France’s oldest candlemaker, made the candles for Napoleon’s wedding, so you are unlikely to go wrong. Plus, the traditional royal blue or moss green with gold crest add a festive touch. If you get four, Matches fashion packs them very nicely in a set.
For your brother: Quoddy Shearling lined Fireside mocassins, $180 from MrPorter.com
Buying footwear as a gift is fraught with danger. Shoe sizes vary across the board, as do feet. A rare exception to this are slippers, houseshoes, and
And there we have it. Five gifts that will save your hide and your sanity too boot. Go forth and be a gift giving winner rather than whatever sorry state you might be in right now.