Christmas Gift Guide: Three Ideas for the Fashionista

Are you pulling your hair out at the thought of Christmas shopping? Some people are hard to buy for, especially fashionable fashionistas who have a tendency to know exactly what they want. We've scoured the Internet looking for some of the best gifts we can imagine getting, and a few places you can find them.


Accessories like handbags and totes make great gifts. Most people own more than one, and you don't have to worry about fit. You should consider the size of the person you are buying for, and choose something proportional to her height. A few of our recent favorite brands include Tignanello, local designer Elaine Turner, and Michael Kors.

If you're confident in the style your fashionista loves, go for it; otherwise, stick with a classic style -- a tote, a hobo, a clutch -- with clean lines and simple embellishments.

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Who doesn't like to find a tiny little box at the toe of their stocking, or nestled in the branches of the Christmas tree? Or even inside another present, like a tote or a handbag! Jewelry sales are expected to jump by 7 percent this Christmas season, and Christmas and New Year are popular days for question popping.

Local boutique à bientôt has a little bit of everything, from classic to funky to vintage-inspired. Of course if you're looking for the ultimate shiny little rock, you can head right to the source at Tiffany & Co.

If you aren't confident in your ability to choose the jewelry, a jewelry box or a ring dish also makes a nice gift that someone will use every day.

On Trend Apparel

If you're a risk taker, and confident in your ability to pick out the perfect trendy gift for your favorite fashionista, think about what's hot for 2012 and choose accordingly. A few suggestions:

• We recently told you about spring 2012 trends, including frothy and frilly confections of tulle and taffeta. We are currently obsessed with the princess-friendly (and très affordable) Tinsel Town Skirt ($62) from Shabby Apple.

• Floral and tropical prints added femininity to the spring 2012 runway, but they can be difficult to interpret for another person. This floral clear umbrella from Cheeky Umbrella is absolutely adorable -- a little retro, very feminine and best of all useful!

• At Chanel, Uncle Karl made underwater and seashore his inspirations for his Spring 2012 read-to-wear collection. A little goes a long way, so aim for subtlety with this Theodora & Callum Waterfall Scarf ($155). Or opt for literal if you have a beach-loving friend -- we love this Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Straw Tote ($250). Price a little steep? Check out this dupe at Polyvore for just $49.

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