Did you leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute? Yeah you did. Yeahhhh you did. Me too. It’s not that I don’t love the people I’m buying for, it’s just that I haven’t gotten around to doing it just yet. Does that make me a bad person? It remains to be seen. To help myself (and any other dilly-dalliers out there), I’ve put together a list below of 10 things that I would happily give or receive this Christmas. most of the items are well under 100 bucks, some would work as stocking stuffers, but there are one or two that are slightly more expensive, but so awesome they deserved a spot. So without further ado, I present you The Isaac Likes Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide!
1. Aesop Deodorant — I first encountered this stuff on Auckland-based tattoo artist Stephane Sinclair, who wore it while we were hanging out in New York. It smells insanely good, it’s made from natural ingredients, and it has a real earthy, woody kinda thing going on in the best possible way. Did I mention it’s only $35? Good times.
2. Triumph and Disaster Suicide Face Scrub — These guys sent me a gift pack from all the way in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago, and I am obsessed. My two favourite products in the range are this face scrub (made from real live mud), and this moisturizer which is probably the best one I’ve ever used. Great as stocking stuffers for the guy who loves to steal your products. $45 for the scrub, $63 for the moisturizer.
3. What Does The Fox Say, the book — If you’ve got a young kid (i.e. under seven) you have to buy for and you have no idea what a young kid might like, get them this, but before they unwrap it, sit them in front of the computer and play them the YouTube clip. They’ll love it. Those Norwegians were onto a good thing — the book has already topped The New York Times‘ bestsellers list for Christmas. Under $20, depending where you buy it.
4. Anonymous ism Socks — I own a few pairs, they’re cheap, awesomely designed, and there are unlimited amounts of options to choose from (Fair Isle, stripes, melanges, etc), or stores to buy them from (they’re stocked everywhere). Great for girls and guys, and you’ll get change from $20. If, however, you want something a little more luxurious in the sock department, check out Punto’s cashmere variety on Gilt. It might well be the best $22 you’ve ever spent.
5. Maximum Henry Gift Set — This is literally the greatest gift if you have to get something quite nice for someone like a brother/brother-in-law/male BFF who has awesome taste, but you’re all out of ideas. It’s $145, and every guy with good style will love it. Also — I own that belt, and I haven’t taken it off in three weeks. Also also, I profiled Maximum Henry Cohen (the dude behind the brand) a couple of weeks ago on the blog. Check it out!
6. The Unbranded Brand Jeans — I just discovered these guys a couple of weeks ago, they make great looking jeans from amazing quality denim, and they only cost $88. My favourite pair is the Tapered Fit in Indigo Selvedge, but they come in three different fits, and a ton of colours.
7. A.P.C. Bougie Candle — First things first, I didn’t learn this until I moved to America, but the word bougie is a play on the word bourgeois, and refers to someone who aspires to be a higher class than they really are. Let’s say you live in a broken-ass house but you burn expensive scented candles all the time — super bougie. If you like nice smelling things, this is a real good one. My favourites are the Orange flavor and the Fig flavor. $45 each.
8. Comme des Garcons Wallet — My sister gave me this one above for Christmas about three years ago, and it’s still one of my most prized possessions. If I did a gift guide every year for the next 50 years I bet this would be on it. They can run a little pricy, depending on where you live, but they should last a long, long time, and god they look good. Click that link, there are countless varieties on offer. £55 and up.
9. Common Projects Achilles Lows — These are so simple, so classic, and so good looking. They come in boys and girls sizes, heaps of different colours, but my favourite right now is this navy suede pair, above, which are currently on half price sale here for $212. Do it!
10. The Quality Mending Co. Beanie — I got one of these beanies as a gift when I was freezing cold in New York a couple of years ago, and then I lost it last Winter much to my disappointment. It’s a take on the old watch caps that naval officers used to wear back in the day, it’s made in America, and it’s a no-brainer at $38.
Merry Christmas, everybody!
I LIKE YOU!