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the best luxury gifts this year in one-size-fits-all

What do you do if you know a lot about a gift recipient’s style, but you’re uncertain of their size? There are plenty of people on our holiday gift list this year who love fashion and fitness – but we wouldn’t hazard a guess on what size they are. Or what size they’d opt for – some of us like fitted, and some like flowing. Sure, we could guess, but it’s a bad moment if you get it wrong. Because then you’ve just given the gift of standing in line waiting to return something when there’s a ski trip or a beach vacation waiting. Ugh. But fear not. We’ve got a list of exceptionally stylish luxury gifts where one size fits all.

one size fits all

Of course, one way to solve the dilemma of a perfectly-fitting gift is to give a bespoke gift.

But you’re going to need real lead-time for that. Many bespoke items take several weeks from order to completion. Sometimes more. If you have all the time in the world, great.

But if you’re looking at a shorter time frame, then what? You can always opt for a picture frame, a piece of art, a writing instrument, or a wool scarf. Cash works. As do gift certificates. Fresh flowers are always welcome, as are food gift baskets.

If you want to level up, though, you might consider something a little more creative. Are you in? If so, our crack research team has got you.

They’ve rounded up top picks for the best luxury beauty, fragrance, wellness and accessories (from bags to scarves to all things that glitter and shine) – where one size fits all.

We guarantee that with any of these, there’ll be no tears (unless they’re tears of joy) on the big day.

beauty buff.

1. makeup brushes

The Kevyn Aucoin Essential Brush Collection ($650) is the ultimate – it’s perfect for anyone who’s serious about makeup and getting their look perfectly polished.

Kevyn Aucoin Essential Brush Collection

2. a cosmetics case

The perfect toolbox for your beauty buff’s favorite tools is the classic Louis Vuitton Nice BB Makeup Case ($900).

Louis Vuitton Nice BB Beauty Case

3. luxury skin care

You can’t go wrong with anything from La Mer. That’s just a cardinal rule of gifting. The La Mer Ultra Luxe Collection ($1,111) has everything needed for skin treatment, protection and pampering.  This 6-piece set includes: The Tonic 6.7oz, The Treatment Lotion 5 oz., The Lifting and Firming Mask 1.7oz , The Eye Concentrate .5oz, The Concentrate .5oz and Crème de la Mer 2oz.

La Mer Ultra Lux Collection Item

wellness guru.

4. bath time

Turn bath time into spa time with the Peg and Awl Oak Bathtub Caddy ($130).  This teeny tub table will let your gift recipient bring everything they need to the bath: loofah, candle, glass of wine, and reading material. The perfect recipe for unwinding.

Peg and Awl Bath Caddy

5. inside-out beauty

The Lyma Three Month Starter Kit ($605) combines seven clinically trialed and patented ingredients to improve the strength and appearance of hair, skin and nails, while enhancing overall mental clarity and physical immunity.

6. an exotic wellness excursion

Send your gift recipient on the trip of a lifetime in Laos with Rosewood’s Luang Prabang Mystical Journey of Healing & Spirituality ($5,480). Guests will step back in time for a rare, transformative experience with a mystical Hmong healer and traditional medicine man. There will also be meditation sessions with a revered Buddhist monk; a private ceremony; and shared meals with novice monks. Plus foraging in the forest with local hill tribes.

The Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

sparkling personalities.

7. for the tribe called gucci

Let them wear their sparkle on their sleeve with these fun Sequin Gucci Headband and Wrist Cuffs ($980).

Sequin Gucci Headband and Wrist Cuffs

8. for the star-struck

If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, we love Brooke Gregson Astrology Necklaces ($1,235 and up).  This is a perfect gift for moms, sisters, friends and even kids too. The options are as endless as the stars – done up in 14-karat gold and diamonds.

9. tennis, anyone?

We adore these striking Jennifer Meyer Diamond and Pink Sapphire Bezel Tennis Studs ($8,500). Not only do they make a statement, they have a classic wear-forever appeal too.

Jennifer Meyer Diamond and Pink Sapphire Bezel Tennis Studs

Bag ladies.

10. louboutin

One of this winter’s hottest bags is the Christian Louboutin Marie Jane Bag ($1,750). You can’t go wrong with this one for any fashionista in your life.

Christian Louboutin Marie Jane Bucket Bag

11. chanel

Or go classic with the iconic Chanel 2.55 Handbag ($2,900 and up). The 2.55 bag was designed by Gabrielle Coco Chanel herself in February 1955 (the numerical moniker serves as the month and year of its creation). In the 1980’s, Chanel’s Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld decided to pay homage to the bag with a few modern enhancements. And the Classic Flap was born.

Chanel Large 2.55 Handbag in Black Aged Calfskin

12. the bag of the month club

Can’t choose just one?  Then give the gift of Net-a-Porter’s Bag of the Month Subscription ($20,000). Your recipient will be able to curate their own dream wish list and receive a new bag every month for a whole year. Hey, Santa? This is what we want. This right here. Pretty, please.

fragrance followers.

13. a mutinous new scent

Anyone who loves fragrance will love Maison Margiela Mutiny Eau De Parfum ($115 for 50 ml). The brand’s newest fragrance is gender-neutral, with notes of tuberose, leather accord, saffron, oud and vanilla.

14. a tom ford sampler

Instead of just one scent, give a selection of samples like the Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Coffret ($350). It includes six fragrances from Tom Ford’s personal scent laboratory: Neroli Portofino, Soleil Blanc, Tuscan Leather, White Suede, Tobacco Vanille Oud Wood.

Tom Ford Private Blend Collection

15. an incense burner

We love the Apparatus Censer Incense Burner ($820) because of its versatility. Despite its name, this isn’t only an incense burner. It can also be a candle holder or a beautiful home décor object. When used as the former, the geometric brass censer can accommodate up to three incense sticks. When used as the later, a small tealight pops up in the middle.

cold hands, warm heart

16. lambskin mittens

Help your loved one stave off the cold with Hestra Kathryn Mittens ($190).  These lambskin-lined mittens will keep their hands warm on the most frigid days.

Hestra Mittens

17. a chic scarf

Wrap them up in something soft, like the Burberry Cashmere Logo Scarf ($550).  Not only is this scarf super warm, it’s also totally on-trend, thanks to the logo-centric styling.

Burberry Cashmere Logo Scarf

18. not just another puffer

Cold weather fashion doesn’t have mean looking dowdy.  The Moncler Stole ($600) is not only warm, but also elegant and refined thanks to its soft quilted velvet that provides a bold touch.  Even better is that this wrap is a one size fits all piece.

Moncler Stole

There you have it! We hope that one of these may solve one or two of your gift-giving dilemmas. And yes, self-gifting is totally allowed. Happy holidays.

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