Take it from me, someone who’s notoriously hard to shop for: buying a gift for people who love fashion is not easy. For starters, fashion people have very specific taste — like really specific. (Ask someone in fashion to describe their style, and you’ll get a hodgepodge of references, all of which involve designers so niche that anyone outside of the industry will likely be hearing of them for the first time.) Unless they show you their desired item in person or send you a link to buy it online, it’s highly likely that you’ll end up ordering the wrong thing, even if the only difference is that one was the product of a fall ‘20 collection, and the other was from spring ‘21. 

And yet, despite their pickiness, we love them, and they deserve a little something special during the holidays too, especially after a year like 2020. Luckily, there are some gifts that all of your fashionable friends will love. For example, a pair of loafers, AKA the only shoe style you’re going to see on Instagram until the first snowfall; a satin, printed scarf to be worn as a face mask, a head wrap, or, if your fashion friend doubles as a member of Gen Z, a top; and anything that’s tie-dye. A Connell Waldron-inspired chain will also do, as will a pearl necklace à la Harry Styles and Marc Jacobs. Of course, even with the 20 tried-and-true fashion gifts ahead, it’s best to be prepared for the worst — in other words, don’t forget to include a gift receipt. 

Click on for fashion gifts to give your most stylish friend(s) this holiday season, all of which were chosen by one of their own.

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Comme Si Boxer Shorts

These just-launched white boxers from luxury sock brand Comme Si are a must for lockdown during the holidays.

Comme Si La Boxer Classica, $, available at Comme Si

G. H. Bass Loafers

Just wait, your BFF (best fashion friend) will be styling these under-$150 loafers with a pair of statement socks and some cropped wool trousers.

G. H. Bass Women’s Multicolor Loafers, $, available at Amazon

Baggu Reusable Tote Bag

So they can look cool, be eco-friendly, and have a nice day this holiday season.

Baggu Standard Reusable Tote Bag, $, available at Urban Outfitters

KES Plaid Face Mask

For every sale of this plaid face mask, KES, an NYC-based indie label, will donate one face mask to a healthcare professional. Plus, it’s Camila Mendes-approved.

KES Sustainable Washable Face Mask, $, available at KES

ASOS Curve Faux Leather Dress

So they don’t have to worry about finding the perfect holiday dress to wear throughout the party season ahead — even if said parties will only exist on Zoom.

ASOS CURVE Curve Leather Look Square Neck Midi Dress, $, available at ASOS

Sleeper Pajama Set

This is the pajama version of the slouchy suits that were all over catwalks in New York and Milan. ‘Nuff said.

Sleeper “Sizeless” Pajama Set with Pants in Concrete, $, available at Sleeper

Aimé Leon Dore Keychain

For the fashion girl who pairs a sweatsuit with New Balance kicks and a baseball cap for a Saturday afternoon.

Aimé Leon Dore ALD Leather Key Fob, $, available at Aimé Leon Dore

New Balance 990 V5 Sneakers

“Worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio.”

New Balance Grey Made In US 990 v5 Sneakers, $, available at SSENSE

Prada Catwalk: The Complete Collections

Given that this holiday season likely won’t involve travel plans or a jam-packed party season, your fashion friend will be desperately seeking something to fill their time, which is why this 632-page book of Prada collections from 1998 to 2019 is exactly what they need.

Thames and Hudson Ltd Prada Catwalk: The Complete Collections, $, available at Amazon

Mejuri Gold Chain

Connell Waldron called. He wants you to wear a chain just like his.

Mejuri Baby Box Chain Necklace, $, available at Mejuri

J.W. Pei Handbag

This bag might look like a million bucks, but it’ll only cost you $49.

JW PEI Carly Saddle Bag – Brown Croc, $, available at JW PEI

Daily Paper Bike Shorts

Give them a little something to look forward to spring in.

Daily Paper Black Rebike Shorts, $, available at Daily Paper

COS Dickey

It’s like a sweater, but without the bulk.

COS High Neck Wool-Cotton Hybrid Collar, $, available at COS

Pêche Platform Loafers

Your BFF never has to know that these Gucci-esque platform loafers cost you less than $100.

Pêche Ako Loafers, $, available at Pêche

Zara Sweater Set

This three-piece knit set isn’t only perfect for quarantine, it’s also Katie-Holmes-approved.

Zara Limited Edition Wool Blend Knit Top, $, available at Zara

Zara Limited Edition Wool Blend Knit Shorts, $, available at Zara

Ganni Knit Beret

Winter beanies were so 2019. Introducing: the cold-weather beret.

Ganni Cotton Knit Beret, $, available at Ganni

Pyer Moss Face Mask

For your fashion friend that hasn’t stopped talking about the spring ’20 Pyer Moss show in over a year.

Pyer Moss Face Mask (Pack of 3), $, available at Pyer Moss

Eloquii Turtleneck Shrug

Whether it’s a turtleneck or a shrug, your fashion friend is going to love this knit hybrid.

Eloquii Turtleneck Puff Sleeve Sweater, $, available at Eloquii

Sandy Liang Socks

These tube socks are the ultimate combination of sporty and feminine.

Sandy Liang Sport Socks in Black, $, available at Sandy Liang

Birkenstock Boston Clog

You might not know that Birkenstock’s iconic Boston Clogs are back in vogue, but your fashion friend does, and that’s all that really matters.

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed, $, available at Birkenstock

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