Here’s the ultimate fashionista Christmas gift guide
As someone whose love language is gift-giving, nothing brings me more joy than gifting the perfect present. But if there’s anyone I always struggle to find the perfect gift for, it’s my fashion girlies. You know who I’m talking about—the girls who know their way around fashion and will never be caught in a bad outfit. I don’t know what it is, but when it comes to shopping for their gifts, a light sweat meets my brow. Be it the intimidation of having to find something they’d actually wear or simply feeling scared of how they’ll perceive my choice, I just don’t want to disappoint.
So to make our lives a little easier this holiday season, we asked fashion girlies themselves what they’d want for Christmas in the hopes of gaining some inspiration for our gift lists. That’s right, no more beating around the bush. Here’s your ultimate shopping guide for what to get your fashionista bestie!
Ribbed sports socks from COS
Your partner in dad-shoes crime
Gifting someone a pair of socks is no longer considered a lazy present, especially if you’re getting them from COS. Take it from N.C.P*, who says, “Socks from COS are such a splurge, so I’d feel guilty about buying them for myself. But if someone gifted a few pairs to me, I’d be really happy since I’d get a lot of use out of them, and they would elevate the lewk.” She recommends the three-pack ribbed sports socks that are an excellent match with dad sneakers or Birks clogs (some of 2023’s biggest shoe trends).
COS 3-Pack Ribbed Sports Socks (P1,167, Zalora)
The perfect tank top from Mango
Yes, it exists
It may not look like much, but a well-fitting tank top can go a long way in elevating a simple look. Take it from Anne, who says, “You can never go wrong with a basic top.” And we might have just found the perfect, tried-and-tested tank top to gift your fashionista bestie. This piece from Mango has the perfect halter silhouette that hugs your body just the way you want it to. If you want to gift a guaranteed, no-fail basic, this is for you!
Mango Halter Neck Top (P1,495, Zalora)
Corporate chic polo shirt from COS
An office staple
For the girlies who work that 9-to-5 desk job, Juliana recommends the COS knitted polo shirt that marries comfort and style for the perfect workday staple. She says, “I love throwing on a good polo shirt when running all sorts of errands. I think the COS one is something everyone should have in their closet.”
COS Knitted Polo Shirt (P3,950, Zalora)
A statement dress from & Other Stories
Your favorite prints on your favorite person
If you think a printed dress wouldn’t make a good present, Maica says, “Think again.” Finding a dress that matches the energy and vibe of the person you’d gift it to is one of the most thoughtful ways to personalize a present. Maica recommends, “This & Other Stories dress reminds me of my favorite brand from Sydney, Faithful The Brand. It’s a cheaper version but still features great, gift-worthy prints.”
& Other Stories Ruched Boat-Neck Midi Dress (P4,995, Zalora)
Jewelry from Aldo
You can never go wrong
The ultimate gift you can never mess up is a good piece of jewelry. David says, “Jewelry is one of the easiest gifts to give. The only challenge is finding a versatile piece that can be styled with any outfit.” We might have found the perfect layered necklace to gift your fashionista bestie. This piece from Aldo features a cute pendant and a classic jeweled choker that can be styled together or on its own to make distinct looks. You can't go wrong with this one, especially with quirky jewelry doing its rounds in the trend cycle this season!
ALDO Nourry Necklace (P1,309, Zalora)
Sandals from Dr. Martens
For the girls who just can’t wait for summer
Some girls just can’t get enough summer, and if your fashionista bestie is one of them, then Julie recommends getting *the* Dr. Martens Garin Brando leather sandals. She says, “They’re so easy to style, and since we’re approaching summer right after Christmas, you’ll be right on trend.”
Dr. Martens Garin Brando Leather Sandals (P9,160, Zalora)
Ribbon accessories from H&M
2023, the year of cunty basics
Caitlin claims 2023 to be the year of cunty basics—where hyper-femininity meets the bad-bitch aesthetic. And so to commemorate this era’s style, she recommends gifting the cutest ribbon accessory to your fashionista bestie. She says, “Trust me, they’ll get it. It’s the year of cunty basics, after all. And besides, it makes for a timeless statement accessory.” In this case, the bow-decorated hair clip from H&M might just be what you’re looking for!
H&M Bow-decorated hair clip (P499, Zalora)
Classic red bag from Longchamp
It’s the color of the season
2023 has been filled to the brim with red accents on shoes, nails and everyone’s lips (thanks, Taylor Swift). So this Christmas, you can only imagine how much redder things will get. Belle says, “Embrace [it]!” She recommends the timeless Le Pliage Longchamp shoulder bag in rouge to bring out the Christmas spirit.
LONGCHAMP Le Pliage Top Handle Bag (P9,269.10, Zalora)
What are you getting for your fashionista bestie?
*Names were changed to protect the identity of the interviewees.
Words Vanessa Tiong
Art Macky Arquilla