The last-minute Christmas gift guide for her: luxe edition
Mum, girlfriend, bestie... sometimes it's the ones closest to you that are the hardest to buy for. Even though a beautiful lipstick or scented candle will delight almost any woman, if you're on the hunt for a gift to create a lasting impression, it's time to bring out the big guns. Yep, we're talking the luxuries. Whether you just want to spoil your mum or shower some extra love on a S.O., we promise these stylish and practical gifts will provide dividends that last well beyond the new year.
For the technocrat...
What's better than a brand new iPhone? For anyone worshipping at the Apple altar, not much. And the tech company's latest marvel, the iPhone X, is the shiniest, most impressive glimpse into the future of the iPhone. With a crystal clear 5.8 inch retina screen, face recognition and dual 12-megapixel camera that allows you to shoot in portrait mode, there's a lot to love about the smarter and faster iPhone. While we have to admit, the loss of the home button might deter some, you'll be swiping up within a few hours of using it.
Apple iPhone X, from $1,578 each, apple.com/iphone-x
For the amateur chef...
A dream do-anything appliance for any level of cook, Thermomix's multi-purpose functionality has to be experienced to be believed. From chopping vegies to mixing bread dough and beyond, the German-engineered machine's built in scales and razor-sharp blades all but eradicate the need for lengthy kitchen prep. And ever since the introduction of the wireless Cook-Key in October, the entire library of Thermomix's recipes is now open season. We're talking over 26,000 tried and tested global recipes that your machine will follow step by step.
Thermomix TM5, $2,089 and Cook-Key, $189, thermomix.com.au
For the party girl...
Beyond a velvet Marmont bag or a pair of diamond-encrusted earrings, one of our favourite Gucci gifts this season is this sleek and sexy pair of spindly-heeled stilettos. Rendered in patent leather and decorated with an oversize sequinned bow, they're exactly the kind of show-stopping shoes every woman needs in their life. Trust us, they're worth the investment.
Gucci heels, $1,935, gucci.com/au
For the investment buyer...
There are few fashion purchases as exciting as a new handbag, and this Bulgari Serpenti bag in white agate nappa leather with a star motif is as arresting as any. Featuring the seductive Serpenti snake head and the house's famous snake-inspired chain (that doesn't snag), this fresh white take on the Bulgari classic is a forever item any woman will treasure.
Serpenti Forever holiday capsule collection handbag, $2,990, bulgari.com/en-au
For the girl's girl...
When Time names 2017 as the year of women speaking up, is it really a stretch to consider that 2017's obsession with millennial pink might not be such a coincidence? With women's issues gaining ground across all industries (fashion included), it's never been more ok dress in pink and call yourself a feminist. This Burberry wallet is rendered in the new Trench Leather and features a delicate blush pink exterior and a chic cappuccino interior.
Burberry two-tone leather trench ziparound wallet, $790, au.burberry.com
For the aesthete...
Combining the best of art, travel and fashion, Louis Vuitton's collection of Fashion Eye albums is the gift to buy for the person who has everything. With five new volumes to choose from (New York, Morocco, Monte Carlo, British Columbia and Berlin), each tome invites viewers to peer through the lens of a different fashion photographer. Our pick? Fashion Eye New York by Saul Leiter or Fashion Eye Monte Carlo by the legendary Helmut Newton.
Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye albums, $73 each, au.louisvuitton.com
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