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Ring in the festive season with our curated present picks for every personality type on your list.
  

By Lindsay Samson

Dec 7, 2021

Whether you’ve had a year to remember or are more than happy to bid farewell to 2021, one thing that remains the same is that a little gifting goes a long way in lifting the spirits. And in an effort to make snagging the perfect gift a little less stressful, we’ve put together this handy guide to shopping for presents for every persona. So whether you’re treating your most discerning family member to a stunning piece of jewelry or are looking to spoil your sustainability-obsessed bestie, read on and let us help make your gift-selecting task a triumph.



THE WATER BABY

We all know someone who simply lives for the summertime: there’s nothing they love more than the feeling of unrelenting sunshine, sand between their toes, and the smell of salt water. At the first hint of returning sunshine, you’ll see them breaking out those shades and shorts, and while it may not be as deliciously warm in every part of the globe right now, what beats a brightly colored swimsuit when you’re counting down the days till summer? So whether that name on your list is a two-piece devotee or a full-coverage fan, you’re sure to find something special to gift them with among the diverse and vividly colored creations of Andrea Iyamah and Diarrablu. A floor-sweeping cover-up also makes for a gorgeous gift to unbox, their lightweight forms and relaxed silhouettes proving perfect for a beachside vacation, while a slick pair of sunnies by Bohten and Shekudo’s Aso Oke slides will make a transition from lazy day by the pool to elegant dinner date seamless.

Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit
Ivory Nisi Swimsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Ivory Nisi Swimsuit

$170
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini
Orange Mulan Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Orange Mulan Bikini

$167
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up
Sarina Cover Up

Andrea Iyamah

Sarina Cover Up

$210
Rose Bond sunglasses
Rose Bond sunglasses
Rose Bond sunglasses
Rose Bond sunglasses
Rose Bond sunglasses
Rose Bond sunglasses

Bôhten

Rose Bond sunglasses

$250
Blanc Sun Exstel sunglasses
Blanc Sun Exstel sunglasses
Blanc Sun Exstel sunglasses
Blanc Sun Exstel sunglasses

Bôhten

Blanc Sun Exstel sunglasses

$150
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender

Jiamini

Light Brown Malindi Weekender

$596
Ilamoye Slide
Ilamoye Slide
Ilamoye Slide

Shekudo

Ilamoye Slide

$330



THE ADVENTURE SEEKER

Always ready to discover new places, explore the great outdoors, or book an overseas trip on a whim, ‘utilitarian’ is the word to keep in mind when shopping for that adventure-hungry pal. Why? Well, because being constantly on the go requires a more streamlined lifestyle so gifts that prioritize comfort and functionality are essential. Convenient, practical, and a signifier of serious style, the Torero backpack and its mini iteration by Egypt’s Reform Studio serve as the ideal holdall for an activity-packed day in the city, while the ample space and durability of ZAAF’s Indica Afar Weekender offers everything one could ask of a travel tote. Versatile clothing options are also a great present for The Adventure Seeker but stick to basics (with a twist, of course) that can be easily mixed and matched. Orange Culture, IAMISIGO, and Studio 189’s takes on the T-Shirt are distinctive enough to denote one's fashion chops, yet still adaptable enough to be worn when it's warm, and layered beneath other garments in cooler weather.

Accra T-Shirt
Accra T-Shirt
Accra T-Shirt

Studio 189

Accra T-Shirt

$45
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Weekender

$450
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Afar Weekender

$590
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack

Reform Studio

Torero Backpack

$210
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack

Reform Studio

Mini Torero Backpack

$180
Black Karima Weekender
Black Karima Weekender
Black Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Black Karima Weekender

$461
Red Karima Weekender
Red Karima Weekender
Red Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Red Karima Weekender

$461
Blue Karima Weekender
Blue Karima Weekender
Blue Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Blue Karima Weekender

$461
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee
Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee

Orange Culture

Casj Vol 2 White Heart Tee

$110



THE SUSTAINABILITY CHAMP

As climate change intensifies (and is aggravated by our consumption habits), it’s more important than ever to consider the environment. We’ve also no doubt you know a few people making a serious effort to live more sustainably who would be thrilled by a gift that’s left a minimal environmental footprint in the wake of its creation. So whether they live sustainably or you’re looking to shop more responsibly this festive season, these conscious but covetable gifts make it pretty easy. From the ethically sourced Blesbok leather creations of Okapi (the brand’s offering of classic billfold and phone wallets make for stylish stocking stuffers) to the trinkets of Sidai Designs that benefit and are crafted by a collective of Maasai women in Tanzania, IA offers an abundance of pieces by brands that are taking exceptional steps toward positive change, and these, in particular, will make you feel seriously good about giving—and maybe adding to your own wish list, too.

Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt
Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt
Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt
Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt
Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt

Viviers

Cabbage Leaf Print Shirt

$490
Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange
Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange
Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange
Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange
Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange

Reform Studio

Rebel Tote Bag in Pink and Orange

$170
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet
Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet

Okapi

Burnt Amber Zip Around Wallet

$545
Black & Beige Circe Bracelet
Black & Beige Circe Bracelet
Black & Beige Circe Bracelet
Black & Beige Circe Bracelet
Black & Beige Circe Bracelet

Pichulik

Black & Beige Circe Bracelet

$95
Triple Zebra Endito Wrap Bracelet
Triple Zebra Endito Wrap Bracelet

Sidai Designs

Triple Zebra Endito Wrap Bracelet

$50
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace
Layered Necklace

Sidai Designs

Layered Necklace

$118
Tindo Earrings
Tindo Earrings
Tindo Earrings

Adele Dejak

Tindo Earrings

$75
Flame Red Phone Wallet
Flame Red Phone Wallet
Flame Red Phone Wallet
Flame Red Phone Wallet

Okapi

Flame Red Phone Wallet

$205
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides

Nkwo

Hope Slides

$95



THE HOMEBODY

Just because they want to bundle up on the couch and hibernate all winter long doesn’t mean that they aren’t also hoping to get a fabulous gift this season. And when it comes to stylish lounging, we can think of nothing better to accompany it than a tracksuit, and Viviers’ luxe ombre styles are perfect for a day spent working from your couch. Plus, with just a few considered accessory choices, they’re also easily turned into a head-turning after-hours ensemble. Alternatively, deliver a little spa-worthy, sartorial luxury to your loved ones' home with a chic silky pajama set that’s as glammed-up as it is comfy: Taibo Bacar’s Mandevo Street Pajama and Shirt Dresses are the ideal gift to don while stylishly revelling in a pre-slumber pampering session. Orange Culture’s Duro Shirt is another wear-at-home wonder: cut from a sorbet-yellow, locally sourced cotton and cut to a loose menswear-inspired fit, its emphasis on comfort and versatility make it a loungewear winner.

Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama
Red Mandevo Street Pajama

Taibo Bacar

Red Mandevo Street Pajama

$391
Black Mandevo Shirt Dress
Black Mandevo Shirt Dress
Black Mandevo Shirt Dress

Taibo Bacar

Black Mandevo Shirt Dress

$289
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio

Viviers

Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio

$1,320
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

Viviers

Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

$950
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress
Red Mandevo Shirt Dress

Taibo Bacar

Red Mandevo Shirt Dress

$289
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt
Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt

Orange Culture

Casj Vol 2 Duro Shirt

$70
Black Aisa Earrings
Black Aisa Earrings
Black Aisa Earrings
Black Aisa Earrings
Black Aisa Earrings
Black Aisa Earrings

Pichulik

Black Aisa Earrings

$85
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings
Beige Aisa Earrings

Pichulik

Beige Aisa Earrings

$85



THE LUXURY CONNOISSEUR

As someone who is devoted to all things decadent, chic, and of impeccable quality, The Luxury Connoisseur has high standards. For them, it’s all superb tailoring, clean lines, and keep-forever classics, their style choices revealing a commitment to elevated basics, and discernment for sophistication and superior materials. And while having luxe tastes can make someone just a tad difficult to shop for, our selection of decadent gift ideas has you covered. The unexpected elements of the Kente Coat by Ghanaian womenswear brand Christie Brown endear it to those who boldly embrace experimental innovation in their manner of dress, its classical tailoring complemented by meandering patterns and Kente cloth detailing. A striking jewelry piece meanwhile is something they’ll keep for years and Ami Doshi Shah’s regal Collar Necklace design is a standout style that’s perfect for accessorizing everything from festive party dresses to their Boxing Day loungewear.

Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat
Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat

Viviers

Houndstooth & Barrydale Stripe Trench Coat

$1,120
Kente Coat
Kente Coat
Kente Coat
Kente Coat
Kente Coat
Kente Coat

Christie Brown

Kente Coat

$600
Collar Necklace
Collar Necklace
Collar Necklace

Ami Doshi Shah

Collar Necklace

$700
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

$400
Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Oryx Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,915
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Brilliant Green Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,915
LQP Blue Aja Clutch
LQP Blue Aja Clutch
LQP Blue Aja Clutch
LQP Blue Aja Clutch
LQP Blue Aja Clutch
LQP Blue Aja Clutch

Okapi

LQP Blue Aja Clutch

$410
Black Pill Box Set
Black Pill Box Set
Black Pill Box Set
Black Pill Box Set
Black Pill Box Set
Black Pill Box Set

Okapi

Black Pill Box Set

$486



THE INTERIORS ENTHUSIAST

You know that friend with the perfect apartment who makes it seem like all of her decor just fell into place? Her home isn’t necessarily meticulously organized or filled with impossibly chic high-end goods, but it exudes a palpable spirit of imagination and innovation and is peppered with eye-catching trinkets and striking furniture choices. Hand-loomed from a mix of wool and vintage cotton yarns, the wannabe interior decorator on your list will fall in love with Viviers’ Heirloom Blanket: equal parts decorative and functional, it can serve as a sofa drape or a bed throw, and easily turns every space into an inviting design statement. Another idea? Sidai Designs’ glass bead-woven wall hanging. Crafted using the traditional Maasai beading methods that have been passed down from generation to generation, it’s finished with playful tassels that will bring a dose of bohemian style to any setting.

Red Oracle Playing Cards
Red Oracle Playing Cards
Red Oracle Playing Cards
Red Oracle Playing Cards

Okapi

Red Oracle Playing Cards

$130
Lathryus African Savanna Bridge Cards
Lathryus African Savanna Bridge Cards
Lathryus African Savanna Bridge Cards
Lathryus African Savanna Bridge Cards

Okapi

Lathryus African Savanna Bridge Cards

$175
Brown Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Brown Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Brown Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Brown Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging

Sidai Designs

Brown Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging

$273
Blue Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Blue Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Blue Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging
Blue Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging

Sidai Designs

Blue Medium Multi Triangle Wall Hanging

$273
Heirloom Blanket
Heirloom Blanket
Heirloom Blanket
Heirloom Blanket

Viviers

Heirloom Blanket

$450