Little Luxuries: Gifts We’re Not Afraid to Ask For

Working in an industry thatdespite our greatest effortsis primarily focused on consuming, I’ve developed a sort of ennui for holiday gift guidesand holiday shopping in general. I’ll go wild for an over-the-top tree, and I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t resist even the most hideous ugly Christmas sweaters, but I prefer extravagance in the form of seasonal cheer over expensive presents any day.


While giving is most definitely encouraged, but does every dream ticket item have to come with a matching price tag? Our go-to for all things lavish, Moda Operandi, just launched its annual gift guide with products so expensive they could only be described with superlatives. And while we appreciate the notion that ridiculous wish lists can be an annual folly, we’re here to tell you that it’s totally possible to achieve the luxurious feel of a Birkin without spending $56,000. (Yes, that is a very real suggestion.)


We’ve already given you a guide to treating yourself and indulging in the gift of time, which is (almost always) free. But just in case you still want to add some sparkle to your holiday, here are a few little luxuries that we’re not afraid to ask for.



Dollhouse 14-karat Gold Necklace


A classic locket in 14-karat gold? Sign me up. Plus, we love that everything Catbird is handmade in Brooklyn.


Phoebe Leather Shoulder Bag

$455 $273


London-based Danse Lente’s buttery soft leather shoulder bags feel super high-end, without the extra zeroes. Nab the ‘Phoebe’ while it’s still on sale.




Cashmere socks, for $25. Need I say more?


Kyoto satin mules

$720 $288


A satin mule is kinda always on my dream wishlist. These fluoro-pink Gianvito Rossi’s are seriously marked down and I NEED.


Marina Striped Silk-charmeuse Pajama Set - Navy

$555 $278


Yes, we may have said that the ultimate luxury is time, but I’m changing my mind – it’s sleep. This Sleepy Jones pajama set is so deluxe. Still a little pricey, but we did say treat yourself!!


Scented Candle - White


Lighting up a good scented candle is always a treat to me. This one from Other Stories is only $17 and smells exactly like Dyptique’s more expensive ‘Figuier.’ Plus, it fits perfectly in the corner of a New York bathtub.


Charushila Zivar Black & Sliced Raw Diamond Stud Earrings


Who doesn’t love a diamond? These Shana Gulati studs are made from sliced raw diamonds. I love the unconventional shape that gives these a modern feel.


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