Here at Heddels we do out best to consider a range of factors when we put together these lists so we can include a variety of products, brands, and retailers. But for our Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide, things are a bit different. It’s down to the wire, so fast delivery is crucial, and as such we have pared down the retailers to ones who have upgraded their shipping to ensure you can get your gifts to your loved ones by December 25th.
1) Kinto: Unitea Teapots
With more time spent indoors, safe from winter’s wrath, a pile of blankets and a good book can get you feeling quite cozy. But, to really settle in, a hot cup of tea can melt all of the bitter weather away. Kinto’s Unitea Collection offers a range of beautifully simple tea setups, all made with heat-resistant glass and stainless steel. Whether your giftee is a single-serving kind of tea drinker or loves to share the warmth, you can find them in the right size for them.
Available from $22 at Need Supply.
2) Filson: Small Duffle Bag
Filson is well-known for durable products, especially those made from their much sought after tin cloth. While their Small Duffle Bag is available in their most popular dark-tan colorway, you can also get it in dark green spruce and even a unique camo Shadowgrass variant. It’s a great option for anyone who is a lover of Americana and it’s perfect for initiating anyone into the Filson family.
3) Master & Dynamic: MH40 Over Ear Headphones
There are a lot of quality headphone makers out there, but Master & Dynamic has done a particularly excellent job of creating headphones that look as great as they sound. Available in a wide range of color combinations, their MH40 Over Ear Headphones are quickly becoming a cult classic. They come with a detachable, woven cable that can be plugged into either side of the headphones, a canvas case for the headphones themselves, and a leather case for the cable.
Available from $400 at Mr. Porter.
4) A.P.C.: Indigo Jeans
There are a ton of great raw denim brands out there, but many people enter the hobby after seeing a pair of well-faded A.P.C.’s. Quick to fade and minimal branding make it instantly appealing and a great entry point for anyone looking to dip their toes into indigo waters. Add to that their wide range of popular fits and you’re likely to hit the mark for your giftee.
5) Paul Smith: Mother of Pearl Tiepin
While a nice tie can make a great gift, it’s certainly far from original. Sure, you can argue that a tiepin is very much the same, but at least it allows the giftee to choose their favorite tie and accessorize it with a gift from one of their loved ones. Paul Smith’s Mother of Pearl Tiepin can add a bit of interest to an otherwise bland outfit but isn’t so garish that it will draw too much attention or make an outfit seem informal.
Available for $95 from East Dane.
6) Norse Projects: Villads Brushed Flannel Check Shirt
Nothing says the holiday season like a nice, warm flannel and Norse Project’s Villads Brushed Flannel Check Shirt is a great option. It comes in a few colorways, each great in its own way. While the fit is definitely a bit fuller than many people like these days, it is by no means overly baggy. And besides, that just gives the option to wear it as either an overshirt or a regular shirt.
Available for $195 from East Dane.
7) Seiko: Seiko 5 SNZF17
Seiko’s SNZF17 is a great piece for those who are interested in automatic watches but haven’t been fortunate enough to own one yet. It’s a fairly standard diving watch in terms of design and features everything you’d expect it: unidirectional bezel, water resistance, and luminous hands and ticks. At its relatively low pricepoint, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that serious watch enthusiasts, but it’ll tick all the right boxes for the burgeoning collector. And, maybe it’ll remind you to be on time when it comes to holiday gifts next year.
Available for $144 from Amazon.
8) Aesop: Body Balm
Nice apothecary can make a world of difference. While many people find it hard to spend their prettier pennies on themselves when it comes to nicer lotions, most would gladly take top-shelf topical treatment if it’s gifted to them. Aesop focuses on high-quality, Australian-made skincare products that are free of synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, colorants, and cruelty. Sure, it’s more expensive, but from experience, a little goes a long, long way. And, you can pair it with this clever Alessi Tube Squeezer so your giftee can get every last drop.
9) Alpha Industries: MA-1 Slim Fit Jacket
It’s hard to beat a classic nylon MA-1 Jacket, and Alpha Industries makes one of the best around. It’s available in a range of colors, features a poly-fill for warmth, and has all the design features you’d expect on an MA-1: ribbing at the cuff, hem and collar, zipped pocket at the sleeve, and snap flap front hand pockets. This medium weight jacket is the perfect fall companion but isn’t so warm that it can’t be worn in the spring. And as long as it’s layered properly, it can even serve as a winter jacket in milder climates.
10) Humanitarian Pick: Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in America. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, over 47,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017. Every year, nearly 800,000 people worldwide die by suicide, according to the World Health Organization—that’s one person every 40 seconds. There are many factors that contribute to suicide, and researchers have found that more than half of people who committed suicide had no prior diagnosis of a mental condition. There are many organizations that focus on suicide prevention and you can help fight the epidemic in a number of ways. You can read about how to identify warning signs, volunteer at your local crisis center, and donate.
To learn more about how you can help and to donate, visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.