Whether you’ve got money to burn or just like looking at beautiful gift ideas, this list is designed to make you drool. From boots and sweaters to wallets and watch straps, everything on this list is the best of the best. While such items are all well and good, remember that this time of year is ideal for making donations as well—please consider taking some of your expendable income and putting toward a humanitarian organization or cause.
1) Edward Green: Shearling Lined Galway.
If you want to give the gift of warm feet this winter then look no further than Edward Green’s Shearling Lined Galway boot. Made in the United Kingdom to some of the best standards in the world, these calfskin boots feature a shearling lining that offers unparalleled comfort and warmth. The textured leather and blacked-out colorway make this a great choice of boot for both casual and semi-formal occasions.
Available for $1,805 from Mr. Porter.
2) Rick Owens DRKSHDW for Self Edge: Detroit Waxed Black Selvedge
Rick Owens isn’t a brand you’d expect to see on the shelves of Self Edge but their latest collaboration looks to change all that. RO’s Detroit cut jeans are made from a heavily waxed selvedge denim that features a sulphur dyed warp and natural weft. With its secondary coin pocket, YKK hardware, and tucked belt loops, these jeans are really something special.
Available for $815 from Self Edge.
3) Tanuki for Blue Owl: 10th Anniversary Gradient Dyed Long Wallet
While long wallets are a bit of an acquired taste, it’s hard to deny that Tanuki’s Gradient Dyed Long Wallet, made expressly for Blue Owl’s 10th Anniversary, is one of the finest leather goods on the market. Made from vegetable tanned leather from Japan’s famous Shinki Hikaku tannery, this wallet is dip-dyed multiple times, each time further down than the last, to create a beautiful indigo gradient.
Available for $585 from Blue Owl.
4) Nine Lives: Kalamazoo Sashiko Workshirt
The indigo train continues with Nine Lives’s Kalamazoo Sashiko Workshirt, which is made from an 18oz. indigo dyed sashiko fabric. With custom gunmetal hardware, double/triple needle construction, gusseted shoulders, and two chest pockets, this shirt is the perfect overshirt for the winter.
Available for $565 from Division Road.
5) Yashiki: Tasukigake Knit
There is no better holiday gift than a new sweater, and Yashiki’s Tasukigake Knit is a great option. It features a drop-shoulder cut meant to mimic kimonos, and multiple knitting patterns to give it great texture. Made in Japan from a cotton-blend fabric, this will surely become the giftee’s go-to sweater.
Available for $400 from Canoe Club.
6) Smithey: No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet
While we all love clothes and accessories, well made household goods are a fantastic gift as well. Smithey’s No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet features a satin-smooth finish more akin to vintage cast iron than the modern stuff, and a 12″ diameter for the perfect deep dish pizza or Dutch baby pancake. That said, they come in a range of shapes and sizes so you can find your loved ones the perfect present.
Available for $200 from Smithey.
7) Leffot: Lined and Stitched Shell Cordovan Watch Strap
If your friends and family love their watches as much as us, then they’ll certainly appreciate Leffot’s Lined and Stitched Shell Cordovan Watch Strap. Available in three lug widths and five cordovan colors, it’s easy to pair any watch to the perfect strap. The straps come with nickel hardware and are beautifully tapered to give any watch a refined look.
Available for $160 from Leffot.
8) Handson Grip: Traverse Glove
Handson Grip’s Traverse Glove are the perfect gift for anyone living in a snowy climate, with their PrimaLoft insulation, velcro wrist closure, PolarTec shell, and Tan Kobe leather exterior. The high-tech fabrics ensure water resistance without sacrificing breathability making these the perfect everyday gloves for, well, anyone.
Available for $285 from Rivet and Hide.
Charitable Donation – The International Labor Rights Forum
While we gush over some of the most extravagant items in our corner of the clothing market. It’s important to remember the rights and the struggle of the workers making mass market goods. The International Labor Rights Forum is one of the premier organizations dedicated to protecting workers around the world. Their mission statement reads: “ILRF believes that all workers have the right to a safe working environment where they are treated with dignity and respect, and where they can organize freely to defend and promote their rights and interests. ILRF works to develop practical and effective tools to assist workers in winning enforcement of protections for their basic rights, and hold labor rights violators accountable.”
Learn more at the International Labor Rights Forum.