'Tis the season of gift giving! The holiday season is upon us and that means eggnog, crackling fires and, of course, gifts. Holiday shopping can be stressful, so we put together this gift guide to help you pick out the perfect present for your secret santa, best friend, and impossible-to-shop-for dad.
Gifts for the Fashion-Lover
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your fashion-forward friend, look no further. When picking out a gift for someone whose prized possession is their entire closest, you can’t go wrong with accessories. Especially cozy accessories to keep your loved one warm this winter! Here are five gift options for the ones who are always cold, featuring some of our most commonly dry cleaned brands.
Lambswool Fair Isle Beanie J.Crew $39.50
A warm toboggan - This green lambswool beanie from J. Crew is the perfect gift for someone who loves outdoor winter activities. From skiing to snowball fights, the wool material of this hat will lock in body heat, while the Fair Isle pattern offers a timeless style. Fun fact: Fair Isle is named after a Shetland Island in northern Scotland that became known for its traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors.
Leather Dress Gloves (Women's) Banana Republic $100
Leather Driving Gloves (Men's) Banana Republic $150
Leather gloves - Everyone needs a nice pair of luxurious driving gloves. Banana Republic has both men and women covered in this department. The brown leather women’s dress gloves are crafted from goatskin leather and lined with lush cashmere for timeless luxury (and warmth). The men’s driving gloves are a modern rendition of a timeless classic lined with a cashmere and wool blend for ultimate winter road trip comfort. With proper care, these quality gloves should last for many seasons to come!
Cashmere Fringed Scarf Brooks Brothers $238.80
Cashmere scarf - Who doesn’t love cashmere? Particularly in scarf form, protecting us from the winter chill. This fringed scarf from Brooks Brothers is a wardrobe staple, available in six different colors. Rinse customers love Brooks Brothers’ quality materials, making it our third most popular dry cleaned clothing brand for good reason. Gift your sophisticated loved one the perfect layer to add to their winter wardrobe.
Arctic Socks Canada Goose $125
Arctic socks - This gift is for that special someone in your life whose feet are always ice cold. Canada Goose is known for their plush down coats, but they also offer socks designed to keep your toes warm and toasty. These high performance socks are made from equal parts Italian Merino wool and recycled cashmere. This is the perfect gift for your friend who loves to hit the slopes, the neighbor who enjoys shoveling snow, or anyone who lives in the polar vortex of Chicago.
Exaggerated Check Cashmere Blanket Burberry $1,350
Blanket for the ages - If you want to splurge for the loved one who’s always cold, there’s nothing more classic than Burberry’s iconic checkered print. While you could go with a scarf, why not step it up a notch with a cashmere blanket? This 55x55 inch blanket made from Scottish cashmere is washed in local spring water and brushed with teasel plants for an uber-soft finish. There’s no chance this cloak of luxury is ever going out of style, and it would provide a lifetime of coziness (as long as they get it dry cleaned by the experts!).
Gifts for the Smell-of-Fresh-Laundry Lover
We all have that one friend who is obsessed with the smell of fresh laundry. We agree, there’s nothing quite like a whiff of fresh linens straight out of the dryer. Since most of us don’t have the time for a load of laundry before we get dressed every morning, this can be an elusive scent to capture day-to-day. However, many perfume houses have attempted to bottle up the scent of fresh laundry so you can smell clean all day, every day. Here are some of the best freshie perfumes to gift your fragrance loving friend or coworker.
Lazy Sunday Morning Replica 30mL $76
Maison Margiela’s fragrance line is notorious for capturing the smell of specific moments in time, and Lazy Sunday Morning doesn't disappoint. It’s described as “silky-smooth skin, crumpled linen sheets, and the reassuring scent of laundry” and includes soft floral and white musk notes. If you want to gift the eternal smell of clean sheets, this is the one.
Warm Cotton Clean Reserve 50mL $68
There’s not much that compares to the simple joy of throwing on your favorite t-shirt fresh out of the wash. This is what Clean Reserve encapsulates with Warm Cotton, starring notes of bergamot and skin musk. This is also a sustainable fragrance option, made with ethically sourced ingredients and green manufacturing processes. If your loved one loves to bury their face in fluffy, freshly laundered towels, put this one under the tree.
Room Service Vilhelm Parfumerie 20mL $90
So your partner wants to smell like laundry (or maybe YOU want them to smell like laundry) - but make it fancy laundry. Imagine you’re a movie star who's woken up after a premiere and just ordered breakfast in an old-Hollywood hotel wearing a luxurious bathrobe. That’s kind of what Room Service smells like, building on the familiar scent of fresh linens with twists of bamboo and sandalwood. Get this fragrance for the loved one who likes to smell clean but also glamorous.
Gifts for the Busy-Lifestyle-Lover
We all have people in our lives who have a jam-packed schedule but wouldn’t have it any other way. They also tend to be the ones who are the most difficult to shop for, because they already seem to have everything they need. So why not give the gift of time (or creative ways to spend all that time saved)? Here are some of our best life hack gift suggestions - no wrapping required!
Rinse gift cards starting at $20
Rinse, of course! - Give the gift of Rinse! A Rinse gift card is the perfect present for anyone in your life who could use some extra time back in their calendar. The average person spends 3 hours a week on laundry, so save your loved ones from their least favorite chore and give the gift of time saved. We’ll take care of the laundry and folding while they do more important things - like date night, bingo, or following through on their New Year’s resolutions of more time clocked at the gym!
ClassPass - That brings us to our next gift guide suggestion, ClassPass. This workout class subscription might not save time but it’s a great way to spend time trying something new. ClassPass subscriptions operate on a flexible “credit” system. You can book classes at a host of different gyms to try out a variety of workouts and studios, from yoga to spin classes to regular old gym time. Perhaps the best part of ClassPass is that you can also use your credit for spas and other recovery options, such as cryotherapy. Gifting ClassPass is a great option for the loved one who cherishes all things health and wellness.
Meal subscription - Meal prep subscriptions are another great time-saving gift for the busy mom or young professional in your life. Perfect for your foodie friend, a HelloFresh subscription turns dinnertime into a breeze. This meal prep service (one of many on the market) delivers pre-packaged ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to take the stress out of cooking. This gift will help save time and labor in the kitchen, and is a great option for that special someone who puts “no more UberEats” on their resolutions list every year.