The 2013 Oak Street Holiday Gift Guide:
Shop for Everyone on Your List on Just One Street
Trying to find gifts that will please your diverse set of family and friends can sometimes feel like an impossible scavenger hunt. You have a list that’s been scribbled on, unfolded and refolded so many times that it’s become transparent; you’ve created a strategic shopping map that crisscrosses the city; and you’ve hidden gifts in so many places in your house that you’ve forgotten where they all are.
This year, instead, knock out your whole list without ever moving your car or sitting in traffic. Find that perfect something for everyone on Oak Street.
The Discerning Mother-in-Law
Can you really go wrong with a bold, timeless Hermès scarf? That’s a rhetorical question – the answer is no. There are such a wide variety of fabrics, colors and patterns, that you’re sure to find something that screams your mother-in-law’s name when you see it. Check out this gorgeous silk twill just bursting with fall colors.
The Dad that Has Everything
Class up Dad’s living room lounging with a pair of elegant, Italian suede slippers. If you know that your dad prefers his old, broken-in pair, go for these classic deerskin driving gloves– it’s a rare man who doesn’t appreciate something that makes him look cooler when he’s behind the wheel.
Your female bestie’s unique style is what makes her who she is – impress her with a cool, head-turning fur beanie from Sofia. A male best friend may require a more understated approach; he’s fashionable but not flashy. Industrial-style Prada cufflinks? Perfect. If he’s not a suit man, he’ll love a vibrantly-colored leather wallet from Tod’s.
The Trendy Teenage Niece
Be the hippest aunt or uncle on the block by giving her a monogrammed Juicy Couture track suit. She’ll wear it around the house, to school, to the mall and anywhere she’ll be able to show off her personalized loungewear. If your niece leans a bit more bohemian, headover to Kate Spade and pick up the quirky card catalog printed tote or a cutely deceptive hardcover book clutch.
The Sentimental Mom
Your mom would trade any material gift for a whole day spent with you. This year, instead of getting her a cashmere shawl or glittery necklace, why not buy her a luxurious day out with you? First, head to The Spa on Oak for any one of their relaxing and renewing facials. Next, let the experts at Exhale Spa give her an indulging Four-Handed Massage that will surely ease all the residual holiday tensions. End the day by putting Mom in the trusty hands of a Charles Ifergan stylist – she’ll walk out feeling relaxed and gorgeous.
Most women would rather receive a gift that they want rather than one they need (free tip: don’t get her anything for the kitchen, unless she asked for it). These white and yellow gold quatrefoil earrings from David Yurman shine with diamonds, but are subtle enough for frequent wear. Instead of encasing them in wrapping paper, why not wrap them up in a buttery-soft leather Furla handbag?
Show the man in your life that he’s one-of-a-kind by giving him a gift certificate for custom suits and accessories at Tessuti, a sophisticated menswear shop that makes sure all guys walk out feeling James Bond cool.
This collection of great gifts is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Oak Street shopping options. Your problem won’t be finding something for everyone; it will be choosing just one thing from all of your stunning options.