If you, like us, have er, ever “misplaced” that Diptyque candle you were going to gift you mother-in-law, you’re not alone. Consider then, the BIY, or buy it yourself gift: the much needed self-love which oft goes astray during the silly season. From Fendi’s candy-capped pump to Lancel’s pastel colour-block flap bag, or Louis Vuitton’s noble candle, ’tis the season to give back (to yourself). Why? Because you’re worth it.

A shoulder to lean on, Bottega Veneta’s Shoulder Pouch will soon become your best friend thanks to its exceptionally supple calf leather and puffy, pillowy body. Just the thing to support you through the silly season.

The shoulder pouch in calf, bottega veneta, $3,910. shop now

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright with this Louis Vuitton candle. A tribute to the historic atelier of Asnières, Louis Vuitton takes its sublime savoir-faire to candle-making, fusing leather and wood to create a most noble wick.

ÉCORCE ROUSSE PERFUMED Candle, louis vuitton, $340. shop now

wrap it up, or better still, unwrap this splendid Hermès silk scarf this Christmas. Designed by Wlodek Kaminski, the classic Hermès scarf is reimagined as a velvety Wash scarf, soft to the touch and mattified with a gentle fade, its striking design won’t go unnoticed.

Boucles et Galons du Tsar wash scarf 90, hermes, $775. shop now

the only ouai to go this Christmas is with this Scalp and Body Scrub by Jen Atkin’s The Ouai. A gentle sugar scrub which deep cleans both skin and scalp, consider it a trip to beauty rehab (aka, just what the doctor order post-silly season).

scalp & body scrub, the Ouai, $63. shop now

shake your bon bon this Christmas, but make it Helle Mardahl’s vase variety. The mouth-blown honey-orange vessel is hand-crafted in Copenhagen and features a mint “Cherry on Top” lid. Sculptural and slightly surreal, just don’t pull it.


Bon Bon large vase, HELLE MARDAHL, $757. shop now

Starlight, star bright, we’re wishing for By Terry’s Starlight Rose CC Powder on the first star of the night. A limited-edition colour correcting palette that shines brighter than the Star of Bethlehem, it also features in-built skincare to even out your skin tone (i.e. a post-champagne face).


Starlight Rose CC Powder, BY TERRY, $106. shop now

be the shining star this year with Nars’s iconic Body Glow. Tinted with just the right amount of bronzer and scented with Monoi de Tahiti, the rich chocolate shimmer is just the thing to take your silly season soirees to the next level. Besides, why does the showy Christmas tree get to have all the fun?

Body Glow, NARS, $90. shop now

DON’T GET IN A FLAP this Christmas, choose Lancel’s modern, multifaceted Flap Bag instead. In perfect powder blue, coffee and cream, it features a shiny chain and sliding leather shoulder strap making it the ultimate multi-carry purse (for moments of multi-tasking).


ninon de lancel flap bag with handle, lancel, POA. shop now

face it, Christmas isn’t the same without family and friends, so why not invite Maison Balzac’s painterly plate to the festive fray. In collaboration with Mathilde Carron from famed French ceramist Astier de Villatte, the poetic plate depicts an abstract face hand-drawn by Mathilde’s extraordinary painter father, Pierre Carron, to bring you a plate with a lot of personality.


carron plate, Maison Balzac, $99. shop now

take fendi’s point of view this Christmas with an orange-capped, pointed pump both festive and functional. For a certain reindeer, a red nose is a rite of passage come Christmas, but Fendi’s orange nose is much chicer.

CONTRAST 105MM PUMP BEIGE/ORANGE, fendi, $1,045. shop now

thoughts?