Breaking Out of the Holiday Gift Box

Holiday gifts of scented candles, a goofy coffee mug, a self-help book or a tie are not what you want to present to your stylish, confident friends and family. Break out of the holiday gift box and get gifts that are stylish, polished, chic and affordable. For fashion, beauty, high tech, home décor and vacation ideas here are many much less boring holiday gifts to look for.


Knitted Christmas jumpers may have a bad reputation, being multicoloured and over-embellished, but there are three knitwear styles that are on-trend for the holidays. First is Fair Isle sweaters, seen at the fashion shows of Chanel. Another style is to layer knitted garments to instantly get “the look” of winter 2019, such as matching a cable knit cardigan with matching ribbed side-slit pants. The third style is a return of the preppy style of argyle knitwear.

Alternatively, try sophisticated tailoring and the use of soft leather, perfect for those who like a bit of luxury. A gift of a leather wallet will last a lifetime or gift orange leather trousers as seen on the New York catwalks.


Choose the right jewelry by checking Moon Magic site and you will lift any outfit, even a standard blazer and T-shirt. Bold colours are on-trend as well as chunky gold jewellery. Pair with a monochrome look to immediately create a luxurious ensemble or make a statement top even better with statement accessories. This is one of those Christmas gift ideas for her and him since both can carry this look throughout winter 2019/20, with bold green, vibrant orange and scarlet red the popular colours on pendants, earrings, tiepins and cufflinks.

High Tech

Gift the very latest in headset technology with wireless Bluetooth earbuds offering stereo and deep bass, 60 hours of playing time and a charging case with an LED battery display. Add in that they are waterproof and have a built-in microphone headset for those who enjoy sport and you have the perfect piece of kit for the sportsperson who loves music. Alternatively, you can buy a headset that can be worn whilst asleep for the insomniac who needs to listen to words or music before being lulled into slumber.

Home décor

It is always nice to gift a home décor gift as then you know your recipient will be able to see your gift every day. Choosing a gilded, preserved rose for someone close to you is a heartfelt gift, that will be cherished all year and could become a family heirloom. An unusual and unique home décor gift is a canvas in which your recipient can choose their own art. A digital canvas allows you to upload, crop and view a photograph that you know they will like, or you can search a digital library of the world’s museums and galleries to personalise the canvas for art, which can be changed to suit their mood and home décor as and when they choose.

Breaking Out of the Holiday Gift Box 

The holiday season is a challenging time, particularly if you are hosting the family. A gift of a manicure and pedicure at a favourite spa will be something to look forward to for the hosts, once the celebrations are over. If you are buying this gift for your partner, add a couple’s massage for a chance to spend some quality time relaxing together. If a spa visit is not possible, create a gift basket for a manicure at home. Start with a luxurious and relaxing soak in the bath and a glass of bubbly, followed by a manicure with an award-winning red nail polish.











Julian R. Lark is a distinguished entrepreneur and award-winning stylist, sought after for his take on classic glamour. Having over a decade of experience coupled with a degree in Fashion, Lark has made himself an integral part in creating breathtaking moments for countless Hollywood celebrities. As a tastemaker in fashion, he has launched an online boutique and showroom in Atlanta to make breathtaking moments accessible to his growing audience. Julian forged his own path by creating the nationally published Kontrol Magazine as Editor-in-chief and lead stylist. He has crafted memorable moments for Hollywood icons like Anita Baker, Lynn Whitefield, Toni Braxton and Lil’ Kim. He’s been called upon to work on projects for numerous studios and networks including FX, Netflix, Bravo, OWN, WeTV and VH1. Press features of his work include Huffington Post, People, US Weekly, E! News, The View, and The Wendy Williams Show. In addition to his work as a stylist, in 2014 Julian launched his first stylist class, which is designed to help aspiring stylist learn how to build a successful career in the industry. Continuing to leverage his audience he has launched his own cosmetics line, and agency for stylist. Julian has proven himself to be a creative visionary and industry zealot. His drive, coupled with his uncanny ability to empower through fashion and style will undoubtedly ensure constant growth, both personally and professionally, in fashion and beyond.

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