LOOKCITY: A Half Dozen Easy Presents For Fashion Conscious “Hard To Buy For” Types

by Robyn Yager | With less than two weeks left before Christmas, the panic is starting to nibble. Fret not, though. There is still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for that special someone, even if they are especially hard to buy for. Here are seven suggestions…

For the Man in Your Life Who Returns Everything

He returns or exchanges just about everything you buy him? Will Leather Goods makes amazing, high quality accessories that no man in his right mind would ever turn down. This wallet and tray combination in particular is a perfect way to keep him on track and organized. Loose change? Receipts? Swiss Army Knife? Lint? No problem. Just toss them all into this leather tray and organize everything in the wallet later. Easy.

Will Leather Goods Leather Wallet/Tray – $85.00 available at Lark on Main Street.

For the High-heeled Caffeine Girl with Expensive Tastes

Shoes, coffee, and a bold proclamation of combined affection? This coffee mug says “I love shoes” as much as it says “I love my coffee” but without the shoe price tag. For extra present potency, pair it with a bag of coffee from Revolver and you’re golden.

I Heart Shoes Mug – $12.00 from Front and Company on Main Street.

For the Stylish Locavore

There are people out there who want to express their love for this city without having to sport an oversized Kevin Bieksa Canucks jersey. That’s where Dream in Gastown comes in. They carry lovely accessories and apparel by Vancouver designers, such as this adorable British Columbia ring made from an antique spoon. Love it.

British Columbia ring – $36.00 from Dream Vancouver in Gastown.

For the Little Fashionista

Bloch makes ballet slippers and pointe shoes for elite ballerinas, but they also come have baby ballet slippers for that up and coming shoe lover. They come in a variety of different colours: black, pink, white, and more. My pick? The little sparkly silver ones, of course!

Bloch Ballet Slippers for the baby – $95.00 from The Cross Design in Yaletown.

For the Fashion Loving Book Nerd

Grace: The Grace Coddington Memoir is one of the biggest books to come out this year, according to fashionistas. Grace Coddington began her career in the fashion industry as a model, and through various career changes, began working with Anna Wintour at American Vogue as their creative director. This book chronicles all her experiences and would make for informative reading for anyone including, but not limited to the fashion enthusiast.

Grace: The Grace Coddington Memoir – $45.00 available at The Cross Design in Yaletown.

For the Seasonally Ill-Equipped

Hats are cool. Porkpie, Trilby, Derby, Newsboy, you name it – it’s cool, especially when obtained from a specialty hat boutique, like Goorin Brothers in Yaletown. The Goorin family has been making hats since 1895 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is currently run out of San Fransisco by the founder’s great grandson. They have incredible hats and the staff in the shop are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. A hat during the holidays is both practical and stylish, so get one.

Goorin Bros. Gift Certificate – $65 – $150.00 at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop in Yaletown.


Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She runs The Rain Season blog and is enthused by anything out of the ordinary. She loves art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.

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