When you’re looking for totally splurge-worthy Christmas gifts, you can always count on the world’s best designers to deliver luxury, innovation and the ultimate wow factor. Often that comes with a huge price tag, befitting of the name attached to the brand, but surprisingly, not always. When we went on the hunt for designer Christmas gifts, we took a bit of creative license. Let’s face it, every great product has a designer (or team of them) behind it, even if they’re not a household name quite yet. You might be surprised by what we found.
Affordable designer fashions can seem tough to come by, but we found some super lux looks for both men and women that won’t totally break the bank, along with a few that might come close. And those household names we mentioned before? From kate spade New York to Kenneth Cole, and Cartier to Tommy Hilfiger, we’ve got you covered. Natch, we picked out a few of our fave designer perfumes from Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs that could become someone’s new signature scent, plus some awesome BURBERRY shades for women and a pair of supremely cool red Gucci kicks for men. So be prepared to do some inspired shopping as you peruse our list of the Top 20 Best Designer Gifts for Christmas. And because sometimes, we’re more naughty than nice, we just had to include three completely over-the-top options. Consider them when money is no object, and the delight on your gift recipient’s face is the ultimate reward.
Best Designer Gifts for Women
1. kate spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel
1. kate spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel
Coveted by many, but owned by too few of us, kate spade purses are one designer gift for your lady you can be sure will delight. This winter white dome top bag is the perfect color for year round use. The crosshatched leather is the highest quality, and of course it’s stamped with the kate spade logo, so all her friends will know that you got your girl the best Christmas gift ever. The functional interior features one zip pocket and two slip pockets, plus the adorable signature polka-dot nylon lining. The pretty purse comes in lots of colors, but stock is already selling fast. We also love the Black, Pebble and Vivid Snapdragon bag for its super sassy color combination. If you’re really looking for splurge worthy Christmas gifts for her, add a matching kate spade wallet under the tree this year. For the woman who prefers a more sizeable purse, the kate spade New York Cameron Street Candace Satchel Bag is another timeless choice that also gives your girl enough room to slip a small laptop or tablet inside, along with all her other necessities, so she can ditch that utilitarian messenger bag in style.
2. Burberry BE4160 Sunglasses
It takes more than a pretty little plaid to transform a company, built on great trench coats, into one of the hottest fashion brands in the world. Burberry’s been around since 1856, and there’s a reason why. Burberry designs apparel and accessories that appeal to almost every age group, and these trendy shades are a perfect example. They’re a great designer gift for women because they’ll protect her eyes all year long, and do it in Burberry style. They’re polarized, feature excellent optics, and come with the manufacturer’s one-year warranty. Pick a frame color combination that complements her coloring or wardrobe. Each design offers a touch of the classic Burberry plaid on the sides. If the lady on your list happens to prefers aviator style sunglasses, the Burberry Unisex 0BE3080 sunglasses are a classic option, and they come in five styles with different lens colors. If you really want to tickle her fancy, you could always get her the Burberry Women’s BU9109 Beige Leather Strap Watch to tuck in her Christmas stocking too.
3. FRYE Women’s Harness 12R Boot
When it comes to designer boots, our go to boot pick is almost always going to be Frye boots. Not just because they’re stylish, although they are, mind you. It’s because they’re ridiculously comfortable and they’ll outlast almost any boot out there. These Frye harness boots feature western styling, with an easy pull on fit. They come in eight different colors, and the high quality leather wears like iron. The best thing about these cool kicks is that you’re going to love wearing them with your favorite designer jeans, or your best broken in denims. Their casual style is a huge part of their charm. If you’re looking for a dressier woman’s designer boot, the FRYE Women’s Melissa Button Boot is super stylish to wear with slacks, skirts or jeans, and it comes in both standard and wide calf versions, which are terrific for more muscular women. The FRYE Women’s Leslie Artisan Short Boot delivers all the style of a booty, with the same FRYE quality you’d expect.
Price: $188.98 – $528.00
4. BCBGMaxAzria Women’s Adele Printed Wrap Casual Dress
One of the design leaders in women’s fashion, BCBGMaxAzria comes out with a classic. This gorgeous wrap dress let’s women reclaim their femininity, in a powerful way this season. This curve-skimming wrap dress features a black and white city brushstroke pattern. The dress flows into a lovely, drapey side closure, leaving the poly/spandex fabric to move with you. A huge bonus is that this designer dress is machine washable, which means your giftee will enjoy wearing it even more. Add to the gifts for her, and dress up her designer dress to. These slingback stilettos will set off that black and white dress with their flash of fiery red. You could get her an adorable red wrap shawl to keep her cozy when she’s headed out to holiday parties, but a red lambskin leather jacket would look so much cooler, and keep her warm.
Price: $124.35 – $198.00
5. Cartier Women’s W69010Z4 Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Dress Watch
This elegant women’s timepiece is an inescapable statement of luxury. When it comes to designer gifts for women, this watch will wow and astound her. It features a sparkling stainless steel case, with a stainless steel link bracelet. The fixed stainless steel bezel has a silver opaline dial, with blued steel hands and black Roman numeral hour markers. It also features minute markers on the inner ring. With accurate Swiss quartz movement, and a scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this is a great dressy watch that’s water resistant up to 100 feet. No scuba diving please. As if this watch wasn’t splurge worthy enough, you could also consider a serious gift for her with the Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Stainless Steel and Diamond Ladies’ Watch, that features an 18k rose gold bezel set with 50 glittering diamonds. For an ultra feminine option, the Cartier Ballon Bleu Pink Dial Alligator Leather Automatic Ladies Watch features a beautiful pink band and matching pink dial.
6. Madina Jewelry Round Cut Diamond Ring
Christmas is the perfect time to give the lady in your life the gift of a completely unique diamond ring. This two stone beauty in 14k white gold circles her finger with three shimmering bands, that hold two sizeable bezel set diamonds, each .30 carats. The highly polished finish is nearly as eye catching as the diamonds, because of it’s substantial shine. You can also get this incredibly unique diamond ring in highly polished platinum as well.
7. Lois Hill Classic Sterling Silver Hand Made Scroll Design Cuff Bracelet
From the first time we saw the beautiful sterling silver work of jewelry designer, Lois Hill, we swooned. In this intricately detailed cuff bracelet, she creates a vibrant sterling silver fantasy, featuring her signature hand carved scroll design. This classic staple is a must have for your lady who loves silver. It’s a perfect designer gift for your wife, mom or daughter. This cuff bracelet will age beautifully as the patina develops, giving it bracelet an even more rich and interesting look. It simply needs a quick polish every so often with a polishing cloth to keep it looking its best. In case this designer piece is a bit above your budget, a smaller Lois Hill bangle is an affordably gorgeous option at about a third of the price. The Lois Hill Pyramid Handcrafted Scroll Drop Earrings, at nearly two inches long, deliver maximum impact and her signature design style. You can also get the Lois Hill Pyramid Pendant Necklace for under $200. Or get both. Why not?
8. MARC JACOBS Decadence Eau de Parfum Spray
Designer perfumes might seem like a splurge, but when you think about the woman on your Christmas list, doesn’t she deserve to smell delicious, and don’t you want to enjoy her scent too? Decadence delivers on both. This sexy and sophisticated scent has sweet top notes of plum, iris and saffron. At the heart of this perfume, notes of rose and jasmine and softened by a base that includes amber and papyrus wood. The beautiful bottle is an opulent reminder of the perfume’s name – an emerald green bag with a python patterned lid, adorned by a gold chain handle and black tassel. This perfume smells as good as the packaging looks and it’s among the more affordable of our designer gift ideas for women. MARC JACOBS Daisy is a citrusy, white floral fragrance that’s light and soft, with an ultra feminine scent profile. Perhaps you’d like to give the lady on your list a variety of new scents to play with. That’s when the Marc Jacobs Four Piece Daisy Perfume Mini Set is a great gift idea. You could even wrap each mini separately for the ultimate stocking stuffers.
9. Trina Turk Asymmetric Shawl Collar Wrap Jacket
Christmas almost calls for a new red winter coat, and this cutie from designer Trina Turk is a great option and a killer deal since it’s on sale for half off. This 100 percent wool jacket features a cozy, oversized shawl collar and a wrap style, which is so comfy after eating a huge Christmas dinner. The belted fit and flare styling is super flattering to every figure, and the big notched rolled cuffs add extra element of cuteness to an already adorable winter coat. For a more funky and less traditional designer coat, the Nanette Lepore Women’s Double Faced Wool Blend Wrap Coat features an asymmetrical hem and large patch pockets along with hand stitched seaming and an over-sized collar. If you happen to be shopping for a woman who lives in a warmer climate, skip the wool and get a cute designer trench from DKNY. Donna Karan’s Double Breasted Trench Coat is the perfect jacket when it’s cool and rainy, and your lady needs a pop of vivid red to perk her up.
Price: $196.25 (50 percent off MSRP)
10. Sam Edelman Women’s Hazel Dress Pump
Designer Sam Edelman taps into every woman’s deepest desire – the longing for shoes that epitomize chic syling, yet deliver comfort too. These gorgeous leopard print pumps are made with exceptional materials, and offer affordable luxury that cleverly combines a youthful outlook with a worldly sensibility. Simply put, these shoes are made to be lived in. Edelman’s new fit technology adds a padded sock, which gives added comfort without sacrificing sexy style. These classic pointed toe pumps come in too many colors to mention here, but if your lady loves animal prints, check out the Brown Sahara Leopard print pumps as well. The Sam Edelman Women’s Cambell Ankle Bootie comes in leopard and several snake prints, and since flats are being proclaimed the “new pumps” by fashion industry pundits, your lady might prefer the Sam Edelman Women’s Leopard Print Loraine Loafer for Christmas.
Price: $52.56 – $147
Best Designer Gifts for Men
11. Tom Ford Noir Extreme Men Eau De Parfum Spray
11. Tom Ford Noir Extreme Men Eau De Parfum Spray
Launched on the heels of his wildly popular men’s fragrance, Noir, Tom Ford’s Noir Extreme “reveals a new dimension of the Noir man” says it’s maker. The scent blends fresh citrus with warm and spicy notes, and woodsy sandalwood to create a long lasting, signature scent that just happens to be one of the most highly rated we’ve seen in the men’s fragrance category. Salty, sunny and woodsy, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau De Parfume Spray for Men is another highly rated men’s fragrance that has a moderate, earthy scent profile. If you decide to buy your guy a designer fragrance for his Christmas gift, don’t forget to snuggle up and mention how great he smells, because this designer gift is actually a sweet present for both of you, right?
Price: $94 (33 percent off MSRP)
12. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Ranger Leather Passcase Wallet
There’s no reason that designer gifts for men have to be super spendy, and this cool leather wallet from Tommy Hilfiger is an affordable Christmas present your husband, partner, boyfriend or brother will love. The pebbled leather strip and Hilfiger logo step it up from just your everyday wallet. Even if your guy carries a few plastic cards and some cash, it maintains its slim profile, which is a big plus. If your guy likes to carry up to six credit cards, plus cash, the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s RFID Blocking Leather Passcase Wallet also blocks digital thieves from accessing his chip cards remotely, which is seriously cool. Money clips are always a great, slimline option for guys too, and the Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Fordham Slim Front Pocket Wallet comes in at under twenty bucks, which makes it perfect for those of you with champagne tastes and a beer budget.
13. Kenneth Cole REACTION Men’s Raburn Wool Top Coat
Let’s face it, we love seeing our men dressed up. Whether they’re in jeans or slacks, or they’re all suited up, when they slip on this Kenneth Cole REACTION wool top coat, the classy factor ramps up into the red zone. This three-button, single-breasted top coat featuring notched lapels and side-entry hand pockets. If you’re looking for a few extra gifts for him, keep your sweetie extra cozy on your Christmas date night with a beautiful Lacoste Men’s Wool and Cashmere Flannel Scarf, and some super soft Lacoste cashmere jersey gloves.
Price: $139.99 (60 percent off MSRP)
14. 7 For All Mankind Men’s Austyn Relaxed Straight-Leg Jean
If you’ve been begging your guy to trash his dumpy old jeans, make one of the gifts for him this Christmas a righteous new pair of designer jeans. These Austyn relaxed fit straight-leg jeans from 7 for all Mankind jeans will give him comfort, style and a look you’ll bot love. With slight whiskering and fading through the thighs, these jeans are also lightly distressed at the pocket and hem. If the man on your list is looking for a bit of extra room through the hip and thigh, the Austyn jean is a perfect present pick, but if he prefers a form fit, but not a skinny jean, the 7 for all mankind Men’s Slimmy Slim Straight Leg Jean might be the better choice. Of course 7 for all mankind also makes the Paxtyn Skinny Luxe Performance Jean. It’s skinny from hip to hem.
Price: $89 – $178 (Up to 50 percent off MSRP)
15. Gucci Men’s Damo Pebbled Leather Horsebit Driver
What man wouldn’t want some lux leather shoes for his Christmas present? These sweet Gucci drivers are made with super soft calfskin pebbled leather, so they’ll make your man’s feet feel like heaven. The cool kicks are super trendy, and yes, men DO get to wear red shoes too. These drivers feature Gucci’s signature blue/red/blue web detail across the vamp, along with the silver Gucci signature horsebit detail. Gucci’s GG Guccissima Leather High-top Sneakers are another cool option made from super soft leather, but if you just don’t think your guy will go for red shoes (dare him, before you give up) the Gucci Men’s Mirosoft Leather Sneaker had a super cool Python web stripe detail.
16. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Give your guy a premium listening experience for Christmas this year. These Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones deliver superior sound with less distortion. Whether he’s tuned into a Clapton guitar solo, symphony or metal, these wireless headphones cancel the outside noise and let him focus on every nuance of his favorite music. Beats headphones are known for award winning sound and design, and these sexy silver headphones feature comfort cushioned ear phones he can wear for hours. Plus, he can take calls, control his music and even activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls. One of our favorite gift ideas for men, if you want to make his Christmas even better, get him the EVA Hard Protective Case Carrying Pouch to keep them like new. While you’re at it, if your guy isn’t an Amazon Prime member, the gift of Amazon Prime membership gives him access to more music than he could ever listen to in this lifetime.
17. Fossil Defender Leather Messenger Bag
The man on your Christmas list will look dressed up and dapper carrying this gorgeous pebbled leather bag by Fossil. The Defender definitely means business. This messenger’s practical, classic-utility design makes it an essential for the man on the move. Tech smart, this bag is large enough to hold laptops up to 15 inches and similarly sized devices, plus it’s roomy enough for all his other necessaries. With a laptop pocket, two slide pockets, one zipper pocket, two pen holders, and a d-ring for his keys, this bag is the perfect gift idea for the man who wants to be organized, yet fashionable. For more sizable jobs, where your guy needs lots of room, the Fossil Men’s Estate East-West Messenger Bag is a great crossbody bag made from the ultimate Saffiano leather. And you thought Fossil only made cool watches, didn’t you?
Best Over the Top Designer Gifts
18. Almost Heaven Saunas 4-Person Pinnacle Barrel Sauna
18. Almost Heaven Saunas 4-Person Pinnacle Barrel Sauna
The designers at Almost Heaven Saunas have come up with a gorgeous western red cedar barrel sauna that is the ultimate splurge Christmas gift for your significant other, but honestly, everyone in your family deserves this special treat. The authentic sauna experience provides deep, unparalleled relaxation. Every detail of this beautiful sauna plays a role in providing that kind of environment. From the soft, diffused glow of the interior LED lighting to the positioning of opposite-facing benches that encourage real conversation and genuine interaction. Whether you’re the kind of person who looks forward to a private escape, or you’re buying this for someone enthusiastic about sharing the health benefits of sauna bathing with their mostly naked nearest and dearest, this will be one awesome luxury gift for sure. The Almost Heaven Weston Canopy Barrel Sauna is the perfect pick for a larger family because it has a six person capacity. If you’re looking for a sauna that’s more patio friendly in terms of space, the 2-Person Hemlock Deluxe Infrared Sauna gets rave reviews for its super easy set up and built in sound system.
19. Hasselblad X1D-50c 4116 Edition Digital Medium Format Camera
Since 1941, Victor Hasselblad’s philosophy of innovation and design has produced cameras that push the boundaries of excellence. This amazing camera will help both amateur and professional photographers create inspiring images that will become lifetime memories. The X1D camera seamlessly combines portability, with excellent optical quality for which this brand is world-renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirror-less technology to digital medium format photograhy for the first time ever, creating this precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50 megapixel CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colors. With amazingly flexible shutter speeds from 60 minutes to 1/2000 of a second, this camera captures the world around you. And while most digital cameras of this quality come as the body only, this package includes a Hasselblad XCD 45mm lens. If you’re looking for even more refined digital photography, Hasselblad also makes a 60 megapixel DSLR camera for just a touch over forty grand.
20. OjO Commuter Scooter for Adults
In the realm of luxury gifts, this sassy commuter scooter is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves to get out for quick errands, but doesn’t want to rely on pedal power. This souped up adult scooter delivers luxurious electric transportation for the bike lane, but it’s so much more than an e-bike. It features high fidelity, waterproof blue tooth speakers, a non-glare digital LCD dash and touch screen, and an innovative voice response feature. It even features a USB port for charging your phone or tablet. The convenient, on-board charger has a retractable cord and plug, so charging is always as close as the nearest 110v outlet. With safety at the forefront, this electric scooter has a rear tail light, running lights and a four-bulb LED headlight, making you easy to spot at all times. It’ll carry any adult up to 300 pounds, and runs for 25 miles on a single charge. And don’t worry that you’ll just be putting along. This baby rolls at 20 miles per hour. Let’s just say it out loud, this thing’s cute as heck!