Holiday

The anti-trend gift guide

These items are tried, true and not going anywhere.

These items are tried, true and not going anywhere

(Source, left: chapters.indigo.ca; middle: joefresh.com; right: elahandbags.com)

Of course, we appreciate trends as much as the next fashion person. But sometimes, there's much to be said about the timeless; the sort of pieces that we continue to come back to season after season and year after year. When it comes to gifting, such items top the list. They're exactly what a lot of us want, need and wear on repeat. So rather than focus on gift ideas that are of-the-moment, this guide features fashion pieces that will stand the test of time. From some of the most iconic sneakers ever to the always-loved puffer and cozy sweatsuits, these gifts are nothing if not classics. Keep scrolling for 10 'anti-trend' gifts that won't go out of style.

The luxe PJs

A pair of silky PJs makes a lot of sense if you're spending more time than ever before at home. But what if you could find a pair so cool that they could be worn out too? Behold, a satin PJ set that delivers style and comfort. They're so good, there's really no need to sleep on it. 

Satin Cropped Long PJ Set, $115.43, Victoria's Secret 

The cashmere sweater

Believe it or not, cashmere sweaters don't totally have to break the bank. Joe Fresh's version is perfect for cozying up in the winter, and it rings in under $70. Choose one in a classic cut and colour. 

Cashmere Sweater, $69.30, Joe Fresh

The knit hat

A knit hat is one of those no-fail gift ideas, and we found the perfect one. Not only is the ribbed beanie easy to wear for every day, the sustainable style is also designed from yarns made with 55 per cent recycled polyester which comes from plastic bottles. How's that for a hot tip?

Love & Lore Sustainable Style Eco Ribbed Beanie, $29.50, Indigo 

The classic bag 

If there's one bag in it for the long haul, it's the LBB (make that the little black bag). It's chic, effortless to style and goes with everything already in their closet. Ela's belt bag is made of vegan leather and can also be monogrammed for an extra personal touch.

Belt Bag, $78, Ela Handbags

The black boot

Another great gift option is a black combat boot. The look makes a comeback season after season. Our top pick? Dr. Martens' platform boots in black leather with signature yellow stitching. The best part is the more they're worn, the better they get. 

Jadon Smooth Leather Platform Boots, $250, Dr. Martens

The black leggings

Sweaty Betty rocked the activewear market with its line over 20 years ago. One thing that's never gone out of style? The brand's high-waisted quick dry leggings in black, which can be worn out on a run or on the couch for a holiday movie marathon. Then again, why not both?

Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt 7/8 High-Waisted Yoga Leggings, $140, Holt Renfrew

The ultimate sneakers

Try and name a sneaker more classic than the Chuck Taylor, and it's a struggle. This style of the iconic high top canvas shoe is the one we all know and love.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top in Black, $69.99, Get Outside

The chain necklace

When trying to select jewelry for someone, simple with a little sparkle is a sure enough bet. There's no going wrong with a classic and delicate sterling silver chain necklace and earrings, finished off with the prettiest snowflake shape stones.   

Sparkling Snowflake Gift Set, $77.35, Pandora

The neutral sweatsuit 

Canadian company TKEES might have started with flip flops, but it's since come a long way. These days, the brand's drop crotch pants and matching top come in the most versatile neutral tones and offer double style benefits with reversible options. The only question to ask is: fleece or sleek?

The Sleek Pant and The Sleek Top, $125 each, TKEES

The puffer jacket

Canadians need puffers like Santa Claus needs candy canes, which is to say a lot. The ultimate puffer jacket is effortlessly cool, unbelievably warm and lasts a very long time. The Super Puff™ goose-down puffer has become a coveted staple for just those reasons and will take you into temps as cold as  -40°C / -40°F. The longer the better this year. 

The Super Puff™ Long, $350, Aritzia


Carly Ostroff is a Toronto-based fashion and beauty writer, content creator and TV expert. Follow along with her @carlyostroff.

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