Whether you’re trying to buy a gift for someone that’s young in age or just young at heart, picking the perfect present for a woman who’s on the cutting edge of fashion and trends can be a bit of a task. The style world moves quickly, and if you’re not paying attention to this particular sector all year long, dipping in for a few Christmas gifts might seem impossible. If you find yourself in need of some expert suggestions, we present the latest installment in our Gift Guides 2010 series, with options ranging from a mere $25 to over a grand.

As always, we have to start with a handbag. The Alexander Wang Isis Frame Clutch has charms so obvious that they shouldn’t need explicating, but I’ll do so anyway: the intricate quilting is light years more interesting than that of your average Chanel bag, the size is perfect to go from day to night, and the ultra-industrial closure gives the bag a hard edge that works perfectly against the florid design of the bag’s stitching. Plus, you don’t get much cooler than Alexander Wang. Buy through ShopBop for $1050.

The Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Wool-Cashmere Blend Scarf hits all the right notes. Not only are scarves an essential accessory, but leopard print is here to stay and neon and chartreuse are both big trends for spring. This piece blends all of those elements seamlessly, and of all of the things I’ve written about in the past few weeks, I can think of nothing that I want more. I defy you to find a better way to brighten up a black winter ensemble. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.

The Juicy Couture Fingerless Mini Gloves are the kind of accessory that I think would confuse my mom, and perhaps rightly so. I don’t know why these seem so cool, but they do. Maybe it’s because they remind me of retro driving gloves, but slightly more modern? Or maybe I just appreciate that I’d be able to text without taking them off, I’m not sure. Either way, I think I’d wear them inside as well as out. Buy through ShopBop for $75.

If you’re looking for more of a stocking stuffer or a small gift for an acquaintance, something like the Deborah Lippmann Layer Cake Nail Polish Trio is the way to go. Lippmann’s sparkly polishes are on everyone’s fingers right now, and this set lets you try three very current colors in slightly smaller versions for a significant discount – her regular-size polishes go for $20 apiece! Personally, I’m lusting after the dark one on the right. Buy through Nordstrom for $25.

I didn’t purposely include two things named “Isis” in this guide, but I think that the same girl who would love that Alexander Wang clutch would also be all over the J.Crew Isis Bangle. The combination of toughness and glamour is popular all over fashion right now, and sometimes you just need some not-too-expensive bling to boost your mood on a midwinter day. Buy through J.Crew for $78.

Rubber watches are having a moment right now, and the material renders stark color so well that I can’t resist the retro-modern lines of the Nixon Oversized Rubber Watch. Nixon’s designs tend to be minimal and sleek, so even if this specific piece doesn’t tickle your fancy – err, the fancy of the recipient, because we’re shopping for others, remember? – check out the brand’s other designs. They’re reasonably priced and incredibly chic, across the board. Buy through ShopBop for $150.

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  • LDJ

    Nice Post!!! I love the fingerless gloves!!! I gots to get a pair!

  • Vitta

    Love all the picks (except for the rubber watch, even though it adds some vibe to this selection) and especially the scarf and the gloves (a blast from the past – we wore them in the 1980s!). The clutch is gorgeous, as well as the bracelet. Very nice!

  • MizzJ

    Omg that A. Wang clutch is TDF!


  • mrsjones

    love that polish!

  • Stylista

    I’m not edgy, but the bracelet and the clutch is nice!


  • CL

    i must get my hands on(or in) those juicy gloves! (ipad)

  • Smith

    LOVVVVVE the clutch!!! quilting+leather=happy! (ipad)

  • Deb

    the YSL leapord print scarf is really growing on me. Yummy green (ipad)

  • Lola

    The polishes look amazing! (ipad)

  • Joann

    i need to try deborah lippmann polishes!

  • Joann

    i need to try deborah lippmann polishes! (ipad)

  • Kellisa

    I am loving the Nixon watch! (ipad)

  • Nadia Segers

    I love the clutch and the watch! and all the others :$ (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Love the A Wang clutch, but it looks too small (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    Love those nail polishes!

  • lebaghag

    great gift ideas! (ipad)

  • Roya

    In love with the AWang Isis, and I really am not a clutch kind of girl. (iPad)

  • Chells

    I love the frame clutch and the polish/bracelet/gloves are perfect for my daughter. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    wifey says polishes look amazing! (ipad)

  • nini

    I like the watch! (ipad)


    love the nail polish (ipad)


    that scarf is a great color as well (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Love the scarf and the bangle (surprisingly inexpensive.) (ipad)

  • Lara

    the rubber watch is neat but not sure how practical that would be in white (ipad)

  • Jessie

    Love the scarf. Enough said. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Nixon watches are soooo cool. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    That YSL neon scarf is a gorgeous! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    sparkly nails ! i loikeeee!! (ipad)

  • Wendy

    The Deborah Lippmann Layer Cake Nail Polish Trio makes me think of my late, beautiful daughter. She loved sparkly, girly things!! (ipad)

  • Cindy

    Nail polish colors are beautiful! (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Love Deborah Lippman polishes! I’ve been lemming for some for quite awhile (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    That clutch is my current HG, or his Notebook clutch! I love the nail polishes too, elegant, edgy, modern. love! (ipad)

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  • helen

    Glitter nail polish! (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    I’m wearing Lippman’s Happy Birthday nail polish right now. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Great ideas. (ipad)

  • Beth

    I always wanted a pair of “fingerless” gloves. (ipad)