It doesn't matter how many days ago you started your holiday wish list: The season is closing in and it's time to put the finishing touches on what you want (along with finally nailing down what to get everyone else). But since the holiday shopping melee can quickly feel like more of a slog than a festive celebration, it helps to hear from the experts exactly what the most popular gifts of 2018 will be so you can quickly add them to your lovingly worded email wish-list. (Hey, it's the 21st century after all.)
Below, insiders from a few of your favorite retailers shared what they think the year's must-have gifts will be on each of their respective websites. Unsurprisingly, stylish sneakers make an appearance, as do on-trend accessories, and even a champagne carrier (!) makes this year's cut. And while some picks fit squarely into the athleisure category, others are ideal for the woman with classic style. The bottom line is that no matter how you define your own fashion sense, there's bound to be something you'll want to find wrapped up in shiny paper and an overzealous bow.
Now, read on for a breakdown of some seriously good holiday shopping picks to have on your radar.
Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director Of Net-a-Porter
"I encourage people to shop for eye-catching holiday gifts that are unique, but also timeless. Montunas’ tortoiseshell acetate bags make for amazing gifts and they’re easy to take from day to night. I also love to give my friends jewelry from Aligieri. The price point is accessible, but everything they make looks and feels very elevated. It’s truly a gift that anyone would love! We recently launched Cartier fine watches which make for utterly timeless gifts. It’s impossible to go wrong with a Cartier Tank or Panthère.
Marina Larroude, Fashion Director Of Barneys New York
"Sneakers! For teens, husbands, wives, sisters, we have a diverse collection of sneakers at a range of price points for anyone in your family. Some of the most popular are styles from Golden Goose, Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons PLAY."
Lisa Ruffle, Buyer At Moda Operandi
"I am predicting the chic Giobagnara Parma leather card boxes will be a top seller and is the most strategic way to avoid any awkward conversations with that uncle this holiday. Secondly, you can never go wrong with a Assouline book. As an Australian living in NYC, I'm adding the New York by New York book to my list and obsessing over the history and culture of this amazing city. For the friend who has everything? The Brandon Maxwell box bag exclusively for your champagne. Complete madness."
Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director Of Shopbop
"This season I think sequins will be huge for us! Shopbop is all about trying new trends and this one is a statement. More is more when it comes to sequins for holiday."
Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Founder Of The Webster
"Costume jewelry, especially earrings! There is something so fun and exciting about costume jewelry especially around the holidays. Its playful and because not super serious actually I think fun for both the gift giver and the recipient."