Your last-minute gift guide for him and her - in pictures

If you have been naughty enough to leave your holiday shopping for the last minute, we have a nice list of gifts for the special people in your life.



1. Pretty in pink

What girl wouldn’t be delighted to discover Chanel gifts beneath the Christmas tree? Here’s hoping Santa delivers a pair of white suede sneakers with multicoloured rubber soles; a pink foam camellia brooch adorned with pearls and a rose and mauve-hued tweed bag.

• View more pieces from Chanel’s 2015/16 Cruise collection at or visit boutiques in Abu Dhabi and Dubai


2. Fancy fingers

Let your fingertips sparkle this season with the latest selection of polishes from Ciaté. Our top picks are the Ciaté Mistress in timeless pillar-box red, Dangerous Affair in opulent burgundy, Fit For A Queen in liquid platinum, Antique Brooch with rose gold flakes and Locket in icy silver, laced with crushed crystals.

• Nail varnishes start from Dh70 for a 13.5ml bottle and are available at Sephora, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer in the UAE. Visit


3. Dressy occasion

Festive red and gold characterise Missoni’s Christmas collection this year. Selections from the autumn-winter 2015/16 range include a bold A-line dress of jacquard knit and Chinese-mask print and a red knit shoulder bag with kaleidoscopic patterning. Gold lurex appears in variations on a sleeveless dress and a colourful vase-inspired coat. Raffia bags show up in mini form, with a glint of gold and in five shades – black, peach, aubergine, pink and beige. Accessorises-wise, we’re partial to Missoni’s black obi belt with gold leather trim.

• Prices upon application. Visit


4. Iconic elements

Luxury Italian brand Tod’s has pulled out all the stops this season with limited editions of its iconic Gommino loafers and classic Flower bag. The shoes, which have been made-over in patent and reflective leather, bear the same embellishment of metal pearls as in the reinvented handbag. Festive, functional and fabulous.

•Available in Tod’s boutiques. Prices upon application. Visit


5. Quirky buys

You can always rely upon accessories from s*uce to keep things fresh. Add a little humour to your glad rags with Oreo or M&M shoulder bags, cute clutches and funky phone covers.

• Visit for product prices and boutique locations


6. Red hot

Lulu Guinness has plenty of festive stocking fillers and accessories that can be found at the boutique in Dubai’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah. We’re loving the perfect pout key rings for Dh290, silk scarves with lip motifs for Dh625, glitter zip pouches from Dh600 and classic smooth leather Ellie bags for Dh950.

• Call 04 276 5373 or visit



1. Capsule Christmas

If you’re buying for a man who is sports crazy, a dapper dresser for work and never without the latest accessory, then is your one-stop-shop. There are wardrobe basics from American Apparel, high-performance sportswear from Nike and home-grown options, too, such as the popular caps by Emirati brand Caliente.

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2. ABC style

‘B’ might stand for the ‘best belt’ this Christmas if fashion house Bally has its way. This month, offerings in stores across the UAE include a classic ‘B’ buckle belt in textured black leather for a little more than Dh1,000. Other accessories this season have something of an understated elegant feel, not least the Meisel wallet. Made from baby-soft calf leather, the sleek, square wallet is embellished only with the brand’s B metal logo and comes in a range of shades from moss green to navy blue. Wallets start from Dh1,090.

• At The Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Centre and Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Visit


3. Festive fragrance

Presented in a regal blue gift box emblazoned with the maison’s recognisable signature plumes and Medusa head, Versace Eros is a heady mix of geranium, cedarwood and oak moss with notes of green apple, tonka bean, amber and lemon zest. Two gift sets are available; one with a 50ml eau de toilette natural spray, invigorating shower gel and aftershave balm; the second replaces the balm with a sleek washbag.

• Prices upon application. Visit for your nearest branch


4. Reality bites

For the man who has everything, a ­virtual-reality headset by Thumbs up might be just the thing. Retailing at Dh139 at Virgin Megastore, this nifty and affordable piece of tech allows the user to watch 3-D movies and play games through a variety of smartphones. Equally on-trend is a Parrot Zik 2.0 wireless headset for Dh1,699. These smart-control, adaptive, noise-cancelling headphones have an 18-hour flight mode and are compatible with iPod, iPhone and iPad devices, to name but a few. Dubbed “the world’s most advanced headphones”, they are available in a range of colours, from classic cream to electric orange and midnight blue.

• Available in Virgin Megastore branches; visit


5. Time check

Casio has just rolled out the luxury MR-G Series in their G-Shock line and only 100 of the limited-edition watches have been produced. In addition to advanced timekeeping and a display of dual time-zones, the watch receives GPS and radio signals. The Movado TC – or Thin Classic – is perfect for style-savvy guys. Minimalist dials and sleek straps are key features of the model, which includes two new striking bracelet chronographs this season. With brushed links and hidden clasps, these watches symbolise understated elegance that won’t break the bank.

• Prices upon application; for full product details, visit


6. Sure footed

Christian Louboutin has some special offerings. Fans of studs will love the Cadena Beach Flat sandal in soft, black calf leather with silver metalwork. Equally sharp, a pair of velvet Dandelion opera slippers bearing a sparkling, pearl-eyed octopus. For those craving a more casual look, there’s the Sporty Dude boot. And for more colourful types, the resplen­dent sunshine-yellow-sea-blue combo of the beaded Tipi flats is sure to impress.

• Prices upon application. To find your nearest boutique, go to

Published: December 20, 2015 04:00 AM


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