Editors' Picks Gift Guide: Beauty Director Angelique Serrano
For the holidays, we asked our editors to tell us what they’re coveting for the holidays—and what they’re planning on giving to all the special people in their life. Click through the gallery for some major seasonal inspiration from InStyle’s Beauty Director Angelique Serrano.
for the man in my life
"My husband has classic tastes when it comes to footwear, so I’ve been dying to up his shoe game. These navy Balenciaga lace-ups ($585; barneys.com) keep a polished vibe with a neutral color, and can go anywhere-except Equinox."
my fantasy gift
"I was looking for an update to my black leather cuff, and this silver version ($3,500; tiffany.com) made me stop in my tracks. It’s a minimalist piece, yet feels so strong and powerful. And I love the addition of rose gold, which lends a femininity and versatility that I would take advantage of every single day. Santa…? Baby…?"
for a child
"I had to get glasses in the sixth grade, when I could no longer make sense of the blurred words on the chalkboard. To get me excited about my first pair of specks, my parents let me pick out the frames (which were big, round, and Sally-Jesse-Raphael red). I’m going to tuck Warby Parker gift cards ($95; warbyparker.com) into the stockings of all the bespectacled kiddies on my list, so they can feel good about having to sport (super-cute!) lenses."
the gift i'm hoping to get
"I can't resist the combination of sweet and spiky. These pumps ($1,295; saksfifthavenue.com) look like a whimsical purchase, but the array of color allows them to be far more practical than they first appear."
for a hostess
"I’ve never gone wrong giving a party hostess a holiday gift set from Fresh. Whether it’s an assortment of elegantly wrapped, scented soaps, or a collection of the brand’s signature Sugar lip treatments ($55; fresh.com) in yummy shades like Honey, Rose, and Berry, the gesture always guarantees a repeat invitation."
"My mom would never splurge on a hair brush, but this lightweight one from Laight & Mercer is so worth the investment ($80; laightandmercer.com). It only takes one pass through fine strands like ours to detangle without drawing an 'ouch' from our mouths or a damaged strand from our heads."
"I may just gift myself this kit of colorful gel eye liners ($45; sephora.com), perfect for dramatizing any look in a flash. Gold cat-eyes? Oh, I’m way ahead of you."
for a tween or teen
"I suspect my selfie-obsessed niece and nephew have no idea how to 'shake it like a Polaroid picture.' You better believe I’m going to fix that this holiday season! This throwback camera ($100; ritzcamera.com) fulfills my need for nostalgia, but also gives the tweens the instant payoff they’ve grown to expect from their iPhones. Double score!"
my style-obsessed bestie
"Another friend of mine suggested this ubiquitous bucket bag ($460; mansurgavriel.com) from Mansur Gavriel, and it’s the perfect tote for my fashion-focused friend. We’ll all pitch in on the price tag!"
for a co-worker
"I love it when pop-culture elements are elevated on the runways. I’ve never craved a large carton of fries as much as I do this Moschino pack ($85; saksfifthavenue.com). (Okay, lie, I’ve totally put away my fair share.) I know my super-stylish co-workers would appreciate the fashionable gesture—and the extra iPhone security."