The holiday season is fast approaching and our army of little elves here at LaDoubleJ would like to give you a helping hand.
We know you have those people on your list that are impossible to shop for. The ones that always seem to carelessly rip through the perfectly pleated wrapping paper you meticulously pasted in place the night before, pull out the exhaustively sourced, thoughtful (and not to mention expensive) gift you spent months trying to find and are only able to muster a bemused raised eyebrow before enquiring about a gift receipt? Look no further because we’ve got those chicks sorted.


Before we get to those fussy honies, let’s start with a gift guide for the most important person: YOU. What better time than the holidays to cop some sexy swag for a mistletoe makeout. The season’s party circuit calls for LBD’s with the lights turned on (i.e. a sprinkle of sparkling bling), perfect for the darkest of dancefloors. You’re going to outshine the disco ball.


A gift to get your Nonna to stop pestering your boyfriend to propose
Has Nonna been a bit bored since her pension kicked in? Give her gal pals at the sagra something to gossip about when she rolls up in full flamenco regalia or an Elviretta brass breastplate. No matter that she clocks in at 5 foot nothing, our girl can pull it off. If she’s not rocking a set of curves, try a more forgiving shape, like one of our vintage sack style dresses in a popping print.


A gift for your sister-in-law who is 8 months pregnant and ready to pop
She’s ready to pop and the poor thing has to sit through the endless Christmas mass, and it looks like Padre is showing no signings of wrapping up the sermon any time soon. Last year she was first in line for the festive cocktails and now she’s looking just about ready to pass out into the censer. The girl deserves something nice, like a roomy kaftans in jacquard or Hawaiian prints that are fit for two. Bonus points: once the bundle of joy shows up you can borrow these pieces for your post-holiday food baby.


The BFF who switches outfits every selfie
She’s your best friend and social secretary, dragging you around town to every sassy soiree and fancy fête she can blag her way past the doorman to get into. Make sure you gift your ride-or-die an outfit to match her energy. We’re thinking flashy cocktail dresses and statement jewellery that stand out in a selfie.


Your brand new stepmother with expensive taste.
Not quite Cruella, but this bitch is dripping in Versace jewels and she’s been into the eggnog. Her outfits are usually lavish and she’s not afraid to show a bit of flash. The only thing appropriate for her is a bit of drama: full volume vintage Balestra skirts, maribou trim on Nina Ricci haute couture and Missoni pantsuits are the only ways to go.


– Laura Todd