Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year, we all know how stressful finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones can be. To save you from transforming into Ebenezer Scrooge, we have concocted the ultimate gift guide that will be sure to spread holiday cheer to everyone on your shopping list.
Have a few people in your life who crave the adrenalin rush of the great outdoors or just love to get their blood pumping? Surprise them with eyewear that will boost their performance and style. Shredders can tackle any double black diamond with VonZipper’s “Fishbowl” snow goggles while hikers can make it to the top in Kaenon’s “Georgia” sunnies. For athletes keeping it indoors on the track or court, NBA’s “NBA855” or Converse’s “Free to Go” specs will do the trick.
We all have those friends who always stay one step ahead of the fashion curve. To aid them in their plight to clinch the top spot of your inner circle’s “best dressed” category, throw one of these trendy sunnies or specs their way. Elizabeth and James’ “Fairfax” frame is already a fave among Hollywood “It” girls like Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens and Amanda Bynes, so we have no doubt whoever opens this gift will squeal with delight. Other hot picks are bright, oversized Face á Face “Sonia3” shades or retro specs like the Clubmaster-inspired Marc Ecko Cut & Sew “The Alex” or round Tru Trussardi “TR12725″ frames in milky tortoise.
For some, accessories make or break an outfit. To ensure the latter doesn’t occur, help your spexy loved ones show off their eyewear in style. Astucci’s “Aviator” case offers a tailored spin on the traditional look while Hilco’s “Emily” case goes feminine with a clean, paisley print. Getting jewelry into the mix is always fun, try été’s “Cygne” pendant or Cinzia Design’s “Hieroglyph” necklace with optional matching earrings and bracelet. For more info on the Emily case please call 800-955-6544 and contact Cinzia Designs at 800-701-6765 for their stylish chain.
You might be worried about saving Christmas, but your significant other is more concerned about saving the planet. Settle both of your nerves with some eco-friendly frames for a gift they won’t forget. Go green and sporty with Zeal Optics’ “Essential” frames or try Gucci’s “GG3502” for a chic look — both models are manufactured with bio-based material made from the oil of castor beans. For every pair of Eco’s fun ‘n flirty “E107” shades sold, which are made from 95 percent recycled stainless steel and plastic, they’ll plant a tree with a non-profit called Trees for the Future. Jhane Barnes’ “Redux5” also provides a handsome alternative and are made of thin sheets of recycled wood pulp laminated onto an acetate temple.
If reading the paper or catching up on a juicy beach read is a favorite past time for your parents, or even your friends, you should consider stuffing their stocking with a pair of readers. Corinne McCormack’s “Twiggy” animal print sunreaders or ICU Eyewear’s “1915” abstract temple pattern are ideal for the women in your life. For the men, try these charming Scojo New York’s “Walker Street” readers or sporty Maui Jim’s “Makaha” frames for a day in the sun.
For friends and family who enjoy the finer luxuries in life, step up your gift giving with one of these swanky frames. Classy ladies will swoon over Emporio Armani’s “EA9607S” oversized sunnies (available at Solstice Sunglass Boutique stores), adorned with lush, flocked velvet or MYKITA Decade’s dramatic “Holly” cat-eyes. Pick Tag Heuer’s sleek “L-Type” shades or Tumi’s “T305” with leather on the temples to impress the dapper dudes.
Person Who Has Everything
The hardest person on your list is that special someone who seems to have everything imaginable. They may have stumped you before, but these unique finds will put a smile on their face. Columbia Eyewear’s “Prescott2” has interchangeable temples so switching up your look is a breeze. Ray-Ban’s (RB4105) wayfarers actually fold up and can fit in your pocket –perfect for being on the go. If you have someone who loves to personalize, check out Tommy Hilfiger’s “TH1090S” sunnies (available at Solstice Sunglass Boutique stores) that use magnets to decorate the temples and can be changed as often as you want. Last, but certainly not least, are digital performance “Emissary” frames from Gunnar Optiks. These specs ease the strain of staring at a computer screen and are sure to become your favorite workaholic’s new best friend.