It's that time of year again. The pressure's on. This is when you're expected to get gifts for your nearest and dearest that will simultaneously sum up your relationship, last a lifetime, and thrill them to the core. That's a lot. And that's why we've come up with this hit list: Best Christmas Gifts 2021. Read on to discover mom's new favorite accessory, dad's next obsession, and a luxury watch so bomb-proof that not even your son can destroy it.
Best Christmas Gifts 2021
One of those never-out-of-style collections, Alhambra was launched in 1968 and has been a maison mainstay ever since. Its stylized four-leaf-clover motif, supposedly a good luck charm for its wearer, has the added advantage of looking great with anything from blue jeans to a business suit. You can't go wrong with this one: If she doesn't have one, she's probably always wanted one; if she has one, she probably wants another.
Whether he's a serious watch geek or the kind of guy who just wants something on his wrist that's sturdy and tells the correct time, this Swiss company has a timepiece that will do the job. Superbly. (Plus, it has so many famous customers—actors, athletes, astronauts, chefs, pilots, poker players—that dad is bound to identify with one of them.) We guarantee he'll spend the holidays reading all about Breitling's super-cool features on watch blogs. And then boasting about them from now to next Christmas.
Since its debut in 1969, Aldo Cipullo's bracelet-and-screwdriver design has circled the wrist of celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor (who got hers from Richard Burton), Ali McGraw (who got hers from Steve McQueen), and, more recently, everybody with enough clout to jump to the head of Cartier's long waiting list (Kylie Jenner, Pippa Middleton, Jennifer Anniston, etc.). Call it a relationship metaphor: Cartier ships the Love Bracelet in two pieces with a special vermeil screwdriver to put them together, but you still need a partner to get it on.
Guaranteed to bring smiles from the moment she/he spots that little blue box. America's best-loved, best-known jeweler has styles to suit every taste and almost every budget, from simple silver alphabet discs to Return to Tiffany pendants in rose gold. (On the other hand, if she/he's been a really good friend this past year, you can also say it with diamonds.) If you've been a pain in the neck this year, what better way to make up for it than a Tiffany necklace?
Best Gift for a Son (or Brother): TAG Heuer Watch
A TAG Heuer timepiece can take whatever he can dish out. Built for endurance, with cases specially designed to withstand shock, shakes, and pressure, it's a superb sports watch that still looks serious enough to wear to a job interview. And we can't help thinking that TAG Heuer's company motto, "Don't crack under pressure," is a nice way to sum up the parent/child dynamic.
A signature David Yurman piece designed to be mixed, matched, and worn in stacks, the cable bracelet is a modern collectible—most often seen in silver but also offered in gold, ceramic, and mixtures of metals. Whichever you pick, she'll love it. And if she has one already, more is better. Much better.