Whatever your experience with the challenges of 2021 thus far, this holiday edition of Luxe Loves is sure to make your holiday season merry and bright! Indulge in some self-care, splurge on your loved ones, or just take a moment to swoon over these luxurious items from local Birmingham businesses.
With items from under a $100 to over $5,000, this list provides ample opportunity for all levels of splurges!
For more Birmingham gift ideas, be sure to check out our “35 Under $50” gift guide!
SELF-CARE + RELAXATION
Botox in a bottle
For the skincare lover in your life, this firming eye-and-lip cream formulated by the team of small-batch formulators at Botanikō Skin will be an absolute treat to try! Featuring ingredients like DMAE — which provides instant (but temporary) skin tightening benefits and is often described as the topical version of Botox — this product is great for those who love to lavish extra attention on the skin under their eyes and around their lips. It’s available for $105 at Botanikō Skin.
Fragrance fanatics will tell you that Diptyque is a must-own range of candles, and they typically warrant a splurge at about $65 apiece — but this Diptyque indoor/outdoor candle created in collaboration with renowned porcelain maker Virebent is one of their ultimate luxe offerings, at $340 per candle. It comes in an earthenware container that will continue to charm long after the candle has seen its last days, and its tuberose scent is notoriously heady and captivating. Find yours, perfectly packaged for gifting in a hatbox, at Bluemercury for $340.
The coziest robe
Give the gift of coziness and perhaps our most favorite robe ever! Easing into a soft, warm robe after a long day — especially after a hot shower or bath — is the ultimate at-home luxury. Infuse a little bit of pampering into your loved one’s everyday routine with this sinfully soft Diamond Tea Velvet Wrap, available for $228 at The Lingerie Shoppe.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
We all love the ‘shacket,’ a current cold-weather staple for women, but we’re loving a similar trend for men, too! Shaia’s Fine Men’s Clothing in Homewood currently carries the ‘swacket’ — it’s cut like a jacket, but offers all the warmth and comfort of a sweater, making it a great option for elevated casual occasions. It’s available at Shaia’s in seven versatile colors, including this cozy burnt orange shade, for $695.
When are fedoras not in style? Another fantastic gift for the dapper Dan in your life is this timeless accessory that pairs beautifully with jeans or a nice suit — dressed up or down, he can’t go wrong. Find this one for $126 at Bridge + Root, located in downtown Birmingham.
Or, for loved ones with a more adventurous sense of style, opt for a vibrant piece of wearable art! With a vision to make an impression, cause a stir, and make a splash, Daniel Grier’s distinct and eye-catching designs do exactly that. This statement fedora will lend the ultimate “pop” of color to an otherwise neutral outfit with its bright, hand-painted design. You can buy it online for $500 at Splashed by DKG.
Hoops are very much in style, especially alternative shapes. Bling lovers will absolutely swoon over these oval-shaped diamond hoop earrings, featuring 1.13 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. They’re available in both 14k yellow and white gold, and they’re beautifully suited for both special occasions and everyday wear. Get this stunning pair for $1,870 at Diamonds Direct.
This gorgeous handbag from Bone Feather holds all of your essentials and then some. Constructed with oil-tanned cowhide, solid brass hardware, and cotton lining, this bag is sure to withstand the test of time. Find it for $560 online at our own SB Shop. Order by Sunday, December 5, for on-time holiday delivery!
We’re all on board with leggings, but post-pandemic, we like ours with a bit of an edge — and we’d wager the fashion lovers in your life feel the same way! These vegan leather leggings by A.L.C. come with a signature sheen, plus an exaggerated seam running down the front of the leg, and an adjustable zipper at the hem. They pair well with cozy sweaters and dressy blouses alike! You can find a pair at Dukes Clothier for $250.
This hard-case tortoise clutch is a fantastic way to elevate a casual outfit. Compact and chic and just large enough to hold all of the essentials, it makes a great gift for ladies who love to accessorize! For some, it may be considered a statement piece, but to us, tortoiseshell is basically a neutral! Whichever camp you fall into — it’s fabulous. Snag one at Monkee’s of Mountain Brook for $147.
FOR THE HOME
Modernize your home or office by splurging on an original print. According to artist Chole York’s bio, her “eye-catching pieces draw their whimsical inspiration from the cherished seaside memories of her childhood.” These whimsical designs provide a much-needed break from your screens and infuse life into any space. Find this original 24-inch by 36-inch piece for $800, and others like it, at Chloe York.
Are you wanting a new rug and need an excuse? Put it out there to your spouse, partner, family that this is the one you want! Complete your look by making sure even your floors receive a luxe treatment, with a handwoven vintage Anatolian rug from Turkey. This beautiful yet neutral piece can be purchased for $5,800 from LillieKat Rugs at Pepper Place. There are tons of other sizes, colors, and price points available at LillieKate Rugs.
If you just happened to be searching for a pair of Italian vintage chairs that would be at home in a swanky 1970s hair salon, then look no more! Because these are exactly that. Featuring faux python material and a swivel base, these would make a great addition to any space in need of a little fun. Find the pair for $3,750 at Lolo French Antiques et More.
Often as lovely as they are useful, mirrors are not only to look into, but also to look upon! This Louis Phillipe mirror may be an antique, but it will breathe new life into a bedroom or living area! Find it for $4,200 at Henhouse Antiques.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Because cultural enrichment is the ultimate luxury, and this one works for all ages, we’d be remiss not to mention a fabulous opportunity available during the holiday season. Through Sunday, January 2, experience the color, shape, and design of the unique works of Vincent Van Gogh at the newly renovated Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. VIP tickets for Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience are $93.99 apiece and include priority access and a merchandise package. You can purchase tickets online at vangoghbirmingham.com.
Have fun shopping and supporting local this holiday season!