When you don’t know what to get someone picky, the best gifts are those that take an everyday essential and upgrade it. For the classic dresser, we’d suggest a pair of luxe loafers to take their signature style to the next level. Gucci’s Horsebit 1953 loafer is the OG designer option, and as such our top choice if you’re looking to splurge.
Over the last few years the shoes have experienced a sort of style renaissance thanks in large part to former creative director Alessandro Michele’s reimaginings (never forget the fur-lined slide iteration spotted in a thousand street-style photos). But the pared-down black leather shoe with its signature horsebit detail hasn’t fallen victim to the trend cycle. Over the years, Jane Birkin, Jodie Foster, Dakota Johnson, and Harry Styles have all put their own spin on Gucci’s loafers. Undoubtedly, the recipient will find a million ways to style these loafers once they’re open and out of their holiday gift wrapping. (Our style director, Jessica Willis, chose these as her favorite loafers for the fact that they offer “the shape of a classic loafer with an unexpected twist: a heel and the gold hardware, which you can pair with gold jewelry.” Combine your gift with a cozy pair of socks to kick-start them on their first of many new loafer looks.