The holiday season can send us into sensory overload; the carols, the decadent treats, and — everywhere we turn — gauzy, gilded, glittery decorations. A feast for the eyes? Certainly. But the maximalist aesthetic of Christmas can leave lovers of a more minimalist style hungry for a little simplicity.
Our Christmas gift giving guide is all about pared-back, quality products without gratuitous bells and whistles. And we’ve steered clear of all things red, green, and gold in favour of a clean black-and-white palette. Christmas may be delightfully kitsch, but our gifts don’t have to be!
From all of us here at KHACHILIFE, happy holidays!
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” The queen of the black and white look, Chanel was a lover of simplicity, especially when it came to colour. These onyx mitts are made from a luxurious canvas/lambskin combo, with Chanel’s signature quilted stitching. The French fashion house’s Coco Neige collection is its first dedicated to winter sports — because hey, the cold doesn’t mean we can’t be classy.
LARQ is a company founded on the idea that clean water is not a privilege; it’s a right. Its team set out to combine innovative technology with inspirational design, and developed a product that would help in the fight to end our dependence on plastic water bottles. And while the water bottle market is a saturated one, the LARQ bottle sets itself apart as the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. That’s right; it uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from the water and bottle. And while we love this product in Obsidian Black, it also comes in an array of soft hues like Seaside Mint, Himalayan Pink, and Monaco Blue.
The headphone brand Skull Candy was a renegade in the built-in microphone trend, and in a sea of black and white earbud options, the counter-culture company has been committed to all things colourful, big, and ultra-stylish. That doesn’t mean, however, that they can’t rock a neutral palette. The Venue Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones are available in both white with crimson accents and a monochrome black. And while these headphones create a quiet space in which you can focus on music, it also features a convenient “monitor mode”; with the push of a button, noise cancellation is temporarily turned off so that you can converse with someone or order coffee without having to remove the set.
“Your bicycle should be live music, it should be art, it should be dawn patrol and late-night adventures.” Such is the mandate of Solé Bicycle Company, founded in 2009 by a group of friends with a shared vision for fashion-forward, reasonably priced bikes. Each unit can be shipped 90% assembled straight to your door, skipping the need for bike shop hassle. We love the Shrine model, pictured above; this contemporary take on a traditional beach cruiser has a retro vibe and features a step-through frame for easy mounting/dismounting. It also has rust-resistant components, making this a tough and durable option for seaside adventurers.
April Gargiulo, the founder of Vintner’s Daughter, has a background in fine winemaking. It was her experience in the exacting methods of this process that fuelled the founding of a skincare product that would be “a game-changing, performance-driven face oil with the multi-correctional activity and penetration of a super-powered serum.” Made from the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals and essential oils, this Active Botanical Serum was a Glamour Magazine winner this year, with the publication declaring it “the best natural beauty product.” Fight the winter blues and keep skin radiant with this luxurious, gorgeously-packaged serum.
This gift is a great option for the lover of all things vintage, retro, and analogue. Help capture holiday memories instantly and personally with the INSTAX® SQUARE SQ6, which captures images in a 1:1 square format and prints on the spot. Features included in this little model are Automatic Exposure Control (perfect for dark rooms and night scenes), Macro Mode (which allows clear images from a super-close range of 30 cm – 50 cm), Landscape Mode for distance, Double Exposure Mode (which artistically overlays two images in the same print), 3 Flash Colour Filters in orange, purple, and green, and most convenient of all, Selfie Mode and Selfie Mirror. This last feature allows for easy selfie framing thanks to a tiny mirror beside the lens.
VEJA is a brand committed to a greener economy, one that combines fair trade and ecology while approaching capitalism through the lens of social initiatives and environmental issues. The V-10 Extra White Nautico Pekin sneakers were released in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary. Made from ecological and sustainable materials, like wild rubber from the Amazonian rain forest, organic cotton, and expanded P.U., these were crafted in the Porto Alegre region of Brazil. We love a white sneaker, and this pair sports just the right amount of colour and detailing with the ‘V’ of the VEJA logo and a pop of crimson. This sporty-cool pair of sneakers makes a perfect gift for the eco-conscious fashion lover.
Much like the water bottle market, the luggage market is an oversaturated one; countless start-ups have set out to reinvigorate a stagnant sector in the last few years, and the result is a wave of innovative, design-savvy suitcases. The G-RO sets itself apart by reinventing the wheel. Netta Shalgi, an industrial designer and inventor, set out to build luggage that could safely traverse the stairs, bumps, and uneven surfaces of our round world. The G-RO Carry-On offers effortless maneuverability, thanks to GravityRoll™ Wheel Technology. This bag is also all about convenience; it has been specifically designed for packing space and ergonomics, and bears removable smart features, plenty of pockets, TSA locks, and more — all made with high quality materials and superior construction methods. This may just be the last suitcase you’ll ever need, so hey…if you purchase one as a gift, consider picking one up for yourself, too!
Courant is a Brooklyn-based company all about perfecting a relatively new product: the wireless charging device. Its products couple cutting-edge hardware with sleek design choices, like premium Italian pebble-grain leather and high-grade matte aluminum alloy. And when we say cutting-edge, we mean it; Courant promises to charge devices 20 minutes faster than its wireless competitors, and 30 minutes faster than wired chargers. The Catch:3, pictured above, features a smooth station for holding a wallet, keys, and other items beside a charging phone, making this a handy (and handsome) desk or nightstand organizer. Have someone on your list who is impossible to shop for? It’s hard to go wrong with this classy, innovative device.
While Canadian company Moose Knuckles is all about well-constructed winter sportswear, we adore this departure from the brand’s usual aesthetic. This luxurious carpet design print is a welcome pop of visual interest on a crisp white background, and that detachable faux fur hood is the very epitome of winter elegance; this parka will leave you feeling like Lara in Doctor Zhivago. (And we love anything that will make us feel like Julie Christie!) The waist is also cinched, which will keep you feeling stylish and bulk-free, even when you’re bundled. There are gifts, and then there are showstoppers; the Louisa Parker sits in the latter category.