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Kristin Booker • December 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas: Ralph Lauren

When I was a teenager, one of the things I wanted the most was a white Polo Ralph Lauren cotton oxford. No, I mean, I had a PROBLEM. I had seen people at school wearing it, I had seen it on tv, I had seen it everywhere and it simply HAD to be part of my wardrobe. I cried, I begged, I dropped hints on my poor mother like water torture, hoping my repeated pleas would result in the shirt appearing on Christmas morning.

And when it did, I don’t think I stopped wearing that shirt until I literally wore it APART. Which took something like ten years to accomplish, but I loved that shirt to DEATH.

As someone who is a huge fan of the Ralph Lauren love of opulence and breeding, there’s something so lovely about incorporating a touch of that white glove world into your life at every price point. I know how I loved my first Ralph Lauren gift, so let’s see if we can’t share that magical moment with someone you love. Here are my favorite gift ideas from the master of all things American style:

Lauren Ralph Lauren Leather iPad Case, $128. Available Available via the Ralph Lauren website. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Newbury Slim Media Leather Case, $128. Available Available via the Ralph Lauren website. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Pretty much everyone on the planet now has an iPad, but finding a nice CASE for one can be challenging. I love the sophisticated-but-cherry feel of this sunshine yellow leather media case.

Ralph Lauren Collection Jeweled Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystals, $2,500. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and select fine stores. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Collection Jeweled Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystals, $2,500. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and select fine stores. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

If you have the means to give something this special and exquisite, please do. It not only makes the look, it will melt your heart.

Ralph Lauren Home Ayers Classic Candle, $60. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Home Ayers Classic Candle, $60. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

As you most likely know, I have a huge candle problem (although I’m not sure my affection for my home smelling amazing all the time is necessarily an affliction of which I should be cured anytime soon.) This Ayers Classic Candle is a beautifully-scented from-the-manor-born kind of fragrance that will give your spirits and any room an instant uplift. Plus, let’s talk about the rocker cool skull crest, shall we?

RLX Beacon Print Graphic Nylon Down Jacket, $795. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

RLX Beacon Print Graphic Nylon Down Jacket, $795. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

I don’t what my lifelong obsession is with Pretty Boys That Ski, but let’s just say that if I spotted a gent in this cool graphic nylon jacket whisking down the slopes, I might be inclined to follow him anywhere.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Cashmere Long-Sleeve V-Neck Sweater, $145. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Long-Sleeve V-Neck Sweater, $145. Available via Ralph Lauren stores and website and fine retailers worldwide. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

I’ve already mentioned these cozy V-neck wool-blend sweaters in the Pretty Little Things guide, but it bears repeating that they are magical and fantastic. PS, Mom Booker is getting one of these under the tree. If it’s possible, she’s an even bigger Ralph Lauren fan than I am. I expect you’ll be able to hear her scream from space when she opens the box.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Black and White Fair Isle Printed Cardigan, $179. Available at Macy's nationwide and Macys.com. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Black and White Fair Isle Printed Cardigan, $179. Available at Macy’s nationwide and Macys.com. Image courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

Finally, a gorgeous Fair Isle cardigan that I think will make a multitude of women happy. Wear it as is with a sleek dark bottom OR take my suggestion and layer it under a black leather jacket with a comfy oversized tee (cobalt blue or red would be cool) and boyfriend jeans. Anyway you work it, it’s a can’t-miss-kind-of look.

Happy Holidays! Which one is your favorite?

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