10 Fabulous 2023 Holiday Gift Ideas, Silver Style

Let’s Embrace Quality, Minimalism and Experiences

Welcome to our “10 Fabulous 2023 Holiday Gift Ideas: Silver Style” guide, meticulously curated for those aspiring to live a life filled with intention and style. This guide is specially designed for those who appreciate the art of downsizing and embrace the freedom of minimalism. Our philosophy is simple: less clutter, more memorable experiences. We believe in choosing gifts that enhance life’s pleasures rather than add to its complexities. Join us as we explore a selection of thoughtfully chosen gifts that perfectly embody this minimalist, yet deeply fulfilling approach to life. Let’s embark on this journey of discovery, where each gift is not just an item, but a step towards a more joyful and intentional way of living

1. Bespoke Handbags from ‘Lover Fighter’

Lover fighter bespoke bag. Black with pink stripe

Louche Tote – Black pony with pink stripe

Flat Slouch - Pink Lamb Shearling

Flat Slouch – Pink Lamb Shearling

1/2 Moon Wallet - Manta Ray print

1/2 Moon Wallet – Manta-Ray print

When seeking a gift that’s both practical and a statement of style, consider the exceptional handbags from ‘Lover Fighter‘. These aren’t just mere accessories; they are unique, thoughtful creations that not only support a small business but also stand out as a central feature of any wardrobe. The craftsmanship of Lover Fighter handbags is unparalleled, with hardware that’s second to none and designs that draw admiring glances and inquiries from passersby. As someone who has personally collected several of these exquisite bags, I can attest to their allure and distinctive presence. They bring an elevated sense of style to any outfit, setting you apart from the crowd. In my experience, a ‘Lover Fighter‘ handbag is a treasured possession, far surpassing any identifiable branded bag that might blend you into the masses.

2. Tickets to Local Shows or Concerts

The true essence of a memorable gift lies in the experiences it brings, far outweighing the value of physical items. Gifting tickets to a local theatrical production or a concert is more than just a present; it’s an opportunity to create unforgettable memories. These events offer a chance for meaningful bonding, sharing the joy of live performances, and experiencing the magic of art and music together.

Reflecting on my own experiences, I fondly recall the time I took my daughters to a Justin Timberlake concert in Vancouver. It wasn’t just about the music or the performance; it was about the laughter, the singing along, the shared excitement, and the togetherness that made that evening so special. That concert became more than just an event; it turned into a cherished memory, a story we often reminisce about with smiles and fondness. I still remember the Led Zepplin concert my dad took me to almost 50 years ago. My parents thought i was too young to go with just my friend so my dad offered to take us. I was horrified at the time but I think back to that concert with such fondness for my father. In the end my friend couldn’t make it so my little brother came instead and he never stopped talking about our date with dad.

Giving the gift of an experience like this means offering someone a story they’ll tell for years to come. Whether it’s the thrill of a live concert, the emotional depth of a theatre performance, or the awe of a spectacular show, these experiences forge bonds and create moments that are treasured long after the final curtain call or encore.

3. Timeless Scarves

Scarves, in their elegant simplicity, transcend mere fashion accessory status; they are indeed foldable, portable works of art. Each scarf, with its unique design and fabric, tells a story, making it a versatile and clutter-free addition to any wardrobe. They are perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to outfits or for bringing a familiar comfort while traveling.

Hermès Dress Code scarf

Hermès Dress Code scarf

Opting for timeless pieces such as Hermes scarves transcends mere style; it’s an investment in art. These scarves, celebrated for their enduring value and charm, are more than just fashion accessories—they are potential heirlooms, poised to be cherished and passed down through generations, each imbued with its own unique history and sentiment. However, the world of scarves is vast and varied, with many stunning options available, both branded and unbranded. The key is to keep an eye out for that special scarf that captivates your attention, one that speaks to your personal style and the stories you wish to tell. Whether it’s a renowned Hermes piece or a hidden gem discovered in a quaint boutique, each scarf has the potential to become a cherished part of your wardrobe and a beautiful expression of your individuality.

Alexander McQueen Scarf

Iconic Alexander McQueen scarf with sculls in a great colour way.

On a personal note, my vacation souvenirs are often scarves, whether from a quaint vintage store or a boutique selling new designs. Every scarf in my collection is tied to a memory, a specific place, and a moment in time. Wearing them is like wrapping myself in those memories, a constant reminder of my travels and experiences. Each scarf becomes a narrative thread in the tapestry of my life, making them the best kind of souvenirs. They are not just objects I’ve acquired; they are stories I wear, each with its own origins and emotions, making them treasured and timeless pieces in my collection.

Hermes Scarf: Homage to Charles Garnier

Hermes Scarf from a vintage market in Rome: Homage to Charles Garnier

A poignant example of this is a vintage Hermes scarf I stumbled upon in a market in Rome. The scarf featured Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House. This building is one of my favourites, and I had the chance to admire it on that very trip.Its significance was immediate and profound; it was as if the scarf was calling out to me, a serendipitous find that I was destined to own. The acquisition of this scarf was not just a purchase; it was the encapsulation of a moment, a journey, and a personal affinity, all woven into a beautiful piece of art.

Charles Garnier, Architect of the Paris Opera House

Close-up of Charles Garnier


4. Digital Photo Frames

In today’s digital age, our phones have become the primary tool for capturing countless memories in the form of photos. However, these precious moments often remain hidden in the digital realm, forgotten or lost amidst the vast sea of our photo libraries. While printing them out or creating photo books is a lovely way to preserve these memories, there’s another innovative and dynamic option: digital photo frames.

Digital photo frames offer a modern solution to showcase and relive our cherished memories. They are not just frames; they are windows into our past adventures, special occasions, and everyday moments that bring us joy. These frames serve as a continuous slideshow of our lives, cycling through photographs that might otherwise remain unseen.

Imagine a frame somewhere near where you regularly sit, displaying a rolling collection of images: a family vacation, a candid laugh, a serene sunset, or a child’s first steps. Each picture tells a story, bringing a smile or a moment of nostalgia. It’s a way to keep our memories alive and visible in our daily lives.

Furthermore, digital photo frames can be an especially heartwarming gift for those who may not be as tech-savvy. For parents or grandparents, it’s a way to stay connected with the family’s latest adventures, even if they’re not on social media or adept at navigating digital photo albums. You can easily set up the frame to display a curated selection of images that update automatically, ensuring they always have something new and delightful to see. My daughter gave my mother a digital frame for her birthday and I find myself yearning for one too.

In essence, a digital photo frame is more than just a gadget; it’s a living, evolving album of life’s precious moments, perfectly blending nostalgia with the convenience of modern technology.

5. Apple AirTag

In the realm of practical and innovative gifts, the Apple AirTag stands out as a true game-changer. This compact, yet powerful device is perfect for anyone who values peace of mind in their daily lives and during their travels. Its primary function is to keep track of important items like keys, ensuring they are never lost. But its utility extends far beyond just locating misplaced items at home.

For travellers, the AirTag transforms into an indispensable tool. Putting it in your luggage makes it effortlessly simple to monitor your bags’ whereabouts, adding a layer of security and convenience to your journeys. Whether navigating through busy airports or waiting at baggage claims, knowing the precise location of your luggage relieves a significant amount of travel-related stress.

A personal experience further highlights the AirTag’s practicality. My daughter, during a dance class, unfortunately had her fanny pack stolen. However, thanks to an AirTag attached to her keys inside the bag, she was able to track its location in real-time. In a bold move, she followed the signal, confronted the thief, and successfully retrieved her belongings. While it’s not advisable to confront thieves directly, this incident showcases the effectiveness of the AirTag in a stressful situation.

The AirTag is more than just a tracker; it’s a small beacon of security in our often chaotic and unpredictable world. Its ability to seamlessly integrate into our lives, providing both comfort and practical assistance, makes it an ideal gift for anyone, especially for those who cherish their adventures and peace of mind while on the go.

6. Other Experiences: Travel

When considering gifts that fall under the category of experiences, travel holds a special place. It’s an opportunity to explore new places, create lasting memories, and bond in unique settings. A family vacation, for instance, is a fantastic holiday gift idea. Our family recently returned from a trip to Palm Springs. All 10 of us! We rented a large vacation property and had an absolute blast. It’s experiences like these, where you can gather everyone together in one place, that truly enrich the holiday spirit and leave lasting impressions.

For a more intimate setting, why not plan a special weekend getaway with a loved one, like a trip with mom? It’s a wonderful way to spend quality time together and experience something new, away from the daily routine. On a broader scale, consider booking a fun trip to an exciting destination like Baja Mexico where the arts, culture, food and music are next to none. This location offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration. And don’t forget to pick up our guide to San Jose Del Cabo before you get there. Our guide is designed to enhance your journey, highlighting the best spots, the architecture, history and experiences in the area, ensuring your trip is both enriching and enjoyable.

Travel is about more than just visiting new places; it’s about the memories we create and the bonds we strengthen along the way. Whether it’s a large family gathering in a vacation home or a cozy weekend escape, these travel experiences are gifts that go beyond the ordinary, offering joy and connection that lasts far beyond the holiday season.

7. Other Experiences: A Lovely Dinner Out 

Another exceptional experience to consider as a gift is the simple yet profound joy of a lovely dinner out. Whether it’s with your partner, a parent, or one of your children, dining out creates a special atmosphere conducive to conversation and connection.

Yaletown restaurants

Having dinner with Graham at the Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown

I’ve personally found that sharing a meal in a new environment, away from the distractions of home, encourages more openness and dialogue, especially with my kids who seem to be more talkative in this setting.

Lunch With Paisley In London at the rooftop restaurant at John Lewis

Lunch With Paisley In London at the rooftop restaurant at John Lewis

A dinner out is not just about the food; it’s about the experience – the ambiance, the service, and the pleasure of sitting down together without the usual responsibilities like cooking and cleaning. It’s a break from the norm that allows everyone to relax and engage more deeply, making it a memorable and cherished experience. This thoughtful gesture of spending time together over a meal is a beautiful way to show appreciation and strengthen bonds with your loved ones.

8. Audible Membership as a Gift

Consider the gift of endless storytelling with a one-year membership to Audible. This gift is perfect for anyone who loves books but might not have the time or inclination to sit down and read in the traditional sense. Audible offers the flexibility to ‘read’ while doing other activities, like walking or exercising, making it an excellent choice for multitaskers or those in their silver years who prefer listening to reading.

As we age, our reading habits and preferences often change. Audible caters to this transition beautifully by bringing stories to life through narration. Listening to a book can be a more engaging and immersive experience, especially for those who find traditional reading less appealing than they once did. With an Audible membership, the recipient gets a new book each month at no additional cost, starting with two books initially. After the initial period, the service is available at a reasonable $14.95 per month.

This service is particularly great for delving into genres like non-fiction, which can sometimes be challenging to sit down and read through. For example, I’ve enjoyed ‘reading’ books like “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs on Audible – a book I’ve always wanted to finish since my university days in urban planning. Audible makes it easy and enjoyable to catch up on those long-intended reads or explore new genres without the commitment of sitting down with a physical book. It’s a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving, offering a world of knowledge and stories to anyone eager to learn and listen.

9.  Travel Like a Designer Curated City Guides

If you’re looking for a truly unique and insightful gift, why not consider our own bespoke Travel Like a Designer Curated City Guides? Crafted with the expertise and eye for detail of two architects – myself and my husband – these guides are far more than just travel companions; they are gateways to experiencing cities in a wholly original and exciting way. The beauty is you can explore these cities from the comfort of your own home with these image rich guides.

Our guides stand apart by taking you off the beaten path, leading you to extraordinary places often overlooked in conventional travel guides. They are rich with insights, offering not just directions but stories, historical context, architectural details, and even local gossip. Imagine walking through a city and not just seeing, but understanding the why and how of its landmarks and hidden gems.

Each guide is meticulously organized into zones, simplifying navigation and reducing travel stress, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or an armchair explorer, our guides serve as a portal to the world of art, design, and architecture. They are a celebration of urban landscapes, filled with vivid photographs, detailed maps, and curated routes for exploring.

Convenience is key with our guides. They are digitally available, ready to be downloaded onto your smartphone or computer, providing easy access whenever and wherever you need. For those who prefer a tactile experience, the guides are also printable, allowing for a hands-on approach to planning and exploring.

In essence, our Travel Like a Designer Curated City Guides are more than just travel aids; they are a labor of love, designed to enrich your understanding of urban spaces and transform the way you experience cities. They are the perfect gift for anyone who cherishes the blend of travel, learning, and aesthetic appreciation. Buy Guides HERE

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This program is especially relevant for those at a pivotal stage in life, perhaps with grown-up children and newfound freedom, and looking to redefine their identity and style. “Silver Style On the Go” offers a route to self-discovery and renewal, encouraging you to live authentically and vibrantly in these remarkable years. Define. Discover. Design. Do

Our philosophy centres on the concept of the carry-on bag, representing the idea of carrying only what is essential and meaningful. This symbolizes more than just travel efficiency; it reflects a mindset of feeling confident and looking great in your style choices, embodying a life of authenticity and proactive decision-making.

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This holiday season, let’s focus on gifts that enhance experiences, not clutter. Whether it’s a unique handbag, a night at the theatre a stylish scarf, reliving memories through photos, or a practical gadget, each gift is thoughtfully chosen to enrich the lives of our loved ones. Happy Holidays, and here’s to a season filled with joy and memorable experiences!

The Scarf.

Paisley scarfing it in Rome.

When I was 12 I received an orange and yellow fine georgette silk scarf, from an adult American family friend, for Christmas.  At the time I thought it was pretty but a really weird gift to give a kid.  As a self conscious 12 year old there was no way I was going to wear that scarf, but strangely, I have kept it to this day. Even then I could appreciate the quality and beauty of the piece.  Little did I know that this little scarf would turn me into a scarf collector; not systematically, like many collectors, but rather from a simple fundamental attraction when I see one that speaks to me.

I collect different colours of pashminas, and vintage travel scarves but my main love is the Hermes scarf, or if you rather, Les carrés d’Hermès.  These 90cm x 90cm silk works of art are truly exquisite and the process to produce them is lengthy and complex.

Beloved India, Hermes

The first carré d’Hermès was made in 1937. Since the late 1930′s, over 1,500 different versions have been made, and Hermès tends to work with a number of different artists every season. Most designs start with the painting of a motif, which then needs to be translated into a scarf.  Once the artwork is created, choosing the colour combinations is generally the next step in making a carré. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the artistic director of Hermès, and the grandson of the founder of Hermès, describes their colour process as very complex. “Sometimes we discuss a single colour for a considerable time for a scarf that will include more than thirty (colours.) This research into colour is the work of incredible perfectionism. The palette is infinite, its variations at the limit of what the eye can perceive.” Leila Menchari, the director of the colour panel explains that “The work of colouring the Carrés takes time, because each design must be produced in around ten different colour schemes.” (from ‘Searching for Style’)

My fascination of these scarves led to me to join a number of ‘by invitation only’ on-line Hermes scarf collecting clubs.  Who knew they even existed?  I found myself learning about the designs, how to detect a counterfeit scarf, and the definition of colourway.  I also learned that collecting Hermes scarves is an obsession for thousands of women and many men. These collectors, from all over the world, meet regularly in New York, Paris and Toronto. They team up and hit the rare Hermes scarf sales in Paris and they have formed incredible friendships over their shared love of Hermes.  Some of these women are lawyers, doctors, and businesswomen, but all, regardless of origin or profession, are simply drawn to the feel, the beauty and artistry of these magnificent pieces of art. I entered a world few people even know exist.

My collection of Hermes scarves has grown to around 15 including a few duplications of some designs in different colourways. Most of my scarves are pre-loved, with only a few of them brand new because they are so expensive, even the vintage ones.  The good news is that they seem to retain their value. This sentiment is echoed by one of my Hermes ‘Scarfie’ friends, Jan Goode, who was interviewed by The New York Times.

Shoppers, turned out in droves on West 18th Street for a Hermès sample sale (from The New YorkTimes.)

“I used to buy Sirius stock to keep myself from buying more Hermès scarves,” said Jan Goode, who was wearing a coral one and carrying a tote she had made to showcase another one. Ms. Goode, who is in her 50s, considers herself a serious collector of Hermès scarves, but stopping just short of considering herself someone with a serious problem. It turns out her addiction proved more profitable then her ‘sensible’ purchases: “Now my Hermès holdings are much more valuable than my Sirius stock,” she said. “Sirius is at 90 cents a share. I should have been buying scarves all along.”

It is not hard to justify the price when you think of each scarf as a beautiful piece of art, carefully crafted and executed.  The only difference being that they are to adorn oneself instead of a wall.

I have passed down my love of scarves to my daughters who will one day enjoy my collection. Are scarves just for old ladies?  What an absurd notion. Just try one on at any age and you’re in love.  Let me know if you are, or might become a ‘Scarfie’.

Paisley wearing Hermes in Paris.

H. wearing Hermes In Paris

Hannah T. wearing Hermes In Paris

Oprah in Hermes