Cutting-edge trends that demand a place on your Christmas list
By Taylor Kamnetz
UNITED STATES – December is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on!
It’s the season for shopping until you drop.
You may find yourself making outrageous Christmas lists filled with items that you might not want to treat yourself to but wouldn’t mind others doing on your behalf.
If there’s ever been a moment to take your photo when it comes to your gift cravings, it’s good during the holiday season. After all, the answer is always no unless you ask!
As strange as it sounds, there are a lot of people who have a hard time identifying the items they want, which makes the idea of ââsitting down to make a Christmas list seem like a battle without a win.
If you’re struggling to think of what you might want this Christmas and your list looks as bare as an undecorated tree, we’ve rounded up the season’s hottest trends and most popular items to add to your listing.
From platform slippers and gaming devices to shoulder bags and snap-in faux leather jackets, here are several items that are calling for a place on your Christmas 2021 list.
Faux leather puffer jackets and buttons
You’ve seen them all over your TikTok and Instagram feeds, but do you have a faux leather puffer or snaps jacket in your closet?
If the answer is no, it looks like you just found the first two items to add to your list.
It is true that down jackets of different lengths and colors are currently experiencing a moment of seriousness.
Like many trends that caught on in the ’90s, the puffer jacket reappeared in the focus group in 2021.
This staple serves as either a heartwarming blast from the past for older generations, or forward-thinking recycled inspiration for those who weren’t there in its glory days.
Stores like Zara, CottonOn and even Nordstrom Rack are offering a variety of down jackets this season to suit everyone’s unique style.
Let’s not forget the legendary long sleeve faux leather button down or button down jacket that also deserves a place in your starting wardrobe lineup, especially if someone is kind enough to give it to you this holiday season.
If you’ve ever dreamed of looking like a rescue dancer who just left filming an 80s or 90s boy group music video, then you owe it to yourself to add this iconic item to your list.
The added element of the snaps is the icing on the cake for this grungy yet chic winter basic.
Platform slippers and matching tracksuits
No matter where you live, everyone needs a pair of sturdy slippers for those late night walks to the corner store or for that 8am walk in the kitchen for your first cup of coffee.
Fortunately, slippers are also very trendy right now, especially platform slippers like those from UGG.
If you think you can only wear them at home, you are wrong.
The soles of UGG slippers are durable, as if they were designed to step into the real world, whether it’s the grocery store or a lunch with friends. AKA the only thing stopping you from wearing this style of slippers in bars is you.
While not recommended, you will definitely be able to get by.
The same could be said for the matching tracksuits, although it might be harder to sell on a Saturday night at the hottest bar in town, unless you’re Kim Kardashian or Hailey Bieber.
Since oversized matching tracksuits are extremely trendy and often worn by celebrities like Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish, it wouldn’t hurt to have at least one matching pair in your wardrobe.
You can be candle or basic with this request, as a range of brands have matching tracksuit sets. From PacSun to Balenciaga, there is a tracksuit to suit every budget and taste.
Hoka and combat boots
If you are a runner or just want to dress like you are, then adding a pair of Hoka running or walking shoes to your list would be a smart move.
These sneakers are perfect for a marathon, a 5k hobby or even a Sunday brunch with your team.
If the Hoka brand sounds familiar to you, it might be because many of the Bachelor Nation men, including Tyler Cameron and former Bachelor Manager Matt James, were seen wearing custom Hoka’s at the New York Marathon on November 7.
Not to mention celebrity podcaster Amanda Hirsch from Not Skinny But Not Fat has been raving about her Hokas on her Instagram Stories for nearly a month.
If sneakers aren’t your cup of tea, then why not add a pair of combat boots to your wardrobe?
You know what they’re saying: if you can’t beat them, join them. And that’s basically how the whole combat boot trend evolved to now include the everyday masses outside of Hollywood.
Considering the number of celebrities who have been spotted wearing Dr. Martens or Louboutin combat boots in recent months, this trend is unlikely to go away anytime soon. So you might as well pick your poison in terms of price and add one or the other to the old Christmas list.
Of course, there’s more to the vacation of giving – and receiving – that often comes with this time of year.
But if someone asks you what you might want, or if a friend needs help brainstorming their own list, now you know a few trending ideas to throw.
Cover photo: Collage: 123RF / atlasfoto & tepikina