|The Kate Spade iPhone case comes in a variety of designs, including whimsical polka dots and stripes, but the hard-shell plastic cases could be prone to chipping if the recipient's on the clumsy side. (Supplied Kate Spade)
A few shopping days left until Christmas, and you're trying to cross that final stubborn person off your list. Would they like these boots? (You don't know their size.) How about this sweater? (On second thought, it might make them itchy.) Regular or tall inseam? Blush, rose or fuschia? Is that sequined blouse a little too Elvis?
These stylish tech gifts will appease the fashion lover on any list — they're fun and practical, they're one size fits all, and they're a heck of a lot more glamorous than socks.
Kate Spade iPhone case
Here's a safe shopping bet: Any of Kate Spade's bold-yet-girly wares will make your favourite fashion fan emit unbecoming high-pitched noises by the Christmas tree. If you want to skip the department store counter, pick up an iPhone case. They come in a variety of designs, including whimsical polka dots and stripes, but the hard-shell plastic cases could be prone to chipping if the recipient's on the clumsy side. We recommend this multicoloured silicone number, which will stand up to their busy (and, presumably, fabulous) lifestyle. It's $34.95 at the Apple Store or apple.ca.
Printed portable batteries
It doesn't matter how well-dressed your iPhone is if it's out of juice. J. Crew's brilliant solution: printed, portable backup batteries for the iPhone. Charge the battery pack via USB, then throw it in your bag before you head out the door. Should your phone conk out, the emergency pack will charge your phone up to 42% — enough to get you through the day. Find them for $47.50 at J. Crew stores.
Michael Kors tote
It's tough to argue with the appeal of a black leather bag. This Michael Kors tote, with its clean, classic shape and saffiano leather finish, would be at home in pretty much any modern woman's wardrobe. But the practicality factor gets pumped up even higher with a lightly-padded 15" laptop pocket and iPad compartment. Pick one up for $299.99 at the Apple Store or apple.ca.
Baggu iPad case
Baggu has garnered cult status for their functional tote bags, which fold into an attached pouch and come in a rainbow of Technicolor hues. Since the launch of the nylon totes, they've expanded into leather goods, collapsible backpacks, change purses, and canvas tech covers, like this iPad sleeve. The recycled canvas outer protects your tablet, while a fleece layer on the inside keeps it cozy and scratch-free. And, of course, there's a colour (or pattern) available to suit everyone on your gift list. They're $28 at Gap stores.
Narita iPad case
If none of these are quite striking the right note of sophistication, our giftee would likely be thrilled by an obscure indie designer. WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie, a Montreal outfit headed by twin brothers, has been thrilling the jet set with minimalist bags and travel accessories. Their two-toned pebbled-leather Narita iPad case would impress just about anywhere, from the first class lounge to the boardroom. It even folds backwards into a stand, adding even more function to its fine form. Find it for $375 at gravitypope stores or gravitypope.com.