Top Picks from Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing Gift Collection

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To kick off the holiday shopping season, Neiman Marcus St. Louis has debuted its Ken Downing Gift Collection, filled with luxurious jackets, accessories, décor and fragrances, among tons of other lavish gifts. The collection, curated by Neiman’s well-known fashion director, was introduced last night at a glitzy holiday reception in Neiman’s accessories department.

As if the fab gifts weren’t enough to get us primed for the holiday shopping season, 10 percent of profits from the Ken Downing Gift Collection will be donated to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Here, we’ve handpicked our favorites to make one of the most stressful shopping seasons easy. Shop the Ken Downing Gift Collection from now until Dec. 24.

All photos by Amber Joivon.

Alexander McQueen clutch ($1,795)

If you’re looking for a gift for the fashion lover in your life — or a little holiday treat for yourself — indulge in this Alexander McQueen clutch. It’s on the pricier end of the spectrum, but it’s an alluring gift that will be remembered (and worn) forever. Consider this your splurge.

Alexander McQueen Clutch. Photo by Amber Joivon.

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Scarf ($595)

Scarves are the fruitcakes of apparel gifts; they’re the accessory you buy for someone when you want to get him or her a nice gift, but you’re not sure exactly what to get. It’s an all-purpose gift, but this Neiman Marcus cashmere scarf won’t be tossed to the side. It’s soft, plush, and it goes with everything.

Neiman Marcus cashmere scarf. Photo by Amber Joivon.

Nest Fragrances candle ($40)

At first glance, the packaging of this particular Nest Fragrances candle might seem flowery and sweet. But don’t let the packaging fool you. It’s got a deep, sensual smell that’s pleasing to the palate—just heavy enough, just rich enough, and a scent worth inhaling in every room of the house.

Nest perfume candles. Photo by Amber Joivon.

John Derian “Fortnight” decorative tray ($88)

The John Derian “Fortnight” ceramic collection is an immediate way to amp up any room. Whether it’s for its intended purpose—a tray simply for decoration—or hung on a wall, it adds a splash of worldly cool to anyone’s home.

John Derian "Fortnight" decorative tray. Photo by Amber Joivon.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae perfume ($245)

The crisp spiciness of Kurkdjian’s Aqua Vitae perfume blends Calabrese lemon, Sicilian mandarin and a touch of vanilla. It’s a truly irresistible scent, and if you’re wanting to gift that special someone with a fragrance but aren’t sure what type to buy, consider this your answer.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae perfume. Photo by Amber Joivon.

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