VanelliMelli's Guide to the Perfect Present
Pretty palettes, dazzling jewellery and snake print galore. Let Berlin creative VanelliMelli put the gift search to end.
We all have that one friend who's impossible to buy gifts for. Either she has it all, is so specific that nothing seems good enough – or she's just too cool and too far ahead of the curve to be able to keep up with. To help you meet the needs of those difficult gift-getters we've given Berlin photographer, creative and certified it-girl VanelliMelli the mission to handpick the best of the best from H&M's winter collections.
THE SILKY DRESS
"This dress with its waterfall neckline is an immediate eye-catcher! It's perfect for Christmas dinners and New Year's parties as well as upcoming beach holidays."
THE SNAKE COMBO
"Snake everything please! It adds a touch of cheekiness to any outfit; wearing an all-black look with these snake booties or a black jacket over this snake-print dress sounds pretty perfect to me."
THE ALL-ROUND PALETTE
"I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I like to apply eyeshadow to make my blue-green eyes pop – orange, neutrals or burgundy shades are all favourites of mine. A palette with all colours in one is super practical!"
GOLDEN HOME ACCESSORIES
"I'm all about mixing silver and gold details at home and these items mix in perfectly. I love to collect different small bowls to store keys, coins and jewellery in."
THE DAZZLING EARRINGS
"Out of all the gifts I've selected, these earrings are my absolute favourites. I usually only wear small hoops, but these will definitely be an exception. Let them sparkle!"
THE RETRO VASE
"When I moved recently I wanted to go for a new décor style. This brown glass vase has exactly the vibe I want – very reminiscent of something from the '70s."
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS...
"... is always spent with my closest family, which is my mum and my grandparents. We always start at 3:30pm with coffee and card games before playing a gift exchange game. It's become a huge tradition and I can't imagine celebrating the holidays without it. At the end of the night my grandmother cooks an amazing German dinner or we eat something like fondue or raclette."
THE MOST MEMORABLE GIFT...
"... is a medium format camera from the '70s that my mum gave to me out of the blue five years ago. I had just dropped the name once and she remembered. That gift took my love of film photography to another level and I've shot some amazing memories with it."
GIVING OR RECEIVING GIFTS
"Giving! I'm usually very attentive and try to memorise things my loved ones like or mention. My mum is the easiest though – she wishes for the same perfume every year [laughs]."
CHRISTMAS FILM… Love Actually
CHRISTMAS SONG… Frank Sinatra's Let it Snow
CHRISTMAS FOOD… Home-made biscuits aka "Plätzchen"
CHRISTMAS TRADITION… Playing cards with my grandparents!