Holiday Gift Guide: Are Sunglasses a Good Gift?
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Holiday Gift Guide: Are Sunglasses a Good Gift?

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread some cheer than with the gift of style and protection for the eyes? American Optical is here to help you choose the perfect pair of sunglasses that not only complement your loved one’s personality but also provide unmatched quality and history.

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement — they’re a year-round necessity. Whether you’re shopping for a fashion-forward friend, an adrenalin lover, or someone who simply values their eye health, our handpicked selection of sunglasses offers something for everyone. From classic aviators to trendy wayfarers, our collection encompasses a wide range of styles, ensuring that you’ll find the perfect fit for any taste.

Why Sunglasses Are the Right Choice for Any Occasion

Sunglasses make an ideal holiday gift for several compelling reasons:

  • Style and Functionality: Sunglasses blend style and functionality seamlessly, allowing the recipient to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays while looking effortlessly chic.
  • Sunglasses Versatility: Sunglasses are versatile — they suit a wide range of personalities and occasions, making them a universally appreciated present. Sunglasses cater to various lifestyles: it’s great to have a perfect pair of sunglasses for outdoor activities, for fashion weeks, for meeting with friends, etc.
  • Customized Sunglasses: Sunglasses can have special customization options, such as frame style and color, enabling a personal touch that shows thoughtful consideration.
  • Practicality of Sunglasses: Sunglasses serve as a lasting reminder of the holiday season, allowing the recipient to enjoy both practicality and fashion long after the festivities have ended.

Sunglasses Gift Ideas: Stylish and Practical Presents

As each person is unique, so are the sunglasses. We have collected for you interesting models of glasses that can become great ideas and inspiration for your gift. Here’s our holiday gift guide, tailored for every unique personality in your life:

For the History Buff: The Saratoga

JFK Sunglasses American Optical Saratoga

Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

If you’re shopping for someone who appreciates history and timeless style, consider the iconic Saratoga sunglasses. Worn by none other than the legendary JFK, these shades have an enduring appeal that exudes class and charisma. A perfect choice for someone who enjoys a touch of vintage glamor while paying homage to a historical figure.

For the Space Camp Alum: The Original Pilot

American Optical sunglasses, first on the moon. Original Pilot (FG_58) aviators

Walt Cunningham aboard Apollo 7, NASA

Is your loved one a space enthusiast or a proud space camp alum? The Original Pilot sunglasses are a celestial choice. These shades were worn by Apollo astronauts and even made their way to the moon, making them a remarkable symbol of space exploration. Gift these to someone who dreams of reaching for the stars.

For the Fashion Plate: The Lucinda


For the trendsetter and fashion-forward individual in your life, the Lucinda sunglasses inspired by the glam Cosmetan collection of the 1950s are an absolute must-have. With a throwback to classic styles, these shades blend vintage charm with modern flair. They’re the perfect accessory to elevate any outfit and make a statement.

For the Adrenaline Junkie: The General

aviator sunglasses for women

Know someone who’s always seeking adventure and thrill? The General sunglasses are built for the fearless. With military-grade construction and broad UV coverage, they’re the ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. These sunglasses will keep their eyes protected while they conquer the great outdoors.

For the Dapper Dan: The Sirmont


The Sirmont sunglasses offer a timeless browline look that never goes out of style. These shades, worn by the influential Malcolm X, are perfect for the dapper individual who appreciates a touch of sophistication. Gift the Sirmont to someone who exudes charisma and classic charm.

Sunglasses That Suit Everyone: AO-1004

Sunglasses That Suit Everyone: AO-1004

The AO-1004 sunglasses are a versatile and timeless choice, known for their ability to complement a wide range of face shapes and styles. With their classic design and excellent craftsmanship, these sunglasses suit everyone, making them a perfect gift for anyone who values both fashion and functionality.

For the Rest of Your List:

This holiday season, give the gift of style, history, and quality with American Optical’s range of sunglasses. Each pair is a testament to our commitment to excellence and a reflection of the wearer’s unique personality.

Whether it’s the Saratoga, Original Pilot, Lucinda, General, Sirmont, etc., there’s a pair of iconic American Optical sunglasses for everyone on your list. Unsure what style will look best, check out our guide on selecting sunglasses by face shape.

A Special Present: How to Give Sunglasses

Giving sunglasses as a holiday gift is a thoughtful and stylish choice. To do it right, consider the recipient’s taste and lifestyle. Start by selecting a pair that suits their face shape and complements their fashion sense. You can also personalize the gift by choosing a frame or lens color that matches your loved one’s preferences.

You may think about what else can go with sunglasses as a gift. To make your gift extra special, include a stylish sunglass case or a microfiber cleaning cloth. Pair them with a matching sun hat for a complete sun-ready package. Remember to present them in an elegant gift box to add a touch of luxury and make the gift even more impressive. Whether for a fashion-forward friend or an outdoor enthusiast, sunglasses make a practical and fashionable holiday present.

Make the Holiday Magical with the Perfect Pair of Sunglasses — American Optical

Any holiday will be special if you give your loved ones a gift that will be chosen to emphasize their individuality. That is why sunglasses are the perfect gift at any time of the year.

Whether it’s the Saratoga, Original Pilot, Lucinda, General, Sirmont, or AO-1004, there’s a pair of iconic American Optical sunglasses for everyone on your list. Get in touch with our team and make this holiday season one to remember!

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