The Holiday Gift Guide
Once again the holidays are almost upon us! One of our favorite yearly tasks is bringing you the holiday gift ideas newsletter, and this year is no exception—we have some very special finds. It gets us in the spirit and makes us realize how much there is yet to do! For more ideas, check out last year’s letter as well.
I was sent a few Loquita scarves this year and fell for the collection’s punk rock meets polo aesthetic. These will make for elegant but slightly quirky gifts for friends.
Sarah Chloe makes gorgeous, super simple custom bangles for kids and adults. The engraved and pave “Ella” bangles are especially cool.
Deb Nester of Prairie Creations makes “Priceless Prints,” silver kits that you can use to take your child or loved one’s fingerprint to make a silver print pendant. This makes a great gift for new moms.
This ring is definitely a big ticket item, but there’s nothing out there quite like Carolina Bucci’s jewelry. Her personalized rings are completely custom (and awesome.)
Call or email their flagship store to make your order:
Tel +44 (0)207 838 9977
Maya Brenner has taken personalized jewelry to the next level by bringing in the “state” and “world” option. For your committed New Yorker or Californian (or Tennessean, for that matter), her necklaces make a meaningful gift. She also does letters, numbers, and zodiac signs.
For the Home
One of the best gifts I received this year was so incredibly simple and easy to recreate. A friend bought an antique wooden crate and filled it with several different herbs. You can find these kinds of crates at pretty much any flea or antiques market (she found this one at Sunbury Antiques Market outside of London) and fill it with the herbs of your choice. It’s a nice, practical decoration that you can easily recreate as a gift for friends.
This is one of my favorite gifts to give friends. It’s a retro handset that you connect to your mobile phone. Because I spend so much time on the phone, I worry about cell phone radiation, and this is a great way to avoid it.
The Elder Statesman
This season, The Elder Statesman, purveyor of understated luxury cashmere and alpaca goods is rolling out his custom service. Customers wanting to have bespoke goods made—from socks, to sweaters, to blankets—can make contact via email for a consultation. Once you have a consultation booked, you can choose a style (from their vast catalog) and take a look at swatches to come up with a design together.
Lollie Designs Pillowcases
Made in England, these pillowcases are hand-stitched with the name, number, or message of your choice. A friend had some made for my kids last year and I’ve held onto the idea ever since.
Christian Jaillite photographs, prints, and mounts pictures of people’s (and pets’) most loved objects. The final product is a truly personal art piece. Christian’s very first photograph for this series (below) was his son’s well-loved hippo that has pride of place in his dining room.
Joel Bukiewicz is a knife maker based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The workshop’s high quality, handmade knives come in both carbon and stainless steel and the handles come in walnut (from an ancient tree in PA) or in several vibrant colors. Twice a week, Cut Brooklyn posts the new knives available here. I gave one to a chef friend last year and she’s hooked.
My friend Thatcher Wine (he took me to Eddie Murphy’s Raw at Madison Square Garden in 1987—that’s how far we go back) runs an incredibly unique and bespoke service for book collectors, providing design, organization, custom covering, maintenance services, and more for library/book collections. Uniquely, he also works with customers to come up with a design to wrap their entire collection. If you’re not quite there yet, he also sells small themed collections. Current favorites are his exquisite, vellum Jane Austen Set, and his Cook’s Book Set.
Greenhouse Design Studio
This is a new favorite stop for eco-friendly and beautiful gifts for the home. Here are just a few of their lovely wares.
Kenton Sorenson produces hand made leather goods like this awesome iPad Case. All Kenton’s leather is undyed and darkens to a golden brown in the sun.
Otis Batterbee of London makes the ultimate luxe gifts for men—great wash bags, eye masks, not to mention their gift sets. The Prince of Wales eye masks are perfect for the traveling businessman. PS. They ship abroad!
Penhaligon’s is an old favorite and we’re loving the Blenheim Bouquet scent for men.
Best Made Co.
This is a sweet patch to sew into the inside of your man’s shirt.
Miller Goodman is a UK based design duo that produces modern, wooden toy sets that are fun for kids to play with and nice to look at for adults.
We love Hello Hanna’s mini-activity sets, sticker books, and paper dolls, which offer fun ways of getting kids through mealtimes and all that extra free time during the holidays. My kids love customizing their placemats while they wait for dinner. There are plenty of themes for girls and boys.
Fauna Pillows by Ross Menuez
Cuddly toys that are both cute and nice to look at. Ross Menuez silkscreens all kinds of animals on organic cotton. Check out his dog selection—pretty great!
Noel Wiggins’ Rattles
This is a perfect gift for a baby—a beautiful take on the classic rattle that will remain a keepsake.
It might sound a little offputting and strange, but an aquaponic kitchen garden is pretty much a parenting home run—the ingenious combination between herb garden and pet fish kit is about as low-maintenance as it gets, with all kinds of learning opportunities built in.