Ask Laurie: The Golden Ticket?
Dear Laurie, I don’t mind dropping some cash on gifts for my nearest and dearest, but the thought of wrapping up another sweater or tree ornament sounds like such a snooze-fest. What are some charming, thoughtful gifts that stand out and are genuine keepers? —Grinch in Training.
Dear Grinch in Training, There are two camps of gift-givers during the holidays: those that err on the side of practicality (i.e. your aforementioned sweater) and those that go all-out whimsical. I believe the sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle. Here are some ideas that, in my mind, delight and, for the most part, come in handy year-round.
Tall Dome Spindle Candle Holder goop, $105 The gateway gift to a lifetime
of chic tablescapes.
TIFFANY & CO
Elsa Peretti Diamond Hoop Bangle Tiffany & Co, $2,400 “I’m all set, I don’t need another diamond”
— said no one ever.
goopglow goop, $60 Because beauty starts from the inside.
Brass Striker goop, $130 This + their favorite candle.
Baby Mocs goop, $60 Never too young to put your
best foot forward.
COMPARTÉS X KELLY WEARSTLER
Marbleized Chocolate Bar Compartés, $13 The golden ticket.
Volcan De Mi Tierra Cristalino MIssion Wine & Spirits, $60 Almost too pretty to drink.
Handcrafted Hydra Grecce Belt Mother, $295 Surprisingly practical.
Place De La Madeleine Ahlem, $470 If the eyes are the windows to the soul, think
of these as the gilded window treatments.
Aboslute Anti-Aging Body Oil goop, $75 Smells amazing and lasts long after the last
drop is used as a teeny bud vase.
Intrecciato Oro Bruciato Knot Bottega Veneta, $3,480 The forever clutch.
Alys Velvet Loafers NET-A-PORTER, $975 For casually puttering around the house.
Gold Measuring Cups, Set of 4 goop, $72 Kitchens appreciate quality
MASTER & DYNAMIC
ME05 Earphones Master & Dynamic, $199 All the better to hear you with.
24K Gold Crocodile Teddy Bear M’oda ‘Operandi, $32,000 I know, I know—file this under
Ridiculous, but Awesome.
A28 Smart Check Spinner Bloomingdales, $445 With shine like this, there’s no
confusion at baggage claim.