(NEW YORK) The holiday season is in full swing, darlings, but of course the shopping extravaganza is far from fini. Rather than bore you with a list of basic goodies, we’ve scoured high and low to present you with a dossier of original presents to give the beloved folks in your life. Now, get gifting…
#1: Beats by Dre x Alexander Wang Pill Speaker
THE GOODS: Your beau’s music choice is hip, and he dresses in all-black designer duds, so why not update his life with the latest in serene sounds? Alexander Wang joined forces with Beats by Dre to debut a blacked-out collection of audio items. Apropos for an impromptu cocktail fête or a dance party at his desk, this golden pill is a must-take. Did we mention it comes in a stingray carrying case avec gold details? Chic.
THE VITALS: $449, BeatsByDre.com
#2: Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cranberry Sage Pie
THE VITALS: As a way to thank a host, or a subtle message to your sister to step away from the oven, go for a tasty premade pie from this Brooklyn bakery. To make everyone feel warm and fuzzy inside, all the pie ingredients are local and organic. So if you want to indulge in one (or two) slices, go for this savory and sweet option of cranberry sage.
THE VITALS: $38, BirdsBlack.com
#3: Patrón David Yurman Bottle Stopper
THE GOODS: It’s the most wonderful time of the year (to imbibe!). So dress up a bottle of Patrón, between shots, with a stopper designed by Evan Yurman. Designed to resemble an 18th century Japanese Samurai sword, why not spiff up your tequila stash?
THE VITALS: $55, CrownWineAndSpirits.com
#4: Mischo Beauty Gift Set #1 in Invite Only and Backstage Beauty
THE GOODS: If your BFF has gone vegan, cut out carbs, subsides mostly on green juice, and noshes on solely organic snacks, why not clean up her beauty act? With Mischo’s sleek nail lacquers, get the shiny mani, sans nasty toxins. Bid adieu to formaldehyde, DBP, tolune, formaldehyde resin and camphor…and expect at least a thank you note for your friend’s gorgeous nail beds.
THE VITALS: $36, MischoBeauty.com
#5: Maison Martin Margiela Glitter Snow Globe
THE GOODS: The glory of snow is easily lost in Manhattan, where glittering white masses get decimated into brown slush in mere minutes. Instead, move the (faux) flakes indoors with this pristine coffee table prop. A snowglobe from Maison Martin Margiela is a hypnotizing swirl of silver glitter, and nothing else. Shine on!
THE VITALS: $310, Maison24.com
#6: Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorothea Johnson and Liv Tyler
THE GOODS: Perhaps there’s one person on your gift list who needs a subtle nudge in the manners department. Or perhaps they’re just a huge Liv Tyler fan. Regardless, scoop up this tome to decorate bookshelves and coffee tables alike. It also doles out tips on how to keep your manners modern, via Tyler and her dear grandmother.
THE VITALS: $16.07, Amazon.com
#7: Beau Ties Reynard Bow Tie
THE GOODS: The one male accessory that ties everyone in knots: the bow tie. Available in a wash of patterns, prints and even sizes (how does a slim bow tie sound?), now guys can have almost as much fun as girls. Almost. For the holiday season we’re favoring a handmade hunter green silk piece, embellished with a fleet of foxes. Brilliant, non?
THE VITALS: $59, BeauTiesLtd.com
#8: Tom Ford Limited Edition 12-Piece Lipstick Set
THE GOODS: We bet the girl who has everything doesn’t have a collection of 12 lipsticks from Tom Ford. The colors, which range from a pale nude to a deep purple, replete with a few glorious reds, can withstand any occasion. Breakfast meeting? Done! A night at the theatre? You’re covered! Hitting up that hot boîte until sunrise? Of course! Consider this a wardrobe for the lips.
THE VITALS: $588, NeimanMarcus.com
#9: Benefit Countdown to Love Calendar
THE GOODS: Beautify the ones you love with an advent calendar that is (literally) stuffed to the brim with Benefit beauty goodies. In case you want to give the gift to yourself (no shame!) we won’t spoil what lays inside. We will tell you that the calendar will gift you some of Benefit’s most adored products, some in pint-sized iterations.
THE VITALS: $68, BenefitCosmetics.com
#10: Kelly Wearstler Tic Tac Toe Set in Combed Bronze with Rose Quartz and Pyrite Game Pieces
THE GOODS: Game time gets a glam redux thanks to home décor maven (and clothing designer) Kelly Wearstler. While Tic Tac Toe might not be the most challenging of board games, it is now certainly the most luxurious. This is an equally perfect present for the stylish tot and sophisticated aunt in your life.
THE VITALS: $3,295, KellyWearstler.com
#11: Valentino x Havaianas Studded Rubber Camou Print Flip Flops
THE GOODS: Valentino has tacked their square stud onto just about every surface imaginable: pointy-toe pumps, boxy totes, iPhone covers, and even headbands. Now, they’ve joined sartorial forces with Havaianas to punk up flip flops. For a punchy pink camo print that looms in the affordable price range, with the Valentino label, this is a go!
THE VITALS: $295, LuisaViaRoma.com
#12: Tibi-Designed Digital Wrapping Paper
THE GOODS: Gift cards just might be the most brilliant invention of the century, but Giftbar elevates the brilliance of the present. Head to Giftbar to snag a gift card sporting a sweet print from the brand and to snag the chic wrapping for the rest of your gifts. The pretty paper can also be scored at Tibi.com or at Tibi’s New York store. This calls for Tibi on Tibi on Tibi.
THE VITALS: Free with purchase, Giftbar.com
#13: Martone Cycling Men’s Grand Gold Bike
THE GOODS: Taking a chauffeured car to work can be a bit pricey, and chariots no longer exist. So, how about sending your loved ones on their way atop a golden bike? This gilded ride comes with a basket for a bag, a dog, or perhaps a briefcase.
THE VITALS: $899, TheCools.com
#14: Lanvin Arc de Triomphe iPhone 5 Case
THE GOODS: While an actual trip to the city of lights may be out of the question, a phone case will be a daily reminder of the streets of Paris. Drawn with all the wit and charm that is Alber Elbaz, this is sure to be a well-savored treat. Alors, next year in Paris?
THE VITALS: $75, KirnaZabete.com
#15: NOVA Custom Fragrance
THE GOODS: A picky audience leads to returned gifts and unhappy recipients. Instead, cater to those with fine tastes and allow them the treat of mixing their very own, personal fragrance. Complete with testing and evaluations, it doesn’t get more personalized than this!
THE VITALS: $395, Hello-Nova.com