A Few Gifts 2016

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This is not the be-all end-all gift guide, but rather a peek into what I am thinking about giving and hoping to get. A little this, a little that… all favorites of mine that I think anyone who loves beauty might be quite pleased to receive.

gift 1Pom Pom Earrings, $219
Annie Costello Brown makes the most gorgeous lightweight statement earrings… I might have added one to my collection already. I love the blue and the chic scale- these are 4 inches long.

japanese basketJapanese Basket in Black Lacquer, $180
This black beauty would be welcome anywhere in my home. Maybe include some lovely cookies from Maman, $40. Or better yet something homemade.

gift new candy bowlLobmeyr Candy Dish, $260
I have lusted after these perfectly designed pieces forever. Maybe I will get lucky this year! I don’t even need the candy.

aclkThe Ultimate Bath Collection by Aromatherapy Associates, $98
The simplicity of a bath with the ultimate luxury… essential oils. Let’s pair this one with The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

gift cookbooks and chocolate

Cookbook Collection and Royce Chocolates, price varies
Everything I Want to Eat by Jessica Koslow, Moon Juice Cookbook by Amanda Chantal Bacon, Small Victories by Julia Turshen, Simple:  Effortless Food, Big Flavors by Diana Henry, Mozza at Home by Nancy Silverton, Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan, and Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten. Pick one or wrap them all up together…anyone who loves to cook would be very happy to receive these beautiful books. I’d top this stack with the exquisite Royce Japanese Nama chocolates. Beyond.

gift 2Malin Appelgren Brass Garland, $380
This is just perfect for a mantle, a table, a bedside, a bathroom – just yes please.

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An annual subscription to a lovely unusual or foreign magazine, $50 and up.
Some of my favorites include Self Service, British Vogue, Vogue Living Australia, Flaunt and Cabana.

gift advent calendarSusanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar, $178
I am obsessed with this luxurious line of clean deliciously scented effective beauty products- bubble bath, creams, scrubs, lotions! For a whole month…bliss.

knotfront_landscapeEDITMara Hoffmann Bikini, $225 and Cover-up Dress, $310
Everyone loves these beautiful suits and the cover-ups are dressy enough for dinner and oh so sexy. A trip away never hurt either…

gift calendar black and whiteDolphin Studio 2017 Calendar, $63
A second-generation family run screen-printing business in the Berkshire Hills creates the most divine calendars which any visual person will deeply appreciate. One lives on my inspiration wall each year.

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.32.41 PMPerfect Ten Gift Set by The Line, $91
This lovely set of beautiful nail products in gorgeous Line packaging. Perfect for when you, I mean the recipient! can’t get to the salon.

unnamedA very special necklace from the Airelume collection, starting at $995.
Taryn Toomey has crafted fine jewelry with energetically charged meaningful gemstones. They feel as good as they look. Commissions are possible.

gift gold suppsCatalyst Gold, $90.
Overall fountain of youth supplement that loads of my friends are swearing by, it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty!


Saipua flowers or similar, $175 and up.
I’m currently in love with Saipua in Brooklyn whose naturalistic seasonal designs that arrive in handmade vessels are worth every cent. They also make lovely handmade soaps, $18. But local gorgeous flowers from anywhere once or a few times this coming year? Who wouldn’t love that?

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.35.07 PMTeddy Slide, $520
Helmut Lang crossed the fashion fur moment with an ideal slipper then added a rubber sole to create the ultimate glamorous run around slide which also comes in navy.

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.35.49 PMDiptyque Eau de Parfum Discovery Set, $115
The best scents hands down, in little glass vials easy to take along.Not to mention the beautiful packaging. Swoon.

gift mugBDDW one of a kind ceramic mugs, $120
I’d pair this with the most glorious teas I know found at Bellocq. Hmmm, I might throw a beautiful book in with this. I loved The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Sounds like a perfect winter afternoon.

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 10.38.10 PMAn astrological chart reading, $150
Who wouldn’t like to better understand their nature? Try the brilliant, insightful and grounded Danielle Beinstein. She is in LA, but can Skype and advise from anywhere.

gift sunglasses editedPink Barton Sunglasses, $165
The color on these… love.

Met BreurAnnual Museum membership and art books, starting at about $50
I love to give local museum memberships paired with a gorgeous art book related to a current exhibit. The Kerry James Marshall exhibit Mastry at the Met Breuer and the accompanying volume are pretty amazing. Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim is for your more minimalist friends. Her biography Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art is a spectacular read as well.

gift hat editedA sun hat with a sheen, $251
Again I’d pair this with a book, I think here Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend series would work nicely. With a bottle of rose? Winter be damned.

Flair boxFlair Shagreen Box, $575.
I collect lovely boxes and this one certainly is that. How sweet would it be to receive this with something, perhaps a love letter, tucked inside?

soho sanctuaryA really great massage, $150 and up
My favorite spot in NYC for a massage is consistently SOHO Sanctuary, a women’s only spa. This is an obvious gift, but the quality of the service here will be unparalleled. And thats the trick. Be sure to find a spa or person that comes highly recommended.

4d4b5b_6972d67dc14246758d6770e5691a82f2Extreme jewelry, price on request
I wouldn’t turn down an exquisite piece from the remarkable jeweler James Taffin de Givenchy… but perhaps the equally gorgeous book Taffin will have to do. One can dream…

gift sweaterRyan Roche Nude Cashmere Sweater, $950
I would be really excited to cozy up in pretty much anything from her super soft subtly colored collection, but this has been calling my name.

david wiseman giftDavid Wiseman’s Quince Room Scenter $2500 and up
This collaboration between L’oeil du Vert and David Wiseman, one of the most remarkable artists of our time, is a experience for many senses. These tactile and deliciously scented bronze creations hold a small ball infused with scent that lasts a year and can be recharged with additional oil. This is a small way to own a lovely piece of his work.

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If you aren’t in the mood to spend money, then spend time. Create. Write something from the heart. A letter, a poem, a story. Find a favorite book on your shelf, inscribe a note. Bake something special. Sketch a place you’ve been. Knit a blanket. Forage some flowers and place in a found old vase. If your intention comes from the heart it is sure to be a beautiful and beloved gift- no guide needed.

1 Comment

  1. Those mugs caught my eye; the list is a gift. And speaking of gifts: I copied your mother’s chocolate cake recipe–one can’t have too many chocolate recipes–and will try it tonight. Thanks, Kristin

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