My gift list includes some incredibly stylish friends.
I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me this year, but luckily I’ve got some ideas for each of them…
I personally love getting beauty products as gifts, especially when they include fun little luxuries I didn’t know about or wouldn’t have splurged on for myself, such as Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer. Shine Mist ($29.50) and Body. Builder Volumizing Mousse ($29.50). And although perfume can be viewed as a personal choice, a pretty perfume bottle can always serve as dresser-top decor (bonus!). The sweet floral iris notes made complex by earthy patchouli of Lancôme’s ‘La Vie Est Belle’ Eau de Parfum ($62) makes this scent particularly sophisticated and versatile.
Beauty books and style guides do double-duty when they are wrapped with pretty covers, and these three are certainly covetable: ‘How To Be Parisian (UK Edition)’ Caroline de Maigret ($25); ‘Chanel (Set of 3)’ Assouline ($75); ‘Love Style Life’ Garance Doré ($30).
Just because a friend likes to travel, doesn’t mean she doesn’t do it in style. A Jo Malone travel candle ($35) is compact and can really come in handy in a hotel room; a Mon Carnet de Poche journal ($12.95) includes ruled, gridded kraft and blank perforated paper for recording and sketching on-the-road memories; and a subscription to the wanderluxury Condé Nast Traveler ($19.99) will continue to fuel her free spirit.
If you think ahead, grab some travel mementos on your next trip to gift (like this little jeweled box I picked up in the souk in Marrakech); they make for special treasures from afar for anyone on your list.
For the hostess or the homebody in your life, pretty and practical go a long way. I recently found these amazing shiny gold Frantoio Muraglia Olive Oil bottles ($39.99), also in copper and chrome) that will spice up a few of my friends’ kitchens this year; a guest bathroom will rock with a Black Onyx Soaprock ($14.99); a bar cart is made luxurious with herb, rose and cucumber infused Hendrick’s Gin ($39.99). And who doesn’t love gourmet food in gold foiled packaging? Shop LA hot spot Bottega Louie for macarons, sweets and treats (Hot Cocoa, $18).
If you’re thinking of gifting a bottle of wine, try one that’s not so easy to find (like, not in a supermarket). I was gifted this 2001 Chateau Guirand Sauternes by my dad — our Napa Valley Insider — that I will treasure (that is, until he tells me I should drink it!). Try your local wine shop and chat them up, they love to help you discover new finds!
We all have that friend who seems to have everything; this year, try something totally unique and just for her. Personalized stationery is always appreciated and one can never have enough (try Minted and Paperless Post); a customizable piece of handmade jewelry like Gold & Gray’s Beaded Mini Skull necklace ($99, also in rose and gold) won’t be found anywhere else.
I was recently given this rose gold and Koa wood watch ($279) from Jord that is uniquely me: Koa is a rare species native to the Hawaiian Islands, so this special piece reminds me of home whenever I put it on. Handpick a piece for your special friend with a choice of several rare woods (like Zebrawood, Sandalwood or Ebony) mixed with precious metal faces (like Silver, Gold or Mother of Pearl). I guarantee no one will have one just like hers! Mine is so richly beautiful I am asked where I got it every time I wear it out — there’s nothing like the gift of a compliment to make her day.
What are you giving and getting this year?
Photo and styling by Erika Brechtel; ‘La Vie Est Belle’ Eau de Parfum provided c/o Lancôme; Beaded Mini Skull necklace provided c/o Gold & Gray; rose gold and Koa wood Jord Cora watch provided c/o Jord;