It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by and the Christmas holidays are upon us. Many of you have been so kind to send personal thank you notes for my Favorite Things list and I have enjoyed calls and messages sharing with me how your friends have loved some of the gifts from the list that you have given. I’m back again with ideas and inspiration for your inner Santa Claus. After much research (shopping!) and review, here are my favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!
Modeled after nineteenth-century French lace, this romantic cuff exudes elegance with an edge. This versatile piece can go from office to evening or off-duty to black tie effortlessly. Amp up the appeal and cuff each wrist. Beverly Hills-based Bonnie Star designs offers handmade pieces that are incredibly versatile. This covetable yet affordable this brand is a favorite amongst A-listers and discerning fashion-forward women.
$495 | ahalife
Rack ‘Em Up
The perfect gift for a pool shark! This personalized billiards set is beautiful and seeing your name all over the table will surely get in your opponent’s head.
$290 | Horchow
Introducing music early has been proven to boost a child’s development which is why we love the idea of this classic baby grand piano. Made for small hands and big sounds, this pint-sized toy is the perfect training ground for any budding musician.
Not only is it great-looking, just the right size for tiny fingers to find the right notes, get ready – you may just have the next Mozart on your hands.
$80-$150 | giggle
The famous coffee house style dining chair is an icon and is still regarded as the most successful industrial product in the world (interesting discovery during my “research”). This staid seat has a unique twist in its design – a stylish knot on one of the front legs. This is a case when being bent out of shape is a good thing.
$2,180 | switchmodern
The stylish Folio for your iPhone 5/5s carrying friends has a few tricks up its sleeves to keep your cords….and nerves from getting all knotted up. Behind its wallet door (another cool feature) it a hidden cord wrapper that keeps earbuds organized. And right next to this ingenious feature is a storage compartment for small stuff like breath mints or anvil. This multi-functional beauty does it all without bulking up your pockets.
$39.99 | quirky
This Maison Martin Margiela gives time a hard-hitting edge with this cuff bracelet. The watch-like silhouette will work best worn solo with everyday looks. avant-garde design makes you take time out to appreciate it’s showstopping beauty.
$590 | saks
Jacques Torres new Bean to Bar line, Jacques has taken cocoa bean from the Dominican Republic roasted them, conched, and molded them into this deliciously creamy milk chocolate bar.
$7 | mrchocolate
This adorable little garage on wheels has everything your lil’ handyman (or handywoman!) needs. A 2-in-1 wooden cart and work bench, this eco-friendly toy is packed with loads of fun magnetic play tools to build and create with—so their imaginations can run wild for hours.
$90 | giggle
Dessert You Can Bathe In
Enjoy the feeling of relaxation, as you unwind while enjoying two of life’s loveliest pleasures. Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath while these softly scented Crème Brule bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day. Before you slip under the sheets, lather yourself in the delightful soufflé body crème. Just the thought sounds delicious!
Get the Drop on Glamour
These Swarovski crystal, brass and glass chandelier earrings would make the perfect embellishments for ears to don at evening affairs . Add these colorful gems to neutral toned frocks to turn the volume on your style up a notch put a little extra WOW in your evening wardrobe.
$255 | shopethica
The chefs in your life will enjoy these new culinary oils from WholeVine Products. Unlike your ordinary cooking oils, these raw oils are cold-pressed from fresh harvest of wine grape seeds according to variety shortly after the juice is removed, left to settle and then bottled, unrefined and unfiltered like fine wine, for a deeper natural essence. Nothing is ever added. You can choose your favorite grapeseed oil by variety of grape as you would a wine, as each has a distinguishable varietal character. PS: This company just added gluten-free varietal grape skin and seed flours that I’m anxious to try.
$25 | wholevine
How adorable is this Lug’s “Undercover Bear” travel blanket set?! The ultra plush blanket stores neatly inside the included zipper pouch which also inflates into a pillow. Great for the jet-setting wee tots in your life. It has a great price point and for only a few dollars more you can have the set monogrammed.
$30 | horchow
Worth Your Salt
These unique sampler sets are a great way to explore exotic new tastes and spice up your next meal. Interesting flavors such as smoked chipotle, Bloody Mary, French lavender, vintage merlot infused, and almond cardamom are sure to add enticing aromas to anyone’s kitchen. Displayed in an American made wooden base, the sets include a bamboo salt spoon and reference card that offers suggestions on which salts go with which dishes, making it easy for a novice cook to create perfect flavor combinations.
$24.9+ | spicelab
Add a touch of Jazz Age glamour to your home with this stylish mirrored tray. An elegant way to display fine spirits at your next cocktail party or would make a lovely addition to a vanity or in your boudoir.
$89 | westelm
Put on the Map
This stunning map necklace from Three Jane NY is the “It” gift of the season! You pick the address, and they engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking your sentimental location with a tiny diamond accent. Be sure to order this one soon….so as to have sufficient time for personalization and delivery by the holiday.
$175 | threejaneny
Sprinkle some fun onto your manicure and create your customized nail look with this great Ciaté collection. A mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, sequins, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts and few hidden surprises are prettily packaged in this gift set.
$58 | bloomingdales
Sock it to Me
Etiquette Clothiers Socks – the name totally caught my eye and caused me to take a closer look. This brand focus on the basics – and more importantly doing them right. Not your average socks, these slubby socks are expertly crafted using the finest materials. Available in vibrant colors and patterns like mango polkadot (pictured), your feet have never looked so good.
$24 | zady
Since 1851’s the Kiehl’s brand Creme de Corps products have been cult favorites. Rich in all-day hydration, the line is ideal for luxuriously pampering dry skin. They’ve put together a great holiday set that offers an entire collection of their famed Creme de Corps, Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, Ultra Facial Cream, Lip Balm and more.
$65 | bloomingdales
One part sweet, one part seduction, and totally feminine. This boudoir-inspired bed jacket trimmed in eyelash lace is straight pinup sexy. The feather patterned eyelash lace robe has elegantly fluttered sleeves and a decadent silky sash to cinch the waist. A gift that’s sure to lure a smile (and that’s not all it’s likely to entice) to the faces of both the giver and the receiver.
$202 | nevaehintimates
This little device monitors your activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs, and some even track your sleep levels. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts. The website also offers features of opportunity to connect with friends to share and compete on fitness goals, join the Fitbit community for advice and encouragement and even way to earn fitness badges to mark your accomplishments. A great gift option for friends and family who like to make every step in life count.
$59.95+ | fitbit
Laser Distance Measurer
Whether a pro or a diehard do-it-yourselfer, the Bosch digital distance measurer is a great tool usable for all types for projects. This device uses precision laser-measuring technology to provide precise measurement of length, area and volume. The continuous-length mode automatically adjusts measurements when walking off distances, and this measurer features an ergonomic grip for comfort. This is one of my favorite tools and sure to become a staple in your handyman’s arsenal.
$89+ | homedepot
Power and protection for the iPhone. This is a gadget that I now do not know how I lived without! As an event planner, days are often long and regularly require a lot of phone communications that run well beyond my phone’s battery life making my mophie a real life saver. These sophisticated cases stand the test of effective protection (I speak from personal experience – mine has fallen onto wooden staircases, tile floors, you name it…) and provide up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch.
$89+ | mophie
These chic planters by Lechuza are simply fabulously by me. They are cleverly designed with a water-recycling system that automatically irrigates your plants for up to 12 weeks! Being one who travels regularly on an ever-changing schedule…..and not a green thumb to begin with– this is an ingenious find!
$17+ | lechusa
Opus Wine Gift Set
Give the gift of serving a perfect bottle every time and anytime with this wine service set. Aerate, preserve, chill, filter, and drink excellence with this wine and spirits enhancers kit.
$60 | neimanmarcus
A Shoe in
Let your inner tomboy shine in these fun metallic oxfords. Accented with cap toes and perforated detailing, don these with cute ankle pants paired with a button down and blazer for that borrowed-from-the-boys look we love.
A “Touch” of Beauty
TOCCA, named for the Italian word for “touch” is the maker of unique products for the sophisticated traveler. I love their luxurious lotions – feels like satin on your skin. They come in distinctive and exquisite scents like Cleopatra (my personal favorite) with fresh notes of grapefruit and cucumber, Stella and Brigitte. These covetable indulgences leaving a touch of luxe on your skin and mystery lingering in the air.
$15 | beauty
What do you get the pooch who has everything? Well, maybe just a little bit more! Harry Barker has a ton of great gift items. Their holiday baskets (also a toy store) include as assortment of fun toys – squeaky, durable, and eco-friendly, chew toy. These gift sets are available in two sizes for your favorite little or large furbaby —a guaranteed pup pleaser! Extra: I also love adding in a tin of their peanut butter treats (a great option when you will be visiting with friends and fam with multiple fuzzy friends).
$68 set| HarryBarker
Something as important as your personal information, passport and important documents deserve proper protection. Luggage tags, passport cover and travel envelope – all are essentials no one should be without. Whether a frequent flyer or making a first trip, these travel accessories are the ideal way to keep one organized and ensured information properly protected at all times. Leatherology offers stylish, quality items that will last many miles and having such luxurious travel essential means you’ll be less likely to misplace your passport while exploring a foreign country.
$13+ | leatherology
Tagg Pet Tracker
Now you can see where Fido is 24/7 with the Tagg™ pet tracking system. This lightweight GPS tracker easily attaches to your furbaby’s collar and allows you to monitor your pet’s location and activity (now you can for sure know whether he is getting enough exercise) all from your computer or smartphone. With the help of Tagg Location Tracking you are now in control of finding your pet. Set parameters for Tagg and it will alert you via text and email if your pet gets outside of their “homezone” and pinpoint their whereabouts on the Tagg map so you can bring your lil’ wanderer safely home.
$100+ | pettracker (very reasonable monthly service fee of $7.95 is required over and above the cost of the unit).
Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale, an obscure sparkling wine that is hard not to love. Loaded with ripe red berry aromas and flavors, it is a slightly sweet red with pleasant bubbles, and low-alcohol making it an appropriate for all kinds of occasions. It goes great with Traditional Thanksgiving fare, and makes a refreshing aperitif for even the most sweltering weather – an ideal all year ‘round party wine.
$16.95 | whwc
Paloma Picassa’s dot charms provide the perfect pop of captivating color. Wear a single charm or slip multiple gems on a chain for effortless elegance. This design is definitely one to add to the timeless Tiffany go to for occasions for years to come.
$300+ | tiffany
Well Wishes Flutes
Whatever the occasion, these contemporary flutes stand ready to help you celebrate. Each glass is inscribed with a different sentiment: Health, Prosperity, Happiness, Love, Peace, and Friendship.
$85 | neimanmarcus
Prim and Popular
These little ballet flats give some of my best stilettos a run for their money in the compliment department. Luxe patent leather accented with a tonal grosgrain bow looped through the polished logo on the vamp of these stylish slip-ons garners the attention of guys and girls alike. And the rich red hue makes these Salvatore Ferragamo flats an irresistible classic staple.
$450 | shopbop
Old Hollywood Glamour
This train case says globetrotting glamour. Taking its cue from Hollywood’s glitz, this stylish case is crafted in pale faux pale gold leather with a black satin interior, this ultra-luxe makeup bag features cleverly designed compartments to keep all your products safe and organized. A double zipper allows for easy access.
$220 | neimanmarcus
The Perfect Bath
Secret expose: Luxuriating in a bubble bath is one of my favorite indulgences. There’s not much that can improve upon a relaxing soak in the tub, unless it’s the addition of this delightful bath caddy. Ready to hold a good book, a candle and a glass of wine (or if you’re like me….a little bubbly to compliment your bubbles), having a bathtime butler begs your lucky recipient to lounge back, relax and enjoy some me time. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…….
$44 | give simple
Party Rocker Sounds System
This little machine can turn any room into a dance club. With the flip of a switch, it streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth® device and can project fun, colorful light patterns onto walls and ceilings that can be set to pulsate with your music. Best of all? Its wireless capability means you can DJ from the dance floor – keep your device by your side, adjusting settings and mixes to the energy of the crowd.
$199 | brookstone
A multipurpose sensor that keeps you updated on what’s going on at home—from anywhere. Monitor motion, sound, light, temperature, and humidity all from your mobile device. Use Spotter as a veritable extension of your senses, for anything from baby monitoring to washer/dryer notifications or perfecting your wine cellar; the possibilities are endless.
$49 | quirky
This beauty sleep companion helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance and fight wrinkles with your eyes closed. The Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase’s mechanism of action involves the release of copper ions to the skin’s surface via Cupron® copper technology for textiles. When the skin is in contact with the copper oxide fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in its upper layers. Copper ions released into this moisture support skin’s natural self-renewal mechanism and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a nutshell, it’s like putting a night moisturizer on your skin.
$60 | bergdorfgoodman
Gatsby-Worthy Cocktail party
Inspired by the ancient art of handmade Florentine papers, these Juliska Firenze collection cocktail plates feature a marbleized pattern of swirling gold and platinum. The petite portion servers add a bit of mystique to entertaining and a festive backdrop for small bites. From fresh figs and prosciutto to rustic breads and cheeses, our swirling palette of real gold and platinum tones offers a festive backdrop for small bites.
$148 | juliska
Smart technology that lets you key an eye on what’s important to you. Besides being a cool looking geek gear, this gadget is a highly customizable dashboard that tracks what’s important to you. Personalize each of the four gauges to keep an array of info up-to-date and available at a glance….right from your mobile. Syncing in real time, Nimbus can monitor your commute traffic, weather, calendar, even you email volume and social media network activity. It even works with Fitbit and more.
$129 | quirky
Keep it together
Anyone else feel the fastest way to tie a knot is to drop a charger in your bag, wait 30 seconds and remove? Well, Houston, we have a solution! You need a PowerCurl Mini in your life. It’s perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords firmly in place, and you’re good to go. And the price is a steal – you cannot afford to be without!
$9.99 | quirky
The Conscientious Workaholic
Sivan Health and FitnessFitness Chair with Built-In Exercise Ball- how cool is this?! Stretch, sit, or spin on this four-wheeled fitness chair that includes a built-in exercise ball. As a seat, the ergonomic design encourages you to sit upright, improving posture. But what’s really cool is that it doubles as a fitness tool. You can use the ball to stretch your muscles and perform a number of workouts that increase circulation, improve balance and strengthen the core. Also worthy of mention is that due to the fact that two of its four wheels lock increasing the chair’s mobility making it eligible for car insurance in some states.
$95 | Amazon
Hand in the Cookie Jar
This jar is like couture for your countertop. A beautiful storage piece adds a lovely look to kitchen decor and is perfect for everything from cookies to sugar cubes. The glass body offers a preview of the tasty goodness in store. The lid is hand-painted with the signature Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Checks™ and topped with an elegant-colored glass knob. You’ll find yourself inventing uses just to incorporate the subtle splash of checks into every room. I’m obsessed!
$52 | mackenz-childs
Whether you go away for a day or a month long holiday, you should always enjoy something that makes you feel special. Little luxuries like lingerie and shoe bags are ideal for protecting your best lingerie from being snagged by your stilettos. Soft, lightweight, foldable travel bags are perfect for properly keeping your unmentionables and favorite footwear during your travels.
$14.95+ | personalizationmall
Have you discovered any cool new products or have other great ideas? Please share below in a comment!