As the holidays inch forward on our calendars, it’s time to start planning our present purchases. In this gift guide, we’ve rounded up items that will suit anyone on your list—friend, family, colleague or hostess—who appreciates time spent at home, curled up with a good book and a mug of hot tea.
Mick Rock’s The Rise of David Bowie, 1972-1973 (Taschen), $700, and Maira Kalman’s Beloved Dog (Penguin), $39, are great choices for all your visually-oriented gift givees who love to flip through stunning images (or adorable ones, in the case of the latter title). However, if they’d rather dive into a world of words, Alison Weir new biography of Margaret Douglas, The Lost Tudor Princess (Random House), $40, and Georgia Heard’s The Woman in this Poem (Rubicon Publishing), $20, are must-reads. For those that love to host, Kate Spade New York: All in Good Taste (Harry N. Abrams), $33.50, offers charming entertaining tips, while Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern’s new cookbook Battersby (Grand Central), $42, has such delicious recipes that you’ll definitely want a spot at their next dinner party.
If you’re shopping for someone who takes pride in primping their home, one of these presents might please. Saje Natural Wellness’ aromaOm Ultrasonic Nebulizer, $90, infuses your surroundings with essential oils that possess both the power to heal and to delight, while Diptyque’s Electric Diffuser, $456, fills your home with beautiful fragrances while its creative design renders it a centrepiece in its own right. The fruit of Karl Lagerfeld and Welton’s collaboration, this whimsical new candle, $412, is also a great find, while Indigo’s stylish jewellery Tray, $20, will keep trinkets and treasures in place.
Davids Tea’s Christmas tree ornaments, $20, conveniently double as loose leaf tea holders, and make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. For those that love to cook, Le Creuset’s sturdy, round 3.2 litre braiser, $435, is a great option. Purdy’s Himalayan pink salt caramels, $20, will satisfy any sweet tooth, while Cointreau’s Gift Bottle, $40, is a refreshing digestif that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with fizzy water and a few ice cubes.
Lanvin’s whimsical wooden chess set, $560, offers a source of entertainment as well as acting as a decorative piece for the home. The charming chess pieces are designed with designer Alber Elbaz’s illustrations clothing in mind, and make for a unique gift for anyone on your list.
Michael Kors’s stationary sets, ranging from $20-$78, are a great gift for those who like to set aside their laptops or smartphones and jot down notes on real paper. These pencils and notebooks are much-needed, stylish additions to any office environment.
For the one who always invites you to their home for a glass of wine and a good heart-to-heart, Kim Crawford has teamed up with ANNA New York by RabLabs and created Wine Gems, $76. The polished fluorite stones will keep a glass of wine chilled for up to an hour without watering it down the way an ice cube would.