After searching high and low for unique gifts, here is the gift guide for the recipient that (you think) has everything. From grand gestures like a healthy hiking retreat to simple pleasures like a luxe lip balm, this guide runs the gamut, and hopefully provides you with inspiration aplenty for giving thoughtfully and in some cases, with extreme generosity. Show you care and go all out this year.
Know that friend that has a hankering for everything palm trees? More specifically, the exquisite Palm Tree Pilasters that were hand-carved by the legendary design firm Maison Jansen? The set of 11 trees is available! Snag it at Newell Galleries, along with all sorts of one of a kind special finds.
Get personal with a commissioned portrait. How about a colorful, custom intaglio from artist and designer Doug Meyer? His cameo portraits generally take 5-7 weeks to make, and have a wonderfully diverse material mix to them. Doug incorporates about 15 different materials to make each one. He will, "encrust them with color mirror and plexi shards, turquoise chips, agates and geodes, crystals and more." They are not ceramics he shares, "they are created with a process I have developed over a couple of years using epoxy, powder pigments and resin to create the ceramic looking finish" which just adds to the unique process he has invented. There is currently an 8-10 week wait list for sizes that range from 17" to 22" inches. Get in line, it's worth it.
Earrings from one of the most inventive jewelers in the world, Hemmerle. They play with interesting metals and stones in ways you can't even imagine, like these sea urchin-like diamond earrings with spikes made of iron and white gold.
Frette recently launched a bespoke monogram linen, towel and pajama program and it is available through their New York, Boston and LA boutiques. The custom embroidery is made to order, and has a month lead time from Italy. Simply stunning, I say, but as you (may) know, Italians always do it better.
Yes, Juicero is a juicer that costs $700. Designed by industrial product designer God Yves Behar's Fuseproject, the high tech gadget is Wi- Fi enabled and requires one use juice packets, which you can order 5 at a time online. Press a single button and the work is done. Hello, fresh pressed juice. No muss, no fuss. (Note: The price of Juicero is now $399)
Since juicing is the new cocktailing, the recipient of the Juicero needs proper gorgeous glassware to match. These simple understated Saint Louis Crystal Twist tumblers do the job in style.
New Year, new mantra. This one is pretty popular come January 1. Tory Burch's Tory Sport designed a warm parka for gym runs.
Give the gift of being one with nature, catching that perfect wave. Learn to surf from a member of the legendary first family of surfing, the Paskowitz's at their camp in San Diego. It is the first surf school and has been "creating" surfers since Doc founded the camp in 1972. Watch the movie Surfwise before you go. This family story is unreal and epic.
How about a getaway to a luxury retreat to reset? The Ranch Malibu is less rustic more luxe than The Ashram, and seems like one of the most gorgeous spots on earth to recalibrate, nestled in 200 acres the Santa Monica Mountains. I'm game.
Finally! Someone has made flower delivery good looking nationwide. Subscription flower delivery never looked this good. The Bouqs, a startup in the floral delivery space, offers really chic arrangement options and gift subscriptions. The options are pretty and the flowers stay fresh since they are shipped from growers.
Katie Burkhardt is a NYC-based wardrobe stylist. She offers a variety of services (assessing wardrobe gaps, creating a killer outfit for your date with a cutie crush or hubby, helping you part with the pieces in your wardrobe you haven't touched in a decade, etc.), all of which begin with a free initial consultation. Her goal is to help women build confidence through fashion and enable them to develop a style entirely their own. She helped me clean out my closet in a massive overhaul that purged my closet of 20 years of stuff I could not let go of; now I can actually see and wear what I own. Check out her site for more information and to order her wardrobe and styling services as a gift or for yourself.
For those that spend a significant amount time on the charity circuit, an Edie Parker clutch is a must
I swear by my Rowenta steamer. I rarely say I am obsessed with something, but this is something I use every single day and it makes life and wrinkle maintenance easier. For the neatnick you know or are.
Because you want to step up the candle-as-gift game to new heights, this gold Cire Trudon candle comes in at just over $500.
For those that love a good party, expert advice and seriously spectacular inspiration from the fete master, David Monn
Chronicling the great interiors for Vogue from the 1960's through the 1980's Horst P. Horst's lens focused on some of the most interesting, inspiring spaces. This book, Horst at Home In Vogue from Abrams is a must for interior fanatics. If only the photo quality was better.
Get the look right on and off the links with The Stylish Life: Golf
I've wanted this watch for ages, so chances are someone on your list might too! The Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Air-King Watch is such a classic. A brightly colored face adds a pop of color to every outfit.
Elevate the everyday with a gorgeous watering can. This brass version from CB2 has the sweeping lines of a Gorg Jensen piece, for a fraction of the price.
The best (and probably most expensive) lip balm there is: Baume de Rose from By Terry.
London-based publisher of cool books like the sold out David Hicks Scrapbooks, Idea has T-shirts too. Because everyone wants to be the DJ, right? Find their books on cutting edge topics at Dover Street Market.
A lil prep meets glam with this special edition Thom Browne by Harry's 24K Gold Razor. Elevate the everyday, again.
The ever-popular artists series beach towels from Art Production Fund sell out quickly. The latest introductions include a John Currin and Laurie Simmons towel, and benefits public art. For those that already posses a Currin in their collection, now they can take his work to the beach. We can thank the Art Production Fund for making the incredible brightly painted boulders of Ugo Rondinone, "Seven Magic Mountains" come to life outside Las Vegas.
Using wood, mother of pearl and malachite, Alexandra Llewellyn creates custom backgammon boards in England. This tropical theme was crafted expressly for Moda Operandi