August 31 2014

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’Tis the Season…


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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be giving (and, of course, requesting) this holiday season. If you need some inspiration, take a peek at our holiday shopping guide, which is packed with goodies for everyone from your rocker pals to sporty snow bunnies to uptown gals (and don’t miss our corresponding grungy tale of holiday thievery). Need a few more suggestions? Over the next few days, we’ll be divulging what our editors are planning to gift, and hoping to get. Have a look at our latest picks, below. To see all of our editors’ picks, click here.

Matthew Schneier

To Get: Silver gets more media mentions—”Silver Bells,” etc.—but for me, gold is the color of the holiday season. The entire office has joined as one to make fun of me for loving these tinsel-covered Jeremy Scott for Adidas trainers, but damn it, I do: They’re hilarious, they’re magical, and if anyone else has so completely distilled the joy of the season into a gum-soled sneaker, I haven’t seen it. Practicality has no place at Christmas, anyhow.

To Give: My colleague Maya Singer may disagree, but to stay on the gilded theme, I’m giving Donna Tartt’s massive new novel, The Goldfinch. It’s a book I have awaited for years—at least since 2005, when she released her last one—and then devoured, on delivery, in what can only be described as a single gulp. It’s long, but Tartt is such an incredibly propulsive writer that I barely looked up from the page until I had finished it. What’s more, the story revolves around a young boy, Theo Decker, and the semi-accidental theft of a seventeenth-century masterpiece of Dutch painting, Carel Fabritius’ The Goldfinch—which, as luck would have it, is making a rare appearance at The Frick Collection in New York through January 19. Read the book, go see the bird. Celebrity sightings have rarely been so easy, or so elevating.

Maya Singer

To Get: You can never have too many books, right? Tell that to my reading list, which is overlong as it is. Anybody who gives me a copy of The Goldfinch for Christmas is getting a punch in the face; my brain is full. Hot tip: Find me a copy of Juergen Teller’s Go-Sees instead. Or, if that’s too dear, I guess Teller’s new book, Woo! will more than do.

To Give: J.M. Generals is the newly launched brand from Jeffrey Monteiro, the former creative director at Bill Blass (and, I’ll happily admit, a dear friend). Many of his products are derived from cashmere goats raised upstate—there’s a gorgeous (and pricey) cashmere blanket I’m dying to own, and then there are Jeffrey’s scented or unscented goat’s milk soaps, which I’m going to be gifting everyone with this year.

Kristin Anderson

To Get: Aesa makes some of my favorite jewelry, and I’ve been quietly eyeing this chic hairpin for months. A piece for those of us who don’t have time to trawl the souks but still want to look like we do.

To Give: As an avid Beaton fan, I have a hard time imagining how anyone could not want to find a titanic, canary-yellow volume of James Danziger’s Cecil Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook under her tree.


To Get: These sparkly Erica Weiner studs are at the top of my wish list.

To Give: Metallic gold, python, and a d’Orsay heel— these Loeffler Randall sandals may just be the perfect gift for my stylish twin sister.

Photos: Mesdemoiselles (illustration); Courtesy Photos

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