A Guide of Gifts For Your Family, Friends, Lovers, Pals, and Confidants
'Tis the season to give, baby!
Andy Warhol and his Christmas tree in the Factory, 1964 via The Andy Warhol Museum
GUCCI Cloche with Hand and Ring, $1,100
For some, it’s been hard to keep up the joy of cooking when they’ve been doing it three times a day for the last millennia or however long this year was, so imagine how exciting it would be sit at your dining table and take this cloche off your vegan frozen burrito or bowl of Frosted Flakes with Lactaid—hypnotizing!
Cindy Sherman, Untitled (Vanity Mirror), Edition of 100, $3,000
The Performa website states that this mirror “will reflect the viewer’s face alongside Sherman’s own digitally distorted image printed onto the glass, allowing viewers to inhabit Sherman’s world momentarily,” and that is actually, truly, priceless. –Laia Garcia-Furtado, Features Director
ACNE STUDIOS Small Leather Goods, $115-$440
A bright blue little wallet that’ll always make that special someone think of you when they pay for something—which is all the time in this late stage of capitalism!
I can't carry a tune with a handle, and I'm never looking for an unnecessary reason to have a Zoom call, but I find something incredibly romantic about gifting singing lessons. –Maeve Nicholson, Manager of Editorial Operations & Strategy
SEAN BROWN & XYLK Reusable (Hype) Grocery Bag, $40
This year has been the year of tote bags (remember when NYC’s plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1, 2020, approximately 2.5 lifetimes ago?) but I feel like it’s okay if you buy one more just so long as it’s this Sean Brown & Xylk reusable grocery bag that’s covered with stills from iconic Hype Williams music videos. With its glossy woven finish, use it to schlep groceries for the time being, but maybe also bring it out to the sweaty nightclub once we’ve all made it out of this to the other side. –Eileen Cartter, Social & Culture Editor
GUCCI Black Oval Sunglasses, $390
I’m eyeing this pair of oval Gucci shades that are very Jean Seberg in Breathless, which as a bald lady who wears a lot of vintage shift dresses is clearly my ideal aesthetic. Pair them with a gingham printed skirt and some Ricard on ice and you’ve got yourself a summer day in the South of France. –Sophie Kemp, Editorial Assistant
Vintage Frozen Moments Melted Ice Cream Cone, $225
Giving a gift should absolutely be about “here’s a weird thing that made me think of you” and has no use whatsoever but to bring people joy. If an ice cream cone is not your vibe, consider giving the gift of spaghetti mid-air, or perhaps, a stack of pancakes. –LGF
CHANEL Silk Hairclip, $400
Buy your favorite person a silk bow and then you can write a poem about the love of your life with the black silk bow in their hair. Give the gift of poetry!
HIDING POEM Tag, $7
For the sentimental gift-giver, sew one of these tiny tags printed with short-form poetry into the inside sleeve or pocket of a loved one’s new holiday sweater. Created by artist Morgan Ritter, all proceeds from the HIDING POEMS will be donated to Activation Residency, a Black trans-led artist residency experiment in upstate New York focusing on rest and healing with transformative justice. It’s the more endearing version of Blair Waldorf sewing a heart charm into Nate Archibald’s cashmere crewneck (“so you’d always have my heart on your sleeve”). –EC
MISHA KAHN Suck It Up Glass Straws, $28 each or $100 for a set of 4
Plastic straws are bad, but nothing beats drinking a cold Coca-Cola (regular, not diet!) in a tall glass with ice and a straw. With these glass straws you can continue your delightful habit without harming the environment. Everyone wins! Also they are cool and fun and everyone can use some cool and some fun. –LGF
ONLINE CERAMICS David Kordansky Tote Bag, $35
Because you can never have too many tote bags, especially when you gift them stuffed with books on Jennifer Guidi, Rashid Johnson, and Adam Pendleton.
PACO RABANNE Soft Silver Mesh Earring, $170
A singular disco earring for your singular daily disco moments.
STANDARD PARTY SUPPLY CO. Funny Packs, $40
While we might not have a use for functional purses and bags yet, I'm looking to the future and gifting this very functional "purse" that is perfect for crowded subways and busy sidewalks. –MN
LOEWE Happy's Curios Gate Pocket, $1,100
Pretend you are the Queen and carry around your bag from room to room in your house! This one fits your cellphone, which is all you need to carry from room to room in your house, let’s face it.
CAREL Kina Shoe, about $440
In a truly shocking development, I recently realized that I do not own a pair of patent leather Mary Janes. I’m obsessed with Carel’s Kina shoe, which comes in a fabulous bright red, and gives me the sort of Courtney-Love-meets-French-school-girl realness that I crave so very much. –SK
ADAM JK IDK Hat, $35
None of us know what we are doing and we should display it proudly! –LGF
DIOR Gold-Finish Metal CD Navy Choker, $850
Chokers are having a moment you know? Especially when they are chunky enough that they can be thrown over any of the hundreds of t-shirts one may have purchased during quar. Give the gift of high/low!
Two Hands by Big Thief, $9.99
For my music-loving friends and family, I’m planning on doing a vinyl haul on Bandcamp. I love Bandcamp because it’s actually good for artists, unlike predatory music streaming platforms like Spotify. First up? The latest Big Thief record. –SK
BURBERRY Grainy Leather Robin Bag, $1,290
An itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka dot bikini is fine for summer, but they’ll need an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow grainy leather Burberry bag for the rest of the year.
DOROTHY PUBLISHING PROJECT Books, $16 each or $220 for all 22
I can’t think of a better gift for a book lover than buying all 22 Dorothy Publishing Project books. This small press focuses on voice-y titles mostly by women. I just finished reading Jen George’s The Babysitter At Rest, and also have Nathalie Léger’s Suite for Barbara Loden sitting on my desk. –SK
BONAM KIM Hannah Candle, $90
Give the gift of tranquility with a sexy candle, or this soap-for-a-good-cause. –MN
CHRISTINA QUARLES Luxury Towel, $85
A towel that is also art from one of my favorite artists with proceeds from the sale benefitting National Bail Out. You’re really giving two gifts in one! — LGF
SHANE GABIER Ceramics
Maybe you know Shane Gabier as one half of the very cool Creatures of the Wind/CDLM alongside his partner Chris Peters, but did you know about his very cool ceramics? They are impossible not to love. –LGF
Big Macs & Burgundy by Vanessa Price with Adam Laukhuf, $24.99
The cold months of early 2021 should be about comfort, and what screams comfort more than a bowl of chicken noodle soup and wine. I'm obsessed with The Chicken Soup Manifesto, which features chicken noodle soup recipes from around the world, and Big Macs & Burgundy, an unorthodox book on wine pairings. –MN
BALENCIAGA Hourglass XS Top Handle Bag in Crocodile-Embossed Calfskin, $1,890
The B is for Balenciaga and also for body-ody-ody.
Wendy, Master of Art by Walter Scott, $29.95
For anyone who went to art school, knows people who went to art school, or like, knows people in general? Wendy is the moment. (Check out Tavi Gevinson’s interview with Walter Scott from earlier this year if you need further proof!) –LGF
Vintage Ceramic Snake Cobra Lamp, $209
Because every home needs a 1980s animal lamp. –SK
ART9 CREATIONS Kit
Part exquisite corpse/part perfect evening at the Build-a-Bear workshop, Art9 Creations (started by our own Maeve Nicholson!) takes your favorite photograph and turns it into a work of art that you and your loved ones can paint together—even if you aren’t in the same place! –LGF
Deadass Beekeeping Wickless Fitted Candle, $24
I can’t imagine a more ideal stocking stuffer than this wickless candle shaped like a New Era Yankee fitted cap by Deadass Beekeeping, a new company founded by two NYC transplants living and (obviously) beekeeping in rural Pennsylvania. If that in itself isn’t convincing enough, consider this intel from their website: “The best-selling size for New Era Yankee fitteds is 7 3/8 inches globally. The exact amount of space needed between frames in a beehive is 3/8 of an inch. Coincidence? Or nah…” –EC
MARINE SERRE Red Moon Charm Bandana, $180
We may not deserve dogs, but your pooch certainly deserves to be decked out in a Marine Serre bandana! –LGF
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Double Pack Cards in Leather-Covered Box, $1,090
So they can keep playing solitaire but make it not depressing.
The Quarantine Cookbook, $35
If you or a loved one has gotten really into cooking during quarantine (whether out of necessity, panic, or both!), it would be nice to unwrap the new print edition of The Quarantine Cookbook, which features recipes from an array of chefs, artists, and food people in London and New York. You can pick up a copy online or, if you happen to find yourself in downtown Manhattan, at Café Forgot, with proceeds benefiting the maintenance of The L.E.S. Community Fridge at the Abrons Center, which provides free groceries for underserved families in downtown NYC. –EC
GARAGE x ON THE NOSE Limited Edition Ceramic Plates, $275 each
These ceramic plates were created for our “Dinner Party of Dreams” feature in GARAGE Issue 19, and now they can be yours! Created by artists Maya Barrera and Brianna Capozzi, all proceeds from the sale of each plate go to Food With Fam, an NYC organization that delivers groceries to those in need. You can learn more the project here.
The Original Moon Lamp, $36.99 - $74.99
This lamp is identical to the real moon. –LGF
George De Forest Brush Painting, $2,400
Every home also needs a Victorian (haunted) cat painting. Give the gift of a ghost! –SK
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