What New York’s hottest tastemakers are gifting this holiday - Metro US

What New York’s hottest tastemakers are gifting this holiday


Deborah Lloyd is president and creative director of Kate Spade New York, which has a new, unsurprisingly adorablebook,“Kate Spade New York: All in Good Taste.” “I like to honor individuality and give gifts with a personal touch,” she says.

Monogram Luxe Cashmere Contrast Border Scarf:“This holiday I’m loving Rae Feather. I’ve bought a men’s English — I’m British so there is sentimentality in that — cashmere scarf, but I love monograming it too.” ($450)

Mark and Graham Monogrammed Acrylic Trays:“Everyone needs a chic, personalized spot to put their things — or as I like to call them, curiosities. These monogrammed acrylic trays are perfect.” ($55-$65)

Chloe Wine Collection Prosecco:“I also love buying a bottle of wine that has a name — like Chloe. It even has a black bow.” ($17)

Designer Rebecca Minkoff first made her name with the perpetually sold-out Morning After bag. Her cool-girl clothes, accessories and wearables epitomize downtown style.

Normal Earphones:“One of my favorites gifts to give this year are Normal earphones. Each set is customized and designed to fit specifically to your ears. They’re the most chic and comfortable ones on the market!” ($199)

Apotheke Pine Candle:“I’m obsessed with Apotheke candles! They’re handmade in Brooklyn and have so many different scents. I love lighting the pine candle during the winter. It’s the perfect gift for the holiday party hostess.” ($30)

Case-mate Phone Case:“I always switch up my iPhone cases, so I love gifting them. Case-mate makes such great cases — they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list!” (prices vary)

Chris Salgardo’s new book is “MANMADE: The Essential Skincare & Grooming Reference for Every Man.” “I like my gifts to be memorable and meaningful beyond the holiday,” the president of Kiehl’s USA says. “So I’ll give something with a charitable component, or an experience that will create a lasting memory.”

African Elephant Adoption Kit:“Being able to symbolically ‘adopt’ an African elephant, or another endangered creature, is a great gift for every animal-lover, but more importantly, it’s a gift of preservation for future generations.” ($25-$100)

“Hamilton” Tickets: “I’m dying to see ‘Hamilton’’s combination of history and hip-hop, and hope to take my closest friends, even if we have to wait months for available tickets.” (prices vary)

A trip:“I mostly visit them, but I’d like to bring my parents in Florida up for a relaxing vacation at my home in upstate New York.”

Jung Lee is an event designer and owner of Jung Lee NY (25 W. 29th St.), a boutique that specializes in entertaining and decorating essentials from around the world. “Think about what will delight and bring joy to the recipient,” she suggests. “I especially love personalized gifts.”

Leather Apron:“It’s super chic and unisex. Customize it with a monogram or saying.” ($225)

Skultuna Karui Tray:“A Skultuna tray — ideally in all sizes — is so beautiful yet practical for serving food and beverage, or just to have in your home.” ($125-$260)

Arden Classic Candle Holder with Silver-plated Cobra:“I love the whimsy mixed in with functionality in this cobra votive.” ($275)

Jessica Richards is a stylist and founder of Goop-approved Shen Beauty in Brooklyn (315 Court St.). When it comes to gifting, “stay true to what you enjoy,” she recommends. “A good rule of thumb is to buy gifts for other people that you would love if you received or that you may even buy for yourself.”

Le Feu Bleu Phthalo Candle:“One of my all-time favorite gifts to give is the Le Feu Bleu Phthalo Candle. The scent is custom-blended, the color is hand-mixed, and it’s sculpted underwater, which is cool. Plus it looks gorgeous in pretty much any room.” ($62)

Ellis Brooklyn Body Milk:“I am giving my mom the Ellis Brooklyn Body Milk in Pseudonym. We both love the exact same fragrances and somehow always buy the same ones. Back to my philosophy: buy what you love.” ($55)

Himalayan Detox Bath Salts:“My go-tos for anyone I’m a bit stuck on as far asgifts goare the Himalayan Detox Bath Salts by Therapie Roques O’neil. Man or woman, these salts are no joke. Everyone who uses them becomes utterly obsessed!” ($66)

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