I just came from a business meeting and had to run a couple quick errands… I was happy to see the stores packed with last minute, panicked buyers. I am the worst when it comes to buying gifts. I am so obsessed with picking the perfect object…I procrastinate and then all of a sudden I run out of time. I also hate all of the gift guides you find in magazines…they are way too obscure. If you are anything like me, I thought I would share some easy gift ideas with all of you Christmas Eve shoppers.
Don’t give up and just buy a gift certificate…way too impersonal and who feels the need to share the amount they spend?
If you live in the West Village, hit Mxyplyzyk, pronounced “Mix-ee-pli-zik”. I know the name is crazy, but it is by far my favorite quick gift store. For your family or friends who like to drink buy the Graphic Tumblers ($20 for a set of 4) or the Antler Bottle Opener ($12.50). Both gifts are chic and will spruce up the worst bachelor pads. For the home cook, I love the Nigella Serving Hands ($28) or the This Is Rude Cutting Boards ($32). I promise these will be useful additions to a well-stocked kitchen.
I also love Hable Construction for special little finds. Almost everything in the store is made of cotton and the prints are perfect for a country home. I am always coveting their storage boxes ($98). They are perfect for toys, for magazines, for towels or anything that needs a cozy, yet stylish space. If you want to splurge a bit, their canvas bags are the best ($150-$300). Everyone needs one great fabric print bag. I would use them in the winter to shop (oh-so green) and in the summer they are the best beach bags! I especially love the Canvas Cloth Weekender ($225)…so perfect for a quick trip to Miami, for a man anyway…I could never make it in one carry-on!
If Soho is more your speed, your first stop for the man in your life should be Jack Spade. The anchor embossed brown wallet ($125) is so cool. In keeping with the bag theme, they make the best messenger and tote bags (many under $200).
Sabon is the perfect store to buy something for your aunt or some relative, twice removed. Their boudoir-inspired lotions and scrubs ($25-$35) are beautifully packaged and are quite luscious. I am not a big fan of the gift set, but if you must, they have several options in the $30-$50 range.
For the truly modern and sophisticated person, Moss has to be on your list. You can’t go wrong in this store…something for everyone. The savvy “modernista” will light up when he/she sees the box alone.
Moving west to Nolita, I recommend Charlotte Ronson for the younger girls in your life. Most of the pieces are under $200 and are designed specifically with teenage angst in mind.
For the woman who has everything, buy her something fabulous from Jamin Puech. I adore the Abakoum Feather Evening Bag in Purple ($480) or the Sequin Sibel Bag With Charms ($770). They both pretty much rock my world. If you don’t want to spend quite that much, hit Dinosaur Designs for the most amazing resin accessories and homewares. The bangles are around $150 and come in many colors, shapes and sizes. They are perfect for any woman and the vases (most under $200) are organic and make quite a lovely addition to any home.
If like me, you don’t have time to make the mad dash to several of these great little gift hot spots, the good news is that most will offer you one-stop shopping. Mxyplyzyk is probably your best bet as you can literally find something for everyone. Get there early, as I am sure it will be a madhouse. Remember it isn’t brain surgery to give-good-gift… So, Happy Hunting and Happy Holidays and of course good luck!!!!!