Gifts for Impossible People: A Last-Minute Guide
Are you one of the 54 million Americans who hasn’t started your Christmas shopping yet? Hopefully, you’ve spent some quality time perusing our epic set of gift guides for every category and budget, because they are expansive. But, if the reason you haven’t pulled the trigger on those last several gifts is because you just haven’t found the right thing for those impossible-to-shop-for people in your life, allow me to make some suggestions. Here are seven fabulous, luxurious presents that will delight even the toughest recipients on your list. (And, hate to break it to you procrastinators, but express shipping or a trip to a local store will probably be required.)
For the High-Culture Pop Fan: Gay Talese’s Frank Sinatra Has a Cold
This classic piece of new journalism is a fascinating read for anyone interested in Hollywood royalty, repackaged with style by the folks at Taschen. This limited-edition, letterpressed collector’s volume would pair beautifully with a copy of Old Blue Eyes’ classic Christmas album, too.
Gay Talese Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, signed collector’s letterpress edition, $200, at taschen.com + A Jolly Christmas by Frank Sinatra, $5, at amazon.com
For the Matriarch Who Surrounds Herself With Beauty: The Bouqs Floral Subscription
Even if she’s a woman who has everything, there’s no such thing as too many flowers. Delight her far beyond the holidays with fresh bouquets delivered to her door every month, all year.
The Bouqs floral subscription, starting at $40 per month, at thebouqs.com
For the Friend Who Might Be a Secret Agent: Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2002
Whether it’s because of her repeatedly announced affection for all things 007, or because all those secret phone calls and last minute trips lead you to believe she might actually be a spy, there’s no question she’ll love a bottle of the bubbly that Bond himself drinks on screen.
Champagne Bollinger R.D. 2002, $399 at wine.com, or try Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut, $60 at klwines.com
For the Stylish Gent Who’s More Hip Than Fop: Allen Edmonds Dalton Boots
This gorgeous pair from Allen Edmonds is handmade in the USA of imported European leathers—and was designed by a protégé of Frank Gehry. The boot silhouette paired with traditional brogueing is equal parts urban chic and boardroom-ready.
Allen Edmonds Dalton boots in walnut, $425 at allenedmonds.com
For the Urban Princess: L.M. White Jewelry Brass Crowns
Flower crowns aren’t just for Coachella—jeweler Lindsey White first created these structural, raw crowns for the Alice & Olivia spring presentation, but her designs range from a Frida Kahlo-esque circle of lush of blooms to a jagged, spiky tiara that’s anything but precious.
L.M. White Jewelry ready-to-wear and custom brass crowns, prices vary at lmwhitejewelry.com
For the Thirsty and Stylish Gourmet: Silver Oak 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon + Tiffany Red Wine Glasses
Silver Oak vineyard produces lots of legendary reds, and this 2011 vintage is a particularly approachable masterpiece. Pair it with a set of hand-blown crystal wine glasses in a heart-fluttering, Tiffany-blue box for a truly statement-making present.
Silver Oak 2011 Alexander Valley Caberney Sauvignon, $70 at silveroak.com; Tiffany & Co. hand-blown crystal red wine glasses, $25 each at tiffany.com
For the Bon Vivant Adventurer: A Brilliant Bicycle
As mentioned, bicycles make great gifts, and custom bicycles with gorgeous presentation make even better gifts.
Brilliant Bicycle, from $299 at brilliant.co
For the Most Interesting Person in the World: Stetson 150th Anniversary Fedora
Nothing says ‘mysterious and possibly dangerous (in a good way)’ like a classic full-brimmed fedora. This unisex style is just as flattering and stylish with an LBD as it is with a Don Draper-worthy suit.
Stetson 150th Anniversary Lancer fedora, $200 at stetson.com
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