MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS

It is that time of year. Time to give and to receive. We love to do both equally and with this list our style maven Jason Schubert has been searching the world over, as well as all of Texas, to find the perfect His-Or-Hers gifts that frankly, we just can’t live without.  Be motivated, exhilarated, provoked, and inspired with the best of the best, chicest and certainly, the most glamorous gifts to make those dreams come true for your loved ones. 

KICK UP YOUR HEELS
Up your game in a pair of monogramed riding boots. These personalized knee-high boots offer chic sophistication that pairs well with jeans, skirts and dresses. Like you, they become more wonderful as they age. Available in black or brown leather. $398. At Heriloommonograms.com. Photo by John Conroy

PUMP UP THE JAM
Your cell phone just met its new best friend. The ultra-slim enclosure is crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminum, delivering an unprecedented combination of loudness and lightness. Available in various colors. $180. At Jawbone.com

PEN PAL
Omas Le Citta Granada pen pays tribute to Granada which, with its famous Alhambra palace, encapsulates the essence and history of the whole Andalusia, the region which marked the Spanish history. A limited edition of 600 piston-filled fountain pens made of vermeil sterling silver, enamels and cotton resin. $2,895 – $3,295. At Omas.com

ROYAL STATEMENT
A hotel fit for royalty. Paris’s Prince de Galles, established in 1928, recently reopened after a $100 million renovation. The modern-day extravagances demanded by jetsetters and business executives are at Prince de Galles which boasts 115 rooms, 44 suites and 3 restaurants. Located in the 8th arrondissement on Avenue George V. Rates from €590. At Princedegallesparis.com

TRY A NEW FORD
Native Austinite Tom Ford’s Spring 2014 collection is comprised of shapely, sparkling pieces that are form-fitting, sexy and tough. Visit Tom Ford’s first Texas store in Dallas’s Highland Park Village, which opened this Fall. At TomFord.com

SNAKE CHARMER
Scaled down, but amped up, Gucci presents the Lady Lock top handle bag in bordeaux python. The bamboo handle and cappuccio hard cover are accents also inspired by the Italian fashion house’s classic handbag. Python outer, pink suede lining. 12″W x 8.3″H x 5″D. $3,200. At Gucci.com

ONE FOR THE BOYS
Based in Eden, Texas, two brothers have created textile and leather products that are durable enough for a boy’s weekend hunting in South Texas, or an out of town football game. Leather and soft sided cooler. $205. At Whitewinglabel.com

USE AS A PULL QUOTE NEAR THIS.
“I always visit Bulgari because it is the most important museum of contemporary art.” Andy Warhol.

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
Now you can see for yourself, The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 – 1990 exhibition has arrived in the U.S. The exhibition of 150 lavish pieces is divided chronologically into four decades from the 50s to the 90s. It includes Elizabeth Taylor’s own collection, and other stunning pieces like this ‘Seven Wonders’ necklace in platinum with diamonds and emeralds, c. 1961. Through Feb 17, 2014 at de Young Museum, San Francisco. At Deyoung.famsf.org

MAGICAL MORSELS
Kevin & LaDonne Wenzel started their delectable Texas Hill Country chocolate company in 1996. If giving as a gift, best to buy extra boxes, as you’ll need a few to replace what you end up devouring. One pound box. $25. At Wisemanhousechocolates.com

GETTING SCREEN TIME
PRIMA Cinema enables you to redefine movie night by watching just-released films from the comfort of your home. Films are automatically delivered via the Internet to proprietary PRIMA equipment, and is telecast using your own audio-video equipment. From $35,000. At Primacinema.com

LIBERACE RE-DUX
Inspired by nature, the four light Arborescence candelabra is a remarkable accessory for any table. With its graceful form and proportions, this candelabra combines symmetry and asymmetry in an infinite array of eye-catching ways. 15” H x 6 3/8” L. By Christolfe in metal argente. $1,950. At Christolfe.com

INITIAL HERE, PLEASE
A crisp, personalized dinner napkin adds a special something to any home-cooked meal. Mark and Graham will monogram these 100% cotton napkins in your choice of 19 lettering styles and motifs and 24 colors. 20” squared. Set of 4 or 8. $39 – $75. At Markandgraham.com

OFFICE SPACE
The Gesture chair is the first designed to support your interactions with today’s technologies. It was inspired by the movement of the human body and is created for the way you work today – not only on a computer, but a tablet and a smartphone, too. $980. At Steelcase.com

WONDER TWINS
BMW’s i8 has the heart of a sports car but the head of a conservationist. As a plug-in hybrid, this revolutionary vehicle combines the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine and the efficiency of an all-electric motor for an exhilarating driving experience. The BMW i8 rockets from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and achieves 94 mpg. $135,700. At Bmwofaustin.com

PAPIER CHASE
Hand-marbled paper is a long time tradition and signifies quality and character. Use this beautiful paper to line drawers, closets or to wrap gifts. Hade-made. Shown in gray, apricot & raspberry for $6. Numerous patterns and colors, so prices vary. At Papermojo.com

CULNARY COPPER
Crafted from a single sheet of copper, Ruffoni’s stockpot provides excellent heat conductivity for cold-weather soups and chili. Available in three sizes. $325 – $425. At Williams-sonoma.com

DOOR PRIZE
This fresh holiday wreath from Bluestone Garden is designed to show off the beautiful simplicity of the platinum elegance. Mount on your front door or hang in your kitchen window with a colorful silk ribbon. Available in four diameters, ranging between 18” – 36”. $79 – $189. At Bluestongarden.com

SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER
The house of Bottega Venata created the gentleman’s antique lizard wallet. Meticulously crafted in luxurious antique lizard, with eight credit card slots, two note compartments and two inside card compartments. Shown in appia, also available in tourmaline. $640. At Bottegaveneta.com

WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY, KENNETH?
Is it live, or is it Memorex? Like Bruce Springsteen, this Bottlehead Headphone Amp is made in the USA and can rock and roll or deliver Maria Calais arias that warm the soul. Housed in a custom natural or caramelized bamboo casing that cannot be found anywhere else. $1,198. At Ballandbuck.com

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
The newest watch trend, make a statement by turning your vintage Rolex or Cartier into a dazzling new timepiece. If you can’t wait one month for the transformation, shop their inventory for the perfect accoutrement. Price varies. At Blackoutconcept.com

I’M ALL EARS
This gift satisfies audiophiles and techno-geeks alike. These Parrot Zik wireless headphones provide symphony-like sound and high-tech wizardry and set a high standard for fun among headphones. $399. At Parrot.com

MADE IN THESE SHADES
The classic aviator is reimagined by Lanvin in these metal and leather chain sunglasses for women. These alluring frames offer 100% UV protection for snow to sea, and everything in between. Made in Italy. $545. At Saksfifthavenue.com

COVER STORY
Snuggle up in a vintage Pendleton blanket to beat a winter night’s chill. These colorful woolen masterpieces work by a campfire or inside by a lodge fireplace, and will sure to be a family treasure to be passed down among generations. $228 – $358. At Pendleton.com

WAX POETICALLY
Fill your home with the delicate scent of myrrh and benzoin. Cire Trudon’s limited holiday Melchior candle comes in a pure gold-leafed vessel. Made in France of 100% vegetable wax, 80 hour burn time. $98. At Candledelirium.com

PRINTS CHARMING
Go behind the runway with Mark Shaw’s “Backstage at Pierre Balmain, 1954.” This outtake is from a story that ran in LIFE magazine in the 50s. Relive the glamour and drama in this astounding photographic collection. Exclusively through the Andrew Wilder Gallery. Price available upon request. At 1stdibs.com.

PUSH THE CLUTCH
Refined attitude and industrial chic from design maven Kelly Wearstler. Her revolutionary eye elevates the simple to the refined with this serpent clutch. $850. At Kellywearstler.com

UP AGAINST A WARHOL WALL
Come home on the range with Andy Warhol’s “Cow Wallpaper.” Whether a novice collector or serious patron, this image adds the pop to your art collection. Screenprinted on wallpaper in pink and violet, this masterful piece measures 29 ¾” x 45 ½” and is available through Hedges Projects. $12,500. At 1stdibs.com

POP GOES THE BUBBLES
Inspired by a statue of Venus of Willendorf, renowned artist Jeff Koons created the Balloon Venus sculpture for Dom Pérignon. Koons reinterpreted the original into a contemporary work of art which preciously guards a bottle of Dom Pérignon Rose Vintage 2003. Limited edition of 650. $20,000. At Domperignon.com

LARGE AND IN CHARGE
Eastern Collective’s unique approach to charging your iPhone or iPad balances modern sophistication with everyday functionality. In various colors and cords. $14 – $24. At Easterncollective.com

BLACK GOLD
Lancome’s magical regenerating elixir, Absolue L’Extrait Black Crystal Light Edition, contains two million Lancôme Rose native cells, and when applied it helps recover your skins luminosity and tone. In the Baccarat limited edition of 800 “onyx” black crystal jars. $1,200. At Neimanmarcus.com

THE NEW RIVIERA
Croatia is the new, chic destination for those in the know. Embark on an 11-day trip by land and private sailing yacht hosted by much-lauded Kensington Tours. Enjoy private guided tours, an eight-person luxury catamaran, a private crew, elegant hotels and the majestic Adriatic sea. From $7,779 per person. At Voyagetrek.com

THE CLOTHES MAKE THE GENTLEMAN
Ah, the luxury of a tailored fit. The personal tailor for the men of Texas, J. Hilburn provides customized, up-to-the-moment classic clothes to all gentlemen alike. Suits, shirts, jackets, trousers and tuxedos are constructed of gorgeous Italian fabrics. Be the best-dressed man at your next gala, and all year long. At Heddalayne.jhilburn.com and 512.850.3988
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ROMANCING THE STONES
From aquamarines to blue diamonds, blue is the new color that is gracing fingers, necks and wrists galore. It’s like candy, only much, much more glamorous.
Aquamarine brooch from Cartier. Vintage bracelet from Sotheby’s. Ring from Paolo Costagli. Necklace from Sikora at Skora.com. Earrings by Tiffany’s Great Gatsby collection.

FAMILY MATTERS
Memorialize your deep Texas family history using Live Oak Legacies. Historians will develop a relationship with your family before conducting an in-person interview filled with thoughtful questions that get to the essence of your loved ones. They then work with skilled video editors and designers to produce a customized legacy video, book or Website. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover you’re related to royalty? Price upon request. At Liveoaklegacies.com

TIE ONE ON YOUR HALTER EGO
Add a colorful dash to any ensemble with new commemorative Hermès scarf designed by Texan Kermit. Or be daring and wear it as a stand-alone halter top during your next resort holiday. $1500. At Hermes.com

GLASS ACT
These classic champagne coupes recall the ever-flowing bubbles and heady days of a 1940s screwball comedy. Slightly rose-tinted and accented with a golden band, the glasses offer elegance with every sip. Set of 2. Offered through Anthropologie’s sister store, BHLDN. Set of 2. $68. At Bhldn.com

STATIONERY POSITION
Alexa Pulitzer is the secret stationer of the Southern social set. This New Orleans native offers stunning off-the-shelf note cards and paper goods, as well as bespoke stationery and invitations fit for the discriminating customer. Our favorite is the Royal Owl Engraved Notes in gold on scarlet Bristol, shown. $75. At Alexapulitzer.com

HOSTESS GIFTING MADE EASY
Thick and fluffy whipped body cream contained in bright bird prints will bring a smile to every hostess. Uptown Soap has perfected this nourishing body cream using organic shea butter, olive and grapeseed oils, and iridescent micro salt crystals. Handmade. 4 oz. $16. At Uptownsoap.com

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
Jewelry for your home. Tom Dixon master-minded the Copper Shade, highlighting the dynamic and flexible properties of this rich metal. Pure copper is used as a vacuum metallised film, only microns thick, on the interior of each sphere, creating an enriched and softened light source. From $685. At Ylighting.com

LUXE BE A TRAVELER
The Luxe City Guides are truly an exploration of the finest cities in the world with the finest things to see and do. The latest and greatest of what each city has to offer in an innovative, light and easy-to-use concertina format is at your fingertips when abroad. $75. At Luxecityguides.com

MESSAGE ME ON THAT
Beautifully polished bottles are enhanced with gorgeous designs, then filled with lovely adornments and a thoughtful note elegantly printed on archival-quality parchment paper and a gift box. With a variety of designs and themes to choose from, like “love,” “birthdays,” “friendship” and even “just because” From $40. At Messageinabottle.com

ECO LOVES CHIC
For their XO (ECO) line leave it to Austin-based Blue Avocado to enlist Austin designer Ross Bennett (for men’s) and LA designer reality star Lauren Conrad (for women’s) to create chic and portable totes that are very Earth-friendly. From $10. At BlueAvocado.com

HARD COLD CASH, BABY
Keep all that well invested money in place. From Swiss bank accounts to your pocket, neat and crisp is the rule. This (optionally engraved) money clip is made of indestructible titanium, so it’s here forever to help you hold onto your money. From $36. At Duckbilldesign.com

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