Give, get, give, get. It is the tug of war where everyone wins. This holiday season, tugging at our hearts are some of the most sumptuous gifts on the planet, as you’ll see here. We’ve spent months finding the best of the best to inspire your own gifting wants and needs. All have price tags, yet most our priceless to give and receive, so circle what you love most and leave it so it can be found by that very special someone. Dreams often do come true.
By Paul Bradshaw, Erin Busbee, Emma Lomax-Cohen, Emily Glocer, Lance Avery Morgan, Kallie Mitchener
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw.
Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.Napoleon Hill
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.Khalil Gibran
Think Inside The Box. Get your links in a row with this exotic Macassar ebony box that dually serves as a cuff link organizer and a change tray. The exterior is countered with a cedar wood inside. The organizer also includes a lock and key, $ 6,100. Available at Hermes.com
Tea For One. Or, Two. Warm yourself with a cup of tea and sip from this unique porcelain cup and saucer combo. Designed by the House of Versace, this timeless collection is full of intricate detail and character, $155.00. Available at Bloomingdales.com
Slip Into Something More Comfortable. The casual elegance of the ladies custom monogrammed Tuxedo Slipper is always appropriate from this San Antonio company $165. Available at Heirloommonograms.com
The Getaway. Help make your travels a breeze with this sleek and structured deerskin carry all. Its leather handles and adjustable shoulder strap will have you convinced it’s the perfect carry on, $2475. Available at Montblanc.com
The End Game. Cozy up your library with these acrylic elk bookends. These one of a kind décor items were handmade in Italy and the animal is sculpted from tortoise shell, $365. Available at Barneys.com
Let There Be Light. The tree won’t be the only thing lighting up this season. If you’re being gifted with boxes of fine cigars, make no mistake he’ll love this elegant Cartier lighter, $700. Available at Cartier.com
Clutch Your Heart. Any evening becomes so much lovelier with a statement clutch. The bejeweled Swanee pattern minaudiere from Judith Leiber will make heads spin when it’s opened for the perfect reapplication of lip color. $3995. At Neiman Marcus.
Suit Up and Show Up. For the man who has everything, there is always room in a custom closet for another bespoke suit, and we recommend local company Edwin Tankus. Ranging from $1800-3600, they also do custom sport coats and shirts to complete the wardrobe. At Edwintankus.com
Chapeau In The Chateau. Whether it’s for a Derby Day party or Ascot, Brit Philip Treacy is the go-to guy for your next head-topper. Lady Gaga and Princess Kate are just some of his plethora of fans. From $500. At Philiptreacy.com
The Suite Life. This Jean Schlumberger green tourmaline and diamond ‘leaves’ necklace from Tiffany & Co. is an absolute showstopper. If it looks familiar that’s because Schlumberger also designed the infamous necklace Audrey Hepburn wore in the classic movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” $385,000. To finish the suite, there’s the stunning emerald and diamond drop earrings ($75,000), diamond and emerald bracelet ($115,000) and ring (emerald set in platinum, $625,000), Available at Tiffany & Co. Photo Courtesy of Carlton Davis.
Luxury In A Cup. The first Jura model pre-programmed with an expanded menu of 12 barista coffee specialties, such as Irish coffee, Pepresso, Mango Lassi and White Cool, and it’s the first to be able to prepare two coffee specialty beverages at once. It has an actual retail price of $5,499, at Sur La Table.
Let There Be CHAOS. The most refreshing Twist & Serve cocktail ever is the new CHAOS Cocktails… let the magic begin. Order a case for yourself and each of your friends. Available at finer liquor stores at everywhere, $156 a case. Chaoscocktails.com
Not Your Grandmother’s Patchwork. San Francisco-based quilter Joe Cunningham stitches together works of art that are equally at home taking the chill out of a cold winter’s night, or warming up your living room wall, $8500 and up. Joethequilter.com
Raise Your Glass. Austin glass artist Kathleen Ash is Texas’ answer to Dale Chihuly. Her amazing one-of-a kind creations are as much bauble as bowl. She will even do custom portrait mosaics, which take 5000 pieces of glass to create. Custom Portrait Mosaic, $10,000-15,000. Studiokglass.com
Uber Cool. Darling, in these days of economic austerity, no one takes a limo anymore. And who knows what’s gone on in that taxi. Uber to the rescue. Simply enter your location through your smartphone app and a sleek black town car will magically appear to whisk you to your destination for a very reasonable fee. Who knew a little app could be so luxe? Uber.com
Sea And Be Seen The America’s Cup was always a highlight of the “season” in tony Newport, RI. In 2013, the quadrennial event will take to the waters of San Francisco bay. VIP packages from $25,000. Americascup.com
Newson-sation. Marc Newson is a global icon, having designed everything from the most expensive piece of designer furniture ($2,000,000 at auction) to the interior of a Qantas A380. This Aussie firebrand now has a collectible tome chronicling his hits, $1000. Taschen.com
Cocktails, Anyone? Leave it to Austin’s own August Morgan Designs By Kate Hersch to create these precious cocktail napkins that make a statement in any home bar. Hand embroidered, these are great gifts for busy hostesses, $24 for a set of four. Available at Augustmorgan.com
Paradise Found. We want to get back… to that little grass shack… in Bora Bora. We recommend the Four Seasons Bora Bora in French Polynesia to soothe a post-holiday soul like no other resort can. Priced upon seasonal availability starting at $800 a night. At Fourseasons.com/borabora
Paper Trail. Deck the halls with rolls of this exquisite geo-patterned wallpaper. Warm your home with something other than your fireplace this season and give your walls a dash of spice, $250. Available through the Jonathan Adler store, Austin.
Come On, Baby, Light My Fire. Get your firewood in a bundle with this stylish leather log basket. As a decorative piece and a collector of your firewood this classic basket is a delight to see and use, $1795. Available at Ralphlauren.com
Wrist and Shout. Rachel Zoe does not disappoint with her new art deco inspired jewelry line. The tassel pendant on this gorgeous gold plated bracelet adds some whimsy to the sophisticated piece. Available at Neiman Marcus, $325. Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
She Must Have Something Up Her Sleeve. For the woman who has everything… Add some dazzle to your tech toys with the “Tyler” glitter-finished, leather iPad sleeve by Jimmy Choo. Available at Netaporter.com $495. Photo courtesy of NET-A-PORTER.COM
Your Ears Must Be Burning…from everyone talking about these stunning new Radiant Teardrop Earrings from Austin’s own jewelry design guru, Nak Armstrong, $6,600. Available at Nakarmstrong.com
I’ll Take Romance. Who doesn’t want to be in love? With so many choices, it seems as if exclusive and sophisticated professional matchmaking, ala’ Julia McCurley’s Something More company in Austin, can help create love for the New Year and beyond. Trysomethingmore.com
Raising The Bar. A well stocked bar is often the heart of your home and patio for entertaining. We recommend lovely bottles of St. Germain and Absinthe to fuel your guests sophisticated liquor desires. This cocktail cart is vintage and find spirits at Twin Liquors in Austin and San Antonio.
VINTAGE VANTAGE. What woman doesn’t feel at her sexiest when wearing a vintage Bob Mackie dress? It made careers of Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, Cher and almost everyone else who wanted to sparkle and shimmer her way to stardom. Priceless. At finer vintage stores in Texas and at Decadesinc.com
The Smart Tube. Try the Samsung 60-inch Smart TV with Apps that is also voice and gesture-enabled to bring technology into every room where you watch Modern Family and The New Normal this winter. Of, heck, even an episode of Star Trek where this was only a dream gadget, under $2000 at Samsung.com
Mad About The Show. With Mad Men beginning to air its sixth season shortly, a gift of a lifetime would be a walk-on role in the show. From the Sterling Cooper Draper office set creating ads with the boys to the Drapers’ the chic Waverly Place high-rise apartment sipping cocktails, we’re in. Mad Men debuts on AMC this Spring.
Sliver of Silver. We love beautiful vessels to server our favorite snack of caviar and crackers, with lots of garnishments. For that we chose the Geary’s Lalique Igor Caviar Server, $5,135. Available at Gearys.com
Dream A Little Dream. Nestled in the perfect Pratesi bedding set , a third of your day will certainly be ensconced in luxury. Sets from $1200. Available at Usa.shop.pratesi.com
Fashion Week’s Chic Peek. You’ll be seeing stars, as well as the future of the fashion industry’s insider’s look when you attend the next Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in February. Priceless. Available at MBfashionweek.com
Fan out the past few issues of the TSD mags here, please. Monthly Mailbox Glamour. Receive your very own copy of The Society Diaries magazine. Priceless yet available for a One Year subscription at $19.99 or Two Years for $34.99. Why not start a collection on your bookcase of past issues, too.
Car Envy. You have to get from Point A to Point B. Shouldn’t it be driving something you truly love to maneuver? We recommend you choose the sleek new BMW 6 Series convertible to zoom into your productive New Year. $75,000+. Available at exclusively at BMWofaustin.com
Style Guides Go Vintage. Vintage GQ and Vogue magazines add pizzazz to any coffee table where the elite gather to meet, around $50 each. At E-bay and paper good dealers.
Pocket Protector. Every man loves a vibrant Hermes pocket square, and they are a perfect stocking stuffer for even the most discerning fellow with a velvet blazer. From $200 each at Hermes.com
Pop Goes The Art. This Roy Lichtenstein painting, titled, “Masterpiece” is so sublime for any home that wants to evoke an “I don’t care how much it cost, I love it” attitude. You can find room for one of these pop paintings for the fireplace, can’t you? At auction, from $1 million.
Off The Cuff, We Think So. These Deakin & Francis enamel cufflinks will make any man’s suit his own. Just a sneak look of these cars seen from the cuff will state who is boss. At Calvin’s Fine Jewelry in Austin, $300+
Wheels Up. We love traveling privately and plan to be flying high at least a few times in the upcoming year. Priceless. Available in San Antonio at Jetlinks.com/sanantonio.com
World Peace. It’s the best gift of all and it is the one that keeps on giving. Priceless and always available to anyone who wants it.