The merry happiness of the holiday season is upon us. The greatest gift of all is love, of course, and we feel these selections would be so loving to give and receive, too. Our tireless styleseekers Jake Gaines, Tori Johnson and Jonathan Spindel have rounded up the grandest and greatest treasures to inspire you.
Eight Moons Jewelry’s Chloe Odio has designed a chic contemporary line that combines modern geometric designs with the potential to protect the wearer with an array of crystals that give off certain energies while worn. Choose from Love (Rose Quartz), Protection (Amethyst and Smoky Quartz) and Success (Citrine and Moonshine). $100 At EightMoonsJewelry.com
Why not add to your art collection with a slice of cool classic cinema? The high style that the Golden Age of Hollywood still enthralls. We suggest installing some in your luxury closet. At CinemaMasterpiece.com, Sotheby’s and EBay.
A ROBOTIC SIDEKICK
Star Wars comes alive. The Ozobot Evo may be small but it’s packed with fun and personality for all ages. This little robot includes infrared sensing as well as color and light sensing. $99. Photo and availability by Ozobot.
THE ARTIST’S WAY
San Antonio artist Annlyn Osborn has taken creativity with a Texas touch to a new level with her specialty skull art by commission only. At HauteHorns.com
IF YOU HAVE TO WINE ABOUT IT
Say “Cheers!” Plum is the first appliance of its kind that automatically identifies, chills and preserves your wine. $1,499. Availability and photo courtesy of PlumWine.com
Standing tall and proud, this piece is perfect for any room. The hand-blown freeform vase by Simon Moore and Nigel Coates becomes an instant heirloom. $5400. At TheKairoCollective.com
DIVE IN WITH INSTAGRAM
Technology just got much cooler. Luxury swimwear chain Orlebar Brown will turn your favorite Instagram photos into luxury swim trunks with its new smart phone app. Or, you can give these already-cool trunks, too. $595. At OrlebarBrown.com and #SnapShorts
LET’S FLY, LET’S FLY AWAY
Give yourself the gift of a peaceful retreat; jet off to a second home – in fact, Frank Sinatra’s swingin’ California hideaway is back on the market for a cool $3.6 million. Why not? At Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
FIRM & SMOOTH. REPEAT.
Proven to build collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Gross’ SpectraLite EyeCare Pro helps smooth and firm the eye area for long-term benefits. $159. Availability and photo courtesy of Dr.DennisGross.com
RED MEANS PASSION
The Fabergé Imperial Collection is inspired by the jeweled splendor of the Imperial Romanov court, and evokes the rhythms of the Russian seasons, whether literal or metaphorical. This Impératrice emerald tassel earring features round emerald center stones surrounded by white diamonds, with a tassel of emerald beads, set in 18 karat white gold. $16,000. Availability and photo courtesy of Faberge in the River Oaks District.
TAKE ME TO GSTAAD NOW, PLEASE
Bespoke skis? Why not. From Aspen to Gstaad, these Scottish made hardwood skis will have you feeling like you’re in a Slim Aarons photoshoot from the 60s. $1060. At LonelyMountain.ski
TICKLED PINK. TRULY.
These Valentino mink fur ankle wrap sandals are the true statement shoe for winter. You’ll literally stop traffic wearing these. $1,495. Availability and photo courtesy of Valentino.
A REAL WAKE UP CALL
Get your day started off right with the perfect cup of expresso. The Barista Express from Breville allows you to grind the beans right before extraction. Its interchangeable filters and a choice of automatic or manual operation ensure authentic café style results in no time at all. $599.95. Availability and photo courtesy of Breville.com
Wouldn’t this look heavenly on that hand? As an engagement ring or a cocktail statement piece, this says it all, designed by Nicole Mera. This 2.88ct Colombian emerald cushion and diamond piece is handcrafted in platinum is sheer perfection. $45,000. At NicoleMera.com
THAT BLOWS ME AWAY
Dyson has reinvented the hair dryer with this sleek design that offers ultra-fast drying as well as helps to prevent heat damage. $399. Availability and photo courtesy of Dyson.
Tesla has been making waves in the electric automobile industry the last couple of years and its new Model 3 has been greatly anticipated. Jump on the wait list to be one of the first to try the new electric vehicle with over 220 miles of range and tons of other bells and whistles. Starting at $35,000. Photo and availability courtesy of Tesla.
HOW MAY I BE OF ASSISTANCE?
Quintessentially has transformed concierge services. With their personal and corporate options – their services are designed so that everything is catered to their members preferred level of assistance and tailored to their personal requirements. Price upon request. At Quintessentially.com
MAKE MINE A DOUBLE
Let us make this crystal clear. We like decanters and glassware, usually vintage. But we love this Waterford set that whispers Lord and Lady Of The Manor. $350. At Bloomindales
Berco’s delicious “Billion Dollar Popcorn” is truly the most expensive popcorn in the world. It’s yummy caramel popcorn is covered in 23 karat edible gold flake. $250/gallon. Availability and photo courtesy of Berco’s.
YOUR INNER BRIT IS CALLING
There are very few pleasures better than giving the gift of a custom suit. From a tuxedo to a fashion-forward plaid suit, you’ll feel very 007 when sporting it about town. At Knot Standard in Austin, Dallas and Houston.
EXTENDING THE OLIVE BRANCH
American artist Michael Aram’s olive branch oval serving tray is designed with intricately detailed natural and oxidized brass and hammered stainless steel that will bring a sense of craftmanship to your next gathering. $295. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus
ALL TIED UP AND SOME PLACE TO GO
This Fendi calfskin satchel bag is accented with an embroidered ribbon whipstitch trim and includes a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. $5,000. Availability and photo courtesy of Fendi.
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
If you could turn every room into a game room, wouldn’t you? We love this variety of games from our pal Jonathan Adler, who helps bestow living spaces with a revised mid-century aesthetic. At Jonathan Adler.com
WE’RE BUBBLING OVER
World-renown perfumer, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, has made fragrance fun! This coffret of five scented bubbles introduce children to scents and make the perfect stocking stuffer. Scents include Violet, Cold Mint, Cut Grass, Pear and Mon Beau Sapin. $75. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
POINT HIM HERE
The gift that keeps giving? The new men’s digital destination, ModXMan, provides a super shopping experience for men where they can browse gifts sorted by person in their life, with each list providing a highly curated list of 4-8 gifts per person. Year ‘round shopping has never been so easy. At ModXMan.com/Shop
Capture the moment with this chic instant camera by Lomo. This little snapper is easy to use and it’s a blast at parties. Wallet-sized prints are ready in moments, and instant film refills are available, too. $169. At Nordstrom.
HATS OFF TO YOU
Just in time to pack for the resort, channel you inner Marisa Berenson on Capri with the whimsical Eugenia Kim hat collection. With clever sayings that speak volumes for you like Do Not Disturb, Out Of Office and Wish You Were Here. $485. At Barney’s.
Audiophiles on the go will love receiving these beautiful headphones by Master & Dynamic. Featuring supple leather and cutting-edge acoustics, this portable concert hall for your ears sounds as great as it looks. $550. At Neiman Marcus.
REALLY MEASURING UP
A man ready to take on the world should dress like it, too. Treat your guy to a made-to-measure experience at Hamilton Shirts in Houston, the classic choice of past and future leaders, as well as professional athletes, movie stars and diplomats. At HamiltonShirts.com
IT’S IN THE BAG
The classic globe trotter’s choice, this gorgeous leather duffel bag by Ghurka is the perfect piece for those who pursue life’s great adventures. $1995. At Ghurka.com
For the man in the driver’s seat, Tod’s iconic Italian driving loafer is now available with full customization, including exclusive leathers – such as alligator, elk, and python – and personal monograms. From $510. At Tods.com
CHILLED AND READY
An elegant and on-trend choice, this stylish French copper vessel keeps two bottles of Champagne or wine perfectly chilled, ready to enjoy with the perfect company. $345. At Williams Sonoma.
TOAST YOUR HOST
Gift your hosts a bottle of your favorite wine in this chic leather carrier, which holds up to two bottles in its smooth elegant shape. $65. At IWAwine.com
LET THE MUSIC PLAY
For the music lover with an eye for design, this stunning sculptural speaker features cutting edge technology, wireless connectivity, and incredibly rich, detailed sound. $1,800. At MasterDynamic.com
Handcrafted in Austin, these Maggie Louise Confections are as delicious as they are adorably chic. Bring this Texas-themed box of fifteen chocolates to your holiday shindig for a perfectly snappable moment. $62. Exclusively at MaggieLouise.com and Neiman Marcus.
SOMETHING FROM THE HEART
Express your love this holiday season with a gift from the heart (pun intended). This Yves Saint Laurent crystal fringe brooch is made in Italy and will add just the right amount of sparkle. $895. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
GREEN & SERENE
The perfect accessory for your beloved succulent garden, the LYFE levitating pot floats over an oak base, gently rotating to display your perfect plants from every angle. $249. At Neiman Marcus.
When hitting the slopes, a Luxe ski helmet is an added value of security while wearing this sleek Kask number created for women and men. $550. At Kask.com
Dior has found the cure for anti-aging. Dior Prestige La Cure is the elixir of youth and regenerates the skin in three weeks using Grandville rose distills. $1,150. Availability and photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
BORN TO BE WILD-ISH
The Zero SR is the Tesla of the electric motorcycle ride. Great for the environment and even better for the soul. Take one out today for a spin. $15,000. At ZeroMotorcycles.com
DOG GONE IT
Pets, as animated as they are, spring to life even more when they are an artistic subject. We love these Parisian-inspired pooch (and kitty) presentations by Carol Gillott. At Etsy.
In 2018 you’ll attend many parties like we do. What better to present than this luxe gift box of dreamy set of nine soaps from Claus Porto’s Deco collection, each with a unique fragrance and personality. $60. At ClausPorto.com