This year's Gift Guide is a blowout. 2016 had its share of ups, downs, mountains, valleys, and crevasses into Hell, but if there's any saving grace for it all, it's the holidays. That's why they're all clustered at the end of the year—time to reflect soberly on the months passed, atone, and treat thyself. Start with these: the 21 things that ITG's editors are requesting from friends, family, and various mythological holiday creatures this season. Indulge freely. Happy holidays!
There’s never been a better time to pull the trigger on any one of Linda Rodin’s cult favorite products—for the season, the packaging was re-upped in whimsical polka dots. We suggest the Lipstick Set for mom, Hand Cream for your boss, and the ITG award-winning Luxury Face Oil for yourself.
The biggest, softest blanket we could find on the internet. Actually through this video. They’re arm-knitted (it’s a thing) in Ukraine and sold on Etsy. Or you can buy the chunky yarn in a ball and arm-knit one yourself. Your gift and home-for-the-holidays activity in one.
A season’s worth of Holiday Party Looks™, boxed and wrapped in a ribbon. Fifty bucks, four products, no brainer.
Typical holiday scents are nice; you know, your cinnamon spices and your Douglas firs... But consider Tabaco from Coqui Coqui your smoky, sexy alternative to the norm. And in the large size, it’ll easily diffuse you all the way into spring and smell just as good then. Get you a scented home decor piece that can do both.
Alcohol is a pretty fail-safe gift, and Casamigos Tequila makes for an unexpected, counter-seasonal hostess present. (Cranberry margaritas, anyone?) Tailor make the rest of your gift to whatever age bracket you’re shopping for: a museum-worthy flask from Cooper Hewitt for the barely legal set; a set of Tenfold Marble Coasters for 25-40; Snowe's sleek barware for 40+.
Because you can’t afford it, so you should ask for it as a gift. Full review here.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep on fresh sheets. A mix-and-match set comes with a duvet cover, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and four pillow cases for a very good deal. One click makes for “your bed, but better” feels.
And how better to enjoy that new bedding than in this damn chic silk robe? Fresh out from Hill House Home (and seen in Emily Ferber’s GRWM), slip on for instant debonair-at-home vibes.
A slightly less-expensive home fragrance alternative to a post-holiday getaway. Each of the candles in Tomas Maier’s collaboration with Diptyque is named for a scenic American destination. We’re partial to the orchid-scented Old Montauk Highway and the woodsy West District Road—depending on if you’re feeling coastal or inland.
Tell someone not only that you love them, but that you respect their alone time, too. The gift of a Simone LeBlanc Staycation Box (or any box, really—check out this one, too) is the gift of a perfectly drawn bath with Herbivore soaking salts, clearer skin with a clay mask and charcoal soap, and a potpourri souvenir because #nostalgia.
For the LA-based fashion editor or really chic art teacher in your life: the perfect pair of alternative hoops from Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Laura Lombardi.
Buying somebody else fragrance is risky business. Buy buying somebody else the Le Labo Discovery set says, “I respect you enough to put you in the Le Labo-wearing category, but won’t assume if you’re a Gaiac 10 or a Santal 33.” Also makes for great travel beauty!
If you didn’t know you needed a walnut-handled goat hair brush, it’s forgiven, because you probably haven’t met Suvé. Any one of their body brushes will make applying Softsoap feel like a body facial at the Plaza. Comes in two varieties: soft goat hair for sensitive skin, and coarser badger hair for those who want a deeper clean.
You could just breeze by your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond and pick up any old percolator for $20. OR you could invest in this gilded, high-design version and make sure you never feel tempted to leave the house for coffee again. This Christmas, be your own barista.
The Bentley Continental of at-home skincare devices, and the ideal gift for the person who has everything. (Literally everything—this is a mini spaceship that shoots lightning bolts at your face.) Unlike its competitors, the Ziip works in sync with a complimentary app that’s outfitted with six programs (and counting) for personalized treatments to do everything from kill acne bacteria to plump lips in minutes.
To safely stow all that cash they're getting from their other friends and relatives! And men’s wallets are infinitely cooler than women’s wallets these days. Compact, no nonsense, timeless.
Cashmere is the safest gifting option, hands down. If nothing else in this guide caught your fancy, spring for some sumptuous Danish winter accessories and call it a Christmas. (Or holiday season!)
Photographed by Tom Newton.
More gift-giving (and gift-getting) inspo—discover ITG's first-ever beauty awards, the ITG Top 25, over here.