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For your old man:
Classic Malts Strong Collection: $64
You know what dads like? Discovering something new, but not entirely new. Enter this handsome box containing three 20cl bottles (about 3 drams each) of golden-brown goodness from some of the Isle’s most storied distilleries: a peaty Lagavulin 16, a smoky Talisker 10 and a rich, sweet, slightly more approachable Cragganmore 12.
Black and Silver Surge: $115
With an impressive 21 tools — including two blades, three screwdrivers, extra-large scissors and a partridge in a pear tree — pops is sure to get plenty of use out of it. With a heartfelt note engraved on the side, he’s sure to think of you every time he does.
Bulova Oceanographer: $795
When it comes to a timepiece for pops, you can’t go wrong with something that hearkens back to his more youthful days. Like: the updated “Devil Diver,” a tribute to Bulova’s acclaimed Oceanographer diver’s watch from the 1970s featuring clean, classic lines of stainless steel accented by a black-and-red unidirectional bezel, luminescent markers and a box sapphire crystal with blue anti-reflective coating. And while he may never need the depth rating of 200 meters, at least it’ll remind him of a time that he might’ve.
Pile-Lined Hardsole Slipper: $46
If we know one thing to be near universally true about dads, it’s that they are bad at replacing the things the love. Even stinky, ratty, decaying things — like, say, the slippers he’s been wearing since the last millennium. Since he won’t replace them willingly, see to it yourself with this classic, can’t-miss pair of shearling and suede moccasins.
Brass and Beech Wood Table Telescope: $350
With a 15-45x zoom and a smart gold-tone finish, this number is equally suitable for impressing grandchildren and spying on the neighbors.
For your saint of a mother:
Unwind Aromatherapy Set: $49
The holidays are the best time of the year for moms, right? They get to cook, clean, host their inebriated children while simultaneously tending to rambunctious grandchildren. True bliss. Sarcasm aside, what mom truly needs more than anything is soothing aromatherapy in the form of essential oils that she can turn to throughout the day when things get hectic. Your status as the favorite child? Upheld for another year.
Jonathan Adler Marseilles Coasters: $68
Does your mom respect wood? You bet your bottom dollar she does. And these effortlessly funky Jonathan Adler coasters are by far the chicest way to keep her favorite table safe from water-ring destruction. So order her a set (or two) and bask in the glory of finding something both stylish and practical, you gifting multitasker you.
Sleep Chic Printed Stretch-Jersey Pajama Set: $139
Nice pajamas are one of mankind’s greatest indulgences — you wear them solely for comfort, and most of the time you’re in them you’re unconscious. This is the beauty of gifting someone an incredible set of PJs a la this set from Eberjey — it’s a gesture that says “I want you to feel like royalty even when you’re snoring. Also, thank you for raising me.”
Model Two Wine Preservation System: $299
Being a mom is hard. Wine makes things easier. That’s just math. Coravin’s slick system gives her the freedom to pour from any bottle without removing the cork, keeping the remainder firmly sealed and protected from oxidation. It’s like having her very own “by the glass” menu at home.
Private Vineyard-to-Table Lunch at Coppola Winery: $1500
Maybe she was an exceptionally good mom this year. Maybe you were an exceptionally bad kid. Either way, time to swing for the fences with a private behind-the-scenes tour of Francis Ford Coppola’s historic Inglenook Estate in Napa, where you’ll stroll the vineyards, drink barrel samples, and enjoy an al fresco lunch and wine pairing on the chateau’s terrace guided by the estate’s chef. Oh, and take a bottle signed by Mr. Coppola himself as well.
For your sweetheart who is a lady:
Bulova Rubaiyat Diamond: $1595
So she’s got the little black dress, but does she have the little black watch to match? With an artful fusion of black ceramic and stainless steel accented by 73 individually hand-set diamonds encircling the glossy black dial (as well as at the 3, 6 and 9 markers), the Rubaiyat represents the perfect intersection of understated elegance and eye-catching bling. She fields endless compliments. You look like a holiday hero. Everybody wins.
SELF LOVE Bath + Body Ritual Kit: $36
Winter weather is hard on the skin, holiday madness is hard on the psyche. And you, sir, will kill both birds with Herbivore’s spa-quality trifecta of coconut milk bath soak, coco rose body polish and rose quartz illuminating body oil. It’s OK if these terms mean nothing to you. They’ll mean the world to her, and that’s what matters.
Nomad Delux Hardcover by Herbert Ypma: $85
Chock full of celebrated travel writer Ypma’s stunning photographs of “hip and hidden places around the world,” this handsome tome will not only look great on the coffee table, but more importantly, in bed — as the two of you flip through it and plan your 2019 jaunting calendar.
Gold Vermeil Flower Earrings: $180
Jewelry is admittedly fraught gifting territory — personal predilections abound. However, AUrate’s designs were unanimously agreed upon by the Ladies of InsideHook HQ as both chic and versatile, “perfect for holiday functions but also great for her to rock in warmer weather.” And when they talk, your correspondent listens.
Demi Lace-Trimmed Silk-Charmeuse Playsuit: $260
Conventional wisdom dictates that sexy is sexy, comfy is comfy and never the twain shall meet. Cami NYC begs to differ (and does it well) with this playful-meets-sophisticated number made from übersoft silk-charmeuse that she’ll love lounging in and you’ll love … watching her lounge in. This is a holiday win-win.
For your sweetheart who is a fella:
Jacquard Knit Socks: $30
Every man needs a pair of cozy socks with some playful holiday panache — the kind that look good whether he’s wearing them under a pair of winter boots or, well, as an outfit. These ones, with a stag-emblazoned pattern that recalls a Fair Isle sweater, ought to do the trick.
Organic Waffle Robe: $98
Waffle knits are a favorite of high-end spas for good reason: same 100% Turkish cotton as the terry cloth, but infinitely more packable and breathable.
Diamond Signet Ring: $185
This handsome (and engraveable) number from Brooklyn’s premier indie silversmith features the phrase “None Cuttes a Diamond But a Diamond,” a quote from Marston’s The Malcontent, widely regarded as one of the most significant plays of the English Renaissance. Fittingly, it’s also a working wax seal and comes with a stick of sealing wax. Romantic missives, however, are on you to sort out.
Hand-Blown Decanter Set: $262
A decanter set is one of those gifts that’s akin to a male version of an engagement ring: nearly always gifted by his partner for a special occasion, and expected to last a lifetime. Given those postulates, opt for something a little more unique than those monogrammed rectangular jobs that everyone and their brother has, like this smoky, three-piece set from Seattle studio DeCicio.
Banded Ottoman: $950
Among the greatest gifts one can give their beloved? Some well-deserved rest. Or at least something to help induce it, like these “ball” ottomans from New York designer Moses Nadel, which combine the materials and aesthetics of athletic equipment (here, natural grain cowhide) with a firm micro-foam fill to realize a singularly good-looking and comfy piece of furniture.
For your friend who is a lady:
Sleeping Beauty Silk Eye Mask: $50
Unless you’re a physician with a stack of Ambien prescriptions lying around, giving the gift of actualrest this holiday season remains just out of reach. Slip’s 100% silk, light-blocking mask may very well be the next best thing, however — a proven conduit to better Zs with a bit of cheeky Holly Golightly glamour to boot.
Pale Pink iPhone X Flip Case: $80
Endorsed by your correspondent’s supremely stylish fiancée and her equally stylish girl gang, TDE’s chic saffiano leather cases feature internal card holders, magnetic closures and a handy magnetic inner phone case for when she doesn’t feel like carrying the full wallet. The elegant gold monogramming is just the icing on the iPhone cake.
Dakota Backpack: $195
Whether she’s using it for a work bag, gym bag or weekender, Dagne Dover’s unique neoprene construction and eye-popping colorways will ensure that she stands out from the pack (get it?).
Olio Lusso Travel Kit: $250
Four luxurious skincare essentials from lady fave Linda Rodin, formulated to keep both hair and skin fresh and moisturized on-the-go — all conveniently TSA-sized and housed in a chic lavender travel case.
Printed Silk-Twill Scarf: $510
It’s chic. It’s colorful. It’s 100% silk straight out of Italy. And, most importantly, it’s Gucci — forever agreed upon as the go-to for stylish gals everywhere, and thus a guaranteed win no matter which one in your life you’re shopping for.
For your friend who is a fella:
Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection: $24
Hate Mail is the Kickstarter success story of British illustrator Mr. Bingo. His pitch: pay me money and I’ll send you a very rude and inflammatory postcard. It was met with overwhelming support, and now you can buy a book of his greatest burns.
Santal 26 Candle: $65
If buying a candle for your homeboy sounds weird, well, you haven’t met this particular candle. Artfully dented canister, supremely pleasing smoky/leathery scent, and, best of all, the chance to personalize it with an appropriately embarrassing nickname. If ever there were a “man candle,” this is it.
Stringback Driving Gloves: $125
First, remind him that he’ll never be as good of a driver as you. Then reveal these, and tell him that at least he can look like one.
Venture 65 Hard Cooler: $245
Like the phone cases that made Otterbox famous, this cooler is nearly indestructible (read: lifetime warranty) and water- and airtight (read: up to 16 days — yes, days — of cooling capability). Unlike their phone cases, it can hold three cases of beer.
Palermo Tripolina Chair: $675
Long before modern camp chairs, there was this: the British officer’s chair, featuring a sturdy wooden frame and supple leather cushion, useful for safari sundowners, impromptu field meetings and any situation where a collapsible chair might come in handy. This one, built in a small workshop in Argentina but based on a design from 1855, will look equally dashing in your buddy’s reading room or — hell — along the sidelines of his kid’s rec soccer game.
For your boss:
Limited Edition Leather Notebook: $40
Notes are meant to be taken at the office: in meetings, when brainstorming, when planning, etc. And this limited-edition leatherbound notebook from Moleskine comes in a handy hardcover carrying sleeve for protection. It’ll be a nice subtle way to tell your boss they need to do a better job of remembering all the things you talk about in meetings.
Chrome Astronaut Space Pen: $60
Writes at any angle. Is temperature-immune. Featured prominently in an episode of Seinfeld. Was first pen in space. Long story short, there is an approximately 0.0% chance that anyone else will give your boss a better (or more useful) conversation piece this holiday season. Note: if you want to be able to rhapsodize further on the subject as you hand it to him, step right this way for our article on the subject.
Personalized Pewter Rocks Glass: $122
Handmade in Italy from lead-free crystal and a pewter base, this glass can be personalized with your boss’s initials. It will be a handsome addition to their bar cart as a vessel to be used when things are going good (or bad) at the office.
Mod5 Italian Leather Organizer: $385
More likely than not, your boss has a lot of stuff, and rather than just throwing it in a bag, it would behoove them to keep it organized nicely. And what better way than an elegant, Italian leather organizer featuring 15+ pockets and section for devices, documents and cords.
Leather Garment Weekender + Dopp Kit: $650
If your boss is the type that travels for work on a semi-regular basis, especially with more formal clothing items, this is a top-notch duffel that just so happens to include a garment bag as well. And with the bundle, they’ll also get a dopp kit to match.
For your kids who are teens:
Color Changing Cinema Lightbox : $37
A guaranteed Gen Z showstopper. Posters of Ariana Grande or Steph Curry will eventually lose their cachet, but this light box, with fully customizable letters and colors, can always keep up with the times.
Instax Mini 9: $56
Because who’s really got iCloud space for 2,000 photos in the camera roll? The Instax comes in five different hues and will have your moody adolescent permanently cheesing. Plus, gives them a chance to learn what “film” means. Which … seems important?
Various Complete Skateboards: $105
Skateboarding teaches diligence, perseverance, dedication, resilience, inclusivity, community and a whole host of other admirable concepts that any (good) parent would like to see their child embrace. And for those of you who know what we’re talking about from personal experience, the fact that Almost was founded by skate legends Rodney Mullen and Daewon Song should give you a nice dose of nostalgia.
HERO5 Black: $219
For the youngin’ who can’t sit still, the HERO5 will take crystal-clear 12MP photos and 4K videos of whatever rough-and-tumble adventure he or she dreams up. Not to mention it stays waterproof down to 33 feet below the surface.
Wilderness Expedition: $2000 – $30000
Be warned: your kid’s going to get back from one of these trips and talk your ear off about it for the next three years. Worth it, though. Nols offers a heavy list of outdoor expeditions for younger folks, from Baja Coastal Sailing to sea kayaking in the Bahamas to backpacking through Alaska. As much an emphasis on making friends as pitching tents.
For your kids who are kids:
PixelQuest Arcade Kit for Nintendo Switch: $20
The single greatest bang for your gifting buck: your Switch-obsessed tykes will love duking it out with friends on a makeshift arcade console. You will love helping them with the cardboard construction, and turning the typically solo game into a family affair.
Octopus Watch v2 Motion Edition: $80
Constantly reminding your kids to brush, feed the fish and do homework? Give them the gift of autonomy (and a break from nagging) with the Octopus Watch, a whimsical timepiece that uses emoji-like icons to teach good habits .
Populele Smart Ukulele: $159
You’ve got two options here. One: Buy them a ukulele and suffer the auditory consequences. Or two: Buy them the Populele, which is a real-deal instrument, but features 72 LEDs in the fretboard and a companion app that’ll teach them how to play in Guitar Hero fashion.
Giant Building Block System (Kids Play Pack of 50): $215
They’re giant Legos, basically (though not affiliated). But instead of building castles or ships or castle-ship hybrids for little hole-headed figurines, now they can build them for their own life-sized enjoyment. You can choose any hue from red to gold, but best go with the multi-color option.
Toylander 1 Miniature Land Rover: $5300
Chances are you don’t own an original 1948 Land Rover Series 1, but you can still bequeath one to your offspring — in miniature. Your kid’ll be king or queen of the neighborhood with the Toylander’s folding windshield, working tailgate and 5 MPH top speed. Nota bene: These can take 4-6 weeks in production, so get in touch ASAP if you want it under the tree.
For your party host:
Gold Bear Wine Bottle Stopper: $33
We’re not saying you shouldn’t also bring wine to the party. A party can never have too much wine. And while party wine tends to, you know, get finished at the party, your hosts will inevitably have a half-finished bottle around. At which point they will smile and quietly thank you as they replace the plain ol’ cork with something decidedly more festive.
The Stirred Cocktail Set: $70
Your host has a cocktail shaker … somewhere. But you can make their lives easier with this handsome four-piece kit, which features a bar spoon, julep strainer, hand-blown mixing glass and an extra large ice cube tray. This is where they (or you) can put together anything from an Old Fashioned to a Negroni to a martini without the fuss … or the ice-rattling noise. For parties, you keep things stirred, not shaken.
Brass Oil Burner: $170
That candle you were considering as a gift will be forgotten (or regifted) within a week. This solid brass beauty? It’ll burn bright in your host’s home for years to come — and you can continue to gift your friend tea candles and the separate Oil Burner Blend next time around.
In & Out Wool Slip Ons: $343
They threw you a party. Offer your hosts a little day-after comfort. These anti-slip wool ‘n’ buffalo leather foot warmers, made in Italy and designed by our favorite U.K. luxury brand, should do the trick. Bonus: They look stellar indoors or out.
Automated Cocktail Maker: $1050
Put your favorite booze on top, a few mixers on the side and leave an iPad nearby with the Barsys app — guests will oooh and aaah as the AI whips together their preferred cocktail in 20 seconds (with a lot of bells and whistles … and a bit of a light show). Congratulations, you delivered drinks and a talking point for the rest of the night.