Holiday Gift List: Modern Tradition

Although this time of year can get a little insane, I am an unabashed fan.  In gifting, as with interiors, I love the modern traditional approach. The key is finding a new spin on a venerable classic, balancing style and sentiment.  To illustrate, I’ve compiled my Santa’s List. Any resemblance to gifts actually purchased and gift-wrapped is entirely coincidental:

My mom treated all of my handmade gifts like they were worthy of the Louvre.  I thought I’d add another handmade piece to her collection, this one by ceramic artist Paul Schneider (Forty Five Ten)

For her stocking, a little something to keep her ears warm.  Since Emerald Green is the Color of 2013, she’ll be fabulously current in these Badgley Mischka green agate and smoky quartz drops:

What’s more traditional than a Christmas sweater for Dad?  I’ll help the kids take it up a notch with this richly textured camel hair sweater by Billy Reid in gorgeous grey:

I might also treat my husband to something spectacular for our new house in Highland Park.  He’d look dashing behind this “floating” glass desk from Tomas Maier’s latest collection for Bottega Veneta.  Love the parchment coated drawers in the signature BV weave.

My best friend has fantastic style and we’ve been known to covet each other’s jewelry.  This turquoise and gold cuff by Paige Novick is utterly our style – and perfect for a true blue lady:

My son is a budding architect with a formidable Lego portfolio. He’s also proud to be a born New Yorker so this set of twenty die-cut paper models of NYC landmarks (from Chrysler building to a hot dog cart) could outshine the Millennium Falcon (Rizzoli).

My daughter is wonderfully expressive;  her version of a craft project would be something more like this cool build-your-own kaleidoscope kit by Seedlings.  I can’t wait to see the world through her eyes:

And for ski weekends, she will have the pleasure of expressing herself in Dior’s fur-accented boots.  I mean:

We are so grateful that both of our kids have creative, inspired teachers. For all those evenings poring over essays and family trees, they deserve something chic to transport the endless flow of paper (Mark & Graham).

I know I’m not the only one to take the occasional detour from the holiday shopping. I just couldn’t resist adding this vintage Rolex to my personal wish list – that pigment green is beyond (from FD):

Hope you’re enjoying the festive season!


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