Holiday shopping can often feel like a dizzying blur in the weeks leading up to New Years. Fortunately there are plenty of a unique finds to be found, distinguished gift ideas off the beaten path of congested holiday sales and distinctive gift sets for everyone on your gift list. Our 2011 Gift Guide is specially targeted for the design savvy, from the most modest of budgets to bordered extravagance.
Viktor & Rolf Fairytales - $20
A good read is always worth giving, and this year you’ll score points by handing out the recently released Viktor & Rolf Fairy Tales. The Dutch designers put their imaginations on paper to deliver creative twists on classic moral advising plots. Each story is laced with unique fashion references to their themed collections as well as iconic models (i.e. Gisele in the Golden Dress).
Guy Bourdin is a celebrated photographer whose stint at Vogue France is legendary. Bourdin pushed the envelope with his sensual lens, and his work is provocatively sexy without ever seeming vulgar. Pick up Bourdin’s iconic Vogue Paris photo for the aesthetically discerning artist in your life.
This cheeky clock by Ordinary Purposes captures the need for more time. With disproportionately sized second, minute and hour hands, you’ll feel like every second is a little longer than usual.
There’s nothing better than being close to a fireplace on a frigid winter night. And with Swedish designer Pia Wallen’s Cross Blanket, everyone can be cozy and look chic in front of the heat.
For organized traditionalists, look nor further than Jonathan Saunders’ Soho Diary for Smythson. The limited edition accessory features luxurious details—right down to the gold enamel clasp. Bound in goatskin leather, the interior bears Saunders’ signature flora and fauna-inspired printed silk and a black velvet inlay.
Anything Karl Lagerfeld touches seems to turn into gold—quite literally in this case. Designed for Orrefors, this bowl isn’t only beautiful, but is also symbolic of Lagerfeld’s infallible good taste.
Coffee enthusiasts rejoice! This Yama Siphon Brewer will not only satisfy a caffeine fix, but also allow a full experience of the brewing process itself.
This fire engine red latex dipped canvas pouch is perfect for a person who is both modern and traditional. It not only fits with today’s must have digital devices, but it’s roomy enough for newspapers and other paper documents to fit as well.
Viden Whisky Tumblers is made with handblown Czech glass that promises heft, craftsmanship and beauty—each sip is as sophisticated as the drinker.
Thanks to Boskke’s Sky Planter, green thumb friends and family can introduce life into their living or working quarters, without sacrificing much valued space. The uniquely inverted Stoneware ceramic planter comes in prints, black or white and can be attached by ceiling extension or by wall mount.
Side tables usually serve as a living room accessory, but Paul Loebach’s poplar wood Glacier interpretation begs to be noticed. In addition to serving a useful purpose, the piece’s hyper sheen and abstracted form will be sure spark conversations.
Data enthusiasts will enjoy keeping track of their every movement with the Fitbit Tracker. Showing real-time activity stats for everything you do (from a walk to the store to a sweat-inducing workout), this is a great gift for anyone who likes to set personal goals from day to day.
Dog and cat owners tend to put their beloved pets first, so why not follow their lead? Hepper, the destination for ultra-cool pet accessories, has created a steel framed bed in a mod motif. Elevated and compact, it’s ideal for your friends’ small furry friends.