Written By Allegra Muzzillo | 12.3.18
Looking for the new and different for this holiday giving season? Curated especially for the design-obsessed, this wish list checks all the boxes. From splurge-worthy to practical, functional and beyond, here are 25 presents we’d be pretty pleased to receive ourselves. Happy holiday shopping!
1. This novel, electric fragrance diffuser is housed in a handmade tongue-and-groove recycled maple-wood box, so no two are alike. Up top, an Edison bulb emits a subtle, warm glow, while a delicate glass nebulizer spreads a fine mist of Le Labo’s vanilla-musk scented Santal 26 oil into all corners of your home.
Santal 26 Home Diffuser by Le Labo, $590
2. Who wouldn’t want to be swaddled in a luxurious, Turkish-cotton towel after every bath? This set of long-staple cotton towels features simple, flat-weave cotton fronts (striped in cool gray) backed in looped terry cloth for maximum absorbency.
Fouta Supreme Towel Bundle by Parachute Home, from $289
3. Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine‘s Design Hunting editor of 30 years, has set foot in sublimely gorgeous homes we have only dreamed of entering. Her first book, May I Come In?, features full-color photographs of more than 75 of these residences, Goodman ushers us inside and allows the gorgeous homes to do the talking.
May I Come In? by Wendy Goodman, Abrams, $65
4. An iconic quartet: Pendleton Woolen Mills, plus Calvin Klein, Andy Warhol and Dennis Hopper. This reversible wool-blend saddle blanket unites these art and fashion icons with good old-fashioned workmanship. Offered in pink or red with a black graphic of Hopper—a longtime fan Warhol fan himself—true to the artist’s original 1971 prints.
Andy Warhol Foundation + Pendleton Printed Blanket by Calvin Klein Home, $450
5. Bring some color into the life of your favorite backgammon enthusiast—and get the whole family into analog game nights with this beechwood-and-plastic set. Folds when not in use.
Colorful Backgammon Set by MoMA, $89
6. Inspired by the streamlined architecture and fine materials of the Art Deco period, this handsome rectangular tray is covered in a glossy burl-wood veneer that’s naturally resistant to moisture and staining — so overflowing sidecar cocktails can be served without worry.
Burl Wood Lacquer Tray by CB2, $50
7. The power of the gift of a live, fragrant wreath cannot be underestimated. It’s a thoughtful gesture that invites guests in—and lasts—all holiday season long. This ring of freshly intertwined spiral, silver dollar and willow eucalyptus can serve double duty as a dining table centerpiece.
Eucalyptus Wreath by Harry & David, $80
8. Industrial designer, George Nelson—a founder of the American Modernism movement whose work is represented in MoMA’s permanent collection—designed more than 150 clocks in his lifetime. This famous battery-powered starburst wall clock (released in 1955) exemplifies the perpetual appeal of Mid-Century design with its numberless face and black-chrome-and-brass construction.
Star Clock by George Nelson, $530
9. Sugarmat’s line of uncommon yoga mats were created to bring glamour and style to your workout. The creatives behind the brand are passionate about making a product that offers both fashion and function. This particular pattern is a part of the Healing Heart Collection that is meant to evoke human feelings from abstract art.
Dream Catcher No. 3 by Sugarmat $99