Gifts to Delight the Discerning
Among the greatest temptations of the busy holiday season is to bestow upon loved ones lavish novelties or one’s own favorite things. “I’ve never heard of it! And it’s expensive. She can’t possibly have this already,” rationalizes the weary shopper tempted by trendy, useless items. “I love this, so he will, too,” reasons even the most well-intentioned giver as December wanes. Shaky assumptions such as these are unlikely to result in the perfect gift, which is, after all, in the eye of the recipient.
This year, follow the lead of Santa, a highly observant type who has never been shy about asking for gift ideas, by selecting purposeful presents, from everyday objects made uniquely elegant to books and tools for living chosen with the recipient’s habits and hobbies in mind. The six discerning individuals sketched out below provide a place to start.
“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.” –Julia Child
A custom Bob Kramer chef ’s knife
Noma in Copenhagen
Jacobsen Salt Co. Flake Salt
“You live but once; you might as well be amusing.” –Coco Chanel
Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance on Broadway
Li-Lac Chocolate Creams
“Serenity now!” –Frank Costanza
A week at Coqui Coqui Tulum
A business lunch followed by a meeting, two conference calls, and a Ballet Beautiful class
I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
“I must complain the cards are ill-shuffled till I have a good hand.” –Jonathan Swift
A royal flush
Make this the holiday season of purposeful presents: everyday objects made uniquely elegant, essential tools for living elevated by storied traditions, and books chosen with the recipient’s habits and hobbies in mind.
“People don’t take trips…trips take people.” –John Steinbeck
An African safari
Moleskine classic notebook, a monogrammed luggage tag
“I like black, because for me it is a very happy color.” –Azzedine Alaia
Robert Motherwell: Works on Paper 1951-1991 at Paul Kasmin Gallery