All That Glitters: Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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We’ve gathered a few suggestions to help you check off your holiday gift lists, from stocking stuffers to more sizable surprises.

All images this section courtesy their brands.

All images this section courtesy their brands.

Winter Wonderland Trees

If you know someone who’s tired of “all pine all the time” when it comes to holiday decor, add some variety to the mix with these stately birches — which range from two to nine feet and come adorned with warm white lights. (Available in five sizes from $39 to $239,


Robert Mapplethorpe

“The Wrestler” Plate

2016 marked an important year in the exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe, who was given a thorough, cross-institution retrospective by LACMA and the Getty Museum. Continue the celebration with this porcelain plate by Limoges, featuring the chiselled curves of his 1989 print The Wrestler.


Barware by Tom Dixon

Help someone tipple in style with an assist from Tom Dixon, a designer whose work has been acquired by institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou. His “Tank” series is generously proportioned and crafted with mouth-blown glass and hand-painted copper detailing. (Whiskey decanter $110, Set of two whiskey glasses $70,


Great Moments at Carnegie Hall

As Carnegie Hall winds down its 125th anniversary of being America’s most prominent presenter of live music, Sony fetes the hall with a 43-disc set of live recordings, spanning from 1933 to 2007. Among the hours of music are legendary moments with the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma and many more. The handsomely boxed set includes a 104-page hardcover companion book. ($118,


Pedra Coasters

Gifting a host who obssesses over every detail? Keep their surfaces pristine with these coasters, which are named from the Portuguese word for “rock” and made of volcanic stone, which is hand-polished in Brazil and edged in 24-karat gold or silver. Since Mother Nature designed them, no two will ever be exactly alike. ($80 for a set of four,


Frank Gehry Wiggle Side Chair

Given the twists and turns of Frank Gehry’s iconic buildings, it’s no surprise his unique side chair also cuts an unexpected silhouette. What may surprise you is that, though it’s constructed of layered cardboard, the piece remains durable and comfortable. The design hearkens back to 1969, when Gehry began designing his seriously stylish and surprisingly sturdy “Easy Edges” furniture collection. ($950,


Try the World

When your favorite foodie doesn’t have time to travel, use Try the World to send them a box of world flavors — like these Mexican Hot Chocolate Tablets. To sweeten the deal for the holidays, they’ve partnered with the executive pastry chef of the incomporable restaurant Le Bernadin to create a special, Michelin-themed box — featuring international treats like truffle sauce from Italy, pineapple cake from Taiwan, date spread from Israel and toffee from South Africa. ($39,



Groff led a brave and beautiful cast through two seasons and a finale movie about three gay friends navigating life and love in the City by the Bay. Now you can share every kiss, every fight, every wild night and every morning after of this cinematic series along with exclusive bonus content, on Blu-ray or DVD. ($49.99,


Santal 33

If you could concoct a scent that’s a cross between Cary Grant and Brokeback Mountain, you might come up with a fragrance like Le Labo’s Santal 33. It conjures the spirit of the American West with a sheen of sophistication. Notes including cardamom, iris, and cedarwood make it a scent for the rugged man who still has a keen sense of style. Gifters can have bottles personalized, and receivers can take advantage of Le Labo’s convenient refill program when they run out. ($75–$950 varying by size,


Tiffany CT60 Dual Time Watch

Inspired by the spirit of New York City and crafted in Switzerland, Tiffany’s CT60 series builds on over 160 years of master craftsmanship. Its gold poudré numerals stand out against a blue soleil dial, while its crystal caseback allows you to, quite literally, see what makes it tick. Shown here in stainless steel with a matching steel bracelet, other available options include a white face, a rose gold case or an alligator strap. ($6,800,


Vintage Map Cuff Links

Help your favorite traveler add a bit of personality to their formal attire with these lovely accessories, which preserve vintage maps from the early 20th century and mount them on solid bronze cuff links. Options include stateside locales from Aspen to Washington, D.C.; great world cities such as Paris or Rome; and NYC landmarks like Central Park or Wall St. ($95,


The Complete Trio Collection

In 1987, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Metrosource cover girl Dolly Parton made history with the release of their Grammy Award–winning Trio album, which they followed up in 1999 with Trio II. Now, three decades later, completists can indulge in the three-disc set of remastered versions of those iconic albums, plus a third disc of unreleased takes and rarities. ($24,


Bean Box

If you know a coffee lover, surprise them with a gift that keeps on percolating. With Bean Box, each month they’ll receive four specialty coffees from some of Seattle’s top-rated roasters, along with information to help them play barista like tasting notes, roaster profiles and brewing tips ($68 for three months,


Home Coach

If you know someone obsessed with air quality, prepare to blow their minds. According to the EPA, the air in homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even industrialized cities. Home Coach monitors humidity, air quality, noise and temperature in any room, reports them to your phone and offers suggestions to mitigate any problems. ($99.99,

Last modified: August 31, 2017