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A selection of gifts that can be given with confidence.

At the heart of gift-giving is the idea of generosity—a boundless sentiment whose only limitation comes in knowing how to express it thoughtfully and tastefully, often many times over. To help over the holidays, our editors have picked some seasonal sundries that cover life’s essentials and its small luxuries.

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns

Urbanears Baggen Multiroom Speakers
$449

Balancing sound with style, Urbanears’ fabric-wrapped speakers come in a selection of neutral colors, from concrete gray to soft pink, and are wireless, allowing them to blend seamlessly into any style of home.

Cuyana Travel Case Set
$110

Made in Argentina, Cuyana’s pebbled leather travel cases are available in classic shades of olive, blush, ecru and more, and are ideal for corralling small accoutrements around the bathroom, bedroom or office.

VIU The Vibrant
$230

All frames in Viu’s collection of eyewear are designed in Zurich and handmade in the Italian Dolomites and Honshu Island, Japan. These palladium frames are feather-light and made of stainless steel.

&tradition Mass Light NA5
$198

Designed by Norm Architects’ Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Mass Light is an elegant pendant inspired by the street lamps of Paris, Barcelona and New York. The brass and copper bases are unlacquered, meaning they will patinize over time.

Acne Studios Underwear
$50

Gifting underwear can be uncomfortable. Play it safe with Acne’s classic cotton jersey briefs, in tasteful shades of white, pink, sand and black.

Kastehelmi Plate by Iittala
$44

Originally designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka, the dewdrop-inspired patterns of Iittala’s Kastehelmi range remain beloved in Scandinavia, imbuing traditional tableware with a touch more tactility.

Pommade Concrète by Officine Universelle Buly
$42

Give the gift of self-care with this Parisian pommade. Anoint extremities with a blend of soothing shea butter, beeswax and chamomile water for protection against cold snaps and urban pollutants.

Coyuchi Organic Chambray Sheets
$548

Woven from organically grown French flax, Coyuchi’s soft linen chambray sheets are breathable in the summer and insulating in the winter, and appear as inviting when rumpled as when pressed.

Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum
$125

Pulling together notes of frankincense, vetiver and cypress, the rich, smoky aroma of Aesop’s unisex eau de parfum is evocative of the mist and moss of Japan’s Hinoki forests.

Donald Judd—A Good Chair is a Good Chair
$40

Published on the occasion of Donald Judd’s solo exhibition at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, this catalog records Judd’s furniture designs and related drawings, including prototypes for minimalist chairs, beds, shelves, desks and tables.

Carafe by Tina Frey Design
$115

Though pure white and crisp in design, Tina Frey Design’s resin vessels are hand cast and hand finished, meaning each carries its own imperfection and makes an inherently individual gift.

Irving Penn—Centennial
$70

Celebrating the centennial of influential photographer Irving Penn’s birth, this enlightening volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career, pairing some of his most iconic images with previously unpublished works.

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
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