The IST List
edited by Tessa Benson / curated by Hayley Atkin
A Gift Guide for the aficionados in your life
To avoid the trauma of last-minute shopping and the scourge of regifting, we’ve made some highly targeted selections, filled with sugar and spice, for family and friends—naughty and nice.
What woman doesn’t yearn for deeper meaning? Jessica Kagan Cushman’s crystal-studded resin ezodiac constellation cuff is sure to ignite her inner moon goddess. $85, jessicakagancushman.com.
the Heavy Metalist
Once a Preppy Handbook staple, Burberry has added to its trench-coat ’tude and gone glam rock. This Tangled Chain metal bracelet proves that in the game of fashion, there are no rules. $395, burberry.com..
Gone are the days of the gaudy logo’d purse. Now, it’s about keeping it pretty, with these limited-edition Surface to Air shoulder bags featuring Sølve Sundsbø photographs. $210, artandcommerce.com.
Venerable candlemaker Cire Trudon lives up to its royal order with vegetable-wax busts of such French luminaries as Marie Antoinette and Napoléon Bonaparte. $85–$105, Maxfield, 310-274-8800.
The Sartorialist: Bespoke Edition deluxe book features images of the chicest city dwellers from both sides of the pond. A bible for those well versed in all things dépêche mode. $110.25, amazon.com.
Awaken your lady’s inner Bettie Page with a YSL buttery soft corset. The couture house’s fall/winter collection is chock-full of leather looks, and this one takes the cake. Admit it, sometimes bad girls finish first. $2,300, ysl.com.
Douglas Little’s limited-edition Père Lachaise Coffrets fragrance set is a paean to the past, each bottle named for a famous resident of Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery—Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf, to name two. $1,400, Maxfield, 310-274-8800.
Alexander McQueen’s Stained Glass Square Scarf is the perfect pretty thing to give your sweetheart... and then steal back for yourself. $895, barneys.com.
You can leave your boots on while singing “Santa Baby” this holiday season in these red suede, silver buckled beauties by Balmain. $1,195, net-a-porter.com.
Gibson’s reissue of the solid mahogany 1957 Les Paul Jr. Single Cutaway in TV Yellow (color made famous by the New York Dolls) simply resonates cool. $3,527, gibson.com.
For designers in training, LEGO releases the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of Architecture, sure to keep fingers occupied for hours. $40–$100, lego.com.
Click pretty with Apple’s sleek, laser-tracking, buttonless Magic Mouse. Because it isn’t Christmas without something from the Apple Store. $69, apple.com.
Form and function come together in perfect harmony with the superpadded Nixon Master Blaster studio-quality leather headphones. $200, barneys.com.
One part androgyny, one part high fashion and all parts cool, the Helmut Lang Volcanic leather jacket is the season’s wardrobe must-have for bikers and pedestrians alike. $1,390, lagarconne.com.
This elegant Elements lantern by Georg Jensen can hang or sit. It’s grace and illumination in one small package. $90, georgjensen.com.
Eye’ll be seeing you with these Ted Muehling hand-blown, handpainted glasses from Vienna. Sure to keep those well versed in the art of fine taste toasting all through the holidays. $251–$258, tedmuehling.com.
Don’t overlook man’s best friend. Found My Animal waxed canvas harnesses and leashes are chic indeed, and 25 percent of profits go to the Louis Animal Foundation. $42–$76, foundmyanimal.com.
What’s homier than nuzzling up in a blanket stitched with the street grid of your own town? Soft-Maps silk-embroidered cotton quilts by Emily Fischer (left) will surely win you Best Gift. $150 and up, hapticlab.com.
The It drink this year is Sea Wynde sipping rum. With aromas of jackfruit, Christmas pudding and toffee apple, it’s the perfect holiday libation. $40, seawynderum.com.
Even the girl who has everything would covet Van Cleef & Arpels’ Birds of Paradise ring of diamonds and precious stones. Price on request, vancleef-arpels.com.
The Bell clock by Sam Hecht has the punch of a classic two-bell in an unassuming package. It’s the most stylish way to say, “Time to get up—NOW.” $65, charlesandmarie.com.
This geometric handmade bear candle, with sparkly rhinestone eyes and a little bowtie, is so adorable you might not want to light the wick. $78, tortoiselife.com.
Pay it forward—with a cow, a flock of chicks or a water buffalo. Heifer International places working animals with families in need across the globe. $20–$5,000, heifer.org.
Instant gratification is back. The Fuji Instax Mini 7S camera’s credit card–size snaps are sharp and clear—and they won’t show up on Facebook. $85, fujifilm.com.
Neighborhood pride runneth over in Los Angeles, Portrait of a City, featuring 500-plus stunning images that confirm we really are the City of Angels. $70, taschen.com.
For the foodie who appreciates sculptural beauty, the reissue of Dansk’s wood pepper grinders (styles: Rosie, Hank and Jane) will really shake up the tabletop. $50, okstore.la.
the Mini Motorist
Playsam’s Roadster—based on the first Saab—will have young Andrettis and Patricks cruising in high style. $525, alpha-man.com.
Make your words count when putting ink to paper—place them on Drexler Collection Ars Antigua notecards. $13, drexlercollection.com.
These strands rock. Irene Neuwirth’s necklaces—in opal, lapis, amethyst and moonstone, among others—rest in delicate gold settings. They’re sure to brighten her holiday. Price on request, barneys.com.
Teach (and feed) your children well with handpainted Smiling Planet plates—no BPA, phthalates, lead or toxic inks. And so fittingly named. $14, smilingplanet.net.
Stocking stuffers were never toastier and more snazzy than Steven Alan’s leather and cashmere Glittens. $128, stevenalan.com.
Channel your inner mixmaster with the Stylophone Portable Beatbox. Scratch, loop, beat and lay voice tracks, then connect it to your iPod for playback. $30, urbanoutfitters.com.