December 2011

Holiday Gift Guide

No themes, no categories, no gimmicks—just the very best in presents and bonbons sure to brighten your season   by MALLERY ROBERTS MORGAN

Inspired by French bicycle designs of the 1950s and ’60s, Linus Bikes are the hippest wheels in town. Matching leather saddles and grips? Rattan baskets? Brass bells? C’est si bon! 310-857-7777, linusbike.com.

Let your guppies scale the heights in the Fishscape 2.5-gallon, handblown fishbowl with mountain range by Aruliden for the Turkish company Gaia & Gino. $140, aplusrstore.com.

If you like your batches small, your potatoes virgin and your vodka handcrafted, then Karlsson's Gold is the spirit of the season. And the bottle is pretty cool. $35, Gelson's, Bristol Farms, karlssonsvodka.com.

Georg Jensen’s Alfredo pitcher and salt and pepper mills turn ordinary dining into an art form. Plus, they’re made of stainless steel, so mere mortals might actually afford them. $150–$165, 310-860-1410, georgjensen.com.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s chic Obsedia Minaudière is emblazoned with a photographic print of a bird of paradise. In other words, evening-bag heaven. $1,700, Barneys New York, 310-276-4400, barneys.com.

Put a little sparkle in your alfresco entertaining with Giusti's trompe l'oeil Honeycomb plastic tumblers. $20; also in highball, $22, tableartonline.com.

Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee honor legendary textile, interior, product and graphic designer Alexander Girard
in a lavish 672-page monograph. $200, ammobooks.com.

Missoni Home’s hand-crocheted, down-filled pouf, designed by Rosita Missoni, turns any room into a garden of colorful delights. $1,780, 310-246-3060.

Treat your friends to a taste of the Mediterranean with Fig & Olive’s fall collection of specialty olive oils. $14–$18, 310-360-9100, bestoliveoilstore.com.

The gorgeous Venetian-glass and mirror votive by French ballerina turned artist Nathalie Pasqua lights up your home even without a candle. $2,800, 310-854-0091, graygallery.com.

Brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio of Top Chef fame dish on food and family in their debut cookbook Volt Ink (Olive Press), with forewords by José Andrés and Charlie Palmer and recipes organized by “ingredient families.” $40.

Fashion-forward designer Kelly Wearstler rocks you out with the chunky, perforated Dry Agate Cuff. $345–$445, kellywearstler.com.

The nononsense, super-long-life John’s Phone from John Doe Amsterdam works anywhere in the world with any SIM card. No email, no camera, no texting...no headaches. Simply genius. $140–$160, aplusrstore.com.

Kendall Conrad's beautiful bridle-leather La Cincha cuffs have African rings and a bell closure—because a wrist is a terrible thing to waste. $215, 310-399-1333, kendallconraddesign.com.

You'll feel pretty and witty and gay in Miu Miu's pearl necklace with a fanciful crystal bow or heart. $695, 310-247-2227.

Perrin’s alluring Riva ball handbag is made of metallic champagne calfskin dressed up with grosgrain ribbon. Available in multiple sizes, shades and skins. A slam-dunk parisien. $1,450, perrinparis.com.

Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola's new Spirogira baskets for Alessi are an haute-wire act for your tabletop. Exclusively through Design Within Reach. $120–$200, dwr.com.

These organic tartlets come in classic or unconventional. Send berry to your purist friends or wasabi to the adventurous. Delivery anywhere in L.A. Box of four, $12, fruute.com.

Eddie Zaratsian for Restoration Hardware’s winter flora arrangement includes birch, moss, berries, pine cones and juniper set on a metal trough. $275, 310-508-6126, eddiezaratsian.com.

Baxter of California's White Wood candles are intoxicating, and the award-winning packaging by Marc Atlan makes them perfect for the aesthetes on your list. $50, baxterofcalifornia.com.

Baccarat's blown and beveled crystal Sfera lamp by Michele De Lucchi looks like a gorgeous candy dish filled with light. $2,500, FLOS Los Angeles, DIVA Group, 310-278-3191.

Western imagery and Native American patterns adorn Pendleton cotton-and-wool baby blankets. Ride 'em, cowpoke. $75–$95, 323-856-0921, lostandfoundshop.com, pendleton-usa.com.

The 1960s pop graphics of Sister Corita Kent, L.A.'s right-on minister of peace and love, adorn a jolly tea towel and mugs to make a museum-quality holiday. Towel, $40; mug, $12, mocastore.org.

Put on a glamorous patriot act with Solange Azagury-Partridge’s Stars and Stripes ring of 18K gold, diamonds and multicolor enamel. $19,000, solangeazagurypartridge.com.

Jim Meehan, mixmaster at New York's PDT speakeasy, concocts the ultimate guide for tipplers and bartenders alike—The PDT Cocktail Book, with supersnappy illustrations designed by Chris Gall. $25, sterlingpublishing.com.

Indulge your child's animal instincts with Restoration Hardware's faux-fur hoods with built-in scarves and paw mittens. In arctic fox or mink. $46, rhbabyandchild.com.


Votive, Volt Ink book: Bartholomew Cooke
Flora arrangement, Sister Corita Kent mugs and tea towel, PDT book: Brian Leatart