Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Holiday gifts

Haven't started holiday shopping yet? Scared to face the crowds? How about shopping ONLINE! Do it soon so you can get it shipped in time, however, as a reminder, no last minute shopping should be done online! I've come up with a few suggestions ranging from a little to a lot ($).
Scented candles are always a terrific gift. I recommend 'Cleopatra' by Tocca or Pied a terre by Ralph Lauren. Both are in such pretty boxes you don't even need to wrap them!
As a splurge -who wouldn't love this Italian giltwood Chinese Chippendale Mirror from Coleen and company? It's a steal at only $1800
For the would be decorator, Mlinaric on Decorating is a really fabulous book for the beautiful photography alone!
Or for the girl who loves pink, how about this antique English clock with this beautiful pink and yellow painted pattern also from Coleen & co? Also a splurge though at $2400! I love that black and gilt face!
A bit more affordable but just as glamorous is this fornasetti tray, perfect for the hostess who enjoys a game of cards - found on EBAY.For the foreign film buff, I would recommend Not on the Lipswith Audrey Tautou - a super fun musical comedy.This malachite box from Coleen & Co. is really fabulous -anything malachite is just a perfect gift this season. At $475 this is a luxury item, but you can find less expensive versions. This would be great on a coffee table or nightstand to hold little odds & ends.
This fornasetti lamp would make anyone smile! Still a steal on EBAY!
For your wanna-be-socialite friends I would recommend the book 'High Society' by Nick Foulkes. Love this cover too!
For the modernist, how about a vintage set of Rosenthal Pottery that is signed BJORN WIINBLAD, the famous designer!
This antique wedgewood jasperware vase in my favorite cobalt color would make my heart flutter, also from ebay.
The new Comme Si de Rien N'Etait' album by French first lady Carla Bruni would be great for any music lover!
For your wild 'arty' friends, this photography book 'NYC go-go' is really fun and a little naughty!
This version of Mozart's Don Giovanni is the best opera on DVD I have ever seen. Perfect for the movie lover, music lover, opera lover or lover of classical architecture as it is filmed on location in a number of Palladian Villas, including the Villa Rotunda. It stars my favorite singer, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

For the record, I would be thrilled with any of the above gifts and imagine your loved ones would be as well! Now get shopping!


Edi Style said...

Fantastic! Have you seen the Voluspa candles? I think you might love there champagne.

Renee Finberg said...

ok S,

you can shop for me anytime !!!

there is not one thing
( oh... maybe the teal-ish dishes )
that i wouldn't love to get as a gift.

honestly, if I had to pick one of them for my present,( hint,hint ) it would be difficult.

xx R
i crack myself up

Pigtown-Design said...

Great ideas!

ArchitectDesign said...

Thanks PD! Edi, I haven't heard of those candles, I'll have to look for them and check them out!!

pve design said...

Nice little escape here with lovely posh gifts!

ArchitectDesign said...

Thats what I was trying for, Patricia!!

ALL THE BEST said...

Great list! Have you seen High Society: The History of America's Upper Class? I've been curious about this book!

ArchitectDesign said...

ATB, no, I haven't seen it, just read about it online and at amazon. Thats why I added it to the list, it looks fascinating!

Toby Worthington said...

Wasn't Audrey Tatou slated to do the life of Coco
Chanel and doesn't she look the part on the DVD cover of Not on The Lips?

ArchitectDesign said...

Yes, toby -she does! and that movie comes out next year -I can't WAIT!

willow said...

Love Tocca candles, adore Don Giovanni and I am putting the Tautou film on my Netflix list. You have impeccable taste. Wish I was on your Christmas list! ;^)

ArchitectDesign said...

Thanks, Willow! I think you'll really enjoy the Tautou film! It's really cute and fun! Add the Don Giovanni dvd to your netflix queue too -it's really amazing! More like a movie than an opera.

Kwana said...

I just love your list. Very well done.

ArchitectDesign said...

Renee, I woudln't really want the teal dishes either, but I was trying to appeal to different people. They're interesting at least -by a famous designer.
Thanks Kwana!! When are we going to have project runway to gab about again??

Visual Vamp said...

All great choices to give or to get! You are an excellent shopper!
xo xo

michelle said...

Nice list...more proof IDsn bloggers have amazing taste.

Love Tocca candles...really does makes a difference to spend the money there. Also, anything by Kheils.

Happy Holidays!

ArchitectDesign said...

Thanks Michelle! I actually debated putting a kiehls gift card on here, but decided to have actual items and not gift cards. I am giving a few kiehl's items away myself among my gifts :-)

Cote de Texas said...

confession: I bought ALL my gifts online. It took about three days and I'm still not quite through, but it was SOOOOOO worth it. No crowds, most of it even came WRAPPED!!!!!! yessir!!! omg - sooo easy. AND I had much of it sent on to my sister in law's in Chappell Hill, so I don't even have to lug it there Christmas Eve. It was the easiest Christmas ever.

Aparna said...

These are really good idea