Socks, ties, pajamas, boxers, golf balls, fruitcakes, coffee mugs, a cutlery set — alas, they all spell a big, fat B-O-R-I-N-G in terms of holiday gifting. Tell ‘em you love them with the following far more desirable ideas.
Perfect for those with a penchant for personalization, this Monica Vinader pendant ($80 and up) can be engraved with names of loved ones. Available at monicavinader.com
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This adorably cozy sweater ($125) covered in a Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, Badtz-Maru and Chococat print is a must have for Sanrio lovers. Available at sanrio.com
For outdoorsy types, this hand assembled (in Detroit, Michigan, no less!) Shinola bicycle ($1,000 and up) will offer both avid cyclists and those simply fond of the great outdoors the ride of a lifetime. Available at Shinola, 2399 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood.
If they love statement accessories, gift ‘em this unique Nathalie Trad clutch ($1,000 and up). Worth noting? Nathalie’s clutches are truly one-of-a-kind created from materials such as brass, copper, mother of pearl, stainless steel and shells she finds on her travels. Available at Scoop Bal Harbour, 9600 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour.
Ideal for artists or students, Kipling’s 100 pens case ($29 and up) will keep them organized — in style. Roomy enough to hold all their pens, pencils, highlighters and more this gift is not only fashionable but utilitarian, too. Available at Kipling stores or kipling-usa.com
Now here’s a tray magnifique idea! Designer Erin Condren’s acrylic photo tray ($65) is not only functional, but the customization factor makes it super unique. Available at erincondren.com
For beauty buffs, Moodmatcher’s Six Piece Gift Set ($24), a collection of 6 classic, vivid, hi-definition long-wear lipsticks, not only boasts 12-hour staying power to keep them looking their best all day long, but they’re also made to react with one’s lips and create the perfect shade that matches your vibe. Genius, we know. Available at moodmatcher.com
Soft and snuggly, Aurora World Toys’ Yetti stuffed animals ($14) are perfect for the cool kids in your life. Did we mention they’re soft as a blanket, too? Love that! Aurora World Toys Yettis available at Nordstrom Aventura, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura.
If she can never have enough shoes (Read: Women can never have enough of them), these Mint & Rose espadrilles ($150) are IT. In fact, the mere site of these metallic flats will whisk her away to an exotic, faraway island. Swoon! Available at www.mintandrose.com
For the man who seemingly has it all, this Louis Vuitton Pouchette Jour GM wallet ($690) is just the thing. Swathed in an exotic LV pattern, it will have him standing apart from the masses when the bill arrives. Available at Louis Vuitton Design District or Aventura Mall or www.louisvuitton.com
Be the life of the party when you arrive with a bottle of Moët Festive So Bubbly, a chic dressing of the House’s iconic Imperial Brut, elegantly embellished with three-dimensional golden bubbles in place of its label. This statuesque sparkler adds a touch of glistening glamour to festivities. Or go high-end with Grand Vintage Brut 2006 and Grand Vintage Rose 2006, both aged for seven years in the cellar and are marked by expansive depth and sophistication. Available at Total Wine stores.
And if you have all this great champagne, it’s best to drink it in the proper glass. So buy your champagne lover Riedel’s Veritas Champagne Wine Glass, the first ever Champagne-specific shape from any glassware brand designed to optimize the flavors and aromas of Champagne and sparkling wine ($69/set of two).