After making your list—and checking it twice—check it again for a better price. Should you still need ideas for loved ones and pets, this selection of gifts is as good as it gets. So just choose a letter and without even trying, you’ll soon find yourself buying and buying.
|A| Arm Candy
Louis Vuitton’s Capucine handbags are a work of art in their own right—they require more than 250 steps to hand-make—but the Artycapucine collection ($10,500) takes things a step further. Designed by six influential artists including Amelie Bertrand, Daniel Buren and Ugo Rondinone, they’re perfect for anyone looking to wear their art on their sleeve.
The centuries-old Toile de Jouy pattern got its name from a landlocked town in France, but Dior’s Toile de Jouy Surfboard ($10,000) proves it can still make waves. Or at least cut through them. Designed by pro surfers and hand-crafted in France, it’s perfect to hang ten—or on a wall.
It’s been a few years since LeBron James has popped a Champagne cork to celebrate an NBA championship, but that doesn’t stop the King from enjoying his wine. A longtime friend of the Rimowa brand, James worked with the German luxury luggage maker to create a new wine suitcase based on one from its archives. Rimowa’s 12-bottle case ($9,900) is housed in the brand’s signature grooved aluminum shell and features cushioned inserts that can be removed so travelers can pack other essentials—like clothes.
The latest collaboration between Bowmore whisky and Aston Martin may look like it came from the future but it took the long route from the past to get here. Distilled in 1968, Bowmore x Aston Martin ARC-52 ($75,000) spent 52 years maturing (50% in European oak sherry butt, 50% in American oak ex-bourbon hogshead)—and it’s worth the wait. As for ARC-52’s unique decanter, it was designed by Aston Martin engineers and requires a magnetic key fob to unlock its mysteries.
Tanner Fletcher’s Pronoun Rings ($105) make for a subtle statement piece: Crafted in bronze, the signet rings are engraved with your choice of pronouns, from She/Her and He/Him to They/Them, She/They and He/They. It’s a handy gift that does all the talking.
Hermès got its start crafting leather horse harnesses and other equestrian gear, and the 185-year-old French luxury brand still keeps its heritage close when outfitting other four-legged friends. The Hermès Gaucho Leash ($770) is made from natural bridle leather and inspired by the Gaucho lead rope for a horse.
There are few watch complications as practical as a GMT—which displays a 12-hour and 24-hour timescale. As its name implies, Greenwich Mean Time has traditionally represented the second time zone on a GMT, but the watch’s third hand can be set to any zone so the wearer can see the whole world at a glance.
Take selfies to new heights with this innovative flying camera from Snap. Outfitted with four propellers and two cameras, the Pixy drone ($200) automatically takes off from the palm of your hand and hovers over you for the perfect shot.
It’s one thing to promise someone the moon and the stars—quite another to deliver. Chanel’s new 1932 High Jewelry Collection pays homage to the first jewelry line designed 90 years ago by Coco Chanel herself. Inspired by celestial bodies—including the Chanel Comète Saphir bracelet featuring 18k white gold diamonds and sapphires (price upon request)—the pieces are a little bit of the heavens on earth.
|J| James Bond
In honor of James Bond’s 60th cinematic birthday—the first 007 film, Dr. No, debuted in October 1962—several luxury brands celebrated the spy we love this year. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond 60th Anniversary ($7,600) pays tribute to Bond’s watch of choice since 1995’s GoldenEye and features several other double-O details. While Bond may be renowned for his vodka martinis, he’s also been known to enjoy a whisky (or three) over the years. The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary editions ($1,007) celebrate six decades of 007 with six different expressions. And for those whose idea of shooting involves a golf ball, there is the Penfold James Bond 60th Anniversary Sunday Golf Bag ($371), inspired by the one used in that memorable match with Goldfinger.
Designed under the late Virgil Abloh and limited to just 3,000 pieces, the Off-White c/o Victorinox pocket knife ($500) is a musing on beginnings—the silhouette of some of its 11 tools can even be moved to create a fig leaf, a nod to Adam and Eve—making it a cut above other stocking stuffers.
Sticking to a workout routine while traveling isn’t always easy, but the Lit Axis portable training system ($199) makes it carry-on friendly. Dubbed “the world’s smallest gym,” the set requires just two pairs of bands but can create up to 100 pounds of resistance. A universal anchor point makes it easy to hook onto everything from a hotel door to a tree.
Therabody is tackling wellness head on: Its newest device, the TheraFace Pro ($400) combines the brand’s famous percussive massage technology with dermatologist-favorite treatments like LED light therapy and microcurrent facials.
For those who like to wear their heart on a sleeve—or chest or back—the French fashion brand Maison Labiche has been making chic embroidered clothing since 2011. The Maison Labiche Amour Calmette Onesie ($65) lets newborns know they’re loved, but you can personalize Maison Labiche items in its signature stitching and send a message of your own.
The iconic Porsche 911 ventures away from the pavement with a new all-terrain model. Named after one of the world’s toughest car rallies, the Porsche 911 Dakar (from $222,000) can cover sand, rocks and more with a suspension up to 2.6 inches higher than the original, and even comes with a roof tent—for those who want to take the high road to the next level.
Know someone who appreciates high design and getting high? With recreational cannabis now legal in 21 states (and Washington, D.C.), pot smokers have come to appreciate artful pipes and bongs much in the same way whiskey drinkers have deep thoughts about the perfect tumbler or Glencairn. They can elevate the experience—or a coffee table.
Tetra Elbow Pipe ($70); Edie Parker Glass Fruit Pipe ($101); Sackville Powerful Crystal Ball Pipe ($112)
Holster those finger guns of yore—this Rubber Band Machine Gun ($200) means business. The wooden, fully-automatic toy gun can fire 204 bands through seventeen barrels before needing to be reloaded. And it’s aimed at kids of all ages.
The rainbow watch trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2022—with a kaleidoscope of colorful dials, index markers and/or a full spectrum of gemstones around the bezel. Pot of gold sold separately.
Ulysse Nardin Diver Rainbow 39mm ($13,600); Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Rainbow Chronograph ($212,904); Hublot Big Bang One Click Steel Rainbow 39mm ($65,300).
If skiing is the next best thing to having wings, Bentley and Bomber’s ski collaboration (from $2,750) is sure to make you soar. Available in three styles—including one with 24-karat gold-plated diamond emblems, reminiscent of Bentley’s diamond-stitched upholstery—they’re even capped off with Bentley’s famed Winged B logo.
With vinyl sales continuing to rise—they climbed a fitting 22% for the first half of 2022—the turntable has made a big comeback over the past few years. The U-Turn Orbit Plus turntable ($329) is a great entry-level record player with an acrylic platter, belt drive and several upgrades available. With a minimalist design, it looks as good as it sounds, but if the 20th century technology is a little confusing, be sure to ask a Gen Xer or Boomer how to drop the needle.
Dyson tested more than 1,000 miles of hair in its laboratories while building out its styling toolkit, which has become one of the most awarded in the beauty industry. One staple item: The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Set, ($429) which comes in a new blue and rosé colorway this year. Its eight attachments help shape hair and tame flyaways—for a future full of good hair days.
Know someone with a coffee table? Hot off the presses, Ice Cold: A Hip Hop Jewelry History ($100) captures the cool style of some of music’s greatest names, from B.I.G to Jay-Z. Assouline’s Impossible Collection of Champagne ($950), a companion to its bestselling Impossible Collection of Wine, explores the history of bubbly inside a hand-bound book. Or, for another kind of pop, the limited-edition Steve Schapiro. Andy Warhol and Friends ($1,000) contains never-before-seen photos of the iconic artist and his inner circle—to extend their 15 minutes of fame.
Some boots were made for walking; others are better suited for a more flowery life. The Loewe Rose Heel Boot ($1,950), made in black calfskin with a hand-applied four-inch “rose” heel, is a chic gift for those who like to stop and smell the…you know.
Here’s something that’s naughty and nice. The Lelo Picobong Transformer ($129) is like the Swiss Army Knife of sex toys—minus the sharp edges, of course. Perfect for him, her, them, couples—you name it—the Transformer is a double-sided device with 10 stimulation speeds and a USB rechargeable battery. It even works under water, if that’s your thing.
Why should Santa get all the good cookies? Last Crumb cookies ($140 for 12) have been cult favorites for a couple years now. Hand-baked in Los Angeles, Last Crumb features a timed drop of new batches every week—sign up for notifications, they go fast—with clever names like Netflix and Crunch, Everything But the Candle, and Better Than Sex. (It’s not, but it’s close.)
If there’s one thing that lockdown taught everyone, it’s the importance of good pajamas. Olivia von Halle’s luxurious pjs first gained a following when David Beckham was spotted at Harrod’s buying a pair for his wife, Victoria. Since then, von Halle’s vibrant prints—Olivia von Halle Alba Chiro silk-satin pajamas ($351)—have become favorites of Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and all who dream big.