Ah, the holidays. A time for familial reunions, boozy office parties, and merciless shopping to find the perfect gift for those true and dear. While some gifts require minimal imagination (every grandma loves a fancy candle after all), others impose a higher level of sentimental value, case in point: the significant other. The first of our four-part Holiday Gift Guide series is dedicated to that special someone who you come home to at night, carefully curated to make sure they feel loved, appreciated and pampered during this ever-so-merry season. Trust us, this is one gift worth splurging on.
Nixon Facet Watch
This classic and sophisticated timepiece by Nixon is perfect for that special someone who you’re proud to show off any chance you get. The Facet comes in three colors including black, gold, and rose gold, and sports a 20mm custom, solid stainless steel 3-link bracelet and a solid stainless steel double locking clasp with micro adjust. How did you land such a winner again?
Criterion Designs Book
Featuring artwork commissioned by the Criterion Collection for its eclectic cross selection of art house films, this book showcases the unique designs that went into the covers and supplemental art included in the video-distribution company's most significant releases. A real treat for any film aficionado, from the professional critic to the fledgling connoisseur.Buy At Criterion ($99)
Mansai M1 Leather Strap Watch
For those who are too cultured for their own good, the Miansai M1 is the perfect option for that worldly connoisseur in your life. The timepiece gives off a nautical vibe and features Japanese quartz movement, Swiss sapphire crystal, and a tobacco Italian leather strap.Buy At Oki-Ni ($478)
The Impossible Instant Lab
The Impossible Project's Instant Lab enables Polaroid enthusiasts to transfer digital photographs from their iPhone or iPod Touch onto the glossy surface of the now iconic instant film medium. Be it for collage work or scrapbooking, the Instant Lab should provide hard copy memories of grandma and your creepy uncle Steve hitting the eggnog a little too hard for years to come.Buy At The Impossible Project ($199)
Pamela Love Serpent Ring
This delicate rattle snake ring adds a certain edginess to the silver band, making an old standby sparkle with new and dangerous life. Fashioned from sterling silver with champagne diamond inlays for eyes, the ring will dazzle long after the holidays are over.Buy At Pamela Love ($248)
FIG + YARROW Black Clay Mask
FIG + YARROW, an artisan crafter of organic skincare products, gives you the added benefit of choosing a mask from a selection specifically tailored to different types of skin. To choose the right one shows that you took the time to really think about what to give this year.Buy At FIG + YARROW ($18)
'Love Looks Not With the Eyes - The Work of Alexander McQueen'
Photographer Anne Deniau has captured over thirteen years of mercurial fashion designer Alexander McQueen and his tightly knit circle of collaborators at work. From Sarah Burton to Kate Moss, titans of the industry flit in and out of frame in this detailed photographic account of the legendary designer’s vast career.
Jimmyjane Afterglow Bourbon Candle
Sensual accessory designer Jimmyjane's candle burns a specially formulated wax that melts at body temperature, and gives off a pleasantly 'erotic' aroma. A pour spout and body-safe formula ensure that you give a pleasurable and invigorating massage.
Sophie Hulme Black Saddle Mini Leather Tote Bag
She wants a bag. You know she wants a bag. In fact, the longer you've been together, the more the chance of her NOT wanting a bag approaches zero. It's gotta be leather and gold detailing would be nice. So here's the deal: Sophie Hulme has your back. You can thank us later.
Acne Studios Long Bordeaux Gloves
Whether you're looking forward to romantic sleigh rides or prefer to limit your winter exposure to the path between taxi and lobby, there's no reason your companion shouldn't travel in comfort and in style. Acne Studios' long bordeaux gloves deliver on both fronts, featuring tone in tone top stitching and unique exposed zipper detailing.Buy At Acne Studios ($490)
MYKITA Seraphina Sunglasses
Berlin-based glasses manufacturer MYKITA makes and sells hand-assembled frames and sunglasses. This pair has a retro matte finished rim and bridge design complete with gold-plated hinges.Buy At Farfetch ($485)
Helmut Lang Veneered Angora Scarf
Keep grandma happy by wearing a scarf when you go out of the house. Keep your girlfriend happy by giving her a scarf that doesn't look like grandma made it. There's a place and a time after all.Buy At Helmut Lang ($495)
Kiehl's Whipped Body Butter
The lotions your girlfriend has tried are either too greasy, too intense smelling, or not as long-lasting as she needs. Thankfully, Kiehl's has a solution for all your girlfriend's troubles. Complete with Jojoba and Shea, this Creme de Corps avoids all the pitfalls and comes in a limited edition lavender scent.
adidas Originals by Mary Katrantzou Soul Stud Bomber Jacket
Surprise your girl with one of the best pieces from one of this year's best collaborations. All of 2014's trends are checked off on this one including a photo realistic detailed print and a light neoprene construction.Buy At Mary Katrantzou (€265)
A.P.C. Reverse Half Moon Bag
Show her how much you care with this Reverse Half Moon bag from French phenom A.P.C. The perfect combination of subdued and classy, this buffalo leather piece will last a lifetime.Buy At A.P.C. ($435)
HAY Plus 9
Cuddle up this winter with the Plus 9 blanket from HAY. Made using a double weaving technique that makes it possible to use a very fine and thin wool, this one's good for those watch-a-movie-at-home nights.Buy At Goodhood (£247)
HEX Icon Wallet for iPhone 6
This camouflaged leather case functions as a wallet while providing protection for an iPhone 6. Just don't gift this to someone forgetful – losing your phone and credit card at the same time would just suck too much.Buy At HEX ($50)
New Balance 530WP
Danish retailer Naked Copenhagen knows a thing or two about delivering sleek and fresh streetwear to the female market and these sneaks are a clear example. A reissue of New Balance's classic 90's runner, the 530WP are for the bae who likes to kick it oldschool.Buy At Naked Copenhagen ($130)
Designed for the significant other who’s always on the go, this stylish and versatile wallet by Côte&Ciel features a multifaceted interior dividing notes and coins, with a dedicated iPhone pocket on the side. Presented in a sleek color scheme of black with pink and dark orchid accents, your loved one can be organized while remaining fashion forward with this handy accessory.Buy At Côte&Ciel ($119)