Ahh, the holidays. The most joyfully hectic time of the year. Between intimate family gatherings, binge-watching those same classic films you’ve seen again and again, and hustling to find just the right gift for everyone, there is little time to think about personal needs. Since this is technically the season of giving, who says you can’t give yourself a little taste of luxury every once in a while?
That’s why we’ve tapped some of our favorite creatives currently running the culture to share some of their personal splurges to help give some ideas on the best items to gift yourself this holiday season.
For Alexander-Julian Gibbson, gifts display appreciation for people and speak to the relationship between the giver and receiver. The Nigerian-American stylist and curator describes his taste as “methodically mad,” detailing that he shares a deep love for eccentric items that carry purpose and meaning with them. By exploring the intersection of style, travel, and culture, Gibbson has seamlessly woven his experiences and interests into the work he produces for the world to see.
When it comes to gift giving for the eclectic creative, treating yourself to a gift is a pure form of self-care, acting as an acknowledgment of personal progress and achievement. Check out some of Gibbson’s favorite items as a bit of inspiration for your very own wishlist this year
Any special spirits or liquors you would recommend?
Avión Reserva Cristalino
This tequila is extremely smooth, but has a crisp taste with surprising notes of warm elements like cinnamon and vanilla. I love the beautiful packaging and bottling. It looks amazing on my bar cart.
What’s your favorite fragrance to buy?
MIND GAMES Double Attack Extrait de Parfum - Black Knight
In my opinion, this scent has the perfect balance of masculine and feminine notes.
Any electronic gifts you’re in the market for or you would suggest for someone else?
SAMSUNG 18 in. AirDresser with Steam Refresh
As a stylist, steaming reminds me of work, and I don’t like to work when I don’t have to.
Favorite outerwear items for this season?
Prada FW 22 Double-Breasted Wool Coat
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons have been eating and I would like a plate!
What’s one pair of boots you’ve been eyeing recently?
RICK OWENS Black Anthem Jack Boots
I’ve been in the market for a knee-high boot for some time now, and I truly think these are “the ones.”
Any specific accessories you are hoping to cop this season?
Balenciaga Logo Injection Plastic Cat-Eye Sunglasses
I saw these glasses on a random guy in a thrift shop in Toronto and have been thinking about buying a pair ever since.
One guilty pleasure gift?
Bernard James GS-01 RUBY 18K Pendant Necklace
Good gems are always a good idea.
One item you’re hoping to add to a collection that you have?
Cavender's Stetson Skyline Silverbelly Felt Cowboy Hat
I’ve redone my cowboy hat collection this past year, and this is the missing piece.
One item that no one would guess you wanted as a gift?
Tickets to One Piece Film Red
As an English-speaking One Piece fan, we have waited long enough. Our time is now!
Any books you would recommend that would make a good gift?
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
An amazing book by a fellow Howard grad.