With the holidays fast approaching, there’s no doubt that everyone’s schedule is jam-packed. While you spend your time shopping for others and prepping for the family’s imminent arrival, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaotic magic that comes around every year. But while you’re out compiling the perfect gifts for all your loved ones, we think it’s only fair that you get to splurge on yourself a little bit as well.
That’s why we tapped some of our favorite creatives currently running the culture to share some of their favorite items to help give some ideas for the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season.
As a multi-faceted creative, Shane Gonzales appreciates products with a well-thought-out design that pays careful attention to quality and detail. The founder and creative director of Midnight Studios, Gonzales does work that directly reflects his past and present states of mind, manifesting in the self-described "anti-aesthetic" designs he creates. The brand acts as an embodiment of the thoughts Gonzales carries with him and translates seamlessly into the modern punk/street hybrid we see today.
To Gonzales, a gift can either align with someone’s interests or expose them to something they have yet to discover. As someone ingrained in the culture, the multifaceted creative buys gifts for himself to help cultivate an environment he can lean on for constant inspiration.
Check out some of Gonzales’s favorite items you can add to your own wishlist this year.
Any special spirits or liquors you would recommend?
Avión Reserva 44
This tequila starts with subtle hints of oak and vanilla yet slightly floral. It makes a perfect gift from the packaging to the visual delicacy of the bottle. It’s the best tequila you can find at a perfect price.
A staple hygienic item that everyone should ask for?
Aesop x Rick Owens Travel Kit
I am a big fan of Aesop & Rick Owens already, so the collaboration kit is a must for all my travels.
One sweater you’re hoping to secure soon?
Midnight Studios Baby Face Sweater
This is a good everyday sweater in my opinion. It’s a statement piece, but not loud to the point of overdoing it.
Favorite outerwear items for this season?
Midnight Studios Heroin Jacket
This is the perfect jacket for a night out. It’s designed with satin lining that can be broken in over time, creating a custom mold-to-shape fit for your comfort.
What’s one pair of boots you’ve been eyeing recently?
Rick Owens Black Lunar Tractor Boots
These look like the ultimate holiday boots for me. Perfect for any occasion, and just obnoxious enough to make a statement.
Any specific accessories you are hoping to cop this season?
Midnight Studios Faux Fur Disque Clutch
Who doesn't want a furry companion by their side?
What’s one piece of jewelry that would make a good gift for yourself?
Hatton Labs Baguette Carabiner Keychain
I’m constantly losing my keys when they float around in my bag or pockets, so this would be a lifesaver. It comes in sterling silver with invisible set baguette crown stones, making it just as stylish as it is useful.
One gift you’re hoping to add to a collection that you have?
Midnight Studios Black Brooklyn Box Trunk
This bag is not only the perfect addition for any occasion (red carpet event, photoshoot, vacation carry-on), but it also looks great on the shelf at home.
Any books you would recommend that would make a good gift?
Midnight Studios x OFF-WHITE Photography Book
This was the first book I ever published thanks to Virgil Abloh and his publishing company “Fine Print.” This book is a great addition to the coffee table.
One guilty pleasure gift?
Williams Sonoma Kitchen Aid Mixer Bundle
I am a huge fan of the culinary space and love cooking myself at home. This is the final boss of kitchen electronics.