Between the frenzied pace of today's hyperproductive economy and the email, smartphone, and social media overload, the best gift this holiday season may be skipping the crowds in favor of spending quality time with the people you love. Here are 21 ways to make them feel special.
Another fall ends, another holiday season has snuck up on you: We know that the hustle and bustle can lose its charm if you get too caught up in what to buy to enjoy the people you’re buying for. That’s why we’ve pulled together an eclectic collection of unique, surprising gifts — an assortment so wide-ranging you’re sure to find just the right something for every person on your list. Ovando Red James Wreath
Flowers are rarely thought of in geometric terms, but the dramatic modern arrangements from New York City floral designer Ovando reshape the image of extraordinary blooms.
Fragrance collection available nationwide.
Clockwise from left: Bully Boy Rum
The Boston-based brothers who brew this smooth white rum named their distillery after a horse on their family farm, which was in turn named for the exclamation made famous by their great-grandfather’s college roommate: Teddy Roosevelt.
$30 Tom Dixon Cast Shoe Doorstop
A classic British brogue, cast in aluminum and copper-plated to serve as the perfect doorstop, a hefty paperweight, or a charming bookshelf curio.
$195 Gabriella Kiss Jewelry
If jewelry is her thing, try something a bit unexpected, like these cast-metal pieces featuring moonstone and labradorite from sculptor turned jeweler Kiss.
Ring: $2,000; pendant: $2,800 Hasselblad Camera
An updated version of the first camera to go into space, the Lunar is a stunner, with its curvy chrome-plated frame covered in leather and silky wood.
$6,995 Shinola Runwell Chronograph
Precision watches hand-assembled in … Detroit? Shinola’s retro-modern watches and hand-built bicycles are assembled in the Argonaut Building, a former GM research lab.
Clockwise from left: Globetrotter Suitcase
Ease the indignities of air travel with a throwback to the days when luggage had style.
$2,250 Gold Coast Skateboard
With a design inspired by Bauhaus and BMW, this grownup board, named the Pressure Drop, will make him feel young.
$250 Coach + Billy Reid Baseball Glove
A designer collaboration almost too handsome to scuff up with a game of catch.
(Kids’ sizes available too.)
$400 Playsam Saab Roadster
Inspired by the original 1940s prototype Saab, this sleek ride-on might stay on as an art objet once its young driver outgrows it.
Clockwise from left: Fendi 2Jours Monster Colorblock Shopper
Like a Rorschach test, either an owl or something spookier may be peeking at onlookers from this version of Fendi’s latest “it” bag.
$1,950 Harman/Kardon Noise-Canceling Headphones
Give your loved one the ultimate gift: silence.
$300 Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella Armenia Paper
These perfumed papers, folded into an accordion shape, scent a space with frankincense and myrrh when burned.
$28 Paul Smith Harlequin Cuff Links
Liven up even the most conservative suit with a glimpse of color and whimsy at the cuffs.
$135 Greg Lauren Fragrance
Artist-designer Greg Lauren (nephew of Ralph) hand-painted the flasks and signed his name on masking tape to personalize his new unisex fragrance.
From left to right: E.R. Butler + Ted Muehling Candlesticks
High-tech lathes (courtesy of E.R. Butler) are to thank for these candlesticks, available in various finishes.
Left: $780; right: $1,008 Riedel Black Series Collectors’ Edition Zinfandel Glass
Riedel celebrates 40 years of its Sommeliers collection with iconic shapes mouth-blown in black lead crystal.
$159 Five-Minute Journal
Quick morning and evening writing prompts paired with inspiring quotes (Aristotle! Bruce Lee! Oscar Wilde!) will help him or her start — and stick to — a rewarding writing habit.
$23 GoPro HERO3+ Camera
Shooters won’t be bothered by this waterproof, go-anywhere camera — just under five ounces — even when it’s mounted on, say, a snowboard helmet.
$300 Dandelion Ambanja, Madagascar Chocolate Bar
Notes of citrus and berries give this chocolate, handcrafted in San Francisco’s Mission District, a unique fruity flavor.
$8 We Are Hunters Scarf
The cashmere and silk scarves from We Are Owls are printed with hauntingly beautiful patterns by a trio of childhood friends from New York City.