2015 LDV Gift Guide: Kids and Pets

Over the weekend, Fabian and I shopped for Christmas gifts for our nieces and nephew. We don’t have children of our own, so it can be a bit of a challenge to shop for little ones sometimes since we don’t always know what they are into. I’ll usually be sure to check in with family and friends to see what sizes their kids are currently wearing and what they are interested in at the moment. Having said that, I am usually driven by my love of a classic aesthetic for children and usually opt for things that are beautifully designed and meaningful. I love giving books that children will hopefully grow into and treasure for years to come and always find personalized items to be thoughtful and special. I hope this doesn’t make me the gift-giving equivalent of the person who gives out toothbrushes at Halloween! Since our child, Tate, is of the canine variety, I made sure to include pets in this gift guide as well. You’ll find a few stylish items for the sweet pets in your life here, too!

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{1. Hand-Knit Personalized Sweater— This is so special and such a chic gift! | 2. Blumoo Booties | 3. Set of 6 Puffin Classic Books| 4. Jellycat Fuddlewuddle Puppy— Just like Princess Charlotte’s! | 5. McKenna Striped Baby Blanket | 6. Maileg Scooter with Sidecar | 7. Baker’s Apron Set | 8. Madeleine Doll | 9. Kid Craft Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture | 10. Just Being Audrey Book | 11. J.Crew Factory Boys’ Donegal Neon-Tipped Sweater | 12. J.Crew Factory Boys’ Striped Pajamas | 13. Hampton Mermaid Tail | 14. Set of 4 Puffin In Bloom Collection Books— This would be nice for an adult, too! | 15. Maileg Toy Dining Set | 16. NYC Floor Puzzle | 17. Personalized Italian Leather Dog Leash | 18. Blue Les Touches Dog Bed | 19. Personalized Striped Dog Bed | 20. Hand-Painted Chinoiserie Dog Bowl | 21. Leopard Slipper Dog Toy | 22. Soiree Whiskers Le Chat Cat Bowl}

Don’t forget to check out all of our 2015 LDV Gift Guides!

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2015 LDV Gift Guide: For Him

I used to think that men were harder to shop for than women because it seemed like there were fewer things to choose from for them. However, the tides have turned and after being with my husband for so long (married for 9 + years and together for nearly 14), I feel like I am really in tune with his style and interests at this point. It might be an issue if I weren’t! As time has passed, I have also refined my own eye as an editor and know exactly what I like, whether it’s for my own closet or for his, so I am really excited about this gift guide!

I literally want to buy every last item for Fabian. I get a lot of enjoyment out of finding the right gift for someone and I feel like I really got it right with this guide– at least for the men in my life, and hopefully for the ones in yours, too.
You’ll find lots of great options here for everyone from your husband or boyfriend, your brother, BFF, or even your dad. There are classic, sure-fire bets if you’re still getting to know each other– a timeless sweater, a classic button-down shirt, always-chic Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and a great Kiehl’s gift set for a great price (I got one for Fabian a couple of Christmases ago and he’s hooked on their products now); as well as picks for the guy who can rock a little man jewelry or the man who is constantly on the go and in need of cool gadgets.

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{1. Atelier de L’Armee Flight Leather Wallet | 2. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack | 3. Fairbault Woolen Mills Foot Soldier Blanket | 4. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses | 5. Gentlemen, Start your Engines! Book | 6. Miansai Anchor Leather Wrap Bracelet | 7. Nixon C39 Leather Watch | 8. Kiehl’s Manmade Essentials Starter Set | 9. Gray Malin Central Park Photograph | 10. Master & Dynamic MH30 Headphones | 11. J. Crew Woodsman Sweater | 12. From Tip to Toe: The Essential Gentleman’s Wardrobe | 13. Harwick Briefcase | 14. Monogrammed Classic Leather Catchall | 15. Miansai Screw Cuff | 16. Tivoli Model One Bluetooth Radio | 17. Terrapin Stationer Skull Notecard Set | 18. J. Crew Ludlow Shirt in Navy Gingham | 19. Monogrammed Leather Charger Roll-Up | 20. J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket}

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2015 LDV Gift Guide: For Her

I always have myself really enjoying the process of putting together these LDV Holiday Gift Guides because they are filled with things that I would actually buy, either for myself or for someone else! In our “For Her” gift guide, I’ve included stylish pieces that will endure well into the new year and for years to come. You’ll find items that could work just as well for your mother or boss as they would for your best friend, sister, or girlfriend. I’ve included items that would make fabulous gifts for someone you know quite well as well as versatile, slightly less specific options such as a classic stripe tee, chic desk calendar, or a tried and true candle. Which of these items will you ask Santa for this year?

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{1. Assouline’s New Book,  Lee Radziwill | 2. J. Crew Striped Cotton Jersey Top | 3. Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Pearl Ring | 4. Clare Vivier Sandrine Leopard Satchel | 5. Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringed Sandals | 6. AERIN Limited Edition Fragrance Coffret— They all smell divine! | 7. Set of 3 Bamboo Bangles | 8. Gigi NY Classic Black Snake Embossed 2016 Diary | 9. Holiday Ginger Jar Cocktail Napkin Set | 10. Diptyque Baies Candle— A Universally Loved Classic | 11. Mansur Gavriel Saddle Leather Bucket Bag | 12. Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-Plated Choker | 13. Campbell Cigar Stack Ring | 14. Pineapple Salt and Pepper Shakers | 15. Elizabeth and James Serena Feather-Trimmed Dress | 16. Isa Tapia Shelby Bow Sandals | 17. Black and Gold Tassel Key Chain | 18. Connor Monkey Boxed Notecard Set | 19. J. Crew Striped Pajama Set | 20. Daisy Chain Drop Earrings}

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2015 LDV Gift Guide: For the Hostess

One of the most wonderful things about the holidays is spending time with friends and family. With invitations for holiday cocktail parties, cookie exchanges, and overnight stays surely coming your way, you may be wondering what to get for your host. Whether you are spending a weekend at a friend’s home or attending a holiday party, I’ve pulled together a guide with perfect hostess gifts for just about any occasion.

2015 LDV Gift Guide: For the Hostess

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{1. Pret-A-Party by Lela Rose | 2. Dauville Gold Pitcher— Go the extra mile and fill it with pretty flowers! | 3. A Bottle of Artisanal Casa Dragones Tequila and a Trio of Margarita Mixers from Bronson van Wyck’s Arrowhead Farms for an Instant Party |4. Set of 6 Looping Abstract Cloth Napkins from my Textile Collection for Guildery | 5. Set of 2 Bamboo Maze Tea Towels from my Textile Collection for Guildery | 6. Ralph Lauren Triple Nut Bowl | 7. Doré Hexagon Nesting Bowls | 8. You can never go wrong with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot! | 9. Diptyque Votive Candle Trio in my Favorite Scents | 10. AERIN Match Striker | 11. Waylande Gregory 5″ Geometric Bullet Bowl | 12. Boxed Set of Scalamandré Zebra Cocktail Napkins | 13. Hand-Painted Blue and White Double Happiness Ornament | 14. Blue and White Swirl Planters— For a super chic gift, plant a white phalaenopsis orchid or paperwhite bulbs in one. | 15. If it’s a really good party, the hostess could probably use this personalized Parker Thatch Eye Mask afterwards! | 16. Boxed Pastille Guest Soaps | 17. Veranda: The Romance of Flowers by Clinton Smith | 18. 10″ Black and White Inlaid Box— I have this and love it! | 19. Set of 10 Zebra Note Cards | 20. This Set of 3 Bamboo Frame Ornaments is so chic! They also come in polished nickel with red ribbons.}

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2015 LDV Gift Guide: For the Bibliophile

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? You know what that means– it is time for our annual gift guides! Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll bring you my curated gift guides filled with my personally selected gift selections for everyone on your list, so be sure to check in often.

I really don’t collect too many things, unless you count stacks upon stacks of beautiful books on design, fashion, travel, and style icons. I love reading my beloved books and turning to them for inspiration. A beautiful coffee table book is at the top of my list of favorite gifts to give and receive, so I thought it would be great to kick off this year’s “LDV Holiday Gift Guides” with a round-up of fabulous books! Naturally, a good portion of the list is made up of design books—I’ve chosen my favorite titles of the year from tastemakers like Michael S Smith, Carrier and Company, and Carolyne Roehm; along with new titles about style icons Oscar de la Renta, Parish-Hadley, and Diana Vreeland; and indispensable books from friends Lauren Liess and Eddie Ross. There are books for a variety of interests on this year’s list, so you’re sure to find something your loved ones will enjoy.


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