How To Find The Perfect Gift For Hard-To-Shop For People


The holiday season is a time for catching up with friends and family. Which means: Trying to find a perfect gift for said friends and family. Though tempting to put it off until the last second, you’ll enjoy the coming weeks so much more if you plan ahead. Here are a few gift suggestions that show your thoughtfulness (and your exquisite taste), organized by personality type.

For The Luxurious, Glamorous Type

Sabira Collection Faux Fur Throw

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Silky soft fibers recreate the luxury of fur in this covetable throw. The golden-tinged hue also enhances the warm, cozy feel.

Kravet Frederika Shell

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This truly special accent will be a treasured addition to an entryway, coffee table, or bookcase. The 11″-wide resin shell has a gold-painted interior that positively gleams in the light.

Versace Home Large Barocco Pillow

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This fabulous accent pillow exudes the over-the-top luxury that Versace is known for. Made of silk, the blue medallion motif stands out against the indigo backdrop.

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For The Minimalist

Salgado Saucier Black Tall Cylinder Vase

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Striking and simple, this sleek design makes a vase extraordinary. The deep black finish and gold accents make a sophisticated complement to flowers, or the vase can be enjoyed on its own.

Janus Et Cie Tartufo Table Sculpture

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This stately marble structure explores tension and balance, featuring a double pyramid perched atop a round disc. The understated sculpture makes a fine accessory for a desk or bookcase.

Kravet Kari Hand-Blown Vase

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A simple form highlights the beauty of hand-blown glass in an inky hue. The spherical bottom catches the light, revealing intriguing subtle differences in the surface.

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For The Free Spirit

Eclectic Brass Elephant Boxes

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Crafted from gleaming brass, these finely detailed elephants offer a charming place to stow odds-and-ends. Part storage, part sculpture, the set is a dual-purpose gift that’s sure to be appreciated.

 

Kravet Teo Agate Plate

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Agate is one of nature’s most stunning creations. This plate beautifully shows off the kaleidoscope-like crystalline forms, and enhances the exterior texture with a lovely gold accent.

 

Vintage Pietra Dura Small Rectangular Box

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Mosaic details bring statement appeal to this slim box, which is the perfect size for storing small treasures. We suggest giving this exquisite accessory with a unique piece of jewelry for a truly thoughtful gesture.

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For The Literati

Antique Set of Books – Dickens’ Works 

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The well-read among us will surely love a set of classic early Dickens’ works. Each is beautifully bound in leather with exquisite gold text.

Baker Hammered Antiqued Brass Bookends

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Bookends bring a sculptural accent to a bookcase (and, yes, help hold up a stack of books). These bold brass bookends have an antiqued finish that emboldens the modern design.

 

Antique Rock Specimens

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A swirling pattern graces the interior of these rock specimens, which come from a prestigious private collection. The variegated colors are worthy of contemplation and are perhaps best displayed close at hand — perhaps on a desk or side table.

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For The One Who Has Everything

Charles Hollis Jones Lucite and Brass Hexagonal Ice Bucket 

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For those who have been very nice this year comes this fabulous vintage piece by the famed Charles Hollis Jones, who set trends in the 1970s and 80s with his bold contemporary Lucite designs. This ice bucket features planes of shining brass and Lucite accents.

 

Antique Horn Candle Holders

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These antique candle holders are quite unlike any candle holders you’ve seen before. The whimsical design brings unexpected flair to the dining table or mantel.

 

Lalique Frosted and Clear Glass Square Ashtray

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Made from the artful clear glass Lalique has been known for since the 19th century, this ashtray has a distinct art deco feel. It could be used as a centerpiece or to display small objets d’art.

 

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