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X-mas Gift Guide 2016: Part 1

©Collage / Oriane Baud

Christmas gifts 2016: candles, scarves, and bags can’t be left out from this year’s little acts of thoughtfulness

Wondering what to give this year? Even if all of us in the office agree that we don’t want to overdo it with the consumer craziness just before Christmas, we’ve still had a few ideas about what small (or large!) items you can buy to bring a smile to your friend’s and family’s faces – or, and of course it’s never forbidden, make for them yourself. Veronika Heilbrunner, Oriane Baud, and Julia Fricke get us started. A second installment will follow!

Veronika Heilbrunner (Co-Founder & Creative Director)

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, when strings of lights frame the big shopping streets, luminous stars hang in the windows, and Christmas tree lots turn into a general destination. Just the smell of matches, candles, and pine needles make me exuberantly happy. It doesn’t take more. Luckily, my family sees it the same way and the only present that we need is time spent together. But, of course, everyone there under 20 is an exception – after all, it’s so much fun to find gifts for children and young people.

Otherwise, as a matter of principle, I don’t like the pressure to give gifts at all! Because when I have an idea or find something great for someone close to my heart, I don’t want to wait until Christmas. If only to avoid the risk that they gift it to themselves!

So, all of my wishes and tips on my personal “want/love/need” list here are intended as inspiration. The shearling bag by Anya Hindmarch, for example, is one of those pieces that guarantees to always bring a smile to someone’s face. Good socks with an even better message are something you don’t find on every corner, and these by 032c won’t just work for sports, but also certainly with a pair of beautiful velvet ankle boots. When it comes to jewelry, it’s important to me that it really means something and comes from the heart. Jordan Askill’s heart rings fulfill those requirements – but who’s getting this ring from me, I’m not going to say!

A good lurex sweater is the most important thing when packing for Christmas. I love this one by Balenciaga with oversized arms, and see it either under a slip dress or simply paired with jeans. BOOM! When it comes to pens, I think it’s the same as jewelry. Very meaningful and an investment for life – and one that will be looking good just as long – of course it has to be from Caran d’Ache. And speaking of things for life, I asked for Chanel nail polish in Rouge Noir for my 13th birthday. These days, I like to go with a group of friends for a manicure (Cowshed Spa in Soho House!), and for the Christmas season I’ll happily put a few bits of glitter on top!

Oriane Baud (Fashion & Creative Department)

Affordable and easy, I always love to receive a one-year subscription to a fashion or arty magazine. My current favorite: Cabana Magazine. Every page is a true inspiration! A beautiful coffee table book is also a great option. The one that’s currently on my mind: The Age of Collage (what a surprise!) published by Gestalten. A bit less affordable, but also on top on my wish list: the most amazing tights ever by Prada, any of the book clutches by Olympia Le-Tan, or these kick-ass boots by Gucci.

I am anti-technology when it comes to organization: I cannot live without real paper notebooks and diaries. My favorites are by Smythson (and here’s a small tip: you can have them personalized on their website). I also have a little crush on these very pretty earrings by Anna e Alex as well, these cool Missoni socks – I can’t have enough of them! I love wearing them in the fall or spring with my Saint Laurent moccasins – and this very cool towel (and my potential best friend) for my trip to South Africa in January.

Julia Fricke (Executive Assistant)

I would prefer – if I weren’t so untalented when it comes to manual skills – to only give homemade presents for Christmas, as well as other occasions. I think that’s so unbelievably great, so considerate and personal. With the following equipment, it should ostensibly be very easy to make a little ring tray: use a rolling pin to roll out a round piece of air-dry modeling clay, then slightly turn up the edges. After it’s dry, apply acrylic paint (or for those who like it creative, sprinkle it over), and then finish the edge with golden nail polish. Done. But if that doesn’t work out, then you can also order this wonderful piece by Suite One Studio and secretly pass it off as your own handiwork – but, shhhh!

Together with a LA guide by Taschen and a mini Polaroid camera for planned trips in 2017, all gift receivers should be happy and content.

If it’s about my own wish list here, then there would certainly be something to wear on it. At the moment, I’m coveting this yellow wool and mohair scarf by Acne Studios as well as the fries t-shirt by my favorite Danish label, Ganni. With that, may the New Year’s Eve party in Copenhagen come. For the day after: on top of the Wake Me Up Collagen Eye Patches by Magicstripes, the Panda Calming Sheet Mask will put you in a good mood (and incidentally reminds me of my own reflection in the mirror after a long night of partying). With that in mind, cheers and happy New Year!

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.