Highly-acclaimed Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Tom Aikens is known for his creative interpretation of French cuisine and using the finest seasonal ingredients from the British Isles. At 26, he became the youngest British chef ever awarded two Michelin stars. He chooses his favorite gifts, and tells us what he does with turkey leftovers.
Hugo Guinness is a London-born, New York-based artist known for his whimsical prints, depicting subjects that are often overlooked, surprising, and humorous. His works have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, New York Times, and American Vogue. He tells GIFTLAB.COM about his holiday must-haves and who he finds hardest to shop for.
Founded by Jennifer Ewah, Eden Diodati take an ethical approach to design. One of the Ethical Fashion Forum’s 500 Fellows around the globe, the jewelry brand donate 10% of dividends to Médecins sans Frontières, an independent humanitarian medical aid organisation. Ewah takes inspiration from an artistic heritage that has bound global cultures together for centuries, and each stunning piece is beautifully handcrafted, inlaid with individual mother of pearl mosaic pieces, or finished with gold leaf.
Intense Scorpio men (like Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on SATC), are associated with the color red, dark affairs, appreciate uncovering a good mystery and enjoy a manly drink.
Double Disc Cufflinks VILLA £1,225.00
Viden “Double Old Fashioned” Smoke Tumblers ARTEL £390.00
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy, 6 Volumes TASCHEN
Galileo’s Telescope PALOMAR TELESCOPES £150.00
Saint-Malo Red/Ecru Espadrilles ESCADRILLES £59.00
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2 oz Vodka
2 oz White Chocolate Liqueur
Garnish: Chocolate Syrup, Marshmallow Creme, Crushed Graham Crackers
Drizzle chocolate syrup in martini glass. Shake vodka and liqueur over ice and pour into glass. Rub marshmallow creme around the rim of the martini glass and coat with crushed graham crackers. Place marshmallow on skewer and place in cocktail.
It’s a tricky one, when you’ve just started dating someone, and his or her birthday is coming up. Don’t give something that’s symbolic of a more serious relationship – romantic items like jewelry and cufflinks are out of the question. Do give something functional that reflects their interests. Expensive gifts also scream “too much, too soon”, so to help, we’ve picked 4 great new-relationship gifts under £50. Image: ELLE Ukraine September 2012
Cascading Crystal Ribbon Twin Panther Necklace MAWI £675.00
Bronze and Navy Striped Acrylic Edie Clutch EDIE PARKER £989.00
Oasis Coral Cushion Cover ALLEGRA HICKS £180.00
Tube Cushion RACHNA £387.00
Muse Noir Candle JONATHAN ADLER £68.00
Purple Quartz Ring by CORALIA LEETS £245.00
Paella Cookbook PHAIDON PRESS £24.95
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Designer Simon Ings grew up on a hill farm in Dorset, and a childhood spent among animals and the countryside inspire his designs, evident in his use of symbols and soft vintage leather.
The ram (on cufflinks, pictured) is a recurring motif, symbolic of wisdom, strength and passion, and the sign of Aries.
Born in Germany and raised in the UK, award winning photographer David Bebber started his career aged 19 with South West News in Bristol. Since 2006 he has been with The Times, which has taken him on shoots in far flung destinations around the world. Failsafe gift? “When it comes to giving gifts I often play to my strengths - my wedding present is invariably a set of photographs from the big day”.
SOMETHINGS is a magazine that provides intimate insight into the work of today’s most innovative and creative minds, through visual documentation, extraordinary photographic material and in-depth interviews. Chapter 005 deals with matters of contemporary portraiture and features a look at the inspiration behind Rick Owens’ unreleased perfume. The best part: copies of chapter 005 come wrapped in scented Rick Owens cashmere.
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Christopher Kane was one of the first designers to collaborate with Swarovski and his punchy pieces are coveted by fashion editors the world over. His striking Bolster collection of necklaces and bracelets are certified It accessories, and make a great gift for the fashionista.
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Charming Libra men, like signmate Ryan Reynolds, appreciate beauty and romance unlike any other sign of the zodiac, and are fond of the arts and tradition.
Trash Bag TRAVELTEQ £459.00
Needlepoint Backgammon Set JONATHAN ADLER £295.00
Galaxy Stone Cufflinks DUNHILL £225.00
LomoKino Movie Camera LOMOGRAPHY £65.00
Classic: Cannes Beige Espadrilles ESCADRILLE £59.00
Brigitte Bardot by Cattani Photo 12/09/1966 SONIC EDITIONS £109.00
Opal Bib Necklace by Jenny Manik Mercian ATELIER SWAROVSKI £425.00
Silver Middle Age Frame BUCCELLATI £695.00
Crystal Heart Key Ring JUDITH LEIBER £235.00
Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers POWERHOUSE BOOKS £60.00
Bacio Scented Candle FORNASETTI £99.00
Jet Hematite Box Clutch MARCHESA £2,550.00
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Got to get a gift for someone who’s front row fabulous? You can’t go wrong with our stylish gift edit: Gray and Gold Studded Necklace by Katerina Psoma; Marilyn Monroe by Taschen; 1980s Chanel Bow Ear Clips by Atelier Mayer; Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Powerhouse Books; Green Stingray iPhone Case by Namu McQueen Print by EmmaKisstina Illustration; Regrets His / Her Behaviour Cards by Mrs. John L. Strong; Ginger Mini Bag White by Barbara Boner
Heir to the Hennessy cognac house and grandson of the founder of LVMH, Kilian Hennessy launched his perfume line, By Kilian, in 2007. Shortly after making his mark on the world of fragrance, he was encouraged by magazine editors to launch his exquisite collection of clutches inspired by perfume boxes. A native Parisian, we asked him what he loved about Paris ahead of Paris Fashion Week: “I like to walk to the Place des États Unis, not far from where I live, and visit the Musée Bacarat at number 11, the old private mansion of Marie-Laure de Noailles.” Shop his gift edit below.
Tis the season of the fig and we’re celebrating with this simple recipe from our favorite Berlin foodies Nicky & Max. Toast the bread and rub it with garlic, fry the figs off in butter/olive oil, honey and seasoning. Melt the ricotta cheese on the toast before serving up with the figs and rocket. Don’t forget to add rosemary, it helps the dish sit perfectly between sweet and savoury. Yum!
In cinemas now is Love from director and writer Will Eubank. The film tells the story of astronaut Captain Lee Miller (played by Gunner Wright) who loses radio signal aboard the International Space Station. Totally isolated, Miller becomes increasingly lonely and desperate as life support systems dwindle, until he makes an astonishing discovery aboard the ship. A must-see, if just for the stunning visuals, this action-packed film explores the fundamental human need for connection and the limitless power of hope.
Architect Zaha Hadid has forged a radical new approach to architecture. Her geometrically complex buildings have earned her wide acclaim and she is one of the youngest ever winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, and the first (and only) woman ever to receive the honor (architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize). She was awarded the first London Design Medal in 2007 and her Aquatics Centre was a centrepiece of the 2012 London Olympics park. The perfect present idea for any design aficionado, shop our Zaha Hadid gift edit below.
JEM is the first jeweller of its kind – offering sustainable luxury. JEM’s gold comes from certified artisanal mines in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, creating jewellery in total transparency. JEM’s main workshop is in the Vosges area of France, and many of its designs play with the ratio of solid and void space. We love their minimalist, timeless aesthetic.