Holiday Gift Guide: For Aesthetes

Many consider the holiday season their favorite part of the year – time with family, time off work, time for relaxation, a bit of indulgence, and (of course!) shopping. It’s not all laid back fun, though, as the holidays take a good amount of prep work, especially when it comes to the oft nerve-wracking process of gift giving. Not only do most of us, between family, friends, and coworkers, have a long list of people to shop for, but getting your hands on the right find for the right person can be quite a lengthy process (even if you’re not vying for the season’s latest Xbox game). Here are 5 great finds for all those particularly discerning aesthetes in your life.


1.    Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Holiday Collection Collaboration with Jeff Koons


Kiels' Creme de Corps Holiday Collection Collaboration with Jeff KoonsGiving back goes hand in hand with the holiday season. Combine charity with indulgence with Kiehl’s latest collaboration with famed contemporary artists, Jeff Koons. The two big shots teamed up for a chic limited edition collection, the Creme de Corps Holiday Collection, to raise awareness and funds for The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. 100% of Kiehl’s worldwide net profits up to $200,000 will benefit the charity, and each product in the collection – available in Kiehl’s stores around the world this holiday season only – feature the artwork of TULIPS (1995-98 Oil on Canvas) from the artist’s Celebration Series on its label. The four-product collection contains Kiehl’s newest formulation, Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter.


2. Halston Heritage Signature Lamé Maxi Dress in silver


Halston Silver Maxi Dress

Work in the season’s affinity for metallics with one of Halston Heritage’s now signature lamé maxi dresses.

The silver iteration of the slinky dress is a particularly good choice as it can be toned down with some flats and a simple pendant necklace for a casual late afternoon holiday event or it can be played up with stacked bangles (think Kenneth Jay Lane), and sky-high pumps for a high-impact after-dark look.



3. Hare & Hart Leather Bombers

Hare & Heart leather bomberThe military trend is still going strong, and while you can find some beautiful khaki and army green pieces, if you’re looking for a truly memorable piece that will last beyond the time it takes for the military trend to fizzle out, gift someone special a leather bomber or a structured jacket. Hare+Hart, a new leather-focused brand, has a selection of covetable ones, each of which have been produced in Argentina and sourced from grass-fed, free roaming Argentine cows and goats. The brand is about as ethically-focused as a small leather goods fashion house can get, and they only opt for hides from animals that are also being used for consumption, so that no part is being wasted. Further, all of the craftsmen assembling their garments receive fair wages and benefits.


4. Bejeweled Holiday Snowflake Eye Shadow Compact by Marchesa in collaboration with Le Metier de Beaute

There’s no shortage of worthy holiday beauty gift sets this season, but the Marchesa ladies have truly succeeded in incorporating their signature style into the Snowflake Holiday Collection, which they’ve created in collaboration with Le Metier de Beaute. Included in the collection is a Bejeweled Holiday Snowflake Eye Shadow Compact with three jewel-tone eye shadows and a petite application brush that’s a dead-ringer for a Marchesa clutch. The set also includes a waterproof automatic eyeliner pencil in Night Sky and a dual-ended lip gloss with Lip Crème Lip Gloss in Vanilla Crème and Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Uma Paro. Packaged in a gift box, the set includes all the makeup essentials for a holiday weekend getaway.


5. Hayden-Harnett’s Limited-Edition Fantasia-Inspired Handbag and Jewelry

Fantasia is a perennial family favorite and to celebrate the release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition on Blu-ray/DVD, Hayden-Harnett has created a limited edition capsule Fantasia-inspired handbag and jewelry collection. There’s plenty to love in the lineup of studded and ribbed pieces, but it’s the leather cuffs with their antique brass closures that stand out as true holiday must-haves.