TURBO STYLE

TURBO STYLE

With a high-performance vehicle like the McLaren 720S Spider, something special is in store that unleashes on the road, according to our luxe automotive expert, Michael Satterfield of The Gentleman Racer.com.

By Michael Satterfield Photography courtesy of The Gentleman Racer

WHEELS UP…ON THE GROUND

Sliding behind the wheel of the McLaren 720S Spider is an event, with its futuristic gauge cluster, electrochromic roof, and panel of switches and screens, one feels like they just climbed into something more akin to a fighter jet than a car. A push of the start button brings the 710-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 screaming to life, and with the push of another button, you lower the retractable hardtop.

 

With the top open, the sound gets even better. It isn’t the loud burble you would expect from a V8 or the high pitch whine of some supercars, but it’s a smooth rumble that feels more mature than, say, the howl of a Lamborghini. According to McLaren, the 720S will do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 212 mph. While those numbers may sound exhilarating, the 720S Spider manages to feel relatively normal to drive. In fact, the power comes on smoothly, so it is easy to find yourself doing triple-digit speeds quickly. Once you glance down at the speedometer and realize you need to slow down, a set of massive carbon-ceramic brakes and sticky Pirelli P Zero tires help bring everything back under control.

 

In today’s world of 1,000+ horsepower muscle cars, 710 hp may not sound that impressive, yet McLaren has decided to focus more on weight and balance than just adding horsepower into their cars. Thanks to their carbon fiber chassis, the 720S Spider comes in just 2,937 pounds dry, making it 83 pounds lighter than the 650S Spider and just 109 pounds heavier than the 720S Coupe. Because of this focus on weight reduction, a fully equipped McLaren Spider is still lighter than the stripped-down versions of Italian supercars.

 

EXPERIENCING THE ROAD

To really get the most out of the 720S Spider, you might want to sign up for the Pure McLaren Experience, hosted in the US at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Not only do you get to drive the same track as the McLaren Formula 1 team, but you can also get a ride-along with pro drivers who will show you the limits of what a McLaren can do in the hands of a professional.

 

If a track day isn’t in the cards, the Twisted Sisters is a great place to take a car like the 720S. Made up of Ranch Roads 337, 335, and 336, the entire loop is around 100 miles and starts and ends in the small town of Leakey, Texas. The Sisters follow the canyons and hills through a series of tight twisty turns and provide some amazing views but stay focused on the road…since it is one of the most technical drives you’ll find in Texas. Pushing it in the canyons, you really feel how well balanced the car is and how every part of it is built to perform.

 

Returning to civilization means traffic, potholes, and parking lots, but the 720S Spider settles down and becomes as drivable as any other car. In comfort mode, its quiet, smooth, front-end lift, and 360-degree backup camera, makes navigating parking spots worry-free. The only weak point is the McLaren 720S’s infotainment and navigation system takes some getting used to.

 

Being an exotic, it’s how normal it feels that makes the 720S Spider so good. It’s easy to drive, enter, and exit, the controls are intuitive, the trunk space is surprisingly large, and the dihedral doors open in less space than most standard cars. But with a flick of the switch, the instrument cluster lowers, the car tightens, and over fifty years of racing heritage is unleashed, and just like that, you’re behind the wheel of a truly spectacular supercar.

 

The 720S Spider also has one other thing going for it. Something that McLaren hasn’t always been known for…it’s actually pretty. While function always overtakes form, the McLaren 720S is one of their most elegant cars, and taking the top off makes it even better. Starting at $315,000, the 720S Spider is delivering significant value in the topless supercar space. With the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster coming in at over $573,000 and a Ferrari 488 Pista Spider starting at over $350,000, the McLaren is the best deal for a very, very fast car with no top.

ALL THAT GLITTERS

ALL THAT GLITTERS

The best new books to give and receive? Look no further than these impeccably enticing choices that are perfect for any time of the year, according to our bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan

CHARLOTTE MOSS FLOWERS

BULGARI MAGNIFICA: THE POWER WOMEN HOLD


By Tina Leung

Now marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the fabled jewelry house…with energy, impact, and daring creativity. Bulgari’s collection includes outstanding pieces of jewelry made at the height of creativity and artisanship and conveyed through expertise and craftsmanship.

$95. At RizzoliUSA.com.

SHOEMAKER OF DREAMS: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

By Salvatore Ferragamo

This book traces Ferragamo’s origins as a village shoemaker to founding what would become a major global fashion brand. Charming and insightful, it also includes a thrilling series of encounters with Hollywood stars and notable global names.

$30. At RizzoliUSA.com.

DESIGNING INTERIORS
THE BEAUTY BRIEF

FACE TIME: A HISTORY OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT

By Phillip Prodger

With intimate personal portraits for storytelling, photographic portraiture has always served a number of functions. With a fresh and entertaining approach, here’s a history of the art form, examining many modes of portraiture—fine art photography, fashion, anthropology, narrative, street, and selfies.

$45. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

SAPPHIRE: A CELEBRATION OF COLOR

By Joanna Hardy

Showcasing sixty of the world’s most significant and renowned pieces of sapphire jewelry and artifacts, as well as many previously unseen designs, this features a stunning array of style icons wearing their favorite sapphire jewelry, including pieces from iconic jewelry houses.

$125. At ThamesAndHudson.com.

INVITING INTERIORS
FASHION IN THE 90S

AMERICAN COWBOYS

By Anouk Krantz

This tome showcases an incredible journey from an outsider’s perspective into the private world of the American cowboy. Real people and real stories, here is a remarkable and inspiring collection of pages where Krantz’s subjects come together to share their lives and celebrate the nation’s classic cowboy culture.

$80. At Amazon.com.

HERE WE GO, LOOP DE LOOP

By William Jack Sibley

Sibley’s third book is a vividly drawn, often very funny tale set in the fictional small Texas town of Rita Blanca that only a fifth-generation Texan could write. The book focuses on three ranching families whose lives are intertwined, all of which are at a point of transition. And, of course, trouble ensues.

$19.99. At BarnesAndNoble.com.

MID-CENTURY TRIM WHITE BORDER
ISLAND WHIMSY

THE UNITED STATES OF FASHION: A NEW ATLAS OF AMERICAN STYLE

By The Editors of Vogue

This celebrates the creators, artisans, and visionaries across the country while paying tribute to the democratization of American fashion. Organized by region and providing additional context for the designers and craftspeople featured, it’s a look at sustainable fashion for now and beyond.

$45. At RizzoliUSA.com.

MOVIE THEATERS: THE METAMORPHOSIS OF AMERICAN CINEMAS

By Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre and Ross Melnick

They are in every American city and town—grandiose movie palaces constructed during the golden age of the entertainment industry that now stand abandoned, empty, decaying, or repurposed. This significant new project poignantly eulogizes and celebrates the tattered remains of hundreds of movie theaters across America.

$80. At PrestalPublishing.com.

STAMPS STAMPS
ISLAND WHIMSY

CONTEMPORARY HOUSE INDIA

By Rob Gregory

Explore some of the most innovative, ambitious, and beautiful houses on the Indian subcontinent in the context of the country’s varied landscapes, climates, and historical influences. This book has remarkable insights into residences built by an array of leading and up-and-coming architects with plans that highlight the features of each project.

$75. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

THE MONOCLE BOOK OF ENTREPRENEURS

By The Editors of Monocle

Featuring advice from 50 experts and profiling an array of people running enterprises on every scale, the inspirational tales in this volume provide readers with insights into entrepreneurship.

$50. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA.com.

STAMPS STAMPS

SEASONS’ EATINGS

SEASONS’ EATINGS

With the whirlwind holiday season upon us, we wonder how we’re going to enjoy all the new culinary offerings in the state. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), to recommend the best of the newest. 

AUSTIN

So Well Done Austin Salad

LET’S GO HIGHER

Higher Ground is Austin’s newest social club catering to elevated souls with enlightened spirits. The new multi-level venue is a place to dance the night away and a house of worship to culinary delights and designer cocktails. Our favorite part? Beyond all the stained glass, we love the DJ booth that resides in a former pipe organ.

At HigherGroundATX.com.

The Lolo Austin Texas wine bar

SOHO ON SOCO

The new SoHo House on South Congress is the only SoHo in Texas. Taking its cue from the region’s art and environment, it’s an option for the creative types and those who love them. The clubby menu for cuisine and cocktails is exactly what you’d expect, and it’s perfect for lighter fare. We love the rooftop pool with a view of downtown and that it’s also a hotel.

At SoHoHouse.com.

Rebel Cheese Austin Texas

MOD MEX

Comedor (Spanish for dining room) is a new and elevated Mexican cuisine experience. The chic space in downtown Austin offers a pleasant vibe as well as superior Latin food. Famous for its fusion of spices, the menu offers many choices for any palate.

At ComedorTX.com.

DALLAS

pastry from La Tarte Tropézienne  dallas texas

ADVANCED MIXOLOGY

Experience worldly fare and craft cocktails at Milkshake Concepts’ striking new restaurant, Harper’s. The 7,655-square-foot restaurant features an alluring atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. With its top-notch culinary and mixology talent and vibrant ambiance, Harper’s was designed to stand out.

At HarpersDallas.com.

Georgie Dallas Restaurant

STEAK SUPERIOR

Dakota’s Steakhouse has been a downtown Dallas dining icon for over 37 years. This cool oasis is complete with a 20 foot, 5-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fire pit, and black granite bar. The new below-ground patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots.

At DakotasRestaurant.com

Food from Rise & Thyme Dallas tTexas

WELL, HAY THERE

Haywire recently opened a second location nestled in Uptown. The concept offers guests delicious farm-to-table recipes and signature Texas dishes with southern favorites like fried chicken steaks and whiskey BBQ ribs to craft beers and a Texas-sized whiskey list. Pro tip: If you have six or more in your party, ask to be seated in the custom Shasta trailer on the spacious patio.

At HaywireRestaurant.com.

HOUSTON

Bottled Blonde Pizzeria + Bier Garden

ALL DAY & ALL NIGHT

The EaDo-style mega clubs, Sekai Nightclub and Dayclub and Wyld Child, both by Sekai Hospitality, offer an immersive, festival-like feeling of sights and sounds that will envelop guests in the largest indoor/outdoor space of its kind in the city. Its unrivaled and unforgettable guest experiences, paired with exceptional service, in dynamic, one-of-a-kind environments and locations are throughout Houston.

At SekaiHospitality.com.

Chocolate Crepe Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

TULUM, TX

The new Casa Nomad is nestled in an intimate patio setting decked out in tropical and Tulum-worthy finishes. The concept sports a sultry-chic vibe and will feature music in the “jungle disco” style from the sand-covered streets of Tulum. Located in the Heights, join family and friends to enjoy delicious food and unique cocktails, then sit back to enjoy live music on the lawn or take in an on-site event.

At CasaNomadHTX.com.

Adair Restaurant Houston

CATCH THE 915

Lovers of new Mexican fare unite. The 915 (a nod to El Paso’s area code) brings a taste of El Paso to the Heights by serving up innovative south-of-the-border specialties. Most popular is surely the red chile enchiladas, green flautas ahogadas, brisket-stuffed flautas a la Chuco, and the nachos Montados.

At Facebook.com/The915HTX.

SAN ANTONIO

Salad from Jardin San Antonio

OYSTER’S BAY

From a dream formed while dining on oysters in Paris, voilà, the concept was born for Little Em’s Oyster Bar. With a wide array of both seafood and other delicious fares, the Dressed Oysters, with caviar, crème fraiche, and champagne, is a favorite on the varied menu.

At LittleEmsOysterBar.com.

Los Azulejos San Antonio

OH, MY DARLIN’

We love that Clementine is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant serving up seasonal eats inspired by global flavors…in a casual setting. The New Orleans-inspired cuisine contains an array of seasonally fresh flavors and unique plates. The decadent desserts will spoil your taste buds.

At Clementine-SA.com.

Sandwich Best Quality Daughter San Antonio

CLASSIC CUISINE

Old school culinary techniques meet farm-to-table best describes Restaurant Gwendolyn. Its unique old-school approach includes an 1850s inspired menu…and no electric tools are used in the kitchen. A classic in the city, it’s a treat for both large groups and more intimate gatherings.

At RestaurantGwendolyn.com.

MERRY ENDEAVORS

MERRY ENDEAVORS

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

TWINKLE TOES, MEET FAIRY DUST

Ballet Austin’s 59th annual production of The Nutcracker is one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography in colorful costumes to Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Catch the Austin notables who play Mother Ginger each year…always a special treat. December 4‒23. At BalletAustin.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Ballet Austin

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

WELCOME TO AMERICA

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre. This musical has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Dec 7—19.  At TexasPerformingArts.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE:  The company of the touring version of the Broadway smash-hit, Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus].

Texas Gold Changed the World

POP’N POLITICS

The Blanton’s exhibition Pop Crítico/Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s-1980s, features artists in the United States and Latin America, who increasingly manipulated Pop’s colorful and flashy representation of the familiar into a tool for social and political critique. Through January 16, 2022. At BlantonMuseum.org.

 

 

UNDER IMAGE: Beatriz González, Apuntes para la historia extensa, continuación [Notes for an Extensive History, Continuation], 1968, Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy and Charles W. Tate, 2016.104. © Beatriz González.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

ARTISTIC MERIT

The Ilya+Emilia Kabakov: Paintings about Paintings exhibition at The Dallas Contemporary showcases works that remained in the studio until recently. They filled the artists with revulsion when dragged into the light of day because their light and energy had disappeared. As a result, the strangest method for injecting joy is employed—namely, flowers are sewn onto the artworks. Through February 13, 2022. At DallasContemporary.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Holiday #13, Courtesy of Ilya+Emilia Kabakov.

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

JOY? BEAUTY? YES, PLEASE

The Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection looks at the definitive Dallas-based collection of American art built over nearly 60 years. Twenty-four works, whose dates span approximately a century, touch historical and aesthetic highpoints in American art and are united by a visual sense of harmony, tranquility, and beauty. Through January 9, 2022. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: John Singer Sargent, Sylvia Harrison, 1914, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

DIVINE SUBLIME REFINED

The Carter’s latest immersive contemporary exhibition, Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair, showcases Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s site-specific sculptural installation ​and related drawings ​informed by her multicultural experiences. Through January 9, 2022. At CarterMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: A Beautiful Despair (Cube), ©Anila Agha.

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

CHARMING AND CHILLY

Relive the joy and wonder of childhood with a story as fresh and lovely as a new coat of snow. In Ezra Jack Keats’s award-winning work from 1962, The Snowy Day, the story comes to life for the holidays in this much-anticipated world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. December 9—19. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Art ©The Snowy Day and A Poem for Peter by Erza Jack Keats with Librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney, Courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera.

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

OLD MASTERS ANEW

Light on Old Masters: European Art from Houston Collections, 1300–1700, denotes the artists then working in Europe. Works from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are included in the show and drawn from the MFAH collections and through generous loans by private collectors in Houston. Through January 23, 2022. At MFAH.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Juan Carreño de Miranda and workshop, The Immaculate Conception, 17th Century, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson, III.

 

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

HALLELUJAH LET’S REJOICE

The glorious holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah returns to The Houston Symphony this season. Chorus and guest soloists fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus, in this moving and powerful presentation of the most extraordinary story ever told. December 10—12. At HoustonSymphony.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony.

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

BIENNIAL BLOW OUT

The 2021 Texas Biennial, A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon is a geographically-led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. It’s the Biennial’s seventh iteration, and the first year it’s distributed across five Texas museums: Artpace, Fotofest, the McNay Art Museum, Ruby City, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Through January 31, 2022. At TexasBiennial.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Steve Parker, Sirens, 2018, Brass, plastic, conduit, speakers, and recorded voices.Courtesy of Steve Parker.

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

A SHARP-DRESSED MAN

Steeped in memories, both personal and cultural, the art of Wayne Thiebaud is comfortingly familiar. It evokes reflection on our own experiences with the people, fashion, places, and foods we love. Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings celebrate the artist’s 100th birthday through 100 works. Through January 16. At McNayArt.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Wayne Thiebaud, Bow Ties, 1993. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Artist’s family, 1995.9.38. ©2021 Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

LET’S GET POTTED

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience is a parody created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated and BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes. November 23—28. At MajesticEmpire.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson in Potted Potter. Photo courtesy of Potted Potter.

SILVER LININGS

SILVER LININGS

We all realize that with every challenge, there is potential, especially as we reflect on this year’s obstacles and possibilities, according to our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider.

YEAR ‘ROUND OPPORTUNITIES

The holidays are always such a wonderful time of year. Within that joy, there is much to contemplate in 2021 on so many levels. Consider the changes encountered since this past January. Of course, we have new leadership in Washington, with its itinerant challenges,  some already serious. Leading the way is the pandemic. The vaccine and variants will remain the top story for a while. Yet, it is a tiny fraction of the whole. It is also stressful, and that’s without factoring in our own personal dynamic thus far. Hopes can be dashed regularly. Things seem to be settling down only to be resurrected just as we begin to relax a bit. Learning to live with high‒stress every day can be instructive.

 

Luckily, opportunities do present themselves daily. What are we able to live with while staying present and engaged without compromising who we are? Many of us did not know what it would look like if these boundaries were pushed. We have learned a lot about ourselves, which is truly a silver lining…a ray of light.

 

During the holiday season, we re-connect with relatives and friends not normally seen–a double-edged sword at times, as we all know. Also, many people are often quite busy the last few weeks of the year. As a result, the holidays are inherently stressful. This year, as last, promises again to be challenging. Still, it is different energetically. We are stronger this year and more resilient. To most, with the vaccine, we are empowered and potent. This is always a winning combination–the self-esteem trifecta–strength, empowerment, and potency.

 

HOW TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT

What can we do with all of this? There are plenty of options. If we are present and live in the heart, then whatever we decide will be the best decision. Reflection fortifies us. Because of where we have been, we see what might have been done differently. Contemplation allows us to recognize patterns in our psyche that might be negatively influencing our decision-making process. Furnished with this kind of knowledge, we enrich our creativity and learn not to repeat negative patterns.

 

Recent studies have discovered that the pandemic has triggered an extensive re-evaluation of work and life for some Americans. Countless people are deliberating changes in their careers and their communities. The Washington Post recently quoted an Austin man who was forced to change careers, “If you come out of the pandemic the same as you were, you’ve missed an opportunity to evolve and grow as a person.” The article added, “Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. workers under the age of 40 have thought about changing their occupation or field of work since the pandemic began.”

 

Life is an ongoing and dynamic process. We are in a continual state of transition. When our day-to-day routines progress along non-stop, we may not notice the subtle changes in our lives and in who we are becoming. An event like the pandemic is a great interrupteran opportunity to be more mindful of our lives’ processes–and what is important to us. Change is good, and sometimes painful. Those who have been through a painful divorce or serious health alarm can attest to this reality.

 

Another young woman interviewed in The Washington Post article stated, “The pandemic taught me that nothing is guaranteed now. Everything can change within months, if not weeks,” she observed. “Just being able to spend time by myself made me realize what path I did and did not want to go down.”

 

Contemplation and stillness were not a significant part of our lifestyle pre-pandemic. Now, these tools have become so much more accessible. We do not need to change anything. However, it is wonderful to know that if we choose to, there is the potential for many people to provide support and community…another silver lining.

THE RICHES OF THE SEASON

THE RICHES OF THE SEASON

Our editorial team, truly high culture curators, has worked all of 2021 to bring you this ravishing list of inspiring gift ideas that we think are some of the finest selections you can choose to help make 2022 ahead the very best year ever.

RAISING THE BAR

Part of the Wyatt collection of tableware and bar tools, Ralph Lauren’s guest-ready tea set is crafted from stainless steel and finished with equestrian-inspired saddle leather accents. Shine brightly as you entertain. $250. At RalphLauren.com.

YES TO THE DRESS

Pure happiness exudes from this fanciful, divine, dusty pink creation in this Rembrandt Dress by Greta Constantine. Floral adornments cascade down the side of the A-line gown, while a silk-wool tie at the neckline can be tied in delightfully numerous ways. Exclusively at The SIL, founded by Texas native Natalie Bond Bloomingdale. Made to order. $1,895. At ShopTheSIL.com.

SPARKLING STYLE

Nothing says personal style like a newly discovered vintage handbag. Mid-century Texan Enid Collins, founder of Collins of Texas, designed the most charmingly jeweled treasures that we think are ripe to be re-discovered and worn with state pride. From $100. At various auction and shopping sites.

THE ULTIMATE THROWDOWN

Why not give the gift of pure luxury with this Frette Chains Throw? Made of Italian-made virgin wool,  it is not only cozy but also adds a chic element to any room. Available in seven colors. $1,575. At Frette.com.

MASTER BUILDER 2.0

How can anyone resist this DIY Frank Lloyd Wright model building kit of the Guggenheim Museum? By Brand Little Building Company, it’s a high-fidelity architectural element that will look like it came from the master’s studio. $98. At Huckleberry.com.

CELEBRATE & CELEGRAZE

Instead of sending a fruit basket for a special occasion, try a personalized gift like this that is sure to be a hit. We recommend sending a charcuterie in the form of an initial, or perhaps a number if it’s a birthday. From $56. At BerryAndBrie.com.

HOW TO HOST WITH THE MOST

Take the guesswork out of your next dinner party or gala with the Astor Hostess Seating Chart, an indispensable tool for any entertainer who likes to make sure they host a successful event.. $550. At BlueCarreon.com.

IMAGINE THAT

Imagine the most perfect candle ever created…for you and your environment. Social-Lite Candles are the hit of the season–as gifts to loved ones…and yourself. The 100% soy candles come in four delectable scents, Make Mine Champagne, My Secret Past, Isn’t It Right, and Set To Jet, and come wrapped in gorgeous gift boxes:. $58 each. At DirtyBartender.com.

HIGHER GROUND

When you and seven of your best friends climb that mighty mountain, here’s where you should stay. The super tough 2-Meter Dome eight-person tent is purpose-built to help you thrive in merciless environments like the Himalayas and Antarctica. $5,500. At TheNorthFace.com.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

The perfect way to spend a winter evening? We think a puzzle is the ideal option, especially when it is so artful and worthy to hang upon completion. This one shown, Wet Kiss by Marilyn Minter, is a favorite. $100. At ArtXPuzzles.com.

CRAFTED FOR COCKTAILS

Nothing says the perfect host gift, or let’s have a breezy cocktail, more than a hand-crafted linen napkin by August Morgan, founded by Austinite Kate Hersch. The colorful and creative squares are not only a conversation starter, but also are so handy to have nearby. In dozens of catchy quips, we love them all. $44 for a set of 4. At AugustMorgan.com.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

This is so cool you won’t want to relegate it to the basement. This Playing Court printed, wall-mountable mini ping pong table is perfect for hours of family fun, don’t you think? $1,470. At Mr.Porter.com.

DISCO’S INFERNO

Turn any favorite room into your own Studio 54-esque nightclub playground with this Kicko multi-colored LED revolving strobe light ball. You’ll surely impress your kids, as well as dazzle the neighbors. $29.99. At Amazon.com.

LONDON CALLING

The perfect, and we mean perfect, signature gift basket is from Fortnam & Mason in London. With an array of both the exotic and familiar, their famous hampers are chock full of bliss. We love most the hamper for four since it can make any al fresco occasion special. $722. At FortnumAndMason.com.

SURE, THEY MIGHT HAVE EVERYTHING

The ultimate host gift is something beautiful and unique, such as a stunning Maison Bijoux box. Beautifully hand-made with shell inlay and brass cladding. They are topped with agate slices and are truly like gems to behold. $240. At BlueCarreon.com. 

LET’S BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS

Experts know that a beverage can taste better when served in a fine glass. No argument here since we think the Margot decanter and Dearborn glass set is the elbows up favorite for sumptuous cocktails. $800. At FFerroneDesign.com.

KEEPING TRACK

Since entertaining will be back in force once again, wouldn’t you like to note those special times ahead? The Entertaining Journal is the perfect way–with plenty of room for menus, guest lists, outfits worn, and so many more details to savor. $125. At MrsJohnLStrong.com.

JEWELS FOR THE ROOM

Decorative pillows are the jewelry of any well-appointed room. Why not have vibrant, hand-crafted pillows to highlight your gorgeous space? Austinite Deborah Main offers a variety of vintage and rare fabrics, as well as new textiles to put a punctuation point in any room to make it feel even more couture. Custom orders available. From $384. At ThePillowGoddess.com.

SENSATIONAL SWEET TOOTH

Chocolate is always the perfect gift. The thoughtful and delightful creations by Austin-based Delysia Chocolates have put smiles on many faces by now. Clever as ever, look for more themed truffle boxes in 2022, such as this one, Taste of the South. $34.95. At Delysia.com.

HOME SUITE HOME

How about a suite of gifts from designer and luxe retailer Jonathan Adler? Bright, happy, and always colorfully graphic, we recommend the Maxime star coasters ($68), Arcade lacquer tray ($295), the Gilded lollipop holder ($148), and the Arcade lacquer boxes (From $98) and so much more. At JonathanAdler.com.

THE GIFT-GIVER’S GAMBIT

Thanks to the success of The Queen’s Gambit, chess is the hottest strategic pursuit these days, so why not choose this over-the-top set that is crafted of solid mahogany and is also an instant heirloom, too? $7,700. At Hermes.com.

DID I EAR YOU RIGHT?

This adorable cow earpods case also clips on to a bag as a novel accessory. We’re always misplacing ours, so why not have a Texas-themed festive reminder so they stand out? $610. At LouisVuitton.com.

THE SLOPES ARE DOPE

You’ll be mountain royalty as you whisk by in this colorful Burton Deep Thinker Snow Board 2022. It powers through fresh powder and chops like a boss yet holds a clean edge on firmer surfaces. In short, it’s an all-round ripper of a board for the high energy rider. $599. At Evo.com.

PICTURE PERFECT

Hop back in time when instant photos took 60 seconds with this cool Polaroid camera that is a special Saint Laurent edition. With its reflex lens, the photos promise to be clear and concise like never before. $1230. At SaintLaurent.com.

YOU PROVIDE THE ADVENTURE

Getting away from it all now has a new meaning. Be the cool kid who can be mobile in style in this Airstream 20X travel trailer. It’s self-contained with all you’d need to have for a spontaneous road trip. Starts at $48,900. At Airstream.com.

WHY WAIT FOR GAME NIGHT?

This Jenga-esque tumble tower is so cool and colorful that you’ll want to always keep this dyed 45 wood block sculpture in full view. Perfect for indoors or outside fun. $110. At ElysiaHome.com.

GLOBAL INSPIRATION

Any exotic locale is just a jet ride away. So, be inspired every day for your next getaway with a limited-edition image by Italian photographer Massimo Vitali. It’s sure to set off any room. Prices vary. At MassimoVitali.com.

SHE’S SUCH A DOLL

For the child who has everything, the Malle Maison Vivienne on-the-go doll house was designed as a collection piece. Iconic Louis Vuitton Courrier Lozine and Wardrobe trunks were identically reproduced in miniaturism to highlight Louis Vuitton craftmanship. $63,500. At LouisVuitton.com.