COOL YULE

COOL YULE

How can you make your environment more special? Give and ye shall receive. Or, ask and ye shall receive, too. Our Lance Avery Morgan, along with the talented Society Texas editorial team, has combed the world to come up with some of the most sumptuous gifts of the season. Go ahead, indulge this year.

RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS

This London Dress from The SIL’s holiday exclusive is by Houston-based Cheeky Vintage. Rendered in a beautiful brocade and featuring an ostrich feather trim at the cuff, it’s perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond. Plus, it’s made in Texas.

$995. At ShopTheSIL.com.

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AWAY WE GO

The chicest bag you don’t own yet? Surely, it’s this sleek Kessler medium duffle bag designed by Dallas-based Leatherology. In like-butter leather, with a selection of colors, sizes, and monogram styles, we are on board. In fact, any of this company’s leather goods are top drawer. Duffle From

$360. At Leatherology.com.

HAVE PARTY, WILL TRAVEL

In keeping with the spirit of the emblematic trunks, the Louis Vuitton Malle Party conveys a fresh and modern vibe. Thanks to its colorful plexiglass panels, mirrors in the lids, and playful disco ball, it is the ideal home bar. Price upon request. LouisVuitton.com.

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ORIGINALLY ORNAMENTAL

Reproduced to exact scale and color, this set of holiday ornaments was released in celebration of the centennial of the Bauhaus. Their geometric forms are both traditional in Germany as well as reminiscent of the costume designs of Oskar Schlemmer for Tragic Ballet. Hand-crafted in the Black Forest of solid maple.

$195. By The Glass House. At DesignStore.TheGlassHouse.org.

GO AHEAD, TREAT YOURSELF

A monthly subscription to the marvelous treats created by Paige’s Bakehouse in Texas is the gift, to yourself and others, that keeps on giving with an ever-changing array of handmade sweet goodness. It arrives directly in gorgeous packaging all year ‘round.

$65 per month. At PaigesBakehouse.com.

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SCOOT ALONG, NOW

Definitely reserved for grown-ups, this will create scooter envy. The 500W full suspension electric Mercedes E-Scooter is in sleek black, so you can tear off to get some limes for last-minute cocktails in style.

$1,135. At Mercedes-Benz-Classic-Store.com.

GET ON THE STICK

What budding cowboy or cowgirl wouldn’t love their own Hermès Western and Company status item like a wooden and felt hobbyhorse? In tri-color wool felt with embroidered patches. It’s also the perfect baby gift.

$1200. At Hermès.com.

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FOOSBALL? FANTASTIC

For your own game enthusiast, this special edition Ciclope foosball table, inspired by the 1950s Fiat Spiaggina, has a sky-blue structure, wooden inserts and a printed wicker pitch with a central metal cone base. It’s a true object of design for any sports fanatic, Made by Basaglia + Rota Nodari.

$6225. At Artemmest.com.

A PLACE IN THE SUN

Whilst sunning yourself on holiday, stay protected in high fashion style. This extra-long Panama hat with a frayed brim is the living end. In natural straw with a French blue and slim cream band.

$315. By Sensi Studio. At NeimanMarcus.com

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RIDE YOUR OWN WAVE

Between the traditional wake surfboard and a skimming wakeboard, is the Modello board, nimble enough for tricks…it also makes carving the boat’s wake so much easier.

$450. At RonixWake.com

I WANT CANDY

This is not your grandmother’s candy bowl. It’s modern and so much chicer. In fact, with its removable lid, it is the perfect hiding place for your favorite bonbons. Plus, it’s a cute, foot-tall statement for the home that adds a renewed freshness with color.

$1523. At HelleMardahl.com.

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POP GOES THE ROCKER

Andy Warhol would be proud of this rocking H-Horse by Kartell with its thick polycarbonate frame and seat that is extremely strong, safe, comfortable & suitable for a wide range of children sizes. Then, voilà , it becomes an art piece. In four colors.

$262. At TrueDesign.co.za.

D.I.Y. ESCAPE ROOM

Your teens will love Finders Seekers. It’s the #1 rated thrilling mystery escape room game delivered to your door each month. It “transports” you to a different country to lead a twisting investigation in each location.

The subscription is $30 per month. At FindersSeekers.com.

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MIND IF I SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE?

The Knighton slipper is produced in an array of sumptuous cashmere suede colors, with reverse suede detailing. The carefully crafted padded sole has been designed to make this slipper the ultimate traveling and lounging companion. Of course, each elegant slipper comes with a customized slipper bag.

$710. At JohnLobb.com.

LET GO OF MY LEGO

The ultimate build-your-own robot experience stars here with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Coding Stem Set. Its programming is also the easiest to learn.

$148. At LEGO.com.

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MUST YOU DRONE ON?

Welcome to the perfect starter drone. The Tello Quadopter drone, with an HD camera, is a must-get for your family’s gadget guru. Just pull out your phone to fly anytime, anywhere, to access its intuitive controls. Capture pro-level photo and video with EZ Shots and share them on social media from your smartphone.

$259. At Amazon.com.

PUCKER THAT POUT

You might as well use a vintage Cartier compact as you powder your nose, right? We like this 14K yellow gold one with sapphires and diamonds trimming the clasp. Signed and numbered.

Prices vary, yet this one is $8,900. At 1stDibs.com.

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POP GOES THE CHAIR

Modern? Yes. Comfortable? Very. The Varier Ekstrem-designed tubular chair makes a powerful design statement in any room.

$2,549. By Design Within Reach. At DWR.com.

TOO COOL FOR STOOL

Give the unexpected…and pull up the unexpected. A balloon-inspired foot stool work of art, designed by Seungjin Yang, will add a punch of fun to any room. The eight layers of epoxy create a glass-like finish. 20-25 week lead time.

$7,500. At TheFuturePerfect.com.

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PERFECT TIMING

Perfect for home or office, this evokes the nostalgia of airport and train station schedule flip boards. Marvel at how the Cloudnola Flipping Out text clock flips away the minutes and hours, which are written out as words in a bold font on plastic cards.

$125. By MOMA. At Store.Moma.org.

ALL EYES ARE ON YOU

Perfect for serving on any occasion, or making into a coffee table, this Ortensia hand-silkscreened, painted, and lacquered tray is embellished with Lina Cavalieri’s face framed in a hydrangea bush.

$1530. At Fornasetti.com.

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Be the king and queen of your own castle with this high quality Lucite acrylic chess and checker set. In fact, it’s a bit of Palm Beach on any table it graces. Fun for hours upon hours for the entire family.

$250. At SunnyLife.com.

ENDLESS SUMMER

You can still swim here in the late fall, as we all know. So, why not embrace your inner rock star with this Rolling Stones Hot Lips-inspired pool float?

$85. At SunnyLife.com.

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TABLEAUX TALK

Tom Dixon has designed a marvelous statement piece. Made from marble and brass, this table lamp is sure to spark a lively conversation.

$305. At MadeInDeign.co.uk.

WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?

Why, you are, of course, when you’re holding these ultra-chic hand mirrors that come with their own geometric marble bases. It’s perfect for any vanity.

$380. At RichardJasmine.com.

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BE YOUR OWN WIZARD

A pinball wizard, that is. Try the new arcade favorite that celebrates the rock group Rush. Other motifs include Led Zeppelin, Star Wars, The Avengers, and tons more themes for non-stop game room entertainment.

$8,999. At SternPinball.com

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

The Texas-born founder Tracy Hiner, of Black Crow Studios, a luxe wallcovering company, takes the creative vision of each client to create a completely unique and custom art-driven wallcovering design. Each collection goes to a charity organization under their Rebel With a Cause Initiative, where a portion of sales is donated in an effort to use as a means of advocacy. Prices upon request. At BlackCrowStudios.com.

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TOAST TO YOUR MOST

Get the day started off as cheerfully as possible with a toaster by Brit maker Haden. The super chic design will perk up any countertop. So, why not get one for the office, too?

$69. At Haden.com.

KEYS TO THE MUSICAL CITY

The old clickety clack of an IBM keyboard is back in style. With 83 round keys and 5 watt JBL speakers, this KnewKey Rocksette is compatible with a pad or phone, you might feel like your penning an 18th century novel.

$178. At Amazon.com.

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THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER…

Show your family’s team spirit with a customized full color illustration. Hit the stands with your MVPs in this personalized art piece. Even your pet is allowed at this ball game.

$175. At UncommonGoods.com.

WILD KINGDOM

WILD KINGDOM

It’s time to let our hair down, relax a little more during the holidays and enjoy the very most of the season and all it represents. After all, you deserve it after the past couple of years. World events be darned, let us return to the fun that embraces loved ones, loved causes, and loved events that we can share together.

This London Dress from The SIL’s holiday exclusive from Houston-based Cheeky Vintage. Rendered in a beautiful brocade and features an ostrich feather trim at the cuff, it’s perfect for holiday entertaining and beyond. Plus, it’s made in Texas.

$995. At ShopTheSIL.com

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Holiday shopping for those near and dear has never been more exciting than now. Join our team of expert gift givers, led by Jake Gaines, Tori Johnson, Alexandra del Lago, and Lance Avery Morgan, who have gathered the finest of the finest to make gift giving even more special this season.

BALLROOM TO ASCOT

Every gentleman deserves custom suiting and from Texas to London, bespoke clothiers are measuring up so you can look like the lord of the manor. Prices upon request. Photo courtesy of Neal & Palmer

BOXING DAY

This blue embossed Shagreen jewelry box with brass trim is the perfect size for any vanity area. Or, perhaps in the pool house. $850. At Aerin.com

REALITY? REALLY.

Impress even the best gamer teen in your house with this new virtual reality all-in-one gaming headset for breathtaking you-are-there VR experiences. $499. At Oculus.com

DELIGHTFUL & DIVINE

A chocolate truffles gift box is a grand gesture in every way. This package is as sumptuous to view as it is to open and enjoy. Eighty of the finest chocolate truffles are brought together in one extraordinary gift box from Houston’s favorite chocolatier. $165. At Cacao and Cadamon

LET’S STAY IN TONIGHT

For those special evenings at home, this limited-edition lounging robe in the classic Tish Cox style speaks to the glamour of yesteryear that  can be yours right now. The exaggerated kimono-style sleeves give glimpses of the gorgeous colors on the backside of the mint green silk fabric. Go ahead, start the fire. $495. At ShopTheSil.com

SMOOTH OPERATOR

This Angle razor is made from lightweight anodized aluminum, holds a single disposable blade, and will be the coolest thing in your bathroom as you revive the art of shaving. $110. At Mr. Porter

PADDLES UP

For the beachcomber who has everything, these two wooden beach rackets and a leather ball with a pouch, will have you wanting to hit the sand immediately. $810. At Berluti.com

IT’S IN THE BAG

What Texan doesn’t have boots worth preserving? This monogram-able boot bag is a high style way to travel with them. $463. At William & Son

SPEAK TO ME

The Xoundbar Bluetooth stereo speaker is the perfect size to take the music party with you anywhere you go. $40. At X-mini.com

DIVE, THEN DRONE

PowerVision aqua drone is an intelligent water drone equipped with 215° dual-joint rotation 4K camera. Ideal for recording water sports or capturing magnificent seascapes to remember. $799. At PowerVision.me

EVENTFULLY WE’LL KNOW

Special times of your life can now be preserved for you and your loved ones in this Ticket Stub Diary that holds memories from concerts, sporting events, museums, and more. $14. At UncommonGoods.com

WHICH WAY IS UP?

This Voyager Expedition flask with compass in blue mother of pearl will keep your favorite spirit handy in the best of locations. $105. At Dalvey.com

SURF’S ALWAYS UP

With a timeless allure and palpable cool, this decorative art piece captures the spirit of California in iconic style. Made of Russian Birch plywood and finished with genuine surf resin. $8000. At Kelly Wearstler.com

RESORTING TO GREAT LENGTHS

As the winter resort beckons, be prepared in this oversized hat that’s sure to garner shade, compliments—and second glances. $550. At Eliurphi.com

CONVERSATION STARTER

This Michael Aram chess set is the sleekest one we’ve ever seen. Not only  does it look gorgeous on any table, you’ll be flexing your strategic brain muscles as you play. $1800. At Neiman Marcus

ARE YOU BEING SERVED?

Colorize any room instantly with this party-ready wooden lacquer tray with a wave effect metal trim and ball feet for a pretty presentation. $555. At MelissaGoad.com

SILKY SENSATION

 

Texans Brandon Maxwell and illustrator Jules Buck Jones collaborated to create this colorful silk scarf as the perfect accessory to any winter outfit. $295. At Brandon Maxwell

LET’S BE PERFECTLY CLEAR

The clear It bag of the season is one of our favorites. This Valentino Garavani Rockstud purse will see you through anything. $2445. At Neiman Marcus

SAILING THROUGH LIFE

No one captures sun, sport and surf better than photographer Gray Malin. Have an endless summer with  this limited-edition print, The Sailor, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda. $2999. At GrayMalin.com

TWO OF A KIND

These XL Grand Tour God Busts are the perfect accessory for any tabletop in any room. Brightly colored, these glass objet d’art can add a light whimsy to the most serious of rooms. $795 each. At Jonathan Adler.

STANDING TALL

Cowboy boots as style must-haves are back and never have we seen such colorful interpretations as by the West Texan-native designers and sister duo founders of Miron Crosby. With their signature  handmade, perfect fit, you’ll want several pair of these beauties. Prices vary, $1900-$4000 a pair. At MironCrosby.com

CARRY ON, STYLE GURU

The Royal Check Bistro bag is built to go from city to country and back again. We’ can’t resist the multi-print blue that’s always right. $180. At Saks Fifth Avenue

COME ON IN

This witty doormat sets the tone for a fun time ahead. We couldn’t resist the vintage 80s vibe with the cassette tape motif. Personalize with your own message. So, go ahead, stay awhile. $38. At UncommonGoods.com

COASTING TO SUCCESS

The perfect hostess gift  will be a year ‘round visual feast for the eyes in these semi-precious agate coasters that are hand-polished in Brazil. Set of 4. $80. At Saks Fifth Avenue.

TINY TREASURES

Perfect for any last-minute gift, this Original Garden Jewel Succulent Garden will delight any recipient with its presentation box full of green goodness. $35. At LulusGarden.com

SWEET DREAMS

Guarantee the perfect night’s sleep every day of the week. Made from only the finest materials, Savior’s luxury beds help regulate body temperature and improve the quality of REM sleep. Custom made to order at SaviorBeds.com

LET’S WRAP THIS UP

Protect your hair from heat damage, but still create the best curls of the season with Dyson’s Airwrap hair styler. Each set comes with interchangeable attachments to achieve the style you desire. $550 at Dyson.com

CHIC STORAGE

Kick your stainless appliances to the curb. This Dolce Gabbana and SMEG Carretto refrigerator is the kitchen addition you’ve been yearning for. $10,000. At Bergdorf Goodman

SIP & SERVE

Add elegance to any table with this Franco Lapini centerpiece. The top includes six cylinders for serving vodka, surrounding a small container to house caviar. Now that’s a perfect combination. $3,360 at Artemest.com

THE FUTURE IS HERE

Keep the kids entertained without having them glued to a screen.  Codi is an AI-enabled toy that provides children with classic songs and stories, and even encourages good habits (like naps, clean-up, and brushing teeth) to provide developmental support while they aren’t in the classroom. From Pillar Learning. $99.99. At Amazon

BOTTLE SERVICE

Designing a dream wine cabinet is easy with the help of Grandeur Cellars. Create a custom design that’s the perfect display for your home and budget. Price upon request and consultations at GrandeurCellars.com

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT

Nobody likes to be stressed around the holidays. NuCalm is a safe neuroscience technology that quickly calms you, and naturally brings your body to the pre-sleep states through deep relaxation and idleness. Packages include noise-cancelling headphones, relaxation discs, light-blocking glasses, eye-mask, and more. $4,695 at NuCalm.com

RAINING CATS AND DOGS

Harsh weather never looked so inviting. Shield yourself from the rain in style with this Pasotti umbrella. The enamel brass handles are available in a number of designs. $285 at PasottiOmbrelli.com

SLIP INTO SOMETHING SOFT

Loro Piana’s cashmere slippers are taking loungewear up a notch. The quilted cashmere fabric provides warmth and comfort over an anti-slip suede sole. Pair these with one of Piana’s luxurious cashmere robes as a gift for any loungewear lover. $3,650 for robe and $690 for slippers. At LoroPiana.com.

SCENTED MAGIC

Fill your home with scents of rose and saffron with the Catene Scarlatto candle by Richard Gionori. There are more than 12 different designs to choose from for all your candle-loving friends. $205. At RichardGinori1735.com

SET SAIL WITH REGAL HISTORY

Cruise the Galapagos Islands like a celebrity on Grace Kelly’s honeymoon yacht. This 18-guest cruise will give you a taste of the ship’s history while enjoying activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, stargazing and much more. Starting at $6,900 at Quasarex.com 

Image courtesy of Vogue.com

ON DISPLAY

Setting sail, soon? This Venezia Royal Trunk is the storage piece for any antique lover. The exterior is covered with leather and solid brass hardware, while the soft interior compartments house the trinkets. $40,350 at Artemest.com.

CELESTIAL CIRCLET

Add some sparkle with the Vespera Circlet by Jennifer Behr. This delicate headband features crystal stars and is so lightweight that you’ll forget you have it on. Each circlet is made by hand and crafted to perfection. $575. At JenniferBehr.com

PRECIOUS SCENTS

Inspired by Bulgari’s most precious gemstones, this selection of six perfume scents comprise  the perfect set. These exquisite scents are made in Italy. Que bella. $280. At Bulgari.com

NOW, FOR A ZEN MOMENT

The Buddha Board is a relaxation tool that encourages creative expression, being in the moment, and letting go using only water, a bamboo brush and a clean slate. Each brush stroke transforms your worries into a work of art and then is sent off into the universe as the water dries and the image disappears. Like magic. $34.95. At Amazon

TWO ON THE AISLE

Broadway is better than ever. With a play or musical to suit every taste, the experience of a major league production will stay with you forever. Priceless. At Broadway.com

THE BIG DAY

THE BIG DAY

Wedding season is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to shower newlyweds with gifts they won’t forget. From home decor to wedding weekend style, it’s no secret that timeless pieces are the answer. Our glam nuptial guru, Tori Johnson, of ThesTORIbook.com, is sharing her curated collection of wedding must-haves.

SOMETHING BLUE

When combining households, it’s often better to start anew. Help turn a house into a home with a roomful of furniture as a gift. Photo and availability courtesy of Stowers Furniture.

FROM DAY TO NIGHT

From engagement teas and luncheons, to parties galore, give them a hint of what’s to come with this darling White Pilar ensemble created by Tish Cox,  featuring an oversized bow that cascades down the back. $895. Photo and exclusive availability at TheSIL.com

THE PERFECT POUR

No table is complete without a statement centerpiece. Every hostess with the mostest will adore this crystal beauty by Lily. $400. At The Menagerie, Austin.

SAUTE IN STYLE

Step aside stainless steel, copper is the new “it” metal taking over the household. This Duparquet copper set is the same cookware used in Neiman Marcus restaurants. $3,875. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus

BIG DAY BLING

These Aquazzura heels will make every bride feel like a star as she walks the aisle in style. $1,350. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

BRILLAINT BARWARE

Want to get the party started? Delight the lucky duo with handmade cocktail napkins that contain uniquely festive messages. $40 for a set of 4. At AugustMorgan.com and The Menagerie, Austin.

LIGHT A FIRE

This set of two candle holders by Michael Aram is perfect for the bridal couple’s new home. The collection was inspired by anemone flowers, which are said to bring good luck and offer protection. $350. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus

IN FULL BLOOM

For the bride who adores her floral, gift this Jay Strongwater handcrafted glass vase with hand-set Swarovski crystals. $450. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CLASSICALLY CRYSTAL

This Ben-Amun crystal and pearl hair piece will transform any ‘do into a Pinterest-worthy creation. From $240. Photo and availability courtesy of Ben-Amun.

HAPPIEST HOURS AHEAD

Take cocktail hour up a notch with a new statement piece for their chic home like this brass and acrylic bar cart. $1450. At Jonathan Adler.

LA DOLCE VITA

We’re positive we’ve found the perfect place to honeymoon. Positano, Italy is a trifecta of good food, great people and breathtaking views. Photo courtesy of Italy Magazine.

 

FEELING FRESH

Nothing makes a home seem as entertaining-ready as fresh flowers. The Bouqs Company makes life easier with multiple subscription options for a constant rotation of blooms. Photo and availability courtesy of The Bouqs Company.

LET THEM EAT CAKE

From bridal teas to luncheons to the ceremony, the right cake always makes a statement. As individual as each bride, it’s sweetness endures. Prices vary. Photo and availability courtesy of Paiges Bakehouse

MODERN CHECKMATE

Ace game night with this luxe version of a backgammon set that’s perfect for any coffee table. $2,500. Photo and availability courtesy of Michael Aram.

THE FINISHING TOUCH

Top off your bridal look with this stunning veil in delicate Chantilly lace that offers a breath of fresh air for the blushing bride. $750. Photo and availability courtesy of BHLDN.