BlackBook’s Super Fabulous Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season has officially begun and what better way to get into the spirit than buying gifts for those you love—and let’s be honest, a few for yourself. So to make your shopping a little easier, from now until the end of the month we’ll be sharing with you our curated list of picks for the best gifts this season. Check back here daily, peruse our selections, and enjoy!


Bionda Castana x Vassilisa Heels

Shoes and jewels are undoubtedly the first things on my Want list, whether it’s near the holidays or not. Bionda Castana is giving that wanting feeling an extra nudge toward her Daphne heels, a product of a collaboration with Vassilisa, better known for their sumptuous silk scarves. The chain print silk shoes bring the jewelry and heels together with this limited-edition collaboration. $747 on biondacastana.comByredoHolidayCandles

Byredo Holiday Candles

We’ve had a hard time keeping our noses out of these candles since they arrived on our desks, specifically Byredo’s Bibliothèque, which smells like the ultimate book and leather filled private enclave, with just a hint of fruit (in a bowl on the side table, of course). Though Byredo’s packaging is pretty fantastic anyway, the limited-edition holiday glasses lend  a serving of chic minimalism to whichever nightstand, coffee table, or stack of books they’re placed.

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William Basinski’s “The Disintegration Loops” Box Set
For over twenty years now, avant-garde electronic composer William Basinski has been creating stunning sonic worlds that awaken our senses and transport us into another world. His highly-acclaimed and celebrated release The Disintegration Loops lives as one of our most beloved pieces of music, as well as one of the most stunning works ever recorded on tape. His melancholic loops drone on and on,  floating through you and capturing you in the essence of a place beyond articulation. And now, after the 10 year anniversary of The Disintegration Loops you can purchase the massive limited-edition box set that includes: four historic volumes, previously unreleased live orchestral performances from the Met and the 54th Venice Biennale (both pressed onto vinyl), remastered recordings on five CDs, and a 148-page full-color coffee table book with rare photos and liner notes by Basinski, Antony, and David Tibet—to name a few. $80.00


The Criterion Collection’s Dual Format DVD/Blu-Ray Frances Ha
Last May, we all fell helplessly in love with Noah Baumbach’s intensely charming new feature Frances Ha. Co-written with the film’s brilliant and versatile star Greta Gerwig, the film is a wonderful ode to cinema of days past—as Gerwig’s emotionally intelligent, witty, and thoughtful touch elevate Baumbach’s filmmaking to new heights. Its anachronistic feel is not only played out in its black-and-white aesthetic, but in its sense of hopefulness as we bear witness to a 28-year-old modern dancer, unsure what to make of her life. And thanks to the Criterion Collection you can get a special edition of the film that features: a conversation between filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich and Baumbach, a new conversation between actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley and Gerwig, , one Blu-ray and one DVD, a booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker—and more. $31.96

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Le Poisson Rouge Classic Fish Membership

When it comes to venues in New York City, there’s certainly no shortage of places to enjoy live music. But for us, there’s no finer spot than the dark spaces of Le Poisson Rouge. As a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians, the space offers a wonderful mix of popular and art cultures—featuring events in music, theater, dance, and fine art. So whether you’re enjoying their house orchestra playing with such acclaimed artists as Nico Muhly and Max Richer, reveling in one of their weekly dance parties, or perusing their gallery space, you could fill out our entire month’s itinerary simply from their jam-packed calendar. And with their Classic Fish Membership you can enjoy a number of perks, including: free admission for yourself and a guest to LPR Member Shows, 20% discount on party packages, a “members table” reserved for the use of members and their guests before all seated events, front-of-line access for you and your guests to LPR late-night events, and more.

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Bruce Weber: The Film Collection – 1987-2008

A legend of both photography and film, Bruce Weber has been stunning us for decades now. An icon known for his evocative fashion photos and fascinating films, his work has become ingrained in our cultural landscape, his images seen everywhere from the pages of Vogue and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to Paris’ Museum of Modern Art and our most coveted cinema screens. And if you missed Film Foroum’s recent retrospective of his film oeuvre, never fear: the The Bruce Weber Film Collection Box Set has you covered. The four-disc box set includes: his most celebrated documentaries (Let’s Get Lost, A Letter to True, Chop Suey, and Broken Noses),  a 32-page collectible booklet of Weber’s photography, and Weber’s literary and art journal series, All-American Volume 13 Born Ready. Before purchasing, you can also check out our wonderful interview with Weber HERE.


Nirvana “Nevermind” (20th Anniversary Remastered 180g) 4LP

We all remember where we were (and who we were) when we first heard “Smells like Teen Spirit” or “Come As You Are,” “Lithium,” or “Drain You”—the songs that would go on to become not only brilliant hits but landmarks of a time in cultural history. And if it seems like forever ago, it has been. Now, over two decades since Nirvana released their album Nevermind—the landmark record that solidified their iconic status, Universal has put out a massive box set to commemorate the anniversary of the band that burst and bloomed right before our eyes and change the shape of music forever. The set is a 4 x LP collection that includes: the remastered version of the original album, takes from The Smart Studio Sessions, The Boombox Rehearsals, and many never before releases BBC Sessions.


The Row Carryall

Traveling brings the best out of my closet and the worst out of my personality, at least when packing. I have a feeling all those problems would melt away with the addition of this gorgeous navy carryall from The Row – possibly the most decadent and at the same time minimal bag you’ll find. Perfect for throwing in a weekend’s light essentials, or to be carried about town upon arrival, this is one of those gifts that if it found its way to me, my sartorial heart would be the giver’s forever. $2850 at Neiman Marcus.


Spiaggia Sand-Repellant Beach Towel

For some lucky travelers on holiday, Christmas and New Years means heading to the beach, and what better gift to give than a beautiful and practical beach towel? Oversized towels are wonderful for staking an oversized plot of sand – but this towel from Kassatex has something extra – a sand resistant back face perfect for easily shaking away any wayward granules. $50


Monique Péan Fossilized Woolly Mammoth 18 ct. Gold Cufflinks 

Cufflinks may seem like the easy answer, but for the man who already has everything (including cufflinks galore) there’s a good chance he doesn’t yet have a pair made of fossilized woolly mammoth tooth root. (Read it again if you have to.) Factor in Monique Péan’s careful 18 carat recycled white gold setting, and you’ve got yourself a very rare, very extinct adornment. $12,330. Available at Jeffrey New York.

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Indian Bazaar Luggage Tassels 

When traveling, there’s always a nagging thought in my mind – how will I know my bag from the other travelers’, and more importantly, how will they know not to take mine? Tying on ribbons is always an option, but certainly others will have thought of the same. A better option: these beaded luggage tassels from Shop Latitude’s Indian Bazaar, sourced from the bazaars themselves, and more unique and personal than a silk satin bow. It’s the perfect gift for the well-traveled friend. $25 on ShopLatitude.




Tom Ford For Men Intensive Purifying Mask

For the man who truly has it all, including a bevy of pocket squares and custom shirts from the likes of Tom Ford, the obvious next step in closet/counter domination would be a line of skincare products from Mr. Ford himself. Enter the discerning designer’s grooming line, FOR MEN, of course, including this mud mask, and out just in time for the holidays. What better way for a man to purify his face than while luxuriating in a Tom Ford world? $60 at Bergdorf Goodman.


Sjal Saphir Face Oil

If you haven’t delved into the world of face oil yet, Sjal’s sapphire infused concentrate is a good place to start. It’s a luxurious experience, from precious gem-infused start to heavenly smelling finish.  $175 at Barneys.

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Otter Wax Leather Care Kit

For the guy with a closet full of leather shoes and a perfectly patina-ed bag or two. $28, 


NICOLINO Satin Cocktail Blazer

What better gift to give – to yourself or someone else – than one that can be worn all holiday season long? $595 at NICOLINO.

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If you’re looking to give a gift that’s both aesthetically pleasing and culturally insightful, Taschen’s new Hadid. Complete Works has you covered. As a celebration of iconic and controversial architect Zaha Hadid, the book explores the entirety of her work over the past 30 years, giving us an overview of her radical and futuristic world that has given life to some of the most astounding buildings in the modern world. This massive Taschen tome tracks the evolution of her inspiring career—from her interior design, furniture, and buildings—with in-depth texts, drawings, and photos. $49.99 

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The Crosley Traveler Turntable 

No matter how good modern technology may be, music never sounds better than when played through the crackling sounds of a record player. Whether you’re listening to the classic songs of Otis Redding or the latest hit record, you’re about to feel the music in a totally different way and make the listening experience so much more pleasurable. And this holiday season, spice up your collection with The Crosley Traveler Turntable. Built into the perfect suitcase for being on the road, with the Crosley you can take your favorite tunes with you wherever you travel this season. A favorite amongst those looking to imbue the world with the sounds of the past, the record played is a three speed belt driven turntable, that still includes the modernity of a diamond stylus needle and full range stereo speakers. And if you’ve been eyeing the remastered Nevermind collection (located above) this is certainly the ideal companion.  $129.95


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‘Tis the season to cozy up – whether you’re fireplace adjacent or desk side daydreaming about a pillow fort – nothing sounds better this time of year than a really great blanket. What’s even better? If it’s beautiful, it’ll look just as great draped over the sofa as it’ll feel draped around your shoulders. $650 on Shop Latitude.


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It’s been a year of re appropriating pearls – from punk-ish at Simone Rocha to bedroom at Thakoon. This iteration from Saskia Diez doesn’t connect on top – giving the ring the feeling of a piercing – and there’s nothing traditional about that.  $650 from Saskia Diez. 


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Lillet Apéritif Wine

If you’re looking to add a little glamour to your holiday feast, why not indulge with the Lillet Apéritif? As a pre-dinner tradition that’s been immortalized in the smooth sippings of everyone from Parisian artists to the crème de la crème of society, this delicious treat is such to spice up any fête.  $19.99

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Pacific All Risk Insurance T-Shirt from Extension 765

Although he may be “retired” from making movies, Steven Soderbergh is doing just about everything else. So when not making HBO mini series, writing a Twitter novel, or logging every film, book, and play he ingested over the year, the strange and bizarre genius is selling a series of t-shirts on his site Extension 765 that not only give a nod to films he loves but test your movie trivia. We’re still holding out for one that simply says: Mayonnaise. $38

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Whatever 20 minutes you have is usually best spent with a mask, and in my book, none is better than Tata Harper’s resurfacing iteration – it gives you instant glow – and nothing’s better than that. The fact that it’s 100% natural means you can feel even better about slathering it on, or gifting it to someone else to do the same. $55 from Tata Harper.

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Nicholas Kirkwood Black Calf Leather Oxfords

Classic with a white piping twist, these Nicholas Kirkwood oxfords will subtly punch up a look for any man in your life. $850 at Nicholas Kirkwood, 807 Washington Street, New York


Maison Martin Margiela x Atelier Swarovski Collaboration Brooch

This white resin and crystal fusion ‘Crystalactite’ brooch crosses Swarovski’s dazzling crystals with Margiela’s slightly cheeky braininess to form a standout asymmetrical piece worth holding on to. Perfect for the Margiela lover on your list who could use a little bling this season. $1900 in store.


GLO Solo Whitening Kit

Given the weather and the season, everyone around us (myself included) is at an all time intake high on coffee and red wine. We need the caffeine (and the alcohol) but we also need to look our best. That’s where the GLO Solo system comes in – you literally paint on the gel, wait about 30 seconds, and go. Nothing else to it.  $45 at Sephora.

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B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Headphones Sponsored by B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen

Perfect for holiday travel, the B&O Play blocks out all the noise we need blocked out this time of year. And it’ll help you, (or the lucky recipient) look good while doing it. I’d go for that gorgeous agave green. For a chance to win this gift, tweet at us @blackbook and #bbookgiftaway. Tell us why you need ’em. $399 at B&O Play.


Amber, Guinevere & Kate Photographed by Craig McDean

The next best things to inviting your favorite models over for a drink would have to be thumbing through Craig McDean’s photographs of some of his favorites while comfortably nestled into your favorite chair, hot beverage of choice in hand. Any fashion fan would be inclined to agree. $100 from Rizzoli.


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Beautiful scents don’t hurt, but cheeky Fornasetti fills any room with a whole lotta’ sass and sparkle.  $165 at Barney’s. 


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