Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Classic, Timeless & Fun Gifts!

A charming. practical, and whimsical gift for loved ones of any age, the bicycle also has the added bonus of being culturally on-trend since riding one saves on gasoline (and often, time). New York design shop and studio Partners & Spade offers this fixed gear bike by Benedict Radcliffe of Fixed Gear London in an array of custom colours with a one-month turnaround for $3,200. We also want to ride: Linus Bike, Schwinn Bikes, and Georg Jensen’s bicycle.

Bespoke Luggage
Is there a more stylish way to travel than with a set of personalized luggage? British luxury brand Globetrotter, famous for outfitting British icons like Sir Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II, produces lightweight yet extremely durable suitcases that are said to be able to withstand the weight of an elephant. Their bespoke service allows you to customize colours and add your initials. Iconic luggage brands that also offer bespoke services include Goyard, T.Anthony and Louis Vuitton.

Sweets for my sweet

Something sweet is always in order, especially during the winter holidays, which are synonymous with gastronomic decadence. Atop many holiday lists are treats from leading pastry producers like French luxury brand Ladurée, who are famous for their colourful, exquisite macaroons. The éclairs at Fauchon in Paris are arguably the crème de la crème, as are chocolate bonbons from Fouquet and candy from the new Papabubble.

Diamond Bracelet
A diamond may be the traditional symbol of romantic extravagance but thanks to a new generation of rock star designers and their playful, passionate creations, it is now a must-have staple in every fashionista’s jewellery box. Leading the pack is Delfina Delettrez, a fourth generation Fendi who launched her namesake collection—a blend of skulls, crosses, animals, and flowers—at Colette in Paris in 2007. Rock royalty's darling, Jade Jagger, continues to turn out edgy updates in classic materials and shapes. Newbies Genevieve Jones and Waris Ahluwalia have cornered the market on diamond safety pin earrings and diamond bird necklaces, respectively. Pictured: Delettrez's diamond Zapphire My World bracelet $94,297 at

Scented Candles
One of the less costly yet more luxurious gifts is scent. A defining characteristic of a home or a person, it can be intimate, powerful, and personal. We love the "library" scent from True Grace ($42 at, with notes of moss, amber, sandalwood and cedar. There is also the clever mix of tea, vetiver, mint and eucalyptus in the Dada candle from Citre Trudon. The golden brass and enamel casing of the Boite de Pommes candles from D.L & Co is almost as good the tangy scented candle inside. The rose and black currant tones in Diptyque’s signature scent, the Baies Noir, boast a more subtle, masculine note.