Daily Holiday Gift Picks From Our Staff

by elle eichinger | December 23, 2013 | Holiday

The Michigan Avenue team gives us daily updates on what they're coveting and buying for loved ones this holiday season.

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"Oft-overshadowed by the more popular Aviator and Wayfarer models, the Clubmaster is a classic—best paired with a chambray button-down and a bottle of Pellegrino."
-Stephen Ostrowski, Sales Assistant

Folding Clubmaster, Ray-Ban ($230). Men's Journal Holiday Pop Up Shop, 55 E. Grand Ave.

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"One of my New Year's resolutions is to learn to cook, so I'm channeling Siena Tavern chef Fabio Viviani with his new Signature Series cookware set."
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Bialetti Fabio "Signature Series" Ceramic 10-piece cookware set, Bed Bath & Beyond ($199). 530 N. State St., 312-755-9890

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"These little booties seem like the perfect special gift for my niece who loves getting all dressed up!"
-Tera Washburn, Account Executive

Baby slippers, Rachel Riley ($148). Luxaby Baby, 59 E. Oak St., 609-921-0065

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"The Nike+ FuelBand SE, with its arresting gold stripe, highlights the intersection of aesthetics and functionality that is wearable tech."
-Stephen Ostrowski, Sales Assistant

Nike + FuelBand SE Rose Gold, Nike ($169). 669 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-6363

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"My tried-and-true brown boots have finally seen their dying day after our many years together. Perfect timing, though: with the brand new Frye store in Chicago I can get a fantastic, durable, and stylish new pair this season."
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Dorado Riding Boots, The Frye Company ($478). 1007 N. Rush St., 312-642-3793

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"If you're going to suffer through a wet Chicago winter, I say you might as well show a bit of flash while you're walking down the Mag Mile. I love the sheen of this trench in regency blue, and the weight is perfect for those days when the mercury creeps above freezing. Are you listening, Santa?"
-J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

Mid-length Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat, Burberry ($1,695). 633 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-2500

Chanel necklace and belt at Luxury Garage Sale.

"I'm swooning over this Chanel chain necklace from Luxury Garage Sale. It's such a great statement necklace, and it doubles as a belt—I'm sold!"
-Caroline Sneckenberg, Account Executive

CC Flower necklace/belt, Chanel ($1,095). Luxury Garage Sale, 1658 N. Wells St., 312-291-9126

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"My dad is a total wine guy, and this kit will allow him to do something he's always dreamed of: create his own blend."
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Blending Kit and 12 bottles, Wine Apothecary ($500). wineapothecary.com

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"This is the richest drinking chocolate I've found, and the bittersweet flavor pairs perfectly with one of their oversized homemade vanilla marshmallows. The marshmallow melts evenly and gives the chocolate the perfect amount of added sweetness!"
-Lauren Olson, Marketing Manager

Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows Set, Williams-Sonoma ($33). 1550 N. Fremont St., 312-255-0643

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"The perfect everyday necklace; a must-have staple piece for that special woman in your life."
-Sarah Heckler, Account Executive

Classic bezel-set round diamond pendant in yellow gold, Marshall Pierce & Company ($1,450). 29 E. Madison St., 312-372-2415

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"This bag is the perfect gift for a working woman. It not only exudes professionalism but also incorporates high fashion. It's the versatility that I love the most."
-Tera Washburn, Account Executive

Metric Bag, Porsche Designs ($1,950) 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-321-0911

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"The only thing better than bubbly? Rosé bubbly. This six-liter bottle (called a methuselah, which is just fun to say) would be a gorgeously festive way to kick off the ultimate holiday party."
-J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-chief

Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard luxury limited edition, Moët & Chandon ($5,000). sherry-lehmann.com

14 - Daily Holiday Gift Picks From Our Staff "I love photography of celebrities in their heyday, and this one of Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson circa the 1970s is an absolute favorite. What an era!"
-Grace Napolitano, Account Director

"Anjelica & Jack" Black & White Photography Collection, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ($345). 1555 N. Halsted St., 312-397-3135

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"Sparkle is my favorite color, so I'm head-over-heels for this statement-making collar crafted by rockstar designer—and Chicago-grown talent—Azeeza Khan."
-Meg Mathis, Associate Editor

Gunmetal and grey embellished collar, Atelier Azza ($495). 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-649-9373; available in store only

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"The Bears still have a few home games left, and I want to take full advantage. This luxury VIP package includes one night in a suite at the nearby Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, two tickets to the game, and two passes to the swankiest tailgate on the planet."
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Gridiron Getaway, E3 VIP and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place ($959). 877-243-3334 x107

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"I'm definitely not a morning person but I find that if I style my hair at night, it's flat by morning. This kit would be great to preserve my hairstyle so I can get an extra few minutes of sleep during the week!"
-Lauren Olson, Marketing Manager

Preserve your Blowout Kit ($70), Blowtique. 1 E. Huron St., 312-280-1400

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"This would be my gift of choice for Hanukkah. Right now I have a great Ferragamo briefcase, though a guy can certainly afford to have more than one: they're durable, practical, beautiful, and say you mean business."
-Dan Uslan, President & Publisher

Briefcase, Salvatore Ferragamo ($1,850). 645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-0464

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"I can never have enough bracelets, and I love the new Atlas collection. I would pile them on, varying the sizes and mix-matching the colors. Who says you can't wear gold and silver together?"
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Atlas bangles, Tiffany & Co. ($525-$10,000). 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500

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"The permanence and care of a handwritten note is a refreshing change in our fast-paced and ephemeral digital world."
-Stephen Ostrowski, Sales Assistant

Stationery, Thornwillow ($45-$60). thornwillow.com

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"My sister Kate and I may not live in Detroit, but our hearts will always belong to the Tigers (bless you, boys), so I know she'd eat up this 'D' necklace. And if you're rooting for the home team, charms are also available for Cubs and White Sox fans."
-Meg Mathis, Associate Editor

Little MLB Detroit Tigers in 14k yellow gold, Alex Woo ($898). alexwoo.com

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"'Tis the season for all things delicious! Whether you're gifting or hosting, you can't go wrong with these homemade pie pops (I recommend the Classic Apple). But be forewarned: you can't have just one…."
-Ani Gafka, Marketing Coordinator

Classic apple pie pops, Cheap Tart ($36/dozen). 773-334-1998; cheaptart.com

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"I love to support local labels whenever possible, and these perfect-fit pants are a double whammy: a Chicago-based line that's available at a pop-up shop for Purely, another Chi company."
-Elle Eichinger, Online Editor

Super skinny ankle in pine, Henry & Belle ($150). Purely Pop-Up, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 4 (Through December 24)

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"These face, eye, and brow brushes are super soft, and sets purchased during the holidays come with the added bonus of having makeup pro Jenny Patinkin show you how to use them. (It's kosher to give yourself a gift, right?)"
-Meg Mathis, Associate Editor

10 brush set with case, Jenny Patinkin ($420). Arch Apothecary, 1359 N. Wells St., 312-291-9750

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"I love the idea of listening to my all-time favorite holiday album, Esquivel's "Merry Christmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad," on these handcrafted headphones. They're crazy-stylish but also made from eco-friendly reclaimed wood—and a portion of the proceeds for every pair sold is donated to the Starkey Hearing Foundation."
-J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief

Cherry Wood Troubadours, LSTN ($150). Transistor Chicago, 3441 N. Broadway, 312-631-9408

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"I would like to get my husband a custom pillow for Christmas, so that he can get the best rest possible before the baby comes next spring."
-Grace Napolitano, Account Director

Custom queen pillow, Chicago Luxury Beds ($259). 440 N. Wells St., 312-527-5337

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"Treat your loved one to a day of relaxation and beauty. With a massage, facial, mani/pedi, haircut and style, and a gourmet spa lunch, this package is sure to please even the hardest person to buy for."
-Sarah Heckler, Account Executive

Beauty Pro Spa Package, Mario Tricoci ($372). 900 N. Michigan Ave., 847-202-1700

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