The perfect present has the ability to induce a beaming smile (or a tiny smirk at the very least) from those that we love in a mere instant. It's that time of year again when gift giving becomes the priority du jour and I'm so excited to share another installment of Wrapped With A Beau: A small collection of exquisite gifts that will intrigue the modern, fashionable men and women in your life.
perry ellis FRAGRANCE SET
I fell in love with Red last spring when Perry Ellis graciously gave me a sample to try. Since then, I've received endless compliments every time I wear this cologne. The passionate Perry Ellis fragrance includes notes of Italian bergamot, Sichuan pepper, sandalwood and red leather. This gift set includes the enticing eau de toilette in addition to a shower gel, deodorant stick and travel spray. Regardless of who you give this to, the recipient will thank you for introducing them to a scent that's truly refreshing and unique.
In this day and age, grooming is part art form, part necessity. This Series 3 shaver with We t& Dry functionality from Braun accomplishes every grooming goal a man could have. I love that this tool is specifically designed to be used in the shower (with foam or gel) or outside of it (for those days when showering is a luxury time can't afford). The shaver has three independently moving cutting elements that adapt to every facial contour and guarantee a smooth shaving experience. Think of this item as not only a gift to your lover, but also a gift to yourself because nothing is better than kissing the lips of a well groomed man.
A watch will never cease to be a timeless gift for any gentleman. The intricate craftsmanship and stunning style of an OMEGA watch makes for a present that will sincerely amaze anybody who is lucky enough to receive one. This Seamaster Planet Ocean timepiece is made with Sedna gold, a chocolate brown ceramic dial and a leather strap with rubber lining. The result of such an opulent combination is an accessory as durable as it is debonaire.
pyro pet CANDLE
For the person who has it all, a Pyro Pet might just be the imaginative item that wins over their curious mind. This animal-shaped candle's wax body burns slowly to reveal a geometrical metal skeleton. Pyro Pet is available through BoxLunch, a civic-minded retailer that helps provide a meal to a person in need (through Feeding America) for every $10 spent online or at one of their brick-and-mortar locations. So you can not only feel good about finding a quirky present, but you can also feel good about making a contribution towards the fight against hunger.
anthropologie ZINC LETTERS
Home decor can make a heartwarming holiday gift, especially when you understand someone's interior aesthetic down to the very last inch of textile. I love these zinc letters from Anthropologie that can be hung on a wall or propped up in a bookshelf for a personalized touch to any space. You can simply buy someone's initials or create a word that has a special meaning to the both of you by purchasing more letters.
vince CREWNECK SWEATER
The fashionisto on your list will need no introduction to a clothing brand by the name of Vince. I found this French terry crewneck sweater with zippers extending on the side seams at Neiman Marcus (while I was there for the invite-only #NMMakeSomeNoise event) and could not leave the store without it. The minimal design of this pewter-hued sweater lends itself to become a staple in any modern man's wardrobe.
Like a good gift, there's nothing a cup of coffee can't fix. A Starbucks Verismo System creates a delicious cup of coffee or espresso every time using pods of your favorite coffee blends. My personal favorite this time of year just so happens to be Christmas Blend Espresso Roast, which has a cedary and herbal spiciness that is beautifully balanced by a caramel-like sweetness. What I love most about owning a Verismo System is being able to create velvety cappuccino-like foam using the included milk frother. This bundle is optimal for the culinary enthusiast who loves making coffee creations right from the comfort of their own kitchen.
target BAR CART
While the party host or hostess you know certainly won't mind another bottle of specialty wine for their never-ending supply, a beautiful bar cart makes an even more respected impact. This marble and chrome bar cart from Target's Threshold collection won't break the bank but will certainly steal the show. Be sure to include any one of my drink recipes with this expert-level gift!
bremelo press CARD
What gift is complete without a card? While I was visiting Seattle's annual King Street Maker's Market, I stumbled upon a variety of sophisticatedly simple and cutely clever holiday cards designed by Bremelo Press. This card was created with handset type, using an interlocking Fibonacci number series directly relating to the Golden Ratio—a mathematical proportion believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the human eye. This letterpress studio sells card stock creations on Etsy, but you can also collaborate with them to make your own stationary dreams come to life on paper.
Thank you to the brands that helped make this year's gift guide possible. No matter what you give this season, I wish you a holiday filled with joy, celebration and love!