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'Tis the Season for Gift-Giving

There's nothing quite like a well-thought-out present. With all the nifty little gifts out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed. (Can you say "sale?" Danger danger.) Personally, when scheming about the perfect present, we're big proponents of getting something a little unexpected and a little more luxurious–something that your loved-ones wouldn't normally purchase themselves, but would really enjoy having in their lives. A treat.

So in the spirit of spreading the love, here's a quick list of some objects and shops we're crushing on, a good place to start for every nice (and naughty) person (and puppy) on your list.

TO KEEP THEM WARM: A handwoven Bolivian wool blanket for your resident wanderluster that can't escape the cold winter. (Us? Yeah...) From the gypsies at El Camino. 

TO KEEP THEM WARM: A handwoven Bolivian wool blanket for your resident wanderluster that can't escape the cold winter. (Us? Yeah...) From the gypsies at El Camino

TO KEEP THE PARTY GOING: Porcelain gold-glazed coasters from Accompany. Proceeds benefit homeless and low-income New Yorkers, at-risk livelihoods, and protecting human rights.

TO KEEP THE PARTY GOING: Porcelain gold-glazed coasters from Accompany. Proceeds benefit homeless and low-income New Yorkers, at-risk livelihoods, and protecting human rights.

TO KEEP THEM INTRIGUED: A visually stunning puzzle game for iOS and Android called Monument Valley. Each level is a work of art. (Yumm. Escher.) And there are new chapters you can purchase to help fight against AIDS for (RED).

TO KEEP THEM INTRIGUED: A visually stunning puzzle game for iOS and Android called Monument Valley. Each level is a work of art. (Yumm. Escher.) And there are new chapters you can purchase to help fight against AIDS for (RED).

TO KEEP THEM CLOSE: A hand-dyed ombre rope leash for your adopted pup from Found My Animal. Proceeds go towards animal welfare and animal rescues, so you'll be keeping your best friend close and helping other furry pals find their forever homes.

TO KEEP THEM CLOSE: A hand-dyed ombre rope leash for your adopted pup from Found My Animal. Proceeds go towards animal welfare and animal rescues, so you'll be keeping your best friend close and helping other furry pals find their forever homes.

TO KEEP THEM SASSY: A winter blue wide-brimmed hat made in Manhattan by Preston & Olivia. Who said piling on the layers has to look like you're wearing a sleeping bag? (OK, but let's be real, sleeping bag coats are still necessary. Erica can attest to that.)

TO KEEP THEM SASSY: A winter blue wide-brimmed hat made in Manhattan by Preston & Olivia. Who said piling on the layers has to look like you're wearing a sleeping bag? (OK, but let's be real, sleeping bag coats are still necessary. Erica can attest to that.)

TO KEEP THEM LOOKIN' GOOD: Face wash, shaving cream, and after shave from the dapper folks at The Blind Barber and Birchbox. Lookin' good, feelin' good, smellin' good, all the good...

TO KEEP THEM LOOKIN' GOOD: Face wash, shaving cream, and after shave from the dapper folks at The Blind Barber and Birchbox. Lookin' good, feelin' good, smellin' good, all the good...

TO KEEP THEM ON-THE-GO: A waxed leather bag from Billykirk that's proven to handle the gritty city commute with style, come frozen hell or high water. (Adette's pebbled leather number is a favorite for any season.)

TO KEEP THEM ON-THE-GO: A waxed leather bag from Billykirk that's proven to handle the gritty city commute with style, come frozen hell or high water. (Adette's pebbled leather number is a favorite for any season.)

TO KEEP THEM CLEAN: Fancy elderflower soap from Proper. Proceeds go towards providing clean water in rural villages in Asia and Africa.

TO KEEP THEM CLEAN: Fancy elderflower soap from Proper. Proceeds go towards providing clean water in rural villages in Asia and Africa.

TO KEEP THEM GUESSING: A cardboard ice cream truck for the curious cat in your life from the curious minds at Famous OTO.

TO KEEP THEM GUESSING: A cardboard ice cream truck for the curious cat in your life from the curious minds at Famous OTO.

TO KEEP THEM CHEERY: Cute mini plants in hand-painted terra cotta pots from The Sill. Because society frowns upon year-round holiday decorations. Bah, humbug. (Liz loves the geometric pots they come in. Who can resist?)

TO KEEP THEM CHEERY: Cute mini plants in hand-painted terra cotta pots from The Sill. Because society frowns upon year-round holiday decorations. Bah, humbug. (Liz loves the geometric pots they come in. Who can resist?)

TO KEEP THEM ASHORE: Nautical-themed Italian leather bracelets from Miansai. And you can even have them custom-made, choosing the perfect color and metal to match.

TO KEEP THEM ASHORE: Nautical-themed Italian leather bracelets from Miansai. And you can even have them custom-made, choosing the perfect color and metal to match.

As you can see, we're also big advocates of buying things for a good cause. A thoughtful present can often extend beyond the sole recipient, and with so many brands and boutiques that contribute to social good, it's easy to find something that will spread some cheer all around. 

And that's just the beginning! Stay tuned as we stumble on more finds, checking off our very long lists as we go along. Of course, suggestions are always welcome, so let us know if you find anything that would be perfect for a bookworm bestie, a culinary aficionado beau, a sartorial trendsetter co-worker, a don't-worry-about-getting-me-anything mother, or a super intelligent and intimidatingly creative business partner; we've got a few on our list (wink-nudge-cough-ourmailingaddressisbelow-holler).

Happy Holidaze,
TINSEL