Sometimes it’s the simple things that have the most appeal (I have a weakness for anything in clean, elegant packaging). But simplicity doesn’t necessarily come cheap—materials are everything in minimalist design. Like the romantic gift guide, here are some ideas to give your best friend, mother or sister, plus some splurges you might want to add to your own list. (And as I mentioned before, those with somewhat clueless significant others, print this out, circle what you love, leave it somewhere where they can find it. I believe in hints—both subtle and obvious.)
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- Jennifer Alfano diamond bullseye studs, $2200. Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, diamonds are always a good idea. These are a good everyday basic.
- Jean Royere, $240. This late Frenchman’s hard to find (and hardly affordable) designs are the ne plus ultra for modernist furniture buffs.
- Equipment silk pajamas, $385. A two-in-one gift, because you can wear the top beyond the bedroom.
- Smythson Panama vanity case, $1695. Because elegance is traveling with the right accessories.
- Elsa Peretti snake necklace, $12,500. This design from the 70s is just as wickedly chic today as it was then. I would wear it always with everything.
- Susanne Kaufmann Travel Kit, $167. Because I love layering gifts, you could put this inside the vanity case. Also makes a great stocking stuffer.
- Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady Shower Cream, $65. Give the gift of a decadent shower with this heady scented wash from the master parfumeur.