It’s not always easy to find the perfect holiday gift for creative friends or colleagues who already have their pulse on the coolest new trends, apparel, gadgets, and more. So we’ve sourced some of our favorite finds from fellow creative entrepreneurs and put them all in this handy holiday gift guide for you. Of course, if the pressure is too much, we always say that a gift card will do just fine. Happy shopping!
Best Made Front Loading Toolbox, $94
Designed for the classic American craftsman (think Nick Offerman and friends), this handmade toolbox features a front-loading hatch so you can easily access both levels of tools without having to remove the top tray—a simple yet ingenious feature. And it comes in a fire engine red that is appropriately patriotic.
Brooklyn Grooming’s Williamsburg Shaving Oil, $29
Whether used ironically or not, this specialty moisturizing shave oil (available from our friends at By Brooklyn) is perfect for all the stubbly faced hipsters in your life. Now they too can smell like "personal triumph”—a mix of woody cedar, ho wood, and ylang ylang essential oils. We're also big fans of the many other Brooklyn-made items in By Brooklyn's online store.
Dabney Lee Customizable Cell Case, starting at $50
We love the perky prints and colors of Dabney Lee’s line of smartphone cases (iPhone and Android), customizable with your name or monogram and your choice of lettering. If she is more analog than digital, check out Dabney’s line of customized stationery and notecards.
CB Station Monogrammed Large Boat Tote, $35
For a more classic monogrammed gift, these environmentally friendly canvas tote bags are both stylish and versatile, perfect for a weekend beach getaway to a day around town with the kids. Now available from Tuckernuck, our favorite new curated online boutique for “classic American cool.”
For the foodie:
Eastern District Cheese & Friends Gift Box, $110
Cheese fans will delight in this boxed selection of American handcrafted cheeses paired with locally made condiments. Not into cheese? Eastern District features a Brooklyn Favorites gift box ($85) with Brooklyn-made goodies such as Brooklyn Brine pickles and Mast Brothers dark chocolate.
Beer Table To Go Connoisseur’s Club, $75
Beer Table To Go’s grab-and-go store in NYC’s Grand Central Terminal will satisfy any beer aficionado, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, go for their prepackaged “Bottle Service." The Connoisseur’s Club selection features a gift box of two large format bottles.
For the art buff:
Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford, $16.95
Now that adult coloring is officially “a thing,” there’s no shame in getting them for all your friends. Johanna Basford, one of the pioneers of adult coloring books, has recently released her latest, Lost Ocean. Pair it with a pack of Staedtler Johanna Basford Triplus Fineliner Pens as the ultimate artsy holiday gift.
Framebridge custom framing, starting at $59
When it comes to art and photography, framing can get quite expensive. With Framebridge, now you can send in artworks or photos (or upload them), choose a frame and mat style, and voila! Framebridge produces a custom framed piece for you, delivered for free anywhere in the continental U.S.
For the design geek:
Wolfgang Weingart: My Way to Typography, $175
This rare design book, available on New Metaphor Books, explores the works and life of noted graphic designer Wolfgang Weingart, known as “the father” of New Wave or Swiss Punk typography. New Metaphor also features other amazing and rare books in film, architecture, art, fashion, and photography.
Flavor Paper’s Secret Garden Pillow, $160
Although best known for their unique handprinted wallpaper designs, Flavor Paper also offers a selection of hand-screened throw pillows for those who want to add a little spice to their home without committing a whole wall. We especially love this Secret Garden design printed with delicate gold ink.
Tom Dixon Etch Tea Light Holders, starting at £50
These delicate etched tea light holders by renowned industrial designer Tom Dixon add an elegant and beautiful accent to any home. Currently they are available only in the UK and Europe, but you can keep an eye on their new U.S. shop to find out when products will be available in the States.
For the sporty type:
Tokyobike Classic Sport, $825
These gorgeous bikes are perhaps less for sport than they are for freewheeling city riding, but fortunately that’s exactly what they’re intended for. Designed for comfort over speed, these bikes are light, agile and uncluttered. Out of your gift budget? Try one of these sleek Italian-made Kask helmets instead.
Real Pilates Body in Motion Deck, $12.95
Keep a handy pilates workout ready to go in your bag. This deck of instructional cards by Real Pilates guru Alycea Ungaro offers three complete pilates workouts, illustrated in photos and step-by-step instructions. Additional at-home workout books, DVDs, and downloads are also available on her website.
For the wanderlust:
Flight 001’s Spacepak Packing System, starting at $30
Become a luggage pack master with these nifty packing sets by Flight 001. The Spacepak clothes and undergarments sets features double-sided compartments to separate clean from dirty clothes, while the toiletry bag holds up to 30 travel-sized bottles for all your grooming needs.
Lo & Sons O.M.G. carryon travel bag, $275
For the stylish business traveler, this multifunctional overnight bag functions as the ideal travel companion. Multiple pockets and secret compartments keep you organized, and the signature back panel allows the bag to slide securely over luggage handles while you’re on the go. Men have a briefcase version as well.
Daria de Koning’s Fresh Air Silver Pendant, $100
We love just about anything from Daria’s stunning jewelry collection, but the Fresh Air pendants and cufflinks (available in silver and gold) are especially notable because all profits benefit the Fresh Air Fund, which helps inner city children attend summer camps and other outdoor programs in upstate New York.
Gillian Conroy diamond ring, pricing varies
If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone this holiday, we recommend looking at Gillian Conroy’s hand made rings and bands. Crafted from recycled gold, conflict-free diamonds, and ethical fair-trade gemstones, these rings are subtly elegant and truly one of a kind.