DP’s Holiday Gift Guide
For the naughty and the nice on your list.
The feeling of absolutely nailing the perfect gift for a loved one is unrivaled. Let’s say they’re into animal conservation—you just adopted a rescued elephant in their name. They’re taking their golf game more seriously these days—so you sneak a Tiger Woods–endorsed swing kit under the tree. You want to really wow them—you bring a 500g tin of rare Russian Sturgeon caviar to their door. You’ll find these gift ideas, and dozens more, in DP’s first-ever holiday gift guide that runs the gamut from hostess gifts to over-the-top indulgences. We’ve also thrown in a couple of philanthropic ideas, for good measure. Happy holidays!
Treat Them to Something They’ll Never Forget.
You won’t be held responsible if they really do quit their day job. Upcoming band-camp sessions spotlight women in music and Led Zepplin, with big-name special guests dropping by to jam. From $5,599
Because no one likes Hamptons traffic, upgrade to a charter or seaplane. Routes go from a number of east coast hubs (NYC, Boston) to your east coast weekend getaway of choice (Hamptons, Provincetown). From $250
Let’s see if they’ve learned anything from all of those true-crime podcasts. Clues are mailed weekly right to their door. From $59.99 for 3 mysteries
Buy them dinner at a roving locavore restaurant this winter. Outstanding in the Field has been hosting beautiful outdoor feasts on really long tables at farms, beaches, and vineyards since 1999. $365
Gift them a dedicated travel designer (and maybe they’ll invite you along). All they have to do is pick a few destinations and a budget to receive a custom trip proposal. From $1,800/year
Private cooking classes that run the gamut from a carbonara masterclass to Brazilian favorites, taught online by global chefs. From $100
FOOD & DRINK
Aka: Perfect Hostess Gifts.
250gs of hand-crafted, preservative-free caviar with four Mother of Pearl spoons. $850
Coffee from some of the country’s best roasters, flash-frozen in pods and delivered straight to their home. $64
Gorgeous, prearranged artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards, available nationwide. From $129
Sommelier-curated explorations of different wine regions or themes—think wines from sandy soils, Italian American wines, and “alterna-sparklers”—shipped in 4 to 6 bottles at a time. From $128
18 high-quality, organic spices in matching glass jars, to upgrade their kitchen and their cooking. $269
Donate to a Worthy Cause in Someone Else’s Name.
Contribute to World Vision to help construct, renovate, or build a school in poverty-stricken communities around the world. The ultimate gift that keeps giving, because a good education is just the start. From $220
Rescued from droughts and human-animal conflicts, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephants have a new chance at a happy, healthy life. From $50/year
BEAUTY & WELLNESS
‘Me Time’ Indulgences.
Looks good, is constantly analyzing the body’s vital metrics and sleep. Get a ring that does both. From $349
Gets them all hot and way less bothered, from the comfort of their own home. From $539
A clean, travel-sized beauty set, with a contour stick, highlighter, and blush, from the queen of the no-makeup makeup look. $78
A professionally installed (and very sleek) smart-gym system with add-ons to suit specific workouts. From $2,495
Wildly good chocolate, a sage candle, great olive oil, and more from the chicest “farm” ever. $195
From Coffee-Table Gems to Cocktail Bibles.
A detailed look at the history of the world’s most iconic and celebratory tipple, compiled by the world’s preeminent connoisseur. Best paired with a chilled bottle of bubbly, of course. $90
A new design book from tastemakers Chris Mitchell and Pilar Guzmán showcases gorgeous interiors with tips on how to create them in your own home. $40
Travel editors have long gushed over Holiday Magazine—the original magazine was in print from the ‘40s to the ‘70s—so you can trust this new book from Rizzoli to deliver next-level wanderlust. $85
It turns out, we’re once again in a golden age of cocktails. We’ll toast to that with an Old Cuban, perhaps, or a Paper Plane, or how about an Espresso Martini? $19.99
This big, bold book from Taschen on the “bad boy of Italian painting” reproduces every single one of the master’s paintings inside. $70
This gorgeous Phaidon tome is like a Netflix oceanography documentary, but for the home. $64.95
Over the top
For When You Really Want to Splurge.
For when they’re ready to go way beyond Mr. Darcy, get them this deluxe, leather-bound set from 1906. $6,500/set
This incredibly innovative launch kit uses real-time data to improve your golf game. Plus, if it’s good enough for Tiger… $4,999
For serving pup treats, in high Aspen style. From $359
Let their slippers do the talking, in whisper-soft velvet. From $575
Ship a lavish 500g tin of rare Ossetra Reserve caviar—responsibly farmed and aged at least 90 days—to someone you really want to impress. $4,000
Watch how quickly they start talking about the new pieces they’re getting every month from their personal art curator. From $30,000
Because Fido Always Gets a Gift Under the Tree.
Why should humans have all the fun? Pop the top on one of these funky treats based on upcycled brewers grain (don’t worry, they’re alcohol-free.) $13.99
It’s 23andMe for Fido. How fun would it be to discover that your little mutt has some royal lineage (e.g. 10% Corgi)? $109
Red-carpet-ready hair isn’t just for humans anymore. This pet-beauty brand offers all-natural shampoo for shedders, non-shedders, and sensitive coats alike (and works on cats, too!). From $19
Matching sets are so in right now. Get a complete leash, collar, and waste-bag dispenser set in one of seven colors. $95
For after the beer treats. $25.99
All prices were accurate at the time of publication. Hero image ©Kseniya Ovchinnikova via Getty Images