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15 Tastemakers Share What’s On Their Holiday Wish List

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Every week, we get to chat with creatives and moguls from different backgrounds. Below 15 of our favorite tastemakers reveal what’s on their holiday wish list, from puffer slippers to tinned fish, to help you with those exceptional people in your own life this holiday season.

“For the weekend recluse in me, I wouldn’t take these off on weekends out East roaming the house and taking the kids to the park then getting back in bed.” – Ariane Goldman, founder and CEO of Hatch

“My favorite items to be gifted and to gift are those that make everyday life feel a bit more elevated. I especially love these organic towel sets from Baina! The color palette and check patterns are beautiful and make for such a chic bathroom detail.” – Gabriella Khalil, founder of Palm Heights

“One of my go-to gifts will be the Vorta, designed by the Brooklyn-based designer Farrah Sit. It’s a 2-in-1 candle holder and incense burner made from concrete and brass. I think that the concept is so clever, and both the form and materiality are understated yet so chic.” – Tariq Dixon, cofounder of TRNK

“The gift that is on my own wish list this year is actually the same one that I will be giving to close family and friends: Ezcaray’s Matisse throw by Ezcaray, a family-owned and operated textile house that produces heirloom-quality pieces. I am moving into a new apartment in the New Year and looking forward to adding bold color, warmth, comfort, and style to my slow living environment.” – Byron Peart, cofounder of GOODEE

“I already hinted to my wife that my only wish was a Wishbone, specifically this just released Ilse Crawford re-imagined edition of the classic Wishbone Chair by Carl Hansen & Sons, the iconic furniture manufacturer with a deep rooted commitment to sustainability going back generations. This stunning beech green heirloom will look perfect under the Christmas tree.” – Dexter Peart, cofounder of GOODEE

“This season I’m all about coziness. Bright, festive, and bold in fragrance- this candle is sure to warm up any room.” – Theresa Ebagua, founder and designer of Chelsea Paris

“I’m a huge fan of tinned fish for a quick and healthy meal, and Fishwife’s is some of the tastiest and highest quality that I’ve found. I highly recommend pairing with a squeeze of lemon, a dollop of creme fraiche, and Norwegian seed crackers. Bonus point that all of their products are sustainably fished or farmed.” – Vanessa Pham, cofounder of Omsom

“I’m obsessed with Paris-based, sex positive brand Carne Bollente. They make really fun, cheeky ready-to-wear for those who aren’t afraid to turn heads. This green corduroy cap is perfect for chillier months without compromising on edge.” – Kim Pham, cofounder of Omsom

“A gift that keeps on giving is a sparkly bottle of alcohol. Once you receive it, you can give everyone in the room a gorgeous, flirty buzz. I’m obsessed with Haus. They taste just as luxe as they look and have never failed to get my parties started. Every flavor is delectable and worth a try or ten so a sampler kit is perfect.” – Hannah Richtman, founder of the Break

“Glassware by artisan Yuki Osako is on my wishlist this holiday season. I like that they’re so minimal yet have more character than any glasses I’ve ever owned. They’re special pieces, and I’m looking to fill my home with pieces that have a more unique presence in a minimal space.” – Nili Lotan, founder and designer of Nili Lotan

“I always love receiving something sentimental for the holidays, and there is nothing better than a piece of fine jewelry. This piece from the Last Line is on my wishlist this year. It’s the perfect update on a traditional band, and I would stack mine with a simple gold band to really let the pink sapphire pop.” – Caroline Maguire, fashion director of Shopbop

“I rarely buy perfume for myself so it’s top of my wish list. I’m currently coveting Ormaie’s Yvonne because of its feminine fragrance and beautifully-designed bottle that can also double as decor.” – Rati Levesque, president of The RealReal

“One item on my holiday wish list would be Brother Vellies’ new OTK Brandy Boot in Electric Papaya. Let’s be clear: I have absolutely nowhere to wear them, but I am in love with the color and just think they are SO fun. Aurora can do no wrong in my eyes. I love everything she makes, and love supporting other Black women owned businesses. Win win.” – Maggi Simpkins, jewelry designer

“I’m giving myself one of our chain belts. They are intricate but also so versatile. They go with everything from dresses and skirts to sweaters and coats.” – Alexandra O’Neill, founder and designer of Markarian

“I’ve always loved pearls. One of my first pieces of fine jewelry was a set of pearls my parents gifted me in high school. I wore them so often they had them restrung as another Christmas gift shortly after college.” – Salone Monet, founder and designer of Salone Monet

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