AlphaLuxe 2017 Holidays Gift Guide

11/17/2017
Angela Ranieri

The Holiday Season rolls around quicker than one can say “Ho Ho Ho” and it seems the quest for the “perfect gift” can be a time consuming, and often frustrating task. Add online shopping to the world of ‘bricks & mortar’ and the endless possibilities become overwhelming and simply, not fun.

Worry not. We have compiled our favorite Holiday Gifts for 2017 by gender, and by interest.

Here you will find what to get, how to get it and where, so that you may simplify your life and really enjoy the egg nog this season, without stress.

Let’s get right on to it, since the clock is ticking:

WOMEN

Fashion Influencer:

1-West 57th Barrel Bag ($298)
Henri Bendel

West 57th St Bag

This bag, shown in blue, is available in a variety of colors. The soft pebbled leather adds versatility and the zippered closure safety for her belongings. An exterior open pocket is excellent for items that you may need at your fingertips, while the interior zippered pockets and three open pockets offer a variety of options to organize her belongings.

West 57th St Bag

The bag measures 9” H x 12” W x 5.5” D and the adjustable, crossbody strap is removable.
Dress this bag up with some charms featured here. We love the initials for only $48.

Bag Charm

 

 

2- Triple Leather Louis Bracelet ($88)
Henri Bendel

Triple Leather Louis Bracelets

Stacking is everything right now and this bracelet does not disappoint. The gold-plated brass, magnetic closure and Swarovski crystals are on-trend and plainly adorable. The bracelets can be worn together or separately and are 2.5” in diameter.
The price point will allow you to practice some “one-for-you and one-for-me” while on your shopping journey.

Traveler:

1-Holly Travel Set ($348)
Henri Bendel

Holly Travel Set

This leather travel case measures 6.75” H x 9.5” W x 4.25″ D and is lined with the Bendel signature stripe lining; it includes a 100% cashmere blanket with 100% silk trim.

Holly Travel Set

A 100% cashmere eye mask with 100% silk detail is adorned with rhine stones to ensure your gift recipient rejuvenates in style. The enclosed cashmere slippers have silk piping, a suede bottom and a faux fur pom-pom. The slippers fit a women’s shoe size 6 – 9.

Holly Travel Set

 

2- Beauty Essentials Large Hanging Weekender ($68)
Henri Bendel

Bendel Hanging Weekender

This coated canvas beauty bag does everything but pack itself. Measuring 7.5” H x 11” W x 4.25” D, the three interior pockets are zippered to help avoid mess by keeping items organized when in-flight. The Bendel signature graphic print lining reminds your recipient that you cared enough to gift the very best.

Bendel Hanging Weekender

 

Baker or Domestic Diva:

1-Williams Sonoma Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set ($100)
Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma Bakeware Set

This 6-piece set includes:

  • One cookie sheet.
  • One half-sheet pan.
  • One cooling rack.
  • One 12″ well muffin pan.
  • Two 9″ round cake pans.

Aluminized steel distributes heat quickly and evenly, while Goldtouch® ceramic coating makes pans more resistant than normal non-stick pans. The diamond-texture surface increases airflow for even baking and the extended edge on the muffin pan provides a secure grip, so unlike me, you will not drop your muffins! Straight sides on the cake pan guarantee professional looking results and easy layering. This is dishwasher safe and made exclusively for Williams Sonoma in the USA.

2- Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker ($250)
Williams Sonoma

Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker

Bake photo-worthy loaves at home with this state-of-the-art bread machine from Breville. Recipes are included, and this machine includes gluten-free and quick-bread settings to suit any household need.  A dispenser automatically releases add-ins such as fruits and nuts. The collapsible kneading paddle prevents an indentation from forming at the bottom of the crust. Viewing lights allow you to check on the bread without having to open the lid and a 13-hour preset timer ensures perfect outcome. The pause function allows the addition of glazing and hand shaped crusts and this machine will mix dough for pizza, focaccia and even pasta. The pan is non-stick for easy clean up.

The Health Enthusiast:

1-BodyForm Foam Roller with Deep Tissue & Vibration Massage ($40)
Brookstone

Massage Foam Roller

Whether your recipient is new to exercise, or a seasoned athlete, as soon as a workout is over, your muscles start preparing for the next one. Optimizing muscle recovery will help ward off sore and stiff muscles. Massage can help accelerate muscle recovery, improve circulation and promote better sleep.
Raised bumps and smooth ridges work to gently stretch soft tissue and release lactic acid build-up for faster muscle recovery, while the built-in 3-speed vibration helps relax your muscles so that the bumps and ridges can deliver a more effective massage. The design allows targeting of specific muscle areas, and an exercise booklet included will have the user “up and running” in no time. Just remember to include the 4 C batteries in case your recipient is out.

2-Foot and Leg Spa ($170)
Sharper Image

Foot and Leg Spa

The Foot and Leg Spa soaks away tension with calf-deep water and hydro jets that massage and stimulate the reflex zones of your feet. This at home Spa can programmed from 10 – 60 minutes, has an adjustable temperature control of 95°F to 122°F and allows the user to use Aromatherapy, (oils are not included)

Beauty Enthusiast:

1-Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush ($100)
Sephora

Amika Blowout Babe Thermal Brush

With a thermal ceramic barrel and ion-generator, this brush emits far-infrared heat for faster styling without hot air from a hair dryer. The result is a “just blown-out” style with bouncy volume, soft curls and loads of shine. Use this on dry hair as you would a blow dryer and round brush.

2-Huda Beauty Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette ($27)
Sephora

Huda Beauty was founded by beauty influencer Huda Kattan and her sisters Alya and Mona. They recognized a need for better looking false lashes and created them themselves.

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette

Huda has expanded her range with compact eyeshadow palettes offering a day-to-night shadow wardrobe. Each color palette includes nine highly pigmented mattes and shimmers. This palette is available in four color themes: Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey and Electric Obsessions.

My favorite part of this palette is two-fold, as it is formulated WITHOUT parabens, and the price is phenomenal.

MEN

Fashion Forward:

1-Polo Ralph Lauren Kempton Matte Quilted Car Coat ($365)

From Ralph Lauren or  Saks Fifth Avenue

Ralph Lauren Kempton Quilted Jacket

A spread collar, slim fit and snap closure ensures ease of wear. The leather trim adds a unique, rugged style.

How can it be Christmas without ‘something Ralph’?

 

2-Rag & Bone Army Cashmere Sweater ($395)
Saks Fifth Avenue

Rag & Bone Cashmere Army Colour Sweater

This cashmere sweater is ideal for layering as it is crew-neck, long sleeved and rib knit. This runs 28” from shoulder to hem and while a sweater may seem cliché for Christmas, cashmere is not.

Traveler:

1-Tumi Alpha 2 Short Trip Expandable Packing Case ($87)
Saks Fifth Avenue

Tumi Alpha 2 Short Trip Bag

From the Tumi Alpha 2 Collection, this versatile bag is ideal for long trips with a retractable top handle, or side zip handle option. The four-wheel system is excellent for ease around the airport, and the interior zip around removable garment sleeves will keep clothing intact on long flights.

2-Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Nylon Dopp Kit ($268)
Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Nylon Dopp Kit

A Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive this nylon travel kit has a wrist handle, top zip closure and leather and canvas detail. It measures 9” W x 4” H x 6.25” D so that all of his travel incidentals are guaranteed to fit.

Chef/Grille Extraordinaire:

1-Williams Sonoma Stainless-Steel BBQ Tool Set in Black Box ($100)
Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma BBQ Tool Set

A durable and presentation worthy black case holds a spatula, fork, tongs, and basting brush made of stainless steel. The extra-long synthetic handles stay cool to the touch and the details are designed and developed exclusively for Williams-Sonoma.

2-Breville Panini Press & Grill ($130)
Williams Sonoma

Breville Panini Press and Grill

Dinner can be quick, easy and delicious with this family-friendly machine that accommodates 4 sandwiches at once. Nonstick cast-aluminum plates ensure uniform browning and variable heat controls guarantee a toasty finish. This can work double duty as it can be used to grill meet and veggies…sounds yum!

Health Enthusiast:

1-Nike Vapor Air Max Duffel ($80)
Nike

Nike Duffle Bag

Get him to the gym in style and weather proof as this spacious Duffel provides a water-resistant coating to help keep your gear dry.

2-Tzumi ProBuds Totally Wireless Earbuds ($100)
Bloomingdales

Tzumi Ear Buds Kit

Whether you are on a run or taking a meditative “time out”, take music wherever you go. Auto-Power Off will shut these buds off when not in use. This includes a charging case with enough battery storage to charge your earbuds twice while on the go. They are HD Voice Ready, and the Bluetooth Version is V4.2. They also look really cool.

Product Connoisseur:

1-Jo Malone London ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’ Cologne, 3.4 oz. ($135)
Cos Bar

Jo Malone cologne

It is tough to buy scents for people but this woody, mineral scent is fresh, light and clean. I could not help picturing a handsome man standing in the woods in front of a babbling brook. Take my word on this, he will love it.

2-Tom Ford Oud Wood Shower Gel ($68)
Cos Bar

Tom Ford Oud shower gel perfumr

Tom Ford hit the nail on the head with this blend of rosewood and cardamom. The undertone of Tonka bean and amber give this scent a rare and distinctive note while the lathering gel cleanses and conditions his skin.

Note, the Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne smells lovely after using this shower gel; Gift them as a Pair.

 

AlphaLuxe Comment

Get out there, get shopping and enjoy this Holiday Season!

 

Author’s Biography
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.

She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.

Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.

In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.