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2018 Gift Guide: Go-To Gift Ideas from These Powerhouse Creatives

by Kelli Kehler

Whenever I’m collaborating with or admiring the work of a powerhouse creative, this question definitely crosses my mind: “I wonder what they give as gifts to the people they love?” For people who create everything from beautiful pillows to extraordinary cookbooks, or CEOs and founders of up-and-coming businesses — or designers and stylists who transform bland rooms into spellbinding spaces — their incredible minds are buzzing with great ideas all the time. So it should come as no surprise that the gifts they give others are thoughtful and unique.

We’ve reached out to a handful of our favorite creative types/business owners/all-around go-getters to find out what their go-to gifts are during the holiday season. Each gift is interesting and out-of-the-norm, and they all run the gamut of prices and categories, so hopefully you’ll find an idea here for your loved ones. —

1/11

DESTINY SEYMOUR, OWNER,

Destiny’s Pick: “I have a growing collection of mugs in my home from . I’m in love with the gold splatter mugs and planters. All her pieces are so elegant and beautiful!”

Where to Buy It: , $15-70

2/11

, DESIGNER, ARTIST, AUTHOR

Justina’s Pick: “I love all things botanical and bling is no exception. These handmade earrings inspired by the monstera leaf are made by . Seeing women makers and entrepreneurs collaborate like this lights me up!”

Where to Buy It: , $58-68

3/11

, ARTIST, TEXTILE DESIGNER

Malene’s Pick: “I’m always looking for an elegant way to burn incense, because I enjoy sharing cultural rituals with friends. (includes Yemeni frankincense, charcoal, black sand and tongs) makes the perfect handmade, cultural-modern designed gift that fits into any interior.”

Where to Buy It: , $120

4/11

JENNIFER BOLANOS, SHOP OWNER,

Jennifer’s Pick: “Sharing a copita de mezcal with family and friends always turns any occasion into something special. You drink  ‘a besitos’ (kiss by kiss) because the good things in life are enjoyed like this, little by little. You must take the time to savor this spirit just like you must take time to savor the moment you’re sharing with your loved ones.”

Where to Buy It: Mezcal, , $59.98 | Mezcaleros, , $20

5/11

DABITO, DESIGNER, FOUNDER OF

Dabito’s Pick: “When it comes to gifting, I try to think about things people might not splurge on and something that will make their home feel more cozy. I like to gift linen and from . Or a pretty or from .”

Where to Buy It: , $169-$359 | , $99-$185

6/11

NICOLE GIBBONS, FOUNDER & CEO OF

Nicole’s Pick: “I love gifting items for the home and right now I’m obsessed with the beautiful, design-forward kitchenware from a brand called . Their set is a great giftable for the ultimate foodie! I love the blush pink knife handles!”

Where to Buy It: , $245

7/11

, STYLIST, DESIGNER, AUTHOR

Emily’s Pick: “I have and I love it. It also comes in a blush leather color which goes with just about every outfit. The brand, , is a brand that I have loved for a long time due to their ethical and fair trade practices. It’s a bag that not only is stylish but gives back, which is something I can get behind.”

Where to Buy It: , $148

8/11

NASOZI KAKEMBO, ENTREPRENEUR, OWNER OF

Nasozi’s Pick: “Full disclosure: I’m a diehard coffee drinker, but when in Rome (actually, Kampala, Uganda), I swear by . Newbies and tea lovers alike will be hooked, and a portion of your purchase is donated to Suubi Orphanage School just outside of Kampala.”

Where to Buy It: , $15

9/11

LEAH KIRPALANI, FOUNDER OF

Leah’s Pick: “I’m all about gifting tools that help my favorite people relax. Instead of candles that burn away over time, I love a chic handcrafted diffuser, like ! It’s so beautiful it doubles as a piece of home decor. Plus, it’s completely customizable based on what essential oil it’s filled with! I love dropping in a blend of lavender, frankincense, and eucalyptus and letting it diffuse in my living room after a long winter day at the shop.”

Where to Buy It: , $119

10/11

LILY & HOPIE STOCKMAN, FOUNDERS OF

Lily & Hopie’s Pick: “I found at our favorite Los Angeles shop (and Block Shop stockist) , and gave it to Hopie for her birthday. It’s THE. PERFECT. TRAVEL. BAG. Feather-light, packs down into nothing, kinda padded in this weird, marvelous way, most uplifting tomato color. And easy on the pocketbook because it’s on sale riiiight this second for $40. What?! $40. We just got one for our mom for Christmas, too.”

Where to Buy It: , $40

11/11

, COOKBOOK AUTHOR, FOUNDER OF

Julia’s Pick: “Most chai is a diluted, sugary version of the real deal and I appreciate how puts so much thoughtfulness into their concentrate, allowing you to have high-quality chai whenever you want.”

Where to Buy It: , $16

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