Holiday gift guide 2013: Notable New Yorker favorites

Local boldfaced names reveal their wish lists and their favorite local stores for holiday-gift shopping

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We asked celebrities, industry experts and designers where they like to shop in NYC for gifts, and what items they stockpile as sure-to-please, foolproof presents. Find out what’s on the personal wish list of home-decor guru Jonathan Adler, makeup maven Sonia Kashuk, and jewelry designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder. Popular NYC stores that got multiple mentions from the knowledgeable group include John Derian, ABC Carpet & Home and C.O. Bigelow.

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    “As a retailer, I’m insanely busy during the holidays, so I always wish for a break from being a holiday elf. Time in Palm Beach with my hubby, Simon, and our pooch, Liberace, is a gift I can get behind. Also, a stripy sweater from Mr. Turk (trinaturk.com/menswear) always makes my chakras tingle.”—Jonathan Adler; potter, designer and author (jonathanadler.com)

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    “My favorite shop in New York is Grahame Fowler’s jewel box of a store (138 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl; 917-388-2444, grahamefowler.com). It has the grooviest clothes, nicest vibe and the most unexpected troves.”—Jonathan Adler

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    “I actually love the new collection by Emily and Meritt for PBteen (1451 Second Ave at 76th St; 212-879-2513, pbteen.com). It’s really cute. For eco-friendly clothing, I shop at the Reformation (156 Ludlow St at Stanton St, 646-448-4925 • 23 Howard St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts, 212-510-8455 • thereformation.com). Not because it’s eco, but because I love the clothes. The greenness is just a bonus.”—Fiona Byrne, founder of fashion/lifestyle site the Byrne Notice (byrnenotice.com)

  • “For beauty gifts, I love C.O. Bigelow (414 Sixth Ave between 8th and 9th Sts; 212-473-7324, bigelowchemists.com). They have so many great smaller brands, you’re just like, ‘What’s this? I’ve never heard of it,’ and it turns out to be the best moisturizer on the planet.”—Fiona Byrne 

  • “I love receiving gifts that promote an active, adventurous life. My favorite gift to date was a weekend pass to learn how to sail with Manhattan Sailing Club (myc.org).”—Steven Rojas, director of social media and promotions at GrandLife Hotels (grandlifehotels.com)

  • “On our wish list is Piamita pajamas (piamita.com)—they have amazing prints and are perfect to lounge around in—custom stationery and Pilates classes.”—Danielle and Jodie Snyder, founder-designers of Dannijo (dannijo.com)

  • John Derian (6 E 2nd St between Bowery and Second Ave; 212-677-3917, johnderian.com) is great for decoupage plates and paperweights you can collect over the years.”—Jodie Snyder

  • “I love to receive colorful scarves and warm gloves, since I have a tendency to lose them.”—Ric Pipino, celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Patrick Melville Pipino Salon (45 Rockefeller Ctr between Fifth and Sixth Aves, third floor; 212-218-8650 • 3 Centre Market Pl between Broome and Grand Sts, 212-775-7223 • patrickmelvillesalon.com)

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    “I am a bit of a techie at heart, so I love going to the Apple store (locations throughout the city; visit apple.com) and browsing the new computer toys and accessories. I also love new items for my home [from the Brooklyn Flea or ABC Carpet & Home], whether its a new set of drinking glasses or a crazy designed item that sits on my shelf in the living room.”—Ric Pipino

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    “I always love a good weekender bag. I travel so much, so I can’t foresee any reason not to have quite a few of them.”—Brendan Fallis; DJ, producer and entrepreneur (brendanfallis.com)

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    “A gift certificate to 8 Rivington Barbershop (8 Rivington St between Bowery and Chrystie St; 212-673-3209, 8rivingtonbarbershop.com) is always at the top of my list. I’m pretty sure I can’t own enough Flyknits from Nike (nike.com), so I could use a few more of those. Add a year’s membership at the Soho Equinox (69 Prince St between Broadway and Crosby St; 212-334-4631, equinox.com) on top of that, and I’m set.”—Brendan Fallis

  • “On my wish list this year is some sort of gadgety travel pillow, since I’ll be traveling a lot in the new year. Also an experience. Maybe it’s tickets to a Broadway play or a show. Something unique that I can experience with friends and family.”—Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia (vaynermedia.com) and author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, available Tue 26

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    “The MakerBot store (298 Mulberry St between Bleecker and E Houston Sts; 347-457-5758, makerbot.com) is insane. I’m sure nerds back in the early ’80s felt the same way when they walked into a computer store. You can taste the future.”—Gary Vaynerchuk

  • “I always love receiving cookbooks. I’m obsessive about them. My bookshelves are just about collapsing from the weight at this point.”—Carol Han, partner at CA Creative (cacreativeonline.com), and food and style blogger for Milk & Mode (milkandmode.com)

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    “For decor and home gifts, I love Mociun (224 Wythe Ave at North 4th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-3731, mociun.com). They have such good hand-thrown ceramics by my favorites, Shino Takeda and Eric Bonnin.”—Carol Han

  • “I love soft cashmere scarves. I wear one every day as soon as a chill hits the air. It’s the perfect accessory to add that little pop of color, look chic and be cozy. Things for the home always make a great gift. Books, candles, anything for table settings. I love to entertain, and you can never have enough stuff.”—Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty (soniakashuk.com)

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    “On my holiday wish list is a pair of Golden Goose sneakers (goldengoosedeluxebrand.it). I love ’em! They look worn-in and a bit disheveled, but still very fashionable and rock & roll.”—Scott Lipps, president of One Management (onemanagement.com) and author of new book POPLIPPS: Plus One (poplipps.com)

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    “For gifts, I love Odin (locations throughout the city; visit odinnewyork.com) because of the brands they carry, like Rag and Bone and Bespoken, and they have great accessories, too.”—Scott Lipps

  • “I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect candle. A great candle is a luxury item I wouldn’t necessarily purchase for myself. That said, it would get a ton of use and would be a thoughtful gift. Also, you can’t go wrong with Hanky Panky (hankypanky.com)! It’s a foolproof gift to bring for a grab bag or Secret Santa.”—Taryn Multack, founder and nail artist of Miss Ladyfinger (missladyfinger.com)

  • Barneys New York (660 Madison Ave at 61st St; 212-826-8900, barneys.com) just revamped its entire beauty floor. It’s a whole new experience and has amazing brands like Lipstick Queen, Serge Lutens and Troy Surratt. Shopping there is like being a kid in a in a candy store. It’s a great place to get beauty gifts for someone special.”—Taryn Multack

  • “I love an experiential gift that builds a memory, whether it’s a cooking class at ICE [the Institute of Culinary Education, ice.edu], a cheese tasting at Murray’s (murrayscheese.com) or tickets to a show. But my absolute favorite gifts are sentimental handwritten letters that I re-read constantly.”—Jennifer Hyman, CEO and cofounder of Rent the Runway (renttherunway.com)

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    “I am in love with ABC Carpet & Home (888 Broadway at 19th St; 212-473-3000, abchome.com) for rustic dining-room tables, bedding, lighting, and especially for Madeline Weinrib Moroccan-inspired rugs and textiles.”—Jennifer Hyman

  • “Honestly, white T-shirts, toothpaste, deodorant, and any and all grooming supplies [are great gifts]. Picking up any of those things is a loathsome errand, and anybody that helps me avoid that earns some points.”—John Jannuzzi, senior digital projects editor at Lucky magazine

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    “As far as fitness goes, I’m always happy to get in a session or a class at SoHo Strength Lab (182 Mulberry St between Broome and Kenmare Sts; 212-226-8682, sohostrengthlab.com). The trainers are smart, the classes are intense, and the vibe is very friendly—not easy to come by in a downtown gym these days.”—John Jannuzzi

  • Photograph: Meredith Jenks (meredithjenks.com)

    “I want a pair of Prada boots [for the holidays]. I tried on some nice ones at Jeffrey (449 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 212-206-1272, jeffreynewyork.com); they’re like ’60s beatnik shoes.”—Natalie Joos, fashion consultant and blogger for Tales of Endearment (talesofendearment.com)

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    “I love Stella McCartney for Adidas (locations throughout the city; visit adidas.com)! The fabrics are so awesome. Have you tried the running pants? They are so soft, you feel like you’re going to be running faster when you wear them.”—Natalie Joos

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    “I go to B&H Photo (420 Ninth Ave at 34th St; 212-444-5003, bhphotovideo.com) for tech gifts. They have everything from old-school cameras to high-tech lighting. It’s fun to experience the store, and they have really good prices.”—Ariana Rockefeller, designer (arianarockefeller.com)

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    “I am coveting the Charlotte Olympia (charlotteolympia.com) velvet kitten boots. They are so cute, and I just broke my toe, so chic flats are a necessity.”—Katie Lee, food and lifestyle author (katieleehome.com)

  • Photograph: Miki Duisterhof

    “I love Ochre (462 Broome St between Greene and Mercer Sts; 212-414-4332, ochre.net) for decor and pieces for the home. They always have cool cocktail glasses and carafes that make for really nice, unique gifts.”—Katie Lee

Photograph: Joshua McHugh

“As a retailer, I’m insanely busy during the holidays, so I always wish for a break from being a holiday elf. Time in Palm Beach with my hubby, Simon, and our pooch, Liberace, is a gift I can get behind. Also, a stripy sweater from Mr. Turk (trinaturk.com/menswear) always makes my chakras tingle.”—Jonathan Adler; potter, designer and author (jonathanadler.com)

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