For those culturally abreast, cultivated loved ones, who prefer to critique modern art than venture outdoors, we present curious gifts for the first-time art curator through to the bonafide scholar,
Peculiar presents to intrigue even the fussiest of critics, bestow gifts with an artistic leaning and singular spin. So good, they deserve to be in a gallery.
You Do make friends with salad, especially if it’s with Alex and Trahanas Apulian Large Salad Serving Bowl. Hand-made in Puglia, Italy, its abstract face will bring a lot of personality to Christmas lunch, an artful way to dress up any old Iceberg or Cos. And the best part? It doesn’t talk back.
Apulian Large Salad Serving Bowl, Green, alex and trahanas. shop now
pencil in this diffuser for Christmas, a kooky way to spread scent this festive season. Inspired by the joys of new stationery, subversive beauty brand Anya Smells taps the gloriously fresh feels of new notebooks and novelty erasers to bring you a woody diffuser both cerebral and off-beat. For the inner nerd in all of us.
Pencil Shavings Diffuser, ANYA SMELLS, $196. shop now
a point in the right direction, these sculptural mules by Le Monde Beryl will keep you well-heeled all season long. The brand’s cultural sensibility traces back to the fabled Silk Road, the starting point for their Venetian-cut vampy footwear. Crafted from a sheeny satin, a kittenish heel and festive green make these the ultimate occasion shoe.
Pointed-vamp satin mules, le Monde Beryl available at matches fashion, $568. shop now
The virgin mary had good skin, and you can too with this Buly Pommade Virginale Face Cream. As good as it looks, sweet almond and sesame oils nourish and protect the skin from external aggressors (like champagne and pudding).
Pommade Virginale Face Moisturiser, OFFICINE UNIVERSELLE BULY, $68. shop now
Plant one under the mistletoe with Loewe’s flourishing floral Gate Bag. Crafted in hand-embroidered leather with a sunny William De Morgan floral motif, Jonathan Anderson’s iconic crossbody saddle-bag is the only kind of bouquet you’ll want to receive this Christmas.
Gate Floral Mini Bag Yellow, Loewe, $2,250. shop now
the breakfast club on Christmas day should be D.S. & Durga’s. An adult take on milk and cookies for Santa, this candle pays tribute to the famous café in Leipzig where Bach wrote his famous Java Cantata in the 1700s, playing on the esoteric scents of kitchen steam, creamers of milk, tobacco and an old fireplace.
Breakfast Leipzig, D.S. & DURGA, $95. shop now
art for art’s sake (and Christmas’s sake) in this Abstract Print Cropped Shirt by Jacquemus. While we would like the designer himself under our Christmas tree (swoon), we’ll settle for his wrap crop top which features broad strokes of whimsy and utilitarian detailing.
abstract print cropped shirt, JACQUEMUS, $783. shop now
a rose by any other name would not smell as sweet – or interesting – as Gucci’s Bulgarian Rose-scented Perfume Oil. Alessandro Michele’s curious imagining of fragrance comes to life, or in this case blooms, in the House’s Haute Perfumery line which blends age-old alchemy with modern fragrance-making. It’s all coming up roses in Gucci’s garden this Christmas.
The Alchemist’s Garden, A forgotten rose Perfumed Oil 20ml, gucci, $580. shop now
hang the baubles this festive season with ornamental ear baubles instead. Like wearable works of surrealist art, Valet Studio’s Freja Earrings will add an abstract (and festive) twist to traditional holiday dressing and prove the perfect present for those loved ones with eclectic sensibilities.
Freja earrings natural, Valet Studio, $149. shop now
all you need is love (handles), the cutest (and cushiest) gift from artist Anissa Kermiche. A little ceramic cushion for the pushing, her Love Handles Ceramic Vase draws on the work of sculptor Constantin Brancusi to create this vivid orange vessel which pays homage to the female form. Either filled with bountiful blooms or as a humorous objet d’art or, love (handles) are all you really need.
love handles ceramic vase, Anissa Kermiche available at matches fashion, $515. shop now