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What Do You Get for the Person Who Has Everything? We Asked Them!

Lauren Santo Domingo, Jonathan Adler, Thomas Keller, and more share their favorite items to give and receive.
IMAGE COURTESY JONATHAN ADLER; COURTESY MODA OPERANDI; COURTESY AERIN LAUDER
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Still need to check that one person off of your list? T&C consults the experts who have it all.

LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO, COFOUNDER OF MODA OPERANDI


Personal collections:

Colorful Lobmeyr glasses and their matching cocktail napkins. 

Best gift ever? 

A Tesla. I wanted a vintage Mercedes convertible, but my husband bought me Teslainstead. I was disappointed…until I drove it once on the Long Island Expressway in traffic. 

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LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO'S PICK


On the wish list:

Sylvie Corbelin girandoles.

JONATHAN ADLER, POTTER, AUTHOR, AND DESIGNER OF JONATHAN ADLER


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Personal collections:

I’m too busy making stuff to collect stuff (but I’ve never said no to a Thom Browne sweater).

On the wish list:

I secretly want hubby to spring a glamorous holiday on me. A week at Amanyara would hit the spot if you’re reading this, Simon!

JONATHAN ADLER'S PICKS


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This year’s go-to gift:

I always have one (or three) of our trinket trays (Technicolor Bolt Tray, shown) in my L.L. Bean tote to hand out like I’m Santa Claus. They’re so cute I can’t help myself.

SIMON DOONAN, CREATIVE AMBASSADOR FOR BARNEYS NEW YORK AND A JUDGE ON NBC'S NEW SHOW MAKING IT.


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Personal collections:

Custom Hamilton shirts always hit the spot. Hamilton is a fantastic family owned Texas company making shirts since 1883.

Best gift ever?

Jonathan occasionally makes a custom one-of-a-kind pot just for me. I have pots from when we first met 25 years ago. It's all very Ghost, but minus any death scenes.

SIMON DOONAN'S PICKS


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This year’s go-to gift:

I'm very into Frederic Malle perfumes. They are so subtle and eccentric. You can find exactly the right fit for even your most idiosyncratic friends.

AERIN LAUDER, TASTEMAKER AND FOUNDER OF BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE BRAND AERIN


On the wish list:

Anything from James de Givenchy of Taffin is always special and beautiful.

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Best gift ever? 

My grandmother Estee Lauder gave my mother a pair of earrings the day I was born and my mother gave them to me the day my first son was born.

AERIN LAUDER'S PICKS


This year’s go-to gift:

This holiday season I’m loving the Beside Carafe and Water Glass combination from my new collection with Cabana. The pieces are hand-painted in the traditional blue and red colors of Viennese folkloric motifs, which are festive hues for the winter months.

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CHEF THOMAS KELLER, CHEF, RESTAURATEUR, COOKBOOK WRITER, AND PROPRIETOR OF THE FRENCH LAUNDRY AND OTHER RESTAURANTS


Personal collections:

I’ve long been a collector of watches. From Panerai and Rolex to Vacheron Constantin, I enjoy them for their precision and beauty. Time is many things. For me within my kitchens it means a “sense of urgency.” This saying appears above the clocks in all of the kitchens including the Vacheron one in The French Laundry.

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I also collect cowboy boots. Lucchese and Justin Boots are my favorites and I still have the pair I wore on the January 2 cover of New York Magazine back in 1989. I wear them to relax and they are a nice alternative to my kitchen clogs.

CHEF THOMAS KELLER'S PICKS


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This year’s go-to gift:

I like to give presents with a story attached. For chefs, it might be a cookbook with special meaning, one that features a technique they are trying to learn, or a new style of food that interests them. And Regiis Ova sustainably harvested caviar is a new project and venture of mine that I am excited to share with my friends and family.

ZAC POSEN, FASHION DESIGNER


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On the wish list:

Culturally, I feel like we are having an unmaterialistic moment. What I really want is time, time is the real luxury. However, I would like to add another addition to my three puppies, so if not more time, then a poodle puppy.

ZAC POSEN'S PICKS


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This year’s go-to gift:

I haven't decided yet but I gave Elsa Peretti bowls last year and I might do that again because they are fantastic. Regime des Fleurs fragrances are also really great—I know Lauren Santo Domingo says to never give candles, but I do think they make for a good gift (maybe not for your loved ones though). When in doubt, licorice from Sockerbit is my favorite.

NADJA SWAROVSKI, HEAD OF CORPORATE BRANDING & COMMUNICATIONS, SWAROVSKI


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This year’s go-to gift:

Books on health and nutrition. I have recently very much enjoyed Bob Roth’s Strength in Stillness, which is an excellent introduction to transcendental meditation.

NADJA SWAROVSKI'S PICKS


Personal collections:

Contemporary art by artists and designers who are friends. I love Marc Quinn’s work and I collect jewelry pieces by friend and collaborator Stephen Webster(Magnipheasant hoops, shown).

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ARTHUR ELGORT, ICONIC AMERICAN FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER


Personal collections:

I've always loved cameras and have built up quite a collection over the years. When I shoot film, I pick up my Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, but I also shoot a lot of digital day-to-day and have a great collection of Leicas and a Panasonic Lumix. I have a big collection of jazz cds by Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, and many others I've photographed throughout the years, who are now featured in my new book JAZZ.

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ARTHUR ELGORT'S PICKS


On the wish list:

A big George Benson print from my new JAZZ book, and Charvet socks.

Best gift ever?

The Samsung TV I received for my sitting room in Long Island definitely goes down as one of my all-time favorite gifts. I also love the Helmut Newton SUMO book my wife Grethe gifted me years ago.

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IPPOLITA ROSTAGNO, JEWELRY DESIGNER AND FOUNDER OF ARTEMEST


Personal collections:

I collect antique skull rings, memento mori, and reliquaries. Throughout history many philosophies and religions have posited that meditating on death reminds one of the value of life, promoting better use of one’s time, and encouraging morally directed behavior. In the 18th and 19th century the trend of wearing memento mori jewelry took hold and often the rings and broaches contained woven bits of hair of a departed loved one. They are a bit morbid, but utterly charming.

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IPPOLITA ROSTAGNO'S PICKS


This year’s go-to gift:

Absolutely everybody will be getting a La Fornasotta Artemest candle with an amber scent in a beautiful Murano glass.

ROMAN ALONSO AND STEVEN JOHANKNECHT OF COMMUNE, A LOS ANGELES–BASED DESIGN STUDIO


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Personal collections:

Roman Alonso: Art and photography books. Specifically Cuban graphic art from the 60’s and 70’s from artists such as Eduardo Bachs, Antonio Reborio, Antonio (Niko) Perez, Rene Azcuy, Olivio Martinez, Alfredo Rostgaard, Juan Antonio Corretjer, and Jose Lamas.

COMMUNE'S PICKS


On the wish list:

Steven Johanknecht: A Peter Speliopoulos vase (shown) or David Wiseman Quince Room Scenter.

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This year’s go-to gifts:

Everyone is getting gifts from the Commune Shop. Table linens by Gregory Parkinson, ceramics by Kevin Willis and Victoria Morris, pillows by Adam Pogue.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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