The 2011 Wish list

Your foolproof guide to properly gifting everyone on your list this holiday season

 

‘Tis the season of giving, the season of sharing, the season to freak out about finding sufficiently thoughtful gifts for every loved one on your list. Avoid becoming a Scrooge and instead, knock back some eggnog and skim our handy guide to finding the perfect presents across the board. Once you see how easy weve made it to pick up garments, gear and gadgets for everyonefrom your hipster brother to your picky BFFyoull inevitably find yourself in the holiday spirit. If you suddenly break into carols, we completely understand.

Significant Other

Girlfriend

Is she more
Flashy
Have you ever seen her donning studs?
Yes. Studded-to-the-max heels seem made for your “dangerous” gal. ZiGiNY heels {1} available at Epiphany Boutique, Grand Center, 314.249.5384.
No. Her idea of a statement bag is one thats striking, but sans bells and whistles. Ivanka Trump handbag available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110

Feminine

Youve been dating
Three months. Romance is already in the air, so perfume just makes sense. Fendi Fan di Fendi perfume available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
Six months. Sexy lingerie from Fredericks of Hollywood? Bad idea. Instead, go to Juleand dont be shy about asking questions. Elle Macpherson lingerie available at Jule, Ladue, 314.983.9282.
One year. Show her youre serious with a piece of jewelrybut avoid disappointing by choosing something that doesnt come in a small square box. Tiffany & Co. small heart key locket available at Tiffany & Co., Plaza Frontenac, 314.692.2255.

Boyfriend

Is he more
Masculine
in a traditional kind of way. If hes going to be your Mr. Fix-It, hes going to need badass work boots. Red Wing boots {2} available at Devil City, The Loop, 314.863.8080.
in a trendy kind of way. A rugged, canvas-look coat will keep him looking current. G-Star RAW jacket available at Blues, The Loop, 314.863.3600.

Metro

Hes into accessories
That are practical. A boring black wallet is not his style; give him a modern upgrade. J.Fold wallet available at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
that are posh. If you decide to splurge, opt for a high-end timepiece hell wear for years. Croton watch available at Mavrk Fine Jewelry & Diamonds, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818.

Siblings

Brother

If hes
Into skinny jeans (Read: he’s a hipster.)
He can be found
Skateboarding in the park. Just because he has a closet full of sneakers doesnt mean he wouldnt love more; its like you and your stilettos. Alife sneakers available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.
Rocking with his band. A selfish gift or not (youre sick of hearing his music), hell be excited to unwrap a pair of cool headphones. Marshall headphones available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
Studying in a coffee shop. Buy him a manly bag, rather than a “man bag.” Its flannel versus leather and doesnt look a thing like a purse. Filson bag available at Devil City, The Loop, 314.863.8080.

In a Frat

Does he have
A poker face. Give him a poker set and a six-pack as a hint: its his turn to host poker night. Poker set available at Dcor Interiors & Jewelry, Creve Coeur, 314.434.4022
A baby face. To him, a clean shave is as important as clean underwear; just go with it. The Art of Shaving Power Shave Collection {3} available at The Art of Shaving, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.862.1045.

Sister

Her personality reads
Athletic
Youd describe her as
A meditator. Because one should only “downward dog” in style, set her up with colorful yoga gear. Yoga mat available at Blue Moon Activewear, Clayton, 314.256.1823.
A motivater. She’ll be hitting the pavement with sporty separates she can mix and match. Lululemon workout wear available at lululemon athletica, Plaza Frontenac, 314.994.7662.

Fashionista

Her style is more
Cool. If she loves shopping vintage, but doesnt have the time to search, surprise her with something from Blushs new vintage collection. Blush vintage boots available at Blush, Kirkwood, 314.965.4411.
Contemporary. Sexy specs have become her signature; shell love adding to her growing collection. Face a Face glasses {4} available at The Eye Bar, Central West End, 314.367.1848.
Classic. Cater to her feminine side with this CODI ring available at CODI, Chesterfield, 636.227.2634.

Parents/In-Laws

Dad

Is he more
Creative
He never fails to impress with
His Starbucks order. As the barista can never seem to get it right, let him have at it. Nespresso Machine {5} available at Sur La Table, Plaza Frontenac, 314.993.0566.
His classy attire. Like other dads, hell do a sweaterbut be sure to stray far from cable knits, turtlenecks and Mr. Rogers cardigans. Skif sweater available at Skif, The Hill, 314.773.4401.
His artwork. Hook up your rightbrained dad with high-end photo gear. Nikon J1 camera available at Schiller’s Camera Co., Brentwood, 314.968.3650.

Conservative

He likes to.
go (all) out. Because “black tie” is music to his ears, buy him accessories hell love as much as his tux. Cuff links available at Mavrk Fine Jewelry & Diamonds, Kirkwood, 314.909.6818.
stay in. Because he appreciates good wine and good company, bring him a bottleand stay for a while. Wine available at Brennans, Central West End, 314.361.9444. Vintage wine rack available at TFA The Future Antiques, St. Louis Hills, 314.865.1552.

Mom

Is she more
Sassy
She can never have too many
Show-stopping pieces. Shell be sure to make an entrance in an on-trend, voluminous cape. Eileen Fisher cape {6} available at Eileen Fisher, Plaza Frontenac, 314.983.0975.
Reasons to get all dolled up. As youre constantly waiting for her to put on her face, updating her tools is a good idea. Bobbi Brown makeup brush set available at Nordstrom, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.884.4900.
Heels to give her a boost. Present her with a new pair of patent leather heels, topped with a bow. Valentino heels available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

Sophisticated

She prefers pieces that are
Sparkly. If diamonds are her best friend, buy her a dazzling piece of jewelry that will never go out of style. Diamond earrings available at Albarr Jewelry, Ladue, 314.997.1707.
Structured. If shes picky about her purse, choose something in a timeless shade and shape. Prada handbag available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

Friends

Gal Pal

Her style is more
Traditional
Shes known for
Stocking up on staples. Shell count on her “practical” cashmere scarf to elevate casual, everyday looks. Scarf available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004.
Being a bit of a homebody. A gal that loves changing up her dcor will love finding a home for colorful throw pillows. Pillows available at Niche, Downtown, 314.621.8131.
Looking out for others. Shell love knowing her gift of TOMS shoes also means a gift for a child in need. TOMS shoes available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.808

Trendy

Shed rather be
Looking in the mirror. “Smizing” practice will be even more fun when she has 12 new eyeshadow shades. Urban Decay NAKED Palette available at Macys, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810.
Pondering “Who Wore it best.” A fan of celeb style, she’ll be stoked to work Wildfoxworn by Beyonce and Taylor Swift. WildFox Couture tee {7} available at Meka, Chesterfield, 636.536.6300.
Primping to no end. Luxe beauty products in innovative palettes make hot gifts for her. Le Metier de Beaute Face Kaleidoscope available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

Best Bud

Youd likely find him in
A karaoke bar
Smoking a cigar. Hes been a fan of fine cigars ever since he saw Jack Nicholson smoking. Dont let him see “The Shining.” Cigars available at Charles P. Stanley Cigar Bar, Downtown, 314.436.3500.
Singing country. Whether hes a country boy or just likes to pretend, buckle him up! Belt and buckle available at GiddyUp Jane, Ladue, 314.993.9944.
Rocking an air guitar. A longtime fan of “the greats,” he’ll appreciate being reunited with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead. Remastered Classic Rock n Roll CDs available at Vintage Vinyl, The Loop, 314.721.4096.

A coffee shop…

Attempting to read through his Bieber bangs. Hell love receiving a shampoo and gel set, even if hes already deemed his hair “perfection.” American CREW Daily Duo gift set available at Look After, multiple locations.
Shopping online. Surefire ways to wow a fashion fanatic? Look for luxe materials and beloved labels. BOSS Hugo Boss scarf available at Moris Fashions, Central West End, 314.361.6800.
Sizing up customers MacBooks. Because hes on the pulse of technology and little else, he could use some help accessorizing. Laptop case {8} available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.

Kids

Daddy’s Girl

She’d rather
Be entertained
Shes most likely found
At the library. Reiterate that books best television with a classic, animated read. “The Wizard of Oz, A Scanimation Book” available at Left Bank Books, Central West End, 314.367.6731.
Watching TV past her bedtime. Make sure she enjoys nighttime snacks and bedtime stories in style. Pajamas available at Verde Kids, Webster Groves, 314.962.5437.
At the zoo. Help your animallover save up for her own pet by gifting her a girl-friendly bank. Hand-painted bunny bank {9} available at Ware, Clayton, 314.727.2500

Be the entertainer

Shes happiest
On speaker phone. Encourage her gift of gab with a stylish custom cell phone case. Personalized phone case available at Vellum, Kirkwood, 314.909.1640.
Onstage. If it were up to her, shed be in a costume 24/7; give her a fab alternative. Custom tee and tutu available at Petunia, Clayton, 314.721.3133.

Little Man

Hes more likely to be found
Cleaning his room
More specifically
His closet. Stock his closet with cute separatesso you can continue to let him pick out his own clothes. Jacket available at Verde Kids, Webster Groves, 314.962.5437.
His bookshelf. If story time is his favorite time, make sure some Seuss is in the rotation. “The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories” by Dr. Seuss available at Left Bank Books, Central West End, 314.367.6731.

Dirtying his hands

While
In the playroom. Opt for trendy, oldschool toys this season and show him simple can be exciting, too. Classic building blocks {10} available at City Sprouts, The Loop, 314.726.9611.
On the playground. He wont mind bundling up for recess when he loves his winter accessories. Moose hat available at Verde Kids, Webster Groves, 314.962.5437.

Co-worker

Boss Man

Hes all about
Making an exit by 5pm
He gets his R&R
In the mens department. Complement his fashion habit with desk supplies that seem suited to a Dapper Dan. Wingtips paperweights available at The Service Bureau, Ladue, 314.991.1104
At home. If hes a fan of his fireplace, gift him a new match strike; if youre feeling extra generous, fetch his firewood, too. Jonathan Adler Pipe match strike and matches available at Niche, Downtown, 314.621.8131.

Making money

Hes best described as
Organized. Help him manage his bills, checks and work docs with a sleek set of tools. Letter opener & magnifying glass gift set and mouse pad available at The Service Bureau, Ladue, 314.991.1104.
Ambitious. It may only involve fake money, but a game of Monopoly will give him his competitive fix. Vintage Monopoly Game {11} available at Restoration Hardware, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.863.7566.
Thrifty. Get him a chic money clip to remind him to pinch his pennies. Money clip available at Diamond & Jewelry Brokers, Manchester, 636.391.6622.

Boss Lady

When away from the office, shes
Apron on, in the kitchen
Her strong suit is
Drinks. Stock her home bar with the best glassware and accessories. Jonathan Adler coasters {12} available at Niche, Downtown, 314.621.8131.
Dinner. Buy her dinnerware that complements her pizza with provel and toasted ravioli. St. Louis dinnerware available at Good Works, The Loop, 314.726.2233.

“Working” from home

While
Cozying up on the sofa. When shes healthy, shes happyso pamper her with a variety of tasty teas. Teavana cast iron teapot available at Teavana, multiple locations.
In the tub. Yummy-smelling soaps and bubble bath are chicken soup for her soul. KIND bath products available at KIND Soap Company, Webster Groves, 314.517.2868.
On her laptop. When shes not working, shes networking; remind her to always have business cards on hand. Business card holder available at Savvy Surroundings, Ladue, 314.432.7289.

 

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ZiGiNY heels

ZiGiNY heels

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Red Wing boots

Face a Face glasses

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Power Shave Collection

Power Shave Collection

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Face a Face glasses

Face a Face glasses

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Nespresso Machine

Nespresso Machine

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Eileen Fisher cape

Eileen Fisher cape

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WildFox Couture hoodie

WildFox Couture hoodie

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Laptop case

Laptop case

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Gifts for Daddy’s Girl

Gifts for Daddy’s Girl

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Classic building blocks

Classic building blocks

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Moose hat

Moose hat

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Vintage Monopoly Game

Vintage Monopoly Game

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Jonathan Adler coasters

Jonathan Adler coasters

 

Photo credit: Photos by Carmen Troesser

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