Gift Guide: Editor’s Picks

The FLARE team reveals their choice gifts to give and get

Hywel Davies

Pierre Hardy


J. Crew

Williams Sonoma

Les Arts Decoratifs

Holt Renfrew

Max Abadian



Lisa Tant, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher:
GIVE: “An iPad is a gift that suits everyone. I’ve watched small children play with one for hours and, for the rest of us, it presents the world at your fingertips. I’d load it up with my favourite photos and a few books my loved one would enjoy.”
GET: “Dolce & Gabbana’s leopard pattern leather iPad cover. I tote my iPad everywhere and it needs a chic new case.”

Tanya Watt, Art Director:
GIVE: “The Bliss Spa Sage + Lemon Body Butter makes a decadent gift.”
GET: “Narciso Rodriguez for Her perfume is my signature scent. Plus, I love its sleek black flacon.”

Elizabeth Cabral, Fashion Director:
GIVE: “I’m giving my husband the gift of travel and life experience – a trip to New Zealand, Japan and Tahiti. Durable RIMOWA luggage is a must.”
GET: “I’m going with him, so clearly I want the same in return!”

Catalina Margulis, Managing Editor:
GIVE: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse DVD. I love the humour this time around. And then there’s the bod: Go Team Jacob!
GET: “A rain check for Arcade Fire tickets. I’m so sorry I missed them during their Toronto stop this summer. Although the 2011 shows haven’t been announced yet, my fingers are crossed for their spring tour.”

Fiona Green, Associate Fashion Editor:
GIVE: “A luxe Tag Heuer watch to each of my nearest and dearest – the best gifts are both practical and stylish.
GET: “An passport holder and set of leather luggage tags since I’ve been bitten by the travel bug and plan to take a big trip next year.”

Mosha Lundström Halbert, Assistant Editor, Fashion News:
GIVE: “This Tom Ford femme fatale beauty trio would surely pamper by nearest and dearest. And the true sign of a great gift is if you are pining to receive it yourself. Hint hint.”
GET: “I’ll be in the U.K. over the break and would love to be swept away to Paris for the day to see An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion, Vol. 2. It’s high time ‘90’s fashion pioneers such as Helmut Lang, Azzedine Alaïa, Comme Des Garcons and (of course) Tom Ford got their due.”

Dane Tredway, Assistant Fashion Editor:
GIVE: “For that special someone, the Hermès Bearn mini-wallet in its trademark orange is a perfectly practical splurge. I’m all for understated luxury, and this super slick mini-wallet is a timeless accessory for all tastes.”
GET: “For a man on-the-go, a classic hard-shell trunk is the accoutrement of choice. Louis Vuitton is the ultimate in luxury travel goods, and its iconic monogram luggage is a long-time dream gift of mine.”

Julia LeConte, Copy Editor:
GIVE: “Even the manliest men have a soft spot for baked goods and a tendency to nerd out on Star Wars. He’ll be impressed with the opportunity to entertain both guilty pleasures simultaneously.”
GET: “All I really want is an elegant feather tippet. To me, the look is completely Dickensian holiday. And if I have to slog through six months of winter a year, I might as well feel glamorous while doing so.”

Ryan Cheung, Senior Fashion Editorial Intern:
GIVE: “For the fashionable book collector I have in mind, this artful compilation of designer work spaces, mood boards and colourful paper trails will certainly inspire anyone’s inner Lagerfeld.”
GET: “The office boot-and-shoe switch is in full swing so I hope to slide out of my city boots and into these Christian Louboutin spiked wonders for the New Year.”

Erin O’Brien, Assistant Market Editor:
GIVE: “Holiday dressing doesn’t have to be all about the LBD. I love giving my friends fun unexpected pieces like this metallic dress from Adam. If the idea of choosing the wrong size is too daunting, metallic accessories are another great option.”
GET: “You can never go wrong with a pair of show stopping heels. What I love about a pair of playful Pierre Hardy’s is that they don’t scream holiday but are still the perfect addition to any festive ensemble.”

––Assistant Editor, Ryan Cheung