20 New York Influencers, Endless Holiday Gift Ideas

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Don't know what to buy that friend who has everything? What about your jet-setting BFF who always gives the most crafty gifts? Or, your significant other's parents, whom you'll be meeting for the first time this holiday season? It's okay to admit: There's always a few people on your list you just don't know how to shop for.
To get a fresh perspective on gift-giving, we called in help from some of the most fabulous New Yorkers around. Wonder what Eva Chen, Simon Doonan, and Jonathan Adler are shopping for this holiday season? Ahead, they (and others!) share deets on the goodies they can't wait to give — and receive, too.
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The Lucky magazine editor-in-chief is a social media (and magazine) powerhouse — just ask her 300,000+ Instagram followers, who all can't get enough of her signature #EvaChenPose. She's a self-proclaimed compulsive shopper and has nailed her #OOTD game down to a science. Basically, Chen's exactly what we want to be when we grow up.
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Kenzo Forever, No? Fuzzy Embroidered Clutch
"The perfect gift for your BFF or bae."

Eugenia Kim Rain Fur Pom Pom Beanie
"Warm, fuzzy, and with some NYC pride to boot — the pom-pom features the colors of the Mets!"

Deborah Lippmann 5-Piece Nail Lacquer Gift Set
"Who run the world? Girls with bright nail polish, obviously."

Diptyque 'Baies' Large Scented Candle
"Gorgeous, luxe, and extra-chic in all black... Yes, I am a total New Yorker, even in my candle color choice!"

Lanvin 'Miss Lanvin 45' Porcelain Figurine
"What to get the woman who has everything? A porcelain Lanvin figurine, of course!"
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If you aren’t one of the 850,000 people following photographer Alice Gao’s Instagram, you better remedy that stat. Whether she's visiting a Mediterranean island on assignment for a travel magazine or just enjoying a cup of java at home, this lifestyle and food shutterbug's snaps make it look like she’s living in the world’s most exquisitely art-directed video shoot. So, it’s no surprise she gives gorgeous gifts, too — think bold gold cuffs and delicate chain necklaces. “Growing up, my parents weren't so much into jewelry gifting, so it wasn't until I was older that I received a lovely necklace from my then-boyfriend's mom,” she says. “It was actually an Elsa Peretti piece from Tiffany — the eternal circle pendant in gold. I wore it with everything... And, who doesn't love having that iconic blue box put in their hands?”
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Tiffany T Chain Necklace
"When choosing a gift for someone, I try to remember the little details of a recipient's preferences. For instance, my mom doesn’t wear jewelry on her hands or wrists — she's in the kitchen a lot and working hard in the garden — so a necklace suits her lifestyle more. This one is beautifully simple and could be worn with any outfit."

Atlas Hinged Bangle
"For my grandma, I'd choose something more understated yet strong, like this Atlas bracelet in yellow gold. My grandma is one of the most amazing and tenacious women I know. She's had to hold up a lot every day of her life, just like Atlas did."

Tiffany T Square Ring
"I had an intern help me with a large project over the summer, and she drove up every time from New Jersey just to assist me. Just thinking about the traffic and parking woes makes me shudder. This would be a little token of my appreciation, something small and sweet that still makes a statement."

Tiffany T Cutout Cuff
"One of my good friends has been a total lifesaver to me this year. We often work together (she's a stylist), and she makes my job that much more fun and makes my images look that much better. She's also been a huge help in decorating my new apartment. I think something clean and modern like this would be perfect for her. The cutouts are a nice touch, and I know she appreciates details like that."

Atlas White Gold Diamond Bangle
"My cousin recently got married, and this would be an amazing belated celebratory gift (especially since I missed the wedding, as it was in China!). The diamonds just make it extra special, and I know it's something she would never get for herself."
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He's hilarious, stylish, and one of the coolest men in the biz. The Barneys New York ambassador-at-large has been in the fashion industry for, well, forever, so he's a go-to for all things chic and honest: "I loathe the idea of growing old gracefully," he once said. "I fully intend to grow old eccentrically and dramatically. Brace yourselves!" Seriously, is there anyone cooler?
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Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slipper
"Looking for a feel-good, low-cost luxurious gift? A bonkers nail color hits the spot."

Baz Dazzled Holiday Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
"Unwind your mind from your behind with a Baz Luhrmann jigsaw puzzle from the Barneys Baz Dazzled collaboration."

Isabel Marant Étoile Rawson Harness Boots
"Somebody you know is sassy enough to pull off an Isabel Marant harness boot, so make sure she gets a pair this coming holiday."

Jonathan Adler Bourbon Pop Candle
"Because nepotism is so important, buy something from my husband, Jonathan Adler. His new hooch candles are a great way to indulge in liquor without getting a hangover. Choose from vodka, champagne, or bourbon."

Givenchy Abstract African-Print Gym Bag
"Papa needs a brand new gym bag... courtesy of Riccardo Tisci."
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The epitome of downtown cool, Lezark has been our street style crush for quite a while now. The DJ (she's part of the Misshapes trio) has a closet we'd like to dig through for days (especially those gifts from Mr. Lagerfeld himself). If you're going to be a designer's muse, it might as well be for Chanel.
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Kiehl’s Creme de Corps - Limited Edition Norman Rockwell
"Kiehl's has released a limited edition Creme de Corps this holiday season in a Norman Rockwell print, and sales go to the charity Feeding America. It's a gift that keeps giving!"

Leica D-Lux Digital Camera
"I'm obsessed with Leicas! This camera has Wi-Fi, so you can send photos right to your phone and post it."

Karl Lagerfeld Monster Choupette Clutch
"Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette got a monster makeover for this collection, and it's really cute."

Personalized Edie Parker Bag "Personalized Edie Parker bags are a great gift for someone you know, or for yourself."

Trademark Hardy Mock Neck Sweater
"A good knit is the perfect gift to combat the freezing cold NY winter. I can't get enough of the new Trademark line and this Hardy Mock Neck sweater in baby alpaca."

Jeremy Scott by Jeremy Scott
"Jeremy Scott’s coffee table book from Rizzoli is a must-have! It's a collection of behind-the-scenes photos, his collections, his friends, and some great photo shoots by some of my favorite photographers."
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This man knows what women want: Sexy, gorgeous shoes. For more than 10 years now, Brian Atwood has been designing some of the most covetable heels around, becoming a must-have for powerful women like Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe. When he's not making to-die-for platforms and stilettos, he's on the move. And, who better to get gift advice from than a man who dubs himself a "citizen of the world?"
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Le Labo Santal #26 Candle
"This scent is perfect because it appeals to many different tastes. It's great when mixed with other scents as well."

Haremlique Cream Cashmere Longsleeve Long Robe
"I love the robes from Haremlique in Istanbul. They're made of Lora Piana cashmere — perfect for lounging."

Valentino: At The Emperor’s Table
"A great book that houses all the china of Monsieur V. Such a gorgeous collection and an inspiration for entertaining."

Charvet Slippers
"The best suede slippers ever, and they come with a matching suede pouch!"
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Artist and poet Cleo Wade is one of those young New York creatives we just can't get enough of. Her latest book, Falling Out Of Love With You Is Eternal, is powerful and intimate, and she's a part of the Conversations Collective alongside fellow IT girls, Kate Greer, Liza Voloshin, Margot, and Mia Moretti. Oh, and did we mention she has killer style?
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Sandy Liang Furry Delancey Moto Jacket
"I definitely have a bit of an over-the-top obsession with Sandy Liang, and especially her furs!"

Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz
"It would be hard to find a single New Yorker that does not bow down to the queen that is Fran Lebowitz."

Wilhelm Feathered Caplet
"Megan Guip, the designer of Wilhelm, is basically my life muse. She makes her floral headpieces and feather caplets with so much love, it is hard not to feel sublimely special in them."

alice + olivia Piano Crossbody Bag
"Everything Stacey [Bendet] makes is designed to put women in a good mood. What is more fun than carrying around your phone and lipstick inside a little mini piano?"
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Never mind the fact that Diamond has a resume that includes working at WWD, spearheading Yahoo Food, co-founding the food and fashion magazine Cherry Bombe, and being a restaurateur. She's practically a New York sensation since she has successfully managed to dig into culinary arts and clothing in unison — a combination that surpasses everything we could ask for in life.
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Prinkshop for Edible Schoolyard and Madewell Tote
"Two of my favorite things: Madewell and Edible Schoolyard."

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well by Amy Chaplin
"Such a beautiful cookbook. Perfect for your favorite vegan or vegetarian."

A Subscription to Cherry Bombe
"Obviously one of the best gifts you could give! Where girl power and food intersect."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Pint Club
"The best ice cream on the planet, now delivered to your front door!"
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A Bergdorf Goodman legend, 87-year-old Betty Halbreich has been working at the department store since 1976. And, in her 35+ year career with the retailer, she's amassed a loyal following of shoppers in need of beautiful clothes, become recognized as one of the city's most prominent (and highly sought-after) personal shoppers, and written a memoir. For gift-giving this season, we trust Betty's sharp eye.
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I'll Drink To That by Betty Halbreich
"People seem to enjoy the read, and I have to pay the rent!"

Libertine Plaid Flannel Shirt with Patches
"It's young, different, quirky — and for all age groups!"

Edward Bess Limited Edition Ultra Slick Lipstick, Betty
"What greater honor than to have a beautiful man name a lipstick after you? It's a rather vibrant color as far as lipsticks go. I get a lot of compliments on it."

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Travelling Jewel Case
"Easy to travel with. It's very elegant and can be inscribed to make it personal."

Katz Rock Hill Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
"Anything from this small olive oil, vinegar, and sundries catalog is first-rate and different."
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Between being in the band fun. and starting a side project, Bleachers, we'd expect Antonoff wouldn't have time for much else. But, he also runs with quite the crew: He wrote songs for Taylor Swift's latest pop album, is dating Lena Dunham, and his sister runs cool indie fashion label Rachel Antonoff. We can only imagine what his dinner parties must be like.
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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
"My favorite book. It's beautiful, and I believe everyone should read it. Deeply honest."

Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil
"Everyone should drink a little bit of this in the morning. It keeps you very healthy (look it up!), and it's cheap."

Rachel Antonoff Nattie Top
"Because you deserve to look like a million dollars this holiday season, you know?"

Moon Safari by Air on Vinyl
"This is the best album to listen to on vinyl. Actually, it's just one of the best albums. You could gift it over iTunes, and it would still be the shit. It is so rare to be able to play an album front to back and have it take you on a journey. This one does."

Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition
"This is a very, very, very expensive gift, but, it's the greatest synthesizer ever. Every time I play one, I get this really deep thought that everyone deserves a Voyager."
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Lippert deserves serious praise for blending her celebrated nutritionist background with the opening of a "culinary-jewelbox-café" in the West Village, Nourish Kitchen + Table. Oh, and Lippert has also written a book, The Cheater's Diet: The Sneaky Secrets to Losing Up to 20 pounds in 8 Weeks Eating (and Drinking) Everything You Love. Seems like a must-read after those holiday indulgences, no?
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Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich
"I tend to pore through cookbooks, new or vintage, each holiday season. Fresh inspiration helps me create new healthy, delicious recipes. This season, I've got my eye on Bar Tartine and Flavor Flours."

Morgan Carper Malam Dress
"[I'm obsessed with] pretty much anything from Morgan Carper's holiday line. Her pieces have the perfect lines. Throw in a little holiday shimmer, and I'm totally sold."

Felt+Fat Ceramics
"I just stumbled on this incredible ceramics line out of Philly. Their marbled plate is insane (I snapped it up to stock at Nourish). Perfect for holiday appetizers or the coolest cheese plate you've ever laid eyes on. Eye-catching serveware impacts our overall sensory dining experience (and often times, we'll end up eating less because of it)!"

Olie Biologique Huile Radicale 005 Rejuvenating Oil
"Holiday craziness can kick up stress, inside and out. I try to ensure that I'm fending off excess stress through the foods I eat, as well as the items in my beauty cabinet. Olie Biologique's Rejuventing Oil with rose hips, rose bulgar, and rose geranium is on my hot list — it's the lightest-feeling oil I've ever come across!"

Molly M Designs Salto Coasters
"These Molly M handmade Salto leather coasters are just begging to be cozied up with a good holiday cocktail, like my rye whiskey-apple cider punch."
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Ever wonder how Victoria's Secret angels stay in shape? Meet their secret weapon: Mary Helen Bowers, professional ballerina and founder of Ballet Beautiful. The dance veteran spent a decade with the New York City Ballet before creating the fitness method with a celebrity following. Did we mention she also trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan?
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Mast Brothers Madagascar Chocolate Bar
"I can't go a day without dark chocolate and the Madagascar bar from Mast Brothers is my favorite treat!"

Ballet Beautiful Satin Workout Slippers with Ribbons
"Satin slippers add instant glamour to any workout!"

A Facial with Carol at Ling
"Carol is the queen of glowing skin!

Fresh Patchouli Oval Soap
"Fresh's soaps and honey masks are a must for an at home spa experience. There is nothing more relaxing than unwinding in a hot bath after a hard workout!"

Ballet Beautiful Sweetheart Half-Sleeve Leotard
"The sweetheart neckline on our mesh leotards is so flattering! It works perfectly with tights or leggings for a workout and high waisted jeans or a skirt après."
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A front-row fixture at New York Fashion Week and an avid runner (she recently completed the New York City Marathon), it's hard to imagine how Alexis Stoudemire finds any time for herself while raising four kids, running a foundation with her husband (New York Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire), and cheering him on from the sidelines. Need we say more? She's a true New York (super)woman.
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Smythson Manuscript Textured-Leather Notebook
“I never know what to give my husband, Amar'e! I try to encourage him to write down his thoughts and the stories that he'll want to remember and reflect on in the future. This journal is masculine and can also be incognito for those closet journalers."

RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream
"Now that winter is here, my skin gets very dry. I love this all-in-one makeup remover, facial cleanser, and skin moisturizer — I put it everywhere! It's easy to throw in my purse when I’m on the go, and it smells great, too."

Voluspa - Branche Vermeil Candle
"I absolutely I love aromatic candles; they warm your home and your heart, and we love having some lit around the house. They have a long burn period and the aroma lingers in the air, keeping that cozy, warm feeling — especially during the holidays. Plus, they're a coconut wax blend, and the jars can add a pop to your decor as well!"
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The New York-based fashion designer has become an industry favorite for his sleek lines and feminine silhouettes. Lam keeps busy running his eponymous ready-to-wear line, his off-shoot label Derek Lam 10 Crosby, and his collection of handbags and shoes. We love it all. A lot.
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A Membership to The New Museum
"The museum presents intriguing and provocative contemporary art, a modern representation of the artistic soul of Soho."

Panettone from Sant Ambroeus
"I love the sweet dried candy wrapped in Italian cake. It's delicious, with an old-world appeal."

Bonpoint Infant's Gathered Velour Dress
"Who doesn't know a little girl who would look adorable in a holiday frock?"

A Dozen Georgetown Cupcakes
"To bring to a holiday house party for the host to enjoy the day after."
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We have Alison Cayne to thank for the cozy Chelsea cooking hub that is Haven’s Kitchen. If you haven't reveled in the cooking classes and private party-planning of this culinary hot spot, you should probably drop everything and go immediately. Cayne has dedicated her time to enhancing food policies and promoting community life, all while serving up some seriously delicious (and healthy) treats.
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Kiss Lexi Beanie
"Another one of my favorite shops maintaining an independent spirit! I always find great winter accessories for myself and friends at the Clic General Store on Centre Street. I love this little hat."

Haven's Kitchen Original Granola Subscription
"When we started selling our granola, I had no idea it was going to turn into a cult phenomenon. Our customers pushed us to create a subscription system because they were tired of calling and emailing so frequently — we were happy to oblige!"

CHAY Japanese Brass Plates
"Chay Wilke is an amazing woman with impeccable taste. Everything she sells is gorgeous, including these brass plates."

Pacific Face Oil
"After a warm shower, I rub two droplets of this oil in my hands and then press them gently against my face. Everyone I've ever given this to loves it as much as I do."

Cookbooks from Bonnie Slotnick
"I'm a big fan of giving cookbooks, especially vintage ones, to friends as gifts. If a friend is traveling, I'll buy a few cookbooks from the region; or, if someone loves wine, I'll get some funky old books on the topic. You can really personalize things — Bonnie has everything and is a walking cookbook encyclopedia."
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Adler is an interior design expert. Seriously, how does someone come up with so many creative ideas, time and time again? We'll let that be his secret, but we're sure it's partly due to his longtime infatuation with ceramics (he's been an avid potter since age 12). Bold and bright (with a little bit of quirk) is the name of his home decor game.
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Elephant Ear Cookies from Sant Ambroeus
"They're a delicious gift sent straight from heaven (even if they are responsible for my back fat)."

Jonathan Adler Ceramic Mohawk Lollipop Holder
"Everybody needs a punk rock lollipop holder, whether they know it or not. Make your office look rad or give a little edge to your kitchen."

Lacoste Short-Sleeve Slim Fit Pique Polo
"I've been wearing them since I was 12, and I have no plans to stop."

The Asylum by Simon Doonan
"If you don't laugh while reading this, you're incapable of laughter."

Mr. Turk Sorrento Mini Wave Swim Trunk
"Channel Palm Springs glamour; Mr. Turk brings it."
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Does anyone do a better Miley Cyrus impression? Didn't think so. Bayer, who joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2010, has risen up the comedic ranks by playing some of our favorite characters (hello, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah boy!). She's one of the show's strongest players, and a big reason why we'd rather stay in on a Saturday evening.
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Tattly 'Be Happy' Temporary Tattoo
"Because some of us want to look chic today and also be buried in a Jewish cemetery one day!"

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
"A great gift for the beauty junkies in your life, or anyone you think needs to be prettier."

My So-Called Life: The Complete Series
"BECAUSE, JORDAN CATALANO!!!!!"
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Chilean native Cornejo arrived in New York with the vision of crafting a modern fashion vibe that was sophisticated and timeless. It all started with her Zero store in Nolita, and it was only a matter of time before this locally-produced brand would expand to its current location in Noho and be picked up by A-listers including Michelle Obama.
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Zero + Maria Cornejo Ayah Peacoat
"This is the easiest piece to throw on and jump on a plane! Great for my jet-set friends."

Maria Cornejo Collection for Knoll Luxe
"Textiles for the home. I have been waiting to get my hands on these all year and can't wait to reupholster a couch."

Restorsea Holiday Radiance Set
"Everyone loves a great beauty product!"

Zero + Maria Cornejo Moji Tunic
"The white is perfect for [a weekend in] Miami."

Zero + Maria Cornejo Sari Heel
"I can’t wait to wear these!"
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The E! News correspondent is a pro when it comes to hanging with celebrities – she’s rubbed elbows with everyone from Oprah to Anna Wintour. She’s the go-to New York journalist for breaking celebrity news, an industry that isn’t the easiest (or welcoming) to climb up in. Plus, she’s one stylish lady.
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A Charitable Donation
"Rather than dishing out money for a gift, donate the amount you would have spent to a charity in their name. Mine would be a contribution to MedGift in honor of my best friend, Diem Brown.

Loom Decor Simple Napkins
"What hostess wouldn't appreciate customized linen napkins with matching (or mix-matched) placemats from Loom Decor?"

Crane & Canopy Navy Herringbone Throw
"A throw works on so many levels. Whether it be a couple's gift or for a co-worker, a warm blanket from Crane & Canopy works for everyone."

Henri Bendel Bone Dog Bowl
"Since we can't forget our furry friends, Henri Bendel has the most adorable pet accessories for my animal-loving friends and family."

"The Collection" by Susan Ciminelli
"For the beauty-conscious, a luxe collection of my favorite Susan Ciminelli products. Keep your friend's skin glowing all winter long."
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The 24-year-old NBA player has been a New York Knick since he was drafted in 2011. And while his on-court skills are on-point, we just can't help but love his signature 'do: the sky-high high-top. We're a fan of any man who takes his beauty regimen seriously.
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Man Ray: Chess Set
"I love the game of chess, it helps you plot through life."

Oli Collars Rubeus Collar
"Hennessy, my dog, was born a king. In my opinion, everyone should want their dog to wear gold."

Adidas Men ObyO JS Arrow Opart - Jeremy Scott
"Because, I always want a new pair of shoes for Christmas."

VII by Teyana Taylor on Vinyl
"It's my ladybug's first album! I'm extremely proud of her and her success, and the album happens to have that old-school R&B feel."
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She's played the leads in Firebird and Swan Lake with the American Ballet Theatre, and Copeland recently detailed her journey from 13-year-old prodigy to star athlete her new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
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iTunes Gift Card "Spend $50 and it can go a long way — from purchasing a TV series to watch while you travel to buying music and apps."

NBA League Pass
"Something the men in your life might appreciate (and something I've done for my boyfriend): The NBA package on cable for basketball season."

Lauren Merkin Meg Black Snake Embossed Clutch
"Lauren Merkin has great clutches that aren't terribly expensive."

Bottles of Meiomi Pinot Noir
"It's under $30 but tastes so rich and full-bodied."

Rhythm and 'Bliss' Massage
"This is really special for the busy person in your life who doesn't have a lot of time to treat themselves."
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We're all ears when it comes to musical talent coming out of New York. So, when Gordon released her first album With The Music I Die in 2011 and got us kind of addicted to "Dirty Talk," we knew we'd be keeping this singer-songwriter on our radar and party playlist for years to come. More recently, Gordon has undergone a creative re-birth and her elegantly powerful new sound is about to make a mark on the indie world.
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A Ticket Around the World
"Because the more you see, the more you understand."

Prada Colored Shearling Coat "I'm still hoping Santa comes through with this one!"

A Donation to Doctors Without Borders
"Have someone donate on your behalf."

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
"Every artist should have Kleon's books!"