Hey, Picky People: These Are The Presents You Should Ask For

It seems counterintuitive that the one time when shelves are the most stocked, and you're spending the most time hitting the shops, you seem to have the most difficulty expressing what you want. When confronted with that Secret Santa form or even a casual query, giftee's block kicks in. No matter how many mental notes you make while bopping around the Internet, you always come up empty when it really counts. What gives?
If there's anyone who always knows what she wants, it's stylist Kate Young, whose impeccable taste, incredible access, and inventive style has made her one of the most influential fashion voices of our era. Though she likes things to look expensive, that's not often reflected in the price: The holiday wish list she provided us ranges from no-big-deal impulse buys to once-in-a-lifetime big-ticket items (that are worth knowing about, even if they'll live in your Pinterest board instead of your actual home).
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For this installment of her Kate Young 8 column, she's showing off her own personal wish list; maybe it'll help inspire your asking. And if "inspiration" turns into "Add to cart?" Well, 'tis the season.
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"I want these before Christmas so I can wear them to holiday parties with my Saint Laurent tuxedo and also with little dresses. They're fun."

Zara Glitter Booties, $99.90, available at Zara.
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"My friend is making a line of tiny pipes, and it is GORGEOUS! Seriously. I'm obsessed with it — and I'm all in favor of the NYC law changes! There's a limited run before Christmas but will be fully available in January."

Sugarcube Domino & Junior Pipes, $275, available at Sugar Cube NY
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"I want this because Inez and Vinoodh collect Memphis Group pottery — I was unfamiliar with the genre and saw it at their house and became obsessed. It's way too expensive and frivolous for me to buy, but i'm totally open to someone giving it to me!"

Ettore Sottsass Calice Ceramic Pottery, $990, available at eBay.
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"I hope my husband sees this wish list."

Cartier Lady's Gilt Silver Tank Louis Must de Cartier Wristwatch, $1,250, available at 1st Dibs.
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"These are so chic, and they look way more expensive than they are."

COS Leather Mittens, $69, available at COS.
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"I'm obsessed with this lamp and the designer."

Adam Otlewski 01 Series Desk Lamp, $375, available at Adam Otlewski.
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"I'd love to put this Nate Lowman poster up in my office."

Nate Lowman Heart Flower Poster, $55, available at The Posters.
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"I want my hair to be a little pink for the holidays, but I don't want to commit! Can someone British please send this to me?"

Bleach London Super Cool Color Rose Temporary Hair Color, $7.83, available at Bleach London.

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