December 06, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | sports, Gifts

Gift of the Day: High-Design Etro Surfboard
Photo courtesy of Etro

Italian fashion house Etro brings its signature paisley design to the shore in the form of these gorgeously colorful surfboards, available in red ($2,225) and orange ($2,490). Available at 720 Madison Ave., New York; 212-317-9096; 461 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-248-2855; Village of Merrick Park, 342 Ave. San Lorenzo, Coral Gables, Florida; 305-569-1669; Americana Manhasset, 1986 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, New York; 516-365-0101;

December 06, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Spirits, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Dewar’s Travel Bag by Freemans Sporting Club
Photo courtesy of Dewar’s

A collaboration between Dewar’s Scotch Whisky and Freemans Sporting Club, this limited-edition travel bag ($150) is lined with the Dewar’s family Scottish tartan and filled with a bottle of Dewar’s 18-Year-Old and a custom flask. A favorite of Taavo Somer, founder of Freemans, Dewar’s 18 is a double-aged Scotch whisky with notes of almond and butterscotch. Once the whisky is gone, use the bag as a Dopp kit or a bike bag. Freemans Sporting Club, 8 Rivington St., 212-673-3209; 343 Bleecker St., 212-255-5509; 696 Valencia St., San Francisco, 415-863-2155;

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Shopping, Golf, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Ferrari Golf Collection
Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Engineers from Cobra Puma Golf and Ferrari joined forces to design this luxurious new golf line, which includes a premium driver with a handstitched leather grip and a range of classic accessories and apparel like belts, gloves and jackets. A few items, such the Ferrari Golf Luxury Bag ($2,400, pictured here), are crafted from genuine Poltrona Frau leather, the same material used in Ferrari GTs.

November 29, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Shopping, Cocktails, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Waterford's Mixology Collection Barware
Photo courtesy of Waterford

The Mixology Collection by Waterford is as functional as it is gorgeous, thanks to a collaboration with mixologist Julie Reiner, proprietor of the Brooklyn cocktail bar Clover Club (210 Smith St.; Designed in four distinct styles—Talon (red), Argon (blue), Neon (yellow) and Circon (purple)—the pieces include rocks glasses ($350 for four; $175 a pair) and coups ($350 for four), plus decanters, a water pitcher, shot glasses and an ice bucket. Reiner even formulated a special cocktail, available at Clover Club through autumn, called the Crystal Fall—a perfect way to christen your new glasses.

The Crystal Fall

1½ oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
½ oz Lemon Hart demerara rum
¼ oz Lustau Palo Cortado sherry
¾ oz fresh-pressed apple cider
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz ginger syrup
One bar spoon demerara syrup
One dash Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over crushed ice into a Waterford Mixology rocks glass. Garnish with an apple fan.

November 29, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Shopping, Food, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Caviar Russe
Photo courtesy of Caviar Russe

When it comes to caviar this time of year, the more the better—and the Caviar Indulgent Pairings from venerable Caviar Russe are real showstoppers. Packed with foie gras, smoked salmon, malossol caviar, housemade blini, crème fraîche and utensils, the packages are available with three different caviar options: classic osetra ($190), Siberian sturgeon ($170) and American shovelnose ($145). For a step above and beyond, stop by the restaurant for its three-course brunch ($95), which features dishes like hand-cut tagliolini with a farm egg and caviar, or the seven-course tasting menu that highlights six types of the star ingredient, including golden osetra and platinum osetra. At 538 Madison Ave., 2nd fl.; 212-980-5908;

November 29, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Shopping, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Wantful
Photo courtesy of Wantful

Curation is the name of the game these days, and Wantful, an online destination for gift-giving, makes it easy. Simply go to the website, answer a few questions about your intended giftee and settle on a price point (from $30 to $500). Wantful takes it from there, whittling down its offerings to 16 possibilities and packaging them in a custom-made gift book, which describes each option in detail. The recipient chooses from there. A team of buyers in New York and San Francisco comb the globe—from Japan to Milan to Paris—for interesting, design-forward finds not found in regular department stores. And though the service is particularly handy right now, Wantful is available all year round.

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Shopping, Accessories, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Roadster Watch Winder by Wolf Designs
Photo courtesy of Wolf

A watch winder from Wolf Designs might just be the perfect gift for a man who likes to keep the time. The Roadster ($329), inspired by a luxury European sports car, has a sophisticated look, thanks to ebony Macassar wood and polished-chrome fittings. It will make sure that any well-dressed gent—no matter his watch preference—never misses a beat.

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Technology, Accessories, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Greene + Gray Tribal-Print Laptop Sleeve
Photo courtesy of Apple

Part of Greene + Gray’s larger collection of tech accessories, this laptop sleeve ($40), made with a heavy-duty canvas shell and soft microfleece lining, is a must. The tribal-print design and leather details add some style.;

November 20, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Shopping, Gifts

Gift of the Day: My Life in The New York Times
Photo courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing

Artist Ross Bleckner clipped articles from The New York Times for years, assembling them in a journal that inspired his paintings. His new book, My Life in The New York Times (Allworth Press, $25), is a reprint of that journal, filled with fragments of images and text interspersed with the painter’s watercolor additions. Structured somewhat like a self-help book chronicling the themes of change and loss, the work is a thoughtful gift for the art aficionado and the creative spirit alike.;

November 20, 2012
By Ingrid Skjong | Shopping, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Dopp kits
Photo courtesy of Nigel Curtiss

The custom-made Dopp kits ($5,500) by designer Nigel Curtiss are the epitome of customization and craftsmanship. Constructed of matte alligator skin hand-cut in Italy, the kits are available in 20 different colors, with pockets lined in matching kid leather. Zippers are available in yellow, rose or white gold and titanium. The customization needn’t stop there: If a more specific feature is desired (say, mink lining), Curtiss will consider it. 212-929-2222;