Experiential Holiday Gifts from Moda Operandi

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How the online retailer is thinking beyond what fits under the tree.

The holidays are fast approaching, and while we have you covered with all manner of gift-worthy delights, from rose quartz cufflinks to Pucci printed skateboards, you might still be looking for the perfect gift. Enter Moda Operandi.

This year, the New York-based online boutique, which boasts a beautiful selection of designer wear year-round, has curated a set of 17 experiential gifts that are just as covetable as their runway wares. Whittled down from forty-plus ideas, these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities took over nine months of careful planning and consideration to put together. While the concept of experiences-as-gifts isn't new (see our piece on Gifting Outside the Box, from our November/December issue) the stringent editing at MO results in extraordinary choices, each more exciting than the next. Here are three of our favorites: 


We can’t get enough of DIY luxury handbag company 1Atelier. This year, you—and nine of your friends—can create your own bags at their Garment District design shop. Sift through skins such as python, crocodile, and classic tumbled leather, then weigh satchels against saddles until you end up with a custom creation all your own. $25,000 for event; modaoperandi.com.


Tata Harper, founder of the eponymous organic skincare line and facialist to a lucky few, makes her loyal list of followers even happier this holiday season with the chance to get—or give—a personalized skincare regimen. In addition to custom-made versions of bestsellers such as her Smoothing Body Scrub and Revitalizing Body Oil, the special package also includes personalized aromatic oil. We suggest pairing this one with a Tata Harper teaser: lip and cheek tints crafted from ingredients good enough to eat, such as coconut and açai oils. Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints in Very Popular and Very Bronzing, $35; tataharper.com; personalized gift collection, $10,000; modaoperandi.com.

Four-Day Surf Trip to Kauai

For the surf fan in your life, a four-day trip to Kauai is already a dream. Add in a private surf session and après-surf lunch with pro surfer, author, and motivational speaker Bethany Hamilton, and you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience—one that’s best delivered with a surf-ready suit, like Flagpole Swim’s rash guard inspired maillot. Flagpole Swim Kelly Maillot, $450; modaoperandi.comVacation package, $55,000; modaoperandi.com.

Image Credits: Courtesy Moda Operandi / Courtesy Tata Harper; © WSL/ Rowland, Getty Images