Walter Battiss Ceramics $220+
Greatly inspired by archaeology and rock art, the late South African artist Walter Battiss beautifully fused indigenous stone markings with abstract painterly concepts to become one of the country's premier painters. Battiss was dubbed "the Bushman Painter" in the 1950s for making a home in southern Africa's Namib Desert (an area almost completely uninhabited by humans), which provided a strong foundation for the 10 books he would write in his lifetime. Battiss' art is now celebrated in a range of tableware by Mervyn Gers, a highly talented ceramicist who creates his own shapes, colors, glazes and decals. A percentage of profits from each sale are donated to the Walter Battiss Museum.
La Chasse | The Hunt
Warriors Pillow $88
There's a rich, masculine beauty to the decorative pillows from home décor brand La Chasse | The Hunt. Founder Wallis Suda, a textile artist by trade, divides her time between her native New York and Paris, which inspire her much of her designs. The silk-screened Warriors pillow adds a playful zest with its hunter motif while blending in nicely with almost any decor, thanks to its simple black-and-white color scheme.
Blood and Tears
Martinique Sunglasses $250
Bored with spotting the same styles across faces in NYC, Holland-born Alex van Klaveren and Washington native Zoe Nightingale took their mutual obsession with shades to launch The Monocle Order. Their limited edition, Martinique frames in fantastic blue on blue are handcrafted in Turkey using zyl acetate (a renewable resource) from Mazzucchelli—a company long known for its investment in plastics R&D. They use a technique which injects pigment into the plastic, meaning they're that much more brilliant and will last that much longer.
Colt's Bolts $33
A long-time staple in the CH pantry, these are perhaps one of our all-time favorite confections. It's hard to beat the simple perfection of milk or dark chocolate, peanut butter and whole-roasted almonds.
Mr. Orange Cuckoo Clock $526
For fans of classic decor without the outmoded clunkiness, look no further than Mr. Orange. Alberto Sala's cuckoo clock design is simplified to resemble a modern cottage but fully embraces the old fashioned, hourly cuckoo. With a sleek walnut structure and a selection of simple patterns, all eyes turn to the essential orange details, and on the lovable bird who appears on the hour.
Atlantic Yachting Sailing Lessons $450
Give the gift of a unique experience by sending your friends on an trip down the Hudson. The New York skyline never looks better than when viewed from the deck of gorgeous yacht at sunset. Take $100 off the retail price with discount code "Holiday."
Farm To Feet
Englewood Socks $23
Farm to Feet's extended-crew Englewood sock provides full-density cushioning and warmth, perfect for commuting through all types of wintry mix. These gauranteed-for-life socks were designed for the slopes and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, but can be worn for a comfortable fit on a regular basis. And, each pair is made in the US from raw materials sourced around the US.
Authentic New York Hot Dog Vendor Cart $5,500
Ever since 1936 when Oscar Mayer rolled out the Wienermobile, the first mobile hot dog cart, sausage vendors have become an inextricable part of America's urban centers. This high-quality vendor cart is modeled after the same found on the streets of New York City and is perfect for backyards or business opportunities.
Sex Oil $18
Sex Oil from Toronto-based Province Apothecary doesn't hide behind any vague adjectives or cute lingo. The name is as clear as the oil's list of ingredients, blending coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, evening primrose oil, GMO-free vitamin E and more—a blessing for those with sensitive skin. This personal lubricant can also be used a body oil—it dries to a satin finish and doesn't need to be washed off.
2x2 Stripe Hat $60
All Knitwear is lovingly made by Annie Larson, a blogger and knit enthusiast, who operates on a made-to-order basis. It's a rarity to find a fashion label that truly stands out for originality and design, and even less common to find one that is made by the name behind the brand. Her 2x2 stripe hat is knitted from 100% ringspun cotton and comes with a handmade pom for extra zeal.
The New English
BIG Heart $90
The New English's BIG Heart sculpture is a romantic symbol of the emotional heart you lend someone. Hand-crafted from Fine Bone China in Stoke-on-Trent, and hand gilded in 22kt gold, this display piece is as honest and eccentric as it is well-designed. It can stand alone or even function as a single-flower vase.
Solution 247–261: Love $22
For a thoughtful read, "Solution 247-261: Love (Ingo Niermann, ed.)" from Sternberg Press broaches affairs of the heart in our modern world through essays and manifestos, as well as fictional tales. From the biopolitical to the psychosexual, the ninth volume of the Solution series invests in connection and transformation through the wise words of acclaimed international contributors.
William Grant & Sons
Lillet Rosé $20
There's definitely a romantic spirit to wine. A delicate dance for the taste buds, Lillet's Rosé keeps it light and sweet, but with fuller Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillion grape flavor. Rosé has established itself as a glamorous alternative to champagne and with its vintage stylings, Lillet lends an elegant touch to this classic tipple.
Creel and Gow
Amethyst Bowl $1,500
February's birthstone is the amethyst and it couldn't be more appropriate for the month's signet holiday with its deep, voluptuous purple textures. Said to ward off drunkenness and promote clear-headedness, this pure amethyst bowl suggests a raw, natural earthiness as well as high-minded luxury. Best of all, each is one of a kind and hand-picked by the house's sculpture experts.
Lonely Lingerie $99
Founded in 2009, New Zealand label Lonely perfectly treads the line between sexy, romantic, modern and classic. While their entire collection is covetable, with cut-outs, velvet straps, lace and an impeccable eye for detail, the Sabel bra in black, deep green, electric blue—and soon in red and navy—is as comfortable as it is alluring.
The School of Life + Momiji Collective
Virtue Doll: Kindness $37
London-based The School of Life is "devoted to developing emotional intelligence," and this hand-painted resin figurine is a beautiful upshot of such altruistic thinking. Their "Kindness" virtue doll—created in collaboration with the designers behind Momiji Collective—is a physical reminder to spread joy and affection to all.
Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments
200e System 7 $29,999
Donald Buchla is undeniably a pioneer of electronic music. A contemporary of Robert Moog, he built his first voltage-controlled synthesizer in the '60s, which would provide nearly infinite possibilities of sounds to artists, and not limit them to musical notes in the equal temperament scale. Today, his modular systems are used by artists from Trent Reznick to Deadmau5 to create unpredictable sounds. The Buchla 200e series first launched in 2005, and System 7 is the one containing the full works, from six waveform generators to a duo phonic pitch class generator. The symphonies of the future lie within these modules.
Witness Company USA
Magic Church Key $75
Witness Company—a Brooklyn-based jewelry label founded in 2013—aims to marry form and function through a range of solid brass and sterling silver accessories. This handmade keyring isn't just a sweet love heart, it's also a bottle opener complete with an all-seeing eye to ward off evil.
Give Love Dominoes $25
NYC's Jamaican outpost Miss Lily's is home to a diverse range of positive vibes, from delicious Caribbean food and fresh juices to hard-to-find vinyl and products that speak to the group's social nature. These "Give Love" dominoes come with a limited-edition artwork by the musically-inclined artist Spliffington. Adding even more warmth to the set is knowing a portion of sales goes to the Rockhouse Foundation, a charity that supports youth education in Jamaica.
Tomato (Lycopersicon Esculentum) Candle $55
Called the "golden apple" in Italian, and "wolf peach" in scientific terms, the tomato comes in a beautiful array of vivid colors and is just as versatile in dishes. Carrière Frères, the oldest manufacturer of fine candles in France, have captured the fruit's delicate scent in their fine vegetable wax, free of any chemicals. The earthy, herbal aroma will effortlessly fill the living room with memories of that summer backyard garden.
Gravel & Gold Goods
Boob Tote $87
Gravel & Gold is a San Francisco-based shop of kitschy wonders that's serious about knowing (and supporting) the artists behind the wares they stock. Their in-house line G&G Goods is nothing to scoff at either. Bare it all with their hand-printed and -sewn canvas Boob Tote, which adds a little thrill to those routine activities, like the commute to work or venture to the grocery store. Details like an interior pocket and heavy red leather straps make the bag as high quality as it is provocative.
Ty D.I.Y. Shower Curtain $35
Already known as a place for inspiring deep thoughts, the bathroom can prompt even more creative thinking with Grain's DIY shower curtain. The non-toxic curtain comes with a refillable permanent marker made from post-consumer waste, and is ethically produced in the US' Pacific Northwest. All you need is imagination.
Embrace Cuff $155
Handmade in NYC, the Embrace Cuff is a striking piece of polished arm candy by Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Mapes, who manifests her love for antique and vintage jewelry into bold, modern designs. Like the wrist that bears it, the solid brass will also change over time by developing a rich patina through use. The sterling silver version sports ten champagne diamond bracelets on each "hand" for even more eye-catching bling.
Ambre Bubble Bath $51
While many companies take to the modern ideal for a clean aesthetic, Côté Bastide's commitment to their Provençal roots is a refreshing reminder that winsome packing can still project a sense of simplicity. Just a dollop of their amber bubble bath will fill the air with fresh tinges of vanilla and rich, Old World antiquity.
Firefly Vaporizer $270
Enjoy the benefits of a solid toke without inhaling gnarly smoke with the Firefly vaporizer. Running on a rechargeable battery, this slick, portable device will heat up your plant of choice for a healthier draw, keeping you lit wherever you roam.