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Boldface Secret Santa

Notable New Yorkers (Judah, Ivanka, ?uestlove, Nora ) select presents for their equally prominent peers.


arrowKelly Cutrone, publicist

“I would have London jeweler Toby McLellan design a custom signet ring merging Marcus’s family crests from his birth family in Ethiopia and his adopted one in Sweden” (from $1,050 at

arrowMarcus Samuelsson, chef

“I’d give David a pair of Adidas adiZero Adios—the kind worn by Haile Gebrselassie when he broke the world record in the marathon” ($110 at Adidas Originals, 136 Wooster St., nr. Prince St.; 212-673-0398).

Barton, gym owner

“I’d give Todd a schnauzer puppy in a basket. I’m obsessed with the breed” (mini schnauzer puppies, from $600 at New Jersey Schnauzer Rescue Network, 732-920-8242,

Todd Selby photographr

“I would buy Judah an Italian boater, to mix up his signature style. He could still put a funny saying on a card and tuck it into the side” ($150 at J.J. Hat Center, 310 Fifth Ave., nr. 31st St.; 212-239-4368).

arrow?uestlove, musician

“I’d give Danny Ingo Maurer’s Seven Rats table lamp. I recall reading that Danny had a French poodle named Ratatouille when he was younger, so that drew me to Remy from Ratatouille” ($4,410 at Ingo Maurer LLC, 89 Grand St., at Greene St.; 212-965-8817).

Batali, chef

“As an over-the-top gift I would give ?uestlove a long-weekend vacation and food tour in Sicily and the surrounding islands, and of course I would have to go along for quality control.”

arrowIvanka Trump, developer

“I’d buy Mario an orange Hermès agenda cover to match his Crocs and his hectic schedule” (Ulysse mini notebook cover, $155 at Hermès, 691 Madison Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-751-3181).


Judah Friedlander, comedian

“I’d give Ivanka a membership to the Spin New York Ping-Pong club. They have amazing Korean tacos, and you can watch some of the city’s top players” ($650 per year, 48 E. 23rd St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-982-8802).


Meyer, restaurateur

“Since André is a huge fan of all things Louis Vuitton, I thought he might like their iPad cover” ($390 at Louis Vuitton, 1 E. 57th St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-758-8877).

arrowAndré Leon Talley, 'Vogue' editor

“I would give Nora a Japanese maple from Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne, New York, along with a beautiful pot from Treillage” (from $75 at Rosedale Nurseries; 914-769-1300).

Ephron, writer

“I would give Kiernan the collected works of Jane Austen, in book form, of course. No young woman should grow up not having read them” (Jane Austen: Seven Novels, $20 at Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-587-5389).

Kiernan Shipka, 'Mad Men' actress

“I would buy the Flybar 800, a totally cool pogo stick, for Penn. I love to pogo, and I think he would too” ($220 at

arrowSimon Doonan, Barneys creative director

“I would give Sarah a super-snooty, exquisitely crafted Delvaux handbag from Belgium. It’s pretty effing fabulous” (Delvaux Brilliant MM, $3,250 at Barneys, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900).

arrowBrooklyn Decker, supermodel

“My gift is somewhat selfish: a refurbished typewriter so Simon can write another hilarious book for me to read on set” ($395 from Brady & Kowalski at the Brooklyn Flea, 1 Hanson Pl., at Flatbush Ave., Ft. Greene; 917-669-2642).

Chang, chef

“I’d buy Brooklyn a neon leotard with matching leg warmers in homage to her recent workout videos” ($25 and $16 at American Apparel, 183 E. Houston St., at Orchard St.; 212-598-4600).


Penn Badgley, 'Gossip Gir' actor

“I’d get David a Virus TI keyboard synthesizer. He can put headphones on and let the stress of the New York food scene melt away” ($2,995 at B&H, 420 Ninth Ave., at 34th St.; 212-444-5000).


arrowSarah Hyland, 'Modern Family' actress

“I would give the Franks woolen scarves to keep them warm, because I know I freeze to death in the dry cold” (Engineered Garments scarf, $75 at Odin, 328 E. 11th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-475-0666).

Frankies, chefs

“We would get Gail one of these calendars from the Dolphin Studio. She’ll never want to throw it away” ($75 at Bird, 203 Grand St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 718-388-1655).

arrowGail Simmons, 'Top Chef' judge

“I would give Chloë a modern kitchen apron to brighten up her wardrobe on the final season of Big Love” (buttoned lace apron, $28 at Anthropologie, 75 Ninth Ave., nr. 15th St.; 212-620-3116).

Chloë Sevigny , 'Big Love' actress

“I would give Kelly a weekend at a meditation retreat. After dealing with celebrities all day, she’ll relish the serenity” (Ananda Ashram in Monroe, N.Y., from $55 for one night; 845-782-5575).

Photographs: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine (the Frankies); Patrick McMullan (remaining heads); Getty Images (Buddah); Danny Kim/New York Magazine (handbag, calendars, leg warmers, hat and agenda); iStockphoto (Sicily); Steve Greaves/Getty Images (tree); Shutterstock (puppy); Courtesy of the vendors (remaining)


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