Last week, we, the Strategist editors, told you what we’re giving and what we’d like to get for the holidays. This week, we accosted the Cut’s editorial director Stella Bugbee (who has impeccable taste and a fondness for things that are extremely well-made and useful), and asked her to play along. Below, what she’s planning on giving (to her kids, to her husband, to everyone else), and the things that she’d like to receive.
The Gifts I Plan on Giving
Hamilton Beach Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker
This sounds like the most pretentious “New York parent” thing to say, but my 6-year-old is really into cooking. Since he’s well-covered on Pokémon mega cards and Star Wars legos from his grandparents, I always like to give him kitchen utensils that are “his” to use. This year I’m getting him a panini press so he can learn to perfect his favorite meal: grilled-cheese sandwiches on white bread.
MagicLight Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb
I think I might have found the perfect gift for my tween daughter: The multicolor LED lightbulb that she can control on her phone. Her bedroom Snapchats will be totally off-the-chain (or whatever it is they say to mean “cool” these days. Insert eye-roll emoji here.).
My son has recently started studying photography at his middle school. The Holga medium-format film camera is affordable because it’s made of plastic, but it produces pretty cool photos with light leaks, artful blurring and a built-in nostalgic quality (think Instagram filters, but analog). It’s a great way to encourage his interest without shelling out for an expensive camera — we’ll see if he’s still into this hobby by high school.
Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking
The internet is full of recipes, but a good cookbook offers more — a meandering through a chef’s creative process and loads of inspiration. I’m giving all of my friends the debut tome from L.A.’s cult restaurant Sqirl, because even though the recipes are ridiculously hard, the overall approach to flavors, layering, and eating is so unique it will give even the most seasoned home cooks some new ideas (like a deep-bottomed copper jam pot or a canning kit).
DAQQ Gooseneck Pour Over Kettle
The Gifts I’m Hoping to Get
Aviva Stanoff Mongolian Fur Pillow
$99 (66 percent off)
at Barneys Warehouse
Acne Studios Pink Canada Wide Scarf
Area Home Gray Linen Sheets
at Area Home
I’m not an iron-the-sheets kind of woman (even though, to be honest, there’s nothing better than sleeping on freshly washed, ironed linen sheets) but I still like a cozy bed. A few years ago somebody gave me a set of linen sheets from Area Home in grey, and have been pining for a second set. I love the way you can mix and match all the shades for a casual-fancy look.
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