Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but, really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that college student, or serious home cook, or Star Wars fanatic in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or, at least, a very helpful starting point. For our latest installment, we went to the coolest people we could find — a half-dozen Eckhaus Latta models — and asked them to tell us what they want for the holidays, as a way to figure out what to get the Pratt students, models-slash-musicians, and conceptual artists on your list.
“I would love this cute incense-burning ceramic cat because … who doesn’t love a smoking cat? It also stores matches and incense in its bottom. I would also like the Diptyque Precious body-and-bath oil. It smells delicious — like iris, vetiver, and cedar — and feels silky smooth on the skin. Lastly, I would like a Tom Ford lipstick. My pick would be Scarlet Rouge. It’s perfect for the holidays, and I love their creamy consistency, great color pigments, and smell.” — Birgitt Doss
“My two real passions in life are cooking and clothing. My aesthetic is ‘Futch’ (femme and butch), and this dress and these shoes kind of capture that middle point of the spectrum. And I’ve wanted a sous-vide machine for a while, and this consumer version of a professional product would let me really up my poached-egg and salmon game.” — Sara Oliver Wight
“I’d like the newest iPhone and a getaway trip to the Blue Lagoon or Himalayas, all expenses paid. Or just some Raf Ozweego sneakers. I’m quite picky, but you know … a girl’s gotta treat herself. Those Rafs are sick.” — Mahi Montana
“On my Christmas list this year is the Western ankle boot from Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, Spirit West by one of my favorite photographic artists Justine Kurland, and Falling Trees perfume by Regime des Fleurs.” — Thistle Brown
“I’d like a four-person infrared sauna as a Christmas gift. It would be a great place to ring in the New Year.” — May Hong
“I would like a whole Eckhaus Latta wardrobe for myself and my daughter. Although we have come close to building this, it is still in the works. The ones that would suit both of us would be the Lapped Long Sleeved Goya and EL Sport Sweater Camel Multi.” — Susan Cianciolo
The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, ultra-flattering pants, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.
Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.