Best Bets

Fish Tank from Aquatic Creations in New York.
Photo: Marcel Christ

The Best Bet
Why? Fish are the ultimate low-maintenance pet. No walking in the rain, no brushing out hair, no litter-box changing. They’re also the only pet that doubles as home décor—especially if you order an aquarium from a custom shop like Williamsburg-based Aquatic Creations (718-302-9080 or, which will build, install, and maintain a tank in virtually any shape and size. In the $2,000, 26-gallon bow-tank model shown here, everything is alive, from the rocks and coral reef to the cardinal, angel, rabbit, box, and clown (yes, that’s Nemo) fish.

Photo: Jennifer Karady

(1) Lined in nubuck, these handmade calfskin baby booties will coddle newborn feet like no others ($43 at Kendall’s Closet; 212-501-8911).

(2) Hang some real treasure on your tree with Michael Wainwright’s egg-shaped porcelain ornaments, which are painted with platinum or 22-karat gold and embellished with precious stones ($250–$425 at Barneys New York; 212-826-8900).

(3) Frankly Darling’s filmy chiffon dressing gown can go over a slip for more public outings (in five colors; $418 at Henri Bendel; 212-247-1100).

(4) Weighing in at just 760 grams (or 26.83 ounces), Easton’s new Synergy hockey skate is the lightest on the market ($549; for dealers).

(5) Previously only available in airport duty-free shops, Johnny Walker Green Label (a fifteen-year-old malt-whiskey blend) is now in liquor stores citywide ($50; for more info).

(6) With one half swiveled to face the other, Les Migrateurs’s velvet Confident sofa (by Paris-based furniture designer Cherif) encourages friendly chat ($4,500 at Les Migrateurs; 212-966-8208 or

Best Bets