Gift Guide

Holiday Gifts to Last a Lifetime

A gathering of heirloom-quality presents

Photo: Alice Gao

From top: Watch The Sky-Dweller by Rolex now comes with the option of a more rugged bracelet: flexible titanium blades overmolded with a superdurable form of rubber ($40,000; • Rings New pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels embody the company’s feminine glamour, from the eighteen-karat-gold quatrefoil design (an ancient symbol for good luck) to a round diamond ring in a beaded yellow gold setting ($3,150–$21,100;


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Clockwise from top left: Boots The stitches that adorn each pair of No. 3 boots by Chisos evoke the petroglyphs in West Texas’s Big Bend National Park ($495; Diminutive enamel and gold vermeil lockets by Monica Rich Kosann hold two images each and come in seven glossy colors, including indigo and pale pink ($490–$640; • Handbag The classic shape of this satchel by Angela Roi feels thoroughly modern thanks to special compartments for smartphones and keys ($255; and Case This year Cartier unveiled  a unisex revamp of its beloved eighties watch, the Pasha de Cartier, featuring a spot for the owner’s initials under the crown cover ($16,600;; a luxe watch box by Leatherology offers a worthy perch ($80;

Clockwise from far left: Silhouette Commission a custom, framed silhouette from Virginia’s Le Papier Studio with the click of a mouse—artist Vana Chupp works off of clients’ photographs ($115–$380;  • Briefcase Every detail of the handsome Alexander briefcase by Florida’s Casa del Rio gets handcrafted from wild Florida alligator, right down to the rustic backstrap ($4,000; Shooting Bag You won’t come up short on shells—or style—with a full-grain cowhide field bag by Virginia’s Pinnell Custom Leather ($1,200; Utensils A great wooden spoon is as essential to a Southern kitchen as a cast-iron skillet, and Polder’s Old World Market in Virginia crafts beautiful specimens of all sorts, from stirrers to servers ($38–$699; Julep Cups Julep cups from Maryland’s Salisbury celebrate Southern silversmiths, whether it be a Carolina style (pictured here), inspired by a colonial beaker, or a Mississippi style, influenced by an early American metalworker from Natch-ez ($53–$70; Fly Rod The artist Tim Johnson turns the premier Helios 3 rod by Orvis into a masterpiece, hand burning a lively rendering of a bonefish onto the cork grip ($1,198, $1,836 with reel; Rattle The sculptor Grainger McKoy’s mallard-feather design refreshes the notion of the heirloom silver baby rattle ($225;


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From top: Jacket Alabama’s Billy Reid teamed up with the band Mumford & Sons on a limited-edition black leather jacket with antique brass hardware ($1,195; Earrings On the ear, these Mish Fine Jewelry drops look electric thanks to one pair in a bold combination of topaz and Peruvian blue opal and the other in abalone—both set in eighteen-karat gold ($6,800 each; Knife Set This knife-and-pliers combo by Ochlockonee River Cutlery maker Clayton Watkins comes with a leather sheath and makes quick work of cleaning smaller fish like bluegill ($350;

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Clockwise from far left: Gown Even if you’re sticking close to home this holiday party season, there’s no reason not to doll up for drinks in a chic yet comfortable lemon brocade robe dress from the Sil that winks at old-school dressing gowns ($895; Turntable The subtle, clean lines of a U-Turn record player with a built-in preamp don’t distract from the most important thing: the music ($379; Punch Bowl An über-elegant specimen by the silver experts at Christofle is an ideal vessel for serving cocktails by the bowlful ($3,250; Tree Topper Start a new holiday decorating tradition with an acrylic star topper by the Louisiana artist Brad Bourgoyne from Fig & Dove ($250; Decanter and Glassware Deck the bar with a hand-cut, mouth-blown crystal decanter ($1,315) and rocks glass set ($990) by Baccarat ( Journal and Pens Revive the art of scrapbooking with a good old-fashioned paper album from Jayson Home ($120; and pens perfect for the marginalia by Dallas’s Tactile Turn ($99 each; Ice Bucket The late Reed Smythe & Company cofounder and Garden & Gun contributing editor Julia Reed conceived this festive green glass ice bucket, which can double as a planter for forcing amaryllises or paperwhites around the holidays ($300; Shaker Set A twenty-four-karat-gold-plated salt and pepper set by L’Objet, inspired by Parisian carousels, catches candlelight beautifully ($325; Brooch Whether you wear it as a traditional brooch on a lapel or as a pendant on a chain, this citrine, peridot, and nineteen-karat-gold design by Virginia’s Elizabeth Locke stuns ($7,475;

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Clockwise from top: Bocce Set The Italian leather experts at Pinetti have fashioned a bocce set worthy of handing down ($940; Quilt The graphic double-circle piecework made popular during the Great Depression as a symbol of unity and love comes alive in a timeless blue-and-white cotton Lands’ End quilt ($300–$330; Paper Flowers Even in winter, the blooms created by cult-status artist Livia Cetti, from paper peonies and garden roses to this potted Muscari plant in Technicolor blue, never fade ($350; Calls Delicate, handmade wooden birdcalls by Quelle Est Belle arrive in tiny boxes emblazoned with their corresponding North American songbird, be it a nuthatch or a goldfinch ($40; Needlepoint Kit The inventive kits by female-led Loop Canvas will charm needlepoint devotees and newbies alike—particularly the botanical and gingham motifs ($88–$148; Oyster Plate The Memphis potter Melissa Bridgman adds painterly flair to the traditional serving dish ($130; 

Holiday gift guides from G&G:
>> Gift Ideas Under $50
>> Gift Ideas Under $300
>> Gift Ideas for Southern Cooks
>> Gift Ideas for the Sporting-Minded
>> Gift Ideas for Kids
>> Heirloom-Quality Gifts to Last a Lifetime
>> Our Editors’ Wish List

Also see:
>> The Winter Catalogue from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun

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