Presenting the 2023 FREDERIC Holiday Gift Guide

Our editors scoured the internet to bring you the best gifts within every budget.

December 4, 2023

Another year, another chance to up your gift-giving game! The holiday season brings with it the added stress of gift giving, and with so many products on our radars, it can be challenging to find that special thing that will truly mean something to everyone from your dearly beloved to the coworker you’ve spoken to once at the water-cooler.

To make your life a little easier, the FREDERIC editors searched far and wide to bring you the best presents in every price range. From a delectable plum jam to a solid gold telephone, each item will put you in the running for best gift-giver.

Tiny Treats: $25 & Under

by Emma Bazilian

  • Hercules Intaglio Soap by Bridie Hall

    “One of those so-pretty-you’ll-hate-to-use-it soaps—and that’s precisely the point.”

    $22, pentreath-hall.com

  • Rabbit Scissors by Bohin

    “You can never have too many tiny scissors scattered around the house. Keep a pair on every table for snipping tags and, of course, needlework threads!”

    $25, hoopandframe.com

  • Plum Jam by Salter House

    “Isn’t there something just so delightfully old-fashioned about plum jam at Christmas?”

    $14, salter.house

  • Heart-Shaped Marbled Paper Box

    “I’m a fan of hand-marbled anything, and this heart-shaped paper box is just the type of thing I can imagine someone keeping trinkets in on their dresser for years to come.”

    $21, etsy.com

  • "Flowers and Their Meanings" by Karen Azoulay

    “A delightful (and beautifully illustrated) little tome that dives into the Victorian ‘language of flowers.’ Did you know that a red carnation means ‘pure and ardent love’ but a yellow one spells ‘disdain’?!”

    $20, bookshop.org

  • Cotton Luxe Eye Mask by Desmond & Dempsey

    “A must for traveling—and even better when it’s in a pretty print. Spring for the matching PJs if you really want to make an impression.”

    $25, desmondanddempsey.com

  • Milky Way Hardback Notebook by Cambridge Imprint

    “Doesn’t everyone need an extra notebook? I’m in love with this printed paper cover—I’d like to wallpaper a room in it!”

    $18, schumacherboutique.com

  • Paper Napkins Eldblomman by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn

    “I always keep a few packages of Svenskt Tenn’s colorful paper napkins in the cupboard. Nothing makes pizza delivery feel fancier than a Josef Frank print.”

    $10, svenskttenn.com

  • Cleansing Spray by Santa Maria Novella

    “The contents of this little bottle claims to ‘purify, scent and clean’—but most importantly, a few sprays will make you feel very, very fancy.”

    $22, us.smnovella.com

  • Vegetable Knife Holder by Atelier Soleil

    “They probably don’t already have a leek-shaped faïence knife-holder, do they?”

    $13 each, soleil-deux.com

  • Idha Floral Blue Turban Hair Towel by Better Cotton

    “Pretty and practical! Once they’ve become a proper hair towel convert, they’ll never go back.”

    $22, oliverbonas.com

  • Lettuce Ornament by John Derian

    “I’m currently going through a vegetable ornament phase.”

    $24, johnderian.com

Crowd-Pleasing Classics: $25 to $100

by Hudson Moore


  • Olive Oil & Fuyu Vinegar by Flamingo Estate

    “Harvested from olive trees and persimmons grown in California, you can taste the difference in this special gift.”

    $80 for the set, flamingoestate.com

  • Infantes Gift Box by Casa Bosques

    “A fun take on my favorite gift: chocolates! These boxes give the recipient a little taste of the rare Criollo Bean Cacao—not to mention they’re beautifully packaged.”

    $68 for a box of 12, casabosques.com

  • Garden Clippers SRL in Black by Neighborhood

    “I love a practical gift, and these clippers are the perfect pair to keep in your car for some roadside harvesting!”

    $85, mellowist.com

  • Thé à la Menthe d’Agadir Lip Balm by BRYEDO

    “Buy this for the packaging alone! It’ll be a treat for anyone to open.”

    $50, byredo.com

  • Silver Antechinus Cheese Knife by Alessi

    “Sculptural and beautiful. Add to cart!”

    $50, ssense.com

  • Le Gouverneur Comb by Officine Universelle Buly

    “Such a beautiful addition to your bag.”

    €46, buly1803.com

  • Twister Salt & Pepper Grinder by Addison Ross

    “I’m bored by traditional salt and pepper grinders, but they’re a necessity in the kitchen. This one by Addison Ross is a fun take on a classic.”

    $98, collagerie.com

  • Weave Bottle Opener by Ferm Living

    “Bottle openers always seem to go rogue in my house, so I could always use one more—and I’m sure your giftee could, too!”

    $29, fermliving.us

  • Brown & Yellow Stripe Delights Mug by Harlie Brown Studio

    “Drinking a whole pot of coffee in the morning is one of my favorite rituals—and a cool mug is half the fun! I need to add this one to my collection immediately.”

    $65, ssense.com

  • Le Blanc Organic French Bubbly 0.0% by French Bloom

    “A thoughtful gift for your sober friend—or just a nice addition to the bar for folks that may want to have more stamina for a long party.”

    $39, frenchbloom.com

  • Sky Decorative Box by Georg Jensen

    “This is on my own list this year—always looking for a new decorative box to stash things in.”

    €62, georgjenson.com

  • Vida Plate by Casa Veronica

    “I’d use this plate for more than just serving up dinner: Add to your entry table, and it’ll wrangle keys, headphones, and your chewing gum of choice.”

    $70, mociun.com

Festive Favorites: $100 to $500

by Eugenia Santiesteban Soto

  • Trompe L’oeil Noix Decorative Plate by Zoe de Givenchy

    “Completely impractical, but somehow that makes me want this decorative plate even more!”

    $433, zdgofficial.com

  • Tiger Palm Tablecloth by Schumacher for Matouk

    “This is perfect for a tropical take on the holidays, and all through the year, too.”

    70 x 108in, $324, schumacherboutique.com

  • Squiggle Pitcher by Sophie Lou Jacobsen

    “I went nuts for this pitcher when I first saw it earlier this year and it’s been on my wish list ever since.”

    $175, sophieloujacobsen.com

  • San Ysidro Drive Eau de Parfum by Victoria Beckham Beauty

    “The queen of chic minimalism has done it again with her first fragrance collection. The packaging is pared down with a perfect pop of color.”

    $200, victoriabeckhambeauty.com

  • Aran Fisherman Sweater by An Púcán

    “The ultimate winter sweater that looks good dressed up or down.”

    $495, oldstonetrade.com

  • Mortar and Pestle with Wooden Base by L’Atelier Kitchen

    “I’m a sucker for beautiful kitchenware, and I’ve never seen a better looking mortar and pestle than this one.”

    $259, leatelierparis.com

  • Leather Belt by Bottega Veneta

    “A wardrobe basic with a cool buckle detail.”

    $450, net-a-porter.com

  • Delphine Clutch by Loeffler Randall

    “The ultimate go-with-anything bag that you’ll be wearing for seasons to come.”

    $295, loefflerrandall.com

  • Kara Precieux Earrings by Hermès

    “These sculptural beauties are understated, but still make a statement.”

    $500, hermes.com

  • Swedish Brass Chestnut Leaf Candleholder by Appelgren

    “These would be so beautiful flickering in a window.”

    $340, evbantiques.com

  • Les Fougeres Clutch by Schumacher x Pamela Munson

    “Snatch this up limited-edition clutch while you can! The riff on an iconic fern pattern is a classic that friends, mothers, and sisters will all love.”

    $365, schumacherboutique.com

  • Donate to the ASPCA

    “Donating to the ASPCA in your loved one’s name is a wonderful alternative to standard gift-giving.”

    $100-$500 (or beyond!), ASPCA.org/donate

Deluxe Delights: $500 & Up

by Tori Mellott


  • Park Soleil d'Hermès Picnic Basket by Hermès

    For someone on your list who likes to glamp not camp, this Hermès picnic set is the perfect foil to the great outdoors.  Bonus gifting points if you also splurge for the Hermes H blanket!”

    $15,100, hermes.com

  • Oman Vase by Ettore Sottsass for Venini

    When one of the most revered Italian glass-making companies, Venini, teams up with one of the most revered Italian architects, Ettore Sottsass, you’re going to want to grab a piece of it.”

    $6,420, artemest.com

  • Gardening Tool Set by Campbell-Rey for Flamingo Estate

    “The personification of gardening and the intersection of form and function—for those with a green thumb, we give the green light!”

    $3,000, theinvisiblecollection.com

  • 24K Gold Plated Vintage Telephone by Asprey

    “Operator? Please connect me to the Embarrassment of Riches hotline—and stat!” There’s always one person on everyone’s gift list who TRULY has everything—but if they already have 24-karat gold plated vintage telephone, they don’t need any more presents!”

    $63,000, asprey.com

  • Leather Trimmed Suitcase by Peanuts for Globe Trotter

    Whether they fly private or slum it in coach, give this festive-looking luggage to someone who deserves to stand out from the crowd—they’ll never second guess their bag on the luggage carousel again.”

    $2,395, us.globe-trotter.com

  • 220 for 2020 by David Hockney for Taschen

    “Whilst trapped in a French farmhouse during the recent pandemic, David Hockney, with the help of his iPad, digitally painted 220 depictions of the changing seasons from his window. He famously quipped, ‘They can’t cancel Spring!”

    $7,000, farfetch.com

  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon, 2014

    Drown your Christmas list troubles with this rare batch of whiskey and give the liqueur connoisseur on your list some bragging rights for their bar.”

    $1,399, therarewhiskeyshop.com

  • Girard Cashmere Throw by Saved NY

    A study in opposites; a great gift for those folks who love hard-edge symmetry but also appreciate the softer side of life. Saved NY’s geometric cashmere blanket solves for both.”

    From $1,575, saved-ny.com

  • Yellow Gold Clutch with Prasiolite by Silvia Furmanovich

    “If she’s a little boho but still enjoys a black tie, this sassy number is clutch. She might even tell you, ‘Ikatta have it!'”

    $6,809, bergdorfgoodman.com

  • Georg Jensen Pitcher

    “For that special—but unpretentious—someone who was into quiet luxury before it was cool.”

    $10,400, georgjenson.com

  • Wool Flowers Long Gloves by Bottega Veneta

    Finely ribbed wool gloves with a delicate floral embroidery for the fashionista who refuses to dress down in the snow.”

    $1,200, bottegaveneta.com

  • Capri Bangle Bracelet by Buccellati

    Jingle jangle, we’re serving Buccelatti bangle!”

    Price by inquiry, buccellati.com