My Favourite Things Holiday Gift Guide 2014

For the fourth time already, here is my annual Christmas gift guide. It is really starting to be a tradition now. I always like putting this list together. Partly because I can fantasize about giving items I can't afford right now, partly just because it helps me getting in the festive spirit. And although there are plenty of items I - and probably lots of others - can't afford on this list, there are equally as many affordable items. Like in past years I have selected gifts under a €100 as well as gifts (far) more expensive, for everyone on the list.

Oh, one more thing. For the first time I am going to give one of the items on this list to one of you!

... a beautiful dark blue, faux-fur coat from new Dutch brand every.day.counts and long leather gloves from H&M's higher-end sister & Other Stories. every.day.counts coat €129 & Other Stories gloves €65

... classic perforated brogues from Alexander McQueen, which look hipster-level cool with rolled up jeans and modern smart with a skinny suit. In both outfits these skull printed H&M socks are a fun detail. Alexander McQueen brogues €545 and H&M socks €4,99

... Michaela DePrince's book on her transition from war orphan to star ballerina at the Dutch National Ballet and a wonderful night out for two in Amsterdam. The night will start at the new two Michelin star restaurant Librije's Zusje Amsterdam in the Waldorf Astoria, then a visit to the National Ballet's Cinderella and back to the Waldorf for a night at the Brentano Suite. In reality my sister and I are taking my mother just to the ballet. Book by Michaela DePrince €16,45 Night out at the Waldorf and the ballet approximately €4000.

... a grammaphone player, so he can play his collection of lp's again, and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour lp, because it was my personal favourite album of the year. Philips record player €149,99 and Sam Smith's in the Lonely Hour lp €22,99

... a handmade suede bracelet from Label B, a new brand founded by primary school classmate Bregje, and a personalized cashmere Burberry scarf. Label B suede bracelet €9,95 and Burberry scarf (+ monogram!) €480

... a classic Cartier Tank watch would be welcome. It's so ridiculously expensive though that I wouldn't even dare to actually put it on any real wishlist. Cartier watch €2200


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