Discover the essence of local charm with our local gift guides, a curated selection of the finest treasures that each corner of the country has to offer.
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The Museum of Fine Arts has collaborated with ethical shoe company Cariuma to create two sneakers featuring iconic Katsushika Hokusai works of art from the museum’s collection, the “Great Wave” and “Warriors in Combat.” $89, cariuma.com—Abby Bielagus
There’s no more romantic spa setting in Chicago than AIRE, a dimly lit destination featuring a series of hot and cold baths set in a restored factory complete with original exposed brick, wooden beams and industrial columns. AIRE’s most unique offering? The Signature Wine Experience, where you and your partner can submerge yourself completely in antioxidant-rich wine made from Spanish Ribera del Duero red grapes while receiving a cranial massage and, afterward, an hour-long massage with grapeseed oil. $1200—JP. Anderson
To get into the holiday spirit, Honolulu Cookie Company has reintroduce three of their seasonal flavors—Peppermint Macadamia, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Macadamia and White Chocolate Ginger Spice. With many cookie assortments in various sizes, find gifts for everyone on your list… teachers, neighbors, coworkers, clients, family and friends, there’s something for everyone! In addition to the full holiday collection, various Holiday Gift Sets and Single Flavor Boxes are available exclusively online. honolulucookie.com —Ela Slathern
Imagine tiptoeing around a museum’s corridors long after sunset, with no one around and nothing but awe-inspiring artworks and fascinating relics keeping you company. Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts has you covered with its array of private event spaces up for grabs after hours, making it the ultimate spot for cozy holiday gatherings or even a romantic dinner for two. On the top of our list is the Reinzi, the MFAH’s exclusive museum for European decorative arts. If you’re after an extraordinary experience, renting a private museum is the ultimate in exclusivity and beauty–making it a choice like no other. 1406 Kirby Drive—Haven Hathaway
Surprise the theater lover in your life with season tickets to The Smith Center's Toyota Broadway Las Vegas Series. Highlights of the 2023-2024 season include showings of Chicago (Jan. 16 to 21); Funny Girl (March 26 to 31); Come From Away (May 14 to 19); Girl From The North Country (June 4 to 9); and Peter Pan (June 18 to 23).—The Editors
With its tranquil seaside location, serene Japanese design elements and access to some of the city’s best sushi, what can be better than a stay at Nobu Ryokan Malibu? We think it’s the new Custom Diamond Menu experience, a collaboration between the exclusive hotel and renowned Beverly Hills-based jeweler Martin Katz. Available for guests staying in the resort’s premium beachfront suites, the menu includes a signature cocktail experience, a gourmet breakfast for two, an optional diamond facial, and, of course, diamonds! Katz has curated a selection of his celeb-loved designs for the hotel’s guests that can be experienced and purchased from the comfort of their suites. Brilliant! malibu.nobuhotels.commartinkatz.com—Laura Eckstein Jones
New York City
Check into the ultraluxe Aman New York for a three-night stay in a Premier or Grand suite for a stay cation including meals at Arva and Nama, mindfulness meditations, cryotherapy chamber sessions, Banya experiences, and a Jazz Club experience including a meet and greet with the performers. 730 Fifth Ave.—The Editors
Few places say luxury like The Four Seasons at The Surf Club. Relax by the pool in a daytime cabana and then arrange a personalized spa experience. With offerings from the rhythmic inner harmony massage, recovery and rescue massage perfect for destressing, or specialized facials, the spa offers all you need for a blissful experience. Follow up your pampering with a meal at Lido overlooking the terrace and gazing at the stunning water. Is there anything better? 9011 Collins Ave. Surfside, @fssurfside—The Editors
Newport Beach’s Lugano Diamonds is known for its one-of-a-kind designs featuring gems scoured from around the world. From rings punctuated by rare padparadscha sapphires to earrings dripping in jaw-dropping emeralds, the pieces crafted at Lugano are true showstoppers thanks to owners Idit and Moti Ferder. Stop by its flagship store at Fashion Island this season to pick up stunning sparklers or design a one-of-a-kind piece in collaboration with Lugano's expert jewelers.
Every foodie will have this on their list. The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival returns with its four-day lineup of food-related happenings on Dec. 7-10. Guests can anticipate a star-studded lineup of renowned chefs and culinary personalities from around the globe, serving up everything from sizzling live cooking demonstrations and wine tastings to intimate chef-led workshops and private dinners. The 16th annual festival is now partnering with Wine Spectator to increase its wine capabilities with more than 60 wine tables at the popular Grand Tasting event, is hosting seven new events in 2023, and is expanding its footprint throughout The Palm Beaches with a kick-off party in Boca Raton.—Kara Franker
Add some sparkle to the holiday season with by creating custom jewelry or revamping your existing heirloom pieces with help from Solana Beach's Marrow Fine. Founder Jillian Sassone's expert designers will begin with a consultation followed by a 3D rendering of your desired design. Eight to 10 weeks later, your custom piece will arrive, ready to wear! If time isn't on your side, you can also shop Marrow Fine's signature collection of rings, earrings and more, which Sassone describes as “a mix of art deco, midcentury and maybe a little boho, too.” Treat yourself or someone special.—Allison Mitchell
Since its founding in 1987, Domaine Carneros has been heralded as an environmental leader. The Reve is always a favorite and is 100% chardonnay sparkling wine aged for a minimum of six years. This year, surprise that special someone with a gift set of beautiful bottles from this stunning winery.—The Editors
Splurge and gift a needed staycation. Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain in affluent Paradise Valley, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa embodies the spirit of the Southwest with its peaceful desert setting, private grounds for hiking and meditation and more. Plus, include a spa gift for its head-to-toe signature Aromatherapy Renewal Massage that promises ultimate relaxation. marriot.com—The Editors
Give the gift of fitness with a class at one of the multiple locations of Barry’s Bootcamp. Each hour-long class features HIIT training, free weights, resistance bands and more to get a sweat on in style.—The Editors
Who can say no to diamonds? Dazzle your loved ones with Adeler Jewelers’ 1.76ct Triple Marquise Dangle Diamond Earrings. This classic yet breathtaking must-have set offers a quintessential touch of sparkle, set with handmade 14kt white gold details and a one-of-a-kind design. 772 Walker Rd., 703.759.4076, adelerjewelers.com—Katherine Mahoney and Elizabeth Scinta