As I write this, it’s 27 degrees out and the sky is as grey as the sidewalk, and I’m feeling like it’s going to be a very long winter indeed. One way I try and combat the seasonal gloom is to surround myself with bright colors and prints. The effect they have — on an outfit, a room, a stinky mood — can be truly transformative. For the holidays, I’m choosing only items that promise a happy pop of bright for the recipient.
1. Aurelie Bidermann Cotton and Gold-plated Cuff
Aurelie Bidermann’s jewelry is an obsession of mine; this gold-plated and cotton number is such a chic, grown-up version of a friendship bracelet.
2. Tatsuro Kiuchi’s “Tunnel”
This print is pure sunshine on paper. It makes me think of old Pan-Am and TWA travel posters from the 40s and 50s — so bold and saturated and graphic.
3. Comme des Garcons Embossed French Wallet
It is possible that over the years, I’ve given more Comme des Garcons pouches and wallets as gifts than any single other thing (and of course I own more than one!). They are well-made, incredibly handy, and come in such a pleasing array of colors.
4. Suzana Binder Notebook
For the Liberty of London freak on your list. Or for the obsessive list-maker on your list. Or just for the person who could most use a full-on floral explosion right about now on your list.
5. Rosewood Mayakoba Blue Cotton Table Runner
For a little Mexican vacation at dinnertime.
Did You Catch Kim’s Gift Guide Last Year?
For more gift ideas and general mid-life coolness, read one of our very favorite blogs, Kim France’s Girls of a Certain Age.