The Perfect 10

Great gifts to delight everyone on your list.

By Marni Elyse Katz | Boston Magazine |

For the Imbibing Locavore


Bully Boy Vodka
The Willis brothers — whose ancestors churned out artisanal spirits on the family farm during the Prohibition era — launched their distillery earlier this year, and are also producing white whiskey and white rum.

$29, Brix, 105 Broad St., Boston; 1284 Washington St., Boston; 617-542-2749, brixwineshop.com.

 

For the Ramblin’ Man

Photograph by Michael Basu

Billykirk Carryall
This work-overnighter hybrid, made of waxed cotton and trimmed with leather, fits a laptop, a few magazines, jeans, and a clean pair of boxers.

$335, Stel’s, 334 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-3348, shopstels.com.

 

For the Retro Techie


Areaware Alarm Clock
Slip an iPhone into this beech dock and watch the numbers flip by — then get an old-fashioned wake-up call.

$42, Koo de Kir, 65 Chestnut St., Boston, 617-723-8111, koodekir.com.

 

 

For the Low-Key Gardener

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Table & Tulip Terrariums
Frequent travelers and black thumbs who long for house plants will love these succulent arrangements: Just add indirect sunlight and the occasional spritz, and they’ll thrive.

Starting at $85, Table & Tulip at Portobello Road, 23 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-264-2020, portobelloroadusa.com.

 

For the Music Aficionado

Photograph courtesy of Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins “P5” Headphones
Every T commute turns into a personal concert with these noise-insulating headphones. Rock on.

$300, Audio Concepts, 870 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-734-1800; 90 Commonwealth Ave., North Attleboro, 508-699-8819; audioconcepts.com.

 

For the Funky Fashionista

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Cynthia Rowley Clutch
Cure her style blahs with this cheeky pill-inspired number — instant Dr. Mario chic.

$225, Cynthia Rowley, 164 Newbury St., Boston, 617-587-5240, cynthiarowley.com.

 

For the Toned Tree-Hugger

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

New Balance “Newsky” Sneakers
Your fit friend will feel good in — and about — these comfy, lightweight kicks: Approximately eight recycled plastic bottles go into each pair.

$95, New Balance, 218 Legacy Place, Dedham, 781-329-7300, shopnewbalance.com.

 

For the Discerning (Canine) Diner


Wetnõz dog Dishes
Hygienic (and durable) surgical-grade steel gives these dog bowls their shiny good looks.

$80–$130, Bark Place, 1721 Washington St., Boston, 857-362-7494, barkplacesouthend.com.

For the Spiffed-Up Sports Lover


Tokens & Icons Boston Garden Cuff Links
Now he can literally wear a piece of history on his sleeve. These sterling silver–set cuff links are fashioned from pieces of the legendary arena’s parquet floor, played on from 1946 to 1999.

$200, ICA Store, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3104, icastore.org.

 

 

For the Pee-Wee Rider

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Kid O “Bit” Bike
He’ll never need training wheels once he masters the art of balance on this bright cycle — plus, Mom and Dad will go gaga for the ultramodern design.

$125, Mila Lilu, Copley Place, Boston, 617-266-6452; Natick Mall, 508-545-2570; milalilu.com.

 

For the Urban Equestrienne

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Marc Bernstein Wrap Bracelet
She wanted a pony; this adjustable leather and gold-plated metal-rope bauble (with rings reminiscent of a horse harness) is the next best thing.

$200, Good, 88 Charles St., Boston, 617-722-9200, shopatgood.com.

 

For the Workforce Newbie

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Lenora Dame Business Card Cases
A silver holder emblazoned with decoupage prints will help new hires get giddy about networking (especially when cocktails are involved).

$36 each, Mint Julep, 1302 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-232-3600; 6 Church St., Cambridge, 617-576-6468; shopmintjulep.com.

 

For the Kitchen Wizard

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Sabatino & Co. Salt
Know a cook with a penchant for the exotic? Leave a sturdy glass jar of charming and colorful sea salt—try the mild Rose d’Himalaya Jurassic Pink variety — under his tree.

$12 for 4.5 ounces, Sabatino & Co., 130 Newbury St., Boston, 617-236-7111, sabatinoandco.com.

 

For the Hungry Bookworm

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey

Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes and The Apple Lover’s Cookbook
A renowned chef with area ties (Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and a local food writer (Amy Traverso) serve up two tasty tomes rife with recipes, stories, and photos.

Home Cooking, $40, Market, 100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-310-6790, marketbyjgboston.com; The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, $30, KitchenWares, 215 Newbury St., Boston, 857-366-4237, kitchenwaresboston.com.

 

For the Preppy Professor

Jill Rosenwald Mug
Dress up her desk with a handmade monogrammed mug rimmed in gold the Fort Point ceramicist originally created for a Boston-based interior designer enamored with chevrons.

$80, Jill Rosenwald Studio, 369 Congress St., Boston, 617-422-0787, jillrosenwald.com.

 

 

 For the Design Disciple

Photograph courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Marimekko Teapot
Gift your favorite hostess with a graphic teapot from the Danish designer’s extensive line at Crate & Barrel (pieces feature iconic ‘60s patterns as well as eye-popping present-day prints).

$79, Crate & Barrel, 777 Boylston St., Boston, 617-262-8700, crateandbarrel.com.

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