lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

4 years ago by

I can’t believe the gift giving season is so close! I don’t know about you, but between my book tour and all my extra baggage, I’m not ready at all! So I thought it might be a good idea to ask Steven Alan for his advice. He’s got impeccable taste and he basically specializes in beautiful things.

I don’t know if you know Steven, but here in New York and in LA, all the girls (and guys) are fans. His eponymous boutiques are where I find all my favorite brands, from Isabel to Acne and Mansur Gavriel, and even his own brand – the fashion and accessories are super easy to wear, which I love; not to mention his home boutique – it’s kind of hippie chic, which I go crazy for.

Anyway, we wanted to launch a new series where we’ll get advice from experts – and to kick it off, we thought it would be great to learn a thing or two about the art of gift giving! So here’s Steven’s advice…

 

perfum fragrance incense lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

imagine-its-yours

Always try to imagine how you would feel if you received that gift. If you secretly want it, then it’s probably a good gift!

watch lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

useful-and-beautiful

There is a design dictum that objects should be both useful and beautiful, that is something to always keep in mind. Ideally, gifts have a great story behind them.

cookbook new york lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

make-it-personal

Try to give something personal to those you don’t know so well. I love to gift my brother’s cookbooks or something signature from the store.

take-note

With family and friends, take note of things like specific food interest and clothing preferences, so you know what they like!

earrings lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

anything-cashmere

For those who have everything? Something personal, or anything cashmere.

beanies hats wool lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

plus-one

If they have kids or pets, it’s thoughtful to include something for them as well.

plant lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

check-instagram

Instagram is a great resource to get inspiration for what would be the perfect type of gift.

small-touches

Incorporate a small additional item like chocolate, tea or coffee – it’s a nice touch!

art lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

wrap-right

Just like food and wine tasting better in a beautiful setting, gifts feel more special when they are beautifully wrapped. When wrapping a gift, make it more personal by using random papers such as wallpaper or interesting magazines. Or try incorporating flowers, securing a little greenery on the outside of a beautiful package.

wrapping paper ribbon lessons in gifting steven alan presents expert series garance dore photos

from-the-heart

The note is most important. Write from the heart.

—————————————————————————————————————-

Photo 1: Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Eau de Toilette, 1509 Matthias Fragrance, Cinnamon Projects Series 01 Incense Box / Photo 2: Watch, Junghans / Photo 3: “New York Cult Recipes” by Marc Grossman / Photo 4: Earrings, Maya Brenner / Photo 5: Beanies, Steven Alan / Photo 6: Plant, Sprout Home / Photo 7: Painting, Chris Johanson.

Words: Garance Doré & Steven Alan | Photos: Erik Melvin

20 comments

Add yours

From the Archives

DORÉ x THE OUTNET
  • DORÉ x THE OUTNET
  • Holiday Gifting
  • This or That
  • Happy Holidays!
  • #AtelierDoreDoes
  • How To...
dore the outnet sophie auster

A Creative Life: Sophie & Spencer

Julie Houts Atelier Dore

The Crown Julie

Sag Harbor Summer

Sag Harbor Summer

A Brand and a Soul: Phillip Lim

A Brand and a Soul: Phillip Lim

Pardon my french pat cleveland garance dore photo

Embracing Your Freedom: Pat Cleveland

Mating in Captivity: Esther Perel

Mating in Captivity: Esther Perel

Friendship, Support and Self-Deprecation: Rose & Laura

Friendship, Support and Self-Deprecation: Rose & Laura

Episode 5: Art of Entertaining: Gad Elmaleh and Alireza Niroomand

Episode 5: Art of Entertaining: Gad Elmaleh and Alireza Niroomand

Pardon My French Garance Dore Isabel Marant Caroline de Maigret photo

Episode 4: La Parisienne with Isabel Marant & Caroline de Maigret