The 2014 914INC.redible Holiday Gift Guide

22 terrific gifts to cover all your work-related holiday needs.



You’ve made your list, checked it twice, and now you’re wondering just what the heck to get your important clients, hard-working employees, intrepid interns, supportive mentor, and closest work pals. And then there’s the office grab bag or the colleague who surprised you with a little something. We’ve got it all under control with a selection of unique, thoughtful, and business-appropriate choices at a variety of price points:

$ Secret Santa & Gift-Closet Items (Up to $50) 
For your enterprising interns, the colleague who always picks up Starbucks and anyone who might have slipped your mind

$$ Perfectly Priced Presents ($51 to $250)
For your boss, employees, office spouse, and the co-workers who keep you from nodding off during marathon meetings

$$$ Spectacular Splurges ($251+)
For your most valued clients, productive team members, and anyone else who has been very, very good this year

$$ More Elegant Than Email 

For those who value the art of handwritten communication, these handsome writing instruments, handcrafted in limited quantities from such fine woods as red and black buckeye burl, eucalyptus burl, and white bean, are a thoughtful choice for the moonlighting marksman or sure-shot staff member. $60 to $200

Wish, Rye (914) 967-2910

$$$ Equestrian Elegance

To celebrate 2014 as the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, the master glassmakers at Lalique, the esteemed French crystal brand, have created the limited-edition Cheval Kazak Running Horse. Named for a breed native to China and Russia, this very special objet d’art symbolizes speed and freedom by capturing the beauty of the horse mid-run. Perfect for display in a study or on office shelves. $630

R & M Woodrow Jewelers, Rye (914) 967-0460; woodrowjewelers.com

New & Notable

This mini-medley of notebooks from Poppin—10 passport-sized notebooks in a crayon-like array of colors—is sure to perk up even the most tedious to-do lists and aggravating assignments. $20

Staples, Scarsdale (914) 725-0324 (and other locations); staples.com

$$ Sensational Scents

Hand-poured in Colorado, a botanical candle from Rosy Rings looks and smells yummy enough to eat. Choose from scents like Pumpkin Farmhouse (with the scents of sweet pumpkin, fresh ground nutmeg, dark cocoa, and caramelized sugar) and Spicy Apple (with the fragrance of a fresh-baked apple pie, featuring apple slices and cinnamon sticks). A substantial 5 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches tall, they offer a generous 200-hour burn time—long enough to outlast any marathon strategy session. $52

Holbrook Cottage, Briarcliff Manor (914) 944-0734; holbrookcottage.com

$ Perfect Pair

This delish Sweet and Savory Gift Stack offers the perfect combination of seasonal snack tastes, including traditional Mississippi cheddar cheese straws and tropical Key lime straws of rich, buttery shortbread. Keep on hand for unexpected gift-reciprocation—any leftovers just mean more for you! $29.99 

Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets, Bedford (914) 219-5260; tastefultreats.com

 

$$ Fresh From the Farm

Gift the health-conscious client this delicious Harvest Gourmet Sampler featuring such all-natural treats from Vermont as Cranberry WindsorDale Cheese, with whole cranberries in a raw-milk, British-style recipe; and Alehouse Cheddar Crackers, mixed, rolled, and baked by hand with cheddar cheese and local artisan ale. Rounding out the farm-fresh snack options are an addictive apple butter and canned peaches from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania—all presented on a bamboo cutting board. $60

Holbrook Cottage, Briarcliff Manor (914) 944-0734; holbrookcottage.com

$$$ Oenophile’s Favorite

The exclusive EuroCave Wine Art brings two bottles of red and/or white to the correct
serving temperatures for maximum enjoyment. Once opened, its innovative air extraction
system protects the wine from risk of oxidation for up to 10 days. $499

Wine Enthusiast, Mount Kisco (914) 345-9463; wineenthusiast.com

$ Cheers!

You don’t have to be an aspiring sommelier to appreciate how this very cool automatic push-button corkscrew smoothly extracts any cork from a wine bottle with the simple push of a button. With an illuminated body of electric blue and stainless steel, it looks cool, too. $29.95

Wine Enthusiast, Mount Kisco (914) 345-9463; wineenthusiast.com

$ Great Perks

Toss those cardboard cups into the recycling bin. These chic colorblock mugs and espresso cups, in lemongrass, navy, very berry, and cerulean, are designed to add some real style to a brew of your recipient's choice. Mugs, $14 each; espresso cups, $48 for a set of four

C. Wonder, White Plains (914) 289-1500; cwonder.com

$$$ No More Coffee Runs

Your team really delivered on that last project—so thank them by replacing the cranky old one-type-of-brew-for-all machine with the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso/Cappuccino Machine. Whether they’re craving cappuccino, espresso, or decaf, your employees can simply select a pod, press a button, and 40 seconds later enjoy their own freshly brewed gourmet beverage, topped off with a burst of steamed or frothed milk. And just like a barista, it’ll even remember each person’s favorite drink. $399

Chef Central, White Plains (914) 328-1376; chefcentral.com

$$$ Sophisticated Snacking

This Gourmet Grandeur Gift Basket is elegantly presented in a pair of handsome gold and leather-like buckled trunks. Included are five different dried fruits, a yummy sampling of chocolate—Godiva, Tate’s chocolate-chip cookies, and Tortuga Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt—and such savory nibbles as honey-mustard pretzels, crispy croustades gourmet shells, and an Italian herb and wine mascarpone cheese dip. $299.99

Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets, Bedford (914) 219-5260; tastefultreats.com

$ Seasonings Greetings

The Culinary Herb Garden in a Bag has everything the cook or gardener on your list needs to grow such herbs and spices as feathery dill, Italian parsley, chive, and cilantro. All they need is a sunny windowsill, either at home or in the office, to bring lunch at their desk to a whole new level. $12

Domestic Dry Goods Company, Rye Brook (914) 481-4822; domesticdrygoodscompany.com

$$$ Trunks Up

This hand-lacquered ottoman tray (20" x 20"; other sizes available), designed by J. Fleet of Pleasantville and handmade in Vietnam, features four elephants with their trunks lifted upward—a traditional symbol of good luck, prosperity, and happiness. It’s heat-resistant, waterproof, and table-friendly for all foods. $395

The Silk Road, Bronxville (914) 337-2177; thesilkroadny.com

$$$ Creature Comforts Camping

With “glamping” all the rage as a vacation trend, the Riverside Sleeping Bag from the PARK brand, designed by Katonah resident Anne-Marie Olsen, is just the thing for outdoorsy—but not into roughing it—biz types. Made of soft nylon filled with goose down and trimmed in silky silver fox fur, it features a classic nylon plaid interior trim and carrying pouch and comes in black, navy, red, and white. $1,000

Family Britches, Chappaqua (914) 238-8017; www.familybritches.com

$$ Driving Force

Make an impression on the car aficionados on your list with these copper-colored leather driving gloves. Featuring a textured palm for a sure grip and a snap closure for a no-slip fit, the ultra-soft, genuine lambskin offers a natural, second-skin-like feel. $69

Orvis, Yonkers, (914) 963-2196; www.orvis.com

$$ Road Warrior Wonder

It won’t fill out expense reports or make airplane seats roomier, but the stylish yet sturdy Businessman’s Backpack from Orvis will make business trips more comfortable and productive. It features a lockable main compartment, interior zippered security pocket, brass hardware, and leather-trimmed grab handle. (Emboss up to six letters on leather or engrave on brass plate for an additional $8.) $198

Orvis, Yonkers, (914) 963-2196; www.orvis.com

$$ The Stylish Swing of Things

With these classic Arvid Golf Head Covers from PARK protecting their clubs, who knows how many strokes they’ll be able to shave off their game? Constructed from water-resistant, Italian-coated canvas with vachetta leather trim, the set of three has a handsome, treated plaid lining designed to baby a driver, wood, and putter. Available in black, red, and white. $175

Family Britches, Chappaqua (914) 238-8017; www.familybritches.com

$$ Photo Finish

Take the old family photo display in an office or cubicle to a whole new level of sophistication with these chic Lucite desk accessories available in clear, tortoise, black, or navy. A simple magnetic feature makes it easy for your recipient to pop a personal photo into a pen holder ($44); small box ($48); colored beveled frame ($48); paper holder ($58); or medium-sized box ($98). For that extra-special person on your list—or maybe yourself—there’s also a large tray for $250. $44 to $250 per piece

HIPCHIK Home, Armonk; (914) 273-4600   

$-$$$ One-Size-Fits-All Bliss

One of our all-time favorite gifts to give and to receive (hint, hint) is a gift card for the soothing service(s) of our choice at the idyllic Oasis Day Spa,
winner of Westchester Magazine’s Best of the Decade and Best of Westchester nods. You pick the denomination, and the lucky recipient can use that amount toward such blissful treatments as a 60-minute Swedish massage or signature facial ($115 each) or a 30-minute lavender sea salt scrub ($75).
$25 to amount of your choice  

Oasis Day Spa, Dobbs Ferry (914) 409-1900; www.oasisdayspanyc.com 

$$ A Drone of One’s Own

How cool is this Bloomie’s exclusive? Forget delivering packages—remote-controlled drone Dronium takes photos as it flies. The photos can then be uploaded to a computer to share with friends and family. Perfect for large gatherings—like the office holiday party. $99

Bloomingdale’s, White Plains (914) 684-6300; www.bloomingdales.com 

$$$ Crystal Clear Persuasion

Lalique’s exquisite lead crystal Lucca Vase is inspired by the city of Lucca in Italy, long known for its silk weaving. Handcrafted by the renowned crystal company’s master glass craftsman in its Alsace, France, studios, it features a soft, satin-finished draping motif at its bottom. Present with a fresh bouquet  of flowers for an extra-stunning impression. $2,700

R & M Woodrow Jewelers, Rye (914) 967-0460; www.woodrowjewelers.com

 

 

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