By Rachel Epstein published
For people who work at a fashion magazine, Marie Claire editors sure do love a great home essential (candles! roombas! croissant lamps!). And if there's one thing the MC team is good at, it's making a list—especially come holiday time. Ahead, the products we've been eyeing that would make excellent gifts (cough cough), if we do say so ourselves...
Byredo Burning Rose Scented Candle
"I plan to purchase a Byredo candle in Burning Rose this holiday season for obvious reasons—namely the addicting smell! The calming scent of rose petals with notes of violet, leather, and birch tree is so invigorating, and I feel like it would add such a sweet and feminine touch to my apartment."
—Chelsea Hall, Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director
Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine
"We love to entertain but neither my husband or I is a big drinker and, therefore, not well-versed in cocktails. With this amazing contraption, we can enjoy the company of our friends and not get stuck clumsily muddling mint leaves and measuring jiggers of alcohol all evening."
—Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Managing Editor
Jacquemus Le Sac Riviera Leather Bag
"I’ve been holding out on buying a Jacquemus bag because I wanted to find the perfect one. My patience has been rewarded in the form of this Riviera handbag. It’s big enough to hold more than just my wallet, but small enough to look delicate and dainty."
—Marina Liao, Fashion News Editor
MARC FISHER LTD 'Yale' Chelsea Boot
"For the cost, I think these are the best Chelsea boots money can buy. They are so crazy comfortable, have a walkable heel, and make me feel put together even when pairing them with a distressed jeans and a tee. If you haven’t already guessed, I own a pair of these boots. If I get another pair for Christmas this year, it will be my third pair in life. Call me loyal, or cheap (because I’m pretty sure these are a Celine knockoff), but I say go with what you know works."
—Kayla Webley Adler, Features Director
Everlane Puffer Jacket
"I am definitely addicted to Everlane for its ethical ethos, but also for the quality of its garments. I also happen to need a new puffer coat in preparation for the icy Boston winter. This one offers the coverage I want, and the white is neutral yet still a good complement to all of my outfits. I'll match the inches feet of snow we're probably going to get this year!"
—Katherine J. Igoe, Contributing Editor
Urban Outfitters Biltec BA-35F 35mm Camera
"Capturing moments is a hobby of mine I want to take more seriously in the coming year. (I might as well capitalize on my skill of catching all of my friends' angles the best!) Most importantly, reminiscing on life experiences through film makes moments feel even more special. Over the summer, a friend of mine used this camera to snap epic shots of our shenanigans and the photos turned out so dope. iPhone cameras are futuristic, but film photos are timeless."
—Maya Allen, Digital Beauty Editor
Chanel Velvet Boots
"If Santa is real, he will make this miracle happen. I first saw these perfect boots in September when I did some sight-seeing in the Chanel boutique in Paris. I love the signature quilting detail and the subtle logo on the strap, which adds some delicateness and femininity to an otherwise sturdy boot. I imagine these to be the perfect throw-them-on-and-go boots with leggings and a sweater on the weekend or skinny jeans and a blazer on workdays. Mr. Claus, I promise I would wear these every day!!!"
—Sally Holmes, Digital Director
MoMa Design Store Visual Measuring Cups
“I cook a lot, and my measuring cups are beaten up so you can’t even read the numbers on them. But if I had this new set, that would never be an issue! I love how the intuitive design makes it easy to find the right cup instantly. Can someone get me these, please? I’ll cook you dinner if you do!”
—Jennifer Goldstein Sullivan, Beauty & Health Director
BALENCIAGA Track 2 Sneaker
"I blame my final trip to Barneys for keeping these bad boys at the top of mind. Trying them on was my first mistake because I’ve already been imagining all of the track suit pants and mom jeans I can wear with these sneakers. I love their masculine appeal and how effortlessly understated the black-on-black design looks. I’ll never own enough basic black shoes to wear with every item in my closet. It’s called being resourceful, ya know?"
Acne Studios Beanie
"In Scandinavia they say, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather; only bad clothes,” and I 100 percent agree. When I have super-warm winter gear that looks cool, the season seems less daunting. Last year, I had this Acne hat in black and I love it. But I’m trying to bring more color into my life, so I’d love this emerald green version. It’ll make dreary days more cheerful."
Charlotte Crossbody Bag
"The perfect, grown-up crossbody in light, I'm-ready-for-warm-weather leather? Yes, please!!!"
Catbird NYC Croissant Lamp
"This is a real croissant, preserved in resin and injected with a lil’ yellow bulb. I can’t decide whether I more want to eat it or spend winter evenings snuggled up next to it."
—Jenny Hollander, Deputy Editor
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan
"I know it’s not the trendiest thing in the world, but good air is a pretty bangin’ gift in my book. I’m cursed with year-long allergies and asthma, so a vacuum cleaner and standard HVAC system just doesn’t cut it. This air purifier has heating and cooling properties in addition to the purification factor, hooks up to Alexa, and monitors the room’s humidity levels. Plus, in true Dyson fashion, it looks like a piece of abstract sculpture—unlike other clunky air purifiers that are a real eyesore in the bedroom."
—Hana Hong, Beauty Assistant
BLANKNYC The Essentials Faux Leather Moto Jacket
"I need a simple chic moto jacket, but I don't want to add more leather to my wardrobe. So, I've asked for this vegan option from my family this year—it's classic, not too pricey, and the gold hardware works with my everyday accessories. It also comes in burgundy and green if you're feeling more adventurous than me."
Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven with Convection
"Don’t call it a toaster oven—it’s a countertop convection oven, and people I know who own one have all but abandoned their full-sized appliance to make everything from perfect roast chicken and fall-apart braised carnitas to quick breads and pastries. I love to cook, I love to eat even more, and I’d do more of both with this."
—Riza Cruz, Executive Editor
Isabel Marant Etoile Mansel Hoodie
"The winter is all about cozying up, and there's no better way to do it than in this Isabel Marant hoodie. I like the purposefully faded maroon logo on the front, and it instantly dresses up a pair of jeans—especially when worn with a pair of animal print boots."
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
"When one of my corded headphones stopped working, it was time for me to accept the inevitable: I need AirPods. Will I be the basic bitch who keeps them in, even during conversation, so you don’t know if I’m really listening? Nay, the person who drops theirs on the dirty subway floor, erupting in a full-on panic? Only time will tell."
—Megan DiTrolio, Associate Editor
JBL Soundbar with True Wireless Speakers
"My husband and I have thousands of movies on Blu-Ray, DVD, and VHS (yep, you read that right), but we also have two young kids. With this wireless surround-sound speaker system, movie night might feel like date night again...minus paying for a sitter."
iRobot Roomba i7+
"Confession: I already own a robot vacuum, and it’s changed my life (ok, at least my Saturday housecleaning routine. It’s like having a second pair of hands.) No longer do I dread Swiffering hardwood and dragging out the hand vac for area rugs or ignoring missed hair strands and dust bunnies. Floors are now consistently clean—and the most effort I exerted was calling up Watchmen on the DVR. But I wouldn’t mind a truly hands-free upgrade to this model that empties itself."
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole
"I’m not sure where I’m going to store this beauty—I’ve filled up every inch of my tiny apartment's kitchen space with Dutch ovens, tagines, and coquettes—but I need her nonetheless. Imagine how nicely the meringue color would flatter the crispy edges of a baked ziti, or the tomato-y drippings from a steamy eggplant parmesan."
—Taylore Glynn, Associate Beauty & Health Editor
SoulCycle A SoulCycle Gift Card
"After the aforementioned Italian food, I’ll need to sweat things out. SoulCycle is one of the only cardio classes I genuinely enjoy, so I try and spin there as often as possible. This holiday season, give me the gift of tapping it back."
Rothys Plum Melange Chelsea Boots
"I spent all summer in my hot-pink Rothys The Point flats (I’m in good company; Meghan Markle loves The Point), and my feet are desperate to spend the winter wrapped up in the brand’s new Chelsea boots."
The Arrivals Moya IV Jacket
"I’m not one to get caught up in the Insta-famous styles of the season, but I’ll admit that one choice coat by The Arrivals has become a bit of an obsession. With a classic shape and durable build, the Moya IV oversized shearling coat with a black leather trim looks like a worthy investment piece."
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Rolo Reversible Bit Loafer
"Heels have become a thing of my past. I’m now all about the flat—shoes I won’t trip in while carrying my son, and ones that slip easily on and off as I pick him up at daycare. (No shoes allowed in the infant room!) I’ve been eyeing these Ferragamo loafers; the simple yet sleek design can take me from work to the grocery store to low-key nights out with ease."
—Colleen Leahey McKeegan, Senior Features Editor
Dreamy Flat Loafer
"These loafers have 'dreamy' in the title for a reason: They're the ultimate luxury gift. Super soft and uber comfy, they're the perfect gift for someone who loves to put her feet up at the end of the day in style. Pair with a glass of Malbec and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, and you've just described my dreamiest evening."
Lunya Washable Silk Button Down Pant Set
"Is there anything more decadent than silk pajamas? I’m sure if I wore these to bed I would never have trouble sleeping again. I mean, look at those wide leg pants with a slit—don’t those scream, we will instantly soothe you back to sleep if you wake at 4 a.m.?"
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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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