It isn’t just fashion that is filling the Christmas lists of the Vogue editors this year. While there are plenty of monogrammed accessories, gifts to buy according to your zodiac sign, and even presents for your pet peppering staffers’ lists, it seems that this year, many of us are looking closer to home. One editor wants the new iPhone 11 to capture (and treasure!) special moments with her new son, and there are multiple pleas for espresso machines, museum memberships, and even workout classes. (Yes, sometimes practicality is paramount.) A handful of editors are also on the hunt for chic tableware to furnish their apartment, while one has been eyeing a set of suitcases to polish and streamline her airport look. Another is after a subscription to the Criterion Channel—does it get any more practical than that? Last but not least, donations to charity top another editor’s list: reminding us that oftentimes, the best gift is simply giving to others.
Below, 17 Vogue editors weigh in on non-fashion, practical gifts to give and receive this season.
Virginia Smith, fashion director
I’m not so subtly hinting at this dinnerware set from Heath Ceramics for our barn in upstate New York. I love their substantial weight, and the colors are great.
$96.00, HEATH CERAMICS
Sally Singer, creative director
I am a fan of elaborate daily must-haves: artisanal hand soaps, extra-long wooden matches, and curious, lovely kitchen sponges, such as these sitting kittens. I buy them for myself and everyone I know.
Rickie De Sole, head of fashion initiatives
I am hoping to receive the new iPhone 11 Pro this holiday. I’ve never taken as many pictures as I have in the past nine months since having my son. The incredible camera on this phone and longer battery life make it a must-have.
Giving back is always practical and useful! I recently joined the Associates of MSK and will be making a donation this holiday season to support cancer research.
Willow Lindley, accessories director
I got these Casper lights a couple of months ago, and they make going to bed and waking up so much more natural and enjoyable, especially in winter months. I’m going to get them for the rest of my family!
Grace Givens, jewelry director
In efforts to reduce plastic use, a reusable water bottle is now a necessity. And for the avocado lovers, this all-in-one device for splitting, pitting, and slicing is a must-have!
Emily Farra, senior fashion news writer
I love my W&P Porter mug and just picked up the ceramic to-go bowl, and I think it would make an excellent gift. It’s one of those things you would never put on a wish list but would be pleasantly surprised to receive: It’s stylish, useful, and elevates the experience of eating at your desk\ I might get one for my sister, since she is constantly whipping up delicious meals and often takes leftovers to work. She’s a night-shift nurse in the NICU and can’t leave to grab a salad at 3 a.m., and this is a better (and more eco-friendly) alternative to plastic containers.
$25.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Julie Tong, commerce editor
You might say I’m a coffee addict, but I spend way too much money on a daily cup of joe that I can easily make at home. In an effort to be more sustainable in 2020, a home espresso machine is a must-have on my list—one that can make the works, from lattes to cappuccinos.
$250.00, WILLIAMS SONOMA
Anny Choi, market editor
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people gift me clothing. Having worked in the industry for so long, I tend to get very specific when it comes to fashion gifts. With beauty, on the other hand, I love being told what to buy. Two recommendations I’ve gotten recently—which would make perfect practical gifts—are P.volve workout classes for my buns and this Shu Uemura hair mask for my damaged hair!
$68.00, SHU UEMURA
Laird Borrelli-Persson, archive editor
On my wish list this year is a present that doesn’t need wrapping: a family membership to the newly renovated Bruce Museum in Greenwich, which is a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon—and we always seem to find something that interests each one of us.
Estelle Tang, senior culture editor
Cozy season is here, and you know what that means: coffee, tea, cocoa, cider, soup. If you’re feeling saucy, step it up to mulled wine or a hot toddy. But how best to enjoy these warm winter beverages? With a handmade mug from Brooklyn artisan (and my pal) Marian Bull. I have three: They’re sturdy enough to hold whatever you desire, and the nature-inspired designs center me. And you know what? They just feel really good in your hand.
$60.00, MARIAN BULL
Emma Specter, culture writer
My practical gift would be Weleda Skin Food: It’s a moisturizer, it’s a highlighter, it’s a dry-skin salve, and a friend told me she used it for her baby’s diaper rash. What can’t it do?
Elise Taylor, living writer
I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t own a cutting board. Or, well, I do but have no idea where it went since I moved apartments, and now it’s jammed in some box in that closet I stuffed all my miscellaneous objects into when unpacking became too overwhelming! So on my Christmas list is this simple wooden one from Hay; its slim design fits perfectly into my already-crowded cupboards. May 2020 be the year I cook more vegetables.
Steff Yotka, fashion news and emerging platforms editor
What I really want this holiday season is a subscription to the Criterion Channel. Like Disney+ but for classic and art-house films!
Zoe Ruffner, beauty editor
I moved in with my boyfriend this past fall, and we’ve been in the (very slow) process of redecorating ever since. While a new dining-room table from Design Within Reach is top of my list, my more realistic wish list includes Matteo’s supersoft linen sheets, Year & Day’s ceramic dishes, and these beautiful blue marble plates by Astier de Villatte, which will make any dinner feel like a celebration.
$164.00, JOHN DERIAN
Sophie Kemp, editorial assistant
I am incredibly addicted to caffeine and think of having easy access to coffee as a necessity (which is probably bad!). Anyways, I’m jonesing for a Nespresso maker this season. I like the convenience of it and am already fantasizing about winter mornings where I can roll out of bed and make and consume an espresso within a matter of minutes. I like this one by De’Longhi, which comes in bright red (cute!) and will fit perfectly in my small Brooklyn apartment.
Lauren Valenti, beauty editor
I travel often for work, but alas, my luggage leaves much (much!) to be desired in both style and function. For years, I’ve been eyeing a set of Bric’s gorgeous Bellagio spinner trunks to polish and streamline my airport look. They have an old-school feel that harks back to the golden age of travel, yet are agile enough for a marathon sprint through JFK when I’m inevitably minutes away from missing my flight.
Liana Satenstein, senior fashion news writer
I love the Magic Bullet. Everyone should have one. I make a waterfall of smoothies for myself every morning. I’m going to give one to my dad (who really needs to stop eating Dunkin’ donuts). Honestly, put me on QVC and let me sell them.
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