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EDGE Holiday Gift Guide: His & His and Her & Her

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Sunday Dec 11, 2011
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According to some studies, many people prefer receiving gift cards for the holidays.

According to other studies, millions of gift cards remain unused, thereby filling the coffers of high-end retailers.

Our thinking? Might as well toss money out the window.

Our parents taught us to be thoughtful in giving - and particularly when giving something homemade. Think about the recipient; use a little empathy and imagine what would make that person happy. While gift cards might be easier, there are few gestures so rewarding as a gift that hits its mark.

Think about the natural pearls you received from your father or the Cartier watch your parents gave you for graduation - and think how much joy you’ve derived from receiving good gifts. Return the favor. Read through our gift guide and wrap your imagination around making friends and family as happy as Tiny Tim.

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"The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"

Some people live like they have all the fun in the world - and while some people might have wanted Mick Jagger’s life, for us, it’s always been Jean Paul Gaultier. Think about it: playing dress-up with Madonna and Kylie and doing runway and mixing up perfumes - and always doing everything with that impish, manic charm and unbridled enthusiasm that makes Gaultier the veritable personification of "joie de vivre."

After its sold-out, four-month run in Montreal, the recent retrospective of Gaultier’s life and work, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier," has now opened in Dallas (before traveling on to San Francisco in March 2012). The critically acclaimed multimedia exhibition, the first focusing solely on the French couturier, is a stunning celebration of Gaultier’s creative genius, technical inventiveness, and humanist vision. More than thirty animated mannequins provide commentary, alongside extensive fashion photography and numerous examples of Gaultier’s artistic collaborations with music and film legends.

Of course, there’s no excuse for missing this exhibition. That said, the next best thing (as well as a perfect complement to one’s own visit) is the magnificent monograph edited by Thierry-Maxime Loriot (curator of the Montreal exhibition) and published by Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Abrams Books. An objet d’art in its own right, the stunning, oversize hardcover book is presented in a slipcase, with a cover incorporating the work of Herb Ritts among others. Featuring over 550 illustrations and photographs (many of them previously unpublished), the 424-page catalogue also includes archival documents and more than fifty interviews with Gaultier’s muses and colleagues, as well as an essay by Suzy Menkes, and a timeline of Gaultier’s career that examines Gaultier’s interactions with the worlds of film, dance, and music.

From Dallas, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier" moves to San Francisco - and then Madrid and Rotterdam. Book your flights now - and while you wait, enter into Jean Paul Gaultier’s world with one of the most deluxe monographs of the decade. You’ll be smiling the entire time.

PRICE: $125.00 / hardcover with slipcase
LINK: "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"

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Parker: Urban Premium Ebony Metal Chiselled Roller Ball Pen

Some things just feel so good in your hand. It’s so nice to wrap your fingers around something so smooth and hard, something that expresses your emotions perfectly.

A pen, people. We’re talking about a pen. And this one’s a honey. It’s one of those instruments that you look at - and immediately covet. You’ve got to have it. It looks so good that you want to feel it. You want to put it in your...hand.

The new Urban Premium Ebony Metal Chiselled has a stunning silhouette: long and lean, with a nicely proportioned curved top. With a deep ebony metallic finish and an ergonomic shape, this is a pen with such character and style that you almost want to salute.

Founded in 1888, Parker Pen Company is one of the oldest names in American business, and for much of the twentieth century, Parker was the largest writing instrument company in the world.

While we’re partial to the roller ball (which might be expected...), the Urban Premium Ebony Chiselled also comes in a fountain pen and ballpoint edition. Fitted with chrome trim and a snap cap design, this black iridescent lacquer pen is as seductive as a cigar. As soon as you have it in your hand... You might give one as a gift, but you’ll definitely keep one for yourself.

PRICE: $52.00
LINK: Parker Urban Premium Ebony Metal Chiselled Roller Ball Pen

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MOZO: Downtown

Is there any one of us that doesn’t have an actor/model/waiter on our holiday gift list? Don’t we all have at least one super-talented friend still slinging the hash browns - on his feet all day? In which case, there’s no better gift than the "Shoes that Serve" from MOZO®.

In case you have yet to discover them, MOZO® Shoes are the shoe company for people who work on their feet. The word "mozo" derives from cattle round-ups on the American frontier, where a "mozo" was the non-horse-riding helper. Last spring, the company introduced its Chef Signature shoe collection, with shoes designed by celebrity chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez, and Chris Cosentino.

These are shoes with traction, for dealing with greasy floors, icy sidewalks, snowy roads - and just about any other slippery substance that might leave you landing on your caboose. Samuelsson helped conceive the Downtown model, which incorporates both the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge into the shoe’s design (check out the heel logo and the footbed). In short, these shoes look as good in the dining room as they work in the kitchen.

Perhaps as nice as the fit is the fact that every pair purchased helps the non-profit organization, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which provides career opportunities for underserved youth by linking public high school culinary teachers and their students to the food service industry.

"Get your MOZO® on" - and give your feet a break.

PRICE: $74.95
LINK: MOZO Downtown

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