From an achingly cool fanny pack to an indispensable Sichuan chili sauce, these ideas simply don’t miss.
It’s no surprise that architect Frederick Tang—founder of the eponymous architecture and interior design firm based in Brooklyn and known for creating crisp, elevated spaces—is a man of refined taste. His holiday gift suggestions embody his sensibilities for form, materiality, and functionality. The challenge will be not keeping all of these purchases for ourselves.
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"One of the best wedding presents we received was a heavy Coyuchi blanket. They make simple bedding out of organic materials. This small knit blanket has become my go-to present for any family with a new baby."
"You can never have enough wooden spoons, and these are the prettiest. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa present, they’re so thoughtfully designed, they even have a special version for left-handed people!"
"I got my first fanny pack (as an adult) a couple of years ago, and even though they’re everywhere these days, I am fully converted. I love this Raf Simons collaboration with Eastpak."
"I'm the opposite of a coffee snob; I’ll drink pretty much anything as long as it’s hot, convenient, and caffeinated. For sheer simplicity, you can’t beat a solid French press. The proportions of this one are so cute—low and chubby."
"Everyone I know discovered this spicy, sweet, crunchy condiment at the same time, and everyone I know is equally obsessed. I go through a jar a month now, and it’s become a pantry essential. It’s perfect for all types of Asian food and even great on quesadillas."
"This lightweight folding stool is tiny but just enough for a perch in the park, or to set a drink on at the beach. For something so utilitarian, its design is surprisingly sophisticated with the gold frame and dark blue canvas."
"For the longest time I resisted getting a leather jacket despite always secretly wanting one. When I finally did, it instantly became a part of me. Channel your inner Village Person with a classic motorcycle jacket."