Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect

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By William Lamb
David Alhadeff, the owner of The Future Perfect, suggests products he loves to give and receive.

What’s your go-to host gift? 

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What would you give to a recent college graduate?

I think a pen makes a great gift. We carry a solid bronze or brass ballpoint pen by MUCU; I love the simplicity of the design.

Metallic Ballpoint Pen by MUCU, $150.

Pewter by Match. Everyone loves a martini shaker. The service spoons are awesome, and if I time it right, I love to give a monogrammed box. It takes three weeks, but it’s worth the wait to charm someone with a custom-created piece. Pewter collection by Match, $28–$660.

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What is your everyday bedding?

Area Home. Right now, I have the Ines grey duvet cover with Pearl Shadow sheets and pillowcases.

Pearl Shadow sheets, $190–$235, and Ines grey duvet cover, $420, by Area Home.

What is your everyday bedding? 

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What’s your go-to host gift?

Pewter by Match. Everyone loves a martini shaker. The service spoons are awesome, and if I time it right, I love to give a monogrammed box. It takes three weeks, but it’s worth the wait to charm someone with a custom-created piece.

Pewter collection by Match, $28–$660.

Area Home. Right now, I have the Ines grey duvet cover with Pearl Shadow sheets and pillowcases. Pearl Shadow sheets, $190–$235, and Ines grey duvet cover, $420, by Area Home.

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What is the best design book to give as a gift?

A signed copy of Modern Originals by Leslie Williamson.

Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, by Leslie Williamson (Rizzoli, 2014), $50.

What’s your favorite brand of towel? 

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What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?

I gave my brother a Michael Anastassiades Beauty Mirror.

Beauty Mirror by Michael Anastassiades, $2,294.

I love Uchino towels and Coyuchi Sumptuous towels. Bath towels by Uchino, $18–$110. Sumptuous Towel Set by Coyuchi, $198.

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What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

My Vitamix blender. I use it multiple times a day for smoothies and soups.

C-Series blenders from Vitamix, from $449.

What’s the best wedding present you’ve given or received?

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Alhadeff opened The Future Perfect in 2003. The design shop and showroom has locations in New York and San Francisco.

I gave my brother a Michael Anastassiades Beauty Mirror. Beauty Mirror by Michael Anastassiades, $2,294. 

What would you give to a recent college graduate? 

I think a pen makes a great gift. We carry a solid bronze or brass ballpoint pen by MUCU; I love the simplicity of the design. Metallic Ballpoint Pen by MUCU, $150.

What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

My Vitamix blender. I use it multiple times a day for smoothies and soups. C-Series blenders from Vitamix, from $449.

What is the best design book to give as a gift?

A signed copy of Modern Originals by Leslie Williamson. Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, by Leslie Williamson (Rizzoli, 2014), $50.

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