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the best i love new york luxury holiday gifts this year

Is someone on your holiday gift list dreaming of the Big Apple? Maybe they used to live in New York? Maybe they dream of living here now? Or maybe they had the vacation of a lifetime in the city, and want to recapture just a bit of that feeling. We feel you, and we’re here to help. For those who really love New York the best luxury gifts this year are pretty easy to figure out. Just give them a piece of the dream. Here are our top picks of the presents that will bring some of the city’s iconic magic and energy to your gift recipient. And keep the party going all year long.

what are the best luxury gifts for those who truly love new york?

For starters, you could gift an item that is made in New York State. Our dear friend Silda Wall Spitzer has curated a list of goods created by local artisans that might be just perfect. You can see her recommendations here.

Bergdorf Goodman has some wildly inventive Christmas ornaments and home decor, many of which celebrate New York City.

Or you could give your recipient a trip to the city – even if they’re traveling with young children, that could be the most magical experience possible.

Short of that, here are 6 other luxury gift ideas to bring a bit of Manhattan to your loved one.

1. a charming bag

Chanel is offering what’s sure to be the It bag of the season for many passionate fashionistas: a limited-edition, embellished 2.55 shoulder bag that’s exclusive to the 57th street store. The bag features pins and charms that are all New York City-inspired, including a taxi cab and a Broadway sign. It also comes in a wallet version in two sizes.

Chanel Limited Edition Bag

2. a puffer showing yankee pride

Ladylike sensibilities take on a sporty spin with this Gucci puffer coat, which comes adorned with the NY Yankees logo embroidered onto the chest. Ivory passementerie trims adorn the neckline and cuffs, heightening the ornate appeal of the quilted design’s floral jacquard backdrop, which is flecked with bronze-tone thread for an oh-so-subtle dose of shimmer. $5,500.

Gucci NY Yankees Jacquard Puffer Coat – $5,500

3. the memoir of an iconic new yorker

Bill Cunningham’s Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs is an iconic New York story. Cunningham was a man the likes of which you’d find Only in New York. For decades, during the time that he served as the beloved chief fashion photographer for The New York Times, he stood at the corner of Fifth and Fifty-Seventh. Dressed in a blue jacket, you’d find him snapping a candid shot of an exquisitely or outrageously dressed fashionista. That weekend you’d glimpse his mosaic of photos in the Sunday Styles section. His portfolio revealed trends, and gave its subjects lifelong bragging rights. This posthumously published memoir gives insight into the private man behind the lens.

4. the definitive coffee table book (at least for now)

New York by New York is described by its publisher Martine Assouine as “a little tribute to the New York I love.” Travel through the various eras of the city, through all 5 boroughs, with glimpses of its history, stories of immigration, Prohibition and the 1960’s. Writers, artists, dreamers, builders – their stories are here in photographs, illustrations, and quotes. 368 pages, hardcover with a luxury slipcase. $250

5. a loro piana vintage manhattan blanket

Loro Piana’s vintage-inspired cashmere Central Park Blanket features a classic 1960’s Central Park skating rink scene, perfect for the city-obsessed collector. The goat-suede border adds an extra degree of richness. $5,450.

Loro Piana cashmere blanket Central Park

6. a big apple clutch

What better Big Apple gift than . . . a big apple? Judith Leiber’s glittering apple crystal handbag suits the role nicely. $4,695.

Judith Leiber New Apple Handbag – $4,695


If you or someone on your list really love New York, we hope these may inspire you. We think they’re among the best luxury gifts this year to bestow a piece of the dream of New York City.

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