12 Days of KENTON: 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is in full swing and while it’s full of jolly spirit, the question of what to get those close (and not so close) to you can be daunting. Our editors have thought long and hard about the various things they’ve seen around the market, to put together our gift to you, this guide: the 12 Days of KENTON – a play on the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, with two gifts revealed on each of the twelve days. Consider it like an advent calendar of ideas instead of chocolates.

Each time the gifts are revealed, we will update the list below so keep checking back here!

Twelfth Day of KENTON: Michael Kors Wrap Bracelet & Nau Blazer

Give a little arm candy this holiday with the Michael Kors Double-Wrap Belt Bracelet in Golden. This bracelet is perfect for the style-obsessed girl on your list. Its crocodile-embossed leather and golden brass design is versatile enough to go with that classic office blazer or her favorite pair of jeans. It also comes at a great price of $195. Also available in Hematite and Rose Golden at www.michaelkors.com. (Editor: Mia Tucker Williams)

For the business traveler on your list, look to Nau Clothing for the perfect balance of function and style. The sustainable clothing brand’s Highline Blazer combines the old world style of wool flannel and waxed cotton to create a unique, technical garment with a tailored fit. Breathable and waterproof, Nau’s Highline Blazer will have him looking sharp in the elements. $395 at www.nau.com. (Editor: Alexander Liang)

Eleventh Day of KENTON: NARS Lip Set & Shipley & Halmos Fragrance

Trying to figure out what to get the girl on your list, who has everything? Take a look at the NARS limited addition Kudoki Kabuki Lip Set. Its unique look, precision lip brush and quality product make it a great gift for any glamour girl. Available at www.narscosmetics.com and NARS counter locations, $135.00. (Editor: Jillian Van Allen)


Menswear brand Shipley & Halmos has created a name for itself with its distinctive collection and is now adding a distinctive scent to its repertoire. Joining forces with fragrance line DS & Durga, Shipley & Halmos has made fragrance reminiscent of the Rocky Mountains and at the same time the Florida coast. Talk about Americana! A Blend of earthy and sweet creates an easy to wear everyday aroma that makes the perfect gift this holiday season! $98 on shipley-halmos.com. (Editor: Michael Cook)

Tenth Day of KENTON: Vanessa Lianne Ring & Gaga’s Workshop x Barney’s T-Shirt

We are hoping for Vanessa Lianne’s Gold bubble ring this holiday, because of its understated elegance. The designer is recognized for creating modern takes on old classics, through combining hard, unexpected, lines with timeless glitter and gold. This cocktail ring is a refined version of that one you found in your grandmother’s jewelry box, but because of its modest aesthetic you don’t have to save it for special occasions- wear it day and night this holiday season! Available on the designer’s website, www.vanessalianne.com. (Editor: Julia Lichtenstein)

Fans of Lady Gaga will be glad to know about this special edition t-shirt, released exclusively at Barney’s New York for Lady Gaga’s Holiday Workshop in-store capsule. Since the recent launch of Gaga’s Workshop – where Lady Gaga herself paid a special visit for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the flagship Barney’s store in New York City – the megastar has chosen some of her personal favorite goodies from the Gaga Workshop line. This unisex t-shirt, available in both a men’s and women’s tailored fit, features a v-neck, crew-neck, or scoop-neck design bearing two different eye-catching cartoon logos representing Lady Gaga and her latest fashion debut alongside the iconic Barney’s New York. $48-$58 at gagasworkshop.com. (Editor: Jonathan Loo)

Ninth Day of KENTON: Kara Ross Clutch & Pinetti Notebook

Add razzle-dazzle on to your holiday gift-giving list with the Prunella Clutch in Confetti Glitter by Kara Ross. Add gold hardware and hematite gemstone closure and you’ve got yourself one heck of a gift for those hard to buy for girlfriends. This explosion of color in one clutch ensures the recipient will get a whole lot of bang for your buck this holiday season. Looks like shopping for the perfect gift got a little easier this year. Thanks Kara, the Prunella Clutch is a total “must”. $650. (Editor: Jennifer Fragoso)


This season, give your loved ones the perfect holiday gift that’s both fashionable and highly practical for everyday use! The Pinetti Quattrogiga leather notebook, available in either black or white leather, comes equipped with a distinct, novel design. Don’t let the simple lock closure fool you – it’s a built-in USB flash drive that’s also detachable to use at any time, any place, and any computer. Handmade in Italy, Pinetti began in 1983 with the focus on blending the most raw materials to create high quality products for the modern lifestyle. Available at Barney’s New York, $115. (Editor: Jonathan Loo)

Eighth Day of KENTON: Joe Fresh Neoprene Coat & Richard Chai for Original Penguin Sweater

Give your lady the gift of warmth, fun and bright color with a Joe Fresh Neoprene Coat. As seen on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week, this coat is a head-turner. And why not spice up the drab winter days with a bold statement orange? The high-tech fabric is great in the elements and holds its form as well. $99 on joefresh.com. (Editor: Alexander Liang)

Also warm and cozy is this men’s sweater by Richard Chai for Original Penguin. Shawl collar, heavy knit and accented with plaid, this sweater says festive, staying far from the realm of the “ugly Christmas sweater”. Available in light and dark color variations. $250 on originalpenguin.com. (Editor: Alexander Liang)

Seventh Day of KENTON: MAC Brushes & Menaji Skincare For Men

Makeup brushes can be expensive, so when a good brush set comes along, its good to take advantage and drop hints. The MAC Make It Perfect Limited Edition brush set provides 5 of your must have brushes for a super affordable price of $49.50. This makes a great stocking stuffer, secret Santa gift, or is just plain perfect for any lover of makeup. (Editor: Misti Schindele)

For most of us, the Christmas season is the beginning of the official winter season, which means our skin needs extra care from nature’s elements. Instead of borrowing your favorite lady’s face wash, start your own masculine regimen with Menaji Skincare. The face and body scrub ($30) clears pores and acts like a quick microdermabrasion if used regularly; not to mention it smells great! The Power Hydrator Aftershave ($34) minimizes lines and wrinkles and serves as a daily moisturizer for those of us wearing beards this winter. Adding the Deep Cleansing Masque ($26) to your routine will make the perfect trinity for your skincare needs, as it removed toxins from your skin, to be used on your entire face and neck, or as a spot treatment for your troubled skin areas. Menaji’s Ultimate Threesome gift set includes the face and body scrub, Power Hydrator Aftershave and lip balm for $49. (Editor: Quentin Washington)

Sixth Day of KENTON: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sweater & Pop Chart Lab T-Shirt

As things wind down and the holidays near, we are looking forward to those toasty nights spent in doors. Phillip Lim’s holiday sweater is ideal for evenings reading by the fire, nights of scrabble with the family, and dinner parties with good friends, good food, and good cheer. Made from merino wool and decorated with gold-flecked reindeers, you can pair this cozy knit with anything from cashmere slacks to glittery pants. $385 exclusively at Net-A-Porter. (Editor: Julia Lichtenstein)

What to get the gamer who already has every game on the market? Pop Chart Lab has the answer. Their ‘Code of Arms’ T-shirt is an instructional infographic of the greatest video game cheat code of all time, rendered as a heraldic shield. How cool is that?  It’s the perfect gaming novelty item, with a brilliantly executed design. Slim-fit, soft cotton blend. $22 on popchatlab.com. (Editor: Alexander Liang)

Fifth Day of KENTON: Clarisonic Plus & Michael Bublé’s “Christmas”

Exfoliation is important to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin, but navigating the world of products and tools out there can be daunting. Enter Clarisonic Plus – this is a manual exfoliation product that is strong enough to power through the layers of makeup, pollution and grime that sit on the surface of your skin. Yet it is gentle enough to be used daily. It is the perfect gift for men or women, those who are young teens and people who haven’t been a teen for a while. The brush handle sits on a rechargeable base and it comes in an array of colors. $225. (Editor: Belinda Keatts)

“Santa baby, slip a Rolex under the tree, for me, I’ve been an awful good guy”. Nothing prepares us for the festive season like a Holiday album. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ is jazzy, totally cheeky, and just what we need to push through the next few weeks. Listening to this album will remind you of all the smiles and fun you had last year, and get you thinking of the holiday parties still to come. $12 on Amazon. (Editor: Julia Lichtenstein)

Fourth Day of KENTON: Obakki Dani Dress & Carlos Campos Wool Trench Coat

With a silk bodice, and a fringed skirt, Obakki’s Dani dress is the perfect holiday dress. It has the perfect mix of modern sleek and vintage craftsmanship. For dinners with friends, you can make this dress more contemporary and laid back by pairing it with a chunky knit cardigan, or glam it up with a fur coat and a cocktail clutch for New Years Eve. Available in champagne, or black. $540 on Obakki’s website. (Editor: Julia Lichtenstein)

Every man needs a proper wool, winter coat in his wardrobe. Carlos Campos designed a fantastic, double-breasted style this season, neutral in color and complete with a belted waist. Classic in silhouette, this belted wool trench is the perfect length, hitting mid-thigh. For a very special man in your life, $870 at www.carloscampos.com. (Editor: Alexander Liang)

Third Day of KENTON: Tommy Hilfiger Plaid Sunglasses & Pacifica Tuscan Wanderlust Gift Set

Get into the holiday spirit and keep your cool with these Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses. The aviator style is classic, tried and true. Freshened up by a preppy plaid and tortoise shell combination, these sunglasses are unisex, practical and one size fits all. An easy choice for the active, winter sports enthusiast; perfect for the winter months and days up on the mountains, après-ski. $115. (Editor: Alexander Liang)


The Pacifica Tuscan Wanderlust Gift Set is perfect for anyone who love fragrances, but cannot handle the heavy, overly perfumed scents that often dominate the market. Citrus is the primary scent in this set, but not just the run of the mill citrus fragrance – it is the heady and very sexy, blood orange scent. This gift set includes a body butter, body wash, lip tint and spray perfume and it is all packaged in a beautiful box (just pop in a cute gift bag and go)! $28 at Sephora. (Editor: Belinda Keatts)

Second Day of KENTON: NEST Fragrances Elton John Holiday Candle & Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection

The safest way to bring the holidays into the home is with Sir Elton John. Now, he may not physically enter your home with a piano, but his fragrant candle by NEST Fragrances will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. This scented candle has all the elements of the holiday season with hints of evergreen, citrus and wood. The design of the candle is decorative in itself, featuring the custom hand-written works of international calligrapher Bernard Maisner. In the art of giving back, proceeds from the Sir Elton John Holiday candle will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. $38 at Neiman Marcus. (Editor: Quentin Washington)

We’ve spent the last 10 years being whisked away into the wonderful world of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the world J.K. Rowling created. You can now own all 8 movies with the Harry Potter: Complete collection. Even better is the DVD collection is under $50 and if your a Blu-Ray fan you can get the complete collection on Blu-Ray for under $80. (Editor: Misti Schindele)

First Day of KENTON: DKNY Texting Gloves & Gentry Gift Set

DKNY Texting Gloves are the perfect gloves for the texting and twitter obsessed. No longer do you have to choose between ice-cold hands while texting or ignoring your twitter feed. With the pop-top for your fingers and a separate slit for your thumb, these gloves are the must have of the holiday season. $75 in 6 color variations. (Editor: Misti Schindele)

GENTRY has created the perfect accessory gift set for men. For $225 the gift set includes not only a tie and pocket square, but also all of those snazzy extras everyone wants, but never seems to have: a tie pin, tie clip and a collar clip. Everything you could ever want to complete a gentleman’s wardrobe necessities. (Editor: Michael Cook)