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What stands out as the best gift you’ve ever given?
My hubby is a massive Star Wars fan, so one year I planned months in advance and had a custom Star Wars leather jacket made for him.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
My first holiday season in L.A., my husband set up this adorable scavenger hunt all over our property. It ended with a pair of Louboutins under a spotlight! The time and thought he put into this gift made it one that I’ll never forget.
Do you have a holiday shopping strategy?
The earlier the better! I hate waiting until the last minute and giving unthoughtful gifts. I started my shopping in early November this year!
What’s the weirdest or most extreme thing you’ve ever done to create or secure the perfect gift?
There’s nothing worse than someone knowing what his or her gift is going to be. I’ve taken gifts back in the past just to be sure everything was a surprise. I’m so hardcore about keeping gifts a secret that I typically ship presents to friends houses to be stored.
What is “the perfect gift,” anyway?
The perfect gift is one that really carries a special meaning. Something that isn’t just what the recipient wants, but something he or she won’t soon forget.
What makes for the ultimate in giving or receiving?
I’d much rather give gifts than receive… it just makes you feel good! There’s nothing better than giving a gift that someone wants badly, but would never get for themself.
What’s your go-to host or hostess gift, either for a party or for a weekend or extended stay?
As a hostess, I personally love to receive a fresh bouquet of flowers, so that’s probably what I would give as well. If I’m somewhere for an extended stay, I love giving gift cards to treat the hosts to a nice dinner out or perhaps a spa day.
Feel free to allow us to alert your friends and family in this very public format: what would you love to unwrap this year?
I would love to unwrap a bottle of Chanel perfume, some Laura Mercier and YSL beauty products. I also wouldn’t mind finding a pair of Valentino Rockstud pumps under my Christmas tree!
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