We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.
Author, cosmetics mogul and makeup artist Laura Mercier is a beloved name in the beauty industry and in the celeb world—her client list has included Madonna, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker. French-born Mercier splits her time between Provence and New York City and may be best known—or at least beloved by countless women—for her simple ‘Flawless Face’ approach to enhancing natural beauty. Another thing to love her for: this peek at her list of holiday favorites—including some Parisian chocolates that we’ll be trying tout de suite!!
The Thread: What would you love to give the people on your gift list this year?
I’m giving my loved ones the new Laura Mercier Golden Honey Musk Signature Gourmande Candle—it’s one of my favorite fragrances. For a more personal gift, the Verbena Infusion Signature Set has a crisp, green fragrance. I also love giving scarves—you can never have too many.
What would you love to unwrap for yourself?
I love everything. Gifts for the home are always lovely. I also collect Bakelite bracelets and can never have enough, so that’s always a nice gift.
What kinds of things do people tend to give you? Why?
I receive very different gifts all the time. Many people do give me scarves; it’s an easy gift to give me, since I’m often wearing one or have one with me.
What’s your go-to host or hostess gift?
Flowers or wine are always nice, and I like to personalize gifts to my host. If I know someone’s taste in fragrance, candles are a lovely gift. Sometimes I’ll bring a delicious dessert from a French patisserie or, for the chocolate lover, I like to bring chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat, as many people don’t often go there for themselves. For the red wine devotee, I bring wines from Monachino, Italy. I’ve been to the village, and I know how unique, special and wonderful it is.
See more of our Gifted Givers on The Thread.
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