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Luxury Watch Countdown: Exceptional Styles to Give or Get

Time flies. Time reveals all things. There’s no time like the present—and there’s no present like a timepiece. If you’re looking for a gift that will stand the test of, well, yes, a luxury watch is the high noon of gifting. Sentimental and practical, watches rest intimately on the wearer’s wrist, subtly reminding her of the day’s hours and the bestower’s generosity.

For generations, companies have excelled at elegantly matching state-of-the-art mechanics and materials with aesthetics. Now, here’s what you should know when shopping for watches (no matter the recipient) as well as our favorite models this season—but their appeal is truly timeless.

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Mother’s Day Gift Picks from the Founders of MOTHER

Mother knows best. It’s true. And if said savvy mom also has impeccable taste, she’ll want to peruse the musings of Katie Hintz-Zambrano and James Kicinski-McCoy, journalists, mamas and founders of MOTHER. Their digital digest shares maternal inspiration, news roundups, lifestyle tips and profiles in courage of mommies everywhere. What sets MOTHER apart from mommy blogs is its high-mindedness and sophistication. Sample topics include “Why Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Feminist Aren’t Mutually Exclusive” and “The Many Benefits of Roughhousing with Your Kids.” Sample shopping lists feature Stella McCartney shoes, beautiful and bougie baby clothes, hemp oil and oil paintings. “My background is in journalism and as soon as I had my son, Diego, in the spring of 2013, I could see a gaping hole in the market for a full-service parenting site with a stylish bent,” explains Hintz-Zambrano, who resides in San Francisco. “Something that treated women as multi-dimensional people beyond being mothers. I met James [who’s in Nashville] a few months later on a press trip and we decided to join forces.”

The result is a parenting destination that’s as layered as the ladies who run it. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked the multi-hyphenate hyphenates at MOTHER to share their celebration plans and gift ideas, because they definitely know best.

SEE THEIR MOTHERLODE

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Foundwell’s Vintage Treasures Will Delight Gentlemen (and Ladies, Too)

Treasure hunting in thrift and antique stores always sounds rewarding, until you’re elbow deep in cast-off kitchenwares and polyester glad rags. Yet, the search for those diamonds in the rough appeals to us largely because true vintage gems elude us. Most simply don’t have the time, patience or knowledge to find something really rarefied.

Alan Bedwell, however, was raised on scouting for silver marks, identifying makers, dating materials and appraising art. His bona fides come by birth: his mother is a longtime antiques dealer in London. Soon after graduating, Bedwell went to work sourcing antiques for Ralph Lauren. More than a decade later, he branched out on his own, establishing his luxury goods company Foundwell in 2009. Foundwell curates fine homewares and accessories from over the last two centuries, specializing in men’s finery and antique silver pieces.

This season, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle is carrying some of his singular discoveries, which can also be found online. We spoke with Bedwell about what attracts his eye and some of his favorite finds—plus what to buy for that tricky guy on your list this holiday.

HIS TREASURE-HUNTING TIPS

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Give Warmth, Generously: The Gift of Loopy Mango’s Macro-Gauge Knit Kits

Homemade sweaters as gifts tend to evoke the same disdain as a sticky brick of fruitcake. We envision handcrafted knitwear as ill-fitting and scratchy, in musty-colored yarn with multihued crocheted granny squares. But the ladies of Loopy Mango, a couture knitting company, have managed to shed this tired cliché with their trademark megachunky yarns and knitting kits. Dyed in candy pastels and Day-Glo brights, their woolly products yield creations that look like high-fashion cocoons.

Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher, the effervescent duo at the helm of Loopy Mango, merged their love for fashion and art with the DIY movement. Fashion devotees with a fondness for anything one of a kind, they’ve spent time on both coasts, curating eclectic goods for boutiques that combine vintage with new, practical with precious. Their love for needlework eventually led from establishing a small yarn section to a massive yarn line, which has appeared in Vogue and been used by knitting circles around the world. The whimsically large accessories even caught the eye of the late roving fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, a day the Loopy ladies call “a life highlight.”

We spoke with Anna about Loopy Mango’s macro-gauge designs, her favorite TV shows to knit to, their celebrity fans and tips for new knitters who may pick up one of their super-popular knitting kits–the Merino No. 5 for kids is now available in our holiday Pop-In shop.

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Fashionable Books for Everyone on Your Gift List

Winter is the perfect season to curl up with a good read and a cup of something warm, which makes Christmas a great time for gifting books. In that spirit of bookishness, we’ve collected some of our favorite stylish writings that will appeal to anyone on your list: history buffs, art lovers, non-readers, little one and dudes, too. Because if there are two things we all could benefit from, it’s some quiet time and some fashionable fun.

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Discover the Best in Beauty at Byrdie’s Beauty Lab

Photography by Diane Bondareff

The Byrdie Beauty Lab, powered by Nordstrom, is a two-week beauty playground in New York City where lipstick devotees and contour connoisseurs are invited to discover, test and fall in love with the best treatments, products and technologies currently available. Explore a curated selection of more than 200 products from Nordstrom—handpicked by Byrdie’s beauty experts—all vying for a well-earned spot on your vanity shelves.

DISCOVER THE LAB

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Holiday GIF Guide: What to Give the Women in Your Life (Animated Edition)

Without moms, wives, pals and daughters, where would any of us be? This season, celebrate the ladies who are the linchpins around whom your world turns with presents that inject a bit of fun, a hint of pretty, a semblance of ease into their hectic lives. These are gifts for gals on the go, expressed in GIF form.

SEE THESE GIFTS GO

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Holiday GIF Guide: What to Give the Men in Your Life (Animated Edition)

He’s your champion, your travel companion, your sounding board—sure, sometimes (especially lately) it sounds more like venting. Above all, he’s one of the good guys.

Show the men in your life that you appreciate their many contributions and good behavior with a present that will really move them. We’ve rounded up the top gifts for guys in GIF form. There’s something here for every man of action in your life (dads, spouses, brothers, boyfriends) to thank them for the righteous deeds they do.

SEE THESE GIFTS GO

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Holiday GIF Guide: What to Give the Kids in Your Life (Animated Edition)

Miniature things are always adorable, which can make shopping for kids a breeze. But when it comes to finding a present that tykes are going to enjoy for more than five minutes before being distracted by the next toy under the tree, honestly, the odds are against you.

We’ve rounded up some favorite gifts in GIF form that are sure to be used by the little ones in your life long after the holiday.

SEE THESE GIFTS GO

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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: 3 Editor-Approved Gifts to Give Your Mom This Mother’s Day

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We’ll admit that searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be quite the challenge. Considering that this woman brought you into the world, raised you and has loved you unconditionally, the pressure to find something appropriately thoughtful is pretty high. In an effort to spark some worthy gifting ideas within you, we Who What Wear and Byrdie editors decided to team up and brainstorm what we’ll be giving our moms this Mother’s Day. As a group of people who are always in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest items on the market, it’s safe to say our opinions are trustworthy. From luxurious skincare devices to sparkling earrings, these are the items we all can’t wait to hand to our moms come May 14.

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