Compared to, say, a new Cadillac Eldorado, a set of steak knives doesn’t sound exciting. But they don’t make Eldorados anymore. Plus, Chicago Cut has put their imprimatur on these, so whoever receives them knows they can slice prime rib like it was butter. Try that with an Eldorado.
The Giving Spree
Your Holiday Shopping List: Boom. Done.
So you’re making a list. Some on it were nice. Some were naughty. Some have photographic evidence. The point is... it’s now time to hand out the goodies. Here are five ideas that should keep everyone happy.
A Limited-Edition Vivian Maier Print
The story of Vivian Maier is amazing. She was a quiet nanny who spent her time assiduously taking sumptuous black-and-white photographs of Chicago, which were discovered after she became destitute. Also amazing: the photos. We’re sure you know someone whose walls need something sumptuous.
Leather Wallet from Ashland Leather
A leather wallet is always a nice gift. Dull, but nice. So we suggest the best damn leather wallet Chicago can produce—using shell cordovan, the best damn leather a cow can produce. Oh, and these wallets are modeled after the kind favored by mobsters. Suddenly, nice is a little dangerous.
Candles That Smell Like Cocktails
You used to do shots to celebrate holidays with your friends. Now you give candles. So this is a little of both: cocktail-scented candles with real alcohol to create a pleasing aroma of bourbon, whiskey and peppermint schnapps. And that’s worth a toast.
When in doubt, always give chocolate. A lot of chocolate. This should do: a head-to-toe hot chocolate treatment, which starts with a vigorous exfoliation with a cocoa-scented scrub, followed by skin hydration via chocolate mousse, capped off with a cup of hot chocolate. You may apply whipped cream later.