Under Wraps: Three Fab People’s Holiday Faves

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Sebastian Arguello, Lead Photographer

1. What is on your wish list this year?

My wish list consists of several graphic print T-shirts, for example,  mr gugu and miss go’s flower print shirt, and The Mountain’s bulldog tee. I would love the Nolan shoe in ice by Giorgio Brutini, 420G black boot by gram, and a set of blocks by NAEF, they are gorgeous and colorful. A wooden slingshot by Hella slingshots would be a blast for starting the year off with some mischief. 

2. What is the best gift you ever received? 

As a child, I never really had much. Usually, my brother and I would get one gift to share, but one Christmas I received a large 100 piece Dinosaur kit and my brother opened up an awesome Lionel train set. Let’s just say that for months we lived our own version of Dinotopia!

 3. What gets you into a holiday mood?

I have a very weird trigger for the holiday season. I can’t feel the holidays until I hear Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas”…but the catch is that I can’t play it myself. It has to be a surprise!!! For example, it could be playing in a store or in a passing car. 

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4. How do you wrap your presents?

 I’m not a great wrapper, but this is how I open presents: I usually admire the wrapping and smile at my gift giver, follow up with a hug and a “you shouldn’t have, really”… and rip the packaging apart like the Tasmanian devil. 

5. What is your strangest holiday memory?

One Christmas, our family took a trip to our uncle’s house in Chicago. My brother and I saw snow for the first time and went hog wild in the street. [Ed. Note: Sebastian is from Miami.] Needless to say, all that white made us disoriented and we didn’t recognize the right house. Hence, we walked right into another family having dinner. I didn’t recognize a soul and thought “Oh, cool, more guests…” So we sat down with the other kids at the kids’ table. Meanwhile, my parents are going nuts, and, finally, one of the neighbors asked us who we were and…tada! there’s my mom at the door with a red face asking if anyone had seen her children, and there we were, eating mac and cheese. 

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Kimberly Oliver, Senior Director, Communications

1. What is on your wish list this year?

I have my eye on a few things for myself:

mrs Jermyn gold on black painterly clutch - I like the simple shape, the touch of gold, and that each one is slightly different.

Morris Kitchen Ginger and Preserved Lemon Syrups paired with SodaStream carbonated water = best homemade soda ever.

And for a splurge gift, a cashmere scarf from Chan Luu - the perfect accent for any outfit in any season, and great for traveling.

And a few things for different family members:

For my dad, a reminder of time spent paddling around on the lake during summer vacations while I was growing up.

I got one of these for myself and will also get one for my mom, sister, and daughter - it’s a simple and elegant necklace to connect us even when we’re spread out around the world:

For my stylish teen son and my stylish best friend, the Necklush in navy, silver, and black (yes, I will want to borrow it from one or the other of them).

2. What is the best gift you ever received? 

As a young girl I was obsessed with the Betty Crocker Boys and Girls Cook Book, and specifically with the Enchanted Castle Birthday Cake. My mom was not a baker, nor particularly artistic, but for my fifth birthday, she tackled the cake, frosted turrets, flying flags, Hershey’s Bar door, drawbridge, and all. I loved it then because of the cake itself, and I love it now because of the effort and time she took to make it for me. 

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3. What gets you into a holiday mood?

Baking—unlike my mom I am into it! This year I’m excited to try a gluten-free crust for my go-to chocolate pecan pie recipe (topped with bourbon whipped cream - it’s the best). Getting Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour to make it with.

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4. How do you wrap your presents?

Eco-frugal-simple. I crumple up dry-cleaning tissue paper or brown Kraft paper and then smooth it out to give it an interesting texture. Red or gold metallic ribbon for material contrast, and we’re done.

5. What is your strangest holiday memory?

Spending Christmas Eve having an epic late night snowball fight just outside a fancy restaurant at a mountain resort. I, my husband, and the kids trooped out in full ski gear, including helmets and goggles, and spent a few hours running around, throwing snowballs, dodging and ducking, ending up exhausted, entirely covered in snow, and falling down with laughter. We had so much fun, but we must have looked slightly unhinged to the people enjoying their sedate holiday meal inside the lodge.

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Eurie Kim, Junior Art Director

1. What is on your wish list this year?

At the top of my list right now is this Korean fashion designer KYE’s black faux fur leather jacket. it’s sold out everywhere I’ve looked…arghh!!! I want it so bad. That huge Warhol book...Andy Warhol “Giant” SizeA Yoshitomo Nara pup in a cup sculpture. I love Nara’s work. His characters are so awesome and adorably dark.

2. What is the best gift you ever received? 

When I was little, I was obsessed with Polly Pocket. I wanted them all. I mean, they were just so small and precious! I remember one Christmas, I asked “Santa” for this Polly Pocket that I had had my eyes on for a while…I had it circled and highlighted and everything in the Toys R Us catalog…and come Christmas, BAM, I got my Polly Pocket! It felt like victory. Sweet, sweet victory.

3. What gets you into a holiday mood?

Holiday treats and holiday flavors, like gingerbread, pumpkin pie, peppermint, hot chocolate…mmm.

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4. How do you wrap your presents?

I’m not much of a present wrapper…I’m actually pretty terrible at it. I’m all about the gift bag.

5. What is your strangest holiday memory?

I don’t have a strange memory, but a silly one. One Christmas, for some reason, my parents decided to surprise my brother and me by putting our Christmas gifts at the end of our bed on top of the blanket (instead of under the tree).  So, in the middle of the night, as I’m sleeping and cuddled up under my blanket, I tried to cuddle into my blanket some more, and I felt something heavy preventing me from getting more blanket! I legit thought it was a monster and I held my breath and closed my eyes…hoping it wouldn’t hurt me. But after what seemed like an eternity of holding my breath, I peeked over with one eye…and gasped with relief and joy at seeing the gift-wrapped boxes at the end of my bed!!! Woohoo!

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