December 08, 2016 • Tips

Our team has grown significantly this year, and, as I was searching for something to get everyone this holiday season, I couldn’t settle on a gift that seemed perfect for everybody. I kept thinking of specific gifts for individuals, so I decided to just go with it and find something special for each member of this weird, crazy family. Shopping and hunting was so fun, and, since we have quite the diverse group here, I thought it might be helpful to share some things that I selected for the different folks here at ES. Hopefully this will spark some ideas or provide some direction for any last minute shopping you’ve got left!

I try to stick with some general guidelines for any gift giving, and they were definitely relevant while shopping for team gifts. First, I try to keep functionality in mind. It’s always tempting for me to buy silly gift items that have a lot of surface appeal or represent an inside joke but don’t have much functional value after they’ve been opened and the laughs are over. I try to picture the recipient using whatever the thing is well after it’s been opened, and, if I can’t do that, it’s on to the next idea. Good functional gifts to me are books, candles, bath/body products - anything that can be consumed is usually a good place to start. I also try to think about experiences - if you can share an experience you know someone will value, that can have such wonderful lasting value and meaning. This could be tickets to a movie or show or the experience of a relaxing night at home with a bottle of wine and some bath salts. Third, I try to ignore price as much as possible. It’s definitely easy to feel like a gift has more value when it’s more expensive, but often the smallest gifts are the most treasured ones. So if the perfect gift is a modest one, go with it. Finally, I embrace repetition. If there is something I’m really into in a given season and feel like lots of my loved ones would appreciate, I’ll give it to everybody. This year, that thing was my favorite hand balm from Aesop. It’s so good for both men and women, any age, any style - it’s the best.

That’s the kind of rough formula I use. The rest is up in the air! Below, the gifts I picked out for all of the different personalities here at ES. Happy Holidays, ya’ll. I hope they are warm and wonderful and full of good times.

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For the creatively inclined, philosophical ray of sunshine:

Chelsea, our Sales/Marketing team leader.

A coffee table book on Diane Arbus that I think she’ll enjoy reading just as much as looking at.

Sake bath, a nice alternative to feminine bath products.

For the Brooklyn transplant that never stops hustling:

Alfie, our sewing team leader.

This candle that's one of my absolutely favorite scents for relaxing at home - if you can squeeze in at least one night of rest, Alfie.

A fashion photography book by Peter Lindbergh, full of gritty and edgy images that are also beautiful and soft.

For the always reading, always learning, compassionate introvert:

Monica, one of our most forward-thinking seamstresses.

An issue of Paris Review, full of literary analysis and great interviews.

Hand-knit socks from Kordal, a knitwear company run by a good friend in New York. The ultimate cozy gift for those who appreciate lovely details.

For the super stylish, young and hip new girl:

Clemé, our newest hire, on the fulfillment team.

A vintage issue of Vogue from 1975 (a favorite from my stash) that captures her excellent vintage style.

An oversized mug from one of my favorite ceramicists, Helen Levi. A mug is a great gift for anything because it can be used for coffee, tea, water, Diet Coke, or pens/pencils.

For the very-in-tune-with-the-art-scene, creative firecracker:

Ashley, one of our most seasoned seamstresses.

A book on Bauhaus for someone who I know appreciates design.

Yardage of handwoven fabric, perfect for anyone who sews or loves fiber.

For the kind-hearted, full of passion, fashion school grad:

Camille, one of our most enthusiastic new seamstresses.

Beautiful, handspun yarn, an excellent gift for anyone who knits.

A book on the most recent costume exhibit at The Met, Manus x Machina. Any fashion lover knows how amazing these exhibits are, and the book is the next best thing to visiting in person.

For the thoughtful, steadfast friend who rarely treats herself:

Lydia, my first employee and our customer experience angel.

A pair of cashmere gloves that I know she'll use but would never indulge herself.

A book of unfinished artworks that I know will resonate aesthetically but also on a personal level.

For the full-of-life, sews-her-own-clothes-like-its-no-big-deal, ball of laughs:

Alex, our new, high-energy seamstress.

A package of some of my favorite incense, Ritual, that looks as good as it smells.

Yardage of handwoven fabric, perfect for anyone who sews or loves fiber.

For the detail-orientated, organized-in-every-part-of-her-life, skincare fanatic:

Taylor, our fulfillment team leader.

A face and lip mask from Glam Glow, the ultimate in skin pampering.

A beautiful, big bottle of bubble bath because who doesn't appreciate a good bath?

For the put-together, quick, and well-read intern:

Lauren, our game-changing Media and Marketing intern.

A book on the most recent costume exhibit at The Met, Manus x Machina. Any fashion lover knows how amazing these exhibits are, and the book is the next best thing to visit in person.

The most delicious candle from my sweet friend Elise's shop, Goodwin. I burn this candle whenever I've got one around.

For the wise and composed curator and nester:

Emily, our cutting team leader and member of our media team.

Hand knit socks from Kordal, a knitwear company run by a good friend in New York. The ultimate cozy gift for those who appreciate lovely details.

Sake bath, a nice alternative to feminine bath products.

For the incredibly creative, DIY master with endless zip:

Sierra, our cutter.

The truly perfect fiber-crafts bag, designed by friend and Nashville local, Karen Templer. Perfect for stashing and toting knitting, embroidery, or hand-sewing supplies.

Sweater notecards, for people who really love sweaters.

For the Broadway costumer who's always smiling and always making something with her hands:

Chloe, our kick-ass motivator on the sewing team.

A package of some of my favorite incense, Ritual, that looks as good as it smells.

Yardage of handwoven fabric, perfect for anyone who sews or loves fiber.

For the sweetest, most generous foodie:

Katie, on our fulfillment team.

An oversized, dramatic salad serving set that is functional and beautiful.

The most delicious candle from my sweet friend Elise's shop, Goodwin. I burn this constantly whenever I've got one around.

For the mom who is still cooler than all of us:

Coco, a seamstress who's been with us since the early days.

A beautiful, big bottle of bubble bath because who doesn't appreciate a good bath?

A nice bottle of wine, which pretty much speaks for itself. Alcohol as a gift will never, ever fall flat.