gift guide: toni & ben’s finds for the hip couple

{Editor’s Note: This year, I’ve asked a few of the people whose style I spend all year admiring to share their holiday wish lists. Stay tuned – we’ll have a new expert every day for the next two weeks!} gift guide couple

Here’s one of the (many) ways I can tell I’m not hip: while reading Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett’s guide to everything a hip couple could possibly want, I kept intermittently exclaiming “What in the world is that?”…followed closely by “Dang, that’s so cool!” (I mean, really….kinetic sand?) But that’s exactly what I’d expect from the brains behind one of my favorite handbag and accessory lines, Hayden-Harnett. These two Brooklynites just can’t help but be hip! Whether you’re looking for one gift you can give to that couple you double-date with every Saturday, creative ideas for your other half, or a few things for your own wish list, Toni and Ben have come up with a dozen finds guaranteed to put you on the short list for Most Popular Couple.
couple gift guide, gift guide couple, hipster gift guide, cool gift guide, mens gift guide Toni’s Finds:

  1. We’re buying this for our three cats and Boston terrier, Mr. Jackson, to snuggle up with this winter. We’re not sure if they will feel threatened or thrilled. I’m obsessed with having a crazy fur blanket in the house lately. Wild Mannered faux fur throw, $130 (more here)
  2. I’m loving all of the amazing jewelry at Catbird right now and their delicate rings are at the top of my wish list. I bought their Dark Side of the Moon ring recently as an early birthday gift to myself (thanks, self!). I’m hoping to get their ‘Dark & Stormy’ star ring to pair with it. So pretty! Catbird Dark & Stormy ring, $122
  3. It’s important to be on time, so why not do it in style? I’d love to get George Nelson’s design classic ‘Sunburst’ wall clock for our apartment. George Nelson “Sunburst” clock, $510 (more colors – and prices – here)
  4. I buy this book for every couple that I know. It’s a delicious, sexy little essential for every kitchen, and it makes an amazing gift. InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, $23
  5. Ben looks great in hats, plus I can borrow this one whenever he’s not looking. Rag & Bone fedora, $175
  6. I’m really into rose gold right now and I’m jonesing for our holiday edition Pierre satchel. Luxe black shrunken leather with rose gold hardware? Done. Hayden-Harnett Pierre satchel, $498

Ben’s Finds:

  1. This stuff is mesmerizing. A relaxing, addictive tactile distraction. Waba Fun kinetic sand, $23
  2. Bob. You can’t go wrong. A complete collection of the vibrant, beautiful, timely, challenging, puzzling, irritating, traditional, revolutionary, funny, and essential recordings of a unique artist. Bob Dylan: The Complete Collection, from $216
  3. A classic bow-tie, in a solid color. Every man should have one. I just bought a suit from this company for a wedding and I’m hoping to get another from Santa. Suitsupply navy wool bow tie, $65
  4. My new favorite bag. Finally got me to ditch my trusty Filson, and I’m never looking back. Hayden-Harnett Smithy messenger, $248 (check out their entire men’s collection here)
  5. Peugeot, known for beautifully designed cars, glorious bicycles, and the awesomest salt and pepper grinders. Only the best. Peugeot salt & pepper grinders, from $44
  6. A fascinating look at academic detective work, bringing a forgotten hero some of the limelight she deserves, and a compelling look at a mysterious and ancient culture. The Riddle of the Labyrinth, $14

Thank you so much, guys! For more of Toni & Ben’s madcap genius, check out all of those lovely leather goodies over at Hayden-Harnett. I’m guessing you can find one or seven things for your wish list.

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