Gift Guide 2009: Fab for Four

Tailor your holiday shopping to a quartet of style sensibilities: luxurious, practical, classic & modern
Photograph by John Roe

Hair and makeup by Gjysta Nuculaj from Mijo-a’ Make-Up Studio & Spa, Royal Oak. Area rug courtesy of McLeod Carpet One, Bloomfield Hills. Ribbons provided by Haberman Fabrics, Royal Oak.


Playing Santa for the high-end recipient requires the proper mindset. Look to the moon and the stars for inspiration. As a shopping mantra, try: If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

Necklace of oval pink tourmaline stones and brilliant-cut diamonds, $47,000, at Ahee Jewelers, Grosse Pointe Woods.






Gold sequined Louis Vuitton purse, price available upon request, at Louis Vuitton, Somerset Collection South, Troy.





René Caovilla Crystal Sandals, $1,210, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Colletion South, Troy.





Shop with life’s basics in mind to please the bottom-line oriented people on your list. Think sustenance, warmth, domestic tools, athletics, and old-school activities.

Reusable tote bag, $55, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection, South, Troy. (Bag folds into its own attached, zippered  envelope.)






Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian mantel clock, $90, at the Detroit Institute of Arts Shop, Detroit.



Child’s North Face jacket, $139, at Moosejaw, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Clinton Township, Grosse Pointe, Rochester.







The present is all about the past. It’s always appropriate to give gifts and looks that have stood the test of time. Brainstorm by thinking of tried and true.

Guépard pen, $185, at Universal Watch & Jewelry Co., Birmingham.






Burberry shirt with contrasting cuff/collar, $90, and argyle vest, $110, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy.





Corduroy bow tie, $55, and corduroy necktie, $55, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy.







Whether the personality calls for classic mid-century (think Rat Pack here) or up-to-the-minute contemporary, consider brainstorming with a martini or energy drink in hand and a little Sinatra or Phoenix on the iPod.

Globe, $200, at Design Within Reach, Birmingham.






Stylized Detroit map, $25, at Bureau of Urban Living, Detroit.






Jonathan Adler serving set, $79, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy.




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