Still Need a Gift for the Family Intellectual? What to Buy
Each holiday season, it's a race to finalize everything before your winter travels. From managing the weight of your luggage to finagling with UPS in order to ship those extra presents that won’t fit into your carry-on, it's the holiday stress fest we know all too well.
Luckily, when it comes to those last few gifts—like a parent's, your significant other's, or, maybe toughest of all, the family intellectual—we have a solution. After all, what can one buy for the person whose tastes are a step ahead of the rest? Thought-provoking and (sometimes) snobbish, the smarty in the fam is typically the hardest to shop for, as they often have everything he or she already wants. Or, they're not about to tell you what they'd really want because, well, they assume you wouldn't understand.
Fear not. We've rounded up some high-brow selections that will seriously wow the family scholar. Just be careful, though. These picks are so good, it's likely he or she will come to you with their holiday wishlist for years to come—because, clearly, you'll go the distance.
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Whitney Museum of American Art Membership
What better way to spend a weekend, or any day of the week for that matter, than by getting lost on the floors of the Whitney Museum of American Art? Explore some of the most famous works of art, while taking in the sights of New York.
Hermès Ulysse PM Notebook
Ever feel the need to write down your thoughts throughout the day but on the most luxurious leather-and-paper combination ever? The Hermès Ulysee’s notebook exudes practicality and glamour, with a variety of paper inserts (starting at $65)—be sure to save the boxes and date them annually for reference.
Scali Salvatore SRL Alabaster Chess Set
This chess set serves as both a way to exercise the mind and an attractive piece of home décor.
Discussing the important matters of the day requires a signature drink, and we mean alcohol. Thankfully, Glassful can help with that—for only $54 a month, members will receive three premium bottles per month, curated to tastes and food options.
“Designed by Apple in California”
Let’s face it. Just like the rest of us, you likely own every product known to mankind from Apple. And so, why not receive their latest installment in coffee-table book format? Designed by Apple in California chronicles the company’s vast history of products through photo timelines.
Diptyque "Jasmin" Candle
A whole day of wracking your brain at work calls for a little relaxation once you arrive home. Why not unwind to the scent of jasmine, to calm the nerves and revitalize energy.