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Gift Guide 2014

Holiday gifts for every workstation in life, whether you're fetching coffee, announcing your IPO, or playing tennis all day

The Boss

Maybe not for your actual boss—but someone powerful in your life

Oscar de la Renta crystal earrings

These gleaming beauties are clip-on (!) but not too heavy.

Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2006

The first new release in 40 years from the makers of Cristal. It’s dry, with no extra sugar.

West Elm Terrace bar cart

Know someone who just got a new office? Give her a reason to hold late-afternoon meetings.

Thom Browne neck muff

Fox fur dyed in striped shades of burgundy, navy, and turquoise makes an undeniably lush statement.

Longchamp canvas garment bag

So he can stop using the flimsy free one that came with his suit.

Jennifer Fisher knot choker

Forged from polished brass to fit right into any power dresser’s wardrobe.

Mark Cross Hadley bag

Fashionable but not too fashiony, from an old U.S. company once beloved by Grace Kelly.

La Perfumerie Moderne fragrances

$220 each; barneys.com

A niche line of exotic scents in glass flacons that you’d be silly not to display.

Braun digital weather station

This radio-controlled device is more accurate than any app: It comes with its own outdoor sensor.

Calvin Klein Collection overcoat

$1,450; mrporter.com

The wool-and-cotton blend gives this warm coat a nice texture.

Rodarte leather gloves

$400; paire.us

Color done right.

Cartier Tank Louis 18K rose gold watch

$14,700; cartier.com

The lucky recipient will appreciate the “extra flat” silhouette; it sits flush against shirts and suits.

Leff Amsterdam brick clock

A copper case and flipping numbers will earn props, whether it hangs from a wall or sits on a desk.

Lee Broom On the Rock martini glass

$110 each; aplusrstore.com

Highlight the Italian marble by buying in various shapes.

The Entry-Level Striver

Shopping for underlings? Upgrade their work wardrobe

Aesa stud earrings

Gray and pale-pink pearls, set in a subtle bronze prong, look grown-up but not stodgy.

Hunter Chelsea boots

Comfy enough for a commute. It doesn’t take years of experience to know that snow ruins high heels.

Alexander Olch necktie

Encourage associates to start dressing up with this classic textured-wool option.

Illesteva Leonard sunglasses

Arguably more useful in the glare of winter weather than in summer. Also: admirably unbranded.

Happy Socks set

Younger people can get away with bold patterns. The box includes four pairs in bright blues and reds.

Alex Mill beanie

Cashmere to keep him warm, and the red will pop against overcoats and other basics.

The Startup Tycoon

LaCie Christofle Sphère hard drive

$490; lacie.com

A terabyte of storage, plated in silver. For the nerd who wants to show off.

Mermelada Estudio for RS Barcelona Mon Oncle portable grill

Check your office fire code: The case opens to reveal a powerful and safe tabletop gas grill.

Kelly Wearstler marble hashtag

This Twitter-inspired sculpture is very beautiful, if slightly too twee for its own good.

Band of Outsiders striped sweatpants

$295; fwrd.com

The holy grail for those who can get away with wearing sweatpants to work.

Comme des Garçons Play wool cardigan

No self-respecting woman wears a hoodie to work.

Reece Hudson Bowery leather and calf-hair pouchette

Fits a tablet, but it’s probably more useful for toting essentials during a New Year’s party or nice night out.

Clic wooden iPhone case

Still carrying around an iPhone 5? It needs a new outfit.

Connor emoji stationery set

$25 for three; barneys.com

Adorned with various icons, these are ideal for when e-mail isn’t enough.

W&P Design homemade gin kit

Upgrade your booze stash. It takes only 36 hours to infuse vodka with botanicals to create gin.

Adidas Stan Smith sneakers

Fifty years old and just as cool as when they first came out.

The Middle Manager

Nice leather goods are like candy for grown-ups

Time’s Arrow Chevron wallet

The pouch hidden inside this—big enough for a few cards—is ideal for running lunch-hour errands.

Want Les Essentiels de la Vie iPad folio

Clever cutouts in this sleek case allow you to charge a tablet without removing it.

Burberry Continental wallet

Subtly checked, as expected. It holds an immense amount of stuff.

Filson luggage tag

A practical way to help someone travel in style.

Ralph Lauren Ricky wallet

A smaller version of RL’s popular locking bag, it comes in 18 colors with contrasting trim.

Field mouse pad

Replace sad, company-issued foam with premium Milwaukee leather. Feels lovely when you scroll.

Rag & Bone leather sport gloves

Ribbing at the wrists makes these men’s gloves fit better than most leather pairs.

Canoe Goods tray

At 9.5 inches by 7.5 inches, it’s a helpful home for phones and keys on an ever-more-crowded desk.

The Lucky Retiree

Smythson Mara travel backgammon

The leather is stamped to look like crocodile. Great entertainment for a long plane ride.

Norm Architects for Menu beer foamer

Mimic a barworthy pour with the press of a button.

Derek Rose York plaid dressing gown

Looks impressive! Encourage the wearer to get dressed at some point in the day.

Craighton Berman manual coffee maker

Practically an art piece for the kitchen, and simpler to use than newfangled electric drippers.

America’s Great Hiking Trails by Karen Berger

Inspire Pops to get some exercise outside.

David Yurman petite pavé earrings

Growing older is the best excuse to sport diamonds on the regular.

The Road Warrior

GoTenna

$149.99 per pair; gotenna.com

Outfit a smartphone with this radio-wave booster to communicate sans cell signal or Wi-Fi.

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6

Tricked out with leather, aluminum, and magnets that direct sound waves straight into your ear.

Frye Arkansas midlace work boots

Handsome. Sturdy. Good with suits or jeans.

Binauric Boom Boom

Many Bluetooth speakers just play; this one records audio, too. Other new smart-home functions will be downloadable on it in 2015.

Club Monaco leather-trimmed alpaca cape

Wear to the office with a black dress. It also makes a nice blanket on the plane.

Restoration Hardware roll-up travel charger

It charges four devices at once and will win over colleagues on any biz trip.

Fluxmob portable charger

$59.99; fluxmob.com

“The world’s smallest portable battery backup and wall charger.” Until next year.

InCase EO hardshell roller

$299.95; goincase.com

The most efficient new suitcase: The cover opens flat so you can pass your laptop through a metal detector without unpacking it

The Work-at-Home Freelancer

Tom Dixon Tool the Mathematician desk set

Laser-cut from decorative brass, this protractor and ruler set makes for handsome desk décor.

Sleepy Jones oversize cotton pajamas

A cozy, luxe pj set—the kind of splurge most men wouldn’t indulge in for themselves.

Commune tooled leather coasters

$30 for six; communedesign.com

Practical and necessary, and they’ll only look better with a few wine stains.

Terrain woolen grid throw

Woven in Sweden using 100 percent pure New Zealand wool. Translation: Really plush.

Armor Lux slippers

Warm wool inside, with a crepe sole that’s good for walking the dog or running morning errands.

Recreation Center grid mug

An attractive, earthy cup made of raw clay.

Mansur Gavriel large tote in royal blue

Simple enough to carry to meetings, but the bold cobalt prevents it from feeling too basic.

Orée Pebble wireless charging pad

Pair the pad with Orée’s wireless power sleeve (sold separately) to rid your life of tangled iPhone cords.

Makr magazine rack

$400; makr.com

Because elegantly displaying magazines (or newspapers, sure) helps anyone look smarter.

Nibblr box

$5.50 per box; nibblr.com

Re-create a Silicon Valley diet at home with a weekly delivery of these tasty, portion-controlled snacks. Four sweet and salty options come in each parcel.

The Selfless Servant

Offer altruistic pals some pampering they wouldn’t purchase on their own

Diptyque scented oval

Make getting ready more pleasant with this rosy air freshener for closets and drawers.

Tom Ford lip color set

This box of red, mauve, pink, and nude lipsticks will make visitors jealous if left out for display.

Barr-Co. bath salts

Relax in the bath (and escape family) with this grapefruit-scented powder that soothes your skin.

Blind Barber regimen kit

A riff on a first-aid kit—with a terrific face wash, shave cream, and aftershave—from a cult New York brand.

Prada Candy Florale gift set

A beautiful peony-fragranced trio for any dresser. Includes two perfumes and a body lotion.

Cochine candle

Combining juniper and ginger, it’s subtly holiday-appropriate but not at all like a pine cone.