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Great Gifting in Black and White: Reasonable and Extravagant Presents That Are Certain to Please

BY // 12.19.18

Editor’s note: PaperCity’s counting down to the holidays with ultra-curated and distinctive gift guides.

Let’s not overthink gifting this year. The holiday season has a tendency to overstimulate, so we’ve scouted some easy gifts in black and white.

Ranging from $6 to $7,000, they range from the practical to the extravagant. Many can be found locally — thanks to Christmas falling on a Tuesday, you’ve still got almost a week to shop.

Deakin & Francis yellow gold cufflinks with striped mother-of-pearl and onyx


For 230 years, British brand Deakin & Francis has been creating some of the world’s finest handmade cufflinks in precious metal, vitreous enamel and gemstones. The designs range from cheeky to elegant, but we love this yellow gold with striped mother-of-pearl and onyx pair that is ideal for all those black-tie galas in the spring. Deutsch is the exclusive dealer for gold Deakin & Francis cufflinks in Houston — and the proud owner of the first D&F devoted corner in the United States.

Hermès Manufacture de Boucleries Wash Scarf


Hermès just released the Wash scarf — a machine washable version of the classic 90 cm carré. Handwashed by artisans in a unique method that mattifies the silk, it’s velvety texture and durability makes it perfect for everyday wear. We love the mix of patterns and the pop of pink on the Manufacture de Boucleries.

À Bientôt Pearl bracelet


There’s a reason this mother-of-pearl nugget bracelet from À Bientôt has been a bestseller for 15 years — it’s a great price point and ups the ante of any outfit, from a preppy popover shirt paired with white jeans to a little black dress.

Gauchos: Icons of Argentina


Renowned Argentine artist Aldo Sessa spent several intense months traveling around Argentina to record, with his camera, the traces of these expert nomadic horsemen who preserve the Argentine tradition. Available at Longoria Collection, Gauchos: Icons of Argentina (Assouline) contains 50,000 images that capture the gauchos going undisturbed through the course of their rustic daily life.

Madhouse by Michael Aram Cutlery

From $6

Ideal as a stocking stuffer for the hostess who has everything, these Michael Aram-designed cutlery found at Kuhl-Linscomb are plastic for outdoor entertaining and dishwasher safe. We love the set of 20 mini spoons for serving caviar.

Staud Mini Shirley clear two-tone bag


We love the black-and-white edition of this season’s affordable it-bag from Staud at Tootsies. The mini version of the PVC and calf-leather bag is adorable, and the inner pouch is removable, making it aboveboard for Texans’ games or concerts at NRG Stadium.

Sugar Paper for Target black with cream edge large gift box


Decorating doyenne Dorothy Draper said every room needs a touch of black. This handsome and sturdy gift box by Sugar Paper for Target can serve two purposes — as a gift box under the tree and then a stylish catchall to style on a bookshelf later.

Sugar Paper for Target Black box with cream edges
Sugar Paper for Target Black box with cream edges

Chanel Flap bag sequins & gold tone metal


The ultimate statement bag that can take you from a ladies luncheon to a holiday party — the Chanel Flap bag in sequins and gold tone metal is just the right mix of classic and whimsical.

Vintage Book Sculpture


What’s black, white, and red all over? Vintage books are folded by hand and made into a paper sculpture, available at Found.

Mecox Patched faux zebra mirror


Your entryway needs a gift, too. Add a dose of high style to your home with this 1940s-inspired patched faux zebra mirror by Mecox.

Moroccan Ceramic Cups

$19 each

These pretty little cups found in-store at Laurier Blanc are handmade in Marrakech. Each has white glazing with hand-engraved patterns and 12 carat gold painted accents. We love them for drinking wine, or even to pot a petite orchid.

Farmhouse Pottery Cheese Stones

$65 – 195

These wheel-thrown Farmhouse Pottery cheese stones found at Weidner Hasou are a versatile hostess gift. A beautiful way to serve cheese, pizza, or appetizers, they are designed to heat evenly and can be warmed in the oven or cooled in the freezer.

Monochromatic Striped Dahlia Shower Cap


Prevent your bestie from hoarding shower caps from luxe hotels and gift her this chic striped one from Biscuit. Her blowout will thank you.

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