The First-Ever Man Repeller Holiday Gift Guide

It’s pretty sweet

12.08.16
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For all of the shopping and thinking about shopping and general online browsing that we do here at Man Repeller, we have never done a Gift Guide. So it was decided that this was to be the year.

The team was on board. Everyone was in agreement that the products had to be the kind of stuff that you’d want to gift, be gifted and buy for yourself. That ends up casting a pretty big net. The theme would help narrow it all down.

When Emily Zirimis, our Visual Manager, came up with a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory concept, it made no sense and so much sense at once. It’s festive (but not on the nose), colorful, whimsical, nostalgic, creatively inspiring and runs on the very same energy as the holidays: chocolate. But also, magic.

There are six rooms total to explore, each stuffed with the kind of gifts that can make an outfit or a regular day more special. Without further ado, may I present: the six rooms of our first-ever Man Repeller Gift Guide. Golden tickets ready? Step inside.

Let me walk you through, one magical room at a time.

The Everlasting Gobstopper Room

The Everlasting Gobstopper Room Byredo candles, Miu Miu round sunglasses, Buly 1803 hand balm, Prada wedge sandal, Olympia Le-Tan dotted felt clutch, Shiffa jade facial roller

Byredo candlesMiu Miu round sunglasses, Buly 1803 hand balm, Prada wedge sandal, Olympia Le-Tan dotted felt clutch, Shiffa jade facial roller

Here we have a room filled with items to treat yourself like the candy dish that you are. There are candles that make you finally understand what “mood lighting” means, a jade facial roller to make you feel like a queen, a pretty bra (see below) and luxurious hand cream.

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The All-White TV Room

The All-White TV Room Manolo Blank white pump, Value Arts Co. character ornaments, Chicago leather rink skates, Shourouk crystal and stone earrings, Mason Pearson detangler hair brush, NPW Unicorn pencil holder and colored pencils, Cezanne crystal and silver earrings

Manolo Blank white pump, Value Arts Co. character ornaments, Chicago leather rink skates, Shourouk crystal-and-stone earrings, Mason Pearson detangler hair brush, NPW Unicorn pencil holder and colored pencils, Cezanne crystal-and-silver earrings

Welcome to the white room, where we might accidentally shrink you, but so what! It’ll be much easier to ride the animal ornaments that way.

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The Candy Room

The Candy Room Balenciaga candy striped tights, Gift Boutique pig bank, Kurt S Adler Xmas candy garland, Alison Lou mushroom brooches, Roxanne Assoulin Swarovski crystal hoop earrings, Herbivore therapeutic bath salts

Balenciaga candy-striped tights, Gift Boutique pig bank, Kurt S Adler Xmas candy garland, Alison Lou X STAUD mushroom brooches, Roxanne Assoulin Swarovski crystal hoop earrings, Herbivore therapeutic bath salts, Cult Gaia feather bunny ears

In the candy room, everything is either edible or should be. That could cause some confusion. For example, it would be bad to eat those striped Balenciaga tights, your teeth would likely crack if you were to crunch the crystalized pig, I’m not totally sure how poisonous those mushroom pins are and we all know what happens when bath salts are used for purposes other than baths. Consider this, instead, a feast for your eyes.

But you can still eat the gummy bears if you don’t mind glue.

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The Oompa Loompa Room

The Oompa Loompa Room Lipstick Queen lipstick, Connor zodiac calendar and easel, Loquet London gold charm bracelet, Rosantica by Michela Panero quartz necklace, Jonathan Adler brass elephant ring bowl, MR by Man Repeller metallic leather boot, Shiffa gold body oil, Miu Miu rectangle sunglasses

Lipstick Queen lipstick, Connor zodiac calendar and easel, Loquet London gold charm bracelet, Rosantica by Michela Panero quartz necklace, Jonathan Adler brass elephant ring bowl, MR by Man Repeller metallic leather boot, Shiffa gold body oil, Miu Miu rectangle sunglasses

I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you: what’s an unexpected color combination that feels festive for the holidays but not cliché. Oompa Loompa purple, gold and green. Solved it.

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The Fruit Wallpaper Room

The Fruit Wallpaper Room Nannacay pompom clutch, Charlotte Olympia ladybug shoes, Shourouk red crystal earrings, Charlotte Olympia basket bag

Nannacay pompom clutch, Charlotte Olympia ladybug shoes, Shourouk red crystal earrings, Charlotte Olympia basket bag

A fruit room a day keeps the doctor away but be careful of bees, they’ll be all over you.

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The Fizzy Lifting Drinks Bubble Room

The Fizzy Lifting Drinks Bubble Room Miu Miu round sunglasses, Wild and Woolly mink hoop earrings, Of Rare Origin birdcage earrings, Judith Leiber "Fred French Bulldog" crystal clutch bag, Gucci zebra pumps, Judith Leiber Toby Zebra Rocking Horse crystal clutch bag

Dolce & Gabbana round sunglasses, Wild and Woolly mink hoop earrings, Of Rare Origin birdcage earrings, Judith Leiber “Fred French Bulldog” crystal clutch bag, Gucci zebra pumps, Judith Leiber Toby Zebra Rocking Horse crystal clutch bag

What’s black and white and red all over with a touch of green and a lot of sparkle AND BUBBLES? Is there anything better than a bunch of bubbles? That’s the real question.

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And here’s where our tour comes to an official end. Consider this your lifelong golden ticket membership. Happy Holidays!

On a shopping role now? Check out #MRTreats where we’re just straight up giving things away.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis; creative direction by Emily Zirimis.

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  • Ana Tellez

    Emily and Krista you are geniuses!! This is one of my favorite shoots..wish I could step inside each room

    • Krista Anna Lewis

      <3 <3 <3

    • Harling Ross

      hi ana!!!!!!!!

    • Emily Zirimis

      <3 !!!!!

  • Hilary

    OHHH MY GOODNESS. This could not be more magical. What a perfect theme! This is like the sophisticated, chic adult version of my endless viewings of Willy Wonka as a kid (I used to rewind the tape after the movie finished and immediately watch it again and again and again). Emily & Krista, you are incredible.

  • stunning stuff, guys. my irish eyes are smiling.

  • Jasmin Aujla

    Emily and Krista, you are MAGIC!

    • I know u guys can’t see me but I am giving you guys a standing ovation as i wipe away a lil tear with my pinky finger. SO GOOD

    • Emily Zirimis

      <3 <3

  • Christel Michelle

    Great job with these visuals!! There was so much going on but not in a “this is way too much” way, more like a “I want more more more” way!! The rooms are so fun

  • nevvvvave

    I just realized what it is that I find so cute re: the photography on some of these articles…it reminds me of those I Spy books my friends and I used to read in elementary school.. my eye is drawn to everything at once 🙂

    • Patty Carnevale

      You are SO RIGHT

    • Emily Zirimis

      @nevvvvave:disqus I said the same exact thing to Krista while shooting! I think the I Spy books will serve as my next source of inspo …

  • Alanis

    This is so cute! Love all the rooms, but my favorite has to be the “fizzy drinks” room! The bubbles! <3

  • disqus_ybzX1Jex3J

    Stunning visuals! Thanks for that treat!

  • Samantha Lee

    Love love LOVE the Willy Wonka theme and stop motion videos – so much more fun and creative than all the gift guides I’m seeing everywhere. Obsessed with those white skates and the MR metallic leather boots.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  • Gwyn

    I LOVE THIS!!!

  • ClaraLovesYou

    oompa loompa room, or mardi gras room…. you tell me!

    those colors come after red and green my friends!

    sending love from New Orleans nonetheless

    😎💜💚💛

  • Molly D

    holy photos!!

  • Fran

    OMG, I want to wear the candy-striped tights with the zebra-striped pumps… with a black leather miniskirt, a white angora sweater, and the birdcage earrings. Yes!

  • Audrey Fromson

    Great follow up to Consumption Month. (Oh) boy am I hungry

  • Visuals team, these are STUNNING. I want to hang out in the rooms

  • Glamouristamilano Glamouristam

    My sincere compliments to Emily and Krista for compositions of each shoot. Very creative and awesome.

  • Ana Yvelyse

    someone should come up with a non-rolling version of those white skates. i would never take them off.

    • doublecurl

      Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn makes some very skater-esque white leather booties!

  • Charlotte Dallin

    BRB, carpeting my house with gummy bears.

  • Great!! I send you an early merry christmas

  • WHERE DID YOU GET THE FRUITY WALLPAPER 😳

    • Amelia Diamond

      THEY MADE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE ACTUAL ELVES

    • Emily Zirimis

      Our new creative intern Maria hand painted it, then we scanned it in, created a pattern and had it printed! 😀

  • Denisse Perez

    This has to be my favorite execution of a gift guide! I love it!!

  • Loved this theme! So creative and a vacation for my eyes

  • chouette

    FRIGGIN CUTE OMG

  • Madison Matter

    Just wanna let everyone know that the super cute underwear in the fruit print room, only come in kids sizes 🙁

  • poor boi

    i love u manrepeller but i cant even afford to buy these gifts 4 myself :'(

  • Kelly

    I want a tree covered in those little animal ornaments!!!! Total decoration goals right there.

  • steph m.

    I’m OBSESSED with the mushroom. Is that just a prop?

    • Emily Zirimis

      Yes! Just a prop 🙂

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