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part from slobbery kisses and big bear hugs, gift-giving is one of our most animalistic and tangible ways to show our love, like and gratitude. Not everyone is great with words. Think about penguins who give their penguin-people pebbles to secure their forever partnerships, dogs who bring their owners beloved chew toys or cats who drag hunting trophies into the house.

One of my favorite sentences in the history of ever is J.D. Salinger’s acknowledgement page in Franny and Zooey:

“As nearly as possible in the spirit of Matthew Salinger, age one, urging a luncheon companion to accept a cool lima bean, I urge my editor, mentor and (heaven help him) closest friend, William Shawn…to accept this pretty skimpy-looking book.”

I love it for a million reasons, but largely for the way it highlights an innocent kindness — a one-year-old’s desire to give. I think it’s in our nature to want to offer up something we made or bought or did for someone else and let them know, “It’s for you.” There’s a whole psychology to gift-giving, but I like to think it makes us feel less alone to share something with someone special. Even if it’s just a cool lima bean.

When a gift is really done right — when you give something that took thought; when your entire heart is behind a gesture; or when that gesture required every iota of your courage (a first “I love you”) — a memory is created deep in the cozy part of your brain and the recipient’s that, when remembered even years later, feels like home.

Home, in all its many forms, ended up being the underlying theme of our 2017 Gift Guide. So call me Dorothy if you want (I want) and journey with me below into the land of holiday Oz, where you just might run into Glinda, the Lion, and so much more…


The Yellow Brick Road Runs Straight Through this Room

Welcome to Munchklinland! In it you’ll find two pairs of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, a pretty pouch for you from the Lullaby League, a clutch from the hands of the Lollipop Guild, a handbag made of straw (in the name of foreshadowing), plus plenty of gold trinkets for loved ones. You know what’s great to give when you’re really stumped on gifts for even the fussiest receiver? Items to make her bathroom fancier.


A One Bed-Room in Emerald City: It’s the New Brooklyn!

The fancy bathroom trend continues in this room, too. For the friend who likes to make her bedroom sanctuary, the Figuier candle will do the trick and secure a forever-spot on her shared Netflix account list. Or you could get her a dish to dump her end-of-the-workday pockets in before getting comfy. As for you…you’re looking like you could use emerald nail polish. Or a pair of wicked shoes.


Glinda the Good Witch’s Room of Millennial Pink Delights

This year, give the gift of the color of the inside of a rabbit’s year: sparkly sock boots, leather high fives, a rose quartz roller if you’re feeling fancy (but can’t spend fancy). Speaking of fancy, more things to suit your’s: house slippers to wear out, bathroom treats and treasuresJello-jewels, makeup wands, sparkly earrings and to lounge in: underwear.


The Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man’s Room

Because you already have a heart, a brain and you’re mighty brave, give the gift of all three. To your brainy friend, the Proust Questionnaire. To your loved one, heart hoop earrings or, alternatively, a cherry-red kiss. To your friend who needs a little courage, three charms (a lion, a tiger, and a bear — oh yes) to remind them they they’re not scared of anything. For someone looking to work on her gallery wall, a print from Framebridge might be nice.

And since you might feel to do a little splurging on yourself, too: a pair of glittery (Glinda and Wicked Witch-approved) boots for you to click your heels together and repeat those five sing-song words:

There’s no place like home.

MR’s Visual Manager Emily Zirimis pitched The Wizard of Oz as this year’s inspiration and creative-directed the shoot. Photo Assistant Louisiana Mei Gelpi shot and prop styled this production. Leandra, Harling, Elizabeth and I did the gift-hunting.

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  • I saw a local production of the Wizard of Oz last night so that means I should now have everything on this list, right?

  • Emily Zirimis

    WOOOO!!!!

  • Louisiana Mei Gelpi

    i’m not crying YOU’RE CRYING

    • WHY AM I CRYING IN THE CLUB

      • Anna in Hamburg

        “In da clurb we all fam”

  • Wow, way to go ladies!! These photos are fantastic.

  • Amelia Diamond

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kelsey Moody

      ur the coolest lima bean

  • Áine Hegarty

    This is amazing! Such a creative idea! GIFs on point, close ups on point, theme on point. Much love to Glinda & Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man rooms.

  • Harling Ross

    Man Repeller’s visuals team = the real good witches

  • SO DREAMY AND FESTIVE. Wizard of Oz is my childhood favorite!! Now all I want is there to be a Wizard of OZ holiday-themed movie…

  • Abby

    I’ll take one of each, thanks

  • Julia

    this is incredible.

  • Darling there’s no place like home ! Although I’m in awe , I just really need a heart ♥️!
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

  • Syona

    what are those green shoes?????

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      Hermes!

  • Melissa

    Ugh I always love your gift guide photos but these are another level!

  • Shai-li Barak

    This is one of my favourite photoshoots you’ve ever done! Totally outdone yourself in my opinion, because I must have clicked on every single link! Just one hang up though – why is everything made of leather or non cruelty-free?? Can you please do something that only has cruelty-free products in it? And no leather or fur? I would love you for it!

  • Enika Rood

    Guys stahhhp. this is OUT OF THIS WORLD. You’ve out done your self these sets are bangin

  • Hannah Betts

    Am I being dense? Where’s the heart bag from?

  • Fortune Dushey

    Coolest and pretties gift guide I’ve ever seen!

  • mia |-/

    I just wanna be photographed the way all these items are???

  • moiradennis

    Love this! I could live in the Glinda’s pink room!

  • Jessica Williams

    “The Proust Questionairre”

    I love that. Those Mercedes Salazar earrings too 😭

    http://stores.saks.com/jessicawilliams

  • sugar_magn0lia

    This whole “guide” I guess is more “aspirational” than realistic. I wouldn’t buy a single thing here. You’d have to pay me to own this embarrassing stuff

  • Eliza

    I HAVE SO MANY TABS OPEN

  • nice guide. great pics.
    malinda
    http://www.malindaknowles.net

  • Marga

    where is the blue cage bag from? In the Tin Man Room!

  • Selena Delgado

    I cannot get over the green Chanel polish.. NOW I know what to ask for for Christmas

  • Paige Gurski

    cashmere-lined pink leather JCrew gloves GET ON MY HANDS NOW PLS

    • Paige Gurski

      Also absolutely no one asked, but a good addition to the Emerald City section would be the Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass treatment. if youre gifting for a skincare lover

  • Wow! Such a stunning collection of ideas! Love it!

    http://www.queensandcrowns.com

  • Visuals team slaying!!

  • Sarah

    LOVE ORBI their hair oil is the only oil that gives my hairs the perfect amount of shine. Worth the large price tag.