In the spirit of the season, we asked celebrities, notable socials and fashion personalities to share their deepest, most lavish wishes for the holidays.
Nicola Peltz: Every year my dad takes me somewhere special that I’ve always wanted to go to. I really want to go to Africa. Maybe Cape Town.
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Margot Robbie: A tattoo gun. I started giving tattoos recently. I’ve given five. And now I want my own gun.
Rooney Mara: This year I don’t want anything. I just want people to make donations, like to Oxfam America, for example. You can buy a pig, a goat, a sheep and it goes to a family.
Scott Eastwood: More socks. Always more socks.
Natasha Poly: A puppy? I better get one. I’m letting the world know I want a puppy. Now I’m going to get 10 of them at my door. I love all breeds.
Jenny Packham: I love buying presents for people. My daughter is mad about David Bowie so I’ll be giving her a vintage David Bowie record this year.
James Franco: I don’t really need anything. I love books, so books are a good present for me.
Jennifer Weiner: Amy Goodwin is an artist I discovered in Cape Cod. She works in different media, including encaustics — pieces of art made using colored wax instead of paint. Her images of women in the water are striking and gorgeous, and after buying a few of her pieces I tracked her down and asked her to do portraits of both of my girls. Her portraits of Lucy and Phoebe, both at age four, on the beach, are the most valuable things I own. I’d love nothing more than an encaustic portrait of the girls as they are now, maybe with our dog, Moochie, who is also a beach girl.
Georgina Bloomberg: Ever since I started cooking for my son, I have started to love experimenting with new foods and making healthy plain fruits and vegetables into a puree for both of us. If I had a good, small personal blender I think it would make my life easier and make him like my cooking even more.
Caroline de Maigret: Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer, used to shoot Elvis. He did the best portraits of Elvis and just died. [It] made me realize that I wanted a print of his. They’re very intimate pictures of Elvis. So I asked for an Alfred Wertheimer print.
Marisa Berenson: I think the most important thing is just to be with people you love. It’s more important to have the friendships and the love than anything else. The most important thing is the gift of life and friendship and love and all of that.
Inès de la Fressange: For my daughter, lined boots, a cardigan by I Love Mr. Mittens and a book of François Villon poetry [French poet of the late Middle Ages]. From my lover, cashmere socks, a Margaret Howell tweed suit and a weekend in Stockholm. For my friends, Best Made Co. mugs and Roger Vivier U ballet flats. My wish list includes a bottle of Mitsouko — I always run out of it — a Marie-Hélène de Taillac ring, an Apriati bracelet, notebooks and a eucalyptus tree.
Benjamin Millepied: Given the amount of work that I have, a spa or a massage would be a treat. Natalie [Portman] loves books. We have a lot of them but we haven’t brought them all to Paris as we knew we would spend a lot of time browsing the bookshops here. We like to go to Shakespeare and Company [on the Left Bank.] Paris is great for bookshops. They are closing one after another in New York. It’s sad. Well, there is a new French one [Albertine.] It’s very nice.”
Mélanie Laurent: I am working on the adaptation of Christophe Ono-dit-Biot’s novel ‘Plonger’ [‘Dive’ in English]. I am looking for the actress to play Paz, the main female character. She needs to be Spanish and speak French. And I am looking for a mature woman, closer to her 40s than her 20s. So finding the one would be my Christmas gift!
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer: I just bought a great pair of glasses from our own New York City-based Warby Parker. Now, I need sunglasses! Warby Parker also partners with non-profits to distribute a free pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell, which is a great program to support.
Alice Dellal: Everything I give for Christmas I make. It’s more sentimental.
Roberto Cavalli: Twenty kilos of youth.
Michael Kors: I wouldn’t turn down a Rothko.
Cynthia Rowley: Wouldn’t it be nice if Santa’s elves could finish my collection early and have it beautifully wrapped under my tree on Christmas morning?
Lela Rose: I saw some amazing jewelry pieces by Fernando Jorge recently and would LOVE something from there.
Dennis Basso: Anything that comes out of that orange box!