Combining street art techniques and collage, artist Greg Auerbach has created a series of large limited edition portraits of Hollywood icons (Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen and many more), layering them over pertinent headlines and magazine clips. The result: a bold fanboy salute to cinema’s greats. Framed prints (priced at $2,400, in varying dimensions) available at Culver City’s Jaxon Home.
M Cafe gift basket
L.A.’s M Cafe attracts Hollywood names — regulars include Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Rashida Jones — interested in macrobiotic and healthy eats. Custom gift baskets ($40-$250) come packed with exotic grains, macrobiotic rice krispies, cookbooks, LAMill coffee and tea and more, all with an emphasis on unprocessed, wholesome products. Available at the original Melrose Avenue location, gift certificates can be ordered too.
“Daniel: My French Cuisine” ($60) by chef Daniel Boulud, with an assist from Sylvie Bigar, and essays by Bill Buford
Simplified recipes for the home cook share space with his signature intricate haute cuisine. Showbizzers favor his New York eateries and chic London outpost Café Boulud.
“The A.O.C. Cookbook” ($35) by Suzanne Goin
Goin’s glossy tome (paired with wine notes from her business partner and wine director Caroline Styne) breaks down the small plates served at her powerlunch spot A.O.C. into full-course recipes. A strong Mediterranean influence and seasonal ingredients define her cuisine.
Whether one is a member of the cinematographers guild, location scout or camera buff, Leica’s M-240 (starting at $6,950) is designed for everyday use but will satisfy the most technically precise pro. Ease of use, highly sensitive lenses and rangefinder focus make this digital camera top-of-the-line. Available at the West Hollywood Leica gallery.
Champagne + Art = Dom Perignon by Jeff Koons
Hit two quadrants on the gift list: art lovers and those who appreciate fine vintages of French bubbly. Artist Jeff Koons has adapted his sculpture “Balloon Venus” for two (limited edition, of course) Dom
Perignon gift boxes. The 2003 Dom Perignon rose ($350 at Wallys.com) is pretty in pink while the packaging for the 2004 blanc de blancs ($200) echoes the soft yellows of the complex but balanced cuvee.
Glenfiddich Age of Discovery single malt
Quaff a dram of this limited edition (only 15,000 bottles produced) 19-year-old single malt whisky for a taste of the synergy between Old and New World spirits. Glenfiddich, one of four independent family-owned distilleries in Scotland, fully ages the 40-proof Age of Discovery ($150) in American bourbon casks; the result: notes of vanilla, caramel, a slight hint of toffee and an exquisitely smooth finish.
DNA EGF Renewal Collection
Developed by a team of biotechnologists and dermatologist Dr. Ronald L. Moy (who counts numerous bold-faced names as his clients), the DNA EGF Renewal skincare line diminishes the results of aging and sun damage. A sampler collection ($480) offers DNA’s greatest hits. Try the products by having a facial ($185) at the Four Seasons Westlake Village’s lovely spa.
Monterey aviators from Sama Eyewear
Made-in-Japan Sama Eyewear blends vintage looks and high-tech (titanium, platinum and gold frames are available). The limited-edition wood-plated Monterey series for men ($1,020) utilizes ebony, teak and wenge for statement glasses that say California cool. Reese Witherspoon, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are often photographed sporting the brand. The flagship store, Destination Sama, is in Beverly Hills.
Unwrapped, Oxfam America
Sponsoring good works during the holidays is made easy at OxfamAmerica.org, where there are dozens of ways to help global initiatives. With a click, help build a girls’ school ($1,500), buy a packet of seeds to aid a farmer ($12) or purchase a small goat ($45) to help feed a family. Donation cards are sent to the recipient on donor’s behalf.
Grand Del Mar’s the Grand Fit with Callaway
North San Diego County’s Grand Del Mar resort is a hit with pro golfers and industryite duffers who like the challenge of the Tom Fazio-designed championship links set in a scenic canyon. The Grand Fit packages features golf, three-night stay plus breakfast at the exclusive resort and a custom-fit Callaway driver ($1,688); the tour package nets a full bag of custom-fit clubs ($2,585).
Fitbit Force Wristband
On the arm of some of the film biz’s most fit (Ryan Reynolds for one), the sleek wristwatch-sized Fitbit Force Activity + Sleep Wristband ($130) tracks its wearer’s step count, steps ascended, calories burned, hours slept and overall active minutes. Taking fitness obsession to the next level, sync up via Wi-Fi (a new feature) to follow stats on computer or smartphone and input to fitness apps or FitBit.com to also track calorie intake and one’s fitness efforts over time.
Le Mieux Facial Scrubber
The versatile ultrasonic handheld device is a must-have for those who spend the day in makeup under lights; the non-pro will also appreciate the deep cleanse and glow provided by Le Mieux Facial Scrubber ($250), designed to get skin super-clean. Set the reverse function and use it to aid in applying anti-aging creams, helping them penetrate the skin further.