7 Tastemakers Model Winter's Hottest Holiday Looks
Seven women share the kinds of gifts (and the outfits) that make their season bright—whether they're giving or receiving.
Lauren Bush Lauren
The Change Agent: Lauren Bush Lauren, 28, Entrepreneur
Her Favorite Things: "I really believe in conscious consumerism—doing good through our purchases," says Bush Lauren, cofounder and CEO of FEED Projects, a charity that fights hunger and malnutrition around the world. Her latest FEED collection is the most fashion-forward yet, including a hand-beaded cross-body bag, a colorful scarf made of fabric from Africa, and bright, tasseled cord bracelets.

Her Merrymaking Style: "I'm pretty casual—I love chunky sweaters and cozy clothes for the holidays. Things you can relax, eat a lot, and feel good in."

Her Gift List:

For the child at heart: A tree swing for one

For the nature lover: Terrariums featuring tiny people figurines

For the wine aficionado: Chardonnays and Merlots from a company that donates part of its profits to charity

Under $50: The book True Love, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Dress, Ralph Lauren Black Label. Bracelets and bag, FEED. Belt and shoes, Ralph Lauren Collection.

Chia Jenious-Namavong
The New Face: Chia Jenious-Namavong, 36, Model
Her Favorite Things: "I find peonies absolutely gorgeous," says Jenious-Namavong, winner of the 2012 Wilhemina 30+ Model Search. "They're delicate and have so many layers to them—they're like a metaphor for life." Also: Olay face cream and knee-length pencil skirts in black. "Pencil skirts are so demure, they just make you feel like a lady," says Jenious-Namavong, mother of two boys, 15 and 9.

Her Everyday Look: "I try to be a girly girl, but the truth is, I'm usually in my Nike running pants and a T-shirt."

Her Merrymaking Style: "The holiday party is usually at my house—my husband loves to cook—so it's all about comfort. I do wear a cute apron with frills, though."

Her Gift List:

For the sweet-toothed: Whimsical and tasty chocolate treats;

For the stylish toddler: Princessy clothing, accessories, and toys

Under $50: Basil or houseplants to start a home garden

Dress, Novis. Rhinestone necklace, Rebekah Price. Gold star necklace, Tuleste Market.

Monika Chiang
The Designer: Monika Chiang, 38, Style Maven
Her Favorite Things: Chiang, whose eponymous fashion label has boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, is crazy about meaningful jewelry. "I have an evil eye bracelet that I never take off." She also has a heart-shaped stone that she dipped in gold and carries around when she travels.

Her Everyday Look: "I dress by mood, so I don't really plan ahead—I open my closet and think, How am I feeling today?"

Her Merrymaking Style: "Lately I've been wearing dresses with an open back, and then I'll pile on the necklaces or bracelets. It's all about the bold statement!"

Her Gift List:

For the trendsetter: Jewelry and accessories from Istanbul, Mexcio City, or Manila

For the nester: Unique pillows and vases

Under $50: Teddy bear key chain with spikes on its body
Originally $55, now $49 with code OPRAH;

Coat ($895), shirt ($345), and leggings ($895), Monika Chiang. Necklace, Tres Glam by Lisa Gastineau. Gloves and shoes, Monika Chiang.
Archie Panjabi
The Firecracker: Archie Panjabi, 40, Actress
Her Favorite Things: London native Panjabi, who plays the sultry Kalinda Sharma on CBS's The Good Wife, can't live without her Lhasa Apso, Benzi; macarons from French patisserie Ladurée; Le Métier de Beauté lip gloss; and Jo Malone candles. All things Parisian, in particular, have a special place in the Emmy-winning actress's heart. "I just love the food, the culture, the dogs," she says. "The women and how naturally sexy they are—and how they enjoy good food and do not put on weight."

Why She Loves This Outfit: "This dress captures all the things I like: It's very pretty, very festive, and very French."

Her Merrymaking Style: Casual clothes for day ("I never get to wear jeans as Kalinda"), jewel-toned dresses for night. "I tend to do well in very structured dresses with fitted silhouettes."

Her Gift List:

For the person who has everything: Unforgettable experiences, like the NYC interactive play
Sleep No More

For the foodie: A selection of Indian spices, like star anise seed and black cardamom

Under $50: A charity donation

Dress, BCBG Max Azria, $448. Earrings, Janis by Janis Savitt. Shoes, Roger Vivier.
Erika Liles
The Entrepreneur: Erika Liles, 39, Chief Operating Officer
Her Favorite Things: Liles loves body-conscious dresses with sleeves ("I like to embrace my curves without being too revealing"), peplum shirts, and Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée products. "They smell so relaxing and delicious—like you're sitting between a spa and a bakery," says Liles, who has a 1-year-old daughter and runs KWL Enterprises (an entertainment, technology, and commodities company) with her husband.

Her Everyday Look: "I'm a curvy girl, but I'm also 39, so I try to balance being sexy with being mature and appropriate."

Her Merrymaking Style: "I love to wear dresses in a color that pops, in a luxe fabric like velvet, silk, or a formfitting wool. A jeweled or sparkle embellishment always adds some sass!"

Her Gift List:

For the home entertainer: Porcelain and floral-patterned tea sets

For the cuddler: Chenille throw blankets

Under $50: Extra-virgin Greek olive oil

Dress, Halston Heritage, $475. Necklace, Thale Blanc. Crystal bracelet, C. Wonder. Cuffs, Janis by Janis Savitt. Shoes, Charlotte Olympia.

Candace Nelson
The Foodie: Candace Nelson, 38, pastry chef
Her Favorite Things: Founder of the megasuccessful cupcake chain Sprinkles (and a recently launched line of Sprinkles Ice Cream) and mother of two boys, 5 and 2, Nelson loves Mother jeans ("They give good butt"), DevaCurl hair products, Lemlem gauze scarves, and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. But she's particularly obsessed with Cal Red peaches from Frog Hollow Farm. "They're insane and supersweet, the kind of peaches you have to eat over the sink, they're so juicy."

Why She Loves This Outfit: "I like dresses that have a nice, architectural shape. And how cute are these shoes?"

Her Merrymaking Style: "Los Angeles is so casual all the time—the holidays are the one time of year when people will maybe wear a fancy top with their jeans," says Nelson. "So I like to wear a dress and heels."

Her Gift List:

For the literary foodie: The memoir Blood, Bones, & Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton

For the home chef: Artisanal maplewood cutting boards

For the jet-setter: A membership to luxurytravel site Indagare

Under $50: La Maison du Chocolat dark chocolate truffles

Dress, Taylor Dress, $134. Cardigan, L'Wren Scott. Necklace, Tuleste Market. Shoes, L'Wren Scott.

Famke Janssen
The Movie Star: Famke Janssen, 48, actress and director
Her Favorite Thing:Her 12-year-old Boston terrier, Licorice. "He brings joy and fulfillment to my life," says Janssen, who appears in the upcoming film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. "He also gives me a sense of belonging because no matter where I travel, he comes with me. So in a way I'm always home."

Why She Loves This Outfit: "This dress is timeless, elegant, and womanly. Trendy is just not me."

Her Merrymaking Style: "It's not about comfort. I'm still very European in that I love dressing up," says the Dutch-born former model, who wrote and directed her first film, Bringing Up Bobby, last year. "You'll never see me walking around in sweatpants. I love dresses and boots in winter."

Her Gift List:

For the home design geek: Decorative, unique plates, vases, and glasses

For the serenity seeker: Candles from the exclusive Hôtel Costes

Under $50: Poco Dolce bittersweet chocolate with Aztec chile and sea salt

Dress, L'Wren Scott. Bracelet, Rebekah Price. Shoes, Manolo Blahnik.

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