La Gent curates goods from artisans and independent makers from across the world to bring you the best quality, craft and beauty for a seamless one-stop-shop for this holiday season. This year, we’ve teamed up with five inspirational and highly-instagrammable women with an eye for aesthetics and wonderful, unique tastes to help highlight some of the best gifts to give on La Gent. Read on below to discover these women’s gift selections, and to get to know them a bit better in the process!
Estée LalondeEstée Lalonde, the multi-hyphenate creative and entrepreneur who has amassed a large following
Check out Estée's edit below!
Whether she is sharing her latest outfit or taking her followers behind the scenes of her latest adventures, Rachael’s stories create an engaging
and intimate pathway for viewers to get to know her better – something that’s often hard to accomplish on social media.
And did we mention that she has a Northern flair and affinity for warm tones? – splendid!
Read on below to hear from Rachael and to see her La Gent holiday picks!
"I always like things to be aesthetically pleasing and in order so that it’s enjoyable to watch and coherent, however I’m a bit less of control freak with Instagram stories and like it to be a little more behind the scenes, whilst also still curated!"
What is your favourite part about the holiday season?
go back home to the North East and I love being with my family and having our little traditions :)"
Do you have any tips for choosing thoughtful gifts for family, friends and loved ones?
keep a note of things they may mention in passing, I usually start my lists well in advance which helps!
I always think something personalised is a really nice touch too."
See Rachael's holiday gift edit below!
(we bet Prince Harry and Meghan would agree; after all, she did make their wedding cake!).
Claire’s glorious attention to detail and eye for beauty and aesthetics can also be seen in the other roles she takes on,
whether as a food writer, author, food and prop stylist, recipe developer or consultant. In our conversation,
Claire tells us what she’s currently "loving" and shares one of her favourite foods to serve over the holidays.
She Said – I feel the things that are happening in the world right now are so shocking they could be fiction! I have
also recently fallen back in love with going to the theatre. I recently went to see Mary Poppins the musical with my
daughter and then to see Philip Glass with some good friends. There are so many truly impressive shows
to see in London. Finally, Master Wei Xi’An can’t go unmentioned – it’s Guirong Wei’s first solo restaurant
where you can find delicious traditional hand pulled ‘Biang Biang’ noodles."
What is your favourite food to eat over the holidays?
orange and just a pinch of salt - delicious!"
A tip from Claire: Pair numbers 4 and 6 together to make a beautiful gift set!
Desiree KastullBerliner Desiree Kastull, one half of the twin duo behind the blog teetharejade and jewellery designer for the collection
L’Or Liquide is seriously cool. Desi’s laid back but composed aesthetic sweeps us in with intrigue, as viewers peer into a life
that feels familiar, yet with a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that leaves us coming back for more. In our conversation, we touch
on Desi’s personal life, gifting, and celebrating the holidays in Berlin.
What would your ideal day look like?
Since it would be an ideal day I did a workout before that ;) Keeping the day productive, which always feels
good, I can’t miss out on work. And after that I would love having a nice home cooked dinner and spending
the rest of the evening in the bathtub watching a movie or going out to my favorite restaurant and
ending the night with a good whiskey sour."
In your opinion, what is the best kind of gift that someone can give?
gifts of personal favorites - favorite vase, favorite scented candle, favorite tea, favorite book, favorite beauty
product or favorite gadget - because these things are always thought through, and if you really love it yourself,
there is quite a high chance the one you gift it to loves it too :)"
What do the holidays feel like in Berlin?
So it’s more quiet and more calm. So as a Berlin native I feel like I have all the busy streets for my own then ;)
And you have so many Christmas markets all over the city, so you can spend all
December discovering all the different ones!"