The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week, we’ve turned it into the second installment of our holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we are coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Read the first edition here, and sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at [email protected].

The Beverly Hills chocolatier andSons was launched last year by the brothers Marc and Phil Covitz, who grew up watching their mother, Aviva, run the local outpost of the Swiss chocolate brand Teuscher. Hoping to create American chocolates as luxurious as those they ate as children, the pair — along with the esteemed pastry chef Kriss Harvey — debuted their own hand-painted bonbons (some filled with fruit-forward ganaches, others with rich house-made pralines and popping candies), which come in beautiful foil-stamped boxes that open from their center. No less covetable are the brand’s holiday specials, including its Eggnog Snowmen, with white chocolate shells and creamy centers that strike the perfect balance between sugar and spice.

In my fantasy kitchen there would be not much more than one big pot, a single perfect knife and a heat source, and all other unnecessary equipment would be banned. (No more apple corers or egg slicers.) But I would make an exception for this bread cloche, which is impressively effective: Made from mica-rich clay in England by the ceramist Isatu Hyde, it creates a steamy enclosure for your dough as it bakes in the oven, producing bread with a uniquely light texture and well-developed crust. It is also pretty enough to sit on your counter and double as a vessel in which to store your loaf.

To ease my 6-year-old daughter’s quarantine-induced tantrums, a therapist suggested that I ask her to draw her feelings. So I felt a spark of recognition when I discovered “Thought Forms: A Record of Clairvoyant Observation,” first published in 1905 and assembled by the renowned theosophists Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater. Based on the notion that our thoughts can be translated into colored shapes and patterns, the volume contains 58 illustrations that depict expressions such as “Murderous Rage” and “Vague Pure Affection.” Some of the greatest abstract artists of the last century (Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian) were influenced by “Thought Forms,” which, along with related limited-edition prints and postcards drawn from its pages, is being reissued this month by the Brooklyn-based Sacred Bones Records. Any or all would make an inspiring gift — whether for a moody kindergartner or a friend interested in dabbling in the occult.

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