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You’re treating everyone else in your life, so why not be your own not-so-secret Santa too? Written By CHRISTINE whitney Market By CYNTHIA COOK SMITH

Mick Jagger may have famously sung “you can’t always get what you want,” but this holiday season, we at The Violet Files believe there is one surefire way to make sure you do: treat yourself. We know it is better to give than to receive and all that jazz, but we also know we come across most of our best boutique finds when browsing for the people on our list. Here’s to having it both ways.

FOR
YOUR EYES ONLY


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Banish the holiday blues and see the world through rose-colored glasses. With this pair, a collaboration between Mykita and Dover Street Market, there is even more reason to feel upbeat.
MYkita x DSMNY
Olsen stainless steel sunglasses

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In the afternoon, when the packages are growing heavy (despite all the Physique training you’ve been putting in) and your energy starts to flag, spritz mineral-infused Själ tonic across your face for an ultra-hydrating, detoxifying second wind. 

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For a quick photography fix, pick up this new softcover printing of Wolfgang Tillmans: Abstract Pictures, and contemplate the non-representational splendor of 275 of the artist’s finest works. 
HATJE CANTZ
WOLFGANG TILLMANS: ABSTRACT PICTURES

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There is no overestimating the life-enhancing powers of a great cream-colored sweater. And the fringe flanking this Ryan Roche number adds a timely twist to the basic. 
RYan roche
Cotton fringe sweater

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Since you believe the scent of home should be just as enchanting as your favorite perfume, a box of festively packaged Papier d’Arménie incense sheets is a powder-room essential.
PAPIER D’ARMENIE
STARTER BOX

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While 2016 may be the Year of the Monkey, if you are investing in one of Kathryn Bentley’s organically elegant, diamond-studded rings, it is actually all about the snake. 
KATHRYN BENTLEY
DIAMOND OUROBOROS RING

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At a loss for what to wear New Year’s party-hopping? Gucci’s new mules are (a) the definition of festive and (b) wear-all-night comfortable, thanks to a sturdy block heel.
GUCCI
HIGH heel criss-cross slide

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All that’s missing from your handbag shrine is one of these stunners from Loewe. Perfect for toting around the new card case and YSL lipstick you requested...
LOEWE
V-shoulder bag

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Let’s face it: The greatest gift of all is the gift of great skin. This youth- and radiance-enhancing kit, which features your favorite products from the likes of SK-II, La Mer, and Caudalie, will ensure your complexion is the best at the Hanukkah dinner table. 

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Suit up for your Tulúm escape with some new swimwear worthy of a ’60s screen siren, like this high-waisted number from fashion-cult favorite Solid & Striped.
SOLID & STRIPED
The GRACE TOP & BOTTOM

in polite
society

In polite society,
GENEROSITY means tipping
well and SHARING 
 
your surgeon’s contact info.
— VIOLET GREY
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GIFTS FOR THE
GENTLEMAN

Because you were supposed to be shopping for him in the first place.