Coralie Charriol Paul’s Family Gets Good Gift(s)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It’s not easy sorting out gifts for your own family each year.  Once you’re married and have in-laws and your spouse’s family, it gets even harder to please the variety of tastes and personalities in your life.  Here’s my own guide for gift giving this holiday season.

DAD: What do you give a man who has it all?  Relatively speaking, we all feel this way about ours dads. But mine is really tough. Having his own luxury good company CHARRIOL means a new customized watch on his wrist and cufflinks/accessories are always his own brand too. I used to get him a nice cashmere sweater or a tie but he recently developed his own men’s ready-to-wear collection, so that’s out too. Maybe golf clubs? Nope. He races cars semi-pro on weekends. Solution? An antique desk object for his office from Mantiques Modern ( in Chelsea. I love this 1940s shagreen, alligator and silvered bronze cigarette box and so will he.

MOM: She brought you into this world and behind dad’s back she made sure you were stylin’ all through high school and college. Not to mention sacrificing her own ambitions to put you first! This holiday I’m going to treat my mom to a day at Aida Bicaj’s Institute de Beaute ( on East 75th Street. After a facial with Aida, who is responsible for the faces of some of the biggest celebrities, I’ll get her a body treatment with Gosha, mani/pedi with Jorge and an eyebrow shaping with eyebrow guru Aneta.

BROTHER: Wet willies aside, you love him for always being there for you. My brother is an amazing abstract painter and he’s just moving back to NYC from Los Angeles. I’m going to give him the gift of health! A month of starter sessions with As 1 Fitness (, which just opened right across from the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle. It offers an amazing workout created by George Vafiades and Mark Merchant, two personal trainers, triathletes and triathlon coaches. You only go twice a week, yet it transforms your body into the best shape.  Now all he needs is to find a good girl…

SISTER: I don’t have a sister, but I have two Sisters-in-Law. Women need handbags, especially the best design and quality at a super price. Voila, my new brand, c.lili by Coralie Charriol, delivers just that!  Pick one out for your sister at, and she’ll be in good company, as Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford has been spotted around town with hers.

HUSBAND: Last but not least . . . Husband. This is a picky species. I’ve given up on material things, which he always returns. Is yours the same way? If he is and he’s passionate about film and educating youth, then make a donation to the nonprofit REACT to FILM which promotes the best issue-based documentaries at screenings in New York, Miami and Los Angeles and then offers Q & A sessions with the directors. REACT to FILM encourages attendees to get involved with the films’ issues through calls to action. Your donation will help roll out REACT to FILM at high schools and colleges to educate young people. Along with lesson plans and guidance from teachers and professors, student will learn how to run advocacy campaigns to promote positive change on vital social issues.


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