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Gifts, treats, & favorites

Like a kid on Christmas, I love getting presents! The surprise of an unexpected gift gives me utter glee, particularly when the giver has taken the time to consider my tastes and wish requests. Be my magic genie!

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Presents in Person

Japanese cuisine, sushi in particular, is my favorite culinary delight. My greed knows no bound for uni. I'm happy to take you to one of my tried and true omakases or explore new ones together. I'm also a bit of an oyster connoisseur, and would be very merry indeed slurping back half-shells together (west coast is best coast!). 

My absolute favorite beverage is maple water. A very close second is room temperature Fiji water. Which is not to say I don't occasionally indulge in alcohol. When I do drink, favorites include a nice bottle of sake, chewy white wines, and egg white cocktails. 

If you have extra wrapping paper you'd like to put to good use, my shopping list at Net-A-Porter has goodies that want to come home with me. If you'd like to really make me squeal, I adore both new and vintage watches, particularly Patek Philippe's Calatrava and Cartier's Pasha, and handbags by Hermès, Givenchy, Prada and Céline. 

I'd actually prefer a terrarium or succulents over flowers, but I do also enjoy receiving local and sustainably-grown flowers for a splash of color every now and then, especially orchids!

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Virtual Gifting

To bring a smile to my lips even from afar, I love getting gift cards! I can always use a generous shopping budget at Net-A-Porter, vintage finds on Etsy, a therapeutic massage or a hair blowout,. 

If you'd like to send me something gift wrapped, my Amazon and Delivery Code wish lists have items I'm fancying at the moment.

Want to send me flowers? I actually prefer potted plants, they add life and energy to my home, and last much longer (the better to remember you, my dear!). 

Charitable Donations

A sybarite I may be, but I am also a humanitarian. These organizations do good work, and I am proud to contribute to their causes and encourage everyone to do the same: 

Callen-Lorde
NYC health center providing sensitive, quality healthcare and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities

ProPublica
Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest

1000 Girls Initiative
Female education in Guatemala focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty and forming a new generation of educated women