4 Things We'd Buy From the Goop Gift Guide (and One We Probably Wouldn't)

11/15/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Goop holiday gift guideCourtesy (clockwise) Penguin, Cox & Cox, Modern House Wine, Rust and 72 Editions

When we saw Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop gift guide land in our email inboxes Thursday, we winced, closed our eyes and clicked. This is, after all, the gal who has recommended a $649 artistic iPod player and a personal SoulCycle bike as good and thoughtful gifts for your pals at Christmas time. It’s not just that the items are pricey, but they occasionaly can tend to the tone-deaf as well, and we were bracing ourselves for just that.

Turns out, our fears were unfounded. Oh sure, there are multi-thousand dollar kitchen tool sets and $500 monogrammed PJs, but there are actually a few things that we totally dug — and that don’t even require a movie star budget to afford. So Gwyneth, if you’re listening and want to play Santa, here are some of the items we’re most into. And we also had to mention one that proves Paltrow is still up to her usual tricks.

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Some of our Paltrow-recommended faves, clockwise from top left: the “Penguin Threads” collection of classics with the prettiest covers ever ($16 for a paperback); pretty much the best sheets we’ve ever seen (with a tiara pillow and ballgown duvet) for $112; Modern House Wine, which really communicates what you’re trying to say to the recipient (we like “Expensive”) for $13; plates and platters you can have personalized with your initials or name (this one, with initials and a date carved into the birch tree, is $115.

But of course, there have to be a few gifts that bear that signature Goop mark of being fancy, specific and a little goofy. For instance, we question the wisdom behind spending $120 on a neon pink striped slingshot that you couldn’t possibly use for anything besides starting a conversation — and if your kid it picked up, you’d have a heart attack.

What did you think of this year’s gift guide? Anything outrageous — or secretly on your wish list?

–Alex Apatoff

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verbandverse on

The slingshot is art, not for literal use.

cdnphotogirl on

You can actually get the bedding in Canada at Simons. (Either in the store or online.) You can get both the princess and astronaut. Single is $95 Cdn plus tax and double is $120 cdn. Way cheaper to buy in Canada then in Britain. They are from a company in Amsterdam. I love them!

Kat on

Can someone say, (kinda) damage control?
VF is about to release an article exposing her BS so, there’s that!
Celebrities/the wealthy are not like the rest of us. $112 bedding is not for everyone!

Amp on

That princess blanket is quite cute. Good choices for gifts in my opinion.

Truthfinder on

So eccentric, so fake. Not important.

Peta on

Seriously, does anyone take this seriously? She is cashing in for promoting those products. She could care less about that stuff!

Lala on

The Dutch site for the duvet cover sells them for $80. Don’t know what the shipping costs are though.

Sam on

GOOP may not be for everyone’s taste or budget. Is her enterprise. If people can’t afford it then don’t shop but don’t complain. No different concept than expensive boutiques or retailers. Some people can afford them while others can’t but I don’t read of people berating the expensive retailers. People need to live within their means and stop hating on those who can afford things they can’t.

D on

Please. I’m gonna throw up.

DaisyMoon on

Goop is the silliest name for anything…

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