Staff Picks: The Scout Guide Headquarters' Holiday Wish List

One of the (many) perks of working at The Scout Guide Headquarters is that you’re constantly exposed to the beautiful and unique items and incredible experiences available in our 50+ Scouted cities. Another perk is sharing an office with a group of creative women who have eclectic tastes and interests—as well as an eye for style. Which means if you’re ever in search of inspiration for gift ideas, you’re in luck. Just in time for the holiday shopping homestretch, we polled the TSG Headquarters staff for their wish list picks. From art to antiques to outerwear, here’s what we’re coveting this season (scroll through slideshow above for product images):  

Kate Colfelt, Design & Production Manager: “A light gray trench coat from Anaphora in Kansas City. I have a winter coat obsession! The layered look paired with the single button in the middle makes this coat so fun and unique. I would love to wear it around town during the holidays. I’d also love an unlimited pass to Zoom indoor cycling [in Charlottesville, Virginia]. I know I would get fit at Zoom and enjoy myself while doing it. The upbeat music paired with their unique studio lighting gets you focused and pumped to conquer any workout!”

Lily West, Managing Director: “The OIAB (Organized In A Box) in Magical Mint from Rachel & Company in Washington, D.C.! I’m obsessed!”

Caroline Giaimo, Senior Account Manager: “For obvious reasons, an Ashley Longshore painting is at the top of my wish list! Also, a shag coat from Esther Penn in Fort Worth, Texas. This coat is very Almost Famous, and I love being stylish and also warm. Last but not least, a night at Quirk Hotel [in Richmond, Virginia]. I love the idea of a ‘staycation,’ you can really treat yourself without any of the hassles of traveling!”

Susie Matheson, TSG Co-Founder: “I like the Antique Gaming Set [from The Renner Project] featured in the TSG Austin gift guide—this would be a great gift for the men in my life, and I really love the notion of families and friends gathering together to play a game. It’s not just an object, but something that brings people together.”

Heather Sieg, Editor, The Scout Guide Charlottesville: “The Boris Mink Scarf by Sprung from Scarpa in Charlottesville. I am dying for a modern fur accent for this season that can be dressed up or down. Fur is an investment, so it needs to be versatile. This scarf has a modern yet timeless feel; modern shape, classic colors, and it’s oh so soft and warm. Santa, please!

Emily Westlake, Editorial Director: “A gift box of cheese curated by the experts at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. I love having a great selection on hand for entertaining (or everyday enjoyment), and I get completely overwhelmed trying to pick it out myself.”

Jackie Asbell, Graphic Designer: “I’d love to take riding lessons. It’s been years since I last rode, and I want to pick it back up. I’ve been researching nearby places and getting recommendations from Susie.”

Kelley Melvin, Account Manager: “I really like the Stio brand out of Jackson Hole! It is truly a local brand created by J-Hole locals to do what they love in the place they love. Some of my favorite pieces are the Marsten Down Vest, the SeaVees Laguna Chelsea Boot, and the Olukai Kaupili Short Boot.”

Rebekah Bonds, Graphic Designer: “‘Bailey’s Palm’ by Ed Shmunes from Mitchell Hill gallery in Charleston. I love this print! It’s an easy way to bring a palm tree and marshland to my house without having to actually remember to water a plant or worry about alligators.”

Amanda Powers, Digital Director: “Anything from Charleston, South Carolina-based Ibu.” The founder, Susan Hull Walker, has gathered items and worked with women’s cooperatives and artisans from around the world to preserve skills and stories, and couldn’t be more lovely and welcoming person (I’m still dreaming about taking a trip with her and other women to India!). If pressed, I might admit to currently having my eyes on this voluminous Pashmina Shawl, these “Sideswept Dhoti” pants, and this Moroccan jacket.”

Katie Kubistek, Graphic Designer: “My dream present would be one of Michael Dines’s landscapes. They have such a refined ethereal look to them that borders supernatural, and I really enjoy works of art that are able to make me feel safe and cautious at the same time.”

Marigold Haske, Digital Marketing Manager: “We just revamped our fireplace with a fresh coat of paint, and I would love to replace our current, basic andirons with something special! I love these from William Word Antiques in Atlanta.”

Need more gift inspiration? Browse our holiday gift guides.