A Gift That Doesn’t Require Gift Wrapping

this year, we’re celebrating the holidays with a feel-good gift to DonorsChoose.org, an online nonprofit that lets you fund classroom projects in public schools near you.
Charles Best is photographed with Alison Kan, a first-grade teacher at P.S. 9 (and a DonorsChoose.org recipient).


Charles Best founded the nonprofit in 2000 while teaching social studies at a Bronx public high school. Inspired by a conversation he had in the teachers lunchroom about fund-raising struggles, he sketched the website and asked teachers to attend a meeting (with promises of his mom’s famous pear dessert) and make a list of projects they’d like to see funded.

His students volunteered to help get the organization started, and DonorsChoose.org—which to date has helped 8 million students—was born. We think that’s pretty amazing. That’s why we’ve been raising money for DonorsChoose.org and want you to have the opportunity to do the same. You can make a donation or give gift cards to loved ones so they can choose a project that inspires them to support. We think it might just be the perfect gift.


To learn more about DonorsChoose.org and how you can contribute, click Donate.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To see Charles’s wishlist, click here.

Mark Your Calendar: D.I.Y. with Lulu Frost

hey, New Yorkers, stop by our Soho store this weekend to meet Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer and her design team, and customize your own bracelet or necklace. (and get a first look at the new J.Crew holiday jewelry collection while you’re at it…)
To shop our newest assortment of Lulu Frost jewelry, click here.

Gift of the Day (Discovered): Crane & Co. for J.Crew Greeting Cards

why send a thank-you text when you can send a good old-fashioned
thank-you note? the novelty alone will ensure you receive another
invitation (or gift) next year.
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For the holidays, we teamed up with venerable Massachusetts-based stationer Crane
& Co.
to create our own assortment of holiday notes. Our designer illustrated a chic
selection of stylish women for our sketch note card set, and our greeting card set
includes sentiments for every occasion, including Thank You, Thinking
of You, Bon Voyage and our favorite, XOXO.

Shop our selection of Crane & Co. for J.Crew note cards here.

Gift Shopping with the Blind Barber’s Jeff Laub

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked supercool barbershop
owner Jeff Laub what he’s checking off his list (and how he takes his
bourbon) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Gift Shopping with Fiona Marin of Kotur

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked Hong Kong–based
handbag designer Fiona Kotur Marin what she’s checking off her list (and
how she’s stylishly giving back) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Gift Shopping with Spencer Lyons

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked activist (and Style Guide star)
Spencer Lyons what he’s checking off his list this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

Gift Shopping with Liya Kebede

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked one of our favorite
models and collaborators what she’s checking off her list (and how
she’s doing good) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.
Find out more about The Liya Kebede Foundation here

Gift Shopping with Michael Saiger of Miansai®

on the hunt for the perfect present? we asked one of our In Good Company
partners Michael Saiger of Miansai what he’s checking off his list
(and where he’ll catch his next wave) this holiday season.
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Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

It’s a Wrap: J.Crew x Tumblr Holiday Luncheon

yesterday at the Standard hotel we co-hosted a lunch and secret Santa gift exchange
along with our friends at Tumblr and invited some of our favorite bloggers.
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We invited bloggers including Alicia Lund (Cheetah is the New Black), and Jeff
Carvalho (Selectism) to toast the holidays with us in a festively decorated private
dining room at the Standard hotel.
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The menu included family-style dishes like Locust Farm braised kale, house-made
fettuccini, and Creekstone Farm New York strip (garlic fries, included). 
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Guests were in the holiday spirit, chatting about their upcoming travel plans
and exchanging Instagram names. 
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In advance of the lunch, each guest was given a secret Santa and was tasked
with finding him or her the perfect gift from J.Crew.
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Photographer, art director, and avid pinner Jamala Johns
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One of our favorite cocktails, the Penny Drop—an updated version of the
Moscow Mule—is made with vodka, ginger syrup, lime juice and ginger beer
and is served in a copper mug.
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For more from our holiday luncheon check out #jcrewsecretsanta

Photographs by Bryan Derballa.

Gift Shopping with the Duo Behind SoulCycle

on the hunt for the perfect present? We asked our friends Elizabeth Cutler
and Julie Rice, the masterminds behind cult spinning studio SoulCycle
(the only workout we’ll get out of bed at 7am for) what they’re checking
off their lists this holiday season.
Shop our 101 Gift Ideas here.

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