Is holiday shopping sending you into a tailspin? You need a little inspiration! For this four-part series, The Awesome News asked successful, stylish moms to share their go-to gift picks, and what they’ll do to make this holiday season more manageable and memorable.
MEET CLAIRE OLSHAN
Claire Olshan had the whole of New York talking this year when she launched her haute healthy snack-food brand, DADA Daily, at a party in this Fifth Avenue apartment. The evening was extravagant, theatrical and achingly chic. And that’s how Claire rolls. The mom of one, and former owner of ultra-hip Upper East Side boutique Fivestory, drew on her love of Surrealist art and mindful eating to create a collection of beautiful-looking, naturally vegan snacks (we’re blissfully munching on Crunchy Sweet Potato Aioli Curls and Schisandra Chocolate Petite Bars). DADA’s artfully packaged, bite-sized treats are perfect for stashing in the stroller or delighting dinner guests.
Check out Claire’s gift edit below…
1. Ta-Dada Dinner Party Hack Set: This is a festive fun night in a box! The most delicious vegan snacks for hors d’oeuvres, an entire tablescape for decor (including a hand candle, napkin rings and place cards), and the most adorable truffles in the shape of lips and eyes for dessert.
2. Fitbit: I really don’t get to work out as much as I’d like, but this thing keeps me on track. It tells me when to walk that extra block or flight of stairs, or just be silly and jump up and down with my son for some extra smiles and calories. It also tracks my sleep!
A LITTLE HOLIDAY Q&A…
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
A trip to Blackberry Mountain in Tennessee. I love experiential gifts that both the person gifting and the recipient can enjoy. It’s still one of my favorite trips of all time.
And what’s on your wish list this year?
A Khaite suede fringe jacket – it’s the perfect combo of fun, decadence and chic.
What holiday tradition are you most looking forward to sharing with your son?
We’re hoping to start a tradition of doing some charity work, going to soup kitchens, and teaching Maxwell that during a time of an abundance of food and love and family, you should never take them for granted.
Say you have five minutes to get ready for a party. What’s your go-to beauty shortcut?
Put your face in an ice bath 10 times for 10 seconds each – sure to brighten a tired mom’s face in no time. Also, red lips!
Best entertaining hack to impress guests?
Everything DADA Daily.
Weirdest celebrity encounter?
I walked in on Wes Anderson at a urinal at Bar Pitti once. (I obviously went into the men’s room by accident!)