|Most people aren’t looking to get the gift of work, but Santa came early for the Pierce family when I found out we’d be starting up on Christmas day. My real wish is to get another championship ring to match the first one. And I’m hoping to have the kids in my Million Hour Challenge give me and the Boston Foundation a million hours of fitness in 2012, and for my fellow Bostonians to join me and my Truth on Health initiative to get Paul Pierce Activity Watches for as many kids as possible. PAUL PIERCE, Boston Celtics, www.truthonhealth.org (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)|
Make a holiday wish
We ask local celebrities and people of influence what gift(s) they want
I'd love to get a new digital camera that is professional quality but is very user-friendly. I'm always doing new design projects both with my business and on TV. With our production schedule I usually only get about five minutes to run in and shoot my "after shots" before the big reveal, so it has to be good. And I want one that has e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and photo enhancement capabilities right on the camera.
TANIYA NAYAK, interior designer, HGTV's "Designed to Sell" and the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."
I'd love to steal away for a three-night super luxe stay at a really posh hotel suite in NYC filled with spa services and room service galore. Either the Peninsula, the Mandarin Oriental, or the Four Seasons. ..... You get the idea.
TIFFANI FAISON, chef and owner of Sweet Cheeks
"Autobiography of a Fashion Designer: Ralph Rucci" would be at the top of my Christmas wish list this year. He is a personal fashion hero of mine, and the concept of an autobiography told through photographs of the personal and professional things that mean something to him is brilliant, the next best thing to seeing the world through his eyes. I've got a few weeks to drop some hints, so fingers crossed I get it.
JAY CALDERIN, founder and executive director of Boston Fashion Week
I want my 1986 Toyota Camry, standard shift, back. I sold it for $500 to go to Cuba this summer. Or a portable turntable from Urban Outfitters. I'm ready to put on my DJ hat and I can finally play my grandfather's vinyl sitting in our basement.
SHEA ROSE, singer
For myself, I would love orange running shoes so cars can see me. For my peace of mind, a toy that would keep my three-week-old granddaughter occupied for two hours between feedings. For removing my guilt, I would love a gift I could give to my wife that she would love without me having to think so hard. If those gifts are too hard to get, I would love 50 scholarships I could give to students to keep them out of debt, or 50 visas I could give to undocumented students to keep them in college and out of jail.
BOB HILDRETH, founder of Families United in Educational Leadership
I'd like a world peace machine. This breaks the cliche of asking Santa for "world peace" by adding my own twist and makes it a tangible item. ..... And to those that think it is an engineering impossibility, we have atom bombs, which is basically a mini reverse big bang, so come on. If not that, then this aging hippie from Florida we discovered on YouTube pretty much spends his days in a tent hand carving and selling bamboo flutes. (www.fantasyflutes.com). He goes by "Fantasy Flutes" and [our flutist Seth Hachen] has been wanting one for quite sometime.
COBI MIKE, guitarist and singer of Gentlemen Hall
Personally, Keurig K-Cups. With five kids ranging in age from four months to 14 years, an endless supply of caffeine is not really a wish, but a necessity. And if this winter is anything like last, I want to be on the offensive with a snow blower. Professionally, I'd love for Santa to bring unlimited funding for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation so we can help more families tackle cancer.
JOE ANDRUZZI, president of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and former New England Patriot
One thing I always have on my Christmas list is a new pair of sunglasses - that's Papi's style. Always trying to stay up on the latest styles, especially when I'm down in the Dominican over the winter.
DAVID ORTIZ, Boston Red Sox, founder of the David Ortiz Children's Fund
A Seven Cycles 622 SLX road bike (www.sevencycles.com). I'm an avid cyclist. This bike is new for the 2012 model year for Seven and it is their lightest production frame to date. Each Seven bicycle is custom made in Watertown for the rider's specific body type and riding style. It's a beautiful marriage of carbon and titanium. Or an Evoluzione Range espresso machine from Rocket Espresso is the Ferrari of espresso machines and would be a perfect addition to my home kitchen.
SEAN GRIFFING, co-owner of Trade
For years my dog Henry was called the Love Czar of Rafanelli Events. He was such a part of the team that he even had a place on the website. Henry unexpectedly died a few months ago. Last month I brought a new puppy, Harry, into my life. Something I really want for Christmas is classes from Walky Walk dog training for Harry so he can quickly become the next Rafanelli Love Czar. Who will get it for me? My staff. With 25 people in the office, they all would appreciate a well-trained dog.
BRYAN RAFANELLI, CEO of Rafanelli Events
On my wish list is the Rosetta Stone Spanish language course. Language is at the core of my theatrical work. I have mastered basic travelers' Spanish, but I want to increase my fluency to be able to carry on a conversation. After I get that down I'll be asking for a ticket to Barcelona.
STEVE MALER, cofounder and artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
An iPad 2. I have an iPhone and it is the greatest thing ever. It is the most important kitchen tool I have and I take it with me everywhere I go. Since I am always in the kitchen, it's hard for me to get to a computer, so having the iPhone allows me to send and read e-mails, learn more about new kitchen tools, find vendors, and research ingredients when I need something answered fast. I can only imagine what using an iPad must be like.
KEVIN LONG, executive chef of Big Night Entertainment Group
Patriots season tickets are what I want for Christmas. Aside from being a Pats fan, I love and appreciate the way the team is run and their philosophy on and off the field. This is the way I try to run my restaurant, acting as a coach for my team.
CHUCK DRAGHI, chef and owner of Erbaluce
I would like the reissue of the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" album, remastered, with bonus tracks, plus the live in Dallas, 1978 DVD. I'm a sucker for all things Stones, and this represents the last truly great Stones album of then-new material. I hear the arguments about "Tattoo You," but those were mostly repolished old outtakes from previous recording sessions. I am a willing participant in the nostalgic repackaging of my adolescence. It was the first Stones album I bought the week it came out.
BILL JANOVITZ, singer-guitarist of Buffalo Tom
I would like an ice breaker (as seen on the Discovery Channel) so I can row on the Charles in February.
FRED SCHOCH, executive director of the Head of the Charles Regatta
TJ: I've had my eye on this Baccarat Vega Whiskey Decanter for months (www.baccarat.com). I first saw it at Williams-Sonoma, where it retails for $425. I'm a sucker for anything whiskey, scotch, or bourbon and I love cool, interesting decanters. I'd probably fill it with the Hirsch Selection 28 Year Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon that we sell at the Urban Grape for $300. My chances of receiving these gifts are, frankly, slim to none.
Hadley: On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I fell in lust with a gorgeous pony and mink Versace bag in plum. It's to die for, but I probably won't get it.
TJ AND HADLEY DOUGLAS, owners of the Urban Grape
Thick SmartWool socks from Eastern Mountain Sports in Harvard Square, because nothing beats warm feet on a cold winter day. And maybe a trip to Bora Bora so I don't have to wear the wool socks? Under my tree, there will likely be socks, but no trip.
MICHAEL GULESERIAN, general manager of the Sheraton Commander Hotel
My gift wish is an advance copy of dessert buffet designer Amy Atlas's book "Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft it, Style It." Amy Atlas has been a constant source of inspiration for me. I can't get enough of her blog, the way she creatively combines anything from candy, cookies, muffins, and cakes with functionality, design, and style.
COURTNEY FORRESTER, owner, Sweet Cupcakes
This Christmas I really hope to receive the "lovable" T-shirt from my friend [and "The Bachelorette" alum] Graham Bunn's apparel line "46." He has been a great supporter of mine and this shirt is my favorite color, not to mention some of the proceeds go toward the International Justice Mission. The best gifts are ones that keep you looking good while helping to give back. My sister, Ashley, will hopefully get this for me. She usually gets me the one thing I really want. She's a great sister.
MEGAN LEAVY, of MPire Events
It was in Hawaii that I first ate "shaved ice," which is like a finely shaved snow cone with all kinds of flavors. To re-create it in Boston, I want an Electric Shaved Ice Machine from Hawaiian Shaved Ice for $59.95. It would cost way less than a plane ticket. We'd play with more Italian flavors for the restaurant, such as a limoncello-Thai basil shaved ice or an espresso-dulce de leche, a spin on coffee granita.
NUNO ALVES, chef de cuisine at Tavolo
Compiled by Luke O'Neil, who can be reached at email@example.com.