Daughter of tycoonionaire Donald Trump and former model/enterpreneur Ivana, Ivanka Trump got the brains (she graduated summa cum laude from University of Pennsylvania) and the beauty (she has graced the runways of designers such as Thierry Mugler, Marc Bower and Versace). Lucky girl. But Ivanka, who is Vice President of Real Estate Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization, would probably tell you it takes a lot more than luck to rule the New York City skyline -- and if she can manage that impressive feat, we figured giving the perfect gift would be a walk in the park for her. So we asked Ivanka to dish out some advice on good gifts, bad gifts, and the best way to say "thank you."
Most recent gift you've received?
A Specialized brand road bike.
She often works 13-hour days, so we hope she finds time to use it!
Most recent gift you've given?
Gift certificates to the Culinary Institute. Also, monogrammed ping pong paddles and matching sweat bands.
Trump also has a great go-to gift option -- she joined forces with Dynamic Diamond Corp. to produce her own line of diamond jewelry, sold out of her Madison Avenue flagship store.
Worst gift you've ever gotten?
Pillow chocolates from my then 6-year-old younger brother one holiday when we were vacationing at the Little Nell Resort in Aspen. In fairness to him, he did save six nights worth of free, hotel-stamped chocolates.
Trump's favorite vacation destinations include Prague, Buenos Aires, St. Moritz, and the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
What should you splurge on?
Family and friends. A splurge may not be monetary but rather the time and effort you commit to the selection or creation of the gift.
She has quite a few people in her family to gift to: Mom and Dad, older brother Donald Jr., younger brother Eric, younger half-sister Tiffany, and younger half-brother Barron.
What's your go-to thank you gift?
Simple, yet effective -- perfect answer.
A gift you've given that you're most proud of?
Gifts that wouldn't necessarily seem great to the reader of this but perfectly match the interests of the receiver.
Before too long Trump will be able to give out a gift she created herself -- she is writing a motivational book to be published by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Your best gifting advice?
Know your audience. A great gift doesn't have to be overly expensive.
Trump knows a knows a thing or two about audiences -- she's been on seasons 5 and 6 of The Apprentice, a host of talk shows (she's been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno twice), and was a guest judge on season 3 of Project Runway.