With Thanksgiving tomorrow and soon to be over, I am ready to dive into Christmas. I absolutely love Christmas. Decorating the house, the tree, the shopping, the giving. I’m funny about gift giving. I don’t just want to buy something and hand it over for the occasion. I want to find something special for the individual, something that I think they will like, something that makes them feel like I put thought into purchasing just the thing for them. This year I’m taking a cue from my Cuz who shared something of herself with me for my birthday. So this year for my gift guide, I’m thinking of my favorite things and how they might be a special something for one of the dear people on my Christmas list.
A few of my favorite things:
1. Personalized note pads – who doesn’t need a notepad to jot down a reminder list or a note or message? Why not make it unique by adding a name or initials? Paper Source and Horchow are my go to stores for stationary.
2. Calendars – I still like a fun calendar. Inslee by Design is a go to for me with three options now, the Calendar Girls (my fav), the animals, and food. What isn’t to love and they come with their own easel.
3. Scented candles – Jo Malone and Diptyque are two of my favorites. What is better for Pamper Sunday than a bubble bath with candle and a glass of wine?
4. Scented soaps – Jo Malone is my go to but I also look for lavender soaps from Provence.
5. A monogrammed tote – My favorite is from LL Bean. Their totes come in multiple sizes and colors and may be monogrammed.
6. A duffel bag for the traveler – The options abound for a duffel from Longchamp to Louis find the one that will fit your traveler.
7. Jewel case from Leontine Linens – This is one of my favorite things. I love Leontine Linens. Their linens are fabulous. I have a set of lingerie bags and the matching jewel case. They are constantly in use for travel and I’ve gifted friends with their own custom monogrammed set. The best yet is they are made to order so you can design exactly what you want for that special person. Note they have a lead time so think about this one early.
8. A comfy sweater or pullover – What is better for a Christmas gift than a cashmere sweater or pullover. The sweater pictured here is from J. McLaughlin and is soft and comfy. I also love the Vineyard Vines three-quarter zip pullovers for lounging at night. This is a go to for those cold winter nights.
9. Gloves – Who doesn’t need a new pair of gloves for those cold winter mornings? It is already chilly here. Those pictured here have the seamed fingers so you can use your phone!
Other favorite things for my list include Moravian cookies or sugar cake from Dewey’s Bakery, poinsettia or amaryllis for those who have everything and will enjoy something pretty for the season, a warm throw for those times you just want to curl up with a good book (so many options are out there from an H blanket to a faux fur throw from Pottery Barn). A donation to a the charity that your friend or family member supports is another great option. The goal is to be creative, to think outside the box, to find that gift that places a smile on your friend or family member’s face.