Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?? Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up!?

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

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Vicki from French Essence says…..
?Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

????????????? ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
???????? ? ?? any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
???????? ? ?? the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
???????? ?? ? intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

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Carolyn? and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

? Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.? It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!? And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)? Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) -?





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Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

?These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets. ?So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can ?create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

?This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

?Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……











My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a ?fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

?

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Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed.?

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

?I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!!?

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..

Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

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Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

?

Pick #2:

Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

?

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
?

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Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm.?
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags. ?Available at?zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So? many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and? of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts part II



Hi there! Hope you are doing well. Are you like me and getting really busy with the holiday frenzy?  Ready for another collection of fabulous holiday gift ideas from my super chic blogging friends? Well here’s another superb roundup of awesome gift ideas. I have to say I have gotten so many wonderful ideas. For the first time in years, I am feeling my stress 0′ meter go down…..not up! 

Let’s face it…the holidays are plenty stressful enough without the added pressure of gift giving pressure. I love all these ideas, so many unique ones, and something for everyone. Thank you ladies for your fabulous ideas! So let’s get started, ladies take it away………..

 
Vicki from French Essence says…..
 Holiday Gift Ideas from French Essence?
Choosing gifts is such a pleasure? thinking of ideas, sourcing them and then
finding that perfect match. That is the best part? knowing that your gift is going
to please your special person. I love watching the un-wrapping? the guessing as
the parcel is prodded and poked? It?s all part of the art of giving?

I don?t believe that some are ?impossible? to buy for or that others ?have
everything?? the art of giving means not being defeated, sometimes thinking
outside of the box or oftentimes just keeping it simple.

When I think of a special gift, I think about what I would love to receive, an
indulgence that I might not buy for myself? something that would make me
smile and make me feel spoilt? a Cire Trudon candle is perfect. My preferred
scent is Odalisque? a blend of orange blossom, lemon and vanilla. I like a gift to
be long lasting and to evoke memories? this is a scent that does just that.
My other most loved gifts are books? nothing makes me happier? and I always
want to give as I would like to receive?

To purchase click here

              ?The Best of Flair? is an exquisite piece and one that is the perfect addition to
              any library? it is beautifully illustrated and has many of the features that made
              the 1950?s magazines of the same name so popular. This is a collector?s item, an
              intriguing and fascinating book that enchants on every page.

To purchase click here

 
  
Carolyn  and Cynthia of the Buzz Blog says….
Here are our two favorite gift items this holiday season from our e-commerce site www.DianeJamesHome.com.

  Our mother raised us with a tradition of never arriving empty-handed to holiday parties and that?s one of the reasons why we added a range of beautiful botanically inspired gifts to our collection of faux florals on Diane James Home.  It was hard to pick two of our favorite holiday hostess gifts but given that we?ve just introduced our new Winter scent candle made by Seda France, we had to include it!  And why not pair it with a lovely set of French-milled soaps, presented in a festive red box ready for gift giving (or re-gifting, if need be.)  Both gifts are sure to please!

Our Winter Candle (brand new for this holiday season and made by Seda France) – 





                                

      

Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home says……

Hi Tina, Here are a couple of gift ideas that I will be giving this Christmas…

 These are only $18.95 for two pads of 100 sheets.  So thoughtful with the name or monogram personalization…and you can  create the look from lots of images. Here are some logos that I have used for friends (and even for myself).

 This Heart Key Chain would be perfect to give my girlfriends so they will know I care about them every time they use it.

 Thanks, Tina!


Desiree of Chic Coastal Living says……

My first gift choice this holiday season is this navy pom pom throw from Serena and Lily. I recently partnered with Serena and Lily and received this gorgeous substantial throw from them and all I can say is everyone needs one! I am looking forward to sitting by a  fireplace wrapped up in this ultra cozy high designer throw while sipping a delicious latte. Serena and Lily states on their website…that this throw is an understated design element. I totally agree!
My second gift choice this holiday season is that adorable iPad Mini. This great little device is every inch the iPad has everything that you love about it! Including a beautiful screen, fast fluid performance, and thousands of amazing apps to enjoy. You can choose to have cellular service on it and different capacities. The best part is that it can fit in one hand!

 

  

Kathysue from Good life of Design says…..

I love to give themed gifts. For some reason it helps me narrow down my choices. In the past I have chosen a monogrammed theme for gifts.

I try to get the beautiful towels that are on Neiman Marcus?s pink sale every year?.

You will get two sets of three pieces for $58, this is a real bargain. Plus, you can have them monogrammed. 

I have personally purchased these towels as gifts, and for my own personal use. Many of my friends have done the same!
If you like the option of a colored towel, and a colored monogram these are the towels for you. Only $12 for a bath towel.

 I usually purchase the white with a sand monogram for myself, but have purchased other colors for gifts.

Gift #2
The next theme gift I love to give is dinner related! I love to purchase nice plain white serving pieces from Crate and Barrel just go HERE!??.
I add this fun gift to the serving pieces. It is called Destination Dinners. You can go to their website by clicking on their name below the image?..
You can choose a dinner kit from any of the following destinations for $30:

I round it all out with monogrammed napkins from Pottery barn?..

These are just a couple of themed gifts you can give. I bet if you think about it from this point of view you will come up with your own ideas!! 

Happy Gift Giving,
Kathysue

Michele of Hello Lovely Inc. says…..
Thanks for including me, Tina!
* * *
My favorite gifts to give and receive are
handmade or vintage in nature because
they are usually one of a kind and extra special.

ORIGINAL Abstract Painting on Canvas...MAINE No. 35
original abstracts on canvas


Naturally, two choices from my hello lovely etsy shop
include affordable original paintings by me
(a perfect size for a gallery wall)
and assorted vintage European bottles
which are fabulous on their own,
as a styling prop, or vase.
(They may even work for holiday decorating!)

vintage embossed bottles


hello lovely inc.

 


Luciane of Home Bunch says…..

Happy Holiday shopping, everyone!

Pick #1:
I have three small children and I’m always trying to make our home feels like a home for every and each member of our family. I like my kids to feel welcomed in every room, but I like to dedicate certain places exclusively to them. I think it’s really important for our kids to have a place where they feel completely free to create, play and learn.
When I saw these children plates I immediately thought how neat would be to have them hung in a playroom. These alphabet plates are adorable and I’m sure any kid would enjoy seeing them!

Aren’t they cute? The set for a mug and plate costs $26.00 and you can find them here.

 

Pick #2:
Maybe this Christmas we should do more than opening our wallets, maybe instead, we should open our eyes to see what the person next to one need.
We all get incredibly busy at this time of the year, we all try to send cards to all of friends and family and we’re running from store to store with a huge list on hands, but is it all we can do? Is it all we can give? Perhaps, we can do more, perhaps we should do better.
What about actually being the gift for someone this Christmas? Look around, you can help in so many ways and that’s a gift! Visit a neighbor you know could use of some help with the kids, or an elder person who needs help. You can do simple things, such as wrapping gifts or cooking some meals for the Holidays.
Offer help, be there and put a smile on someone’s face.
The best gifts in life are usually priceless and comes from the heart, instead of a shelf.

 

Happy Holidays!
Luciane
 

 

Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips says…..

I am always on the look out, year round, for special items that would make a fabulous gift, so I was thrilled that Tina invited me to share a couple of picks with her lovely readers. I love to give things that will be savored, enjoyed and used. Personalized items are always a favorite of mine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a monogram. My first holiday gift pick is the exquisite new book, Flowers, by Carolyne Roehm. 
The book was a true labor of love, as Carolyne created all of the floral arrangements and photographed them herself. If you know someone how lives for their garden, a gorgeous flower arrangement or just loves a fabulous coffee table book…this is the one for the season! The most cost effective way to purchase her book is via amazon.com, but you can also visit her website, www.carolyneroehm.com to have her personalize the book for your recipient.

My next gift pick is something I have and use on a daily basis. The Russell + Hazel Tassel Key Chain is just a fun thing to give and receive. The personalization comes in choosing the perfect color. Mine is white and is easy to find in the bottom of my handbags.  Available at zhush.com

Whatever you choose to give, remember the presentation is part of the gift!
xoxo Elizabeth

Thanks ladies! This is like the gift giving jackpot. So  many unique ideas, this is the beauty of having such talented blogging friends……wonderful ideas are always being generated and  of course the perk is getting to share them with you all. I am for once excited about my gift giving…how about you? Thanks again ladies and thank you everyone for stopping in….ho ho ho!

Enchanted gift giving and a holiday giveaway!

Hi there. Really hope this shows up when its supposed to (Sunday morning) I have for the second time tried to schedule this in advance (first time I tried it, I was unsuccessful). So hope you are seeing this on Sunday morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! Anyone taking advantage of black Friday? We are not home but even if I was, that “scene”is just not my thing. I am very claustrophobic and just don’t see the point of purposely delving into such chaos. Lets face it……retailers are going to be having all kinds of deals right up to Christmas eve.? How are you doing on your own holiday gift giving list? Like me and haven’t bought a single gift? I am gearing up to start though right after Thanksgiving.

?

?I have gotten several emails/inquires about suggestions for my favorite gifts from my shop. As I started to reply, I thought this might also make a great post as well as answer questions some might have. So here’s a few of my favorite things and some suggestions to boot from my online shop. To celebrate the season I am also hosting a wonderful giveaway, all details on the bottom….

?

(Click on item name to see it in my online shop)

?

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My favorite gifts for under $50.00……there are many wonderful, unique and special items. The monogrammed items are fabulous and personalized. They also ship out really fast, generally 3 days after orders been placed. Tell me who wouldn’t love to receive a box of gorgeous heavenly scented soaps bearing their initials! Ditto a candle. Anything silver always works and linens and monogrammed anything are about as wonderful as you can get! And lets not even begin to talk about the fabulousness of the newly added napkin rings…..

This elegant candle in a crystal urn is fabulous….and is a gorgeous decorative vase when the candle is gone….$45.00

Gorgeous crested tray, perfect for a bath vanity or nightstand, for men, great for wallet, coins and watches and for women rings, small perfume bottles, etc….$45.00?

?Love the French bar/kitchen towels. Several styles to choose from. Gorgeous hostess gift too especially when accompanied with a bottle of wine! $25.00

The ever so popular pewter coated napkin rings. Absolutely exquisite. I love the idea of giving one or two and letting them start a collection. Every special holiday giving another to add. Several are doing this…love the idea and am going to be doing it myself. $45.00 (for a limited time)

Over sized elegant monogram in a set of 3 luxurious linen guest towels. A very elegant gift $30.00 (great hostess gift too)

Beautiful square candle bearing a three initial monogram $25.00
A personalized wine bucket with tongs, great gift for the man who takes his bar seriously! Everyone needs an extra ice bucket! $35.00

The other style of the gardenia candle in crystal urn, so pretty! $45.00

Beautiful silver cake spade with horn handle….also great for a hostess! $25.00

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Who wouldn’t be over the moon to get a set of 12 of these gorgeous linen cocktail napkins with an oversized initial? Also wonderful paired with a bottle of wine. $30.00

I think anyone would be delighted to open up a box of custom soaps with their initials! They come in ovals or squares, in boxes of 3, 4 and 6. They start at $25.00 for a box of 3



For the gifts at around $100 there are several that not only I love but in fact plan on giving to others this Christmas,? some of my most popular items, which? are……

?

?

A beautiful scalloped blue and white planter, also fabulous filled with a holiday plant! $85.00?
The super popular squirrel pewter nut bowl...just fabulous with its own little acorn scoop. Every time I give one, the recipient is absolutely thrilled…very unique! I like to give with a can of nuts on top. $85.00
?Super functional but so personal by getting it personalized. The three letter large carving board is an excellent gift. Also great when paired with some kind of boxed food (crackers and cheese, cookies and/or fruit) on top…perfect gift. Theses start at $22.00 and the large is $60.00

A gorgeous porcelain and ormolu decorative box….easy to find a place for this pretty little jewel $75.00?
The porcelain and ormolu soap dishes are $60.00 and $70.00 (also very nice to enclose with a small guest soap or box of candies)

Love these Staffordshire dogs, available in a few colors, highly decorative and only $55.00

?The Bavarian bread boards are multi functional..great to use as a decorative object and wonderful to serve on. I serve crostinis and make bread and cheese displays on them, starting at $70.00

?Any one could use this! Dip n serve board is super practical but really custom because its monogrammed. $60.00

The trivet is fabulous. I use it all the time for antipasta displays when entertaining, love the chunkiness of it, a great looking piece (comes in round or rectangular)

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?The Spanish olive trays are really popular. Again perfect for display or serving. I love using them for cheeses and serving crostinis…starts at $75.00

?A very elegant and old world looking planter, fill it with a holiday plant and you are set! $70.00

A beautiful vanity or bar tray, beautiful detailing $95.00

Love this little tray, so perfect for a ladies vanity or even in the kitchen as an elegant way to hold spices on the counter top, $70.00

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And for really over the top special gifts for that special someone, a few of my faves….

?My favorite ginger jar. Oversized and chunky and fabulous! $235.00

An oversized large blue and white porcelain bowl, beautiful for display or filled…..$155.00

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Gorgeous super heavy etched crystal compote candle filled with a whopping 50 oz of gardenia scented heaven! These are the same that are seen all over the Ritz Carlton. Really fabulous! (Can also be sent back for refills) $155.00

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I love the idea of one of my ormolu and porcelain soap dishes paired with a box of monogrammed soaps….a perfect gift! Together starts at about $105.00


Gorgeous pair of solid pewter pheasants, fabulous for a dining or console table. Very elegant! $215.00

?

A beautiful needlepoint pillow. I have a really exceptional selection of the highest quality aubusson and needlepoint pillows, stuffed with down. Starts at $150.00

?

A pretty canvas art. So many wonderful scenes to choose from. Starts at around $115.00

?Love this rustic multi functional heavy wood and iron farmhouse cutting board, $185.00

?A gorgeous very popular? etched heavily detailed old world planter, put a pretty poinsettia or orchid in there, and you officially have the ultimate gift! $135.00

?Another really well received planter, beautiful crest, super elegant. Can also be used for champagne and wine and/or ice bucket! $140.00


Antique dough bowls…no two are alike! Starts at $175.00, a very popular item!

Giving a set of the napkin rings….amazing ultimate gift. Wonderful for that someone who ” has it all”, its fun to mix things up and put a different one at every place setting.



So has anything here caught your eye? Or are you like me and you find yourself making a list of things you want to give yourself? LOL…..I think there are a lot of us out there!

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On to the giveaway……. I am giving away one box of 3 monogrammed soaps and a porcelain and ormolu soap dish to one lucky winner! I will announce a winner Tuesday morning. All you need to do is leave a comment here after visiting my online shop, click here and come back here and tell me a gift you would like to receive. Remember….anonymous you must leave a first name and last name initial. Ditto to anyone who signs in with just a first name, I will only count you in if you include your last name initial in the body of the comment.

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And finally for all those who email me with their comments….you must leave a comment here on the blog to be eligible. Its very easy, where is says “kindly leave a comment” go to the drop down menu, you can sign in with google or just put your name (you can use first name and last name initial) then type in your comment. Yes, its really that easy! Good luck to everyone, hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in!


Enchanted gift giving and a holiday giveaway!

Hi there. Really hope this shows up when its supposed to (Sunday morning) I have for the second time tried to schedule this in advance (first time I tried it, I was unsuccessful). So hope you are seeing this on Sunday morning! Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! Anyone taking advantage of black Friday? We are not home but even if I was, that “scene”is just not my thing. I am very claustrophobic and just don’t see the point of purposely delving into such chaos. Lets face it……retailers are going to be having all kinds of deals right up to Christmas eve.  How are you doing on your own holiday gift giving list? Like me and haven’t bought a single gift? I am gearing up to start though right after Thanksgiving.
 
 I have gotten several emails/inquires about suggestions for my favorite gifts from my shop. As I started to reply, I thought this might also make a great post as well as answer questions some might have. So here’s a few of my favorite things and some suggestions to boot from my online shop. To celebrate the season I am also hosting a wonderful giveaway, all details on the bottom….
 
(Click on item name to see it in my online shop)
 
 
My favorite gifts for under $50.00……there are many wonderful, unique and special items. The monogrammed items are fabulous and personalized. They also ship out really fast, generally 3 days after orders been placed. Tell me who wouldn’t love to receive a box of gorgeous heavenly scented soaps bearing their initials! Ditto a candle. Anything silver always works and linens and monogrammed anything are about as wonderful as you can get! And lets not even begin to talk about the fabulousness of the newly added napkin rings…..

This elegant candle in a crystal urn is fabulous….and is a gorgeous decorative vase when the candle is gone….$45.00

Gorgeous crested tray, perfect for a bath vanity or nightstand, for men, great for wallet, coins and watches and for women rings, small perfume bottles, etc….$45.00 

 Love the French bar/kitchen towels. Several styles to choose from. Gorgeous hostess gift too especially when accompanied with a bottle of wine! $25.00

The ever so popular pewter coated napkin rings. Absolutely exquisite. I love the idea of giving one or two and letting them start a collection. Every special holiday giving another to add. Several are doing this…love the idea and am going to be doing it myself. $45.00 (for a limited time)

Over sized elegant monogram in a set of 3 luxurious linen guest towels. A very elegant gift $30.00 (great hostess gift too)

Beautiful square candle bearing a three initial monogram $25.00
A personalized wine bucket with tongs, great gift for the man who takes his bar seriously! Everyone needs an extra ice bucket! $35.00

The other style of the gardenia candle in crystal urn, so pretty! $45.00

Beautiful silver cake spade with horn handle….also great for a hostess! $25.00

  
Who wouldn’t be over the moon to get a set of 12 of these gorgeous linen cocktail napkins with an oversized initial? Also wonderful paired with a bottle of wine. $30.00

I think anyone would be delighted to open up a box of custom soaps with their initials! They come in ovals or squares, in boxes of 3, 4 and 6. They start at $25.00 for a box of 3

For the gifts at around $100 there are several that not only I love but in fact plan on giving to others this Christmas some of my most popular items, which  are……
 
 

A beautiful scalloped blue and white planter, also fabulous filled with a holiday plant! $85.00 
The super popular squirrel pewter nut bowl...just fabulous with its own little acorn scoop. Every time I give one, the recipient is absolutely thrilled…very unique! I like to give with a can of nuts on top. $85.00
 Super functional but so personal by getting it personalized. The three letter large carving board is an excellent gift. Also great when paired with some kind of boxed food (crackers and cheese, cookies and/or fruit) on top…perfect gift. Theses start at $22.00 and the large is $60.00

A gorgeous porcelain and ormolu decorative box….easy to find a place for this pretty little jewel $75.00 
The porcelain and ormolu soap dishes are $60.00 and $70.00 (also very nice to enclose with a small guest soap or box of candies)

Love these Staffordshire dogs, available in a few colors, highly decorative and only $55.00

 The Bavarian bread boards are multi functional..great to use as a decorative object and wonderful to serve on. I serve crostinis and make bread and cheese displays on them, starting at $70.00

 Any one could use this! Dip n serve board is super practical but really custom because its monogrammed. $60.00

The trivet is fabulous. I use it all the time for antipasta displays when entertaining, love the chunkiness of it, a great looking piece (comes in round or rectangular)
 
 

 
 The Spanish olive trays are really popular. Again perfect for display or serving. I love using them for cheeses and serving crostinis…starts at $75.00

 A very elegant and old world looking planter, fill it with a holiday plant and you are set! $70.00

A beautiful vanity or bar tray, beautiful detailing $95.00

Love this little tray, so perfect for a ladies vanity or even in the kitchen as an elegant way to hold spices on the counter top, $70.00
 
 
And for really over the top special gifts for that special someone, a few of my faves….

 My favorite ginger jar. Oversized and chunky and fabulous! $235.00

An oversized large blue and white porcelain bowl, beautiful for display or filled…..$155.00
 
 

Gorgeous super heavy etched crystal compote candle filled with a whopping 50 oz of gardenia scented heaven! These are the same that are seen all over the Ritz Carlton. Really fabulous! (Can also be sent back for refills) $155.00
 
 

I love the idea of one of my ormolu and porcelain soap dishes paired with a box of monogrammed soaps….a perfect gift! Together starts at about $105.00

Gorgeous pair of solid pewter pheasants, fabulous for a dining or console table. Very elegant! $215.00
 

A beautiful needlepoint pillow. I have a really exceptional selection of the highest quality aubusson and needlepoint pillows, stuffed with down. Starts at $150.00
 

A pretty canvas art. So many wonderful scenes to choose from. Starts at around $115.00

 Love this rustic multi functional heavy wood and iron farmhouse cutting board, $185.00

 A gorgeous very popular  etched heavily detailed old world planter, put a pretty poinsettia or orchid in there, and you officially have the ultimate gift! $135.00

 Another really well received planter, beautiful crest, super elegant. Can also be used for champagne and wine and/or ice bucket! $140.00

Antique dough bowls…no two are alike! Starts at $175.00, a very popular item!

Giving a set of the napkin rings….amazing ultimate gift. Wonderful for that someone who ” has it all”, its fun to mix things up and put a different one at every place setting.
So has anything here caught your eye? Or are you like me and you find yourself making a list of things you want to give yourself? LOL…..I think there are a lot of us out there!
 
 
On to the giveaway……. I am giving away one box of 3 monogrammed soaps and a porcelain and ormolu soap dish to one lucky winner! I will announce a winner Tuesday morning. All you need to do is leave a comment here after visiting my online shop, click here and come back here and tell me a gift you would like to receive. Remember….anonymous you must leave a first name and last name initial. Ditto to anyone who signs in with just a first name, I will only count you in if you include your last name initial in the body of the comment.
 

 
And finally for all those who email me with their comments….you must leave a comment here on the blog to be eligible. Its very easy, where is says “kindly leave a comment” go to the drop down menu, you can sign in with google or just put your name (you can use first name and last name initial) then type in your comment. Yes, its really that easy! Good luck to everyone, hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts…….

Hi there everyone! Before we begin with a really fabulous treat of a post from some really talented bloggers, I want to announce the winner of the pewter ring napkin giveaway! Congrats goes to…..

Result: The Relished Roost

114?

I love this giveaway, and I have always wanted some beautiful napkin rings to go along with the ginger jars that purchased from your great site! I really have to go with the Animal Congo line, it reminds me of my crazy old farmhouse that has a dog,cat, and horse -Oh MY!! Thanks for sharing this generous giveaway.
Karolyn- The Relished Roost

Please contact me….congratulations!

?Are you hearing jingle bells yet? It is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that the holidays are pretty much here, around the corner. One step inside any store, whether it be a local pharmacy or a big dept. store…the holiday buzz is loud and clear. This is typically when my head starts racing about what to buy who, always trying to come up with that one perfect gift, that I never thought of before. Increasingly challenging, wouldn’t you agree?

So in light of the gift giving season….I thought it would be fun to consult a number of my super stylish and chic blogging friends about whats on their gift giving lists. Who better to ask for wonderful gift selections that a group that clearly has the stylish factor covered and conquered!? I am delighted to share with you a three part series featuring a group of my super talented blogging friends and what they love to give. I know it certainly gave me some really wonderful ideas and I hope it might do the same for you. So here we go……………..part 2 to follow next week!

Take it away ladies……..

? ?

Leslie of Trouveis Soleil says……

A pretty throw made of wool or cashmere is perfect for curling up on a cold winter day. ? Over bed linens or draped over your favorite chair, throws are a wonderful accessory for a home. ?The perfect gift idea for anyone

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/williams-sonoma-home/decor-pillow-throw-fabric/?cm_type=lnav

For the holidays I usually place a group gift under the tree. A game is the perfect gift idea and it will encourage family time, a priority for us. ?Games and puzzles are left out during our winter break and family and friends are encouraged to start and stop their games according to the days activities.

?The little blue box! ?These ?phone cases and necklaces are priced well and perfect for any woman.. wife, mother, or daughter
Mon of Splendid Willow says….

Yes, tis the season for some extra gift giving. Thank goodness?for cyberland which comes?free of?parking headaches,?long lines?and heavy shopping?bags!
A fun shopping destination is always Tina’s own shop. I am a loyal customer!
When Tina asked me to highlight two?products from my own store,?Splendid Avenue, these immediately came?to mind.
I am very proud to share that we have just teamed up with Royal Copenhagen, which is behind the most luxurious porcelain in the world. Scandinavian of course. All hand painted. The original Blue Fluted pattern was first?produced?in Denmark in 1775.
Picture 1

I am already an avid collector and I am one of those?boring (!) parents who?slowly build collections for my own kids and give on very special occasions. One piece at a time. (They will thank me later! Just like I did with my?Mom). Classic designs?never?go out of style.
And for the young ones,?my?kids often help me?select items for?my store. They?picked these?fun Scandinavian characters. All?unique with charm and warmth!
Picture 2
A warm hug to my?lovely friend. Thank you for inviting me along. Wishing you and your loyal readers a wonderful?holiday season.
Link to Splendid Avenue: http://www.splendidavenue.com

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??Barbara of Haus Design says……

In my online boutique, Linen Haus (www.linenhaus.com), I carry products that are hand selected by me in European Antiques Markets.? Because I love the chance to give a one of a kind gift during the holidays, I picked two things from Linen Haus that I think would make an ideal gift.?

1.????????In my shop I have a very special find from the European Markets:? Six Vintage Villeroy and Boch dessert/appetizer plates, with French calligraphy and beautiful illustrations of luscious fruits.? What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with these special accent plates!?
2.???????Sometimes giving wine is just the right gift, but I like to make it special by attaching something festive to it.? One of these?German Christmas ornaments?add a special vintage flair, to evoke memories of old-fashioned European holidays gone by!? I?d pair it with a bit of holly or a small fir bough and a big silver ribbon for a festive touch.?

I?m headed to Europe shortly to visit the markets, so I?ll be adding more inventory to my shop in the next few weeks.? Please stop by Linen Haus (www.linenhaus.com) when you get a chance to take a look!

Beth and Kristy of Design Chic says….

If we’re being practical, we’d love to give and receive the gorgeous The Houses of Veranda. It’s such a stylish and beautiful addition to any coffee table and, even better, provides hours of home-gazing fun.?
If we’re being a shade less practical, we think everyone should have a fantasy hen house and custom herb and vegetable garden in his or her backyard. We can picture ourselves, tea in hand, strolling in the fresh air to retrieve our fresh eggs from an impeccable — and sweet smelling, of course — hen house. Neiman Marcus’ latest fantasy gift, the Heritage Hen Mini Farm?provides that delusion of grandeur, complete with art and a chandelier for the discerning hen. Now, if only it came with a personal farmhand to keep it fresh and clean…

Thanks so much, Tina, for inviting us to share our Christmas gift ideas! Being featured on one of our favorite sites amongst all your stunning posts is such a treat!

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Marsha of Splenderosa says…..



I love giving gifts to my girlfriends, we all know what would delight and charm each other, which makes it so much harder to choose a gift.

This year I will choose a leather wrap bracelet from my shop,?splenderosa.com.
The reason is because they are lovely and so fashionable. ?We have 4-5 colors so they wouldn’t all get the same one (that would be tragic).

Picture
Picture
These bracelets come in “Hermes” Orange, White, Turquoise & Black
$65 is a super buy for these leather/chain pieces.
And, we have many many different styles available as well.



The 2nd gift would be something which lasts forever. ?I love giving items which are eternal, so that when someone sees the piece it will remind them of the giver. ?I learned this from my grandmother, the infamous Mom-Mom. ?This year the hostess gift we will be taking along with us will be the “Vinturi Wine Aerator.” ? Pour directly from the bottle into a glass,
so simple, so easy. ?Found at Williams-Sonoma for around $40.
Vinturi Wine Aerator
I would never dream of arriving at someone’s home during the holiday period without a small gift. ?I love doing it, and I believe it makes for happy moments of surprises with family & friends. ?Oh yes, I over-gift. ?I do it because I love doing it. ?The Christmas season is when we can all be a child again, do joyful things for everyone and enjoy the moments of giving and loving. ? One year, just a couple of days after Thanksgiving weekend, ?we took poinsettia to everyone on our list, ? They immediately put the homes in a holiday mood. ?My kids absolutely hated it though…they were the delivery people!!

Thank you, Tina, for always coming up with something fun for all your readers.

Cheers & Happy Holidays !!!

?
MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA


Stacy of South Shore Decorating says…



Giving a gift that is meant to work in someone else’s home can be tricky.? We all remember those creative wedding gifts that we didn’t register for, right?? Well, the worst thing is to give someone something that isn’t quite their taste, that they store in a closet, and feel like they have to bring out whenever you visit! This being said, though, I love giving gifts for the home more than any other kind of gift because, well, I love homes and design.? But I’m always very careful – I wouldn’t give someone a rug or a chandelier, for example.? But I would (and do) give small decorative or luxury items that I know just about anyone would like, and would work in any decor.? For example, one of my favorite gifts is this gorgeous decanter by Global Views.? It is functional and just simply beautiful:

My other favorite gift is this set of unique candle holders.? I love that they can sit on a table, be brought outside in warm weather, or even hung from chains like I did in my own kitchen.??
They are classic, versatile, and just beautiful:
Thank you so very much, Tina, not only for writing the best blog ever, but for letting me participate in this fabulous post!
?Barbara from Hampton Hostess says…..

The holiday season is always so exciting-invitations for tree trimming and cocktail parties start filling my mailbox the day after Thanksgiving! ?These holiday fetes are always fun and festive, with trees dressed to the nines, decadent cocktails, delicious little nibbles and the wonderful company of friends. ?I like to bring something that celebrates the season and contributes to the holiday decor. ?A whimsical?New York taxi ornament from Bergdorf Goodman is the perfect gift for my Gotham friends; an iconic symbol of our city and a celebration of the season!

I’m also partial to the beautiful selection of Fair Trade ornaments at Crate and Barrel. I can’t resist the Alpaca Woodland Creature ornaments made by women crafters in rural Peru. They are adorable and do good-you can’t go wrong!

Best friends are there for you all year long-they definitely deserve something special around the holidays. My favorite gift for my BFF’s is from the British fragrance house Jo Malone; a jar of their decadent?English Pear and Freesia body creme is the ultimate indulgence, ?pefect for pampering!
??
Kate from Party Resources says…

Truth be told I LOVE the holidays. I have finished by shopping, am half way done with my wrapping and my Christmas cards arrived last week. (I own it…I have issues.) So I was delighted when one of my best blogging pals Tina asked me to participate in her holiday gift guide. But I could not possibly limit it to just two!

Here are a few of my favorite gifts to give to friends and hosts:

I always love to give something homemade. This recipe for BOOZY OLIVES?is always a hit and packaged in a stylish container you can find HERE.

It is always nice to put something under the tree for the host too and a needlepoint FLASK is perfect!?

?And for the hostess (I like to bring something other than wine or flowers) a festive holiday candle and some custom matches. My favorite holiday scent this year is from THYMES.

And monogram MATCHES
I wrap my gifts in a different theme every year. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Happy holidays to all and thank you Tina for inviting me to join in the fun!?
Photos: Pinterest, Bon Appetit, Smathers and Branson, Martha Stewart and Pinterest


Wow……does this have you rethinking your own gift giving lists? I have gotten sooooo many amazing ideas here! Thank you ladies for your stylish and creative input into what makes a great gift. I knew this would help me and I hope it swill help many of you as we enter the official gift giving season to end all gift giving seasons!! Hope you enjoyed, to all my blogging friends who participated, thank you so very much and to everyone else for stopping in….thanks for coming by. Wishing everyone a fabulous day and a happy start to the holiday season….ho ho ho!

Bloggers buzz on holiday gifts…….

Hi there everyone! Before we begin with a really fabulous treat of a post from some really talented bloggers, I want to announce the winner of the pewter ring napkin giveaway! Congrats goes to…..

Result: The Relished Roost

114 

I love this giveaway, and I have always wanted some beautiful napkin rings to go along with the ginger jars that purchased from your great site! I really have to go with the Animal Congo line, it reminds me of my crazy old farmhouse that has a dog,cat, and horse -Oh MY!! Thanks for sharing this generous giveaway.
Karolyn- The Relished Roost

Please contact me….congratulations!

 Are you hearing jingle bells yet? It is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that the holidays are pretty much here, around the corner. One step inside any store, whether it be a local pharmacy or a big dept. store…the holiday buzz is loud and clear. This is typically when my head starts racing about what to buy who, always trying to come up with that one perfect gift, that I never thought of before. Increasingly challenging, wouldn’t you agree?

So in light of the gift giving season….I thought it would be fun to consult a number of my super stylish and chic blogging friends about whats on their gift giving lists. Who better to ask for wonderful gift selections that a group that clearly has the stylish factor covered and conquered!  I am delighted to share with you a three part series featuring a group of my super talented blogging friends and what they love to give. I know it certainly gave me some really wonderful ideas and I hope it might do the same for you. So here we go……………..part 2 to follow next week!

Take it away ladies……..

   

Leslie of Trouveis Soleil says……

A pretty throw made of wool or cashmere is perfect for curling up on a cold winter day.   Over bed linens or draped over your favorite chair, throws are a wonderful accessory for a home.  The perfect gift idea for anyone

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/williams-sonoma-home/decor-pillow-throw-fabric/?cm_type=lnav

For the holidays I usually place a group gift under the tree. A game is the perfect gift idea and it will encourage family time, a priority for us.  Games and puzzles are left out during our winter break and family and friends are encouraged to start and stop their games according to the days activities.

 The little blue box!  These  phone cases and necklaces are priced well and perfect for any woman.. wife, mother, or daughter
Mon of Splendid Willow says….

Yes, tis the season for some extra gift giving. Thank goodness for cyberland which comes free of parking headaches, long lines and heavy shopping bags!
A fun shopping destination is always Tina’s own shop. I am a loyal customer!
When Tina asked me to highlight two products from my own store, Splendid Avenue, these immediately came to mind.
I am very proud to share that we have just teamed up with Royal Copenhagen, which is behind the most luxurious porcelain in the world. Scandinavian of course. All hand painted. The original Blue Fluted pattern was first produced in Denmark in 1775.
Picture 1

I am already an avid collector and I am one of those boring (!) parents who slowly build collections for my own kids and give on very special occasions. One piece at a time. (They will thank me later! Just like I did with my Mom). Classic designs never go out of style.
And for the young ones, my kids often help me select items for my store. They picked these fun Scandinavian characters. All unique with charm and warmth!
Picture 2
A warm hug to my lovely friend. Thank you for inviting me along. Wishing you and your loyal readers a wonderful holiday season.
Link to Splendid Avenue: http://www.splendidavenue.com

                Barbara of Haus Design says……

In my online boutique, Linen Haus (www.linenhaus.com), I carry products that are hand selected by me in European Antiques Markets.  Because I love the chance to give a one of a kind gift during the holidays, I picked two things from Linen Haus that I think would make an ideal gift. 

1.        In my shop I have a very special find from the European Markets:  Six Vintage Villeroy and Boch dessert/appetizer plates, with French calligraphy and beautiful illustrations of luscious fruits.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with these special accent plates! 
2.       Sometimes giving wine is just the right gift, but I like to make it special by attaching something festive to it.  One of these German Christmas ornaments add a special vintage flair, to evoke memories of old-fashioned European holidays gone by!  I?d pair it with a bit of holly or a small fir bough and a big silver ribbon for a festive touch. 

I?m headed to Europe shortly to visit the markets, so I?ll be adding more inventory to my shop in the next few weeks.  Please stop by Linen Haus (www.linenhaus.com) when you get a chance to take a look!

Beth and Kristy of Design Chic says….

If we’re being practical, we’d love to give and receive the gorgeous The Houses of Veranda. It’s such a stylish and beautiful addition to any coffee table and, even better, provides hours of home-gazing fun. 
If we’re being a shade less practical, we think everyone should have a fantasy hen house and custom herb and vegetable garden in his or her backyard. We can picture ourselves, tea in hand, strolling in the fresh air to retrieve our fresh eggs from an impeccable — and sweet smelling, of course — hen house. Neiman Marcus’ latest fantasy gift, the Heritage Hen Mini Farm provides that delusion of grandeur, complete with art and a chandelier for the discerning hen. Now, if only it came with a personal farmhand to keep it fresh and clean…

Thanks so much, Tina, for inviting us to share our Christmas gift ideas! Being featured on one of our favorite sites amongst all your stunning posts is such a treat!

Photobucket




Marsha of Splenderosa says…..



I love giving gifts to my girlfriends, we all know what would delight and charm each other, which makes it so much harder to choose a gift.

This year I will choose a leather wrap bracelet from my shop, splenderosa.com.
The reason is because they are lovely and so fashionable.  We have 4-5 colors so they wouldn’t all get the same one (that would be tragic).

Picture
Picture
These bracelets come in “Hermes” Orange, White, Turquoise & Black
$65 is a super buy for these leather/chain pieces.
And, we have many many different styles available as well.



The 2nd gift would be something which lasts forever.  I love giving items which are eternal, so that when someone sees the piece it will remind them of the giver.  I learned this from my grandmother, the infamous Mom-Mom.  This year the hostess gift we will be taking along with us will be the “Vinturi Wine Aerator.”   Pour directly from the bottle into a glass,
so simple, so easy.  Found at Williams-Sonoma for around $40.
Vinturi Wine Aerator
I would never dream of arriving at someone’s home during the holiday period without a small gift.  I love doing it, and I believe it makes for happy moments of surprises with family & friends.  Oh yes, I over-gift.  I do it because I love doing it.  The Christmas season is when we can all be a child again, do joyful things for everyone and enjoy the moments of giving and loving.   One year, just a couple of days after Thanksgiving weekend,  we took poinsettia to everyone on our list,   They immediately put the homes in a holiday mood.  My kids absolutely hated it though…they were the delivery people!!

Thank you, Tina, for always coming up with something fun for all your readers.

Cheers & Happy Holidays !!!
MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA


Stacy of South Shore Decorating says…



Giving a gift that is meant to work in someone else’s home can be tricky.  We all remember those creative wedding gifts that we didn’t register for, right?  Well, the worst thing is to give someone something that isn’t quite their taste, that they store in a closet, and feel like they have to bring out whenever you visit! This being said, though, I love giving gifts for the home more than any other kind of gift because, well, I love homes and design.  But I’m always very careful – I wouldn’t give someone a rug or a chandelier, for example.  But I would (and do) give small decorative or luxury items that I know just about anyone would like, and would work in any decor.  For example, one of my favorite gifts is this gorgeous decanter by Global Views.  It is functional and just simply beautiful:

My other favorite gift is this set of unique candle holders.  I love that they can sit on a table, be brought outside in warm weather, or even hung from chains like I did in my own kitchen.  
They are classic, versatile, and just beautiful:
Thank you so very much, Tina, not only for writing the best blog ever, but for letting me participate in this fabulous post!
 Barbara from Hampton Hostess says…..

The holiday season is always so exciting-invitations for tree trimming and cocktail parties start filling my mailbox the day after Thanksgiving!  These holiday fetes are always fun and festive, with trees dressed to the nines, decadent cocktails, delicious little nibbles and the wonderful company of friends.  I like to bring something that celebrates the season and contributes to the holiday decor.  A whimsical New York taxi ornament from Bergdorf Goodman is the perfect gift for my Gotham friends; an iconic symbol of our city and a celebration of the season!

I’m also partial to the beautiful selection of Fair Trade ornaments at Crate and Barrel. I can’t resist the Alpaca Woodland Creature ornaments made by women crafters in rural Peru. They are adorable and do good-you can’t go wrong!

Best friends are there for you all year long-they definitely deserve something special around the holidays. My favorite gift for my BFF’s is from the British fragrance house Jo Malone; a jar of their decadent English Pear and Freesia body creme is the ultimate indulgence,  pefect for pampering!
  
Kate from Party Resources says…

Truth be told I LOVE the holidays. I have finished by shopping, am half way done with my wrapping and my Christmas cards arrived last week. (I own it…I have issues.) So I was delighted when one of my best blogging pals Tina asked me to participate in her holiday gift guide. But I could not possibly limit it to just two!

Here are a few of my favorite gifts to give to friends and hosts:

I always love to give something homemade. This recipe for BOOZY OLIVES is always a hit and packaged in a stylish container you can find HERE.

It is always nice to put something under the tree for the host too and a needlepoint FLASK is perfect! 

 And for the hostess (I like to bring something other than wine or flowers) a festive holiday candle and some custom matches. My favorite holiday scent this year is from THYMES.

And monogram MATCHES
I wrap my gifts in a different theme every year. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Happy holidays to all and thank you Tina for inviting me to join in the fun! 
Photos: Pinterest, Bon Appetit, Smathers and Branson, Martha Stewart and Pinterest

Wow……does this have you rethinking your own gift giving lists? I have gotten sooooo many amazing ideas here! Thank you ladies for your stylish and creative input into what makes a great gift. I knew this would help me and I hope it swill help many of you as we enter the official gift giving season to end all gift giving seasons!! Hope you enjoyed, to all my blogging friends who participated, thank you so very much and to everyone else for stopping in….thanks for coming by. Wishing everyone a fabulous day and a happy start to the holiday season….ho ho ho!