*Updated for accuracy December 2019
Thoughtful gifts that will bring oohs, ahhs and smiles!
For The House:
These Christmas stockings are handmade in Monroe, Maine from Duck canvas, a durable material that will last for generations. The colorful designs are hand painted. The stockings are 18.5” long x 7” wide. $44.00.
This Vanilla Bean Alpaca Throw is 45” x 70” and is gray/blue. It is as soft as cashmere. Alpaca is a natural, sustainable and hypoallergenic material. The throw is reversible. 130.00.
Mella Children’s Sleep Trainer Clock uses colors and facial expressions to teach children when it’s time for bed and when it’s okay to wake up. Parents will get more sleep as a result. Set the desired sleep time for the child and Mella will go to sleep with them. Half an hour before wake time, Mella will display a friendly expression and glow a yellow light. Teach a child to play quietly until the light turns green. The clock is an alarm clock, a nightlight, a nap timer and has sleep sounds. The Mella clock was a successful Kickstarter project and is currently in production. It comes in five colors. $49.99.
I love to look at friends’ photo galleries. This modular magnetic picture frame system fits Polaroid prints, 4” x 6” photos and Instagram (4” x 4”) photos. Attach the main frame to the wall and the other 5 frames connect to it magnetically in whatever configuration you like. It’s easy to make changes and eliminates all the usual measuring required for a photo display. $49.95. Frames come in black or white.
Ina Garten can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. Her cookbooks are my ‘go to’ when I’m looking for inspiration. I love when she has a new one as she does now. Cook Like A Pro came out in October and has some useful additions like ‘ingredient swaps’ (white wine can be swapped for dry vermouth). $18.99
Do you want your cup of tea or Ramen noodles as soon as you get home from work? You need the iKettle. It can be turned on from anywhere with a smartphone. Download the app and you can remotely boil water from wherever you are. Select a specific temperature between 68 and 212 degrees F. It also has a wake-up mode that begins heating the water at your specified time. It’s always ready when you are. $149.99.
This wireless smart scale, the QardioBase2 is the first scale that measures your weight, BMI, muscle mass, fat%, bone and water composition. There is even a pregnancy mode where you select your due date and let QardioBase track your progress through each trimester with charts and a photo diary. There is an app which you need to install to have full use of the scale and store your information. Reviews claim that it is easy to set up and use. It connects to the Wi-Fi in your home and comes with a three-year warranty. There are two colors to chose between, white or black. There is no customer service telephone number. The company can only be contacted by email, but apparently the representatives are quick to respond. $149.99.
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This great electric bedside clock has two USB charging ports and two power outlets, Bluetooth music streaming and surge protection. The clock is easy to set, has a display dimmer and will even adjust to daylight savings time for you. The best hotels have these exact clocks. $78.90
Design your own 3-piece candy Bento box from Sugarfina. Choose from 100 different candies (as if that’s possible!). $26.00.
These custom etched wine glasses would make a meaningful present for someone on your gift list. These stemless wine glasses are etched with longitude and latitude that will remind the recipient of a special place. 4 glasses for $45.00.
This self-extinguishing, self-timing beeswax coil candle is inspired by the 1600s “courting candles”. It burns 20 minutes with every inch you pull through the clip, up to 3” at a time. When the wax burns down to the wick it will extinguish itself. It comes vertical or horizontal or in a beehive shape. This vertical candle will burn for 80 hours. When it is finished, order a refill. $26.00. A refill is $19.99.
The 70 hour Bee Hive shape is $32.99.
The 80-hour holiday candle is wonderful. $37.17.
Weezie Towels are the highest quality organic cotton from a family-owned factory in Portugal. They are white, soft and fluffy and they dry you off quickly. The white towels are viewed as a blank canvas. Customers choose the piped edging color from five colors, and then the personalized embroidered monogram. Adding a monogram adds $15.00 to the price of your towel. A bath sheet is $78.00 and 40” x 70”, a bath towel is $58.00.
For the baker on your list – Silpat, the French company that makes the nonstick baking liners for your pans, has just introduced a line that fit into mini and regular muffin tins, mini bread loaf pans and Bundt pans. You’ll never grease a baking pan again! This Petite Jelly Roll Quarter size is 8.25” x 11.75” and $13.99.
History as They Saw It comes to us from Chronicle Books and is an experience in time travel. 120 historic black and white photographs spanning 100 years, have been restored and rendered in color. They are amazing. $25.74.
Do you need a present for someone who likes to do yoga on the beach? A lightweight mesh mat from CGear Sandlite just needs shaking or brushing and all the sand falls off. This mat can be used for any beach activity in addition to yoga! It is 6.6 feet x 5.1 feet. $69.95.
The 3-Piece Rectangular Bento Box Set is narrower than a traditional lunch box which allows it to be carried upright in your bag. It is perfect for pasta, rice or sushi. There is a clip to hold a fork or chopsticks, and a sauce container. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. The box is 2”H x 7.5”W x 4.75”D. $27.99.
A favorite chef is Yotam Ottolenghi and he has a new cookbook out called Simple. It is a collection of 130 easy, streamlined recipes with all his usual Middle Eastern inspired flavors. All the recipes are simple in the following ways: they can be made in 30 minutes or less, have fewer than 10 ingredients, can be made using one pot, can be prepared ahead of time, or only use pantry staples. $23.90.
For Him and/or Her:
The Athena, a wearable safety accessory by ROAR for Good, pairs with your cell phone to share your location with your trusted network via mobile text alerts. It has two modes, Silent Roar and Alarm. $65.00.
Justine hats are handmade based on the traditional craft of hat making. Justine Studio produces two collections a year – winter and summer. I am most familiar with their felt hats which are gorgeous. This wide brim felt fedora has a hand painted three pleat band. It is from this winter’s collection. $125.00.
A hat from the Justine summer collection:
The Vera straw handmade hat is $180.00. The brim is about 2.9”.
This Slip silk pillow comes highly recommended. It is anti-aging because it decreases skin and hair friction. Recommended by dermatologists. It comes in Queen (20” x 30”) and King (20” x 36”). The Queen fits Standard and Queen size pillows. It is machine washable and comes in eight colors. $85.00.
Fragrance Paintbrushes are a new way to apply and wear fragrance – from Jo Malone’s new company Jo Loves. The fragrance is in gel form and you literally paint as much as you want onto your skin. I used one all last summer and liked it. The fragrances are wonderful and there are four to choose from. $55.00.
This Woodbine Tote by J. Stark is made from olive colored 5 year aged wax canvas. It is trimmed in Buck Brown Harness leather. The tote is 14” W x 12”H x 5” D and $185.00.
This is a great looking Field Hat by Tom Beckbe. It is 100% cotton and finished with a leather band. It comes in four sizes. It is $105.00.
White & Warren’s travel wrap has been a bestseller for years. It is the coziest, useful travel accessory I own. I use it as a warm scarf on cold days and a lightweight blanket for travel. It is 100% two-ply cashmere – lightweight, breathable and very chic. There are many colors to choose from. It is 81” x 36”. $315.00.
My daughter gave me this shower cap for Christmas last year, and I LOVE it! It really protects my hair from getting wet, it never loses its shape, and I love the way it looks. It is made by a Brooklyn based company. There is one size and fifteen colors and patterns to choose from. Each shower cap is $43.00.
NAADAM cashmere calls itself ‘The World’s Fairest Cashmere’. They ethically source directly from their herders and pay them more than 50% above other traders. They make all their products themselves with no middlemen. They have clean ethically powered production facilities that create ‘the softest& most durable quality’. They make beautiful cashmere clothes for men and women. These Cashmere Silk Blended Quarter Zip sweaters are $175.00.
This is a beautiful 100% Italian silk scarf with a hand-sewn rolled hem. It is 35.5” square. It’s called the Blue Wing Teal Scarf and is part of the Birds of a Feather Fine Art Photography of RL Ireland. The photographs are printed on the silk. $285.00.
This Power Luggage Tag is a handy charger for phones and digital devices. For use only on carry-on unless the battery is removed. It includes a charging cord, a contact-info insert, and an adapter. It comes with a slim battery pack and is 4” x 3” x .5” and weighs .75lb. $32.00.
Give these to your more daring friends and have some fun with makeup. These Dior Show On Stage Liners come in 3 satin finish colors and 8 matte finish colors. Each is a waterproof liquid eyeliner in an intense color. The liners have a hybrid tip that combines a felt tip pen with a brush. $30.50 each.