*This article has been updated for accuracy September 2017

We’ve been hunting all year for different, useful and creative holiday presents to recommend.  I love the lineup this year.  Shopping for and giving to our families and friends is great, and so is giving to those who would otherwise go without holiday celebration.  Please remember those in need.

For Her:

The Mighty Purse by Handbag Butler is a clutch with a hidden High Capacity rechargeable smartphone charger. It is compatible with all smartphones.  It comes in 14 colors.  $84.99.

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These Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights are truly luxe and will look great this winter with all those cute dresses she’s bought. They come in seven colors.  $46.00.

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SW Basics of Brooklyn was started by a woman looking for skincare products for her sensitive skin.  She started making her own, and well… you know the rest.  These products have received rave reviews.  There are now ten creations in the line and they contain no more than five ingredients, all sourced from organic, Fair Trade or small farms. They sell the products in regular sizes and mini sizes for travel.  Maybe start with a Bestsellers Mini Kit to see what you like? $45.00.

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I love this brass fox letter opener. It’s so chic and will look great on her desk!  $16.00.

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On the theory that a woman can never have too many scarves, we bring you the Block Shop, a textile company working directly with a cooperative of 20 master printers in Bargu, India. The result is a dozen gorgeous silk and cotton scarves.  They are 34” x 86”, a great size because they double as wraps or scarves. $120.00 each.

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For pet lovers:

So your dog will look his best on New Year’s Eve! Try this dog collar with bow tie. $45.00

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Having your beloved pet stuffed is creepy, but having a 3D portrait made is not.

The Felted Animal Studio will make custom needle felted cat portraits to order.  They are 6.8” tall x 3.2” wide.  $40.00 each.

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For 3D soft sculpture dog portraits, this site also provides made to order needle felted dog portraits.  $125.00.

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This retractable dog leash includes a pop-up water bowl, treat storage bin, poop bag, receptacle, an LED flashlight and an LCD clock.  What dog could ask for more! It comes in blue or black.  $22.00.

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For the cook:

Kale, Glorious Kale by Catherine Walthers gives us many ways to include this ‘superfood’ in our meals.  This cookbook teaches us how to grow, buy and cook this food that has all the important health benefits like fiber, flavonoids and antioxidants.  I have tried several of the recipes and I can promise you that kale can be delicious!  $11.30.

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Our friend Anne gave this to a bride-to-be at a bridal shower and I loved it!  It will chop vegetables, fruit, cheese and more very quickly.  The catch container is also a measuring cup so you can keep track of amounts.  Vidalia Chop Wizard $29.99.

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Where Chefs Eat: A Guide to Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants is an international restaurant guidebook with over 2,000 personal recommendations by hundreds of chefs.  $14.50.

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This set of 4 dedicated flexible cutting boards is a great gift.  It allows a chef to dedicate certain mats for raw food and not cross-contaminate.  Each mat is 11.5” x 15”.  Under $12.00.

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For little ones:

How totally adorable is Flora Fox?  She is 15” tall from top to bottom and made from orange organic cotton fleece with a brushed flannel texture.  She is hand-washable. She has many similar friends (there is a bear, rabbit, mouse, owl, toad, bear cub, and cat) and her siblings, Reginald Fox and Owen Fox. All are $39.00.  As if she wasn’t cute enough, you can buy many outfits to dress her and all of the other animals up in! They can dress for school, harvest work, winter water factory, snow, a formal, summer, ballet class, a party, winter and more.  These animals lead very busy lives! A monogram can be embroidered on any animal’s chest, just to keep ownership clear!

The Animals

The Clothes

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I’m crazy about these felt slippers from England for girls and boys.  There are many to choose from but I think Herby Hedgehog has a lot of personality.  They come in sizes from newborns to 5 years old.  $40.11.

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Flensted Mobiles make mobiles for both children and adults.  I love this Circular Bunnies mobile for young children.  $38.00.

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These animal crayons are adorable and come in a set of twelve.  $11.62.

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General:

I love these linen napkins.  Bordered with grosgrain ribbon, they will go with everything and the monogramming really makes them pop. They are 20” x 20”, 100% natural linen and are machine washable.  Choose from 30 monogramming fonts and 20 different color options.  A set of eight is on sale for $99.00.  Monogramming is free. Delivery is 5 – 7 business days unless it’s a rush order.

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I love this custom made initial wreath.  It is 24” high, wood covered in moss.  For your ribbon you can choose from four options.  Each wreath is made to order, so order soon!  $74.00.

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Buying individual bottled waters is NOT environmentally friendly!  This silicone water bottle rolls up small enough to stash in your pocket book or pocket.  You won’t need to buy bottled water ever again! The 14 oz. size is $16.99 and the 20 oz. size is $24.99.  Nine colors to choose from.  They also make baby bottles!

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Give one of these Ork city neighborhood posters to the person on your gift list who has just relocated.  They are wonderful, fun and informative! There are 27 posters to choose from. Choose between posters and screen prints.  Each city poster is offered in black and white and some colors.  The screen prints are a different coloring process.  The sizes vary with each city.  Prices start at $22.00. *Ork has recently added t-shirts, postcards, beach towels and more to their shop.

There is the option of customizing the size and color of your city poster. They will make digital canvas prints of any poster in any color or size.

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Whenever I see a set of glasses I really like, they are always made by Susquehanna. They make all types of glasses in many patterns.  These stemless wine glasses have a seashell motif.  If you like nautical things, check out the anchor collection, and more. Any of their glasses can be monogrammed.  A set of four is $59.00.

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For monogramming Susquehanna glasses go to http://www.silvergallery.com.

Say It With Book Covers is a site that sells book covers that solve the problem of what to do with extra books.  There’s no market for extra books and libraries are getting full.  Buy these book covers that when stacked together express a statement.  $20 for a kit of 5, two are blankand three combine with a quote.

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I have given lots of these to children, but I think the felt slippers for adults are to die for!  $68.32.

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Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer allows easy and fast printing from your smartphone or tablet.  It works with iOs and Android.  It weighs 9 oz. and is 4” x 1.6” x 4.8”. It is battery operated, and prints Polaroid-type photos. $152.00.

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The Lumio is a very cool portable light. It is battery operated, looks like a small book and opens like an accordion.  It can be used anywhere and gives off great light! Check out their video. $190.00.

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Scout bags are the latest rage.  I received one from a houseguest and I love it!  They are made from polypropylene and are very sturdy.  You can design your own and have it monogrammed. I love the 4 Boys Bag shown here for $52.00.  It is large at 19” high x 24” deep x 12” wide.  They make many types of bags.

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I love this zebra cosmetic bag.  It is 6” x 9” and can come in twenty-four colors.  It can be monogrammed.  Allow up to three weeks for delivery.   $26.00.

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This flame stitch backgammon set comes in four patterns.  It is $130 and 10” x 8” x 2” when closed and 10” x 16” x 1” when open.  Dice and playing pieces are included.

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Give these interesting and unusual travel field guides.  These travel guides are packed with local information, interviews, memoirs, personal essays and hand-drawn maps.  There are currently guides for New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin. $17.95 each.

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Give the cat lover on your list Catmas Carols ($8.23) and Hanukcats ($6.29) so their kitties will be able to participate in the holiday singing.

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Finally, a reason for personal 3D printing!  I love these monogrammed iPhone cases.  They come in black, clean and white, and for the 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C and 6 iPhones.  $36.00.

iPhones 4/4S, 5/5S & 5C

iPhone 6 and 7

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This is a different kind of iPhone case – one that can hold cash, credit cards and a built-in mirror. $19.99.

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