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Gift Guide

December 8, 2010

This gift guide is an eclectic mix of well designed items with a little something for everyone.  Most items are under $100.

For those on your list who are into entertaining (or cocktails)  this campaign style black lacquer tray or mirrored mother of pearl tray would be great on top of a chest or table to corral barware.

Graphic note cubes and pens are fun and make cute stocking stuffers.  Especially love the colorful chevron pattern!

Personalized note cards or monogrammed drink coasters are available in a slew of  patterns, contained in a cool lucite box and make excellent hostess gifts.

Another personalized item that is chic and so useful is this tote – it’s available in a ton of designs and fonts styles as well as 5 sizes.  There is also an option to upload your own design.

Here are some of my favorite designs, but there are many great ones!

An easy way to add life to dull a space is to incorporate decorative throw pillows in designer fabrics.  Etsy is a great resource for such items and recent finds include a  colorful print (I want this!), ikat pattern and Greek key and trellis pattern.  Look for pillows that have concealed zipper closures which are more tailored looking than the envelope back.  Some sellers include the pillow insert and others only sell the covers so be sure to read the details.

For a stylish sister, best friend or woman in your life who appreciates feminine and romantic pieces, these handmade flowers are made of linen with a brooch pin back that can be worn at the waist or lapel.  Pretty!

If you are looking for beautiful, relatively affordably priced jewelery, I love this local Boston designer.  These earrings seem tiny from this image but they are oversized and absolutely gorgeous (I’d love these!).   Available in a bunch of colors.

This necklace is another stunning piece.  Love it!


And some bling for the guys, these agate or malachite cufflinks are understated, classic and elegant.

I love natural horn home accents and these cups would make  a great desktop accessory for pens/pencilsn and the bowls make chic serving pieces or to corral jewelery on a vanity.

These eye boxes are a funnier alternative to the standard plastic contact lense case.

Voluspa candles come in pretty tins and smell divine!  Love the huckelberry!

Many people already have or will be receiving ipads this year and a cover that matches their style is a great gift!  Here are a few that are really great.   For fashionable ladies,  this  ipad frame case is a classic choice while a python embossed sleeve is more bold.

A handcrafted wood case would be great for a guy and is available in a few species.

And this beautiful  hard book version is customizable – you can choose your own ‘book’ title for the cover and spine.  The example on the website read “This is not a Book”.  Great for a guy or girl!

For those on your list who still love to actually write things in a daily planner (like me!),  this is my favorite – metallic goatskin leather, perfect size to tote around in a handbag (I always carry a large bag anyway).  I get one each year, personalized with my first name and my color choice for 2010 was the metallic white gold.  Not trendy, totally classic – LOVE this!  *non metallic colors also available.

InsideOut champagne glasses by Dutch, Brooklyn based artist Alissia Melka-Teichroew have a modern cool aesthetic while these  Venetian style flutes are gorgeous and delicate.

Another gift for Champagne lovers is this resealer possibly paired with their favorite bubbly!

Marble salt and pepper dishes come with brass spoons and would be a great gift for the entertainer or chef.

Vintage silver fork cheese markers

Slate board and cheese knives

For travelers who are environmentally conscious (hopefully most of us!), this book offers tips about how to minimize environmental impact while travelling and details 500 trips.  Awesome!

Hope this gives you some good ideas!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 4:05 pm

    These are terrific suggestions….especially for that person who has everything!! I love it!

  2. December 8, 2010 4:12 pm

    great suggestions!

  3. Kiah permalink
    December 8, 2010 4:27 pm

    I love so many of these items that I may buy some for myself! The Venetian champagne flutes and monogrammed bags especially.

  4. December 8, 2010 11:20 pm

    I love ALL of your gift suggestions, amazing!!

    Remember to come & enter my $200 Giveaway from Fifi Flowers!

    Art by Karena

  5. December 9, 2010 10:22 am

    You have some great gift ideas. Thank you for your creativity and ideas. It was very helpful.

  6. December 9, 2010 1:38 pm

    this is really great, amanda. thanks for making this list

  7. December 9, 2010 5:18 pm

    Great job as always Love you. Dad

  8. Fran permalink
    December 10, 2010 9:57 am

    Great gift ideas! I will be sure to pick up some of those monogrammed cards for my boss and co-worker.

    I hope all is well. Happy Holiday’s Amanda.

    Love Cousin Fran

  9. Allison Hoyt permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:32 pm

    Love all the items you’ve found! I enjoy reading your blog. Is there a way for me to get an email when you update it?? See you soon!!

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