November hits and Christmas seems to just want to burst at the seams. Coffee shops, bookstores, television ads, grocery stores. Everywhere you look, we’re ready to welcome December with anything and everything to celebrate the commencement of the holiday season. Christmas is only a short while away.
Fellow list lovers, I know you’ve already been busy, as have I. Wish lists, guest lists, baking lists, gift lists, card lists, play lists and party lists. As I started to brainstorm what to buy for friends and family, I wanted to share a little gift giving inspiration. I got to thinking about some of my favourite gifts I've received and products I'm loving that would make for great presents.
“Seasons” by Donna Hay
A recent gift from Chris, this cookbook is a collision of impressive seasonal recipes and the most amazing photography and food styling. It's earned a prominent place in my kitchen and doubles as a beautiful coffee table book.
The comfort and warmth of the boot, but for the indoors. A Christmas gift from last year, these cozy slippers quickly become a winter staple.
A girlie apron
Like closet, like pantry, I own several aprons to match my moods and menus. One of my favourites is a hand sewn black and white apron that was a wedding shower gift from my sister. These lovelies are from Anthropologie, who also carry several matching mini versions. A perfect mommy-daughter gift.
I recently received a similar version in peacock blue. A circle scarf is versatile and practical, making it a perfect can't-go-wrong gift.
Julie and Julia
Okay, so this movie is totally old news, but I am still inspired every time I watch it. It's made my top ten list, competing with the likes of Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. Don't judge me...
Some smaller treats to stuff those stockings.
A long standing favourite of mine, these candles boast pretty packaging and beautiful scents.
With a super fine tip and an array of interesting colours, these are my go-to pens for cards and letters.
This multi-purpose salve smells gorgeous and can be used for everything from dry skin to diaper rash. I keep it on hand to protect my pout. Rosebud also has an equally delicious strawberry counterpart.
Moleskine weekly notebook
A fellow Anthro manager swears by this planner and I can't wait 'til 2011 hits so I can start filling mine with organizational goodness. With a spot for lists opposite each weekly calendar, it's a great way to keep your to-do's and appointments all in one place.
I love jewel tones and I love nail polish. Sephora by O.P.I. polishes come in a bazillion shades, the price is right and they tend to last. Fall nail trends are showing purples, metallics, neutrals and gem tones as the main players.
Hope this gets you thinking about your own gift lists or wish lists or whatever lists. Stay tuned for many more Christmas prep tips. Happy holiday planning!