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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s here! Another holiday season is upon us.  The decorations are popping up and the biggest holiday shopping day of the year is just over a week away.  And while it is supposed to be a joyous time full of warm fuzzies and making memories, it can be quite stressful and overwhelming to gift shop – even to the most seasoned of shoppers. So relax and take a deep breath we’ve got some fun ideas in our gift guide your loved ones will adore.

To borrow a line from a famous tune – These are a few of our favorite things:


Harney & Sons Teas:

There’s no way better to enjoy the holidays by cozying up with a warm cup of tea. Harney & Sons has an amazing selection and bonus: their packaging is beautiful! We recommend the gorgeous tin sets of the sachets or the linen tea chests that feature a variety of flavors. Tis the season to sip, savor and enjoy.

$24.95 – $34.95 www.harney.com

 Uusi Playing Cards:

Surprise your family and friends by giving them a gift for their home that is both beautiful and useful! We love these gorgeous cards that are printed on heavy stock with a linen finish. The stunning designs begged to be displayed around the house (wooden card stand also sold) or set on the coffee table to encourage a snow day game of poker.

$11.00 – $30.00 www.uusi.us



Thrive Global Phone Bed Charging Station:

Between the dinner parties, gift wrapping and school plays this holiday season, what better gift to give than the gift of sleep?! We truly believe it is so important to unplug at the end of the day to recharge our bodies and minds. This bed charging station from Thrive Global is a great gift for the whole family. Tuck your electronics in at night and encourage your kids to do the same – it will encourage them to have a healthy relationship with technology (and will help you save some zzz’s as well).

$49.95 shop.thriveglobal.com


Food for Thought Tidbits Plates:

This set of four appetizer plates from tag wholesale is a great hostess gift with a wonderful reminder to be mindful during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take those mindful moments to engage the senses! The classic white ceramic goes with any décor and can be used year round. Don’t forget to Savor, Nourish, Taste and Feast this holiday season.

$50.00 www.magicalchefs.com


Boots and Arrow Dog Collar:

For our animal lover friends, make them (and their dogs) feel extra special this holiday season! These collars and coordinating leashes are hand made in Texas with upcycled cowboy boots. If that wasn’t cool enough, they also donate $5 for every collar sold to help an animal in need.

$75.00 – $150.00 www.bootsandarrow.com


For the One I Love Quotes Set:

Stuck on what to get your significant other? These unique love quotes ‘For the One I Love’ are printed on handmade paper and housed in an antiqued brass cuff. It’s beautiful, timeless and incredibly romantic.

$48.00 www.sundancecatalog.com



Coffee Table Books:

Books are always a wonderful gift – especially those who seem to ‘already have everything’. Whether it’s a great autobiography or a decorating book to help inspire and beautify the home (our personal favorite), your gift recipient will be sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness. Narrowing in on a loved ones interests will help you select a book they will enjoy for years!

Price varies www.amazon.com (or support your local bookstore!)



So there’s our list of favorite things.  Hopefully you are feeling inspired with good ideas for gift giving this holiday season!


Photo credit: first image courtesy of Veranda magazine others are from listed websites.