Thursday, November 20, 2008

There will be gifts, Christmas edition

For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday can generate gifting anxiety of the highest order. Some friends and family prefer giving to charities, and I'm all for that. But sometimes you might also like to give a hug of a gift.

Magazines group items by recipient ("For Mom", "For the Girlie Girl") or by price. Ever notice how the "Under $25" category looks sad on
ce you've perused the $500 selections? Below, ideas for adult friends and family, not by category, but by attitude: offbeat, unlikely to be duplicated and definitely not a regift.

Each was also chosen for extraordinary value.


Monica Tuent Pearls and Flowers Necklace, $56 (plus shipping). Monica collects vintage charms and beads, and creates charming pieces from her stash. There's something quirky, Spanish and personal in each.


Eddie Bauer Shearling
Flip Flops, $49; free shipping to US
Su
percute, supercozy, shown in Chocolate, also available in Carnation, Pale Aqua and Natural. Who wouldn't snuggle up to these?

Laguiole Knife with Corkscrew in Juniper, about $70, on sale
The arom
atic juniper smells delightful, the knife is the perfect size for the pocket, picnic basket or kitchen "stuff" drawer. Elegant house gift or guy-treasure.




A crate of Cushman Honeybells, $47 plus shipping
A card arrives for Christmas, the fruit is delivered in January, when bleak winter (where I live) feels interminable. Then the cheerful, meaty, healthy Honeybells ("The World's Only Limited-Edition Fruit") arrive! One of the most-appreciated gifts we have ever given. Many other formats available on the site.

Diamond Snowflake pendant, from Orolatina, $1,135

Delight the woman who has everything, or the one who just adores diamonds.

Micro-set diamonds (.50 ct tw) in 14k
gold, 18-inch chain included. The center stone is surrounded by a star of 40 round cut diamonds set in 14 karat white gold. The snowflake has five branches that contain 25 round-cut diamonds per branch. The pendant size is .875 x .875 in.

That's a lot of wintry sparkle!



Calfskin pork pie hat, John Helmer, $48
Hey there, big daddy. When a fella needs to be cool, he
will be. In black and brown, sizes up to 2X.

7 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Love the necklace, so unique!

For fruit lovers may I also suggest Harry and David Royal Riviera pears (around $35 + shipping). These pears will knock your socks off.

We usually get my MIL a gift in addition to the contributions to her charities, so I'm already on the prowl for that. I already know what I'm getting my husband (a messenger-style man bag, which he's actually made noises about wanting) and I send See's to my mom. Earlier this year I bought my dad and step-mom a gorgeous coffee table book with pictures of beautiful stables at Hermès (they're serious horse people).

Deja Pseu said...

BTW, I bought the book at Hermès, the stables pictured are elsewhere. :-)

Duchesse said...

Pseu: You choices receive my Duchesse Delight Award, because each is chosen to honour the taste and interest of the recipient.

Deja Pseu said...

Why thank you; that's high praise indeed!

WendyB said...

Seasonal jewelry is an interesting concept...but I think I'll pass. It's hard to imagine someone wearing a snowflake in the summer.

Duchesse said...

Wendy: That's the point, they are meant to be worn in season.

Julianne said...

I want the fuzzy flip flops. I usually love Christmas. I love just gazing at the Christmas tree at night.