Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Sorry.  I realize that it's not even Thanksgiving, yet.  I realize that the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier every year.  I really do dislike seeing Christmas displays in every store beginning in September.  By the time Christmas actually rolls around, I'm pretty much over it.  Christmas is fun in our house, but I can always feel a very slight presence of Scrooge lingering around the corner.

HOWEVER, I have amazing childhood memories of Christmastime, and I've decided that this year, for the sake of my children, I will immerse myself in the Christmas spirit!  Scrooge, be gone!  Oh, the Avants will be caroling, having tea with Santa, seeing The Nutcracker, and making gingerbread houses (well, we'll decorate them, but we will not attempt to build one…ever…again).

To make sure I get (and stay) in a festive mood, I've been admiring all kinds of holiday goodies from recipes to decor to gifts to party dresses.  I think I'll share some of my favorites with you this week.  Let's start with some gift ideas for friends, hostesses, teachers, and loved ones!

Diptyque, $60
Candles are always a great gift.  This one looks lovely on a night table, and it smells delightful!

West Elm, $39
I have given and received salad servers before, but this rose gold set looks so modern and fun!

Graceful Gatherings Cookbook, $19.95
A plug for the women of River Road Presbyterian Church, who made such a lovely cookbook.  It begs to be given to mothers, mothers-in-law, and teachers this year.  Is this not the most beautiful church cookbook you've ever seen? All proceeds support projects benefitting the lives of women and children, as directed by The Presbyterian Women of RRPC.

Dillards, $28
I just purchased this scarf for a client.  It is so soft and cozy, and the scalloped edges would give a little detail to an otherwise boring look.  And, it comes in TWELVE colors!

Domino Magazine
Domino is back!  I'm so happy.  They aren't offering subscriptions for now (the may in the future), but they do have a gift card that can be used toward merchandise on their website and print issues.  

Sweet Bella Bakery
A Richmond favorite, these cookies are delicious and beautiful!  Her talent is limitless, and the design options are huge.  Place your order online, or call for help with a design, and they'll ship them in time for Christmas.  

Baublebar, $48
If you know your recipient's taste (and it is good taste), she will love this necklace.  I love it.  You can give it to me.  

There are so many more great gift ideas, but I have to get off the computer now and bake something with my son.  Ho, ho, ho!

What are your favorite gifts to give?

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