Ah, yes…it is at last that time of year…time to trim the tree, make some hot toddy’s, gather with friends…and pick out my top favorite things of 2012!!!
In no particular order, here are my fifteen favorite things/ gift ideas. I hope that you find them inspiring or at least worth checking out for someone special on your holiday shopping list…or yourself!!!
1.) Yankee Candles Sampler Votive Gift Book–$20
This creative collection features 12 Samplers votives, 2 of each; Whiskers on Kittens, Bright Copper Kettles, Warm Woolen Mittens, Brown Paper Packages, Crisp Apple Strudel, Schnitzel with Noodles. The candles names are inspired by the song “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”. They each smell divine!
2.) Lindt Petit Desserts–$9.99
This delicious sampler includes 3 Meringue, 2 Tiramisu, 2 Macaroon, 3 Creme Brulee, 3 Brownie, 3 Lemon Tart, 2 Millefeuille. Eat your cake, dah-ling!
3.) NARS Andy Warhol Photo Booth Nail Set–$35
What a great gift for the Pop Art fan! This 4-pack of colors includes Black Room-Black, Soup Can-Vivid Red, Chelsea Girls-Modern Beige, and Silver Factory-Aluminum.
4.) Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Him and Her–$50 each
This is such a great idea! Here’s how it works: Purchase the Fragrance Sampler, sample the fragrances and choose a favorite, fill in the enclosed voucher, bring the voucher into a Sephora store and redeem it for a fragrance! How cool is that!?!?
Sephora fragrance kits for Him include samples of Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò, Givenchy Play, Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme,Hanae Mori HM, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, Jean Paul Gaultier LE MALE, John Varvatos Artisan, Lacoste Eau de Lacoste, Paco Rabanne 1 Million, Versace Pour Homme, Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme.
The kit for Her includes Betsey Johnson Too Too Pretty, Coach Poppy, DKNY Be Delicious, Givenchy Very Irrésistble, Gucci Guilty Intense, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, Hanae Mori Butterfly, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur, Marc Jacobs DOT, Narciso Rodriguez, Prada CANDY, Versace Bright Crystal. Plus: a BONUS Beauty bag!!
5.) Soma Intimates Manhattan Kimono–$98
I cannot rave enough about Soma Intimates Sleepwear! This kimono is jersey knit, which means that it will keep you warm without making you sweat. It is also incredibly comfortable! I love the jewel tone and the lace Japanese flowers. So beautiful!
6.) Anthropologie Bug Brooches–$29.95
These are so cute! Each set comes with three jeweled bugs. There are four different sets with varying colors and insects to choose from. What a great way to dress up a blazer, cardigan, or your favorite holiday dress! They make a great alternative to an ordinary necklace.
7.) Coach Monogram Shop–see Coach.com for prices
Finally! As a lover of all things monogrammed, I was ecstatic when Coach came out with their line of monogrammed products. You can monogram cell phone cases, wallets, key chains, passport covers, handbags, luggage tags, and more! What a perfect and individualized gift for someone who has everything!
8.) Isaac Mizrahi New York “Ameya” Loafer–$149.95
If you or someone on your list has a penchant for bright colors and poodles, you are going to love these! Add a little sparkle to your wardrobe with these pearl-encrusted, playful slip-ons. They are sure to bring you many compliments on your foot-ware!
9.) Banana Republic Flannel Trousers–$110
These are by-far the best work/office pants! They are elegant and will keep you SO warm during the winter months. I have them in several colors, but my favorite is the winter white. Classy!
10.) L’Occitane Bonne Mere Soap Collection–$20
Such luxury! This trio comes in honey, lavender, and rose. Pamper yourself or give the gift of pampering this season. How could you go wrong?
11.) Louis Vuitton European Cities Travel Guides–$145
This unique box set sheds light on 31 European destinations! Packed with tips on hidden gems and extraordinary experiences, these little books are a must for the back-packer or jet-setter in your life.
12.) Anthopologie Teniso Mary Janes–$158
So stylish! The gold toe and cut-outs add a little flair to the basic black heels. Ideal for holiday parties or dancing to your favorite holiday tunes in your living room!
13.) Kate Spade Matchbook Bobby Pins–$18
Bobby pins have never been so adorable! Who wouldn’t want these whimsical stocking stuffers!?!? Leave it to Kate Spade to delight us!
14.) Lacoste Jacquard Croc Sweater–$170.99
Everyone needs a Fair Isle Sweater for sipping cider around the fire this winter! This chunky knit is oh-so-warm and charming.
15.) Longchamp Au Saltan Bag–$590
The most luxurious–and expensive–favorite on my list! Functional and elegant–plus the leather is SO soft! If you are planning to splurge this season, make this your choice. It is sure to last forever and be well worth the price. Plus it’s so French…which translates to “tres chic”!!!
Happy Holidays, everyone! And Happy Shopping!!!