2011 Holiday Gift Guides: For Her


If you have a lovely lady on your list and she thinks ever so slightly out of the box, this list is for you. This is for your clever and creative creature, your classic-with-a-twist-of-bohemian bestie, your always-an-element-of-surprise sister, your chic and sparkly soul-mate.

I am in a wintery mood, so these things have a touch of romance to them. A bit of wool, a bit of warmth, animal prints, some candle light and naturally, some sparkle.

1.)  Minnow Drops ~ Anthro: Golden and sparkly and just the right amount of size. These gorgeous earrings are just the thing to go with that New Year’s dress or a cozy sweater and boots. I love the tone on tone here.

2.)  Metalic Leather Cuff ~ Swedart (on etsy): A customer turned me on to these gorgeous hand-made leather and metal bracelets. I love all of the varieties of them, but these were especially magnificent to me. I really like metallic leathers and the combination of the shiny and matte is really nice here. These are expertly made right here in Massachusetts.

3.)  Vintage Floral Tassel Scarf ~ Nordstrom: It may be true that I have rarely met a scarf that I didn’t like, but this tassel scarf calls to me. It says: “Take me on your adventures!” Which means I simply must have a few coming up!

4.)  Fancy Camera Strap ~ Camera Strap Couture: Hand-made in the USA by two moms in California, these beautiful straps are a stand-out in a sea of SLRs. If she is like me and seems to always have one on her shoulder, why not make it beautiful? These are some of the prettiest I’ve found! (Note: they are closed for the holidays as this goes to publish, but you can certainly have it be the first gift of the new year! Shipping resumes Jan 2.)

5.)  Skinny Calf Hair Belt ~ J.Crew: I have a serious love of leopard print, but it has to be the right leopard print in the right proportion. This skinny belt is a perfect accessory for the un-animal print initiated, or the seasoned accessorizer. A gorgeous pop of  pattern for, I’ll say it, just about any outfit…go ahead…try to not love it!

6.)  Floral Sequin Tank ~ Old Navy: Yay!! Sequins!! Seriously, how can you look at sequins and not be happy!? This tank is a perfect neutral color with beautiful metal sequins in a fabulously chic rose pattern. A brilliant little treat for any day she is feelin’ festive.

7.)  Women’s Premium Wellies ~ Joules: Oh that contrast zipper! I love wellies, and it was almost hard to pick my favorites when perusing the vast assortment at Joules. Stripes? Love. Floral? Love. Short. Tall. Shiny. Matte. The possibilities! I settled on these because I love the pop of pink, and this mushroom color would look so cute with lots of cozy sweaters. Good luck figuring out your fave.

8.)  Book Dock Charger ~ Rich Neeley Designs: Probably one of my favorite things of the whole year. This clever guy makes iPod and iPhone docks out of gorgeous classic books! Some are vintage, some are new and he can even make one out of your favorite if you send it!! I can’t imagine anything more perfect for the bookshelf or beside table. In fact, I think I have “Pride & Prejudice” coming my way in a few weeks! (Note: These are custom made and take awhile to ship. Rich offers gift certificates so you can give it at Christmas and she can choose her own book later. Plus, if you use my link you can get 15% off your order! !5% will not apply to GC, but to the ultimate purchase…)

9.)  Pegasus Necklace ~ Stella and Dot: A customer came into my shop wearing this bib necklace and I nearly fell over it trying to ask her where she got it. It is absolutely Cleopatra-esque and looked amazing tucked demurely under a wee cardigan. A total statement piece. All Hail!

10.)Capri Blue Murcury Glass Jar Candle ~ Anthro: My best friend Wendy gave this to me as a gift and I burned it nearly everyday until it was gone. I then gave one to my mom as a gift and she is burning hers every day. I have decided that I want only this candle as gifts from now on. I would take my paycheck in this candle if that were possible. (Well, Coach might have something to say about that…) Bottom line: Get. This. Candle.

11.)Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick ~ Marmalade (617-484-0093): If she loves a superior interior, this is the book for her coffee table. This gorgeous, totally readable and completely helpful book is a must-have for all levels. Holly makes design approachable without excuse making and the photos beautiful and full of inspiration.

12.)Homemade Marshmallows Coat ~ Modcloth: This coat makes me all ready for a winter picnic in the woods or a sleigh ride to grandmother’s house. The vintage style and flattering belt are spot on, and well, it’s plaid. What more could she want?

13.) Josephine Handbag by Amy Butler ~ Bowling Green Hats: We have carried this in Marmalade, but are totally sold out. I found some at the website above and recommend that you scoop them up. This roomy bag is loaded with gorgeous details and beautifully made from Amy Butler fabrics. The leather handles are large enough to put over her shoulder, even if she is wearing the aforementioned coat on the aforementioned sleigh ride and the bag is roomy enough to pack for grandmother’s house.

14.) Timex Originals Easy Reader Leopard Watch ~ Piperlime: Um, hello!? Classic watch face, Timex and what? A leopard print band!!? If you hear a thud, it’s me fainting. I can’t think of anything more to say except I am pretty sure Marilyn Monroe had one of these. Almost positive.


Ok girls! I hope I’ve done you proud!! Let me know if there is anything I missed that you can’t live without!


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