Gift Guide #1 – Holiday Prep

November 10, 2010

I don’t know what the deal is, but I am feeling the Christmas craving early this year. I was trying to fight it, but why? I’ve decided to embrace it instead. I’ve come up with six gift guides and I’ll be posting one each week starting today. This first one might help you get the Christmas craving (or Holiday hunger if your not a Christmas-er) yourself.

In my head, the gift giving deadline is December 25th, but the reality is much different. The first gifts usually get handed out on Thanksgiving weekend, which is 2 short weeks away. So for this first guide, I thought I’d highlight wonderful things to give early in the season, that the recipient can enjoy during the holidays. I’m calling it Holiday Prep.

[ This holiday gift guide is underwritten by Pier 1. Pier 1 is your one stop for unique, imported decor, gifts, furniture, glassware and more this holiday season. I've included some of my favorites from Pier 1 below.]

- Rustic Metal Lanterns. I think they would be pretty greeting visitors on the front porch. Just add pine boughs. Bonus: these are totally useable year round.

- Ruffle-y Stockings in Red and Green. Stockings make such a fun gift. You can fill them with whatever makes sense for the recipient. Treats, pretty soaps, cozy socks. They make a great stand-alone decoration hanging from a doorknob.

- Noble Fir Scented Spray. Having a fresh tree in the house smells wonderful. But sometimes it’s not a possibility. And that fresh tree scent fades too fast anyway.

- Message Cookie Cutters. Love this! You can customize the letters on these cookie cutters to share a festive message.

- Sufjan Stevens Christmas Collection. I enjoy receiving new Christmas music at the start of the holiday season. This set comes with 5 discs and is bargain priced. It’s also downloadable.

- Red Forest Throw Pillow. Adding in some red to your throw pillows instantly adds holiday cheer. I like this pattern because it works year round.

- Advent Garland. This is cute! This garland comes with 25 knit pockets. You can place a little treasure in each one and open them day by day.

- Preserved Boxwood Wreath. Who wouldn’t love a mini wreath (a sweet little 8″) made from real leaves? It would be pretty on a windowsill or hanging from a door.

- Feather Ornament Tree. I adore the big fluffy feathers on this tree! Ornaments would stand out so nicely against the white.

- Knit Stocking Cap. Handmade. Something cozy for baby to wear through the holidays.

- Pom Pom Throw Blanket. Perfect to leave on the sofa. It will look festive just sitting there and will warm you nicely when you want to curl up and read a book.

- Eco Wrapping Paper. Made from waste cotton and handprinted using wood blocks. I think giving wrapping supplies early in the season is so thoughtful.

- Felt Garland. Handmade by women artisans near Kathmandu, I would love to string this along our mantle.

- Vintage Ornaments. Not “vintage-inspired”. These are the real deal. A generous friend gave me some a few years ago and they are gorgeous piled up in a big bowl.

- Marimekko Print Throw Pillow. Another pillow choice that will feel very Christmas-y, but will work year round.

- Mrs. Claus Apron. Your kids will go nuts if you wear this while baking cookies. You will win the prize for coolest Mom. I’m sure you know a baker that this would be perfect for.

- Gift Cards by Smock. These letterpress printed gift cards, with old school lettering, are easy to love and easy to give.

- Sequin Stocking. I can’t get enough of sequins right now. Are you the same?

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah November 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

There are some great ideas in there. Thanks for sharing early… I’m *trying* to have everything done by the first week of December.


2 Design Mom November 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

A worthy goal! I love the idea of having the shopping done by then and just getting to enjoy holiday events and activities during December. Maybe someday I’ll make it happen. : )


3 Rachael November 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’m in the same “Christmas! Even though it’s the second week in November!” zone as you, apparently! I loved this guide, as I’m working on assembling a reasonably-priced collection of Christmas stuff to replace our cheap, hand-me-down decorations, and I’m looking forward to the next five guides too! Thanks!


4 Design Mom November 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

So glad you love the guide, Rachael. It was fun to put together. And I really love next week’s too! Thanks for not being irritated that I’m ready to talk Christmas so early.


5 Melissa@HomeBaked November 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

Your guides are SO appreciated! Some of our family Christmas celebrations end up scheduled during the post-Thanksgiving weekend, so I’m always scrambling to get started on my gift list!


6 Design Mom November 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thank you, Melissa! You know I love to help. : )


7 leslie w. November 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

That Sufjan Stevens album is truly one of my favorite Christmas albums. I always pack our Christmas music away with the decorations, ornaments, books, movies, etc — it’s such a treat to open the boxes and “re-discover” Christmas-Sufjan after a whole year without him. :)

Thanks for the guide — can’t wait to see the rest!


8 Design Mom November 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

I do the same (pack away all the Christmas music and books with the decorations), and I agree, it’s so fun to pull them out each year!


9 Betsy November 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

great ideas Gabriele! I love those cookie cutters and that advent garland. I am excited to pull out all my lovely finds i got at Target and crate and barrell at their after christmas sales! I have christmas dishes now and cannot wait to use them. Can i use them at thanksgviving??


10 Ana November 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Uhhhhh! I love your picks! That Mrs. Claus apron is the cutest!


11 Becca November 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I say “Don’t fight it!” Every year in the past I got so sad when it was time to put the Christmas things away in January. Last year, because of travel plans and house guests, we set up the tree and decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving. I loved every minute of my extended holiday season, and when it was time to put everything away, I wasn’t sad about it. It felt like it was time.


12 Erin November 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I second the Sufjan recommendation. Checked out the set from the library last year–and then renewed it the max number of times! Love the classics, the fun tunes, the new takes on it.


13 Maren November 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I am loving all of the stuff at Pier 1! (I am working temporarily there for Christmas!!) I can’t wait to get all of my presents for family and friends there! There’s something for everyone!


14 Katherine November 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

So excited about the Christmas post! My sister-in-law made my littlest guy a knit stocking cap last year for Christmas just like the one you list . It looks adorable on little ones. I love the advent garland!


15 elz November 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

Please get stocking caps and take pictures of all your kids in them; it would be the cutest Christmas card ever!


16 bettijo @ PagingSupermom November 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

A few weeks ago I actually saw those Ruffle-y stockings and tore out their page from my Crate and Barrel catalog. Aren’t they the cutest?!


17 Kathleen December 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

What great fun stuff for my favourite time of year. Fingers crossed. Cheers!


18 lola December 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Love all your ideas, great stuff. I now have a lot of ideas for my Christmas presents.. Thank you ;-))))



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