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?