Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dear Santa...A Gift Guide for Me!

I toyed with the idea of compiling a gift guide or two for the holidays this year, but ultimately ditched the idea because (a) I'm fairly certain the blogosphere has maxed out on gift guides this year and (b) gifting is and ought to be personal -- you know your family and friends far, far better than I do and any suggestions I have would be far inferior to whatever you can come up with.

And so, I've decided instead to compile a gift guide for me -- and if you find something you like for yourself or a loved one, then I'm flattered. Certainly, some of these items are a bit out of budget for most (if not all) of my family members and friends, so consider this a list addressed to Santa. {Oh and while you're at it Santa, can you snag me a gorgeous Chinoiserie tree, too?}

Kate Spade Genny (Eggplant) (Zappos; $263). Be still my beating heart. I loved these when I saw them in red and black, but I'm positively salivating over Kate's eggplant version.

Peacock Snow Globe (West Elm; $29). I'm not generally a fan of snow globes, but West Elm's latest series is really quite chic. And of course my favorite is the stunning white peacock. I'd leave her out on my desk all year round.

Quatrefoil Key Pendant (Tiffany's; $1000). I'm actually not a huge jewelry girl -- I tend to wear the same few pieces on a regular basis and often forget to wear any altogether. That said though, even I get a little bit weak in the knees when I see a Tiffany's box underneath the tree. And if it had this key inside it...well, I'd promise to be a very good girl this coming year.

Dove Ornament (Jonathan Adler; $24). I'm always happy to receive a gorgeous ornament or two and Jonathan Adler's newest offerings are almost too lovely to put away when the season ends.


Pavilion Lacquered Box (Thomas Paul; $36). There are innumerable uses for small, pretty lacquered boxes and I suspect you can never have too many of them laying around. I'd put this one by my bed to corral jewelry, coins and all the little things that seem to collect on nightstands.

Sake Experience Gift Set (Fresh; $95). Fresh's Sake Bath is honestly the best bath soak a girl could ask for. The smell is divine and the stuff really has a way of seeping into your bones, relaxing all the stress away. A corresponding lotion and candle would just be icing on the cake.


Hampstead Mirror (Williams-Sonoma Home; $595). This is for my powder room, where I'm dying to replace my builder basic frameless mirror with something that has a bit more pizazz.

Black & Gray Zebra print ballerinas (Pretty Ballerinas; €179). A girl can never have too many cute flats, and while just about any pair of Pretty Ballerinas would fit the bill, I can't get over the fun black, white and gray print + cute pom-poms on these.

Monogrammed Desk Pad (Dabney Lee; $65). Personalized stationery is always welcome, especially when it comes in bold prints like zig zags, greek key and quatrefoil.


Hector Throw (Missoni Home; $275). A soft cozy throw is a great wintry gift and you can never go wrong with a subtle tone-on-tone zig zag. This one has been on my wish list for several years now.


Asymmetrical Bow Pullover in Sweet Papaya (J.Crew; $78). This sweater is perfect for the office or weekend and I love the bright, fruity color. I'm also a sucker for any top that has a pretty tie around the neck.


JPK Pleated Satchel (Nordstrom; $198). Nylon is a great alternative to leather if you're looking to lighten your load (after all, have you ever noticed how heavy some leather purses can be?). I love the raisin color coupled with the gold hardware. Ample pockets and a fun lining ensure that the inside is as functional and pretty as the outside.

Vera Wang "Lisa" jeweled ballerina flat (Nordstrom; $295). I know, I know, this is the third pair of shoes to appear in this post, but I want (nay, need) these shoes specifically for my sister's wedding. I plan on wearing flats both to be more comfortable and to avoid being over a foot taller than the other bridesmaid (the groom's sister). Of course, I'm sure I could find plenty of other occasions to wear these pretties....

Now what about you? What do you want for Christmas?

26 comments:

Kitty said...

I almost DIED when I saw the tree at the top. Best Christmas tree EVER!!! It made me hate the holidays a little less, and that my friend, is no small feat! Toodles, kitty

Christy said...

After reading this, I want at least one of each of these items too! HAHA! Seriously - I Looooove the ballet flats - can you believe I don't even own one pair? WTF is wrong with me?!

I'm putting up a gift guide for me on We Chirp next week - I think I'm going to credit you and include those shoes! FUN!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

LOVE the Missoni throws!! Zigzags cannot be beat. :)

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I didn't know Thomas Paul made these little boxes, that goes on my list! A new camera would be great, as would a new coach bag, but I usually get pajamas from Target!!
Janell

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I'll take one of each please dear Santa. I'd take them all. Not a huge jewelry girl either ~ always wearing the same pieces. Must be my comfort pieces?!

Shannon www.OldWorldCharm.info said...

What a lovely line-up of gifts, Averill. I hope you get them all! :-)

Shannon

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Oh, you've got excellent taste! I loooove that mirror and would much prefer one of those pretty throws to the snuggie-esque blanket I'm giving as a semi-joke gift to the hubs (at least it's a neutral color). The Vera Wang flats are adorable - I'm a big fan of metallic flats, and have a pair on today!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'll take one of each!

Couture Carrie said...

Love your wish list, darling, especially all those fab shoes!

xoxox,
CC

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

I love the white peacock snowglobe! Love love love! Adding it to my list now :) Fantastic blog - following you now!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I could certainly just take your list, put my name at the top, and add "ditto for me!" I especially love the Missoni throw - soooo cozy!

Sarah Klassen said...

Averill -- this is too funny. I was contemplating the very same thing -- to post gift ideas or not to? I decided not also, but am still showing some products that I have recently come across, just in case they might be the perfect gift for someone :)

I love, love, love your wish list! You have such great taste. Those purple heels are so much fun, and I have heard good things about that scent by Fresh...and then, of course, there is the key necklace...hmm...did you mention your post to Mister Dave? I hope you get a few, or all, of these great items :)

p.s that tree is so lovely!!

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix

If Santa has extras, he could certainly bring them to me! The mirror, both of the ballerina flats, the pullover...

Daniela said...

If you don't ask you won't get it! That's my philosophy! You didn't post what we got you...but I think you will LOVE it regardless!!!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I love that monogrammed desk pad! Checked out that site, and everything is so cute! Also love that Hampstead mirror!

Maybe we were at Sea Island back in the day at the same time! Small world

Style Redux 2 said...

Fun list with lots of Chinoiserie!

Kara said...

Hmmm...my christmas wish would be to go back to Seychelles. Or somewhere else just as lovely sounds pretty awesome right now.

Maple said...

I love the key necklace! For what it's worth, KC Designs makes a similar one that's about $220 cheaper (at Neimans). Still only a dream, though (sigh!)...

VictoriaArt said...

Love your list, could be mine too....
Darling, I awarded you the Honest Scrap Award, come over and see...10 things about you and pass it on to 7 bloggers you like to know better...
XX
Victoria

annechovie said...

Not sure what I want for Cmas, but this list is just further confirmation that you have got great taste, Averill!

Shannon said...

Girl, you have some great taste!!

Southern Aspirations said...

thought I had posted, but apparently not. YES, Please! I LOVE this list! You do indeed have great taste (not that there was any doubt).

Jenn said...

Wow, I'd love to be you on Christmas morning! Hope you sent this list to your family and friends :) I love the peacock snow globe and those lovely throws so much.

La Petite Gallery said...

Great list.
Those shoes are to Die for...

You have Style

Yvonne

walrus1979 said...

Oh I want so many of those things!! The zigzag note paper and the white peacock snowglobe are great! And the Thomas Paul box gimmie!!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

I love that little tree SO MUCH! Great list too. Love the bag and of course I'll take an assortment of those Tiffany keys... who wouldn't?!

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