Best Gifts of the Season

I love to shop. But every year it seems I dread getting out into the holiday hustle and bustle just a little bit more. The traffic, the crowds, the lines… It’s all a little much, and it all serves to dampen my holiday spirit a bit.

So this year I did my shopping much earlier. In fact, except for stocking stuffers and a few more gifts for my husband (that are already picked out), my shopping is done!

In my searching and shopping, I’ve come across some fantastic items and some really great buys. Some of these are items I’ve purchased for people on my gift list, others are items I’ve seen in my browsing. But either way, they’re a sampling of what I’ve seen along the way. So I thought I’d compose an entry with the Best of the Best of 2010 (in my opinion, of course).


Handmade pewter candlesticks (from $80)


Dotted gold plate ($32)


Fragrant Hand Cream ($24)


Decorative metal balls ($28)


Glint Flower necklace ($39)


Fringe Hoop earrings ($44)


Paisley floral wrap ($59.50)


Metropolitan Mixed Chain necklace, LOVING the vintage brooches!! ($198)


TOMS glitter shoes. With every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a brand new pair to a child in need; this is known as their “One for One” program. The movement started in 2006 and as of September of this year, one million pairs of new shoes have been donated. ($54)

(they also come in pink, silver and gold)


Maya Brenner designs U.S. State necklaces ($130-300)




Leather sports camera ($179)


Emergency weather radio ($49.95)


Whiskey aftershave ($12)


Mustache pint glass ($15)


Baconnaise, because who doesn’t like bacon? ($5.99)


Miniature toy robot cuff links ($45)


John Varvatos “Artisan” cologne ($58-78)


Lego architectural series (Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum, The White House, Empire State Building, John Hancock Building, Seattle Space Needle and the Sears Tower. $19.99-299.95–for set of 7) (or Barnes & Noble)



Lego Set, see above


Old-time toys


Cat-shaped crayons


Radio Flyer Lights & Sound Trike, comes in pink, too! ($59.99)



Iron Man 2 Radio Control Walking Iron Man ($49.99)

Toys “R” Us


Project Runway Fashion Collection ($29.99)

Toys “R” Us