Gifts - The Smaller Gifts

The Gift of Giving

The art of giving holiday presents to family, friends, those in need and special acquaintances can be a rewarding experience for both the giver and receiver.  Some people take lots of time selecting a item while others seek out the latest and greatest item that will appeal to the gift receiver.  Don't rush around the mall in a frenzy this year.  Instead, select gifts online and forget the chaos that seems to consume shoppers in the department stores. And, never mind the parking lots with the crazy people trying to park and being extremely rude. It is as if the joy of the holidays is lost and what remains is sheer insanity with outlandish behavior.  When buying gifts for others do not seek out an ulcer or high blood pressure.  Learn to relax and shop online while imbibing in a cup of cocoa, coffee or a cocktail with holiday music filling the air all the while avoiding the hustle and the bustle.  Remember, in the end it really doesn't matter what is given to another because it is the thought behind the gift and the joyous response of surprise. Of course, the smart holiday shoppers have an inkling of what others want!  Yes, it is the small gifts that they receive which brings the most joy to one and to all!  

 Top Ten Small Gifts 

The Pom Pom

I.  Pom Pom Charms:  The perfect pretty statement for handbags and smart phones.  The furry ball adds a wee bit of good luck similar to a rabbits foot.  Yes, a trend but a playful one during the wet and cold months. 

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'XL' Genuine Fox Fur Bag Charm (Grey & Black)


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.



The Shearling Gloves

II.   UGG Shearling Gloves:  Beautiful leather and warm inside.  The ultimate glove before a fire or when walking about in the cold.

UGG Australia 'Analise' Genuine Shearling and Leather Gloves


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.



The Sock

III.  The Sock Warmer:  Hunter boots are sublime and the ultimate weather protector.  Add Hunter sock liners and be cozy and warm all day and night.

Hunter Original Tall Cable Knit Welly Socks


When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.



Gorgeous Hair - Protective Hairbands

IV.  Protect Thy Hair:  These ponytail hair holders are colorful, soft and do not tear or crimp the hair.  The hold is also paramount when being active.

L. Erickson Ponytail Holders


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the luster of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.



Holiday Scent

V.  Candles Burning:  Add fragrance of the season to any room decorated for the holiday.

Voluspa "Maison Holiday - Spruce Cuttings' Two Wick Candle


With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

"Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!"



The Golden Cup

 VI. The Thermal Mug:  Kate Spade's mugs are excellent for water or hot chocolate.  


As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.



Lips, Lips, Lips

VII.  Bobbi Brown Art Stick:  This lipstick in a pencil form is easy to use, soft, and finishes with a creamy matte finish.  The colors and texture are simply divine.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.



The Tote - Longchamp

VIII.  Longchamp:  The Longchamp brand is everlasting and so French.  This number is classic, water-resistant, sturdy and useful for every occasion.  

Longchamp 'Large Le Pliage' Tote


He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.



Celebrate with Pearls!

IX.  Pearls, Pearls, Pearls:  Diamonds might be a girls best friend but pearls are the style maven's staple for evening soiree's.

Nadri Faux Pearl Drop Back Earrings

His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.  

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 

and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.


Now and Forever Scent

X.  Perfume:  Chanel N5 is the perfume that stands the test of time.  The scent is feminine, soft and so memorable.

Chanel N5 Eau De Parfum Spray


 He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.



He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"  - Clement Clarke Moore

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style


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