Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

A Thoughtful Gift Idea

I’m a big believer in gifts that show you were thoughtful about choosing them. My friend bought me a beautiful hydrangea plant for my birthday recently and as much as I love the plant (and I do!) I also love the fact that she knows me well, and thought about choosing something that would please me. That plant is thriving in my garden showing lacy white blooms and every time I walk by or stop to admire it, I know I have a friend who cares about me.  Isn’t that what we want our gifts to say?  So while I love to give gift ideas here (yes, one is coming…) I also advise you to spend a few minutes thinking about the person you’re buying for to get a sense of direction.

Today’s suggestion: Now that there are video cameras on our phones and computers, it’s pretty easy to create a video clip and while the tech savvy person can edit it and get fancy with music in the background, none of that is necessary for this gift idea.  Record yourself sharing a happy memory.  It can be a story for your child from his past or a memory from your own childhood that you share with your parent.  The ways to use this idea are endless but the key is to let the person know that they play an important role in your happy memories. Here’s the fun part that may require a little courage on your part: post your video somewhere, on YouTube or FaceBook for example, and then send the link to your gift recipient.  You won’t believe how many people will share this with their friends because everyone loves to have their life witnessed.  You’ll be the coolest gift giver ever.

A Gift Full of Memories

There are a few sites that offer photobooks on the internet now.  My favorite is MyPublisher.com. It’s so easy to use their software and the end result is as professional as anything on the shelf at your local bookstore. I heard about this site when I received a gift of a photobook from a family who had visited our vacation home with us. They compiled photos from that trip, many featuring my children with their children having a wonderful time together and “published” a book as a thank you gift. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received and it has become my “go to” place on the web for personalized gifts at Christmas. Pull together some digital photos, upload them to theMyPublisher.com site and start arranging them into your own special gift for someone.

Bottle of Red, Bottle of White

I’m not much of a drinker but I do appreciate a really good glass of wine.  It all started when one of my college friends invited my husband and me to her wedding, hosted by her well-to-do and generous dad at the Pierre Hotel in NYC.  We drank white wine and found ourselves refilling our glasses so many times it was a lucky thing we walked home to our hotel – me with my summer sandals dangling from one finger!  When I called her after her honeymoon to ask her to find out the name of the wine because we had enjoyed it so much, she got back to me with the description, “Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse, Premier Cru” which meant nothing to me until I went to buy it at our local wine shop.  Needless to say, considering the price and how much we had imbibed at the wedding I wondered if I shouldn’t be sending a check along to her Dad for his hospitality!  I’ve been grateful though ever since for being introduced to the pleasure of really good wine and so I recommend it highly as a very special gift for anyone with an appreciation for the finer things in life.  Some of my favorites: Conundrum which you can read about here; Hess Cabernet Sauvignon which you can read about here; and of course the one that started it all: www.louisjadot.com. Salud!

Christmas Spectacular

One of the best parts of the holidays are all of the family traditions that are passed on throughout generations. Even if you don’t have any traditions in your family, it is never too late to start one. Growing up I was fortunate enough to live close to New York City so we were always able to make our way in around the holidays. We would spend the day window-shopping and gazing up at the city’s Christmas tree. My favorite part however was at the end of the day when we went to see the Radio City Rockettes. When thinking about presents for Christmas, tickets to see the Rockettes is the ultimate holiday gift. The high energy and infamous dancing of the Rockettes is the perfect way to bring in the holiday spirit. It’s the perfect gift to give to your family or a loved one, whether you live close to the city or not as you can always catch them on their annual Christmas Spectacular tour.  

    The Start of the Holiday Season

    With the leaves finally beginning to change and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I discovered the perfect website for all of your gift giving needs. The site, thanksgivingflowers.net, is a page based entirely on Thanksgiving flowers and centerpieces. The options available range from vibrant lilies and greens in a glass vase to a cornucopia filled with orange, bronze and gold flowers to represent the changing seasons. The site is easy to navigate and is categorized according to price, making it easy for you to find exactly what you are looking for. There is also a section that is dedicated solely to the history and origin of Thanksgiving, a story and meaning that is truly reflected in all of the beautiful flower creations that they offer. These designs will make the perfect centerpiece for any Thanksgiving dinner. At this time everyone is sure to have a surplus of food available at their home so instead of adding to this overwhelming supply, bringing flowers is a great alternative. This website proves that Thanksgiving can be represented by far more than just turkeys and stuffing.