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Guest Picks: Must-Give Gifts This Holiday
Deciding on a gift for someone is a personal choice. It's easy to get caught up in what you like to give, but think about what the recipient would really appreciate getting. You may have been getting small hints all year long, so pull those out of your memory bank! Take the time to present your gift in a creative and beautiful way. The wrapping is almost as important as the gift. — Kelly and Joann from Kandrac and Kole
May Books - $17
Customize your own calendar, notes, stationery and more. Our college intern turned us on to these, and this calendar book would cost only $17. We love the holiday ikat design too.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - $19.75
My sister (who is a book editor) says this cookbook is all the rage. Who doesn't love a good cookbook?
Antlers are hot in decor. This one is beautiful all by itself, but we might be tempted to put a big burlap bow at the top.
A Heart for Africa - $48
Hand-crafted gifts are the best, especially ones that give back. We like this Heart for Africa necklace, and $5 of each sale goes to aid missions' work in Africa.
I Want to Be Her!: How Both Friends and Strangers Helped Shape My Style - $13.70
We saw this book in a boutique today and stood there for 30 minutes laughing and relating to it. If you are a woman who grew up in the '80s, this is pure entertainment.
'Say the Word' Flutes - $80
This is holiday happiness. Sophistication and whimsy make the perfect combination.
Elle Lacquer Tray - $120
We really prefer ottomans over coffee tables, but then we need good trays for drinks, magazines, candles, etc. These lacquered colors are fantastic, and the size is good (not too small).
Eternal Sheet Sets - $275
This bedding line is available at Costco (on a show schedule only). Microfiber soft, it's heaven. We bought the quilted blanket for coverlets and had to go back and buy more because we loved them so much.
Marine Mohair Throw - $119.99
We love this marine color. Wrap this with the book we recommended, and it's the perfect gift.
Pi Mount - $9
This is the best stocking stuffer ever. How often are iPhones plugged in and just left strewn on the floor? This is a great solution.
Santa Suit Christmas Silverware Holder Pockets - $18.32
This set of charming and detailed pockets for silverware would be a great addition for a fun kids' Christmas table.
Personalizable Beer Holster
A beer holster that attaches to your belt would be great to use when cutting the grass, grilling, etc.
Yesterday is but a Dream
We're convinced that people come into our lives for a reason. This quote really says it all and was given to us as a gift from a very special friend.
FouFou Dog Urban Knit Dog Sweater, Fuchsia - $42.99
Dog sweaters make great gifts for friends or family who only have furry kids. This one is a stylish addition to a pet's wardrobe.
Personalized Stoneware Casserole Dishes - $44.99
There's nothing better than a personalized appetizer dish. Not only is this clever, but no one can ever steal it at the party.
Paintbrush Flannel Bedding - $18
These customized flannel sheets with the monogram of your choice are offered in a rich palette of modern colors. Plus they are super soft and cozy.
Table Topics - $25
Get your family and friends talking with some Table Topics. They are great conversation starters and can spark interesting discussions. These boxes are perfect for a coffee table.
3-Layer Cake Dome - $49
This three-layer cake dome would make a beautiful hostess gift. You could also use it as a cloche to display meaningful objects, insert a terrarium with beautiful stones and plants, or use it for birthday cakes and special occasions.