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Guest Picks: 20 Items to Create a Wintry Family Holiday
I have loved design and decorating since I was building homes with blocks, setting up dollhouses and rearranging my parent’s furniture. I was born and raised in rural Minnesota and much of my inspiration has stemmed from my parents who were notorious for buying “fixer uppers”. They constantly painted, built furniture, repurposed antiques bought at auctions, installed carpet, hung wallpaper and refinished wood floors, all resulting in making a house a home. Watching and learning from my parents, I quickly caught on and began re-decorating my bedroom over and over again. For as long as I can remember, I have been redesigning spaces in my head as soon as I walk into them. My enthusiasm for design and decorating hasn’t changed since childhood, and I’m passionate about sharing my talent...
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Inspired by my recent visit to Minnesota, I thought a curated collection of holiday-inspired items to bring a family closer together was appropriate for this time of year. Some fun, a good meal and a lot of spirits are a winning combination for a wintry family holiday. Whether you're hosting the holidays or are the one visiting, there are plenty of ideas here for you. So snuggle up, get cozy and pour yourself a tasty treat! — Jami from Imagine
Reindeer Nutcracker Gift Set - $29.95
Crack some holiday nuts with this shiny silver reindeer nutcracker. I gave this to my parents this year, as it's a family holiday tradition to always have bowls of nuts lying around to chomp on. I thought this was a fun new way to enjoy the tradition.
Name Straw - $3.99
I stuffed everyone's stockings with these personalized name straws. Then my family and I cooked a Christmas morning brunch, complete with mimosas and Bloody Marys, so these were the perfect addition to the meal.
Bird Bingo - $19.30
My family is huge on board games and very into nature and birds, so I thought this would be the perfect addition to the game collection. It was a fun, easy and quick game to play while learning a little about birds at the same time.
No get-together is complete without a large serving tray to pass around yummy goodies. There were plenty of Christmas cookies to be passed around during my family's gathering, and my favorites are peanut butter stars and Russian tea cakes. How about you?
Plates and serveware are necessary when getting together with loved ones. There are always tons of meals, so why not jazz up your table with some lovely holiday-inspired plates like these?
A well-stocked bar is always a must when entertaining, but a step up from a well-stocked bar is a tool that makes those spirits taste even better. Here's where Vinturi comes into play. My fiancé was gifted one of these aerators this year, and it definitely got some use during the family gathering.
Mikasa 'Cheers' White Wineglasses - $49.95
The wine was flowing during my family's get-together, and it's always nice to have pretty stemware to drink out of while enjoying your spirits. I love the contemporary design of these wineglasses with their silvery swirls.
Vintage English Red and White Kitchen Bowls by English Shop - $69
Serve up some piping hot chili or chowder in these vintage red and white kitchen bowls. It's always nice to mix old and new to give your home that "lived in" feeling. A house should never feel like it came straight out of a catalog.
Plaid Fringed Blanket - $149
Snuggle up with the ones you love in this gray and white plaid blanket. It looks so comfy and cozy. I can just imagine lounging on the sofa with this, drinking hot cocoa and gossiping all afternoon with my sisters.
Winter 3-Wick Candle - $20
No Christmas is complete without a holiday candle from Bath & Body Works. I love all of their holiday scents, but this has to be my favorite this year. The "Winter" candle has hints of winter woods mixed with balsam. It smells so good.
Vanilla Bean Noel Minis To Go Gift Set - $12.50
Pamper your family while they visit and make them feel like royal guests by giving them each their own Christmas toiletries. This is great for family members traveling from far away — just give them a heads-up that they don't need to pack their own. Plus, everyone will smell like Christmas!
Tiny Bubbles Reclaimed Mug by re.Served - $8
Christmas and hot cocoa go hand in hand. How about giving each family member a mug with their initial on it to drink out of during their visit? It's a great way to tell whose is whose, and it makes a nice little personalized gift.
Deer and Moose Shot Glasses - $19.95
You all may have some concerns about the quantity of alcohol-related items on this list, but what else is there to do in the rural parts of Minnesota when it's below zero and the roads are too bad to drive on? Look at these cuties! They're very woodsy and perfect for taking those apple cinnamon shooters to warm up your insides.
Embellished Ornament, Joy - $10.99
I always enjoy giving my family personalized ornaments to add to their own collections each year. It's fun to pull out your ornaments the following year and place familiar smiling faces on your branches.
Style Selections 5-Piece Mitchell Metal Fireplace Tool Set - $49.98
A crackling fireplace is the heart of a home during the holidays, and nothing beats the warmth created by one. Whether it's warming your toes, drying off your wet mittens or hanging your stockings, your fireplace deserves to be surrounded by beautiful objects. I love the simple, sleek look of this fireplace tool set.
Christmas Wire Photo and Card Holder - $59.99
I really enjoy giving and receiving Christmas cards, and I also like to see the cards that others get. I think it's such a nice tradition to send the ones you love holiday greetings, whether it be a family snapshot or a beautifully designed Christmas scene. Every year, I look for new ways to display the cards I get, and I like this one because it's something that I can use year after year.
Ultimate Sectional - $2,799
Nothing is cozier than an oversize sectional. It's a great piece of furniture that can fit everyone and is very comfortable to lounge around on all day long. My parents just bought one, and it's absolutely perfect for family gatherings.
Sleep Number In Balance Sheets - $224.99
I like to spend the most money on what's closest to my body. That's why I splurged on these sheets. What better way is there to spoil your overnight holiday guests than a nice set of sheets they can enjoy? They'll never want to leave.
Tabletop Bowling Game - $99.50
Here's a fun family classic that you don't even need to leave your home for — tabletop bowling. Going to the actual bowling alley is fun, but sometimes in Minnesota you get stuck inside due to the poor road conditions. So here's a fun way to pass some time in the home.
SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II - $299.95
Playing Christmas tunes softly in the background is a great way to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Have family members each bring their favorite songs and create a playlist to listen to during the visit.
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