The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce is holding their “shop local for the holidays” press conference with mayor Setti Warren in front of Just Next Door (this Saturday, November 10th at 10am. This will be the kickoff of the chamber’s “shift three” campaign to promote the economic and cultural benefits of shopping locally. The “shift three” pledge asks Newton and Needham residents to shift at least three purchases that may have been made on-line or out of town during this holiday season and shop locally instead. Pledges will be available to sign Saturday at this event. Following the pledge signing, attendees will be encouraged to participate in a “cash mob” A cash mob is an event where a group of people come together to spend some money at a particular time and place. In this case people are encouraged to come to Auburndale and spend $10 at any store, service or restaurant. Join in the the excitement!
It is true that I nagged wildly hinted flat out asked for an iPad and I did get one for my birthday. Then I had the rare treat of outfitting my new toy in a cool case – but this was just when the iPad 2 came out and cases were either ugly or overpriced. I stumbled on one in Urban Outfitters that I loved and the price was right – $30.So I snapped one up in orange. Now it is only $14.99 – you win! I like the other cases here as well, especially the tromp l’oeil one here. If you are into Vera Bradley there are some great cases for iPads and laptops – I found a great selection at Just Next Door in Newton.
How about some new SmartWool socks and a great pair of waterproof mittens and some winter walking shoes (we can get matching ones at REI) – because I am fancy like that.
What else? I always like books, real ones or ebooks for my e-reader or iPad.
Wish List? I loved State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett and want to read
The Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
I could really use and iPhone 4S because I need someone to organize my life and I think Siri might be my new BFFL (Best Friend For Life).
While I will never say no to anything from Tiffany’s (let’s be reasonable) or Folklorica, my real new anything jewelry is from Kiki D. Design which was recently featured in the new Newton Living Magazine. Designer Beth Kurson takes beautiful vintage findings and makes them modern and lovely. Check out her store for more great pieces.
But enough about me!
Husband Gift Ideas:
Running stuff from UnderArmour – of course, not in red, in black. Some more cold weather gear from REI – and they are having a great 30% off sale – plus check the outlet for last season’s gear. Great prices on basics. NY Giants gear for mine is always a hit. Techie? Apple or PC? New camera? Pragmatic Mom found a cool one – The Sony Cyber-shot. Pretty basic but go ahead, load his iPod with some tunes. How about J. Crew shirts or stuff from Brooks Brothers (shhh…they have a kickin’ sale right after Christmas if you can wait).
Give him his favorite childhood game like Rock’em Sock’em Robots or a baseball or football to toss around with the kids. Winter sports abound here – not into one? It’s never too late to start – grab some skates, snowshoes or cross-country skis – make it a family present and you have a new family activity.
Hope this helps!
I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom so hop on over to her blog for some more great ideas!
I love finding great hostess gifts, really. It’s fun and easy to create a signature gift. Anything Anne Taintor is fabulous.
There is the favorite I-don’t-know-what-to-bring-or-even-if-this-is-decent-because-I-am-re-gifting-it bottle of wine – it is what you do with it. The Dollar Spot in Target is filled with great wrapping paper, cello and gift bags. Deliver the wine with a bow or personalize it with your own art work (get out the Mod Podge!), ribbons or ornaments. I keep a stash of Target ornaments and papers that I use for package decorations. Affix the tag to ribbon or write your message on the package.
I also pick up pretty dishtowels throughout the year, holiday themed or not, you can use them as wrapping paper for wine, baked goods or tuck them into a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon and the dry ingredients and recipe for your favorite holiday treats.
Chocolate is always a favorite and you don’t have to spend a lot but feel free to upgrade, you can also go higher end both container and chocolate to make it even more special. I have found great containers at Target, Marshall’s, T.J. Max, Home Goods and The Container Store. The best chocolate (both in presentation and taste) I ever received was from this company, L.A. Burdick, and I may have eaten this box by myself, maybe.
Plant an Idea:
Pragmatic Mom likes to give a lemon cypress or a rosemary tree. I got one last year that I didn’t kill kept alive for three months finally succumbed to my inattention. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both have them for under $10. You could decorate it with little tiny presents or bows but they are gorgeous as is, smell terrific and you can tuck a favorite rosemary recipe in the card.
Spice It Up:
This is an item that I have long coveted – Dean & Deluca’s Spice rack. Cool, modern and a little geeky, which I love, of course. It is on the splurge side, so if you want to do this less expensively, pick up nice spices at your favorite local place like Sofra Bakery or you could head to Target for this cool Trudeau 16-bottle spice rack – $31.99. Still not what you are looking for? The Cheese Shop in Wellesley has spectacular food gifts and makes the best gift baskets. Also try Formaggio Kitchen – great cheese, chocolates and more in Cambridge and Hi-Rise Bakery – also Cambridge – for their own jams and a nice selection of wines (they package everything beautifully). Still not what you are looking for? Try Uncommon Goods, Black Ink or Just Next Door.
I almost forgot one of my favorite holiday haunts…Fastachi in Watertown – homemade chocolates, roasted nuts, specialty candy and nut butter (try the almond) – all prettily packaged, fresh and delicious.
Luckily I live fairly close to two Paper Source Stores which are only mildly addicting…grin. I can spend a lot of time in one of their stores. Often my ideas for crafting exceed my skill level (low) but I am trying to keep a handle on that and just buy the pre-made things. All of the papers (stationery, wrapping and note cards) are gorgeous, vibrant and whimsical. I usually use plain card for holiday cards with a photo glued on – I have seen (from uber-crafty friends) gorgeous homemade cards – using ribbon, stamps and more. Also, it is one of my default places to shop for little stocking stuffers (I also like Urban Outfitters) and a sweet local store in Newton, Just Next Door where I always come up with something special – it is one of those stores that truly does have something for everyone on your gift list. If you are not lucky enough to have a local treasure like this, to the internet!
There are even more fun designs here (Pragmatic Mom told me about this great site) at Pixie Chicago. These terrific paper designs are from the family-kids section:
and my favorite flower – hydrangea – on these cards:
You can also see their collection on Etsy.com – have you shopped Etsy? Talk about a treasure trove of handmade gifts! This personalized stationery fits the bill for teachers, friends, baby gifts (one of my favorite gifts when my daughter was born was a set of personalized stationery – her own thank you notes!). Check out Pragmatic Mom for her great ideas for personalized gifts.