From little luxuries to timeless classics, here are terrific gifts in a wide range of prices to reward Ms. Santa for giving all year long.
As a hostess gift (or maybe for yourself!), consider these stylish 12 Days of Christmas Plates, $124 for a set of 12, in scalloped porcelain from Olive & Cocoa. At 6 ¼ by 6 ¼, they’re the perfect size for holiday appetizers or desserts and come gift wrapped in a box with ribbon.
Baby, it's cold outside! Cheery Giesswein women's Enns slippers with a bright bird and flower motif will warm her up at $77.99 from Online Shoes. The boiled wool no-skid slippers are known for providing warmth, moisture wicking, comfort, and stability. (And they accommodate orthotics).
If you like to sew, use this Every Day is a Holiday fabric, with the iconic pink ribbon in its pattern, to honor a breast cancer survivor with a pillow, cosmetics bag, or other accessory. It was created by one of Traditional Home’s favorite designers, Charlotte Moss, for the annual Holiday House decorator showhouse in New York, which raises money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The fabric is $32 a yard. You may also create your own fabric at Spoonflower, staring at $15.75 per yard.
We test-drove Garden Wheels $9, from Womanswork. Turn the dials, and you can visualize plant combinations—by height—for your garden. They’re weatherproof, so you can take them outside with you. On the back are pointers about cutting, drying, conditioning, and other care of plants. Wheels are available for annuals, herbs, perennials, shade plants, and bulbs. The Annual Garden Wheel is shown here.
Augusta Wrap Company
comes to Ms. Santa’s aid with pretty wraps that jazz up a gift (or your own home decor). The wraps tie around a bottle of wine, a vase, a pencil holder, or a candle, and come in two sizes for $14.95.
Betty Lou Phillips, a designer whose work has graced our pages, has with Roblyn Herndon penned a darling little stocking stuffer of a book, The Night Before Christmas in Paris(Gibbs Smith), $9.99, about a very fashionable Mrs. Claus, who flies off to Paris and has so much fun she forgets to return home until Mr. Claus retrieves her. The book’s charming haute illustrations are by Sheryl Dickert.
Make it easier for her to carry the latest Traditional Home with the Felice Magazine Holder from Chiasso, $28. (She can also use it to tote shopping, knitting, or bags. It’s made of polyester that has the texture of wool felt.)
Do you have an angel on your list? Give her the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 Angel Christmas Tree Ornament. The ornament is adapted from an angel in an 18th-century Nativity scene that is part of the museum’s collection. It is available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or one of its stores for $55. Call 1-800-662-3397 for Customer Service.
Consider Dainty Champagne Flutes, set of 6 for $78 and set of 12 for $138, for the hostess with the mostest. From Olive & Cocoa, they do double duty as bud vases. Dishwasher safe and adorned with dots, swirls and stripes, they come gift wrapped in a handcrafted wood crate with ribbon.
Adapted from elegant Christmas decorations at the medieval Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters Holly and Ivy Necklace, $125, is new this year. The earrings are $50, the pin is $60. You can buy them separately, or buy the earrings and necklace as a set for $165. Available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or one of its stores. Call 1-800-662-3397 for Customer Service.
All she needs to show off this statement-making Thutmose III Cartouche Hinged Cuff is a little black dress. New this year, it’s adapted from a pair of bracelets from the tomb of the wives of Thutmose III and made of burnished gold inlaid with carnelian and glass. Available for $395 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art or one of its stores. Call 1-800-662-3397 for Customer Service.
She’ll be stepping out in (comfortable) style in Your Special Shoe from Soft Surroundings, $139.95. We love the retro look of pointy-toed leopard in front and teal in back, with a dainty gold ankle strap.
If she loves to entertain, help her do it Southern belle style with A Savannah Christmas (Pelican Publishing Co.), by Kimberly Ergul and Holley Jaakkola. Both inspirational and practical, it brims with pretty photos of Christmas in Savannah, decorating inspirations, and recipes for festive Low Country fare, $19.96.
She can add pizzazz to any outfit with the Silk Blithe Scarf, a generous 42-inch square vibrantly patterned and embellished with green braiding and rainbow-hued tassels, $82.95 from Soft Surroundings.
Does she have a closet overflowing with pumps and stilettos? Shoe Christmas Ornaments from the Metropolitan Museum of Art won’t take up much room. Shown here is the Emerald and Gold Shoe Christmas Ornament, $25, available from the Metropolitan Museum of Art or one of its stores. Call 1-800-662-3397 for Customer Service.
A case can be made that the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is comfort, and these Skin Organic Undies—soft as a cloud—provide the evidence. Products include the racerbank tank, $56, and pima cotton panties, $24, both shown here, in several colors.
The POP Phone, a twist on the retro style phone, is offering four new collections this holiday season: Metallic, Animal, Leather, and a cordless POP Bluetooth at $39.99-$99.99, through Native Union. The stylish phones easily plug into smartphones, laptops, or tablets through a 3.5mm audio jack, or sync wirelessly via Bluetooth® technology, thus decreasing exposure to cell phone radiation.
Nothing’s more traditional than an old-fashioned flower press for saving mementos and garden specimens. The wooden Flower Press, $18.95, from The Growers Exchange, makes a nice intergenerational project.