The Ten: Grown-Up Gifts for Boys and Girls

Ahh, the wee ones. They should receive gifts of style too, right? Here are a few items to consider mixing in with the mountain of toys Santa brings. Don’t worry, our last holiday 2012 gift guide will be for the fun things your kids (and you) will enjoy most.

1, 3. Warmth usually outranks style when it comes to winter coats for kids. This year I really want to give my little one a lovely wool coat. He’ll look so cute in it! Here’s the his and hers options I loved best.

2, 9. Grown up looking boots will keep them warm and stylin’. Tiny bits of faux fur will be appreciated. His and hers.

4, 7. I’m a bit tired of bags with superheroes and princesses on them. Preschool days are almost over in my house, so I’m thinking these bags might be cool options. His and hers.

5, 6. A watch for him. A sparkly collar for her. These two accessory gifts will be loved by them too.

8, 10. Clothing styled after grown-up wear is so cute. He’ll like that it’s a baseball sweatshirt. She’ll like that it is pink!

The Outfit Journal: Random Warm Days

Happy Friday Everyone! I just checked the forecast and it looks like early next week we’ll be having some random 60 degree weather. I’ll probably be pulling out this fall dress since I didn’t wear it much earlier this season. Hopefully it can read as holiday cheer too! What do you think?

Carried over from last week: James Perse sweater.

Dress by Of Two Minds. Similar here / Belt by BCBG (old) / Bag by Balenciaga / Sunnies by Marc Jacobs (old) / Boots by Frye. Similar here.

The Ten: Little Luxuries I Would Love to Give…or Get

Gifting is about giving a little bit of luxury to someone, either because you thought of the necessities for them, or because you gave them something they love but would never have thought about for themselves. These pieces fit both requirements and would light up my face with a smile this year.

1. This Plush Stole is so lovely and on trend. Animal friendly faux fur will be sure to please any woman of style on your list.

2. A great pair of sunglasses is a sure way to update your style for the new year. I love these Bronze Cat Sunglasses for the color and shape.

3. This chunky ring is a stylish piece that will become a daily staple for a gal who loves to layer up on her baubles.

4. Fishbone tights are what I will be looking for in my stocking this year. Classic grey looks good with everything and this work-with-anything pattern will update my winter look.

5. A new iPhone Case should become the new staple stocking stuffer. What other accessory gets so much wear? Gift someone with a fresh look for their top gadget this year. This star studded case has got my number.

6. I searched and searched for the perfect pair, and these elephant print PJ Salvage Pajamas are what I want to snuggle up in this winter.

7. Sometimes a great clutch can be something we forget to give ourselves. Present this lovely beaded Moyna bag to the gal who loves to head out for the evening. She will find it works with everything.

8. Speaking of handbags, this quilted shopper will work for the more casual moments. The stylish sidekick will never disappoint for errands and weekend shopping.

9. I’ve been lusting after these Burberry Prorsum Studded Gloves all season long. Even the woman who has everything will feel life is more stylish if she can head out with these babies on her hands.

10. A patterned umbrella is a great gift. Sure to be the appreciated in a sea of black canopies on a rainy day, the recipient of such a lovely gift will remember you with a smile.

Check in tomorrow for the next installment of our holiday gift guides for 2012!

The Dreamboard: Ice, Ice Baby

The snowfall yesterday had me admiring the winter wonderland effect on all our majestic trees around here. I’m ready for some holiday sparkle! Are you? Today’s board takes on the complexities of ice. Silvery in nature, it appears more warm when encrusting a branch, cooler when sheeting over a lovely lake. It catches the light to glimmer like diamonds. It works well with snow, of course. And it suggests the need to CELEBRATE! Enjoy!

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The Ten: Food Gifts I Will Ship to Avoid Eating

Okay, so most of these gifts would need to be shipped ANYWAY, but really, it is a good thing. They would never, and I do mean never ever, make it out of my house and into anyone else’s hands. When thinking of food gifts to recommend, I seriously conjured every favorite thing I had eaten in recent history that was giftable. I came across some new yummies along the way too. Order these for your friends, and have some shipped to you too. Enjoy!

1. Before you tell me that you had Vosges chocolates, like 5 years ago, stop and think. Have you really eaten any chocolates that were that good since? I haven’t. That’s because I’m a gal who loves exotic ingredients with her chocolates. Send the Exotic Truffle Collection to your friends, like me.

2. In the same vein, you can get your Cacao Aztec Dark Sipping Chocolate with a spice packet that will turn hot cocoa into an extraordinary experience.

3. My brother-in-law and his lovely wife gift us with Vanilla Bean Infused Maple Syrup every year. I truly do love it. The scent is heavenly and a spoonful over greek yogurt is the most delicious healthy snack I can think of.

4. I tasted this Bedell Cellars Sparkling Rose on my trip to the North Fork this September. Every wine there was great, but this one was very special. I love the uniqueness of a bubbly rose.

5. My sister-in-law Monika often has this Quince Paste on hand for making lovely tea sandwiches. So yummy, and always the biggest hit at the tea party.

6. If you cannot wait in line for an hour at Laduree on the UES like I did last year, these Classic Macarons from Dean and DeLuca are supposed to be excellent.

7. This summer I happened to find myself at the Farmer’s Market at Rittenhouse Square in Philly, where I met the lovely proprietor of Urbane Tea Company. Her Rooibos Turmeric Chai is so yummy that I can swap it out for my regular black tea chai.

8. Thank me now for letting you in on my little secret. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was another happy random discovery, this time at the North Market in Columbus, OH four years ago. You actually may have heard of them because they are so good retailers in NYC and nationwide have picked them up recently. Unique flavors like Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Salty Caramel have made Jeni’s absolutely unforgettable. Go big and get this Signature Collection for your ice cream fanatic.

9. People just do not eat cheese for breakfast often enough. I just discovered this Fig Chevre Breakfast Cheese on Taigan while looking for a retailer for my Quince Paste. I’ve gotta try this. I may also need to get the entire breakfast sampler with Coffee and Honey flavored breakfast cheese as well.

10. The Bread of the Month will allow your crust lovers to enjoy amazing loaves of Zingerman’s Bread for 6 months. Please send me a Chocolate Sourdough and Parmesan Pepper while you are at it!