I have to admit, when it comes to the holiday season, I am terribly sentimental. I cling to just about anything that will evoke a memory of idyllic holidays from childhood.

When I was little, we would await the three-hour journey (which seemed to take a lifetime) to my grand-parents home where we were greeted by the most musical door chime announcing our arrival. The fireplace alit, upright baby-grand piano chiming, and a cup of hot coca and plate of freshly baked Christmas cookies for a snack before bed let us know it was a special occasion.

Every year in our home, to prepare for the holidays I bring out my collection of special ornaments, dishes, and décor and begin to make our home festive in effort to evoke a memory and create a sense of occasion for my family. I have treasured items both collected and inherited from family which all contribute to that special occasion nostalgia that mark an event.

If you are busy with work and want to make your shopping easier, what could be better than avoiding the crowds in a last-minute mad frenzy of desperation to find that perfect thing to put under the tree. Well, if you, like me, hate crowds, I’ve found some great gifts I know I would love to receive.

Add any of these to your list and it will be sure to be a hit.

This book on entertaining is sure to delight any hostess

When I attended a conference in Palm Springs this past May, I met the author of the most beautiful book on entertaining. Shayla Copas is the ultimate entertainer and is just a darling! She is the kindest, most down-to-earth person you could ever want to meet.

Her book, filled with abundant beauty, drool worthy recipes, place setting inspiration, multi-course menus and great entertaining tips, her book will be sure to please anyone who likes to entertain…or just look at beautiful pictures. It is not possible to go overboard on the praise for this book. Ps if you like pink, it is one for the coffee table.

I had to share it with you here in case you need a thoughtful gift for someone special, or to add to your own gift list. You will thank me *wink wink*.

You can get your copy of Four Seasons of Entertaining here.

A pretty luncheon or tea would be really special with these cake plates to dress up the table setting.

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Add this tiered tray for pastries to complete the look. With its gold details, it is really special and surprisingly affordable.

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Look how pretty they are on a table.

For wine lovers, this practical solutions keeps glasses dust free and bottles and openers at hand.

It works for signature cocktail ingredients too!

You can order it here

I don’t know about you but I’m enchanted with pretty much everything Michael Aram makes. He has a way of making things both elegant and whimsical. This dogwood napkin holder would add a touch of elegance to any holiday table and a unique gift for someone who has everything.

You can order it for a gift, or for yourself here *wink

Or if you prefer silver, the laurel branches napkin holder is so pretty too!

Order the laurel leaf napkin holder here

Definitely more pricey, but if you want something unique this butterfly ginko nut dish is truly special. I have been admiring it for some time now (hint, hint)!

Order this beauty here

I am still smitten by shagreen. It adds such lovely elegance to a simple piece like this. …for someone really special:

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Who doesn’t still love a bit of Kate Spade? Her joyful spirit lives on in all of her playfully inspired pieces. A notetaking kit is always at hand for when your personal muse appears!

Complete with her signature stripes on pencils and the other essentials for jotting a quick note or sketch.

You can order it here (supplies were low when I checked so don’t wait on this one)!

For someone practical, how about a smart water bottle!

Smart design with motion sensor, and an app to program your reminders (don’t wait for thirst to signal you. By then hydration is overdue), this bottle glows to remind you when you need to drink!

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Something more personal …

Get your cozy on, with style! Soft plush yummy cashmere slippers.

These soft cashmere slippers indulge you in ultimate relaxation every time you wear them.

  The best part? Their cashmere is sourced from happy sustainable Mongolian goats. (You know we like that part!)

Where comfort meets fashion, designed with memory foam insoles for extra comfort, and a real-fur pom-pom, these slippers also have a unique and luscious style that allows you to showcase your sense of fun.

Click on the link to order these adorable pom pom slippers

Please note, some of these items may be offered through affiliate links which means I could get a small commission if you order but that will never influence what I find lovely and want to share with you. Also, rest assured it won’t affect the price you would otherwise pay.