Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• December 6, 2014
It’s the season when it seems that we must take a gift everyplace we go…lunches with friends, holiday gatherings, office parties. And we do our best to avoid that last minute adrenaline rush on the way to an outing and grabbing anything we can find in the neighborhood drug store and wrapping it in the parking lot.
And then there are gifts for teachers, the hairdresser, nail techs, the mailman and the list goes on and on of all of the people that we want to show our appreciation with a “little gift.”
One simple solution of course, is to select one signature item (I do this for lunches with my girlfriends) and give that to everyone. And for specific groups of friends, that works, but let’s face it, most of the time it’s just not that simple!
For every business person on your list: The Kate Spade silverplate “Let’s do Lunch” business card holder. At $20, it’s a nice little gift that is just a bit sassy and sleek.
As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I love to give gifts that are for the home. Something pretty or something that is personal and comfortable. A few of my choices this season…and some that may lesson your stress level and concern about your budget, include:
Holiday napkins, napkin rings and pretty guest towels: no one buys these for themselves, everyone loves them and it’s nice to refresh each year.
Books for the home: this is one of my favorites and everyone knows what to buy for me! My favorite this year is the bestseller, Tory Burch in Color. Inspired by people, places, things and ideas, the book is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders. This is a treasure for interior design lovers on your list.
A gift of pure comfort: the ultimate in luxury, a faux fur throw makes an indulgent and beautiful gift. With a sumptuous plush feel and texture, it is perfect for lightweight winter evenings. Remember: this is faux fur!
The best gift ever: Ladurée Macarons. Everyone loves these famous, Parisian treats so it is a good choice for anyone on your list! Decadent.
Picture frames with a little bling and a thoughtful photo of you with the person from a previous time or event.
Holiday candles and scents. Perfect for a party gift.
Happy shopping! Happy holidays!
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog
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