The holidays are here, and like every other year, I’m vowing to be ready. I promise help you get ready, too!
I know you like to gather and love as much as I do, especially this time of year. To keep your mind on people and off holiday hamster wheel, I’ve put together a few gift ideas for you. There’s something for everyone in this guide: gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers, fellow hostesses, kids. All of these gifts are designed to make your gatherings merry all year long.
The Turquoise Gift of the Season
Look at these coffee mugs! We crafted these with you in mind, so all you have to do is make a pot of coffee, set out these mugs, and invite the neighbors over. This gift box is exclusive for the holidays, so snap them up before they go!
A Whimsical Gift for Your Favorite Hostess
Have you ever heard of a “sink drink”? Where I come from, the sink drink is a tradition that’s kept very hush-hush. A rite of passage given at just the right moment from an older, wiser woman who just knows. A sink drink is a special glass the hostess keeps discreetly on the counter next to the kitchen sink. Filled with her beverage of choice, the sink drink is slowly sipped throughout the evening from party preparation until the last dish is washed. And, now you know. Share the love.
The House Will Smell Like Christmas
Years ago, my friend Vickee brought me a Nest Holiday Candle. I burned it down to the very last drop of wax. For a few years I kept the glass container tucked in the corner of my bathroom vanity just to keep the scent of Christmas alive. I confess, I buy this candle for myself. I know, right? Who does that? Well . . . me. To ease the guilt of my selfish behavior I buy a couple extra to give as gifts.
A Party and a Good Cause, All in One Box
Red wine and cookies — what more do you need need for a spontaneous get-together? Truly a party in a box. Invite a few friends, pop the cork, open the cookies, devour while you chat. And a portion of your purchase goes to incredible causes. My favorite, and in honor of my nephew Charlie, helps fund ABA therapy for kids with autism. What a beautiful way to make a difference while you gather.
When You Struggle to Remember What Day it Is
My daughter exclaimed, “I can’t believe it’s November!” I whispered under my breath that it couldn’t be. Already? I don’t even remember October. Thank goodness for my favorite wall calendar. Art meets function in this cheery frameable calendar poster. My mother, sister and I have hung our Linnea calendars in clear box frames for over a decade. I can’t imagine my kitchen without this calendar. Although I can’t remember what happened in October, gratefully I remembered to order our 2019 calendars.
Light Up Your Tree Like Magic
Imagine a dark, quiet room with a trimmed tree and sleepy kids. You hand a wand to one of the kids, and presto! The soft glow of Christmas lights fills the room, and little eyes light up! It truly is magic. This wand is currently in the running for favorite new Christmas tradition and gift to other families this holiday season. So much fun!
Top 3 Games for 2018 Gifts
One of the best ways to spend time with family and neighbors when it’s cold outside? Host a game night! All you need are a few games that fit with different age ranges and group sizes, so everyone can join the fun. These are a few Schell family favorites.
The Gift They’ll Keep Forever
The perfect gift for your very favorite foodie. This baby is a dream to sauté, braise, stir-fry, whatever—and you can move it from stovetop to the oven, no muss, no fuss. Since it’s Le Creuset, it’ll last you forever. Plus, you can’t beat the gorgeous turquoise color.
My Go-To Hostess Gift of the Season
I’m excited to partner with my friend Dee from Red Letter Words to bring you these exclusive Gather & Love acrylic blocks. This is my go-to hostess gift of the season. Don’t forget to buy one for yourself, too — I have the turquoise version on my desk as a reminder to always practice hospitality.
A Delicious Way to Support Neighbors Near and Far
Last summer, I was browsing at the farmer’s market in Estes Park, CO, when I met Aaron from Redemption Road Coffee. Not only did I fall head over heels for his cold brew—I was captivated by Aaron’s story and the mission behind his coffee company. When you buy Aaron’s delicious coffee, you’re supporting neighbors near and far. And I think that’s something all our Front Yard People can all get behind.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long
If you want to earn brownie points all year long, give the gift of grocery delivery. On a busy weeknight, there’s nothing more convenient than tapping a few buttons on your phone and opening the door to groceries an hour later. And if you give this to yourself, shh. . . I won’t tell!
You’ll Never Find a Cuter Pan than This
Cast iron miniature skillets? I’m dying. Not really, I’m too busy cooking up mini portions of our favorite recipes. Eggs. Chocolate chip cookies. Cornbread. Queso. S’mores. All your faves served stove-to-table in just-for-you servings.
Need more gift ideas?
We have even more items to help you gather and love this holiday season (and beyond!) in The Turquoise Table online shop.