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December 20, 2010

GIVE A GIFT ... of sweet simplicity

A jar of kisses,
A charming little tree,
Something homemade wrapped up beautifully.
No trips to the mall. No hassles at all. Not a lot of cash ...
Just simple sweet presents given with love and panache.

Oh my, she's rhyming! Yes, the Christmas tunes have gone to my head ... or maybe it's my head cold, just in time for the holidays? In any case, here's some final tips from Style Maniac's mall-free, hassle-free, pour a glass of bubbly and enjoy the spirit of the season Gift Guide. Hope you've found it helpful. If you have a suggestion for a chic and charming gift that doesn't cost a mint, please share with us in the comments, below. And may we all enjoy a merry, happy and healthy week before Christmas!
  1. Festooning the simplest of gifts with lovely embellishments makes them even more special. TIP: when it comes to wrapping, wired ribbon is your friend.  It stays in place and makes bow-tying a cinch.  For my own presentation inspiration, I've just ordered  Ribbons: The Art of Adornment.
  2. Stylist Summer Watkins created the Jar of Kisses as a gift for her boyfriend, but it could just as easily be filled with pledges to babysit for a friend or promises to do chores for your sister.  Best of all, it requires no special skills to assemble--just your own sweet sentiments, a pretty jar and lovely buttons.  For more of Summer's magic, visit her blog Grey Likes Weddings{Photograph by Caroline Tran.  Originally seen on 100 Layer Cake}
  3. That charming little tree, discovered on Design Elements (one of my daily blog reads), truly captures the spirit of the season:  sometimes the tiniest touch of Christmas Cheer is all you need. Perfect for a small apartment, or perhaps to give a friend who's not up for holiday decorating. NOTE: Many grocery stores offer mini trees for sale.  For ornaments, you could seek out unique pieces from craft shows or home decor shops, or adorn with vintage brooch ornaments you create yourself.


Susan said...

Love that little tree. Going over to check out the post of Style Elements.


Susan said...

Oops. That was supposed to say the post on Design Elements. Typing too fast...

Barbara said...

Well, necessity has inspired home-made gifts from me this year, but that's ok. I believe something hand crafted is a gift of self, and that's often the most sincere offering.
Thanks for great ideas!

Style Maniac said...

Barb~I posted that tree for you. Thought you could use a little extra Christmas cheer with all you've been through. Amazing that, despite everything, you still created lovely art,and framed and wrapped it beautifully (of course). Thank you--I treasure my collage.

Design Elements said...

Hi Doreen, just saw your lovely & thoughtful post. Thank you for mentioning me. I feel the same way. Simple presents given with love... I bought a wonderful little book for my kids. It's called "The Gift of Nothing" - a little book with a great message, a gentle reminder of what life & holidays should be all about.

Style Maniac said...

That book looks as charming as the tiny tree, Maria. Thanks for passing on yet another lovely sentiment--and gift idea.

mydesignchic said...

Love a gift that's hand crafted...such a special sentiment!

Danielle.freshquince said...

I am so digging these brilliant gift idea posts...they are fantastic and so how I live my life!!!

classic • casual • home said...

Perhaps I need the "Ribbon" book as a gift for myself. Just did a post on my love of "Un paquet de cadeau."

I'm following you now. Merry Christmas!
Mary Ann

Style Maniac said...

Isn't it wonderful, Danielle, how blogging can connect like-minded people who live miles and miles away? Glad you enjoyed the Gift Guide.

Mary Ann--thanks for the Follow! That made my day. I just got the "Ribbon" book in the mail and it is filled with inspiration and lovely photos. Definitely recommend it.

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