Wednesday, December 10, 2008

holiday giving

This year I am trying very hard to keep presents simple, but thoughtful. And so, here are some of the things I will be giving this year:

To keep them warm and happy:
* hand-knit Irish mittens
* a special tin of tea
* vintage tea towels and French soap
* hand-dipped candles wrapped up with a pretty box of matches

To tickle their palette:
* a bottle of Virginia dessert wine tied up with a little felt bird
* sea-salt caramels (my father's favorite)
* or a jar of spicy plum chutney

To support the arts:
* a special Christmas ornament
* my favorite notecards
* and little goodies from the Decatur House, Monticello, and more

I have tried very hard to buy from local businesses and crafts people, and to support cultural institutions such as museums, historic houses, gardens, and other non-profit organizations. I also would love to know some of your own gift ideas.

And, my dear friends and loved ones, I hope I haven't given away too many surprises...!


John R. said...

Great to see Monticello products in your list! Purchases there support important work in preservation and education.

mary said...

I, too, try to support our national treasures -for me it is Taliesin.

Style Court said...

I'm crazy about the green birds and red wax seal on the wine!

Inkslinger said...

I love those felt birds, too!! These are lovely ideas. I also try to support my own area's local business and museums, etc., it makes the gifts feel like double blessings.

glp said...

I have been hopping through student art sales here in Columbus and have found some fun little prints!

Always the inspiration, jcb.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Lovely suggestions.
Lovely blog.

Michelle said...

those mittens look so comfy

Susan said...

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pve design said...

A little late, but never too early to prepare for the coming Christmas. I love all your simple gestures.
Those green birds are so me, along with everything else on your list.