Growing up, my favorite moments were spent over winter break when the luxurious gift of time was bestowed upon little me — better known then as “Messy Jessie” for the many craft projects that blanketed our home’s hardwoods in glitter, twigs, and bits of tartan ribbon.
I’d spend whole weeks making and dreaming and hunting for the perfect presents for loved ones. I found a sense of pride in punching above my weight, poring over endless aisles and catalogs to unearth the biggest and best gifts that my budget would allow. Then and now, my holiday compass points to what is joyful, useful, beautiful, and worthwhile.
This year’s holiday gift guide is stocked accordingly with consciously considered ideas and objects that are ethical, sustainable, well-made, and filled with delight. I hope you enjoy them as you celebrate many merry moments this season.
One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39
Smells like heaven in a bottle. Made in St. Simons, Georgia.
Dea Dia Crystal Cluster Brass Necklace $100
One ounce of solid brass. Made in Portland, Oregon.
Sokoloff Famous Bralette $39 and Perfect Panty $19
Made in Canada. Soft and stretchy, true to size (similar).
Cuyana Leather Jewelry Case $115
Supple pebbled leather hand-crafted in Argentina. I also love this set.
Sevilla Smith “Sandy” D’Orsay Flats $240
Wearing these everywhere. Here’s my review. Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Olivine Atelier “You Are Loved” Spray Set $26 (also here)
Love this salt spray and just ordered her matching perfume, Amongst The Waves.
Everlane Cashmere Crew $100 and Everlane Cashmere Sweatpant $140
Everlane’s cashmere is soft, ethical, and affordable. The crew sweater runs true to size (I took a small), but ordered one size down in the sweatpant for a perfect fit (extra small fit me best).
St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur $39
Whiskey connoisseurs will pair that pear with a something a bit spicier:
Resurgens Rye Whiskey $39
Atlanta’s first rye since Prohibition. Celebrate its release with our family on Dec 3rd.
Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife Beechwood $20
Every gentleman needs a good pocket knife. Made in France since 1880.
Everlane The Dipped Zip Backpack $80
Tall, dark, and handsome. Simple and sturdy.
Bridge & Burn Ragg Wool Gloves $48 and Hat $32
Well baby, it’s cold outside. Made in USA.
Sonos PLAY:1 Speaker $149 (also here)
The best $149 you’ll spend on music, period. The app is incredible.
Ard Bia Cook Book $45
A friend picked this up in Galway after I forgot to buy one. It comes in handy, quite often.
Pendleton Fringe Eco-Wise Wool Blanket $109
Another friend picked this up for our wedding last year. Worth every penny. Made in USA.
Le Creuset Stoneware French Press $65 (also here)
Another item from our wedding registry. Perfect for weekends. Made in France.
Staub Ceramic Mini Cocotte Set $60 (also here)
One more from a friend. I use these every time we host friends and family.
Diptyque Mini Candle Set $190 (also here and here. $78 set here and here).
A favorite December treat. Like Santa, Diptyque gift sets come but once a year.
Cuyana Baby Alpaca Blanket + Eye Mask Travel Set $195
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a cozy blanket set. Made in Peru.
MCMC “Hunter” Perfume $95
Hunter is a bottled version of a favorite flannel shirt, a snowy walk with an old friend, sleepy mornings by a roaring fire. I’m a big fan. Made in Brooklyn, New York.
Chakanu “Inca” Alpaca Scarf $55
The softest scarves and the sweetest founder. Made in Ecuador.
Shinola Medium Notebook $19
For a monogrammed notebook call Shinola on Logan Circle. Made in USA.
OSEA Malibu Travel Set $49
Vegan, all natural, straight from the sea. My long-time favorites.
Yellow 108 Eastwood Hat $90
Inspired by Americana western cinema. Made in USA. Also love this one.
Cuyana Weekender Bag $175
Because Christmas is the ideal time to keep calm and carry on.