8 Holiday Gifts to Add to Your Wish List
When the holiday season rolls around and those sappy commercials with doe-eyed women getting diamond necklaces clasped around their swan-like necks by adoring men dance across TV screens all I can think of is…why am I not more wistful for these things. Is it that being married nearly 14 years I am beyond the superficial, and the fact that I hardly ever wear the diamond ring and tennis bracelet he bought me- (and believe they might have been better spent funding my kid’s private school tuition) indicative of the fact that I am just a jaded old lady? Why is it that all I really want for the holidays is my husband to tell me that I am his sole reason for getting up every morning - oh and to bring me an extra large hazelnut coffee regular with lots of cream and sugar?
Sure, flowers, chocolates, diamond encrusted pendants, rings, weekend getaways, feeding each other spoonfuls of Tiramisu- are all wonderful, but they’re just tiny bits of what has held our marriage together in spite of our 15-year-age gap and our very different personalities. Our happiness has less to do with the baubles - and more about the fact that he’s up every morning with your kids, giving them breakfast, and that he’s the person who I rouse from sleep at 1 am because I need to talk, or that when I feel most discouraged he’ll tell me to keep going.
Still there are a few gifts I wouldn't mind getting... you know, once my husband proclaims his love for me. Here are my top eight!
#1 Bead for Life This line of accessories creates sustainable opportunities for impoverished women to lift themselves out of poverty by creating a circle of connection between women in Uganda and women around the world. Women in Uganda work hard to roll beautiful bead jewelry out of recycled paper and harvest shea nuts to make shea butter. All profits support efforts to end extreme poverty around the world. Gifts range from $5-30. Available at beadforlife.org.
#2 Paperblanks journals and dayplanners. These writing books are not only stylish and exquisite in design, with most drawing a connection to global art, but they offer a special and much-needed personal place for self-expression, whether it's capturing memories, keeping lists, sketching and more. Prices $6.95 to $32.95. Available at paperblanks.com.
#3 Emilie M Handbags These bags feature timeless silhouettes, soft and rich animal-friendly materials and a multi-organizational function. They’ve got easy weekend bags and attainable fashion statement ones on a budget ranging from $50-$90. Available at emiliemshop.com
#4 Obaz.com This virtual boutique showcases the latest undiscovered brands and up-and-coming designers with products like a Scarlett Necklace Handmade with: Blue Agate, Brass & Gold Fill Vermeil. The ideal place to find unique clothing, accessories, purses, home décor and exquisite house wares. Available at obaz.com.
#5 Datevitation The web's first online platform to create a custom love coupon book. Unlike the pre-packaged love coupon books on the market, you pick the dates and can customize the text to your liking. Books start at $20. Available at datevitation.com.
#6 SpaFinder Wellness gift cards .These cards allows the recipient to choose from a variety of services ranging from spas, fitness clubs and yoga studios. And this holiday season, SpaFinder Wellness has partnered with Yuzen to provide gift boxes that come with unique, eco-friendly products that nourish one’s body and soul. Packages range from $85-125 (price of the gift card included). Available at spafinder.com.
#7 Adore Me Finally, a personalized lingerie shopping experience! Members receive one-on-one attention from a lingerie expert to assist in finding the perfect piece and all Bra and panty sets are just $39.95. Available at adoreme.com.
#8 Blee Inara: This jewelry line brings a positive and fashionable vibe to a traditional symbol; an eye charm which provides the wearer with comfort and protection against undesired energy. All designs are original, handcrafted, 18k gold plated, adjustable, and unique. Available at bleeinara.com.