There are so many methods out there – try this unusual and beautiful one to bring your wine to the ideal drinking temperature.
Corkcicle Wine Chiller, 12” L, $24.95, corkcicle.com
Organic lip balm in a fun screw-top container. A great stocking-stuffer for the girls in your life.
EOS lip balm, $2.99, Walgreens, CVS, Target (various locations)
Everyone needs a great apron for baking holiday cookies, and Anthropolgie has some of the best out there. Old fashioned, feminine, and beautiful.
3-D Toile apron, $32, anthropologie.com
Know someone who could use a little more fun in the kitchen? Give these space-saving, artistic measuring cups for the counter of your favorite cook.
Milk Bottle measuring cups, $24, anthropologie.com
Everyone can use another nail color. Get your holiday on with this deep, glittery red.
Nail lacquer in Chancer, $14, butterlondon.com
Sea Salt Caramels
Often repeated, never duplicated. Go now – quantities are limited each holiday season.
Sea Salt Caramels, $21.95, Crate and Barrel or crateandbarrel.com
Sulfite-free, organic wine from a local wine-maker. Those with allergies take note – eventhe heavier wines from this unique place may work for you. We especially recommend the South African Pinotage.
Various types and prices, water2wine.us/austin
The softest wrap you will ever own, and stylish to boot. The sweater will keep you warm without overheating. Curl up by the fire with a favorite book or your favorite someone.
Barefoot Dreams Calypso Wrap, $90, perriberri.com
Don’t limit yourself to whiskey if that isn’t your drink. Pull these ingenious cubes out of the freezer to keep your wine cool or microwave for a minute or two and add to your coffee, tea, or cider. Soapstone cubes will naturally vary slightly in color and texture.
Sparq Soapstone Whiskey Rocks, $9.50/9, sparqusa.com/ice
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted Hudson’s On the Bend Bourbon Vanilla Praline sauce. Divine.
12.25 oz, $10, hudsonsonthebend.com
We always recommend a bit of grip for your barefoot workouts, and the newest Toe Sox design is flattering with a lower ankle profile in a pretty mary jane style.
Bella Full Toe Sox (organic cotton with grips), $15, Reform Pilates
Make fresh coffee and tea on the fly. The built-in press gives you smooth flavor with no hint of bitterness.
Bodum Travel Press Coffee Maker (stainless steel, various colors), $30, bodum.com
A beautiful, shimmery, rosy bronze lip gloss. The perfect where-everywhere neutral.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Beach, $23, Saks Fifth Avenue
Leave your nails and lips neutral and maximize the drama of a smoky eye.
Nail lacquer in Yummy Mummy, $14, butterlondon.com
Perfect for smoothing and giving body to all hair types and smells heavenly to boot. Rub excess into elbows, shoulders, and decolletage.
Rodin Olio Lusso, $65, barneys.com
A light but luxurious oil that nourishes and moisturizes all skin types. Perfect for the drier winter months.
Caudalie Divine Oil, 3.4 oz, $48, sephora.com
You ARE dead sexy. Bring out your inner romantic with this warm, romantic scent. Notes of deep vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony.
Dead Sexy #6, 1 oz $30, tokyo-milk.com
A clean, fresh scent reminiscent of the sea to center you and calm the senses. Clean coral, mineral salt, watercress, and crushed citrus.
Sea and Sky #20, 1 oz, $30, tokyo-milk.com
Get into the holiday spirit and take the edge off the Austin air conditioning or curl up on the couch for an afternoon nap with an extraordinarily soft throw.
Barefoot Dreams Bamboo Chic Blanket, $226, perriberri.com
Looking for a lightweight, custom-blend foundation? Try this one from Senna Cosmetics, a well-respected giant in the industry.
Senna Custom Blend Foundation, 1 oz, $38, kissnmakeup.us
This silky primer goes on like a dream, making a smooth surface for your makeup and reflecting light with illuminating pigments. Another winner from Senna Cosmetics.
Senna Silky Primer, 1.7 oz, $38, kissnmakeup.us
A truly original gift with a vintage feel for the modern music lover on your list. For the iPhone or the iPad.
Gramophone, $249-$299, restorationhardware.com
Does one of the men in your life need a scent that stands out from the crowd? Give Badian from L’Occitane a try. Although the top notes are citrusy, what really stands out are the warm, almost musky, masculine undertones from clary sage, anise seed, fig, and black currant.
Eau du Badian Eau de Toilette, 3.4 oz, $50, loccitane.com
For the writer in all of us. Jot notes, lists, thoughts, and ideas in this beautiful Italian leather journal.
Roma Wheat Refillable Journal, 5”x7”, $39.95, barnesandnoble.com
Gourmet Maple Syrup
This is not Aunt Jemima. Aged in bourbon casks, honey, charred oak, vanilla, and spice notes warm this dark maple syrup. Sweeten pancakes, sweet potatoes, squash, or anything else that your inner chef can concoct.
Blis Bourbon Barrel maple syrup, 375 ml, $18.95, blisgourmet.com
Who doesn’t need a flask? Try this stylish leather and stainless steel version at a sweet price (humor included).
Leather Flask, 8 oz, $42.50, jcrew.com