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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again – time for annual holiday gift guides! It’s always fun to round-up a few of my favorite items from across the web that I think would make excellent gifts for just about anyone on your list. This year, I’m touching on a few items that I’d love to receive as well as a few items that I’d definitely give to someone else. I’ve even included gifts for pups!

No matter who you’re shopping for this season, enjoy the spirit of giving and the process of finding the perfect gifts for those you love. And don’t forget to put a little effort into wrapping your gift, too. I love this Alpine Ski paper from Dixie Design. Enjoy my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

xx Annette HolidayGG2018

Beech Round Pizza Board

Greek Pepper Mills

Pommed Slippers

Stonewashed Linen Napkins

Anatomy of a Bike Kit

HP Portable Photo Printer

Cocktail Italiano

Workshop Gift Card

Leather Bow Tie Dog Collar

photo by me

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the season for giving! I always have so much fun rounding up gifts for you, and this year my 2017 holiday gift guide is no different.

‘Tis the season for giving! I always have so much fun rounding up gifts for you, and this year my 2017 holiday gift guide is no different. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite prezzies for everyone on your list, no matter what your budget might be.

It should be no surprise that among my favorite gifts this year is an Italian workshop. It goes without saying that a trip to Italy for one of my workshops would make a fabulous gift, right? If you know of someone who’s itching to travel, nudge them in the right direction with an AJS Workshop gift card. I’d love to have them come along on next summer’s adventure!

Gift Guide 2017:

Get Happy Organic Body Wash: With scents like geranium and peppermint in this body wash, it would make any receiver happy!


Furla Bubble Keyring: Fluffy, feathery, and fabulous, this keyring is bound to put a smile on anyone’s face. It would make a fun stocking stuffer, too!

Dr. Jart Bright Lover Rubber Mask: These masks are not only fun to try, but they work well, too. As you know, I love a mask, and this one is one of my favorites.


All-Clad Gourmet Slow Cooker: Slow cookers are great to have on-hand in the winter for soups, stews, and other yummy recipes. Add this one to a friend’s repertoire to keep their kitchen chic.

Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker Cookbook: Of course no slow cooker gift is complete without a slow cooker cookbook, and Martha’s is recipe gold.


Salt & Pepper Grinders: Any home chef will love a set of sleek, streamlined salt and pepper grinders. I love the idea of pairing these with your favorite specialty salt for a gift that wows.

Star-dusted Passport Holder: Every jet-setter needs a passport holder. Pair this one with a gift card to one of our workshops for an unforgettable gift.

If you need more ideas for great gifts, especially for the guys in your life, check out Men’s Health and Esquire. Their gift guides were so good, I couldn’t top them, so I wanted to share them with you.

Happy holidays!

xx Annette

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My Holiday Gift Guide


I love this time of year. I am a gift giver, and there are some really great ones on the market this year.

I wanted to share some of the things I will be gifting this year in my annual gift guide.

There’s something for everyone. Great gifts for your man, your kids’ teachers, your BFF, and of course, a little something for you.

1. For You! Style Photo Workshop in TuscanyBe sure to add one of my Style Photo Workshops in Tuscany to your wish list. You’ll get to visit the Fortress, drink wine in our vineyard, and learn from the best of the best. Treat yourself!

2. For Him! Men and Style Book by David Coggins: From Amazon: Men and Style reaches beyond standard “what to wear” advice: It is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion. David Coggins explores the history of men’s style and learns from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. Its essays and interviews discuss the lessons men learned from their fathers, the mistakes they made as young men, and how they emerged to become better men. Some of the most dapper men in the world discuss bad mustaches, misguided cologne choices, and unfortunate prom tuxedos. All the men here have arrived at a place in the world and have a keen understanding about how they fit in it. Men and Style celebrates singular men who’ve lived well and can tell us about how they earned their worldview. They’re smart enough to absorb the wisdom that’s hidden in the world, and even smarter to wear that wisdom lightly.

3. For your BFF! Williams Sonoma Copper Corkscrew: Never underestimate the power of a well-made corkscrew in a beautiful finish. This one would be great for your BFF or make a wonderful hostess gift throughout the season. 

4. For the Teacher! Sling Shot Coffee Caramels: Give the teachers something sweet and something delicious. These are reasonably priced if your student has several teachers, or you can add them to a big basket of other goodies.

5. For your Hairdresser! Scandinavisk Candle: Girls, let’s be honest: our hairdressers are our lifelines; we couldn’t do life without them. When you’re making your list this year, pick up a candle or two for your beauty team.

6. For the Jet-Setter! Herbivore Rose Mist: Rose water is a fantastic pick-me-up, especially after a long day of travel. A little spritz of this will leave her feeling refreshed.

7. For the Business Owner! In the Company of Women: From Amazon: Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces.

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Foodie Stocking Stuffers :: My Top 10

  1. These cheese knives could be the only thing in my stocking. Beautifully crafted for a lifetime of use.

2. I have an apron collection, and this stunning apron has me swooning. This apron in my stocking would be a beautiful addition to my collection.

3. This antler coffee scoop caught my eye on Sweet Peach Blog’s site. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer and is so unique.

4.Felt Pie Banners? Yes, please! I want every flavor, and plan on giving these as gifts this season. Yum!

5. Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce, I can list about 50 other uses for this, but hot cakes sound like a great start.

6. These place cards are both super chic and versatile. Place cards are something I think are important when entertaining, They have a place in your stocking.

7. Stuffing a couple champagne coupes into you your stocking? Of course! Cheers!

8. Flake Salt is a great addition to your kitchen. It’s the perfect finishing in salt, and I love this Kosher Flake.

9. Can one ever have enough kitchen towels? Answer: NO. These struck my fancy on Etsy.  I love the Artisan Americana vibe of them.

10. Obsessed with Hazelnut? I am, and these  cinnamon chocolate covered hazelnuts are the perfect stocking stuffer. Head over grab a bunch to spread good cheer.

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Holiday Hostess Gifts

Hello Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s friend and marketing manager bringing you some holiday fun. This week, Annette and I are rounding up our favorite holiday gifts. It IS the season of giving, after all.

I personally love to give gifts, so reading and creating gift guides is one of my favorite things to do. Today, I thought I’d bring you great gifts for the host. With parties nearly every night of the week, it’s best not to show up empty handed. Be prepared with a little token of Christmas cheer at each party you attend. The host will be thrilled at the thoughtfulness!

1. Antler Napkin Rings – Going to a dinner party? Napkin rings are a great gift the hostess can use again and again.

2. Oh La La Vase – Flowers are always a hit as a hostess gift, but what about something to put those blooming buds in? Scoop up a lovely vase like this one to save the day.

3. Card Box Set – I am a firm believer that everyone home should have a good, sturdy set of playing cards. Keep the party alive with a beautiful set of playing cards for your welcoming hostess.

4. Chocolate Salami – Of course I had to throw in a little Italian tongue-and-cheek gift in honor of Annette. Atlanta chocolatier, Cacao, has a chocolate salami (don’t worry, it’s ALL chocolate…it just looks like a salami). This gift can be used immediately and is a great conversation starter.

5. A Gift For Stamp – I love the idea of giving a gift that’s “in season.” Pick up this stamp that the hostess can use to wrap her own gifts to others all season long.

6. French Butter Caramels – Something sweet for the sweet hostess? Yes, please!

7. Cabernet Wine Bottle Candle – Described as a charming gift for wine connoisseurs, I cannot imagine a better gift for a wine loving host.

8. Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari – Mixology is such a part of our culture, and every host needs to know how to mix the perfect cocktail. Help them achieve bartender status with this book.

9. Linen Dinner Napkins – These tearable linen napkins are the best for big crowds. Not only do they beat paper, they’re stylish, too.

10. Macaron Ornaments – What foodie wouldn’t love to add a set of beautiful macaron ornaments to her tree? Ornaments make a lovely gift that can be used year after year.

What are your favorite hostess gifts? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

xo, Nicole

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