Gift giving season is here, and that means indulging both yourself and others in some extra special-luxuries and things that bring us comfort and joy. After the year we’ve all had, it’s definitely time for some treats.
Chicago-based Bestowal Gifts is the answer to gift-giving this holiday season. This female-owned online retailer allows customers to curate high-end gift boxes to give a luxury experience to the people receiving gifts this holiday season, even if socially distanced. The Megan, for example, features everything the hostess queen might need to decompress, including a Pineapple Driftwood Tray, an Herbs of Provence jar, cotton tea towels, Cowshed-Cow Pat Hand Cream and Hand Wash, and a scented Mer-Sea Candle.
Seriously the softest robe we’ve ever seen, Cariloha’s ultra-plush bamboo bathrobe wraps you up in luxury that feels as comfortable as it looks. This fluffy, super-soft unisex robe is made from a unique double-knit fabrication where the interior is soft, sustainable bamboo viscose in a French terry style weave, with the exterior an ultra-plush micro-polyester blend. It’s finished off with a cozy-shawl collar, pockets, and turn-back cuffs, giving you the ultimate in style, strength and softness. Available at Cariloha.com and Amazon.com for $120
Deliciously plush and comfortable, these knit bamboo sweater-like throws feature a cozy Sherpa fabric on the reverse side of Cariloha’s popular knit bamboo viscose yarn, giving you the plushest, comfiest throw blanket you’ve ever felt. Not only are these knit throws softer than wool, cotton or cashmere throws, but they’re more sustainable, making them a must-have for every household. Available at Cariloha.com and Amazon.com for $119.
Editor’s Note: Our Cariloha knit throw sample was immediately confiscated by our office pup, who always finds the softest, warmest place to cuddle up-we don’t think she’s giving this one up!
Capture your most cherished memories in a simply designed Dune Square Picture Frame. This frame has a soft, organic aesthetic and displays a 3”x3” photo from a special place or moment in time. The “L” shaped setting is ready to be filled with sand, or with a beachy, colorful contrast featuring real crushed turquoise gemstones, to create a truly tangible reminder of a time you’ll never forget.
The ultimate Excelsior Candle Co. experience awaits you in this three 4 oz. ounce candles. Handcrafted in small batches with dried herbs flowers, and crushed gems, these candles are made in St. Paul, Minnesota from renewable soy wax, 100% cotton wicks and your choice of unique fragrance blends. The gift set includes three options:
A trio of 4 oz. Amethyst, Citrine and Rose Quartz candles, a trio of the 4 oz. Amazonite, Clear Quartz and Selenite candles, or a custom set of your personal selection.
Almond Toffee Crunch, $29.95 – Also known as “Buttercrunch”, this classic Hilliard recipe has a large, loyal following. One of their most popular confections, it is a tender yet crunchy almond toffee covered with luscious dark chocolate and fresh crushed almonds. Some have described it as ‘holiday crack’, but we call it a great treat, especially when the weather turns cold. Available in 7.5 oz and 15 oz boxes, or 10 oz Keepsake Wooden box (pictured).
Craft Beer Lovers Collection, SRP $32 – For the ultimate craft beer lover with a sweet tooth, Hilliards has packaged together its popular Craft Beer Brittle and its award winning Craft Beer Caramels – a salty, sweet, and hoppy treat for the beer enthusiast. Available at HillliardsCandy.com, coming soon to Amazon.com.
Craft Beer Caramels
Hilliards Chocolates introduces a unique and inventive take on its signature caramel recipe with new Craft Beer Caramels. Hilliards buttery small batch caramel is infused with local Shovel Town Brewery Double IPA Beer and then dipped in smooth dark chocolate topped with Langwater Farm hops and crushed pretzel sea salt. Salty and sweet with a touch of hops, these caramels are perfect for the beer lover with a sweet tooth! Winner of the 2019 “Best New Piece” at the Retail Confectioners International Conference. *Also available separately – $18.95 (15 piece box)
Craft Beer Brittle, $18.95 – Cooked in copper kettles, Hilliards Craft Beer Brittle combines the local flavors of their traditional peanut brittle with fresh brewed craft beer from Shovel Town Brewery in Easton, MA. Perfect for game day parties or any day, beer brittle delights the palate with a buttery sweet crunch followed by a nutty flavor from Spanish peanuts, then chased by a beer finish. *Also available separately – $18.95(15 piece box)
Limited Edition Hanukkah Bark, SRP $29.95 – Blue and white for Hanukkah, this limited edition holiday bark is made with Hilliards signature dark chocolate and smooth white chocolate flavored with a touch of natural oil of peppermint to enhance the chocolate flavors – topped with crushed bits of Hilliards specially made blue peppermint candy. Packaged in a hand-carved wooden, holiday keepsake box. Available on Amazon
Peppermint Bark, SRP $29.95 – Packaged in a hand-carved wooden holiday keepsake box, Hilliards signature dark chocolate and smooth white chocolate flavored with natural oil of peppermint in just the right amount as to not overwhelm but enhance the chocolate flavors – topped with crushed bits of Hilliards handmade red, green and white peppermint candy canes. Available on Amazon
A beautiful, iconic design collaboration between coffee icon illy and world-renowned maker Francis Francis, the X7.1 Machine is functional artwork for your coffee bar or kitchen. Features include advanced technology including steel internal thermoblock, and a Pannarello steam wand that froths milk for the creamiest of cappuccinos and lattes, as well as a cup rack for warming. Available on illy.com and Amazon for $295.
Knack Customizable Gift Sets, Prices vary
For people who want to connect with loved ones when they can’t be together in person, turn to Knack for an authentic, meaningful gift. Knack specializes in totally customizable gifts with an unforgettable unboxing experience. Their gifting platform allows you to create gifts for any occasion or interest, or by an ethos near and dear to your heart. Knack’s website offers three fun and easy ways to shop: choose an expertly curated gift and purchase it as-is, like this afternoon tea set (featured image). Or, you can take that gift box and add or swap items until it’s perfect. Their third option: build a gift completely from scratch with one of Knack’s exclusive Gift Builders.
Four hundred years ago, the first whiskey was made in Virginia (the real birthplace of bourbon). Gift serious bourbon love’s this unique spirit, made in the state where American whiskey was born. Distiller’s Reserve Bottled-in-Bond is aged four years in new, charred American White Oak barrels and distilled onsite at KO Distilling by Ryan Hendricks in one distilling season. It is handcrafted from Virginia-grown grains, including 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley and bottled at 100 Proof. On the nose, KO Distiller’s Reserve begins with warm vanilla notes, which quickly evolve to caramel with hints of baking spice and dried apricot. Rich English toffee, toasted almonds, and a dusting of dark cocoa on the palate complement the soft, inviting aroma.
Whether you are buying for a master chef or a home chef, everyone knows and loves the power of a good kitchen knife. Created by the oldest blacksmith shop in South Korea and forged from repurposed railroad tie steel, the Large Chef’s Knife from Master Shin’s Anvil is the perfect addition to any kitchen knife collection for this holiday season. Whether they’re slicing through butternut squash, carving holiday roasts or simply dicing onions, this Chef’s Knife brings with it decades of precision, unique style, and is a very special gift for the chef or food lover in your life.
MEATER is the first truly wireless leave-in smart meat thermometer. Along with the MEATER app’s Guided Cook System, it will help you cook the juiciest steak, chicken, turkey, fish or other meats perfectly every time for every occasion. Their latest gadget, MEATER+, gives you even more extended wireless range-up to 165 ft. Features include: a built-in Bluetooth repeater, dual sensors, an advanced estimator algorithm, and more. Available at MEATER.com and Amazon for $99.
Neom Organics Limited Edition Real Luxury Scented Candle (3 Wick), $52.50
At NEOM, creating calm is something they’re passionate about. Their team of scent experts has developed the NEOM Scent to De-Stress Range with a 100% natural fragrance which expertly blends 24 of the purest possible essential oils including lavender, Brazilian rosewood and jasmine, aromas that not only smell wonderful, but can also help you relax and unwind. This product was the winner of 2017 Psychologies Magazine, #realnatural Beauty & Wellness Edit.
Named after the face size (51mm) and waterproof rating (30 ATM), the stylish men’s 51-30 Chrono is the OG oversized watch that birthed a whole style movement. It’s the ultimate statement piece, but its pro-level chronograph and waterman functionality makes it useful for more than just dressing up an outfit. Wear it from surf to soiree this holiday season.
This bold and sassy Clutch watch gets noticed because of its luxurious case and slinky, Milanese band, but it’s the small details that make it truly eye-catching. Unique dial elements like a cheeky weekend indicator at 4 o’clock as well as the secondhand at 12 o’clock let you know that this is a piece that’s worthy of the attention.
If you’d rather be in France for the holidays, get whisked away virtually with this trio of rosés from Provence. The tasting Trio Includes:
Chateau De Berne Romance Rose
A very light pink, like the sun’s reflection on water, this wine has dominant orchard fruit aromas and flavors like peaches, strawberry, and citrus flower. A very beautiful, floral and intense nose that jumps out from the glass.
Chateau De Berne Inspiration Cotes de Provence Rose
A textbook Provençal rosé that is the wine for the tried and true fan of the best wines of the region, this beautifully textured wine is dry in the finish with flavors of fresh strawberry, Provençal lavender and picked basil. Floral, clean, fresh berries are followed by fresh herbs and flowers – like walking through a Provence lavender field on an early summer morning.
Ultimate Provence UP Rose
Star bright in color, vibrant pale pink that has flecks of copper reflections, this unique combination of classic Provençal Syrah as well as Rolle (Vermintino) wines create a holiday-worthy rosé, with notes of cinnamon and gingerbread cookies. The spice notes from the Syrah provides a dry, white pepper characteristic across the entire palate, while the Rolle gives great acidity and brightness.
Pure Scot Whisky, $54
Pure Scot is a fresh offering from David Prior, the owner of the Bladnoch historic Distillery operating for over 200 years, making it the oldest working Scotch Whisky Distillery in the lowlands. This legacy brand has been revived by Master Distiller Dr. Nick Savage, formerly at The Macallan, and owner David Prior, an avid surfer and whisky connoisseur who is the first Australian businessman to own a Scotch Whisky distillery.
Made in the Bladnoch Distillery tucked away in the rugged Scottish lowlands, this unique Bladnoch Single Malt is combined with Whisky from Speyside, the Highlands and Islay to bring Pure Scot to life with a crisp, smooth, and contemporary taste. Crafted with passion and experience, Pure Scot Balances provenance and progression. It makes for a unique and quality spirit coming into the holidays.
Pure Scot is truly passionate about the preservation of the environment and wildlife, and has pledged support to the vital work of the Greening Australia and Wildlife Warriors organizations donating 1% of annual sales to these causes.
In the renowned D.O. Penedès region of Spain, just outside of Barcelona sits the crown jewel of Segura Viudas, an estate with more than 800 years of winemaking heritage. The winery is unique in its commitment to using indigenous varietals that cannot be sourced outside the region—Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. This truly giftable bottle’s elegant lines mirror the arch in the medieval farmhouse at the estate, which serves as the winery’s receiving room today. The sparkling Cava is blended from Macabeo (67%) and Parellada (33%) aged on the lees for upwards of 30 months. The wine offers opening aromas that are lightly smokey with touches of biscuit and bread from the prolonged lees aging, followed by hints of honey, fruit, and flower petals. The palate is excellent, fruity, and full of flavor. Perfect for intimate holiday parties, or gifting to that very special person.
Silked’s innovative beauty sleep products offer natural and innovative ways to preserve our beauty while we rest. The silk pillow sleeve and its matching silk eye mask is a gift perfect for those looking into starting the new year off right by upgrading their beauty sleep. Your hair and skin will thank you, as silk can prevent breakage, as well as reduce wrinkles in the face that typically come from cotton pillowcases.
While winter weather is not always friendly grilling weather, it doesn’t mean having to miss out on getting those perfect grill marks. Perfect for the grill-master for cooking anything from steaks to veggies is the Skeppshult 11” Grill Pan. Having created cast iron cookware for over a hundred years, Skeppshult, a Swedish-based brand, creates beautiful, durable and versatile products. Made of cast iron, the grill pan heats efficiently and evenly and is ideal for achieving the perfect sear. Available on Amazon.
SmithHönig Home Decor – $34-172
Set the table this holiday with extra style, even if it’s dinner for two, or just a few. Each set of SmithHönig heavy disposable placemats includes globally-inspired designs with pops of color and pattern. Placemats are available in 12 different designs, sold in packs of 24 for $34.
SmithHönig’s solid velvet pillows are also an easy way to add a luxe look to the home. Plush velvet pillows are serenely soft with a down-alternative fill. Available in various sizes and with decorative embellishments like trim and tassels. Prices range from $125-$172 each.
Australian brothers James and Tristan Swanwick co-founded Swanwick Sleep after a lengthy battle with sleepless nights. They tried everything from herbal remedies, sleeping tablets, changed their diets, and overhauled their lifestyles before coming across research on blue light.
They designed prototype orange lens glasses and put them through an extensive testing process. The results exceeded expectations – they went from relentless tossing and turning to having the best night sleep they’d had in months. They created Swannies Blue Light Blocking Glasses to help people across the world improve their sleep quality and live more fulfilling lives. Their glasses are stylish and well-fitted, with options for small, medium, and large sized faces.
Inspired by a trip to France in 2008, Sweetzer Cellars winemakers and owners, Lisa and Michael, began their wine journey in their small West Hollywood apartment on Sweetzer Avenue. What started with a homemade wine has now grown into a boutique winery with a philosophy that hasn’t changed since their days on Sweetzer Avenue.
Their 2014 La Encantada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, is their take on one of the historic Pinot vineyards in Santa Barbara County, the classic Sta. Rita Hills earth, and enhanced by gorgeous red and black fruits. The 2014 Presqu’ile Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is the most elegant, restrained Pinot of the group, highlighting Santa Maria spice, red fruit, and with years of aging potential. Both make for great stocking stuffers, as well as hostess gifts.
This four pint pack of Tipsy’s seasonal boozy ice creams is sure to put you in the holiday spirit! The pack features their famous Santa’s Cookies & Whiskey ice cream infused with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Candy Cane Vodka Martini ice cream, Boozy Bananas Foster ice cream infused with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, and Blue Chair Bay Holiday Coquito Ice Cream, made with Blue Chair Bay Coconut rum cream.
A sneak peek of future flavors include a Champagne and Berries ice cream (with yes, actual champagne IN the ice cream!), as well as a ‘Hangover Trio’ for NYE – Mimosa, Bloody Mary, and Bacon, Eggs, and Whiskey.