By: Anne M. Raso and Finance Foodie
The team at Finance Foodie Media has found many a wonderful things in our recent travels through various holiday press days —they are all holiday gift worthy and at all different price points. We have a tendency to like quirky items, but we feel that these are crowd pleasers too. There is truly something for everyone here!
I recently viewed Amy Conway's Henri Bendel's Jewelry Collection at Bendel’s and met with lovely Amy herself—now she’s got a pop up store at 87 Mercer Street through the end of the month for last minute holiday shopping or for just whenever you want to stop in and buy a bauble for yourself! She is most famous for the sterling silver “Love Conquers All” Hinged Cuff ($1.650)—which has a wonderful black and silver carved checkerboard pattern—but you need to go to feel and touch all of Amy’s wonderful semi-precious pieces before purchasing one. The incredible hand workmanship cannot really be experienced through a photo. For more info on Amy’s pieces, check out amyconway.com. Pieces are between $125 and $2,000 but as we go to press, there is 20 per cent off and free shipping on her site.
I feel in love with Chinese Laundry’s Easy Does It flat the minute I saw it. This style in red is the ultimate Christmas comfort shoe (it’s always hard to find style and comfort at the same time). This flat also makes a great gift (would buy the black as a gift). Only $59.95 at chineselaundry.com. I noticed that right now the wonderful yellow, gray and black three-tone version is on sale at macys.com for $53.10—and for those who like this style but prefer an ankle strap, check out the Chinese Laundry Encino Ankle Strap Flats (available in red, black and nude and presently on sale for $62.10).
moissanite.com for $799 and come with a lifetime warranty.
www.menaji.com or by calling 1-800-551-5067. (Let me add that they also have wonderful and natural looking men’s cosmetics, including the Undetectable Concealer in three shades; a .35-ounce tube is $26.)
Every year in my holiday gift guide I speak of the virtues of Divine Delights and their world-class artisanal petit fours. As I have said before, the Petaluma-bases company lives up to their catch phrase, "A Little Taste Of Heaven"! They use fresh sweet butter and freshly made almond paste and if you are a marzipan-ophile, you will fall in love with the rich almond base of most of their flavors. The varieties of Divine Delight petite fours are too numerous to list here, so head over to divinedelights.com and check out their holiday products for starters. I recommend the Christmas Sampler (20 petit fours for $52.95) as the perfect holiday host/hostess gift, and they look stunning on your holiday table.
fanniemay.com for their entire selection
Even though I’m too old to play with dolls, I fell in love with the funky fashionista Pinkie Cooper—manufactured by The BridgeDirect--at the recent Time To Play press event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Pinkie has her Jet Set Pets, too. The individual Pinkie Cooper dolls are $15.99 at toysrus.com and great accessories like the Travel Trunk are priced at about $17. The pets alone (my favorite is a mutt with big purple glitter ears named Sprinkles) are about $8.50. I bought the Pinkie Cooper Deluxe Travel Collection Doll With Pet for $19.99 at target.com and don’t think I can actually part with it (it’s a holiday gift for my six-year-old niece)! Boys seem to love the pets as much as girls do, so I vote them the top stocking stuffer for Christmas 2013!
coupleschemistry.com for more info.