MY CHRISTMAS LIST!
- By Guest Contributor April LaValley
Allow me to begin by noting that I truly need nothing for Christmas. I am very blessed to have my health, family, friends and a job.
But… since you asked… Here are all of the items I wouldn’t take back if they showed up under the tree!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50S: I loved my last Panasonic Lumix camera. As far as point and shoot cameras go, this was easy to understand and the images were great. This is the new model with Wi-Fi capability and a better video recorder. Exciting! $449. For digital cameras, I love B&H Photo in New York or online.
Tea Lovers Eco Cup: I am a tea drinker and commuter. I can think of nothing better than this floral to-go cup specifically crafted for tea drinkers. Good for the environment and my drive to work! $14.79 Amazon
Kate Spade Cobble Hill Stacy Wallet: For years I have used Kate Spade wallets. I love the color choices and the leather holds up for years. Also, the 14 karat gold plated accents are elegant. My poor red wallet is beat up so I am wishing for the dark viola Cobble Hill Stacy checkbook wallet. $125 with free shipping at Kate Spade.
Mossimo Women’s Ponte Seam Leggings: Found at Target, these leggings have stretch and style with their ponte seaming. At $19.99 in black they would be perfect to wear over and again this winter. Target
Letter Opener: I would love to have a pretty instrument to open my mail at home. This Lion’s Head Letter Opener from Anthropologie is lovely. $14.00
Black & Brown Booties: I generally use Christmas as a time to stock up on new shoes. This year is no exception. I really like the Franco Sarto Orchid Bootie ($89.90) in black and the Cole Haan Air Talia Leather Bootie ($149) in brown. Both available at Nordstrom.
Penguin Classics: My book club has recently revilalized the reader in me. Now, I want to read everything I never took the time to before or read the books again that I enjoyed as a student. Penguin Classics has reprinted some of its greatest titles in gorgeous embossed canvas hardcovers. The entire collection is $239, but I would be happy with just one for $13. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde would be a great choice! Amazon
A Crisp White Button Up: For me, a quality white button up is a must have in my closet for year-round use. This Calvin Klein Stretch Broadcloth City Shirt in white is a steal at $24.99.
Kitchen Apron: I like to cook! And, I get a bit messy sometimes. It’s high time that I put on an apron. This Dwell for Target Mandala Kitchen Apron is pretty and fun. $14.99
Sweaters: Can a woman ever have too many sweaters when the temperature drops? This year, a few caught my eye: Sparkle and Fade Marled Drapey Open Cardigan ($49) at Urban Outfitters in black/white, BCBGGeneration V Neck Pullover Sweater ($68) in marled light heather grey, the Frenchi Slouchy Scoop Asymmetric Hem Sweater from Nordstrom in taupe-hurricane and from Ann Taylor Loft the Scoopneck Pullover Sweater in pure ivory ($44.50). Here’s to keeping warm!
French Lessons and Cooking Class: The past couple of years, my husband has bought me cooking classes at Eatz in Los Angeles as part of my gift. Not only is it the most fun way to learn how to cook, but it is something I always look forward to scheduling once all the presents have been unwrapped. One of my 2012 goals is to learn French at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute. The classes get great reviews and the lessons are affordable. Any gift of learning is ideal to me.
Timex Original: I haven’t worn a watch in a while, but I am getting the urge. This Timex Original in gold is both classic and stylish. Currently it is $90 plus an additional 20% off at Timex.
Work Pants- Skinny and Trouser: Sometimes the best gifts for me are those I can wear to work. I love the Gap Really Skinny Pants ($59.95) in true black and the LOFT Petite Julie Classic Trouser Pants in Loft SuperFine (currently $55.99 with an additional 40% off).
Mixed CDS: I am always curious about music others love, especially since I sometimes get lost in my country and oldies stations. In my car, I use CDs, so whenever I get a mixed CD I am eager to listen and enjoy. The gift is practically free but a treat for me!
Magazine Subscriptions: This year I would love a subscription to Real Simple magazine ($23). I also would appreciate it if, as is customary, Santa renews my subscription to Teen Vogue (2 years for $12)!
Stocking Stuffers: Finally, opening my stocking is one of my favorite activities of the year. Some surprises I would love to see inside: Post It highlighter pens for marking passages in my books, Blush (Lord knows I can’t really pick makeup out for myself), Voluspa mini candles, Costume jewelry from Forever 21, Notecards (all patterns, sizes and messages) as I am a devotee to the handwritten note, Cloth napkins for our nightly meals (again, all colors and patterns welcome!), Ribbon for year-round gift wrapping, Tights and, of course, Warm socks – thanks, Mom!
To read more Gift Giving ideas from April, check out her website at www.BetterToGiveGifts.com