FLOWER contributor Margaret Zainey Roux and others from the magazine team share their picks for holiday gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers.
MME.MINK Gigi Mini Basket Purse in Burgundy, $400.00
There is no ‘real’ winter in New Orleans, so this easy, breezy basket purse is the ideal finish for festive attire when the calendar says Christmas but it’s a balmy 75-degrees outside. I love the playfulness of its unexpected layers of texture from the organic grass fibers, faux mink, and grosgrain ribbon. And, of course, that little bit of bling! –Margaret Zainey Roux, Contributing Editor. Find it here.
Frantoio Galantino Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Cobalt Blue Ceramic Bottle, $52.00
An authentic Italian dinner isn’t complete without a bottle of artisanal olive oil for dipping and drizzling. This flavorful 100% Extra Virgin Oil by award-winning Frantoio Galantino arrives tablescape-ready in a refillable vessel handmade and painted by artists in Bisceglie, Puglia. Find it here.
KRB Vintage Silver Plate Watering Can, $775.00-$975.00
A must-have for the glamorous gardener, this early nineteenth-century watering can is pretty, practical, and looks perfect displayed on the porch or in the potting shed. Available in three sizes, these c. 1900 brass beauties are newly silver-plated as part of KRB’s bespoke Hotel Silver Collection. Find it here.
Stone Hollow Farmstead 2023 Advent Calendar, $270.00
For those who can’t wait until Christmas morning for their presents, there’s the Stone Hollow Farmstead 2023 Advent Calendar. It comes with seasonal delights: farm-fresh jams, jellies, pickles, and handcrafted botanical apothecary products to open slowly during the advent season. It keeps one’s tastebuds happy, while still anticipating the big day. There’s limited availability, so be sure to snag a box to enjoy this cherished tradition. –Carrie Clay, Assistant Digital Editor. Find it here.
Skeem Winter Remix Scented Matches, $24.00
Skeem’s Winter Remix Scented Matches refresh a room with a quick whiff of cedar, leather, and black mahogany paired with notes of bergamot, saffron flowers, and white oak. With just a strike, a subtle rugged scent infuses the air and recalls the essence of an alpine chalet. Find it here.
Elizabeth Locke Sleeping Beauty Turquoise “Clover” Pendant with Clip Bale and faceted blue zircon, $3,300.00
As a December birthday girl, I’m naturally drawn to my birthstone, turquoise. This clover-shaped pendant has the botanical vibe that appeals to me and the cross shape I adore. Oh, please, Santa, visit Elizabeth Locke! –Margot Shaw, Founder/ Editor-in-Chief. Find it here.
Yuletide Camellia, $39.99
This evergreen shrub blooms bright red in the fall and winter, long after most other flora has stopped. It’s perfect for adding eye candy to your garden and spreading holiday cheer during the winter months. It thrives in Zones 7-10, and is just one of a collection of plants that can ship directly from Monrovia Nursery to your doorstep for the holidays! Find it here.
Heidi Carey Classic Porcelain Robe, $195.00
Heidi Carey’s loungewear collection just got dreamier with the addition of her Classic Porcelain print robe. Featuring delicate flowers and flourishes in burnt oranges and brilliant blues atop a crisp white cotton backdrop, the design is inspired by her mother’s antique china pattern. Find it here.
Laken Ashley Design ‘Southern Gossip’ Cocktail Napkins, $48.00
Crisp linen cocktail napkins embroidered with cheeky sayings make great conversation starters at cocktail parties. They save your tabletops while saving your guests from awkward moments of silence by creating a simple ice-breaking question, “what does yours say?” The Southern Gossip series from Laken Ashley Design features some of my favorite sayings like, “Bless Their Hearts.” –Alice Welsh Doyle, Contributing Editor. Find it here.
Berner & Co. Squiggle Vase in Glassy Green, $385.00
Los Angeles ceramicist Morgan Peck’s “squiggle” vase meets in the middle of quirky and chic. Handmade individually without the use of a mold, each one varies slightly to showcase the perfect imperfections of a true work of art. Find it here.
Kate Spade Dragonfly Tulips Journal Set, $34.95
I am old-school when it comes to list-making and journaling and always prefer writing on paper to typing on the computer. The Dragonfly Tulips Journal Set from Kate Spade is perfectly packaged and includes a leatherette journal and matching pen case. I’ve gifted it to my teenage daughters, both of my sisters, and few friends as well. –Julie Gillis, Managing Editor. Find it here.
Hillary Jackson Blue Hydrangea 14k White Topaz Earrings, $200
These delicate earrings are perfect for the flower-lover in your life who likes a touch of glamour. The Botanical collection from Hillary Jackson uses real flowers and enfolds each flower in precious metals topped with gemstones. These earrings truly bring harmony between nature and fashion. Find it here.
lola & gaia Rosa Rugosa Tote Bag, $325.00
You can never go wrong with a fantastic tote so, this year, my go-to gift is the Rosa Rugosa tote bag by lola & gaia. It is durable, fully-lined, and has lots of opened and closed pockets to keep pens, pennies, and smalls from getting lost at the bottom. I love that the print is inspired by designer Katherine Kelly’s nature walks with her daughter. –Jason Burnett, Digital General Manager. Find it here.
Baronesse Roses, Grace Rose Farm, $99
There’s nothing like unwrapping a dozen gorgeous garden roses! Baronesse roses from Grace Rose Farm present beautiful, freshly-harvested, raspberry pink blossoms with a touch of mild rose fragance. Baronesse is just one of the glorious options available. Find it here.
Boxwood Winery Topiary, $32.00
Boxwood Estate Winery produces delectable and sustainable wines right from John Kent Cooke’s historic estate in Middleburg, VA. Topiary is an elegant blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and it’s sure to please any wine connoisseur on your list. Find it here.
Mrs. Alice Adelaide Green Lattice Urn and Pedestal, $1,185.00
Bringing a touch of treillage into a room has never been easier. These chic urns and pedestals look lovely filled with seasonal foliage, but they are also divine on their own—like a sculpture! –Amanda Smith Fowler, Contributing Editor. Find it here.
Historic Garden Week of Virginia Pass, $200
Give your favorite garden-lover access to over 100 private homes and gardens during the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week on April 20-27, 2024. Regularly $300, get a $100 discount from retail price through FLOWER’s state pass promotion. Find it here.
Clothbound Classics Jane Austen Seven-Book Boxed Set, $170.00
Give the avid reader (or the empty bookshelf) a studious and a stylish gift this season with Penguin’s Clothbound Classic series. Thanks to modern makeovers, more than 60 best-selling titles have become best-dressed hardcovers clad in colorful new cases with stamped linen fabrics by Coralie Bickford-Smith. –Marlee Ledbetter, Marketing Coordinator. Find it here.
Bevolo Governor Poolhouse Lantern, $550
Capture the spirit of New Orleans with a handcrafted, portable, Governor Poolhouse Lantern from Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting. Ideal for use in your outdoor living space, these lanterns are designed to be used with large candles to warmly illuminate any area you choose to place them. Find it here.
Celebrated French candlemaker Rigaud teamed up with lifestyle brand Julia Amory to create a truly memorable scent with their Julia’s Jungle Jasmine Candle. It enhances any space with the purest jasmine scent and just a hint of peach, benzoin and ylang ylang. The scent was inspired by Julia’s Florida home and is sure to keep any snowbird happy during the winter months. Find it here.
Produced by Margaret Zainey Roux