“The holiday season is HERE!” Cue the mad rush of shopping and trying to find the perfect gift for that one person that is just impossible to shop for (you know the one …). Feeling stuck for ideas?? Here’s a list of my favorite things and go-to gifts – maybe one (or more) will check that elusive item off your list!
I love Younique cosmetics! A little lip gloss and mascara can go a long way. There two are in my “essentials” for daily wear. Either one would make great stocking stuffers, or present both in a box with a bow for a fresh and vibrant gift. The Younique Weekend Lip Butter ($23.00) or the Moonstruck Epic 4D Mascara ($31.00). Younique.com
This is the essence of Las Vegas in an almost subliminal way – Aroma Retail is where you can find the bespoke casino scents of your favorite Las Vegas resorts. Do you always feel like you’ve escape to a tropical hideaway when you walk into Mandalay Bay? Take home the custom scent of coconut, banana, vanilla and spices that permeates the casino and bring that vision to life in your very own living room! Can’t pick just one? Go with this mix and match option! Get one candle, a diffuser, and a room spray (gift set includes wrapping and personalized card, &69.95) each one can be a different scent. Love that variety! (And in case you’re wondering, my recommendations are Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, and MGM Grand.) Aroma Retail Mix & Match Gift Set ($69.95). Aromaretail.com
Yes, once again Ethel M makes our list. Chocolate IS irresistible, what can I say? While you are checking out the epic Cactus Garden in all its holiday splendor, you must shop the retail store and peruse the making of chocolate in the self-guided tour. The chocolate lover in your life will thank you! Also available online for anyone not (yet!) local. The 5-piece Holiday Creamy Caramels ($15) and the 32-piece Holiday Classic Evergreen Tree Collectible Tin ($60). Ethelm.com
Need a hug from heaven? Look no further than Minky Couture and the Lush Toasted Marshmallow blanket. These wonderful clouds of softness are made from longer minky threads that make them super plush and cozy. Available in sizes from Infant to Grande and in six shades, there is sure to be a blanket that suits you. Snuggles ahead! Travel Size ($139). Minky Couture
Can we agree that wine gifts or wine themed gifts are the best? You just can’t go wrong with a gift of wine experiences and events at Vegas Valley Winery. They offer a vast array of wine pairings and tastings (including a dessert pairing I am dying to try!), classes on making charcuterie plates, and happy hours with music. Be selective or get a gift certificate and all the choice to be made by your gift recipient. VegasValleyWinery.com
Let’s mix it up! Aside from wine, cocktail mixers are a fantastic gift, especially during the holidays! For the traditionalist imbiber in your life, this is a fantastic offering: an Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer with a craft cocktail cherry garnish. “Cheers!” Stongwater Old Fashioned Craft Cocktail Mix ($19.95), Amarena Fabbri Wild Cherries ($9.99).
Don’t forget the furry friends this holiday season!! For your pup (or the fur-children of friends and family), a treat from the on-site bakery at Barking Dogs Grooming is delish delight! Or a new squeak toy, leash and collar, or a good grooming (or all of the above!). The folks at Barking Dogs take good care of my babies, and I enthusiastically say “yay!” to pampering the pooch! Barking-Dogs.com
I have a 3-wick candle from Bath & Body Works in every room in my house. They are simply the best. Warm comforting glow and an abundance of scent makes for a home run gift every time! Knock one out of the park with a BBW 3-Wick Candle in a wide variety of holiday patterns and scents. My favorite: Winter!! 3-Wick Candles at Bath & Body Works ($25.50). BathandBodyWorks.com
Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together!
I just recently discovered this AMAZING oil and vinegar boutique in Summerlin called, well, Oil & Vinegar!! OMG this shop is fantastic!! For the foodie in your life, the Pipette Set makes for a beautiful (and delicious) gift when you fill it with selections from their impressive collection of flavorful olive oils and vinegars (blood orange and cherry almond crème? Yes, please!). Pipette Set ($27.95), Perfect Pairing set (starting at $38.95). OilandVinegarUSA.com
Local organizations always need support! I volunteer at NSPCA and Goodie Two Shoes regularly and we’ll soon be holding our third Gingerbread House Contest, in which the winners get to pick a charity for a donation in their name. (Stay tuned for more details!) In this season of giving, please consider a donation to a charity doing good work in the world and making life brighter for those they serve. This list of some Southern Nevada organizations compiled by KNPR is a wonderful resource and inspiration.
These aren’t the cookies that your neighbor bakes and brings over on a plate covered with clip wrap. No, Crumble Cookies are inspired! The perfect hostess gift, each cookie comes individually boxed and each week there are 4-5 specialty flavors to enjoy. You can get (or give) these wonderful morsels in a variety of ways — delivery, curbside, catering, shipped, or with a subscription! Crumble Cookies.
Some of the best gifts are the ones we actually make for others! Enter Board & Brush, a DIY Wood Design Workshop. No experience needed, participants are guided every step of the way. Pick a project when you book your reservation and be sure to bring friends with you (and partake from a glass of wine or other beverages and snacks offered if you’d like!). By the end of your session, you’ll have made friends with everyone there, admiring each other’s art and ready to book your next studio time! Costs vary depending on class. Board & Brush.