2013 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

Nov 26, 2013

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Happy Holidays! Last year was the first Simply Luxurious Life holiday gift guide, and I am so excited to continue the annual tradition into 2013. With gift ideas for the book lover, the organizer, the fashionista, the cook, the Francophile, the yogi, the dog-lover and so much more, I can’t wait to show you what I’ve found.

Aaaaaaaand . . . for you, the Santa, be sure to scroll all the way to the end for a special giveaway just for you. Happy shopping!

~UPDATE~ Thank you for your interest! The giveaway entry window is now closed. Be sure to subscribe to TSLL weekly newsletter as the winner will be announced on DFriday December 6th exclusively in the newsletter sent out to subscribers.

1. Stendig 2014 Wall Calendar 


2. French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude by Mireille Guiliano
  • pre-order now, and it will arrive on December 24th, just in time to wrap and tuck under the tree.


3. Three Jane Map Necklace
  • Pick the address and have it engraved into a 14K gold plate


4. My Custom Yoga Mat 
  • choose the mat and thread color


5. Emile Henry Mixing Bowl Set of 3, White


6. A French Christmas Box  by Comme une Française
  • 1 French fashion accessory
  • 1 French piece of jewelry
  • 1 delicious French specialty
  • 1 stationary item
  • 1 French culture gift

Order by December 1st  to ensure delivery by Christmas. Quantities are limited and moving quickly. Having had the opportunity to view the items personally, I can attest, the Francophile on your gift list will be quite pleased. View the clip below to learn more about this French gift.


7. Palais des The – Fleur de Geisha green tea, Montagne Bleue black tea

While traveling in Paris this past year, I fell in love with Palais des The’s Montagne Bleue black tea and now have it on my shelf to be enjoyed most evenings as I unwind from the day. With so many options to choose from, if you are a tea lover, you will no doubt find you that you love as well.


8. Parisian Chic Weekly Planner 2014

Ines de la Fressange is making available another weekly calendar for 2014 with 52 new secrets on style and living with that much sought after French je ne sais quoi.


9. TSLL Online Styling Session Gift Certificate

If you have a fashion-lover on your gift list, TSLL styling session gift certificate is available for one or more outfits or even an entire capsule wardrobe. Click here to learn more and see how to buy one to slip into their stocking.


10. Patricia Wells’ Week-long Cooking Classes in Paris and Provence 


11. Carol Cottrill’s The French Twist: Twelve Secrets to Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management 


12. Le Creuset signature round Dutch oven (multiple colors)
  • Williams-Sonoma is offering a reduced price on all sizes


13. Eric Bompard Classic V-neck 100% cashmere pull-over 
  • 20 cashmere styles reduced 20% through December 4th


14. Equipment Silk Pajamas


Avery navy silk pajamas (long) – black or gray available, Lillian silk pajamas black w/white polka dots (short), Lillian silk pajamas black/gray 

15. Fun Holiday Footwear


(1) Kate Spade Glitter Licorice Too Pumps (2) Ivanka Trump ‘Carra’ pump in gun metal, (3) Kate Spade Licorice Too aluminum, (4) Sam Edelman Desiree pump in Zinc

16. Eminence Beauty Products

gift16~Apricot Body Oil, Coconut Sugar Scrub, Firm Skin Acai Masque, Lavender Age Corrective Night Eye Cream~

17. Stylish Tech Gear


~Frends Ella in-ear headphones, Frends Layla headphones, Dolce & Gabbana leopard patent leather iPad sleeve~

18. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dog Food & Petco Oval Tan and Cream Lounger Dog Bed


~all-natural, human-grade, antibiotic and hormone free, USDA-inspected beef~

19. 2013 Christmas Music Releases


David Ian: Vintage Christmas
Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson
Buon Natale: The Christmas Album by Il Volo
The Classic Christmas Album by Barbra Streisand
Home For Christmas by Susan Boyle

20. Alexandra Ferguson Sayings Pillows & French Laundry pillows & throws at Horchow.com
  • Receive 20% off your first purchase


21. Lauren Ralph Lauren Bengal-Striped pajamas
  • powder blue & white stripes or pink & white stripes or navy & white stripes


22. For the Book Lover  


~The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple~

So many goodies for those special people in our lives. Oh, but I did not forget you, the Santas that make all of the magic happen. As a way of thanking you for stopping by TSLL blog, a holiday gift for three lucky winners!

The 1st lucky winner will receive a chic Huxton leather and cow hide clutch – a classic must-have handbag option. The black and midnight blue color combination allows you to pair with a classic black dress or other neutrals in your closet. Click here to learn more, or if you can’t wait to see if you’re the lucky winner, purchase your own (use promo code THANKSGIVING to save 20% through Tuesday November 26th).


Two more winners will receive a signed copy of Carol Cottrill’s The French Twist which was reviewed earlier this year on the blog (click here to read). A resource I reach for often, I highly recommend this book for inspiration on healthy weight management and living a life of eating well and looking your best.


The giveaway entry window has now been closed. To discover who the lucky winners are, be sure to subscribe to TSLL newsletter as the winners will be announced in the weekly newsletter being delivered to subscribers this Friday – December 6th.

How to Enter:

  • 1st entry – Leave a comment below (or at the top of the post – click on Comment link) along with a means to contact you (email, website, blog, etc)
  • 2nd entry – Tweet the following: “Santas deserve gifts too! Enter @simplyluxurious Holiday Clutch & @carolcottrill1 book Giveaway here  http://ow.ly/r8C59 #tsllgiveaway
  • Be sure to enter by Sunday December 1st – noon (Pacific time)
  • Open to International readers as well!
  • Winners will be announced in The Simply Luxurious Life newsletter sent out on Friday December 6th, so be sure to subscribe.

Good Luck! And happy holidays from The Simply Luxurious Life!


131 thoughts on “2013 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

  1. Thank you for the opportunity! You have a wonderful, inspiring blog 🙂 I’m already checking out the Comme une Francaise box!
    Have a great day!

  2. Thank you for the inspiration! I have decided, finally, to reduce my Christmas spending (which was way out of control) and buy each of my family one lovely, heartfelt gift. The problem was thinking of a lovely, heartfelt gift for each. You have given me many ideas (and a few for myself). I would love anything and your giveaways would be at the top of my list. kriskahler@gmail.com

  3. I would love to win one of your wonderful giveaways!
    Love your blog so much!
    Please contact me by email: wbilenki @ sympatico dot com.

  4. Your blog is an inspiration!
    I’m working towards a simply luxurious lifestyle, from an overly eager shopaholic lifestyle. And that clutch is so elegant!

  5. Wonderful, generous giveaway! Love, love, loving the clutch!! The book looks fab too & would be a great read to refer to for inspiration! Love the blog & always get amazing advice for a simply luxurious way of life!
    Angie x
    angie.brannigan@ gmail.com

  6. Love your gift guide and website. I would love if I won the giveaway on the same day which is my birthday the 6th to be announced,. What a gift that will be. Happy thanksgiving everyone, god bless.

  7. Shannon,

    What can I say but ANOTHER great post! I’m a loyal fan — my day just doesn’t feel right until I’ve checked out your latest suggestion for bringing a little luxury into my life. The holiday suggestions are inspired — would love to win either the clutch or one of the books. Keep up the great information — your blog is a better treat than the finest truffles!

  8. Your blog is always inspirational and uplifting!

    Love your the gift guide, great ideas! Thank you and keep up your awesome work!

  9. Your blog is the first thing I read- always full of wonderful sentiment…and fashion. Best wishes for continued success.

  10. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. There is nothing like spending time with loved ones and spreading joy everywhere you go.

    I love giving unique gifts to my family and friends–something that fits their personality perfectly. This guide gave me lots of ideas for gifts this year, and for myself. Thank you! ^_^

  11. Love the gift ideas; now I need to match them to the people on my gift list 🙂 I’ve done some of my shopping already, but am enjoying gift guides this year for the first time. I also might need to drop a few hints . . .

  12. LOVE your Holiday gift ideas…som many new & fun ideas! I look forward to being inspired by your posts each morning. Happy Holidays!

  13. Shannon you are indeed an inspiration. You bring joy to my life with your newsletters. This gift guide is great and reduces the amount of time we all were going to spend driving to different places for deals and Savings. Ugh with rising prices you have inspired me to live my life with style but within budget. Tx and hugs. Happy Holiday to you too. Stay blessed.

  14. Thankful for your blog. I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving this year, and it’s reminded me to keep it simple, yet luxurious!

  15. Yours is one of my go-to blogs first thing in the morning and I love how your ideas and articles have inspired me to create my own luxurious life.

    The gift ideas here are all wonderful and many have been left as hints for hubby!

    Thank you.

  16. Fabulous gift ideas Shannon, thank you! I try hard every year to make sure I get people something they really can use, not just another “thing”. Your ideas are perfect.

  17. I absolutely adore this blog. My husband loves that I’m shopping more since subscribing to your newsletter. I don’t like shopping and but I LOVE amazing pieces to add to my wardrobe. The items are classic and high quality. Thanks to your blog I feel like I have a personal shopper at my fingertips. Happy Holidays!!

  18. I always look forward to these blog posts. So fun and inspirational! This gift guide is one of the best I’ve seen!!

  19. I’ve read Parisian Chic and enjoyed it. Must admit I’ve hummed and hawed over the diary, so I would adore that for a prize. Cashmere and silk, perfect way to keep warm this Winter!

  20. Excellent, one of the best gift guides I’ve seen this year. Again, thanks so much for making your international readers feel welcome.

  21. As Emily Post would say “Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy and Serenity”.
    This year, I have to get Parisian Chic for 2014 . I love Kate Spade’s Licorice Glitter Pumps. I have to get the French Women Don’t get Face Lifts” book too. This is a nice shopping guide.

  22. This list has become my Wish List for 2013. Love everything on it, and some great inspiration for gifts I’m giving too! Thoughtful, creative, unique, and lovely, each and every one. Happiest of holidays!

  23. Hi Shannon
    Love your site and it is my morning coffe read.
    Very informative and inspiring
    Keep up the good work it is appreciated

  24. Love that map necklace and can think of loads of occasions that friends and family would want to remember, and certainly one significant addresses in my life.

    I already have a bracelet that celebrates my a verse of my wedding song, so this idea of truly individual pieces is very appealing to me.

  25. I loved you’re post on creating a healthy social circle. I sent it to a bunch in my circle. Keep the good stuff coming. I may be new to your site, but I am enjoying every minute!

  26. I was so happy to come across your blog awhile back and have found my way back to it almost daily for the inspiration I find there. Though I am a Canadian, my husband and I lived in Portland 20 years ago for a couple of years while he was attending school and we have unforgettable memories of our time in your beautiful city. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and posts about Portland.
    Love the ideas in your gift guide!

  27. That clutch is beautiful! I also love all the French books you post about. Your website is so wonderful and inspiring. Somehow you always seem to talk about the things that are effecting me at that time…so thank you for always picking me up when I am down or doubtful.

  28. Shannon,

    Each week I look forward to Saturday morning, when it get to lie in bed and catch up on the blog while my kids are sleeping. Thank you for all of your ideas and inspiration!


  29. Love reading your blog to start my day-and love your gift guide! However, I don’t know about dry cleaning silk pj’s (not to mention sleeping with drycleaning chemicals on your skin for 8 hours while your body tries to refresh!) but I thought I would mention I recently purchase some beautiful white silk ones from the Gap (happy Christmas to ME!) and they are affordable and can be washed on a delicate cycle! 🙂

  30. Thank you for the gift guide! I really appreciated the tea idea for some friends abroad and I think I might have to send my husband the link to that sweater!

  31. Hi Shannon,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Your blog is a bright spot during my workday where I stop by (often!) for a visit. I’ve learned so much and traded my ‘admin assistant’ looking wardrobe for a director’s wardrobe with your Top Ten lists (I love lists too!). The higher-up’s have noticed thanks go to you!

    Blessings to you and the pups,

    1. Jenni,

      Thank you for the well wishes for myself and the dogs. 😉 I am so thrilled you are finding the blog as a helpful tool. No doubt, you look chic and stylish. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. xoxo

  32. Thank you for your wonderful blog and all of your lovely gift Recomendations! Please enter me in the giveaway drawing. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ginger r McGuire at gmail dot com

  33. I have decided to use your guide to thebest of its advantage–one for my friends’ gifts and then to my husband for anything (or several) on the list that he knows I will like!!! Thanks for the suggestions! C’est Noel!

  34. Thank you for sharing the great Holiday gift ideas! I absolutely love your blog. I often times find myself browsing through your archived posts when I need to re-evaluate my lifestyle (i.e. capsule wardrobe, ) 🙂 I would love to win any book giveaways that you offer. I purchased Lessons from Madame Chic a little less than a year ago and just read through it again the other night. It would be great to build up my reading material. Happy Holidays! parisianvintage1022@gmail.com

  35. Oh what gorgeous things! And that address necklace…so cool! I always look forward to Friday mornings when your newsletter comes :). Thank you!

  36. I love love love your blog. Honestly it it one of two blogs that I read on a weekly basis. Can’t thank you enough for putting together something inspiring, practical and creative all in one. Love the giveaways and gift guide!


  37. Your newsletter is the only one I read! I find myself amazed by your insights and they always seem to apply to my life. You make me think, and dream, and take action on the
    Way I want to live my life. Thank you!


  38. Dear Shanon,

    Thanks for your advice, for your generosity sharing your”secrets” with us and your wonderful Xmas gift list

    I’m very happi that this time your “folowers” from the other part of the ocen can entry the give away if only !!!!!!!

    Happy thanksgiving for you and your family

    Regasrd from Barcelona, Spain !!!!

  39. Dear Shanon,

    I just want to express my thanks to you for all of the gems of information and encouragement you provide .
    As a Social Worker your blog has been very inspirational for me to put more effort into taking time for myself and enjoying all that life has to offer. It has inspired me to create my own blog, that I’m working on now.
    Thank you so much!
    Happy Hoildays and keep up the great work,


  40. Have such fun on the weekends reading all of the posts connected to the newsletter. That way it is a mini trip of thoughtful and luxurious relaxation

  41. I love your blog! I have been following you for a while now – over a year and my day feels incomplete if I have not read your blog! You have helped me grow in sooo many ways! I want to encourage you to keep pursuing your dreams and don’t give up. I know that one day the book you write will become a part of my personal library! Oh, btw, thank you for including inspirational photos of people of different ethnic backgrounds. I would love to see even more diversity in the future

  42. One more thing, love all the recipes you include in the blog!! You have inspired me to be more adventurous in the kitchen!!

  43. Shannon, I so admire your philosophy and the way you write. If you ever teach a workshop in blog writing, sign me up, please! Also, if your feet get weary from shopping the next time you’re in Portland, contact me for a little restoration–I do massage and cranial therapy–my treat. xo

  44. You have been an inspiration, thanks to you I been able to re-styled myself after having a baby while I was also struggling with loosing the baby weight.

    I am working on building my capsule wardrobe wisely, I truly love following your blog .

    Thank You Shannon

  45. Great gift guide Shanon!!!

    I love all your posts, and its the first thing I read before starting my day.
    Your blog has taught me to enjoy every moment of life.

    Thank you for getting me hooked on Parisian Chic and everything Parisian.

    Love from India, Charanz

  46. I have made reading your blog a daily ritual and look forward to each new post. Your thoughts and ideas have inspired me in countless ways and I try to incorporate little luxuries into my everyday life. I wish you continued success in the coming year and thank you for sharing your talents.

  47. I just discovered your blog today, by way way of a pin on Pinterest by Amanda del Prete. Thank you for reminding me who I am and who I have yet to become! I am inspired to reveal and care for myself more openly! Thank you!

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