Earlier this week, with the freshly fallen snow, it felt as though winter had already arrived, which is when the above photo was taken, but Mother Nature has corrected herself and all the snow in town is now melted as the temperatures increased a bit with winds blowing in a rainstorm that fits November, giving us all time to savor the month before the final one arrives.
November, especially the first three weeks, continues to offer some of my favorite moments of the holiday season because there is a hushed calm, time to anticipate, but not rush, time to give ourselves breathing room to make decisions and set plans that help to ensure a most enjoyable holiday season.
The holiday season need not include presents or gifts, but rather intention to savor, appreciate and revel in this time we have the opportunity once each twelve months to celebrate gathering, giving and extending gratitude.
TSLL’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide leans heavily toward gifts chosen for those who enjoy the French 🇫🇷 and British 🇬🇧 cultures as well as luxurious finds, but most of the finds shared below are gifts you can add to your approach to celebrating the holidays leading up to the big official dates on the calendar by making the everyday moments something special – from decorating the home, especially the tree, selecting an advent calendar to enjoy each day leading up to Christmas in your own way, ideas for clothing that keeps you (and your pets) warm and stylish as well as gifts for staying organized simply yet stylishly while making your way through the airport terminals to your travel destination.
While I have gathered more than 40 items for today’s Holiday Gift Guide, look for weekly finds over the coming weeks in the weekly This & That post as well which is posted each Friday right here on TSLL blog. Also, be sure to peruse previous year’s Holiday Gift Guides shared here on TSLL because many of those items are still available and most are also for the Francophile and Anglophile.
Just below is a short table of contents of sorts to let you know what you will find as you begin to scroll.
- Advent Calendars
- Holiday Albums
- Holiday Décor
- Specialty Gifts
- For the Anglophiles
- For the Francophiles
And now to the shopping guide! Wishing you a happy holiday season. 😌 And as much or as little snow, snow, snow, snow, snow as you hope for!
Food52 is also selling this calendar for shoppers in the states.
This period-style house contains 24 beautiful mini ornaments made from porcelain inspired by their iconic blue and white jasper.
~Bonne Maman 2022 Advent Calendar (23 mini fruit spreads and 1 honey)
New Holiday Albums
~Alicia Keys, Santa Baby (November 4, 2022)
~Andrea Bocelli, A Family Christmas (September 8, 2022)
~Debbie Gibson, Winterlicious (September 2022)
~Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule (2022)
Preorder the 20 LP box set of For the Birds: The Birdsong Project today
by the National Audubon Society
You can preorder now, and the orders will ship on December 9th. The LP box set includes more than 200 tracks of original music and bird-related poetry produced by Grammy Award-winning music supervisor Randall Poster. Contributors include Mark Ronson, Yo-Yo Ma, Beck, Jeff Goldblum, Elvis Costello, Suzan-Lori Parks, Matthew McConaughey, Tilda Swinton, Karen O, and many more.
National Audubon Society will receive 20% of your box set purchase price and 100% of royalties generated by the digital streaming of all For the Birds: The Birdsong Project audio tracks, subject to the various terms of operation and fees associated with each individual digital streaming platform.
Watch this video shared during a recent CBS Sunday Morning segment to learn more about the inspiration and original content recorded for this project.
~Birdies Heron suede slippers (many colors)
Having a Royal warrant of appointment, Roberts radios are the British radio company. With Bluetooth capabilities, welcome a retro charm with 21st century technology.
~Flower Seeds Christmas Advent Calendar, Amazon UK only
~Alan Titchmarsh’s Fill My Stocking (from Hatchards)
~L.K. Bennett Delaney Cream Wool Baseball Cap (ivory and olive colors available)
~Holiday cards, Dogs on sled, from Hatchards
Hatchards has more vintage holiday cards to explore
~Barbour Case Fairisle Beanie (two color options)
~Barbour Quilted Dog Coat, more colors
~Wine Puzzles, France, Champagne (and other countries and regions as well)
~a gingerbread and pine scented candle (two different sizes), International shipping available
-with scents of citrus and spices
~Spella, scent of woody amber
~Compose your own perfume from the company founded in Grasse, France
~As someone who is looking for a reliable, well-made wine bottle opener, this one caught my eye, and . . .
. . . this one is an investment, but comes highly recommended from those in the wine industry, made in France and having an olivewood handle, w/foil cutter & bottle opener, with a brushed bolster
Made with delicate precision, find necklaces, bracelets, rings and other items, personalizing them for that special person on your list.
~Longchamp Foulonne Passport Cover (four colors)
~Saint Germaine des Prés plates, dessert
This season’s box is shipping out soon (mid-November), so be sure to reserve yours or your gift for someone on your list. Sharon Santoni and her team compile an amazing box of gifts that you cannot find anywhere else with the breadth of French brands, quality items and unique finds.
~That’s a wrap for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. May you enjoy being Santa and may Santa delight and surprise you in the most wonderful of ways. Joyeux Noel and Happy Christmas!
Peruse Past Year’s Holiday Gift Guides from TSLL