It’s only a few scant months till Christmas, and every year the holidays hit like a North Pole avalanche. This year we’re facing it head-on and getting an early start so as to alleviate some holiday season stress. Anyone who wants to save Christmas 2015, join in! The best gifts to buy early are:
- Things that need to be customized or personalized
- Popular products that are in limited supply
- Objects that begin or add to a collection
- Gifts that are original and upbeat, but not too trendy
Here are some examples of items you can check off of your Christmas list now before the holiday season sneaks up:
1. Customized and Personalized
From customized paper products to encouraging words to gifts that require monogramming or are simply matched to a person’s special interests … get an an early start. Here are some fun examples you can find locally:
Made-in-Tennessee letterpress prints … buy early because there are limited runs of each print, plus you’ll have lead time to get yours framed. They have Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville on hand right now at me & mrs. jones, $40.
Customizable tags would be a thoughtful Christmas gift, or go ahead and order some for your own wrapping needs. Choose from an innumerable range of colors, shapes, sizes and price points at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts.
Initialed porcelain dishes
At the Lisa Mallory Interior Design shop, these hand-painted porcelain dishes, $40, are an optimal choice. Simply find the letter you need for the person on your list, and you will walk out of the shop with a personalized gift.
Hollywood Feed has Molly & Rex notepads and journals for anyone, any age. Magnetic notepads for the refrigerator, small notepads for a handbag and journals with full-color lined sheets and artwork on every page. Sizes and prices include: 3″ x 4″ pocket notepads, $3.99; 4″ x 8″ magnetic notepad, $7.99; and 6″ x 8.25″ journal with bungee closure, $9.99.
Consider a custom-designed menorah by blown glass artist Fay Miller. Order now at the T Clifton Art Gallery to ensure delivery by Hanukkah. The gallery features Judaica fine art in glass and pewter by Fay Miller, Joy Stember and Candace Bless. Custom menorahs start at $350.
Monogrammed cutting board
A great-looking cutting board would be ideal for the chef on your Christmas list, and taking time to add a monogram would make it an especially thoughtful choice; $38 at RSVP.
The Urban Gardener always has clever products with funny, inspiring and faith-building quotes. This one, presented as a simple painting on wood, $69, is a wonderful reminder to share at Christmastime with the coming of a new year.
Blue Q Socks, $9, let the world know what you’re thinking “one sock at a time.” Plus, Blue Q donates a percentage of their profits to Doctors Without Borders, so you are giving to more than one person when you wrap up a pair of these whimsical socks for the holidays. Find these in Booksellers at Laurelwood.
2. Popular and Limited Items
Have you ever been stuck searching coast-to-coast for one special item that has to be under the tree? It’s the basic law of supply and demand. Buy these items now before they sell out!
True Grit pullovers
One of the hottest gifts from last season couldn’t be found anywhere across the country because it sold out before the weather even got cool enough to wear it!
True Grit quarter zip pullovers are amazing because of the warm, cozy, plush fabric. Lansky 126 just got their first shipment of the season in, and they are stocked for the demand … for now! This pullover comes in an assortment of colors from S-2X. And while they are technically for men, women wear the smaller sizes comfortably. The True Grit Pebble Pile Pullover at Lansky 126 is $135.
True Grit pullovers in a small size for the ladies were such a rare commodity last season that Oak Hall ordered additional smalls and extra-smalls for 2015-16 and secured a collection labeled “True Grit for Oak Hall.” All arrows point to another big year for True Grit pullovers, $135 to $145 at Oak Hall.
The manufacturing time required for craftsman-made items precludes large quantities and rapid turn-around. As a result, the best pottery pieces will go quickly. Shop early for pottery and get the best pieces. These handmade pottery mugs, $15 to $18, are available at Chestnut Hall.
The ultimate stocking stuffer, these Minimergency Kits are $15 each and come jam-packed with 15 necessities for the small emergencies in life, including stain remover, safety pins, dental floss, hair spray and more. These are ideal to buy early, because during the Christmas season More Therapy cannot keep them on the shelves.
The ever popular Whiskey Ball would be a safe bet for anyone who likes spirited barware. Stock up on these for the men; found at HOUSE by Rhea Crenshaw; $23 for a set of two.
Gifts of artisan jewelry are always sure to fit. T Clifton Art features artisan-crafted jewelry in silver, copper, glass and tagua nut. Artists Dorothy Northern, Lisa Butts, Mel Tudisco and Veronica Martens have been busy this summer creating, thus the gallery has an especially broad selection currently available. One-of-a-kind artisan jewelry at T Clifton ranges from $25 to $350.
These sophisticated necklaces, $95 at Kittie Kyle are braided suede with a horn pendant. The challenge here will be waiting until Christmas to open and wear it yourself! This is a sleek grouping that will pair well with fall and winter combinations. Choose one while they are still available … predicted to sell quickly!
For girls who sport a fashion-forward look, this Twist Spike Fringe Necklace has hand-cast brass twisted spikes on a blackened brass chain; 36″ total chain length and spikes measure 1-1/2″ to 2”. Handmade in the USA from the K/LLER collection at Oak Hall, $380.
Start (or add to) a collection for the loved ones on your list.
Trixie and Milo Flasks would be a spirited idea for him. Each flask comes with a mini funnel and features original art on a stainless steel. Each flask comes in a cigar box-style gift box. Wouldn’t these be a festive collection for someone’s bar? They are $25 and available at The Attic.
Travel bags and accessories
Chances are someone on your shopping list has a collection of cinda b at home. This reliable line of travel bags and accessories would be a good starting point for stylish travelers. Many people have an established cinda b pattern, or surprise someone with a piece from cinda b’s latest collection, “Python.” Gild the Lily has the full range of cinda b products to choose from, and travel accessories start at $20.
Gummy accessory collection
Build your stocking stuffer stash from the Sachi Girl division. This new Gummy accessory collection from American Jewel includes cute purses, wristlets, bracelets, hairbrushes and lanyards that come with a charm, and you can add other charms such as initials. The gummy collection ranges from $5 to $30.
Start an annual tradition of collecting one exquisite piece of silver each year. Begin with one of these old-world antique chalices, intricate baskets or unusual biscuit boxes; all available at Le Fleur in sterling and silver plate, starting at $350.
4. Timeless Favorites and Long-Term Trends
Now’s not the time to by an iPhone for anyone, since there will be a new one out before Christmas 2015. There are, however, plenty of upbeat gifts for every age that will still be in style come 2016, so grab these early and save the doorbuster behavior for the iPhone release!
Sneak this giant stuffed giraffe into a good hiding spot now when nobody is on the lookout! It is $112 at RSVP Baby and would be a classic addition to the nursery, a child’s bedroom or a playroom.
Free People has a new shoe line, and these boots are just in at Sachi. You don’t need us to tell you that girls of all ages will be clamoring to have a pair this fall and winter. Shop now for the sizes you want to place under the tree. The taupe Lost Valley Free People boot is $178, and the black Carrera style boot is $198.
Wardrobe interpretations with embroidery, patchwork, lace and fringe will be popular this fall and into winter 2016. Get ahead of this trend with a fringe bag, wrapped and ready for the fashionistas on your list. Top to bottom, blue suede fringe bag with an adjustable, chain strap, $425; black, fringe cross-body, $85; camel fringe Frye cross-body that can double as a clutch, $298; available at Lori James.
Health and beauty
Mona Esthetics has an annual Christmas in July sale, a tradition they’ve made of selling their spa gift cards on the last three days of the month at 10 percent off. This is their first summer at Laurelwood, so they are also selling Christmas in July gift cards for 10 percent off at the Annual Laurelwood Sidewalk Sale, July 24 to 25.
Cheers to saving Christmas 2015!
After a day of Christmas shopping in July, treat yourself to a glass of wine from the Southern Hemisphere, where it is currently wintertime! There are several staff favorites (pictured below) from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia at the Wine Market. Stop by and treat yourself to one, and while you’re there, grab a few bottles of wine to have on-hand for Christmas party hostess gifts. Perfect for when you’re in a rush, tight on time or low on cash, all of which could happen in the throes of the hectic holidays. For now, though, relish in your smarts for planning ahead, and raise a toast to yourself for getting a wonderful head start on the holidays!