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Set the holiday scene with great food, drink, home scents

The holidaze keeps rolling on. And while we’re all about getting our friends and family fabulous presents, there’s an equally crucial task at hand: Gifts for ourselves.

So what to ask for? Of course the people around us are going to wonder what we want, and I recommend making their jobs easier by providing them with a wish list. And it doesn’t really matter so much if we don’t actually receive the things we’ve been dreaming about. Just make the list and, from whichever things you don’t get on it, pick one or two and buy them for yourself.

Here’s my list of gifts I’d love to get this year:

Something surprising to sip.:

I love adding new and fantastic spirits to my home bar, and I’ve been hearing intriguing things about Singani 63 ($34.99 on Apparently when Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh was in Bolivia making the movie “Che,” he discovered the country’s 500-year old national spirit and fell in love with it. It’s made from the Muscat of Alexandria grape grown at high altitudes in the Bolivian Andes and distilled by fourth generation distillers.

Something over-the-top decadent to eat.

What are the holidays for if not a little indulgence? The lobster pot pie from The Summer Shack ($189.95 for two on fits that bill exactly. It isn’t something I’d eat ordinarily, but what a treat: The 9-inch, flaky pastry from the Cambridge restaurant (filled with veggies, dry sherry, heavy cream, and tons of fresh lobster meat) and gets delivered to my door, so I can just pop it in the oven for a dinner party that’s, well, easy as pie.

Something soft, warm, and dreamy.

Turtlenecks are basically my safety blanket throughout the cold months; they’re like a big hug all day long. This year I happened upon Khaite’s absolutely glorious, feather-soft and ribbed Nimbus Cashmere Sweater ($1,680 on and fell so in love, I’m now selling it at my Grettaluxe, my boutique in Wellesley. Its raglan-sleeved silhouette sports a rolled stand collar, with sleeves notched at the wrist, so it isn’t just super cozy, it’s over-the-top stylish. It’s a splurge, but a worthy and high-quality one that’ll last for years and years—and now I want one for myself.

Something to make my home smell heavenly.

Yet again, Nest New York has nailed the holiday season with scrumptious-but-sophisticated scents for the home. They’re always beautifully balanced and complex, never too sweet-smelling or too heavily musky. I can’t get enough of their Birchwood & Pine 3-wick candle ($78 on, which is itself a pretty design statement, in a festive gold etched glass vessel. I’ll be burning mine all winter long.


Nest New York Birchwood and Pine Classic Candle. (Photo nestnewyork)
Nest New York Birchwood and Pine Classic Candle. (Photo nestnewyork)


Singani63 for year-round sipping. (Photo Singani63)
Singani63 for year-round sipping. (Photo Singani63)


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