ISSUE 100  |  Giving Thanks

Gift Guide: Beyond the Holiday Tip

November 27, 2013 8:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Let’s be honest. What might the hair stylist, house cleaner, and babysitter want for Christmas? Cash. Everyone loves a holiday bonus, especially during the season of spending. A fistful of dollars does say thank you, but it doesn’t say it very sweetly. For those folks who go the extra mile for you all year long, here are some thoughtful addendums for showing your gratitude.

To make sure we’ve got everyone on your list covered, we’re posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.

Above: Beeswax Candle Tapers are the sort of thing that people love to have, but are often too thrifty to buy for themselves. These are made in the U.S.; $10 for a pair at Brook Farm General Store.

Every time I see these slippers at Muji, I wonder who wouldn’t want a pair. Above L: Cotton Cushion Slipper Brown Check; $14.95. Above R: Xingjian Cotton Jersey Cushioned Slippers, $16.25. 

Above: Who doesn’t like a bit of sparkle? A set of 12 Mini Mercury Glass Ornaments is $15.50 from Organize and comes packaged in a white organza bag with a silver drawstring.

Above: These Vintage Napkins are made of cotton and hemp linen from Romania, and would work at just about any table; $18 each from Spartan.

Above: A Bud Vase from Heath Ceramics provides lasting beauty at an affordable price (and comes in six colors); $23. Photo via Observatory Studio.

Above: An organic cotton throw sends a grateful message. Coyuchi’s Honeycomb Throw is machine washable and comes in a a range of muted hues; $122 from Coyuchi. 

A candleholder to go with the beeswax tapers? See High/Low: Modern Metallic Candleholder.