This is a magical time. We adorn our home with sparkling lights and glittering ornaments. We fill our kitchen with the glorious baking smells. And best of all there’s the dinner parties. How lovely to linger with dear friends long into the winter night.
The perfect hostess gift is not a bottle of wine (who knew she didn’t drink red). Or a bar of scented soap (boring). A box of chocolates (she’s on a diet). The perfect hostess gift is a one-of-a-kind thrift shop discovery. Two vintage crystal wine glasses, a silver pie server, an exquisite bowl, a china gravy boat – these odds and ends make wonderful gifts.
This is such stress free shopping. No crowded malls or endless piped in music. One seldom pays more than a dollar or so for any item – especially the orphans. And you are supporting a charity. In our little village the money goes to our local hospital for everything from a new O.R. to blanket warmers.
I have a gift shelf in my linen closet. All year-long I collect treasures. I have found a Clarice Cliff plate, Waterford goblets, valuable art books – all to be tucked away to share with my friends or given as hostess gifts.
And when I wrap my gifts I continue this revolt against garish Christmas wrapping paper. I collect old music books and recycle the pages into gift wrap The older music books are often quite large and are the perfect size. I seldom pay more than a dollar a book.
Happy shopping dear friends.