Each day over the next two weeks I will spotlight a different giftee and give my recommendations for the best presents to get for them. Throughout the guide you will see gifts marked "Beauty's Pick" to denote items that are my personal faves! For those of you that are able, be sure to order your gifts way in advance, so that you aren't scrambling around at the last minute and feeling frazzled! However, for those last minute shoppers out there, no worries, as I'll have a special section as the holidays draw near just for you!
Recommendations for a Marvelous (babysit your kids, bake you pies, always remember your birthday) Mother-in-Law:
1.) Townsend Warbler Purse From the New York Historical Society: Decorated with exquisitely detailed reproductions of watercolors from the NYHS's Audubon Collection, these unique purses are the epitome of elegance.
2.) Pistachio Soap from Earthworks: Packaged in beautifully delicate recycled papers, this soap looks so beautiful that your mother-in-law might not even want to unwrap it. However, once she does she will be intoxicated by the deliciously creamy pistachio aroma and the soothing coconut oil and shea butter. Get a single soap for her Christmas stocking or to supplement a larger gift. Otherwise, in addition to the pistachio soap, spring for a variety of scents like the Sweet Lime, Almond, and Grapefruit.
Insider Tip: Tuck the 4 soaps into a decorative hatbox from Kate's Paperie for a beautiful and functional gift.
3.) [Beauty's Pick!] Face Powder Letter Tray from John Derian: This stunning and chic decoupage tray is ideal for displaying a collection of perfume bottles or beauty brushes on a vanity. Its old world glamour makes it the perfect holiday indulgence.
4.) Chesnut Mille Crepes Cake from Lady M: Possibly the most delicious dessert ever, the decadent heaven-on-earth Mille Crepes Cake in this seasonal holiday flavor is an ideal present. Smooth chesnut cream is embedded in delicate layers of lacy Crepes. You may need to purchase one for yourself too; that's how incredibly delicious it is, but be sure to get into the holiday spirit and save a slice for someone you love.
photo credits clockwise from top left: purse (http://www.nyhistorystore.com), cake (http://www.ladymconfections.com), tray (http://www.johnderian.com, hat boxes (http://www.katespaperie.com, soap (http://www.earthworksproducts.com)