Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Great Gifts!

Almost everyone I know was taking a budgeted approach to gift-giving this year, our family included. Despite facing Fiscal Responsibility (unlike Congress these days - sheesh!), our families came up with some truly cool selections I just have to share...
Probably my favorite gift - this felted soap my Mom found at Anthropologie. The handmade soap is wrapped in soft, natural wool that can be reused after the soap is dissolved. The verbena scent I received is heavenly-fresh, and the hand-thrown dish is perfect!
Many of us have been re-introduced to the down-to-earth foodie genius that was Julia Child this year with the release of Julie and Julia. My in-laws, however, are old school devotees, and gifted us with a two-DVD set of her original series, The French Chef - I can't wait to watch and learn!
And, finally, a gift I imagine many people across the US received: Kindle, from Amazon. The wireless reading device is perfect for us ex-pats - with its wireless capability, we can download the latest must-reads, bypassing our usual two-week shipping delay for a paper version. I can't say I thought about owning one, as I'm still partial to "real" books, but I'm super-psyched about it!
So, how 'bout you? Any unique goodies, or was it membership to the Cheese of the Month club a la Clark Griswold?!

15 comments:

JMW said...

Love the soap from Anthro - great idea! No Kindle this year, but I did receive three new books and I'm already half-way through one of them. Happy New Year!

my favorite and my best said...

pretty white macbook for me. it's just like SJP's!! only white on white.

ms. less is always more said...

A Kindle!?!?! You lucky gal! Happy New Year to you!

The Matters of Style Girls said...

I got a Kindle too! I am so excited- I had no idea it downloaded everything wirelessly. And there are a lot of very good looking Kindle cases out there too- that is my next mission!

Averill said...

Great gifts! Didn't get a kindle this year (but I did gift one!), but maybe for my birthday... ;)

I did get a few things from my Christmas list this year (the JPK purse -- which is adorable!) and the Hempstead mirror for the powder room. I was thrilled!

Hope you're having a wonderful break, Alison!

LindsB said...

The kindle is such a great gift for all you ex-pats, what a great present!! I hope you get to read lots and lots of new books on it!

I got a pretty new laptop, not a mac, but I love my PC :)

Minnie said...

Sounds like you got some great gifts. I'm very much a book person who enjoys the feel and smell of the pages of a book, but I have to admit I am fascinated by the advantages of a Kindle. You will have to report back on how it works for you. Hope you had a great Christmas and are enjoying your trip. Best to you in 2010. A warm hug from California.

Pink Pig said...

I am lovin your French Chef gift how wonderful. Hubby and I love to cook as well and winter's are sooo long here I may have to search for one! Thanks for sharing those great gifts.

Deliciously Organized said...

Sounds like you got some wonderful gifts! I hope you had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! -carlee

Melanie said...

I am so jealous of the Kindle! I want one so badly:) I also love real books too but isn't it lovely? So small, thin, and wonderful. Santa was good to you.

Cote de Texas said...

Kindle, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the best! you were lucky to get one - amazon was sold out of the large ones!!!!!! you will love it.
Joni

annechovie said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment and support and I am SO happy that you found your QE2 silhouette! Happy, Happy New Year!!

Raru said...

Sounds like you got some great gifts. Thanks for sharing.
Wish you all the best in 2010!

xoxo,
Raru

Style Redux 2 said...

Great gifts! Happy New Year.

Southern Aspirations said...

What a great post and I love your fun gifts!!

My faves were lots of fun little personal accents and some tabletop things. Totally girly and perfect.

Would love to hear how you like your Kindle!