Christmas Countdown: Five Fresh Start Books

Christmas Countdown :: Five Coffee Table Books  :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWBThe New Year is fast approaching. Resolutions are not required, but a fresh perspective is always welcome. Here are five books that will offer new ideas and perhaps a bit of peace and motivation.

1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo $10.19 | For someone you know who would just love to break the cycle of decluttering and ahem, re-cluttering. I just started reading it a couple nights ago. Lord, may it stick.

2. Lesson from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott $13.68 | A breezy read that includes advice on creating a capsule closet, and generally supports a quality over quantity lifestyle.

3. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp $10.91 | ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? This is a real thing. A shared thing. Who doesn’t need a little encouragement in this area? What a lovely way to start 2016.

4. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling $15 | Kick off the new year with a few laughs and a reminder that even stars at the height of their careers share the same human struggles and fears– no one has it all figured out, but we’re trying!

5. Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book by Johanna Basford $9.57 | What better way to clear the slate than to clear your mind. There must be something to it because these adult coloring books are cropping up all over the place. Don’t forget the markers!

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Christmas Countdown: Five Coffee Table Boooks

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1. Absolutely Beautiful Things by Ann Spiro $18.87 | Pretty, preppy colors splashed all over this cheerful book of interior design inspiration. The cover alone could inspire a color palette for an entire home. Gorgeous.

2. Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time $54.07 | A look into the whimsical reality of old Hollywood royalty, European aristocracy, media moguls, and more. Ideal for your resident photographer or people watcher.

3. Great Houses of the South by Laurie Ossman $41.40 | Oh. My. Yes. Three centuries of distinctive, southern style homes beautifully photographed. Perfect symmetry, revival details, exceptionally tall white columns… wipe your chin. You’re already drooling.

4. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman $14.25 | Anyone familiar with Emily’s blog will immediately recognize this hardcover. It won’t just make a coffee table look charming, it will get picked up and poured over by every guest to sit in the living room.

5. Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson $12.18 | Pair with a themed tray and and homemade macarons for a lovely, and especially thoughtful Parisian gift set.

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Christmas Countdown: Five Books for the Doer

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You know who I’m talking about– the hands-on, creative, life-long learner. Whether she’s into cooking, painting or fixing things, here are five picks I know she’ll adore:

1. Oh, Joy!: 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy by Joy Cho $15.92 | For your craftiest pal. So many darling ideas with simple execution. Also sweet to give to a daughter (8+) with intention to craft together. Watch out, Zoe! This one is coming at ya in 2020!

2. Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair $17.08 | Painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and so on. This one is for your favorite Craigslister!

3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert $13.72 | For the creatives… writers, artists, musicians, crafters, etc. Especially one who has made her art into a career and would love a bit of expertly relayed encouragement. This one is good on the heart.

4. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman $19.77 | I learned about Deb’s blog back in 2009 from a dear friend of mine and it has never once left my favorite bookmarks. I can tell you that the recipes I have attempted have become some of my very favorite dishes (Hint: Bring this seasonal side to your next holiday party– I have made it a dozen times and it’s no fail!).  Her writing, her photography, her creativity…and most importantly her keen taste are all impossibly elegant and reliable.

5. Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, and Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn $17.96 | Projects, prompts and exercises for someone who’d love to learn a practical and lovely skill this winter. Count me in! And make it a themed gift with a proper pad of paper and pen set.

Christmas Countdown: 8 Etsy Decor Gifts

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Holiday decor makes great Christmas gifts, and it’s even better when handmade. Here are a few of my favorite picks from Etsy that would work for family members, hosts, teachers, and friends. Which one is your favorite?

1. Custom Calligraphy Ornament $15+ | Caroline of Papercase Design beautifully hand paints each glass orb. Can’t you already picture a collection of your children’s names on the tree? Also, a charming take on place cards for Christmas dinner.

2. Antler Lumbar Pillow Cover $46 | Janet Slagel creates hand-printed and sewn-in-house linens with eco-friendly inks. It also comes in gray for the white and neutral holiday decorators.  Join the Cotton Revival list to get $20 to shop.

3. Christmas Quilt $300 | You all know by know I’m a big fan of SewEMG, so if I’m going to write about Christmas decor to invest in, it’s going to be heirloom quality. I have gifted Erica’s handiwork and have the chance to see it up close– it’s gorgeous down to each detail.

4. Holly Tea Towel $19.34 | Emma Allard Smith sketches and paints patterns and then digitally prints them onto fabric to deliver brilliantly colored, functional artwork for your home. I’m liking the holly print, but check out the others, too!

5. Brass Tree Topper $94 | Megin Sherry of Me and She Studios makes a seriously stunning tree topper. She explains the inspiration, “originally himmeli mobiles were made from rye straw and hung over the dinner table to ensure a good harvest”. Use yours to ensure good tidings this holiday season. For 15% off use code SMALLBIZ.

6. Hanging Mistletoe $16.50 | This wool and satin appointed “kiss me” decor is completely darling. Check out the Fairyfolk shop for a number of perfectly felted, delightful ornaments.

7. Gold Glitter Garland $14 | Put it up for Christmas and then again for birthday parties. Neutral gold = all the festivities. Made by Glitter + Grain with felt and thread.

8. Personalized Cookie Cutter $15 | These genius gifts are from Jana Hayman’s Etsy shop, Home Print3D. And it comes with a little love story: Jana designs the products and her husband brings them to life with their 3D printer. Get one for the family or a few for each of the kiddos!