Doing gift guides for so many years has taught me there is a category that is often overlooked, that of "cozy things." This type of gift spans the senses, from soft to the touch materials like Alpaca and shearling, to things that are yummy to eat. I thought about what makes winter great, and all the little luxuries that make the cold bearable, even enjoyable. Here are some new classics that will make those on your list warm and toasty inside and out.
When I was growing up, I had a mother who made lollipops from scratch and merengue mushrooms dusted with cocoa powder for my teachers at Christmas. This marshmallow heart is something she probably would have made too. But save time and buy these cuties for your hot chocolate from Sur La Table.
Don't forget your hat! I love this red and camel wool pom pom hat from Rag and Bone. It is an updated classic.
Have friends that turn into homebodies when the temperature drops? This Pantry Crate from Kerber's Farm comes with Columbian coffee beans, a Kerber's mug, oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie mixes, apple jam, and blueberry preserves. Add Netflix for a snowed in weekend with yummy treats.
It's refreshing to find a throw in a jaunty shade like this citron Alpaca version from one of my favorite new(ish) companies St. Frank, started by a savvy world traveler friend of mine. Light and warm, it is made from baby Alpaca and woven by artisans in Peru.
When I first came across this personalized robe. Called "The Boxer," from new bedding company Hill House Home I laughed out loud. Customized with classic Varsity letters, the cotton poplin robe is trimmed in navy making it a high end version of the shiny robes worn by prize fighters. I think this is such a thoughtful gift.
Waterwork's Barbara Sallick visits some of the most beautiful bathrooms in her new book, The Perfect Bath from Rizzoli, giving an inspired look at some seriously sumptuous baths. Thinking of redoing your own? Tips and tricks from leading interior designers provide practical advice, making the undertaking less daunting.
Crisp white Egyptian cotton towels with a single monogram initial is understated and luxe. The Auberge towels from Matouk add a monochromatic personal touch.
Since Coconut is in everything, why not enjoy the aroma? Herbivore's Coconut Milk Bath Soak is the way to nirvana.
The heady white flower combination of Carnal Flower is even better in the bath. You can't go wrong with a gift from French parfumeur extroardinaire, Frederic Malle.
Shearling lined slippers are a necessary winter staple. This luxe red suede version from J. Crew is dressed up with a bow. They might even pass for black tie if you are spending the evening at home.
Yippee! Everlane just launched their latest category, pajamas. I love nothing more than classic pj's in crisp cotton, and these fit the bill with direct to consumer prices. I wouldn't be surprised if they sell out, the good stuff tends to go fast.
Every year, a new candle brand emerges, but Diptyque remains high on my list of favorite candles because of their beautiful, pure scents and clean and elegant packaging. Kicking things up a notch, because holiday, their scented candle set is a little more festively packaged than usual.
Recovering from the holiday office party? At home or in flight, you can use this cute Warby Parker Eye Mask designed with artist by Sue Doeksen to hide your eyes.
Keep those digits warm with festive Nordic wool mittens lined in wool fleece from Hestra
Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and a stoneware pitcher from Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock Vermont is the real deal for Sunday brunch at home. It is easy to gift since it comes packaged in a pretty wooden box,
This delicious chunky knit wool throw is like a favorite sweater, for the sofa. Serena and Lily's Henley Throw is made by artisans in Peru of soft wool, the kind that makes you cozy on cold nights.
Designed by Brit Penelope Chilvers for J. Crew, these sturdy hiking boots with colorful trim are made of calf hair and have cozy shearling linings. I love the 60's St. Moritz vibe they bring back.