Well, here it is the 15th of the month already and the Easy and Elegant Life Holiday Gift Guide ought to give you an idea about my tastes. In this economy™, I’d like to give a little luxury, a little laughter and a lot of hope.
First the luxury. Staying under $100 isn’t the easiest thing to do when it comes to luxury goods, but I think that a 50″ x 60″ Cashmere Throw is just the thing to drape luxuriously around yourself when you’re watching a movie like “Julie & Julia” (which Mrs. E. and I cannot recommend highly enough.) Cashmere throw via Amazon.com @ USD$99.95
Slightly less and very entertaining would be an HD radio receiver, like this Sony component from Buy.com ($80 includes shipping.) Imagine digital sound — AM stations that sound like FM, FM stations that broadcast CD quality. No subscription fees, unlike satellite. Maybe I’d find more jazz coming across the airwaves?
That mid-range gift is often difficult to find how about a “beautiful vintage pair of hand made fancy pillowcases circa 1900s-1930s, with beautiful hand drawnthread work.” $45 available here. If you could, have them embroidered with a monogram. Starched, they are a joy to sleep on.
Finally, a wonderful gift under $25! The Complete Thin Man Collection via Amazon.com. These and the Jeeves and Wooster series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are our desert island DvDs. They never fail to amuse.
Anyone care to jump in with a few ideas? Merry Christmas and best wishes for a very elegant New Year.