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Dear Santa...

Author: Carly Scholl
Issue: December, 2017, Page 26
Discover the special treasures of the season for everyone on your list

Party Animals
For the hostess with the mostest or the cocktail connoisseur, blasé barware simply won’t do. Dazzle them with out-of-the-ordinary interpretations of classic glassware, decanter sets and accessories that will liven up holiday soirees and casual get-togethers.

1. Let an ambidextrous octopus do the heavy lifting at your next party with this aluminum serving bowl. Fill with ice to chill bottled beverages, or use as a tentacled centerpiece for an under-the-sea accent at the dinner table. $170 (

2. Drink differently with delicate tumblers that embody today’s geometric trends. These multifaceted, handblown glasses are embellished with gold or matte black and can also be used as votive candleholders or succulent pots in a pinch. $33/pair (

3. Study up on the streets of Moscow while sipping a refreshing mule from a sleek copper mug etched with a map of the city. $45 (

4. Automated and temperature-controlled, the Dacor Discovery WineStation is a four-bottle dispensing and preservation system for the home that amateur sommeliers and oenophiles alike will adore. The sleek machine, which is only 16 inches deep, keeps bottles fresh for up to 60 days and, with a touchscreen display and no-drip spouts, ensures the perfect pour every time. $5,649 (

5. Liven up your libations with quirky rocket-shaped decanters that will bring a pop art aesthetic to your bar cart. $148-$198 (

Think Inside the Box
Take the guesswork out of holiday gift giving with the year’s most popular present: subscription boxes customized to your loved ones’ likings. Know a snappy sartorialist, a desert plant lover or an insatiable bookworm? Delight them with monthly, quarterly or one-off packages, and let the professionals procure a box full of fabulous things.

6. Treat the dapper gentleman in your life to a regular shipment of sophisticated and unexpected accoutrements ranging from a taco-making kit to a sampling of outdoorsman tools. $45/per box (

7. Francophiles will be “amoureux” with a quarterly package of ooh-la-la luxuries made in France. From perfumed Provençal candles to breezy linen scarves to limited-edition watercolor prints, these boxes include an array of items that will inspire one to embrace French style. $700/year (

8. A monthly delivery of literature and book-themed treats is a dream come true for your family’s bibliophile. Choose the reading material yourself, or be surprised by a curated box of well-liked wonders. $28/month (

9. Simple and stylish, these artful succulent arrangements from The Desert Box will arrive monthly or quarterly to a grateful green thumb. Each box contains a different succulent or cactus, repurposed planter, soil, moss, decorative pebbles and a plant care card. $23/month (

10. Foodies with adventurous palates will delight in a monthly package bursting with global gourmet delicacies. Themed boxes provide ingredients for such dishes as South African peri peri sauce or an assortment of Swedish sweets. $39/month (

Cozy Up
When the temperatures drop, Arizonans use it as an excuse to break out our coziest linens, pillows and throws for ultimate relaxation and appreciation of the chilly winter weather. Gift your favorite homebodies some of the season’s snuggliest fineries for a toasty treat.

11. Limited-edition throw pillows festooned with feathery friends will bring a festive air to interiors. Measuring 16" square, “Hope and Blessing” (right) and “Tranquility” (left) feature original artwork from local artists. $50 each (

12. Harry Potter fans of all ages will be charmed by these sophisticated bed linens inspired by the popular book series. Summon the spirit of Hogwarts with the Patronus Damask Duvet Cover ($30-$149), the Magical Velvet Quilt and Sham ($36-$249) and a variety of enchanting throw pillows emblazoned with phrases and spells from the wizarding world. ($36-$50). (

13. Give lounging loved ones the gift of a staycation in their own home with a luxe resort-style robe. The unisex Mediterranean robe is made from textured Turkish cotton that’s light enough for Phoenix summers and warm enough for cool nights. $148 (

14. Up the snug-factor with a locally crafted Weekend Blanket, woven from premium acrylic yarn. The oversized weave has a playful, casual allure that will add an interesting touch of texture to a sofa or bed. $175 (

15. Everyone’s favorite “fixer-uppers” Chip and Joanna Gaines’ wildly popular Magnolia Home line features throws that are as cute as they are comfy. Neutral hues and quiet patterns make these appropriate home accents all year long. $89-$129 (

Kid Friendly
Straight from Santa’s workshop, these unforgettable gifts will tuck neatly under the tree for a grand Christmas morning reveal. With a couple goodies for Mom, too, these
precious picks are fun for the whole family.

16. Treat a new mom to a customized basket of infant body care essentials, including baby soap, nursing balm and baby balm made locally from natural ingredients, including jojoba oil, shea butter and beeswax. $20 (

17. Outfit a trendy tot in a custom rock ’n’ roll camo jacket from local brand Rockin Street Wear. Choose the vintage-inspired band patches that best encapsulate the cool kid’s style and watch the wearer’s star power grow. $105 (

18. Handmade in Morocco, these artisan baby slippers come in a variety of colors and feature a splash of beads and sequins for extra sparkle. $30 (

19. Delight young (and old) “Star Wars” fans with the BB-9E App-Enabled Droid, a fully operational mini robot that can display holographic simulations, interact with other Sphero-made “Star Wars” droids and respond to scenes from the films when you watch together. $150 (

20. Inspired by real designer kitchens, this chic play kitchen is crafted of solid wood and nontoxic materials sourced from Amish toymakers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The timeless aesthetic will charm little chefs and their parents. 36"H by 31"W by 13"D $699 (

Outdoor Explorer
For the people on your shopping list who’d rather sleep in a tent than a hotel, and who’d rather be hitting the slopes than sipping hot cocoa in the lodge, these fun, functional gifts will encourage their adventurous spirits to get out and go wild.

21. Whether they’re shredding black diamonds or slaloming leisurely greens, snow bums will love these design-driven, high-performance skis. Find all-terrain, resort, touring and big mountain styles for men, women and children, all sporting vivid colors and patterns. From $500-$850 (

22. Unwind anywhere and everywhere with the Hummingbird Hammock. This easy-to-assemble, lightweight sling is smaller than a coffee cup when packed and can hold up to 300 pounds when secured in place, offering trail junkies and camping enthusiasts a breezy spot to kick back and relax. $75 (

23. For the explorers who already have it all, give them an experience they won’t forget. Local outdoor adventure company Just Roughin’ It offers a variety of excursions for all experience levels, such as one- to seven-day backpacking tours at the Grand Canyon, camping at Havasupai and even out-of-state ventures to Yosemite and Olympic national parks. Meals, permits, gear and in-state transportation are included in the total cost of each trip; and trained, certified guides make every experience safe, educational and fun. Prices range from $100-$1,775. (

24. Invite a wine lover to enjoy a nice vintage in the great outdoors without fear of shattered glass. These 12-ounce stainless steel wine tumblers are designed with dual-wall insulation and include press-to-seal lids for extra spillage protection. $15 (

25. Thrill-seekers will not miss a moment with the latest GoPro Hero6 camera. With state-of-the-art image display and voice command technology, this compact waterproof camera will capture video and photos on every adventure. $500 (

Stylish Niceties
Great things often come in small packages, and the season’s most glam gifts are no exception. Treat asthetes to a thoughtful selection of little luxuries that make a big impact.

26. Perfect as a handy stocking stuffer, the Bling Brush removes tarnish and dirt from prized jewelry so your precious stones—real or faux—can shine bright. $18 (

27. For the fabulous jet-setter, the new home fragrance collection from Kate Spade New York evokes the essence of far-flung locales. Try Bazaar for the taste of a Moroccan spice market or Coast for the breezy aroma of sea salt and driftwood. $28-$40/5-10 ounce (

28. Designed by Charlotte Moss for Ibu, these effortlessly chic tassel earrings ($165) will complement everything from eveningwear to jeans and a T-shirt. Pair them with a matching tasseled clutch for extra panache ($115). (

29. Pamper a pal with cruelty-free vegan peppermint ($15) and chocolate ($16) sugar scrubs aimed to soothe, hydrate and exfoliate winter skin while delighting the senses with seasonal scents. (

30. For a workplace friend or new college student, a low-maintenance air plant is just the thing to bring a bit of greenery to their personal spaces. Set in a variety of gilded geodes and gemstones, these quirky, locally made desktop delights will elicit a smile. $10-$260 (

Kitchen Essentials
Time to toss worn-out cookware and gadgets and make room for a host of smart, snazzy kitchen equipment this holiday season. New technologies and bespoke accessories make thoughtful gifts for the inspired epicurean in your life.

31. For someone serious about their culinary endeavors, a set of Martellata hammered copper cookware from Lagostina is the perfect gift. Splurge on the whole 10-piece set ($800), or invest in a couple quality items ($80-$250) they’ll treasure for years to come. (

32. Enjoy light bites in the company of multicolored dachshunds, Scottish terriers, French bulldogs and bloodhounds with this set of four ceramic appetizer dishes decked out with adorable dog motifs. Designed by actress Reese Witherspoon for her brand Draper James, these plates are the perfect present for a pooch-loving friend or family member. $65 (

33. A nod to the iconic model of the 1960s, the new limited-edition Original Kettle Premium grill from Weber is a throwback barbecue buffs will love. Measuring 22" in diameter, the glossy red grill features a built-in cleaning system and thermometer, removable ash catcher and tool hooks. $219 (

34. Local artist Lexie Bowers’ handcrafted serving spoons are simply Sonoran. Made from beechwood and branded with images of prolific desert flora, including yucca pods, saguaros and wildflowers, these functional utensils look beautiful on display in the kitchen. $25-$35 (

35. Upgrade your loved one’s morning java routine with the Smarter Coffee maker. To savor a few more cozy moments in bed, remotely brew the first cup of the day with a simple smartphone app that controls the machine. $180 (
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