Ghosts of Ornaments Past
My daughter Ruby was born late October 2009 and by the time her first Christmas rolled around, I was deep in the throes of new motherhood, downing Fenugreek tea and texting my best friend for advice. Ruby was just two months old and I was already consumed with guilt about not creating enough pomp and circumstance for the holidays. In a moment of panic, I logged onto eBay and spent an ungodly amount of money on a garish, pink, rattle-shaped, "Baby's First Christmas" blown-glass ornament, convinced that this keepsake would redeem my perceived failings because I hadn't baked, knitted or sent out a single holiday card. When the ornament finally arrived, Christmas was over and I finally realized the absurdity of my plight. Eight years later, I'm hanging it proudly on my tree as a reminder to give myself a break and acknowledge that I'm doing the best I can.
The holidays can be full of wonder and joy but also fraught with expectation and stress, so I'm keeping plans to a minimum this year. We've already enjoyed our annual Tea & Sympathy (kudos to the Heathman's Russian Tea) and we'll bake some gingerbread snowflakes.
I've also learned that there's nothing wrong with asking for help during the holidays; in fact, most people get a boost from pitching in.
Here at the shop, I love when customers ask for help, whether it's what to get a sister-in-law or what to wear to their office holiday party (hint: this).
We also offer gift wrap, the option to shop online and pick up in store and we'll even keep the doors open a little longer if you're running late. Just ask!
Though we can't alleviate everything on your list, here's some of our favorite gift ideas to make your shopping a little easier:
Rebel Wingtip infinity scarf ($110)
Handmade ceramic vase (also in Gray) $36
Hope you have a stress-free holiday season!