Okay, so your kids make Christmas lists every year, so they usually aren’t hard to buy for (the only hard part is narrowing the list down to something reasonable). You can usually get a suggestion or two out of your spouse and maybe a few other family members. But when it comes to the small gifts – for acquaintances, neighbors, teachers, coworkers, hosts – buying gifts can be overwhelming. You have to stick to your budget, but you still want them to be practical, enjoyable, and thoughtful. So enter Peace Love Home, St. Augustine’s locally-owned home decorating store featuring furniture, artwork, and decor accents with a cool, Florida coastal vibe. With their expert help, we’ve come up with ten delightful gifts under $50 that you can find in their boutique. Get ready to cross a few names off of your list and make Christmas gift shopping a little more magical.
1 – CORKCICLE, $17.95-$49.95
You’ll easily find a lot of people who swear by the Corkcicle brand. And with a wide array of styles, colors, and sizes, that comes as no surprise. The whiskey drinker gets a stylish Whiskey Wedge ($17.95) to keep your drink cool without watering it down and the wine drinker needs the Canteen ($49.95) which will keep a whole bottle of wine chilled for 25 hours. Some might just enjoy the classic-for-a-reason Tumbler ($29.95) and some might opt for the Stemless ($19.95). You really can’t go wrong.
2 – DISH TOWEL AND PIE SERVER, $17
Kitchen gifts are an easy home run, especially during the holidays. Encourage some delicious homemade goods with an adorable dish towel – embellished with the truth “life is what you bake of it” – and matching pie server – bearing the mantra “eat dessert first.” Maybe your gift will get rewarded with a slice.
3 – BAR GLASSES AND COCKTAIL SHAKER, $22.50–$50
The holidays are a time of celebration so why not gift a little celebratory encouragement? These hi-ball bar glasses ($50 for the set) perfectly accent the coastal decor that this town so loves without sacrificing elegance and the glitter-adorned cocktail shaker ($22.50) provides some much-needed fun! With these in their hands, everyone will be ready to lift a glass.
4 – COASTAL TEA LIGHTS, $9.50-$16.50
Bring the subtle beauty of the ocean into someone’s home. Coastal decor doesn’t always have to be bright, flashy colors. If your giftee is a little more subdued, they might appreciate these tea lights with coastal figures under an opaque silver sheen. Give them just the large ($16.50), medium ($10), or small ($9.50) or present the whole set.
5 – HOURGLASS, $28
Handblown and in alluringly vibrant colors, these hourglasses are the perfect gift for someone who appreciates a centuries-old craft (but needs a modern twist). Powered by nothing but gravity, they’ll offer an unending peaceful calm as you watch the sand fall from one dome to the next. And as an added bonus, the hourglass can time things for you too – which, you know, was its original purpose. They’re available in yellow, blue, green, orange, and pink.
6 – SOAPS, LOTIONS, AND SCENTS, $9-$35
There is no easier gift to give than a candle, lotion, or soap. One person can never have enough and most people will appreciate a beautiful scent – whether it be for their home or their hands. And Peace Love Home boasts no small supply. Try a Paddywax diffuser ($31) or a more traditional Mer|Sea candle ($35). Paddywax soap can be in a bar ($9) with unusual and elegant scents or liquid ($19) with a container they’ll keep forever. Whether it be Mer|Sea lotion ($25) or room spray ($19), a gift like this will never steer you wrong.
7 – PINEAPPLE BOOKENDS, $49.95
Historically, the pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality in the South. They’d make their way into details in every part of the home to demonstrate a willingness to open doors to friends, family, and everyone in between. So these carved bookends in a beautiful shade of white are both a gorgeous addition to home decor and a festive nod to the traditions of the region. Bookworm or not, the receiver will appreciate a gift of festive cheer.
8 – CORAL REEF CANDLE HOLDER, $49
If just a candle doesn’t quite cut it on your Christmas list, give the candle a little extra sophistication with this coral reef candle holder. The light of the candle flame makes the white coral glow and is reflected off of the glass for an even brighter illumination. Candles just got a seriously stylish upgrade.
9 – EMBROIDERED PILLOW, $16.50
For dog lovers and Christmas-philes alike, this sweet and understated pillow is a perfect addition to any holiday decor. It isn’t over-the-top and won’t clash with already-existing interior design, so a gift like this could make its way into holiday traditions for years to come. You’ll feel just as festive as these ornament-bearing Christmas tree pups.
10 – WINE GLASSES, $17
Girlfriend gifts don’t get any cuter than this! Your ladies will sip on your favorite Pinot Grigio while the glass encourages them to “shine brighter” or “keep your heels, heads, and standards high.” Plain wine glasses are a thing of the past, trust us.
To find more adorable gifts or learn more about Peace Love Home, visit www.peacelovehome.net.