Editors’ Picks for Holiday Gifts

This year’s Cary Magazine Gift Guide is better than ever, with selections catered to children, jewelry lovers, outdoorsy types and more. But we didn’t stop there. Editors Emily and Tara picked out a few personal favorites for holiday gifting.

Parties abound during the holidays, and I always prefer to show up with a small gift for the host to show my gratitude. But what to get the host who has everything? A festive beverage!

Give the people you adore a bottle of Mikkeller Red/White Christmas Ale brewed with spices, $34.99. The Mikkeller brewery is a young brewery in Denmark with a penchant for creating new flavors. This beer combines red ale and Belgian witbier with spices and citrus for a lovely holiday flavor.

If there’s a Grinch on your list, consider a Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout instead, $6.99. The product of Ridgeway Brewing in England, it shows that a lump of coal may be a welcome gift indeed.

With Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava sparkling wine, $24.99, the bottle says it all. It’s embellished with a metal fleur-de-lis crest and band for an elegant presentation. It’s delightful given alone, or pair it in a gift box with a set of champagne flutes for a complete package for $35.99. From Triangle Wine Company.

Bright colors and fun accessories put me in a holiday mood, and this bright coat and bag certainly fit the bill! A slouchy green deux lux shoulder bag, $71, proves a woman never can have too many fun totes. And from the persimmon hue to the joy joy brand name, it’s like this adorable bow-front coat, $192, was made for gifting! From Scout & Molly’s of Cary.

 A new piece of jewelry is a gift I love to receive, and this winter I can’t get enough chunky, colorful pieces that make a bold statement. These vintage 1940s ruby flower earrings, $500, accomplish that with sweet femininity. The Peridot, enamel and yellow gold ring, $1,950, is definitely a holiday splurge, but it’s a showstopper that will elevate a basic outfit to party-ready. If bright and colorful is what you’re after, this rough cut turquoise pendant, $450, is another beauty. When paired with a little black dress, it will steal the show. From Joint Venture Jewelers.

As an everyday option, consider an acrylic monogrammed necklace from Swagger Gifts. Completely customizable with different colors and chain options, I especially love the contrast of modern materials and traditional lettering. Necklaces start at $45.

Running behind on your shopping? The acrylic serving trays at Swagger can be purchased as late as Christmas Eve and monogrammed while you wait. At $20 for a 12-inch square tray, I think I’ll pick one up for myself as well as a couple for hostess gifts.

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