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Seven Must-Haves Finds for the Holiday Season

Embrace the hygge movement.

By Heather Dunhill November 16, 2018 Published in the November 2018 issue of Sarasota Magazine

Humans crave connection, especially at holiday time, from nostalgic story sharing with a warm cuppa to making new, forever memories at supper time. We’ve selected a few items and ideas to enhance the moments you’re soon to cherish.

Image: Tim Jaeger

Cheese Head

Local artist Tim Jaeger has created a covetable new series of cows, goats and sheep on hand-carved wooden cheese trays and bowls, like this delightful one ($200), all exclusive to Artisan Cheese Company. It’s the perfect entertaining accompaniment and sure to be a conversation starter. Artisan Cheese Company, 550 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-7860

Home Brew

Coffee is a daily go-to for many. Enter the Jura S8 ($2,999) a high-tech, home brewing machine for purists. Quieter and quicker grind time together with the innovative pulse extraction process achieves the exceptional quality of a professional barista. Fifteen presets will deliver favorite coffee and tea beverages with the push of a button for both you
and your guests. Sur La Table, 22 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 365-0380

Lotion Notions

Overnight guests will feel welcome with an unexpected something in their room. The Renewal for Your Journey gift set ($21) by Aveda seems fitting, with three variations of their coveted Hand Relief with pure plant-derived aromas: Shampure, Rosemary Mint & Candrima. Plus, it’s already wrapped in sustainably sourced handmade paper from Nepal. Nuovo Salon Group, 4952 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 684-9000


Clear to See

There’s something old-school about displaying your most excellent bourbon in a sexy decanter. Not only does it up the ante, it’s a chic way of setting the tone for the evening. This Woodbury decanter by Simon Pearce ($185) is hand-blown, with contemporary angles that showcase the brilliant clarity of the contents along with the skill of the glassblower. Pecky, 100 Central Ave., #1026, Sarasota, (941) 957-0300

Platter Me

Any host worth his or her salt has a plethora of platters on hand, especially with the on-trend dining experience of edible table runners. This festive example by DEMDACO ($47.95) will add to your creative and inspired tablescapes all season.  The White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782

Board Game

Want the family to hang out with you during dinner prep? Then build an eye-catching charcuterie board laden with delectables to keep them close. Start with a board like this organic beauty ($125) with a modern spin. It’s crafted of reclaimed wood, distinguished by two strips of contrasting timber and finished with a high gloss. Blu Home, 1830 S. Osprey Ave., #101, Sarasota, (941) 364-2900


Cool Wheels

This fully loaded rolling cooler ($325) from Tommy Bahama is the ultimate station for al fresco festivities. Powder-coated stainless steel and Thermaform insulation keep your drinks ice cold throughout the day and night, and a removable base lets you tote the cooler from deck to dockside. Tommy Bahama, 371 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-2446

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