Gift Guide

Five Great Gifts to Give (and Keep) This Holiday Season

We've found gifts for mind, body and spirit. (And we won't judge if you buy one for yourself, too.)

By Heather Dunhill November 18, 2020

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Weekend Wrap.

If there's ever been a year to bring tidings of comfort and joy to those you love, it’s 2020. And while you’re at it, remember to be kind to yourself, as well—everybody makes the “nice list” this holiday.

We’ve culled a gift guide for mind, body and spirit, from an ultra-soft wrap that truly feels like a hug to scents to transport your mind to a place where the temps read a few digits cooler. Consider this permission to buy two: one to give, one to keep.

Barefoot Dreams Wrap

Everyone should have this buttery soft Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Weekend Wrap ($106, pictured above). This luxurious layer feels like a comfy hug, and we all could use one of those right now. Nice, too, that it’s one size; no need to worry about the perfect fit or gift returns. This one is a keeper: it’s wonderful for curling up with a book, sitting down for meditation, or wearing out in the cool evening air, which the weather-watchers promise is on the way. Molly's! A Chic & Unique Boutique, 1874 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota (941) 921-1221.

Tea Forté's limited-edition Pumpkin Spice.

Tea Forté Pumpkin Spice Blend

Few things ring in the holiday season like pumpkin-flavored anything. Tea Forté hit the mark with this limited-edition pumpkin pie spice blend ($22) in a petite presentation box. This warming cuppa black tea will soothe the soul, especially when cradled between both hands so you can breathe in the spicy pumpkin, ginger, clove, and cinnamon aroma. Elysian Fields, 1273 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 361-3006

Whale Day by Billy Collins

Whale Day by Billy Collins

Whale Day by Billy Collins

Sometimes a bit of poetry is all you need to disconnect from the world. Known for his wit and wisdom, fellow Floridian and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins recently released his latest book, Whale Day and Other Poems ($26). Named “America’s favorite poet” by The Wall Street Journal, Collins remains true to his playful nature in this—his 13th—collection. It’s whimsical yet grounding. Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 365-7900.

Tata Harper Aromatherapy Collection. 

Tata Harper Aromatherapy Kit

This is your tool kit for well-being—an aromatherapy collection ($240) by Tata Harper crafted from highly concentrated essential oil blends formulated to help recharge mind and spirit. These treatments aim to inspire feelings of peace and serenity to curb the effects of stress and irritability, and provide a much-needed energy boost—or the opposite: a good night’s sleep.

Molton Brown Holiday Scent Set

Molton Brown’s Fabled Juniper Berries and Lapp Pine Hand Wash and Matching Lotion.

If you’re diligently washing hands, then fill those important 20 seconds with Molton Brown's limited-edition holiday scent set of Fabled Juniper Berries and Lapp Pine hand wash paired with matching lotion ($65). The woody aromas crafted of crisp juniper berries, pine and earthy oakmoss will transport your mind to a wintry wonderland in those moments, and the lotion will keep the feeling lingering long after. Saks Fifth Avenue, 120 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota (941) 364-5300.

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