Gift Guide

The Gifts on Our Editors' Wish Lists This Year

Here's what some of our creative team hopes they'll find under the tree.

By Sarasota Magazine Staff December 10, 2020

A Donation to All Faiths Food Bank

This year more than ever, due to Covid-19 and a hurting economy, families right here in our community are struggling to fill their plates and their tables for the holidays. One great gift idea: Donate in a loved one’s name to All Faiths Food Bank. They are trying to reach a goal of serving 4 million meals this holiday season, and 92 cents of every dollar given goes directly to those in need…so no gift is too small. —Kay Kipling, executive editor

Wine and a Great Book

I’ll have time to indulge in two of my favorite things over the holidays: a book and a bottle of wine. I’ve been reading more on my iPad lately, but this time I want a book I can hold (and that I can share!). Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry has been on my list for a while so I’ve asked Bookstore1 to hold it for me. And then I wouldn’t mind heading to Seagrape Wine Company and splurging on a 2016 Domaine de Montille that our wine writer, Bob McGinn, recommends. I’ll share that, too!  —Susan Burns, editor-in-chief

Lip Products That Also Make Great Stocking Stuffers

On endless Zoom calls while working from home, the last thing I’ve wanted to do in 2020 is wear a full face of makeup. But the one thing I have managed to slick on every morning is some lip balm and lip gloss to give a quick pop of healthy color. My favorite lip products come from Glo Skin Beauty, and I always pick them up at Mary McAndrews’ Lasting Looks of Sarasota. I like the lip gloss ($24) in Cupcake for a pink high-gloss casual look. When I’m really feeling adventurous, I use the suede matte lip crayon in Bombshell ($22) for a pigmented pop that goes on smoothly and stays put. And for the person who wants a natural-looking lip, I’m eyeing Ilike Organic Skin Care’s cool mint lip balm ($22) to give that cooling, restorative feeling. —Elizabeth Djinis, contributing writer

Tie-Dye Clogs

One of the perils of writing our monthly style column is that I often wind up with a huge personal wish list. Case in point: these tie-dye clogs ($234) from California designer Charlotte Stone that I wrote about for our upcoming January/February issue. They're comfortable enough to wear around the house, thanks to a memory foam sole, but cute and sturdy enough to wear out on grocery store trips and other essential errands. I hope I find them under the tree this year. (P.S. Want to get in on the tie-dye craze, which trend forecasters say will last into 2021? Lotus, Influence Style and T.Georgiano's all have fun pieces right now.) —Megan McDonald, digital editor

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Food or Drink Subscription

For the gourmand in your life, consider buying a gift that keeps on giving. Food and drink subscription services make for wonderful gifts because each time a box of goodies arrives, the person will sigh while thinking of you with fondness. Craft Coffee is an excellent subscription service for coffee lovers. The company will regularly send your loved one a selection of fresh-brewed beans that can even be tailored based on the type of coffee he or she enjoys. (A gift card to a local coffee shop would also work well, of course.) Maybe your gift recipient is into cheese? Cowgirl Creamery in California offers monthly subscriptions with a mix of cheeses that last three, six or 12 months, or even indefinitely, if you're feeling exceptionally generous. (A gift card to Artisan Cheese Company is a great option, too.) Buying for the shellfish aficionado in your life? Real Oyster Cult will deliver a rotating mix of live oysters from North American farms each month. Perfect for a quarantine date night. —Cooper Levey-Baker, senior editor/food editor

Book of the Month

When asked about my dream vacation, I reference my running list of vintage bookshops and ancient libraries around the world. As much as I admire the capabilities of a Kindle, I love a hardcover book. I can't resist the feel of the  paper as I turn the page, the sound of the cover closing, the crackling of the’s grounding. So it's no surprise that I’d like to find this gift under the tree: a monthly subscription of Books Everyone Should Own: 20th Century Classics from Juniper Books ($50 per month). That’s 12 meaningful novels bound in a chic design that will look handsome on my bookshelf. Or anyone’s bookshelf, for that matter. —Heather Dunhill, contributing writer

A Colorful Yet Confounding Puzzle

An old friend just gave me one of these confounding gradient puzzles ($16.50) from the gift shop at the Sarasota Art Museum. (Aargh!) —Ilene Denton, senior editor

A Smoking Cloche for Craft Cocktails at Home

During lockdown, my boyfriend and I started making craft cocktails and cheese boards at home for date nights. If you did the same and want to elevate your cocktail game a smoking cloche will do just that. In addition to enhancing cocktails, this cleverly designed tool is great for adding smoky flavor to cheeses, appetizers, nuts and dips. The Crafthouse by Fortessa Cocktail Smoking Cloche ($199.95) would make an amazing gift for anyone special in your life and look gorgeous on your bar. —Lauren Pritchard, art director

A Bullet Journal

This bullet journal ($19.95) is perfect for anyone who loves to write, draw or organize in your life. Each page is filled with microscopic dots as opposed to lines, allowing the user to draw their own calendars, section off pieces of the page to make charts, or sketch with accuracy. Artists, writers or those just wanting to jot down thoughts are sure to love it. It's available at Barnes & Noble. —Allison Forsyth, editorial intern

Minty Fresh Cleanser

Santa, please bring me some of those luxurious soaps and scrubs from House of Hilt. Plant-based and filler free, these locally made skin care products are the perfect stocking stuffer. My personal favorite is the Herbal Mint Cleanser ($72), but gift cards are available and always appreciated! —Gigi Ortwein, creative director

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