It’s finally here! Our favorite month of the year! Not only is it the much anticipated Christmas season, but we also get to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary on the 29th! Needless to say, there are much festivities to be had. So without further ado, here’s Greg to share his favorite things for December:
1. Nothing says Christmas like… circuit boards? Yep. This Recycled Circuit Board Christmas Tree is great for any geek, gadget-lover or electronics aficionado. Deck the halls with blinking LEDs… Fa la la la la la la la la.
2. This 4 Function Ruler Pen from Uncommon Goods would make a good stocking stuffer. It’s a pen, pencil, highlighter, PDA stylus and a ruler. Perfect for simplifying the kitchen “junk drawer” (everyone has one of those!).
3. Seeing as how I also included Charlie Brown Thanksgiving last month, you might have guessed, I’m a huge fan of Charlie Brown, especially during the holidays. No matter how many times you watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, you always find yourself pulling for the poor little tree. And who can forget Linus’ 2-dimensional head bob dance? Truly a classic for the ages!
4. Holiday S’more Kit from Crate & Barrel. Handmade marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. ‘Nuff said, right? I’m going to have to try these with Starbucks’ Christmas Blend, which is further down the list. Heavenly experience? Probably.
5. Bentley loves pretty much anything from Harry Barker. So this Santa Gift Bucket full of gifts if an easy choice for Bentley to open on Christmas morning (Yes, he actually has gifts to open. It’s all Ashley’s doing — I promise). The hard part will be keeping him from sniffing it out and ripping up the package before Christmas!
6. Progressive metal orchestral story-driven Christmas music? Yep. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been a favorite of mine for years, and seeing them in concert only reinforced my already high opinion. Lasers, floating platforms and pyrotechnics are just as impressive as the music. Go see them if you can. If not, pick up Christmas Eve and Other Stories. It’s is the quintessential TSO album.
7. Every good geek needs a USB-powered Christmas desk ornament like this Snowbot from ThinkGeek! What good are all those USB ports on your computer if you’re not using them to power stuff, anyway? With a few powered USB hubs, you could even make a Snowbot army to (forcibly) spread cheer to everyone in your cube farm. Just a thought.
8. Let me say this first: Starbucks’ Christmas Blend isn’t a flavored coffee. It’s just a great cold-weather, warms-your-soul kind of coffee. The Starbucks website suggests anything spicy/citrus-y as a pairing. They don’t list it, but their blueberry scones are awesome with this blend. And like I said above, s’mores sound like an awesome pairing. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Now I’m going to hand the keyboard back to Ashley so she can share her favorite things for December…
1. I am a part of that small percentage of people who hate Peppermint Bark. Nope, not a fan. Weird, I know. Or so I’m told. But oddly enough, I am loving the Peppermint Bark lip shine by Philosophy. It’s light and minty and has a really nice sheen to it that lasts a long time. In my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with anything from Philosophy.
2. I love writing notes. Especially around the holidays. I have a wide selection of notecards and paper tucked away in my office (Well, they are currently in a box…somewhere.) and my favorite notecards to use around this time of year is Paper Source’s Mitten Stationery.
3. My beloved White Christmas Yankee Candle is now discontinued. Yes, very very sad. I was so bummed about it. But then I found a replacement for my long lost love: Yankee Candle’s Winter Wonderland. It’s scent is so festive that you can almost hear the sleigh bells in the air… Sounds corny, I know, but it’s true.
4. These miniature camera ornaments are adorable! Last year, I used them on a mini tree in my office. I can’t wait to unpack them and use them again this year!
5. I love using bakers twine throughout the year but I especially love using it around Christmas. There’s just something festive about it. I love to pair it with a solid chocolate brown wrapping paper for simple and chic gift wrap solution. And it’s very affordable too!
6. Since we are now moving into our house, we’ve had a lot of family members ask us what we want for the house for Christmas. It’s always kinda awkward — you know what I mean? I’d much rather search for that special gift for someone than telling them what we want for Christmas. So, my mother-in-law asked us to make a “wish list” and that got us thinking. After a little Google search, we stumbled upon MyRegistry.com. It. is. so. cool! You can add items from any website and make notes about color, quantity, size, etc. or even where you plan on using it in the house. Whenever someone purchases a gift from your list, it automatically updates it as purchased. One major perk about MyRegistry.com is you can put a password on your list so you can only share it with close family members rather than whoever hears you have a registry there. How cool is that?
7. I love my Kitchen Aid mixer. It was one of the very first wedding gifts we received when we got married almost three years ago and I use it all the time! If you don’t already have one of these beauties, Christmas is the perfect time to get (or give) one. Not only is it the season for baking, but you can always find these for a good deal around this time of year.
8. Just on my mom’s side of the family, we have 11 people exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve. That’s a lot of people. So in order to keep track of who’s is who’s, I love using these Paper Source Holiday Stickers. You can also use them on baked goods, crafts or on quick notes.
9. Indoors or out, Christmas wreaths are so festive and really bring home the holiday decor. I’m loving this full, Amaryllis Wreath from Crate & Barrel. It’s fun, rich with color and has an organic quality to it that makes it natural looking.
That’s it for this month’s installment of our favorite things. Do you have any fall favorites? Share them in the comment section.