12 Days of Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

Special thanks to Francesco Bilotto

For this holiday season, we reached out to lifestyle expert Francesco Bilotto who’s always in the know of the latest trends and has a knack of always finding unique and meaningful products. Not only did he come up with a few of his favorite finds, but he pulled together 12 wonderful ideas perfect for 12 Days of Gift Giving. So whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, gift for those near and dear (yet miles away), or someone special in your life who’s a bit more challenging to shop for, check out “Francesco’s Favorite Fa La La La Finds”. Happy Holiday Shopping!


Just in time for the holidays, Wayfair has rolled out a new shopping feature called “Hidden Gems”. This new feature includes products ranging from Fun & Quirky, Under $50, Under $100, to Pet Gifts. Many of the products featured in Hidden Gems are great for stocking stuffers or gadgets for holiday gift swaps. I love shopping from Wayfair because shopping is simple and shipping is speedy.


From kitten fur, to tennis balls and even gingerbread, Demeter has a scent for EVERYONE on your list! The perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person, co-worker or even for yourself.


The most useful gift to give the hostess with the mostess this season — ECOS Holiday Gift Set. ECOS has been leading the charge in safe and healthy cleaning practices for over 50 years. Their innovative products and fresh packaging have reinvented the way we look at “clean”.

Harry & David

Nothing says “festive” more than a gift delivered to your door from Harry & David. If you’re traveling and sending ahead gifts to loved ones in another state, Harry& David is a must! They have an amazing assortment of scrumptious treats to choose from, all nested in beautiful packaging.

Ginger Zee “Natural Disaster”

This is a must read! Books are big this season so why not give one that has heart, honesty and humor. Ginger Zee shares an inside look into her life while covering disasters, all while being one herself. Natural Disaster is the perfect gift to share with a good friend! And if you’re in Chicago, meet Ginger December 8th at the Standard Club | The Book Cellar.

Beauty Kitchen Subscriptions

You can be pampered once a month if not more, by celebrity beauty expert Heather Marianna and her line Beauty Kitchen — an outstanding assortment of all natural and cruelty free skin care products. From bath salts to eye gels, decorative soaps and kids kits, so much creativity and care are packed into one of Beauty Kitchen’s monthly boxes.

DIY a year of crafts with Michaels

A favorite gift to give and receive is a “year of art and craft + gift-wrapping supplies”. Michaels has everything you need to make a little gift basket of sorts. Include a gift card as well so the recipient can select their own hobbies and unleash their inner maker. When it comes to gift-wrapping, I know that sounds like an odd gift to give, BUT who doesn’t want their own version of Candy Spelling’s famous gift-wrap room! Picture this — a clear bin filled with gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons, stampers, scissors, note cards and of course Scotch gift wrap tape (which is a must). This saves people money and time all year long and they will love the personal thought that went into it.


This gift will remind them of you every second of the day. From sporty to sophisticated, Armitron has brilliant, bold and beautiful collections of innovative and well-designed watches for the man or woman in your life.

Garnet Hill

Marble has made a big impact in home decor over the past year. It’s making an even bigger impact beyond the kitchen and onto our tables. Garnet Hill offers a super chic collection of tabletop/serving pieces that would bring joy to any foodie or lover of entertaining.


Metallics make everything so much more sparkly and shiny, so why not give a touch more of that all year round! Mixture has one of my favorite candle collections filled with various styles and scents to give and receive.


Give the gift of practical and pretty! Knork flatware offers the most durable and egronomical pieces of flatware on the market in my opinion. From sleek everyday utensils, to professional knife sets and my personal favorite, stylish serving sets.


You can now have a festive rug and be able to wash it year after year thanks to Ruggable’s Holiday Collection. Ruggable is a two-part system that allows you to take the top layer off and machine wash it. Perfect for pet owners, goes great in mudrooms and even bathroom and kitchens. They have an extensive line of styles and sizes along with this new holiday collection.

Happy shopping and hope you all have fa la la la la fabulous Holiday season!

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