Happy Holidays

'Tis the seasons for laughter and joy - and gifting, too. This special edition of JADE Pieces rounds up the best ideas for everyone on your list as you prepare your home for the festivities.



Merry & Bright Print

If there's an artsy lady on your list, this print is sure to fit their wishes. Subtle seasonal signs can provide surprising inspiration and this delightful 8x10 print of pinks and gold foil will give any wall or entryway some additional holiday glamour.

Learn to Knit Kit

Has she always wanted to learn to knit? Complete with two skeins of soft merino yarn (available in a range of colours), needles and an instructional booklet, this kit will show her how to create her very own scarf to give away (or to keep for herself).

Oui Presse Original Bunny Slippers

Soon, there will be lots of padding around the house to make sure the decorations are in place. These adorable wool and mohair slippers, hand-knit and felted in Peru, ought to provide enough warmth to ensure that the halls are decked just right.

The Wizard of Oz Collection Nail Glaze

Holiday magic can now flow all the way to her fingertips with this whimsical set of nail polishes created in honor of the 75th anniversary of the beloved film. Shades include Roby Slippers glitter red, Tin Man silver, Glinda the Good Witch pink and Emerald City green.

James Cashmere Scarf

There can never be too many scarves, especially in a festive print. Give the gift of warmth with this cozy cashmere number and get ready for winter strolls with a hot chocolate in hand, or even some grown-up snowball fights.



Homemade Gin Kit
All he needs to concoct his own gin is a bottle of vodka and this handy kit. Inside he will find a supply of juniper berries, spices, botanicals, flowers and aromatics to make the perfect cocktail for that toast come celebration time.

This portable WiFi speaker not only lets him stream music, podcasts, and sporting events, but can also be used as a speaker for his phone to make those all-important calls to loved ones during the holidays.

Natural Bristle Shave Brush with Holder
Let you man's pre-holiday party grooming routine become a little classier with the help of this practical wooden shave brush. Not only will it create the perfect lather, but it also looks good on the bathroom counter, too.

Timor Perpetual Calendar
Time flies when you're having fun, and he should ring in the New Year (and the days after it) with style. Designed by Enzo Mari in 1967, this sleek perpetual calendar belongs in any home and is, shall we say, a timeless classic.

Billykirk for J.Crew Padded Briefcase
This handsome briefcase should do the trick in easing him back into work post-festivities. Handcrafted from canvas and leather using master-craftsman techniques, this stylish dual-usage bag can fit a 13" laptop and can be worn as a messenger bag, too.



JOY Marquee
May your days be merry and bright, with this 13" tall vintage theater marquee, which emits a warm glow via tiny white lights. Make sure to also pick up its "Love" and "Peace" siblings for a truly delightful holiday at home.

Sitting Reindeer
This gold-finished aluminum reindeer makes for a perfect centerpiece accent to your dining table. Post-meal, perch him atop your mantle surrounded by personalized stockings and the warm glow of the crackling fireplace for your very own indoor winter wonderland.

Party in a Box
Throwing a party and in a rush to get everything ready? This kit provides party essentials such as decor, cocktail shaker, drinkware and serveware. This set is also available in a vibrant multicolour variation in hues of fuschia, teals and greens for your most memorable shindig.

Handcrafted "Favorite Foods" Ornaments
Various prices
These quirky ornaments will speak volumes about your personality. If you still can't find the perfect one among the giggle-prompting pack of bacon, mini Greek yogurt and the popular PBJ sandwich, try the Desserts, Wines & Spirits or For the Chef series.

Advent Houses
Counting down the days until Santa's arrival but can't wait to start opening presents? Each of the houses in this handcrafted village have removable rooftops with space for tiny treats to reward you for your patience leading up to the big day.


Emily Chu left her native Canada to pursue her publishing dreams and has since worked in New York, Singapore and London. Now based in Shanghai, she is an editor at a UK-based custom publishing house while trying to keep up with the rest of the world. Get to know her at

NOV+DEC 2013

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