Spread Joy This Holiday Season


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Holiday Hostess Gifts

Party invitations are filling calendars with the winter holidays in full swing, and gifts are in order for that hostess (or host) with the most. Draw inspiration from this smart selection of thoughtful gifts to express gratitude and cheer.

 

White Marble Monogram Boards

Whether prepping food or presenting it, this Marble Monogram Board is both versatile and stylish. The monogram adds a sweet personal touch, making it a charming and distinctive gift. Talk about serving up style.

 

Christofle espresso

Help your favorite host take coffee service to the next level with this stunning 18-karat Rose Gold Espresso Set. The sophisticated six-piece set stores in a contemporary egg-shaped case that looks lovely adorning any tabletop or coffee cart. Scooping and stirring never looked so good!

 

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Sweeten any gathering with this Signature Candle in Champagne. A fragrant, soy-based candle is the perfect gift for any hostess ready to transform a space for guests or unwind after the party in a warm bath. Cheers either way!

 

9 Rose All Day

Speaking of sweet, who wouldn’t love an assortment of gourmet treats? Sure to delight any hostess, this Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box is the best way to sample three of Sugarfina’s most popular candies with plenty to share — or just enough to enjoy alone.

 

See more gift ideas and browse luxury listings in the fall/winter 2018 issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living magazine.

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Dude, Sweet Chocolate


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The colder weather makes us crave a warm, delicious mug of hot chocolate. And what better place to find the perfect chocolate beverage than Dude, Sweet Chocolate? We headed over to the original location in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District to spend the day with Chef Katherine Clapner, the visionary, co-founder and co-owner of the concept to get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes their drinking chocolate so rich, balanced and well … chocolatey.
 
Stop into the Dude, Sweet Chocolate location nearest you to taste a mug for yourself, and while you’re at it, pick up some gifts for family and friends. Watch the video below to get a closer look at this uniquely North Texas chocolate store, and see what makes a trip to Dude, Sweet Chocolate a quintessential holiday activity.

 

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Scardello Artisan Cheese


A cheese board is a never-fail addition to any holiday gathering, whether it’s a small friendly get-together, or a large family celebration. With that in mind, we visited our friends at Scardello Artistan Cheese in Oak Lawn to learn how to create the perfect one. Watch the video below to see how you can ace your next cheese board.

Ace Your Cheese Board

• Include a combination of three firmnesses of cheese – soft, medium-firm and hard.

• Feature different animal milks (i.e. cow, goat, sheep).

• Add a twist by featuring different regions of the world.

• Include a variety of accompaniments like cornichons, dried fruits, nuts, olives or charcuterie.

• When displaying a cheese board, set out a knife for each cheese on the platter. This way, the flavors won’t be compromised.

• Set cheese out for at least 30 minutes to reach room temperature.

• Before any guests arrive, cut a few slices of cheese and arrange them on the board. Present each cheese with its own knife and allow your guests to continue to cut slices for themselves. These measures will prevent the cheese from drying out and allow the full flavors to emerge.

Still unsure of where to start? Don’t be afraid to venture into Scardello and ask for help. The knowledgable staff will work with you to create the perfect cheese board for your palate or gathering.

Happy cheese hunting!

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Mother'sDayGiftGuideMother’s Day is around the corner and we’ve rounded up a few items perfect for giving to someone special in your life.

MothersDayGifts1. French Lavender Hand Soap & Lotion – $44.95
Pamper your mom with this delightfully-scented and ultra-soothing hand soap, dish soap, and lotion set perfect for any sink or bathroom.
2. Brown Sugar Body Polish – $67.00
This natural sugar exfoliant promises to leave skin soft, silky, and glowing. The warm brown sugar scent is reminiscent of freshly-baked cookies. Need we say more?
3. Japanese Plum Bloom Candle – $26.00
This 16-ounce candle offers the scent of plum bloom petals and leaves, ripe plum fruit, and crushed currants. The jar is beautiful enough to be reused, too!
4. Faux Fur Robe – $69.95
Give the gift of luxury with this soft, plush robe. It’s even machine washable!
5. S’well® Water Bottle – $45.00
This double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless-steel water bottle will keep any beverage hot or cold for an extended period of time. (Pro tip: The 25-ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine too…)
6. KitchenAid Stand Mixer – $569.99
This durable stand mixer is the perfect gift for the serious foodie. It offers 10 speeds to mix, knead, and whip ingredients quickly and easily.
7. iRobot® Roomba – $799.99
Give the gift of a smarter home with this Roomba® 980. With just the push of a button, it can seamlessly navigate and vacuum any floor clean of pet hair, crumbs, or random Cheerios.
8. Walnut Cookbook Holder – $49.95
Following recipes is now even easier with this gorgeous cookbook holder. Prop up cookbooks, Grandma’s recipes, or a tablet for perfect visibility.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home


Holiday Gift Guide

Drawing a blank on what to get your friends or family this holiday season? Here are a few gift ideas that are perfect for the homebody. Plus, you can expedite shipping to make sure everything is here in time for the holidays.


1. Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven – $169.95

A versatile dutch oven is a must for anyone who loves to cook. With proper care, a dutch oven can last a lifetime.

2. Aluminum Ice Cream Scoop – $17.99

Shopping for someone with a sweet tooth? This Zeroll ice cream scoop has been used in ice cream parlors since 1935 and many believe it carves a perfect scoop of ice cream.

3. Marled Basketweave Throw – $79

Who doesn’t love cuddling under a soft blanket in the depths of winter? This chunky knit comes in a variety of multi-hued colors to match any home décor.

4. Natural and Silver Agate Trivet – $195

This trivet is perhaps the most glamorous way to protect countertops.

5. Antique Olive Print Set – $40

These antique French olive illustrations might just be as charming as whoever would appreciate them.

6. Fragrant Oil Diffuser – $34

A candle is always a great gift, but a diffuser is a fun alternative.

7. Portable Bluetooth Speaker – $134.99

This water-resistant speaker offers hours of play time for the music, podcast, or audiobook lover and will even charge a phone.