Things We Love

Our Gift Guide

Tuscan Autumn Centerpiece

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Perfect for your holiday table
and the green earthenware bowl is oven-proof for holidays to come.
$63
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Autumn Romance Bouquet

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White roses with a fall tropical twist
Wish someone would send me these right now...
$49
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Glaze Of Glory Bouquet

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Send somebody flowers just because you love them and the beautiful vase is reusable.

$55
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2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot

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intense aromas of ripe cherry,
followed by more nuanced elements of cedar,
sweet spices, orange peel...

Wine Spectator - 90
Wine Review Online - 94
Wine & Spirits - 90

$54

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Petrossian Sliced Smoked Salmon

petrossian salmon
Cold-smoked, satiny goodness.
A classic -- if you can't meet her for brunch then send her some.
Ships via Fed Ex overnight so it's a perfect last-minute gift!

$61 and up

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The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook

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20 years. 2,000 recipes. Wow!
A must-have for the cookbook collector or any discerning home chef.
$24
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Vinturi Wine Aerator

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Aerate your wine in the amount of time it takes to pour a glass. Within seconds, reds and whites are mixed with precisely the right amount of air, delivering a better taste. Lisa and Alan just love this!
$24
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Kyocera Revolution Series 2-Piece Knife Set

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The best knives ever.  Seriously worth every penny.
$77
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Jean Dubost Laguiole Olivewood Cheese Knife Set

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You don't have to be a Maitre Fromager to appreciate the fine craftsmanship of these cheese knives.
$150
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Whoopie Pie Maker

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Retro cool desserts. Whoopie pies are back and now it's easy to make them at home! We love the baby blue color too.
Check out our Whoopie Pie recipe.
$58
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Saks Pearl & Diamond Necklace

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Aviva Carmy Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Necklace -- not quite your old-fashioned pearls, this is a pearl necklace anyone would wear!
$1,799 (on sale)
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Picnic Basket (service for 4)

Surprise her with a picnic (and a permanent memory of same). We love this picnic basket. Who's bringing the wine?
$256
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Natori Robe

Mom should lounge in style. 'Nuff said.
$65 and up
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