10 Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Under $100

This holiday season why not give gifts that won’t have your friends and family standing in the returns line and the department stores.  Here a little help in the gift giving ideas department that is sure to be a winner, and each for under $100.00.

Olive Branch Dish Michael Aram

O L I V E   B R A N C  D I S H  


The Olive Branch Dish is a guaranteed hit.  Not only is it visually stunning but it’s also functional.  It’s made of oxidized bronze, nature bronze and stainless steel.  You could do some extra-credit work by including a little note about olive branches, a symbol of peace and victory,  presented to the Olympic victors and worn by brides on their wedding day.

MichaeL Aram

Picnic Basket Backpack Red Envelope

Picnic Basket Backpack, Red Envelope

P I C N I C   B A S K E T   B A C K P A C K


Picnics aren’t just for spring time.  This handy backpack picnic basket will serve up some wine, cheese and other nibbles as a fitting reward after a long winter hike.

Red Envelope

Silver Banded Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Williams -Sonoma

S I L V E R   B A N D E D   D O U B L E  O L D  F A S H I O N   G L A S S E S  


Have a martini fan on your gift list?  These silver banded cocktail glasses unquestionably give a nice James Bond aura to a cocktail party.  The are sold as a set of 4.


Nottie Toffee, Nottie Shop

N O T T I E   T O F F E E 


Your Nottie neighbors will relish over Nottie Toffee.  Not only are they hand-made in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, but they will have a handy tin to reuse once the toffee is all gone!

Notti Shop

Big Book of Chic

T H E  B I G  B O O K  O F  C H I C

$75.00 $48.00

The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd Is not only a reflection of your stellar taste but also that of the lucky recipient.  This is a bang-on gift because each time your friend or family member leafs through pages whimsical decor of this book, they will also be thinking of you.


Argos Personalized Liquor Decanter

A R G O S   P E R S O N A L I Z E D   L I Q U O R   D E C A N T E R


This personalized decanter is a thoughtful way of dressing up happy hour or holiday festivities.  You can either have the pewter crest embossed with the recipients initial, or you can choose “W” for whiskey or “V” for vodka and so on.


Tortoise Glass Nut Bowl, C Wonder

T O R T O I S E   G L A S S   B O W E L

$24.00 &18.00

Bespeckled in telltale tortoise fashion, these hand-blown bowls work both as chic serving pieces and distinctive decor items. A sophisticated way to serve snacks, store ripening fruit or spruce up a shelf!

C Wonder

Snow Flake Trivet, Crate & Barrel

S N O W   F L A K E   T R I V E T 


Just in time for those warm winter dishes, the snow flake trivet will blend in with any kitchen or dining room decor and be a welcome assistant for many winter dinners to come.

Crate & Barrel

Tyvek Tote Bag, Poketo

T Y V E K    T O T E 


Meet the ultimate utility tote bag of your dreams.  The bag compartment is assembled from one piece of tear resistant Tyvek paper, exceptionally strong paper that’s tear-resistant and waterproof.  Perfect for errands around town, for the beach, and farmers markets. The Tyvek Totes are intentionally crumpled for a well-worn look and the durable nylon straps give it a fresh pop of color.


Prem Soaps

P R E M   S O A P S


This year why not smell your way to the christmas stockings with all natural soaps hand-made from a Brooklyn kitchen.  Prem Soaps are 8 oz of indulgence, and they range in fragrances from Palmarosa with Rose Petals to French Green Clay.  There’s a scent available for any member of the family.


There you have it, 10 great gift ideas for the holidays.  If you have “a go to” gift or great idea, let me know, comments are ALWAYS welcome!


Miles and Miles of Redd

Someone has been very busy at 77 Bleeker Street in Manhattan.  In between taking on country by storm with his cheeky yet classic interior decorations, Miles Redd has found time to compile a comprehensive monograph of his work.

I say this with a smirk on my face, because in the spring of last 2011 I attended a symposium of Miles at the Charlotte Country Club.  Miles, suited in a pink woven (most likely linen) blazer, was delightful and amusing while showing slides of his work.  He added personal stories about the his career, the homes he’s decorated and his life growing up in the south.  One story that particularly stood out was of how his mother loved dressing Miles in pastels.  During the Q & A session an audience member asked if Miles was planning publishing a book.  I can not remember his exact response but it was along the lines of, “maybe later in my career.”  Well I guess 16 month is late enough.

Miles Redd’s townhouse NYC via NY Social Diary

 What he came up with is a whimsical and inspirational book filled with photos of his work, that you’ll want to see over and over again.   there’s little background info on Miles in the book but a quick Google search will lead you to “miles and miles” of press clippings. Although you may I be well aware of Miles’ span of work, I decided not to publish various  project photos from The Big Book of Chic.  I think it  would be much more fun to introduce or re-acquaint yourself with his designs when you get your own copy of the book.  Instead I though it would be a treat to focus just one project, Miles’ New York townhouse.

The front door of Miles Redd’s townhouse NYC via NY Social Diary

I always say, “Good design starts with the front door”.  Miles chose a pale green gloss painted for his door coupled with polished silver hardware and flanked by to simple yet classic columns.

Atlanta native, Miles in his Manhattan living room. via NY Socia Diary

views of Miles’ living room via NY Social Diary

Miles’ living room via NY Social Diary

Miles’ living room via NY Social Diary

Miles’ living room via NY Social Diary

details Miles’ living room via NY Social Diary

 There’s so much to see here!  Aside from the upholstered zebra skin doors again with silver nail heads and hardware, pink, blue and red color palette,  along with clever patterned pillows mix the elegant with the uncanny.  A hearty collection of books,  accessories, and Art work round out the room. Note the painted pattern on the wood floors, and the custom red lamps shades that unify the living room.

Miles’ kitchen via NY Social Diary

detail Miles’ kitchen via NY Social Diary

Miles’ kitchen via NY Social Diary

The kitchen merely serves as an extension of the rest of the house.  Inspired by the kitchen of Gosford Park, black gloss wall, cabinets, and ceiling, off set by lots and lots of reflective surfaces.  The countertop is glass , the backsplash is mirrored , and  wood floors are glossy.

Flying high,  It took several jumps off that chair for Photographer,  Paul Costello to capture this now iconic photo of Miles in his mirrored bathroom.  Photo by Paul Costello

vintage sink via NY Social Diary

Miles bathroom via NY Social Diary

vanity via NY Social Diary

Miles found this entire mirrored bathroom ten years ago in a Chicago salvage warehouse, and had it installed in his townhouse.  It was originally designed by David Adler for banker Lester Armour.  He calls the bathroom his “crowning glory”

vestibule via NY Social Diary

details via NY Social Diary

Miles’ Mirrored canopy bed via NY Social Diary

views of mirrored canopy bed with silk tripe taffeta fabric via NY Social Diary

Miles’ bedroom via NY Social Diary

Miles bedroom via NY Social Diary

Miles bedroom, decor books and Rene Gruau illustration  via NY Social Diary

The bedroom is dominated by the mirrored canopy bed upholstered with Brunshwig & Fils’ striped silk taffeta fabric.  The fabric is duplicated on the box spring. Miles believed, “an exposed box spring is like a fly in the soup…unsightly.”  The comfy room is filled with more delights!  Notice the shell sconce above the mirror and the upholstered upholstered grey door leading to Chateau De Versailles.  Oops I mean the bathroom.

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What do you think?  Are there any fine details you noticed or would like to duplicate?  As always your comments & thoughts are always welcome.