So as a lark, I came up with my own list of Favorite Things, gifts which I would like to receive or give (if money were no object)—the best of the best, in my opinion. Have a look.
- Yoga, active, and casual sportswear from Lucy stores and online.
- Lucky Brand Easy Rider jeans. The best fitting jeans. Ever. (I have several pairs—I can't help myself!)
- Starbucks gift cards (always useful, and fun designs—and now you can design your own card!).
- Gift cards from Duke’s Chowder House, for sale at 20% off face value through December 24 (ask about it in the restaurants).
- The magazines that I read through from beginning to end—O (Oprah magazine), More (I have finally succumbed to reading a magazine for women over 40—but it is really good!), Prevention, and Runner’s World (yes, it is a niche publication but the content is excellent for anyone who has an interest in running).
- Ipod nano and Itunes. The newest version has video, but I like the older one too—both are slender and lightweight and enhance your run or workout immensely!
- Timex Ironman iControl watch. Operate your ipod from your wrist. (I don’t have one but it just sounds too cool, and useful, and it is definitely on my Christmas list.)
- CD Andrea Bocelli Romanza—still the best, in my book, but his others are lovely too (the latest—The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere.)
- Books—Jan Karon’s Mitford series, (At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life; In This Mountain; Shepherds Abiding; Light From Heaven). And a new book—Home to Holly Springs—the first in the new "Father Tim" series. Obviously I could list lots more books that I have loved and recommend, but this series truly entranced me throughout the years as they were published one by one.
- Gloves from Target—tons of them in different colors and cheap! Cashmere gloves for $19.99!
- And in my Target viewing I am intrigued by the Bionic Gardening Gloves (both male and female sizes).
- Sony Cyber-shot cameras. I do have one of these. About the size of a deck of cards and a big viewing screen. (You do have to be careful about getting your thumb in the picture, though!)
- Cranberry products from The Body Shop—last year I gave everyone cranberry handwash, so I won’t be doing that again, but I still love it!
- Anything from Philosophy (it’s all just too cool).
- Peppermint bark candy—I didn't think I would put a food item on the list, but this chocolate and peppermint treat is pretty delish.
- And while I am on the food list, I think olive oil makes a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates food. A fancy oil in a lovely bottle makes a nice change from wine as a hostess gift. (If you're giving it as a birthday gift, be sure to point out that olive oil is anti-aging! You can put it on your salad or even on your skin or hair....) I am intrigued by the Colonna orange-infused olive oil from Williams Sonoma. I have enjoyed their Meyer lemon-infused oil, which has gotten harder to find these days.
- Santoku Knife. This is a cross between a cleaver and a chef's knife, and it is a chopper's dream. It cuts up vegetables like butter! There are many different manufacturers of this knife, available in kitchen stores. I use mine several times each day, chopping my vast quantities of vegetables and fruits!
Big ticket item—
- Sony Vaio Notebook Computer. Lots of features and the Graphic Splash model comes in cool colors and designs! Another model (possibly on its way out) is pink! Gotta have it! (But won’t.)
Really big ticket items—
- Life Fitness treadmill with integrated video screen. The object of my greatest desire, except for....
- Life Fitness cross trainer (similar to an elliptical) with integrated video screen. I am telling you, cardio machines with video are my greatest dream.... I would, however, be happy if they just got them at the Y!