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THE LIST 2020

BONUS GIFT GUIDE

THAT’S A WRAP! From stocking stuffers to big-ticket items, we have 130+ last-minute gift ideas


THE LIST INDEX

FROM THE EDITOR

Gifts under $10

WELCOME TO OUR (SECOND) HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!

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Gifts for $10-$25 PAGES 6-9

Gifts for $25-$50

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Gifts for $50-$100 PAGES 15-20

Gifts for $100-$250 PAGES 21-22

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DIY gift ideas PAGE 26

Gift-wrapping how-tos PAGE 28

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n a year turned completely upside down, I hesitated to call this a last-minute gift guide. I mean, for starters, you still have nearly two weeks to procure that perfect gift for that special someone. And really, what is time these days? It’s not like our calendars are bursting with social events this holiday season. We are not too busy to (safely, and with a mask) pop into our favorite shop and buy something or simply order something online (but do be sure to look at delivery dates). Heck, we really still even have time to craft a gift at this point. So I’d like to look at this as a continuation of our first gift guide (you can find it at stltoday.com/thelist). In these pages, you will find even more great ideas for the people on your list on our List. And bonus: Most of them are available locally.

Spice mixes as gifts

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Note: These items were found at local stores and online in late October/early November. If you are making a special trip to buy one of these items, we recommend you call first. All photos are from vendor websites, supplied by vendors or photographed by Post-Dispatch staffers.

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THE LIST: $10 OR LESS Shower steamers • The aromatic release from these plant-based essential oils can turn a shower into a world-class spa. $4.75 each at Kind Soap Co., 20 Allen Avenue, Storefront 105, kindsoap.com

Hohner Bluesband harmonica • If you can bend a note, you can play the blues. This beginners’ harmonica from Hohner, the bestknown harmonica company in the business, is a good place to start. $9.95 at the National Blues Museum Store, 615 Washington Avenue

Dobby socks • Harry Potter fans will love these “Master Has Given Dobby A Sock; Dobby Is Free” cotton socks. $2.19 at wish.com

Glittery earrings • These glittery leather teardrop earrings hang just over 2 inches and are great fun at a good price from St. Louis-based Spilled Glitter. $6 at spilled-glitter.com

Mensa Mind Benders book • Keep their mind sharp with this book of 100 logic games and puzzles. $8.99 at amazon.com 4

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St. Louis City SC Can Cooler • Show your team spirit holding your favorite beverage with this 12-ounce can cooler. $5.99 at shopstltoday.com

St. Charles wood ornament • This wooden ornament serves as a tribute to St. Charles. $4.99 at Main Street General Store, 143 North Main Street, St. Charles, mainstreetgeneralstore.com

Fabric gift bags • Consider these the gift bags that keep on giving. That’s a nice perk to these pretty, but practical, reusable bags. $3.99 at Grimm & Gorly, 324 East Main Street, Belleville, grimmandgorly.com stltoday.com/thelist


THE LIST: $10 OR LESS St. Louis face mask • This bright orange face mask will easily show your city pride from more than 6 feet away. A filter pocket is included, and a portion of the proceeds go to Arch City Defenders. $5.95 at STL- Style, 3159 Cherokee Street, stl-style.com

Spot It! NFL edition • Spot It! is a fun family game, based on how quickly you can spot something matching on your card with something matching on another — in this case, NFL teams. $7.99 at farmandfleet.com Hand-sanitizing keychain • Clip these Olika hand-sanitizing chains anywhere (or actually use them as a keychain) and always have disinfected hands wherever you go. $7 at anthropologie.com

Dog coasters • Coasters for dog lovers include special ones for mutts, doodle dogs and pitbulls. Made by Coasters to Coasters in Kansas City. $10 at Garden District STL, 3203 South Grand Boulevard, gardendistrictstl.com

Sideways initial necklace • This whimsical necklace would be a stylish accessory for anyone who’s a little bit Alexis. “Schitt’s Creek” fans know Alexis Rose never went anywhere without her iconic sideways-A necklace, and this gold-plated replica is available with any letter. Each initial is about 1.5-inches tall, and the chain measures about 18 inches. $8.96 at Amazon.com

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Interactive gingerbread toy for dogs • This gingerbread house and cookies set from Pet Shop by Fringe Studio is loaded with crinkle paper and extra loud squeakers for a festive delight for your pooches. $12.99 for the set at Four Muddy Paws, 1711 Park Avenue in St. Louis and 2127 South Route 157 in Edwardsville, shop.fourmuddypaws.com

Perfumed oil • Crystal-infused oil fragrances are available in four natural scents to lighten the mood. $20 at Lark Skin Co., 8709 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, larkskinco.com

Sparkly mask • Here’s a way to get fancy for the holidays: a sequins mask from St. Louisbased Save the Girls. $14.95 at savethegirls.com

Tie-dye silicone cups • Celebrate St. Charles in style with these silicone cups. Prices range from $6.95-$10.99 (lids and straws are extra) at Main Street General Store, 143 North Main Street, St. Charles, mainstreetgeneralstore.com

Hair clip set • Sweep away the wisps and add a classy finishing touch with one of these acrylic and metal hair clips. The neutral tones will go with any outfit and complement any hair color. $19.99 at anthropologie.com

Puzzle twist • “St. Louis Spirit” puzzle is more challenging than the typical puzzle. The image on the box is always a bit different from the puzzle image assembled. $22 at the Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, thenovelneighbor.com

Charging hub • Use this silicone stand to prop and help charge your Apple devices, including your phone, AirPods and Apple Watch. The stand comes in black or white. $25 at urbanoutfitters.com

Glamorous keychain • Designed so that you can use the end of your keychain to push buttons in a germ-free way, this fancy keychain from St. Louis-based company Glamourous Gram’ma is a thoughtful gift idea. $12.50 at stores.glammag.com

Bear Creek birdhouse • The Sunset Vista Designs Bear Creek Lodge Birdhouse is a detailed piece of craftsmanship that reflects their love of the outdoors. $19.99 at Bass Pro Shops, 1365 South Fifth Street, St. Charles, basspro.com 6

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Surprize Balls • These treats reveal a varied number of trinkets as the opener unwraps the balls. Half of the fun is the packaging as a cupcake, orange, mushroom, ice cream cone and more. Larger ones have more trinkets. $10-$15 at Garden District STL, 3203 South Grand Boulevard, gardendistrictstl.com

Arch with dove ornament • This beautiful “Only in St. Louis” holiday ornament features the Gateway Arch with a dove. It comes attractively boxed and ready for giftgiving. $18.95 at shopstltoday.com

Hand-warming mug • Whether you are a lefty or a righty, the handwarming mug is sure to warm your hands and your heart. $22 at Down by the Station, 150 West Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, downbythestation.com stltoday.com/thelist

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Women’s history book • Often girls (and others) can name only a couple of famous women who broke glass ceilings. “Groundbreakers, Rule-breakers & Rebels” is an eye-opening history of 50 impressive St. Louis women. This book, by curator Katie J. Moon with images by Rori!, is in connection with the Missouri History Museum’s “Beyond the Ballot” exhibit. The museum’s gift shop also has fun “Votes for Women”related gifts. $15.95 at Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, mohistory.org

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Easy facial peel • M-61 PowerGlow & Go! is a holiday edition fivepack of the best-selling facial peel formulated with glycolic and salicylic acid, antioxidant bilberry extract and calming chamomile and lavender. $16 at BlueMercury.com

Animal print tea towel • Go wild for these Southern Bird Studio cotton tea towels adorned with vibrant animal images. They are almost too pretty to use, but they are also soft and absorbent, and maintain their color through repeated washings. $19.99 at Grimm & Gorly, 324 East Main Street, Belleville, grimmandgorly.com Heartland Fragrance bath soak • Relax with a shake of these bath soaks to help soothe sore muscles. Heartland Fragrance is locally owned by two women, and they also make soaps, hand sanitizers and other products. $12 at Urban Matter, 3179 South Grand Boulevard, urbanmatterstl.com

“This is Us” sign • Show your love for the TV show or just the family sentiment with this 20-inch-by-10-inch canvas sign from Grace Elizabeth Ink. $25 at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

Plush sloth dog toy • This super-soft sloth toy from Pet Shop by Fringe Studio may become your pooch’s favorite way to slow down and savor the squeak. $12.99 at Four Muddy Paws, 1711 Park Avenue in St. Louis, 2127 South Route 157 in Edwardsville, shop.fourmuddypaws.com

Ceramic spoon rest • Artisan women in Tunisia paint lines, dots and glazed designs into white clay to create these spoon rests with a Mediterranean look. The spoon rests are microwave, dishwasher and food safe. Each purchase helps support these artisans. $15.95 at Zee Bee Market, 3211 South Grand Boulevard, and 7270 Manchester Road, Maplewood, zeebeemarket.com

Dino set • Kids love make-believe play with dinosaurs, and this Dino Expedition Set from Animal Planet is a great starter kit. It comes with two dinos, a transport truck, one human and 18 accessories. $22.99 at target.com 8

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Luxe beard oil • This beard oil contains the highest content of triglycerides and fatty acids available on the beard care market. $21.99 at Roughneck Beard, 7282 Manchester Road, Maplewood, roughneckbeardcompany.com

“100 Buildings” • Fans of architecture, as well as the architecturecurious, will love this compendium. The 100 most important buildings of the 20th century were chosen by more than 50 top architects. $25 at the American Institute of Architects St. Louis Bookstore, 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 100, aia-stlouis.org/store/

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Tortilla wrap blanket • Be the warm, tasty filling as you lounge on the couch or in bed in this ridiculous-yet-realistic tortilla blanket. This version is 60 inches across and has the design on both sides. $19.99 at amazon.com

Meetings mug • Your favorite coworker will love this mug that says “I survived another meeting that should have been an email.” $16 from the Pickles and Punch booth at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

Movie reel coasters • These 8mm movie reel coasters are perfect for the movie room of your favorite cinephile. And you can have them personalized for an extra fee. $21.60 on etsy. com at Art Press Studio

Through 56 stories from the city’s history, this book examines the many ways St. Louis has interacted with the mighty river running past its front door. Buy now from the Missouri History Museum Shop. Curbside pickup and delivery available. Visit mohistory.org/shop or call (314) 454-3172 for more information.

Movie tarot cards • Entertaining cards that offer a chance to be guided by the stars — literally. $17.99 at the Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Boulevard, thenovelneighbor.com stltoday.com/thelist

Russian vodka • In Russia, the standard is Russian Standard, a smooth and crisp vodka distilled in St. Petersburg from grain grown on the Steppes and soft water from Lake Ladoga. It’s cheap, too. $14.99 for the original version at the Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, wineandcheeseplace.com

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Christian Lacroix playing cards • Bring your A-game with this dual deck of playing cards decorated with art conveying the atmosphere of vintage French gambling houses. Each card has its own unique design from the world of Christian Lacroix, and each deck is accompanied by its own keepsake box. $35 at Q Boutique, 4652 Maryland Avenue No. 1, qboutiquestl.com

What would Dolly do? bag • Everyone loves Dolly Parton, so presumably you can’t go wrong with this gift. This canvas tote is 17 inches by 14 inches and made in the U.S. $30 at draperjames.com

Go Go Bird • Remote control meets today’s trending drone toys with the wing-flapping Go Go Bird from Zing, flying distances of up to 100 feet. With a smart obstacle-avoiding module that uses infrared sensors, Go Go Bird will automatically turn around 6 feet away from the wall for self-protection. $39.99 at amazon.com

Strawberry bookends • These resemble 7-inch high beanbags and are a fun addition to staid shelves. $42 for pair at Garden District STL, 3203 South Grand Boulevard, Cardinals plush hot dog • It’s not just that it’s adorable. It’s not just that it’s irresistible. It’s not even that it’s hilarious. What takes this Cardshat-wearing happy hot dog over the top is the fact that, when squeezed in the right spot, it says, “Let’s play ball!” $25 at the Cardinals’ Team Store, Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Avenue

Sunglasses with polarized lenses • Style meets form and function meets great price with these Goodr sunglasses. They won’t bounce or slide, have polarized lenses and come in fun colors and themes. $25 at Run Well, 142 North Main Street, Edwardsville, runedwardsville.com 10

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“Disney Goes Classical” • Experience your favorite Disney tunes — from “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid” to “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book” — performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on this vinyl EP. $26.99 at Barnesandnoble.com

Drill set • The fix-it person on your holiday gift list will love this Black and Decker GoPak Project Pak with a 12-volt cordless brushed three-tool drill, LED light and sander kit. $29.99 on a special deal (while quantities last) at any of the 12 regional area Cotton’s Ace Hardware locations, cottonsacehardware.com stltoday.com/thelist


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THE LIST: $25-$50 Convertible belt bag • This bag can be a clutch or a crossover. It’s simple and stylish. $40.95 at MOss Boutique, 329 South Main Street, St. Charles, mossboutique.com

Missouri ornament • This two-sided 3D, 24K gold-plated Cloisonné ornament is handcrafted in an eight-step process and designed exclusively for this retailer. $48 at Sign of the Arrow, 9814 Clayton Road, signofthearrow.com

Escape room board game • Relieve boredom at home with a game the whole family will love. Escape Room in a Box’s Werewolf Experiment gets everyone involved in solving 19 physical and mental puzzles. $29.17 at amazon.com

Personalized golf set • The golfer on your list will love this set, which includes six balls, a divot tool and tees. You can add initials, a message or even a photo. $21.95 at golfballs.com

Waterproof bluetooth speaker • JBL speakers offer high-quality without the price tag of similar brands with a large selection of colors and sizes available. $39.95 at Phone Doctor, 201 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, phonedoctorstl.com

Wooden bird figurines • These handcrafted birds with their jaunty hats will make spiffy additions to a desk or shelf. Made by DCUK out of Britain, they boast an array of attire from head to talon. $30 each at A Wildflower Shop, 2131 South State Route 157, Edwardsville, awildflowershop.com

Chic tie-dye blouse • Tie-dye apparel goes way beyond T-shirts with this chic women’s blouse with flared sleeves. $26.95 at Mississippi Hippie, 301 East Broadway, Alton, or on Facebook @altonmississippihippie

Bob Ross toaster • Admit it, you’ve fallen in love with Bob Ross all over again during quarantine. Now, you can enjoy the painting guru on your toast. $34.99 at gamestop.com 12

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Piecework puzzles • Enjoy an artsy night at home with these Piecework puzzles. Each one has 1,000 pieces and creates an image that looks like it belongs in a gallery. $26 at Rushmore, 11 East Broadway, Alton, shoprushmore.com stltoday.com/thelist


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Gurgle pot • Crafted of durable stoneware and available in many colors, the gurgle pot produces a whimsical gurgling sound. $45 at Down by the Station, 150 West Argonne Drive, Kirkwood, downbythestation.com

Elephant towel • Wrap baby up in this hooded elephant towel, which can be personalized. $39.50 at potterybarnkids.com

Awakening eye oil roller • Essential fatty acids and vitamin E soothe and hydrate sensitive skin while caffeine eliminates puffiness and reduces wrinkles around the eyes in the Green Coffee + Avocado Awakening Eye Roller. $42 at Lark Skin Co., 8709 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, larkskinco.com

Teapot and mug • Pick out a favorite tea to brew and sip in this hand-glazed teapot and mug, $28 and $12 at Garden District STL, 3203 South Grand Boulevard, gardendistrictstl.com

Handel apron • For those who love music and love to cook: “Too Hot to Handel” apron. This punny apron may say something about their abilities in the kitchen — and, perhaps, about them. $29.99 from MusicTreasures.com

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THE LIST: $25-$50 Hundred Acre Wood candle • From St. Louis Candle Co. comes a limited-edition, Poohinspired holiday candle with scents of eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, earthy sage and cedar. $30 for each 10-ounce candle at stlouiscandleco.com Personalized necklace • The Matriarch necklace is hand-stamped with your family members’ names. $39.99 at Name It Already Boutique, 217 Market Street, Kimmswick, nameitalready.com

“Cooking With Karen” • St. Louis cookbook author Karen Schmidt and her son, Riley, share recipes passed down from family and friends in this new collection. $27 at amazon.com

Fringed tote • This fringe tote bag is 100% cotton, hand-dyed and trimmed with faux suede fringe. $28 at Philomena + Ruth, 118 West Mill Street, Waterloo, philomenaandruth.com

Milkbarn clothing • This onesie is from Milkbarn, which makes baby items that are well-designed and well-made in super soft rayon or organic cotton in adorable prints. $35 at Sweet Boutique, 8115 Maryland Avenue, Clayton, sweetboutiquegifts.com

Oh, Deer sweatshirt • It’s cozy and perfect for the holiday season. $39.99 at Blooming Daisy Marketplace, 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville, bloomingdaisymarketplace.com

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Popcorn library • These prized varieties of popcorn come from Indiana Amish country and the farm of Brian Lehman. $39.95 at williams-sonoma.com

Men’s winter crusher hat • No matter how often it’s sat on or folded, smashed or crushed, this stylish hat bounces right back. Inside, there’s a plaid acrylic blend lining and comfortable polyester/cotton sweatband. $39.95 at Duluth Trading Co., 1439 Bass Pro Drive, St. Charles, duluthtrading.com

Etched cutting board • You can use it as a cutting board or a kitchen sign, and the engraving is included and usually done in the same day. $34.95 at Meant to Be, 116 Mill Street, Kimmswick, mtbkimmswick.com

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Santa’s Choice Dog collar and lead • The Distinguished Dog line is a fashionable look for the dog that works and plays hard. Multiple sizes available from St. Louis-based company Bone Tie STL. $55 for both at bonetiestl.com

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Untuckit shirt • The guy on your list needs a shirt that fits perfectly — untucked. Untuckit created a whole company based on the concept that men can look put-together and be comfortable. This stylish Truscott shirt is even wrinkle-free. You can use a virtual Fit Finder for contactless pickup or order online. $99 at Untuckit, Plaza Frontenac, 1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, untuckit.com

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THE LIST: $50-$100 Fringed cardigan • Multicolor stitching and fringe make this piece really pop. It’s your new work-from-home favorite for chilly days and nights. $88 at Rushmore, 11 East Broadway, Alton, shoprushmore.com

Engraved necklace • This adorable engravable bar necklace comes in many shapes and sizes and in sterling silver, 14K white gold and 14K yellow gold. This custom piece takes 10 to 14 days to be made. Pricing starts at $75 at Huffman Jewelers, 14740 Manchester Road, huffmanjewelers.com

Fjallraven bag • Fjallraven bags are cool; just ask your teen. They are also sturdy and can go from school to trail easily. We like the Mini Kanken waterresistant convertible backpack. $70 at dillards.com

Workout kit • With gyms closing, get them an inexpensive home gym with this set of exercise bands, the GoFit Pro Gym Extreme Workout Kit, which includes door anchors and an exercise guide. $59.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, dickssportinggoods.com

Extra-warm blanket • Know someone who is always cold? You’ll become an instant hero when you give her or him a Heated Wearable Blanket. It’s an electric-heated throw with sleeves — like a Slanket or a Snuggie, but with three heat settings. $99.99, at sharperimage.com

Nail art nativity set • This nail art uses flat nails to create shapes in the form of the nativity. Nativity pieces are priced and sold separately. $26.95 for the nativity; $25.95 for the shepherds; $25.95 for the three kings ($78.85 as shown) at Mississippi Mud Gallery & Gifts, 118 Market Street, Kimmswick, mississippimudgallery.com 16

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Moe Moe patterned earrings • Australianmade earrings from a St. Louis store. These multicolored half moons are perfect fit for a fancy occasion. $50 at Q Boutique, 4652 Maryland Avenue, qboutiquestl.com

Lighted racetrack • What kid wouldn’t love this Luminous Loop-De-Loop Speed Track available only from Hammacher Schlemmer. You put together 100 pieces to form unlimited layouts with four loop-de-loops that glow. $79.99 at hammacher.com

Pears and cheese • These sweet, juicy pears are paired, so to speak, with a half-pound of buttery, earthy Mount Tam cheese. It’s the kind of luxury that dribbles happily down your chin. $59.99 from harryanddavid.com

Baseball bat mug • Drink your wine or beer from a baseball bat that’s been repurposed. All MLB logos are available, but we know you want the Cardinals. $64.99 at dugoutmugs.com stltoday.com/thelist


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THE LIST: $50-$100 Artist money clip • A fancy clip is always in style, from Jack Schwab Designs. $65 at Missouri Artists on Main, 315-321 South Main Street, St. Charles, maomgallery.com

Star Wars the Child toy • The force is strong with this new toy inspired by Disney’s “The Mandalorian,” part of the “Star Wars” universe. The animatronic Baby Yoda, or Grogu, makes adorable sounds and moves around as if using the force. $59.99 at Target.com and other retailers

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Carryall canvas tote • Travel to work, the gym or on an overnight trip with this stylish and eco-friendly Maika tote that is generously sized to hold everything you need. $62 at Circa Boutique + Gifts, 128 East Main Street, Belleville, ilovecirca.com

DNA kit • Spend your next quarantine working on your genealogy. 23andMe allows users to track their ancestry to more than seven generations. Whoever receives this gift could see where his or her family lived more than 500 years ago. $79 at 23andme.com

Kate Spade Apple watch band • If she already has one of the hottest tech gifts of the season (the Apple Watch Series 6), maybe she could use a fancy new band. $68 at Von Maur, 2 Fountain Grass Drive, Lake Saint Louis, vonmaur.com

Leopard bodysuit • This flowy leopard bodysuit from BB Dakota guarantees a chic, festive look any time of the year, and would pair nicely with high-waisted pants. $59 at Loverly Clothing & Textiles, 6189 Bennett Drive, Edwardsville, loverlyboutique.com

Youth Blues jersey • Let the kids on your list show their true colors, if their true color is blue, with maybe a little white and gold. The Youth St. Louis Blues Fanatics Branded Blue Home Replica Blank Jersey lets your children show their love for their favorite team. $59.99 at nhl.com

Day drink pitcher • This farmhousestyle pitcher with stand reads “Let’s Day Drink” and is perfect for the entertainer on your list. $59 at Olive Tree Market Place, 10 Meadows Circle Drive, Suite 100, Lake Saint Louis, olivetreemarketplace.net 20

Vintage Italian Air Force plates • Here is something not a lot of other people will have. These unused plates, made for Italian Air Force officers’ dining halls, were discovered in a former supply depot outside of Rome. $56 for a set of four at poshchicago.com

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Love sculpture • Art meets love — and love meets art — in this dynamic replica of Peter LipmanWulf’s most famous work, “Wedding Rings.” It stands 8 inches high and has a bronze finish. $75 at museumstorecompany.com

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THE LIST: $100-$250 Louis Vuitton lock necklace • A vintage brass Louis Vuitton lock necklace on a 13- to 16-inch stainless steel chain with brass key handmade by Mark Edge. $195 at Sammysoap, 123 West Argonne Drive Kirkwood, sammysoap.com

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THE LIST: $100-$250 Woven bag • This leather bag by Hollis Leather features a unique woven detailing on its flap. It’s 7-inches-by-10-inches, a perfect accessory for quick errands, and the strap is adjustable. $210 at Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Avenue and 8137 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves. stlunionstudio.com

Arcade cabinet for iPad • Use your iPad inside this cabinet and download an Atari greatest hits app for a near-authentic arcade experience. The joysticks and red arcade buttons work, but thankfully the slot for a quarter is just for show. $198.56 at amazon.com

Gaming chair • The teens say it’s a gaming chair, but this year, it also functions as a sleek at-home schooling chair. It swivels, adjusts, reclines, and even comes with a USB cable power supply massager. $189.99 at amazon.com

Growlight Frame Shelf • Plants are great for making a home feel cozy, but not every home has the natural light required to sustain plant life. This wall-mounted frame will put your plants on display and keep them happy with an overhead LED growlight. $139-$189 from UncommonGoods.com

Joya box • We love Joya’s curated boxes, and what could be more perfect this season than its Safe at Home box, which includes a Joya + Forai custom mask, a gold link mask chain, scented hand sanitizer wipes, a Joya + Forai small pouch to hold all your essentials and the Margot pendant necklace. $110.95 at collectionsbyjoya.com

Metronome • For musicians ranging from students to professionals, both singers and instrumentalists: A good mechanical metronome is a must-have. Battery-powered metronomes abound, but when the batteries quit, you don’t want to waste valuable time searching for fresh ones; stick with a wind-up. Stretch a little and go for the Wittner wooden metronome with bell. Treated properly, it should last a career. $139.99 from Amazon.com

ChappyWrap blanket • It’s super soft and super festive but classy enough to work all year. This classic holiday stripe blanket measures 60 inches by 80 inches. $135 at chappywrap.com

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THE LIST: $250 AND UP Nintendo Switch • Unless you managed to pre-order the hot new gaming systems, PS5 or Xbox Series X, you may not be able to get one this year. But what you can get is the Nintendo Switch. It’s fun for the whole family. And Best Buy has an Animal Crossing bundle we like. $299.99 at Bestbuy.com

Drinkworks home bar • You know how your Keurig coffee maker turns a little pod into a cup of coffee? The Keurig Drinkworks turns a little pod into an alcoholic beverage: Moscow mule, Mai Tai, daiquiri, gin and tonic and more (sold separately). $299.99 at drinkworks.com; enter code STL to save $100

Nest Wi-Fi mesh system • The Nest Wifi mesh system with two points, can help you expand your work-from-home Wi-Fi system throughout the house. Plus it’s a smart speaker, which means you can tell the speaker in the kitchen that “dinner is ready,” and it broadcasts that to the speakers in the rest of the house. $349 at store.google.com

High-tech chess • Learn to play chess right out of the box. Auto-sensing technology illuminates possible moves on the chessboard, creating hours and hours of fun for the entire family. Great for absolute beginners. $499 at Q Boutique, 4652 Maryland Avenue, qboutiquestl.com Blues puck • Still celebrating the Blues 2019 Stanley Cup win? This commemorative puck is made with ice from the Stanley Cup Final and signed by Ryan O’Reilly. $250 at stlauthentics.com

The Armored Goddess bracelet • Handmade wearable art by St. Louis designer Lynnae Tanner Ruff of Lady Grey Beads. $329 at ladygreybeads.com Portable grill • Whether you are camping or getting ready for next season’s tailgating, this two-burner infrared grill from Mr. Steak is a favorite. $329.99 at Cabela’s, 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood, cabelas.com

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Revival candle-making kit • Who doesn’t love candles? This DIY candle-making kit from Revival Homestead Supply provides all the materials you’ll need to make three personalized lavender candles for your friends and family. $38, uncommongoods.com

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Uncommon Goods DIY tie dye kit • Tie dye isn’t just for the summer, and you can make a wide range of gifts with Uncommon Goods’ kit. Tie dye something classic like white T-shirts, or try a thin cloth for a tapestry or a plain tote bag. $14.99, uncommongoods.com 26

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The Cookie Cutter Shop 13-piece mini Christmas cookie cutter set • Give the classic gift of Christmas cookies this year. This timeless 13-piece mini cookie cutter set from the Cookie Cutter Shop includes all the holiday favorites, including a snowflake, angel, snowman and tree. $10.95, etsy.com

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FAST, FABULOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT-WRAPPING KATHRYN WEBER

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hen Dec. 25 looks like an approaching train, you know it’s because you’re overloaded with things to do. Just shopping for gifts can be a monumental task, much less wrapping them attractively. What you need is a fastwrapping strategy that will reduce that gift pile quickly. By using some simple techniques, you can have beautifullywrapped presents and more time to tick off the rest of the things on your to-do list!

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before heading out to meet them. Instead, use the stoplight system: Wrap all presents you’ll be taking to outside gatherings in green paper (green for go). Wrap all presents to remain at home in red. For maximum efficiency, wrap all the green presents with the same paper, and red gifts likewise. This will make your mountain of packages look more unified, simplify wrapping, and makes those gifts look oh-so-designer-chic. Before wrapping, be sure to separate your to-stay and to-go piles to streamline the process.

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consuming tasks can be determining who gets what. What you need is a way to identify every present at a glance — while adding some holiday flair to each. Hate flipping gifts over and over to find the tag? The solution is to make your own tags and attach them to the front of every present. You can even make the process a family affair. Grab the kids and sit them at a table to make gift tags. Supply them with holidayprinted scrapbooking paper, hole punches and a bag of assorted color pipe cleaners. Have your crew cut the paper into various shapes, punch a hole in each, add a pipe cleaner and affix a tag to the front of every present. As a fun alternative, use scissors to make scalloped

edges on the tags and add cut-out holiday shapes (available in craft stores). Attach these with adhesive foam dots to make the tags three-dimensional.

Assembly line This last tip will really speed up your wrapping operations. Put all presents in boxes and affix a sticky note indicating the recipient and the giver. Separate gifts into to-go and to-stay piles. Grab your green paper and wrap all the ‘go’ presents first, making sure to put the sticky note on the wrapped gift. When all the boxes are wrapped, add ribbons and bows, plus your custom-made gift tags. For more information, contact Kathryn Weber at redlotusletter.com. stltoday.com/thelist


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HOMEMADE SPICE MIXES make great gifts KATHRYN WEBER

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Shopping at warehouse stores can be fun. The problem is we often end up with giant bottles of garlic power, pepper and oregano that take three years to use up. This year, put some of those extra spices to good use by making up your own spice seasoning mixes to give as quick holiday presents. Using up your abundance of spices will give you a unique gift, and you’ll also clean out your spice cabinet at the same time. Pick up some pretty jars and cute gift tags (to write down the name of each mix and instructions on how to use them) for your mixes, and you’ve got a homemade gift you can put together in minutes without a lot of fuss. Double or triple the recipes for the number of gifts you’d like to make. These spice mixes are perfect as a hostess gift or teacher thankyou, or you can drop off some holiday cheer at a neighbor’s house.

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• 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes • ½ tablespoon black pepper • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend • 1 tablespoon dried oregano • 1 tablespoon dried basil • 1½ tablespoons garlic powder • 1 teaspoon sea salt

• 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (halve for less heat) • 2 tablespoons dried oregano • 1 tablespoon dried basil • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend • 2 teaspoons garlic powder • ⅓ cup bottled grated Parmesan cheese

For you to make: Mix all spices toFor you to make: Mix all spices together gether or put into a spice grinder (pulsin a spice grinder. Pulse once or twice to ing once or twice to combine). Be sure to store mix in the refrigerator. combine. Store in airtight container.

Greek Seasoning Spice Blend Perfect to use on top of grilled meat, salads, vegetables and pasta. • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes • 2 teaspoons salt • 1 tablespoon onion powder • 2 teaspoons garlic powder • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika • 2 teaspoons dried basil • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram • 2 teaspoons dried oregano • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 teaspoon dried dill • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes For you to make: Lightly blend ingredients in a spice grinder with one or two pulses to mix and combine spices while leaving some distinct pieces of spices. Store in airtight container.

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• Research a business you haven’t purchased from before by checking customer reviews or complaints with the Better Business Bureau. • Refrain from using public Wi-Fi to make purchases. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protecting yourself in public during the COVID-19 pandemic: • Stay at least six feet away from others while shopping and in lines. • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public. • Go out during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night). • If you are at higher risk for illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. • Disinfect the shopping cart; use disinfecting wipes if available. • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth. • If possible, use touchless payment with your smartphone or watch. • If you must handle money, a card or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after. • After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. • When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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