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Got some friends on your list this holiday season who love to stay soft and clean? We’ve got the perfect gift idea for you. A few Christmases ago, Ashley Bausch and Mandy Holmes wanted to make something handmade for their families and friends as gifts. Ashley had goats, so they decided to try making soap out of goat milk. Shortly after the holidays, the recipients of the soaps came back for more, and this time they offered to pay. Three years later, their company Made On Acorn Hill sells handmade soaps, lotions, scrubs and salves made from simple, natural ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and organic herbs. All of the products Ashley and Mandy make are products they need and use daily, so they can personally vouch for the quality of their goods. For your friend who seeks silky smooth skin, try one of their sea salt scrubs or a hard lotion bar, a concentrated block of shea butter and coconut oil that melts as it contacts your skin. For those who love luscious lips, go for one of their beeswax lip balms in flavors like citrus daydream or Granny’s purse, a classic spearmint flavor. And of course, their many goat milk soaps are great for anyone on your list. If you’re looking for a gift basket, they offer several options from a $14 lip balm set to a $50 deluxe basket with one of each of their bath items. Their products are available at, or you can find a selection at Five and Tenn in the Omni Hotel.

Let’s face it, bowties are fun. Whether you wear them or not, you have to admit they add a little bit of festivity to any outfit. A few years ago, Nick Barnes and Jonathan Snyder, both Samford alums, decided to mix bowties with something else fun: football. They realized that their preppy friends loved bowties and loved football but had nothing to integrate the two. They started making collegiate ties so their bow-wearing pals could support their favorite teams in style. Their company, Brier and Moss, now offers other styles and accessories, but their collegiate-inspired Southern Stripes collection remains their most popular, likely because of the ties’ versatility. You won’t find any bulldogs or commodores on these ties; the designs are classic and wearable for any occasion. Get yourself the black and gold striped Heathermore for the Vandy game, and then wear it on New Year’s. Sport the orange and white Ellington to a UT tailgate before heading to dinner in style. Or heck, even if you aren’t a ‘Bama fan, their most popular tie, the Blakley, is a red and white houndstooth that is perfect for all those holiday parties you’ll attend this year. So if you’re a bowtie

GIVE THE GIFT OF GIVING We all have those people on our gift list who are impossible to shop for. Whether it’s dear old Dad who “doesn’t need anything” or best friend Cindy who buys herself everything, some people are just exhausting to find presents for. So this year, why not try something a little different? Siloam Family Health Center, a clinic that offers healthcare to Middle Tennessee’s uninsured, is offering a Christmas gift catalog that allows gift-givers to make donations in honor of their loved ones. Siloam works to provide affordable healthcare for people without insurance, 85% of them foreign-born, many of whom don’t speak English. Patients pay on a sliding scale for services relating to physical, emotional and spiritual health. The center doesn’t receive insurance reimbursement or federal funding, so donations are a huge part of what keeps them running. For just $10, you can provide a three-month supply of chewable children’s vitamins for a child whose parents can’t afford them. A gift of $60 can provide foreign-language health literature for patients who don’t speak English, foreign-language Bibles or a stethoscope for the clinic. When you order the gift, Siloam will send you a personalized gift card to wrap up and give to the person in whose honor you gave the donation. Stop by the clinic to pick up a catalog or order online at, and get your order in by December 16 to receive a gift card by Christmas.

IT’S A WONDERFUL CAUSE Ten years ago, Hester and Cook owners Angie and Robbie Cook started holding a yearly holiday benefit party. Each year, donations from the event went to a different cause. After a couple of years of the event, their two-year-old son Will was diagnosed with cancer. With the diagnosis came a whole host of issues they hadn’t expected, like huge hospital bills and the need to take off several days of work. They decided to start a foundation that would benefit other families of cancer patients, and their annual holiday party became the main fundraiser for the foundation. The Wonderful Life Foundation will host its 10th annual holiday benefit this year on December 14 at the War Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and all proceeds go towards helping cancer patients and their families with the expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis. Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., and a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life will take place at 6 p.m. Cocktail hour will continue throughout the film, and a party with a band, hors d’œuvres and drinks will follow the screening. Come for cocktail hour and stay until the band starts, bring your kids to watch the movie, or show up later to dance the night away. Whatever you do, come support this cause and help the families of people with cancer. To reserve your free tickets, visit

man, check out their ties at Rachel’s Boutique in the Hermitage Hotel, or visit And if you’re not a bowtie man, the Brier and Moss guys have a suggestion: “Try it once, wear it with confidence, and see what kind of comments you get.” With these designs, we’re pretty sure they’ll be good ones.



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Holiday Gift Guide, Nashville's Tiffany Circle, Conservancy Gala, Sunday in the Park and Literary Award Gala

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Holiday Gift Guide, Nashville's Tiffany Circle, Conservancy Gala, Sunday in the Park and Literary Award Gala

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