Gifts of the season…

I love gifts.  Shopping, wrapping, ribboning, giving, receiving…it such utter joy. And of course nothing compares to the holiday season…

Here are just a few hot new favorite trends for this holiday season’s gift giving:

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Who doesn’t love luxurious
papers…gift wrap…gift tags…ribbons…everything paper? This is one of my
signature gifts – The Gift Wrap Kit. We box up everything gorgeous –
ribbon bolt collection sets from Midori, letterpressed gift tags by
Lunalux, ribboned tags by Exquisite Papers, handmade glittered and
beaded tags by Barbara Schreiber, wonderful wrapping papers from
Glitterwrap, and more. Boxed together as a stunning set of details…it
is just as thoughtful as it is enjoyable.

For the gardener

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I love everything floral…and I fill my store with such flowery details no one can tell what is fresh floral vs. actual gifts! These floral arrangements are the best new stocking stuffers fresh from France.  The  preserved roses are artfully arranged in bay leaves, lamb’s ear and more. They come in petite designs perfect for the powder room and large topiary for centerpieces.

The rose topped gift boxes are perfect for little treats – they come in a rainbow of colors and can be filled with treats, sweets, ornaments and so much more.

These art deco vases harken the glamorous Hollywood era. They are so easy to fill with just a few graceful orchid blooms or Monstera leave – making fresh flowers in the home simple as 1, 2, 3.

Another option – for your purse – is the Rose Pen from Ribbons – available in many colors to match your mood.

Other favorites are these new Blooming Pen Sets – handpainted pen holder “vases” that display lush silk rose beribboned pens. What a cheerful desk accessory!

For the gourmet


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Our favorite Bella Cucina cookbook from Italy features glorious black and white photographs – not to mention recipes that make your mouth water. They also have made the most beautiful and delicious hostess gifts for instant giving. Our favorites are the Italian Olive Jar, Bowl and Spoon set; and the Artichoke Pesto, Baking Dish and Spoon set. Bellissimo!

No hors d’ouevre is complete without a fabulous little serving piece. These boxes of miniature seashell toothpicks are just the perfect touch to any cocktail party

A very happy hostess loves new kitchen wares…and these custom designed monogram French flower buckets seal the deal. We fill them with a monogrammed linen kitchen towel, Italian biscotti, Italian olives, an herbal Apothecary kitchen candle, wooden spreaders and spoons, and more.The perfect collection of gourmet spices has been designed by Pinch Plus for your kitchen gifts in countries near and far…the petite books include spices from Thailand, France, India and more.

For him



Playing cards have never been so much fun. These new collector sets are packaged in leather flip cases embossed with sayings like “Heads I win, tails you lose” and more. Artist sketch books are the perfect travel set. The feature a rainbow of colored pencils and sketch pad all in a leather case. Both gifts come in black, red, and turquoise.

Who doesn’t love new CD sets in their stocking? From “Poker Night” featuring all the Rat Pack swingers, to “Paris After Dark” lounge collections, we have dozens of favorites to chill to all year long.

For the wee ones


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Malibu crepe paper wrapped miniature presents unwrap to a dozen fun toys like mood rings, fortune fish, and more. Our other favorite – their Surprise Presents feature the same little treasures – but packaged as sets to place at each setting on the table.

Every child squeals with joy as they open up handpainted and glittered buckets filled with old fashioned toys to unwrap and enjoy. These are even great for placesetting favors to keep small hands busy at the holiday table…

Who could forget the little gift-lovers on your list?

Last, but not least, these handmade holiday boxes delight both young and old. Fill each with gifts, candies, and jewelry…they make even the smallest gift look like a million bucks.

Photos by Photo Journalism by Artist Group


President and Chief Eventeur
A Perfect Event

Debi Lilly is a Chicago-based national event-planning expert and entrepreneur. She is the founder and president of Chicago’s most successful special event company that has a faithful (and famous) following, including Oprah Winfrey. She is a remarkable talent, committed to the personalization of every event, invitation, gift and photograph. In addition to her business acumen, Debi deftly balances a demanding career and a growing family.

Debi was the event planner for Oprah Winfrey’s televised 50th Birthday Party.
2006 Fall Daily Candy Wedding Guide – Wedding and Event Planner
2006 Best of Citysearch- Audience Winner -Party/Wedding Planner, Chicago
2006 Best of Citysearch-Editorial Winner -Party/Wedding Planner, Chicago
2004 Wedding of the Year Winner – Best Reception – Florist Review Magazine