Set the table

As per usual, we are half way through November and I haven't even started writing gift guide posts, meanwhile I've already seen dozens. I suppose it's because I don't even think about starting my holiday shopping until after Thanksgiving, and completely forget that not everyone is a procrastinator.

This isn't a gift guide per se, though as much as it is a collection of items I would love to dress up my thanksgiving table with, several would also make great hostess gifts! So lets just check that gift guide off the list.

As much as I try keep my gift guides on the affordable side, every so often something ridiculous gets in, and such is the case with the hand nut cracker. Not only is it $200, but it's a device that no one even uses anymore. I just thought it was so delightful and cheeky, and with the logic that no one is cracking nuts anymore I feel safe that I'm probably not disappointing anyone. (Isn't is so depressing when you look at a gift guide and find that the one item you love is the most expensive of the bunch?)

On the other hand I think the slate cheeseboard you can get in the shape of any state for a mere $20 would be a fantastic gift.


Slate State Cheese Board, $20 at Uncommon Goods
Pumpkin Votive Holders, $40 at Pier 1 Imports
Silver Plaid Cocktail Mixing Glass, $6 at Target
Rifle Paper Co. Floral Coasters, $16 at Shopbop
Gift Boutique Liberty Cheese Set, $36 at Shopbop
Jonathan Adler Hand Nutcracker, $198 at Shopbop
Squirrel Nut Bowl, $35 at Pier 1 Imports
Copper Fig, $2 at Target
Silver Plaid Cocktail Glasses, $12 at Target


  1. I love what you picked to share! I feel like blogging makes me think about all of this earlier!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. I bought my first table cloth ever about a year ago… I guess its never too late ? ?
    As usual, from your picks, I loved the most expensive one: the nutcracker, why does that always happen?

  3. For the first time ever this year, I'm actually thinking about not only holiday shopping already, but also my holiday gift guide. But as a Canadian I have no excuse not to, since Thanksgiving was well over a month ago here :) That said, I feel like that nutcracker could be perfect on any holiday table - and it reminded me of the last time I actually used one, which was at my grandpa's house when I was about six. Such a funny and unusual memory, thanks for that ;)

  4. Haha, I know what you mean, I ALWAYS like the most expensive thing in gift guides. So annoying

  5. I think I really need that but's just too cute.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. I don't have $200 to spend on a nutcracker, but that hand nutcracker is pretty awesome!

  7. That cheeseboard is great, I love it!

  8. The Jonathan Adler nutcracker is kinda amazing! How cool is that fig too?

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living