’Twas the night before gift swaps.
And all through the house, she can beat the draft with Wintercheck Factory’s Julian Scarf. The sweet flannel number has two hidden zippered pockets for storing necessities and comes in more than a dozen color combos.
Not a creature was stirring after downing a few of J. Chocolatier’s (1039 33rd Street NW; 202-333-4111) new absinthe truffles (ganache with Leopold Bros. absinthe and topped with real silver). For something equally intoxicating, mix a mug of new Euro-style drinking chocolate from Zoë’s Chocolate Co.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, all except the ones she refused to take off: Antipast’s super-soft, cable-knit wool tights in gray or camel, available at Relish.
Visions of sugarplums dance in some heads, but she’s coveting a Ralston handbag. Local designer (and former Hill staffer) Paige Ralston Fromer worked with Argentine crafters to design luxe braided and woven leather carryalls, like the boxy Cindy.
Away to the window to catch a flash from the sparkling bracelets and necklaces by Kiki Beach. Local artist Catherine Koch can customize any look using semiprecious stones (turquoise, rose quartz) and elegant toggles (410-685-1601; email@example.com).
Before she settles down for a long winter’s nap, give her a warm ginger oil massage from new ecospa Peace and Ginger. Massage therapist Pamela Woolford utilizes her former dance training to target sore muscles and applies massage oil made from vegan candles.
When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter. She must’ve been test-driving Electra’s swanky new Euro-inspired Ticino bikes. Styled after midcentury touring bikes, the models range from seven to twenty speeds and come in colors like creme fraiche and wintermint, available at Big Wheels.
To all a good night.
Santa, baby, still forgetting one little thing? Check out ShopTalk for digital Rubik’s Cubes, studded ballet slippers, handcrafted calendars, and more gift ideas for gals.
Photos: Courtesy of Wintercheck Factory; RandyA38 / Flickr; Courtesy of Ralston; Courtesy of Electra