The Ruby Spoon Holiday Gift Guide 2016




Found My Animal leashes and collars help raise awareness for the need for animal adoption. I love these leashes, and when David and I adopt a dog this year, I will be getting one of these!


I love Retro 1951 rollerball pens. They have a pleasing design and write ever so smoothly. The Dr. Gray is my new favorite. It glows in the dark and takes me back to my art class days of anatomy and figure drawing.


Want to up your water game? These bottles allow you to infuse your H2O with goodies like citrus, berries, mint and cucumber. I’ve got my eye on one, and apparently Oprah loves them too.


I love small appetizer plates for snacks & nibbles, and these would be perfect for Wine & Cheese Night.


2 cookbooks I have been loving lately: The Vegetable Butcher and Ina Garten’s newest, Cooking For Jeffrey. I love how the Vegetable Butcher gives you lots of information about vegetables (how to select, prep, slice, dice and masterfully cook), then a few recipes for each vegetable. The Corn Fritters with Summer Bean Ragout was quite a standout.


Cooking For Jeffrey is another jewel from the Barefoot Contessa. I have almost been cooking exclusively from it since I got it and everything has been sublime, but did you expect anything less?


I’ve been drooling over this reclaimed wood cookbook stand from Uncommon Goods. Perfect for recipe books and iPads.

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These gorgeous rocks glasses from Rocket Glass Works are one of my favorite things. If we had to suddenly evacuate our house, I would be grabbing these on the way out. I’m in love with the gorgeous and fluid design. They are beautifully made and feel lovely and heavy in the hand. It could just be my imagination, but I think old fashioneds taste better in them as well. I would make a trip to Oakland, CA just to visit the studio!



I’m not sure why this kettle hasn’t been on the list before, but this is a must have in my home. David and I use it multiple times a day and I have given one to my immediate family members. You can set it to your desired temperature which makes it easy when you need different temperatures  for white and green tea, herbal tea, black tea, coffee and hot chocolate. It especially comes in useful if you make pour over or French press coffee at home. We love it and use it so much that I have a back up just in case ours breaks, but it has been going strong for at least 2 years now.


Personalized family portraits. I just love these! Maybe we’ll commission one after we adopt that dog. ♥


Whether or not you have a thing for llamas, you have to admit, this doormat is just plain awesome.


Mary Oliver poetry always makes a lovely gift in my opinion. I read one every morning with my tea or coffee and I love my little ritual as much as I love her poetry.


Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm and Weleda Skin Food, both keep my hands from looking like they belong to the old crone from ancient fairy tales. I always have one in my purse and one by my bed.


Plantation XO 20th Anniversary rum. This Barbados rum is my favorite thing to sip. It’s aged in bourbon barrels then shipped to France for secondary maturation in in cognac casks. It is a fantastic spirit for the price and was awarded 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.


We have all been fighting over who gets this Sweater Knit Throw for movie watching. It’s so warm and cozy I never want to sit on the couch without it. Even Lola loves it.


Kyocera ceramic knives seem to keep their sharp edge forever, but they are incredibly light weight. A great gift for anyone with a kitchen, I find myself reaching for these over my carbon steel blades.


Ticket To Ride is always played on game nights with friends and it is one of my favorite board games. It is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. They also have versions for Europe, Nordic Countries, India, Asia and others.


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