2020 has been an unprecedented year to say the least. Working with our clients over these past months, we understand the emotional toll it has taken on those planning a wedding during such a time of uncertainty. With this weighing heavy on our mind, we have curated a very special holiday gift guide for the bride-to-be, which focuses on happiness, healing, and comfort. Ranging from self-care and beauty to home decor to food & drink, these gifts are guaranteed to uplift the mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, we are all about shopping local this season – the list highlights the talents of our fellow NYC small businesses, designers, and artists.
Brooklyn Candle Studio, www.brooklyncandlestudio.com
A candle’s ability to elevate our mood and enliven a room is undeniable. Brooklyn Candle Studio’s mission is to make luxury, minimalist candles using only the best ingredients (100% soy wax, eco-friendly, and vegan). Inspired by nature, travel, and memories, their heavenly scents include Kyoto (smells like a cedar forest after a rain), Santorini (an island orchard of ripe fig trees), Sunday Morning (citrus fruits and fresh flowers), and Love Potion (calming lavender, jasmine, and mandarin). Check out their gift sets, which include a fragrance trio, travel candles, and chic votive holders.
Urban Leaf, www.geturbanleaf.com
For the friend who is utilizing all this increased time at home to exercise their green thumb. Urban Leaf’s unique indoor gardening kits are designed to make growing vegetables and fruit in a small NYC apartment possible. From mini garden to table – grow edible flowers and herbs in a bottle or apples, strawberries, peppers, and microgreens in a window box.
Pure Bella NYC, www.purebellanyc.com
To say that 2020 has left us all feeling out of balance would be a serious understatement. Find your center with Pure Bella’s Gem Elixir Sprays. Nurturing, healing and expanding LOVE within the garden of the heart are at the core of the collection. Whether to start the day, deepen your meditation, or cleanse the vibe of your space, these wellness sprays seek to harmonize the whole self and activate sacred space anytime, each in their own unique way. The formulas are infused with the healing vibration of stones, gems, precious metals and light. Customized Gem Elixirs and Guided by Gaia Stone Bundles are also available.
Pottery by Jeannine Carson, www.jeanninecarsonclay.com
Color us happy! Bright, artful, and one-of-a-kind, Jeannine Carson’s hand-thrown pottery is guaranteed to spark joy in the home. Carson makes eye candy clayware for just about every at-home need ranging from plates, bowls, and mugs to vases, sage bowls, and lidded jars. We especially love her Happy (so fun!) and Tarot Collections.
Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods, www.janiebakes.com
What’s better than pie? Why more pie of course! Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods is taking taking our beloved holiday dessert to great new heights with the pie crust cookie. A uniquely sweet gift, the Pie Crust Cookie Sampler Box’s delectable flavors include seasonal favorites pumpkin, apple, and pecan along with chocolate and triple berry.
Working from home with limited trips outside, many of us are finding that come Friday, we are still in the tattered sweats and t-shirt that we put on… well, you get where this is heading. Softwear will give your friend good reason to ditch those raggedy pajamas for ultra-stylish and comfy attire. The Brooklyn based company’s newly launched collection of basics includes tanks, hoodies, and joggers, all made with sustainable materials and non-toxic dyes.
Séila & Co, www.seilaandco.com
Now more than ever, making self-care a priority is crucial. With a focus on beauty, health, well-being, Sélia & Co created an all natural, vegan skincare line powered by the healing benefits of tea and clay. Your friend’s at-home skincare routine will receive a major upgrade with Séila & Co’s healing lavender + black tea mask, detoxifying jasmine green tea serum, and clarifying lime + white tea tonic.
Umikah is the perfect gift for the bride-to-be who has been cultivating her baking skills during quarantine. Her happy place is in the kitchen and with Umikah’s artisanal curds and spreads in exotic flavors such as Yuzu and and Dulce De Leche & Chocolate and beautiful kitchen linens, she’ll be a top contender for The Great British Baking Show in no time.
Café Grumpy, www.cafegrumpy.com
With Café Grumpy, your friend can enjoy a cup of delicious, premium coffee all in the comfort and safety of home. The certified women-owned business enterprise works with coffee growers who share a commitment to quality, sustainability, and innovation. Grown around the world in places such as Guatemala, Honduras, Burundi, El Salvador, and Ethiopia, beans are available whole and ground for drip, French press, and espresso.
McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers, www.mcnallyjackson.com
There’s no better escape from the realities of the present day than getting lost in the pages of a good book. The shelves at McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers are stocked with every genre there is ranging from American and International literature, mystery, memoir, and poetry to history and social issues, science & nature, art & design, and cooking & food. Not sure what is next on your friend’s reading list? Gift cards are available.
We hope these ideas lessen the stress of finding the perfect gift for the friend who is in the midst of planning a wedding. All items were chosen for their potential to help fill the areas in her life that feel patchy as a result of the past year’s events. More than anything, the holiday season is about spreading love and good vibes and this sentiment behind our holiday gift guide for the bride-to-be.