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#MyHolidayStyle: How Are You Celebrating the Season?

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We love hearing how others are celebrating the holidays, so we asked three of our Instagram friends, @ashleykane, @vegetarianventures, and @jackiegreaney, to share their favorite festive traditions and go-to gifts. Read on and get inspired—and don’t forget to show us how you’re spending the season by tagging #MyHolidayStyle!

Ashley Kane, Brunch on Chestnut

Ashley’s One Kings Lane wish list includes (clockwise from top right): Ralph Lauren Home’s Greenwich Decanter and Kipton Coaster, a punchy zippered pouch by Gaia, and a chic coffee table book.

Ashley’s One Kings Lane wish list includes (clockwise from top right): Ralph Lauren Home’s Greenwich Decanter and Kipton Coaster, a punchy zippered pouch by Gaia, and a chic coffee table book.

How do you make any gift extra special?
Big or small, I think gifts with attention to detail, charm, and character make for the most thoughtful gifts. I also try to find items that scream the giftee’s particular taste.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
Last year my boyfriend got everyone onesies to wear on Christmas morning. That, and champagne for breakfast…

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
We’re hosting Christmas for the first time in our lives, so it’s a really exciting year for us. Our home has never looked so festive, and it’ll be so nice to spend our holiday break at home in San Francisco.

Shelly Westerhausen, @vegetarianventures

Shelly’s One Kings Lane gift picks include (left to right, top to bottom): a sleek marble cheeseboard, a playful pretzel ornament, a handmade wooden egg tray, a classic Staub baking dish, a hand-poured candle, a washed-linen apron, Hudson Grace olive oil, a pair of linen pot holders, and a modern French press.

Shelly’s One Kings Lane gift picks include (left to right, top to bottom): a sleek marble cheeseboard, a playful pretzel ornament, a handmade wooden egg tray, a classic Staub baking dish, a hand-poured candle, a washed-linen apron, Hudson Grace olive oil, a pair of linen pot holders, and a modern French press.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I have to pick just one? My favorite would probably be holiday cookies—I love putting on my favorite festive records and spending an entire day baking away. On a more personal level, my mother and I always spend one day in downtown Chicago shopping, seeing the tree and windows at Macy’s, and enjoying a potato pancake from the German market, the Christkindlmarket. I really look forward to that day every year.

Who’s the hardest person on your list to shop for?
My aunt. She has fantastic taste but a full apartment in Chicago, so it’s always a struggle to find something that won’t clutter up her home and will be useful.

What’s your go-to hostess gift for holiday parties?
A box of Frango mints or a rosemary bush decorated like a holiday tree (which is perfect both for decoration and for snipping rosemary sprigs off for cooking!).

Jackie Greaney, @jackiegreaney

How do you make any gift extra special?
My mom always said that the definition of a good gift is “something they’ll love but would never buy themselves.” This could be something they wouldn’t splurge on personally, but it could also just be something they never knew they needed or never knew existed. Find something that meets that rule, wrap it neatly and tie it up with a big grosgrain ribbon and a sprig of holly, and it’ll have “special” written all over it.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
I’m not the biggest eggnog fan, but I absolutely adore bourbon milk punch. I love to make a huge batch on Christmas Eve, freeze it so it gets slushy, and force a cup into everyone’s hands after dinner with a little fresh nutmeg on top. Many folks don’t expect to like it, but they always do! And it goes great with all the cookies that are inevitably around.

What are you looking forward to most this holiday season?
I was so excited to experience our first Christmas Prelude earlier this month in Kennebunkport. The whole town seemed to turn into a postcard Christmas village the night after Thanksgiving. There was a tree lighting, a dog parade, warm-up huts with mulled wine—and we’ve had plenty of snow this month, which has made it all extra magical.

On Jackie’s wish list: a trio of witty travel journals, a block-printed makeup bag, and a set of cozy cotton pajamas.
 
 
 

On Jackie’s wish list: a trio of witty travel journals, a block-printed makeup bag, and a set of cozy cotton pajamas.

 

 

 

Jackie’s adorable black Lab, Poppy, gets in on the gifting action with a buffalo-check pet bed.

Jackie’s adorable black Lab, Poppy, gets in on the gifting action with a buffalo-check pet bed.

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