5 Gifts That Travel Light

Food 52, Anthropologie, Magnolia

Want to save some money this holiday season, yet still give great gifts?  Then set your sights on beauties that won’t break the bank in postage or checked baggage charges. Items like these travel light on everything but style.

Food 52

Intricately carved from ethically sourced natural water buffalo horn, these horn spoons feature lots of rich color, pattern variation and texture. Perfect for a sugar bowl or salt cellar. Or displayed as art.  Choose from five sets of two spoons (Horse, Shield, French, Boating, Sea Creatures)/$40-$65.


Who wouldn’t like to discover a bit of classic French style beneath the tree? La Maison stoneware plaques also make lovely stocking stuffers. $14 each.


For the letter perfect present, tuck a little bauble or a gift card into a Monogram trinket box. Crafted of hand-painted stoneware. $14.


A modern take on a country classic, Goat salt and pepper shakers (from designer Joanna Gaines of Magnolia fame) are sweet and chic. As a gift, they are the “GOAT”—greatest of all time (or at least of this holiday season). $7 per set.

Sur la Table

Years ago, my friend Maggie (one of the most stylish people ever to grace this planet) gave me a beautiful Italian-made cotton jacquard towel and changed my perception of kitchen towels forever. Its color, weave and softness was superior to anything I’d ever owned.  So when I spotted these Santa and Christmas Tree cotton jacquard towels -made in Italy exclusively for Sur la Table- I had to tell you about them. You can’t got wrong with towels like these.  Plus, they’re light as a feather for mailing or packing in a bag. $18 each.

Christmas is just a few weeks away, so shop fast. Pack and mail with reindeer lightening speed. And then relax and smile, knowing that you’ve saved money without sacrificing style one bit.