Local Experts Share Their Gift Picks for Christmas
There’s always someone, that one person who is so hard to buy a Christmas gift for. Either they have everything they want or buy whatever they want, leaving you in the dark about which gifts to present.
Our local Oklahoma City experts have their best picks of the season for the wine lover, the home design enthusiast, the fashionista and more.
For the Wine and Drink Lover
Roger Cude of Water’s Edge Winery in the heart of Oklahoma City wants your wine enthusiast to have not only the best choices in vino but also the best tools to go along with that wine.
“With the new laws allowing so many new, mass-marketed wines into grocery and convenience stores, there are a large number of less than stellar wines popping up in the under $10 price point,” Roger says. “You can find good wines at that price point, but also some pretty bad ones. I recommend folks download the Vivino app to their phone. That way they can scan a bottle of wine and learn about it before they buy”
Water’s Edge also has a wide selection of red and white wine that can be custom labeled or custom wrapped for the perfect Christmas gift. A wine club membership is also always an appreciated present.
“As a gift, I recommend a vacuum pump for those folks that don’t finish a bottle of wine at one sitting, which is not a problem I have, or an aerator to put on the bottle while pouring.”
Visit WEWOKC.com for information.
Boardwalk Brands, a beer wholesaler and a broker and marketer of other strong beer, wine and spirits brands in the state of Oklahoma, also has its top picks for Christmas.
Hoopes Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a highly rated, highly allocated cab that captures the pure relationship between grape-grower and winemaker with an old-world-meets-new-world-style profile. The philosophy is simple: minimize after-harvest manipulation of the grape so that you can enjoy the most important ingredient in its true form. This is true grower-made wine.
Peg Leg Porker Straight Tennessee Bourbon is the signature bourbon from award-winning pitmaster Carey Bringle. Having a deep love for bourbon and appreciation for the fact that bourbon and barbecue pair together so well, Carey is the first pitmaster in the U.S. to start his own bourbon brand.
Peg Leg Porker 8 Years was first released in 2015 and quickly gained popularity across the state of Tennessee. It was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits competition the first year of its release. For information, visit BoardwalkBrands.com.
For the Bath
When you think Christmas gift, you may not think about bathroom hardware, but some handy items can make a great gift. Gene Goforth, one of the owners of Architectural Hardware Designs at 9450 N. May Ave., says mirrors can reflect thought into a stylish gift for any homeowner.
Gene’s picks include the Adaptations makeup mirrors with LED lighting and magnification or without.
“Prices range from $200 for non-lit to up to $600 for desktop or wall mount with LED light and magnification. They also offer wall mount mirrors ranging from $700-$1,400,” he says.
In 2016, all of the lighted mirrors in the Adaptations collection use LEDs, which allows for products with both warm or cool white lighting that use a fraction of the power that old incandescent and fluorescent mirrors used.
Visit AHDOK.com for a list of items.
Home Design Gifts
Tracee Strong at Nuvo Home, 1235 N. Pennsylvania, says little gifts with thought can make a big impact. With fun stocking stuffers like unique keychains or fun, snarky tea towels from CoinLaundry, choosing a thoughtful gift for the home is easy.
“I love the little items that can make an impact,” she says.
Ambre Blends essential oils are a hot commodity this season with a whole variety of fragrances, she says. In addition, real fox or raccoon keychains in bright colors can also make a memorable gift.
Nuvo Home carries the finest collection of transitional furniture in The Village with modern eclectic, contemporary and unique rugs, pillows, armchairs, bean swings and more for the newest in home trends. Visit TheVillageModernInterior.com.
For Perfect Peepers
At Eyes Etc. in Oklahoma City, eyewear is more than functional; it’s beautiful as well. Terry Furrh’s selection of designer eyewear makes Christmas gift shopping easy for the discerning fashionista who wants quality and functionality to be stunning as well.
Hot this year is the line of eyewear from Sospiri that—well, glitters.
The Sospiri collection represents Ottica Veneta’s signature luxury line of optical and sun wear. From the mountains of northeastern Italy’s Veneto region, Sospiri was inspired as a tribute to the Venetian maestros of old and those craftsmen who follow the same artisanal methods today.
Through a rich intertwining of elegance and innovation, Sospiri frames are defined by their superior use of Swarovski crystals, light metals, Italian acetates and unique artistic embellishments. Visit EyesEtcOKC.com.
Home Gift Ideas
While new cabinets, shelving or knobs aren’t what most people think of when thinking of a big gift, a new design in the kitchen or living areas can be a fancy Christmas gift for any homeowner.
Monticello Cabinets and Doors in Oklahoma City carries a line of Whitechapel Ltd. rustic hardware that can create an entirely new look in a house. Hinges, locks, escutcheons, handles, knobs, entry sets, casters, cremones, latches, catches, stays, brackets, fasteners, as well as many specialized items like speakeasy grills, concealed hinges, bed hardware and decorative door knockers make for unexpected and classy gifts.
Also, consider a new residential front door to spruce up the outside of a home. Monticello offers contemporary, transitional, traditional and Old World styles that can add flair to an aging exterior. Visit MonticelloCabinets.com.
The Big Gift
If you really want to impress your loved one, then Bob Moore Cadillac has the hot pick for you. The 2019 Cadillac Escalade is designed for class and comfort. The interior features stunning craftsmanship with equally stunning comfort, including heated and cooled front seats and heated rear outboard seats. The 12-way power-adjustable front seats include a four-way lumbar option, and the interior has a three-zone climate control feature.
The exterior includes cutting-edge illumination like full LED Light Blade taillamps that emit thin blades of light that give the Escalade an unmistakable signature at night. Available Concierge Lighting includes LEDs in the door handles, power assist steps and interior, providing clear illumination upon exit and approach.
In addition, the 10-speed automatic transmission delivers near-instantaneous shifts for smooth acceleration and optimal power in any gear.
For more information, visit Bob Moore Cadillac.