Mmm..mmph… huh? Oh. Sorry. Not awake yet. Surfeit of pumpkin pie.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and we all know what that means: Black Friday! The official start of Christmas shopping season!
So what should you ask Santa (or his designated minions) to bring you this year? I’m so glad you asked. I have some ideas you may just find irresistible.
To help you with savvy wedding planning online, you’ll definitely want a copy of erstwhile Manolo for the Brides editor and all-around fabulous person Christa Terry’s book iDo: Planning Your Wedding with Nothing But ‘Net. It’s a breezy read, and a really useful guide to help you find inspiration, resources, and general bridal sanity via your computer. Seriously, even if I didn’t love Crista like a… person I love a lot, I would still be recommending this book because it’s useful, down-to-earth, and a big dose of bridal sanity. Besides, at just $12.48 at Amazon (list price $16.00 and worth a heck of a lot more pennies than that!), it’s a great deal for a thrifty Santa’s Helper.
Of course, there are a lot of great things a bride-to-be (or even a bride-to-was) might enjoy finding under a Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush.
While we’re hanging around Amazon, you could probably use some romantic entertainment. For my money, it’s hard to outdo the one and only time that Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart worked together: The African Queen. A nice, new Blu-ray of it will set you back less than twenty bucks, and you can enjoy the exotic scenery of the African locations, as well as the crackling energy between the stars. This is one of my all-time favorite films.
Of course, there’s more to life than books and movies. There’s also the opportunity here to either set up or upgrade your home! For my money, it’s hard to beat a great deal on something solid that will last you a long, long time… like this chance to get an amazing deal on a KitchenAid Professional Series 6 qt stand mixer at Cooking.com.
KitchenAid has been the gold standard for generations of bakers and serious cooks. It’s a great investment and quite elegant standing on your counter, as well. It’s also pretty expensive. The list price is $499.99. But right now at Cooking.com, it’s only $399.95. Oh, and to sweeten the pot, KitchenAid is offering a $50.00 rebate plus a two-year subscription to your choice of Food & Wine or Travel + Leisure magazine. So, that would be a five hundred smacker stand mixer for three-fifty, plus a two-year subscription to a great magazine. I don’t know about you, but that sounds mighty good to me!
Then again, maybe what you really want is a great piece of statement jewelry to wear on your wedding day.
This gorgeous Kate Spade necklace might just fit the bill. It’s silver tone with a combination of glass, crystal, and antique rhodium in a spectacular pattern that would grace nearly any neck beautifully. Yes, it’s $298.00 at href=”http://www.zappos.com/”>Zappos, but you’re worth the splurge, aren’t you? Yes, you are.
Or you might be looking for a great ‘something blue’ along the lines of these lovely Judith Ripka earrings.
They’re charming, and come in your choice of blue (shown), pink, or yellow, too. The size is 1″x1/2″ drops, which is enough to make a statement without overwhelming most bridal looks. And of course you can wear them for years to come. They’re $195.00 at Nordstrom.
Or perhaps you’re looking for something to share with your beloved on your special day. Say, something like a pair of toasting flutes.
Perhaps much like these gorgeous Waterford flutes in the Lismore pattern. How spectacular are those? They’ll be beautiful on your wedding day, and special enough to toast every anniversary with, too. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re a bargain! You could easily spend $140.00 on them elsewhere, but overstock.com has them for just $91.49. Now that’s the way to spread Christmas cheer!
Happy shopping! And don’t forget to take time out for a turkey sandwich and a slice of pumpkin pie… or whatever fabulous things are left over from your Thanksgiving feast!