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2020 Holiday Wishbook: Gift ideas, holiday events and more

It’s that time of year again, and in West Newsmagazine’s annual Holiday Wishbook, you’ll find another year of unique Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list, holiday event listings, spotlights on local artisans, tips for shopping locally, fun games for kids, and other holiday-related content for you to reference all season long. 

This holiday season, local stores are gearing up to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

Stick around for the end for links to additional Wishbook articles you won’t want to miss!

Live Comfortably

Amelia's Linens
Bella Notte Linens at Amelia’s Fine Linens. (Source: Facebook/Amelia’s)

Maybe it’s because we’ve spent so much time at home in 2020, but comfy robes, blankets and really good sheets are topping must-have lists this holiday season. Stop in at Amelia’s Fine Linens (ameliaslinens.com) to find a fabulous selection of robes, wraps, blankets and more. Psst, as an added bonus, you’ll find Mary
Tuttle’s Flowers and Gifts in the same Chesterfield Valley location.

Eat Well

Charlie Gitto's spedini
Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill

Nothing says friendship more than gathering together for a great meal. For nearly four decades, Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill has been the place to gather. This holiday season, give the promise of St. Louis’ finest Italian cuisine and the joy of friendship with a Charlie Gitto’s gift card, accepted at both Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill and at the Hollywood Casino location. Order online at charliegittos.com.

Keep It Classic

CR Frank Popcorn Tins
C.R. Frank Gourmet Popcorn

You know it’s the holiday season when someone cracks open a tin of C.R. Frank’s gourmet popcorn. The buttery, caramel-coated, cheesy goodness of the “3-Way” classic tin is impossible to resist and makes the perfect gift for colleagues, teachers, neighbors and clients. Shop online (crfrankpopcorn.com) and pickup in one, easy trip to the company store
in Hazelwood. Family owned and operated, C.R. Frank has been popping delicious corn since 1925.

Box It Up

Patterson Family Farm Christmas
Patterson Family Farms (Jessica Meszaros photo)

At Patterson Family Farms, gift giving is catered, clever and crated, which means all you have to do is determine who gets which gift box. In addition to a wide array of singular gift items, Patterson Family Farms offers pre-packaged gift boxes catered to dog lovers, St. Louis enthusiasts, grandparents, college students, foodies and more. Stop in or shop online at pattersonfamilyfarms.org.

Give the Gift of Savings

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If the wee one in your life really doesn’t need one more toy, consider giving that child the gift of a savings account. With the help of the child’s parents, grandparents or guardian, an Earn and Learn savings account can be established at Together Credit Union for those big expenses yet to come – college, cars, computers and more. Visit togethercu.org to learn more.

Be Timeless

Glenn Betz Jewelers
Glenn Betz Jewelers

From rings to pendants to earrings, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. Whether this is her first piece of good jewelry or her 100th piece, the team at Glenn Betz Jewelers in Des Peres will help you find a timeless treasure. After all, as the family says, “There’s good, there’s better, there’s Betz!” Shop in person or online at glennbetzjewelers.com.

Dream Big

Dream Play Recreation
Dream Play Recreation

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s the value of having high-quality recreation options right outside our own back door. A play set from Dream Play Recreation can provide hours of safe adventures that challenge your child’s creativity and strengthen their growing bodies. Choose from a wide variety of swing set shapes and sizes, plus trampolines and basketball hoops. Discover them all in store
and at dreamplayrec.com.

Renovate & Rejuvenate

New Bathroom
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There’s good reason why home remodeling shows place so much emphasis on creating luxurious baths. Having a well-designed bath is akin to having a spa in your very own home. The experts at Tile and Bath Service have 35-plus years of experience in transforming baths into a gift you’ll want to give yourself. Visit tileandbathservice.com to learn more.

Make It Shine

Car detailing
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Everyone loves a clean car but washing it, especially in winter, is no fun. Enter Auto Spa Etc. of Ellisville. Choose from full service washes up to full detailing and disinfecting services when purchasing Auto Spa Etc. gift cards or give the ultimate gift – an Unlimited Wash Club membership. All are available online at autospaetc.com/ellisville or in person seven days a week.

Be Dazzled

Barry Hyatt
Hyatt Jewelers (Source: Facebook/Barry Hyatt

Shimmering lights on the Christmas tree can’t compare with the dazzling smile you’ll receive when your love unwraps diamonds for Christmas. Earrings, pendants, bracelets, rings – whatever you’re shopping for Barry Hyatt Jewelers can help you find the perfect gift to say “I love you,” 365 days of the year. Shop at hyattjewelers.com or visit their Creve Coeur location.

Discover Delight

Three French Hens
Three French Hens

In every nook and cranny of Three French Hens sizable showroom in Wildwood, you’re sure to find décor that delights and gifts galore. From collectibles by local artisans to fabulous florals to jewelry and fragrances to signature candles and more, Three French Hens has something for everyone. Stop in or discover them online at threefrenchhenswildwood.com.

Create Magic

Parent child basketball
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There’s a classic moment in the movie “Father of the Bride” when the dad, standing in front of a basketball hoop, asks his daughter, “How many times do you think we’ve played out here?” The daughter replies, “About a million”; and the dad says, “I remember our very first time.” That’s why a basketball hoop is one of the greatest gifts of all time. It’s a family gift – one that can lead to endless games of H-O-R-S-E and conversations. Let the experts at Bergfeld Recreation help you create magic with a basketball hoop, trampolines or play sets. Visit them in person or online at bergfeldrecreation.com.

Relax and Renew

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After the year we’ve had, who doesn’t need a bit of therapy – massage therapy that is from the experts at Essential Relaxation Massage & Spa (essentialrelaxationspa.com). This gift is perfect for parents who
have had to juggle the stress of working from home alongside their children, frontline workers who’ve given their all during the pandemic and yes, even for yourself. We won’t tell.

Consider Membership

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St. Louis is host to a wide range of organizations that rely on members to help live out their missions. At each, membership has its privilege. For instance, a gift membership to the St. Louis Art Museum (slam.org) provides a year of free admission to fabulous exhibitions along with shopping and dining discounts, exclusive events and memorable art
experiences. What’s not to love?

Go Green

Timberwinds Nursery
Timberwinds Nursery

Timberwinds Nursery in Ellisville is a one-stop Christmas shop, where you’ll find freshly cut Christmas trees along with living firs, poinsettias, amaryllis and a wide array of gifts from potted plants to home décor to
collectible Karen Didion Santas and so much more. For the gardeners and new homeowners on your list, gift cards also make great gifts. Visit Timberwinds at timberwindsnursery.com to learn more.

Light A Fire

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(Source: Adobe Stock)

There’s just something about a crackling fire – whether it’s cozying up a room from a fireplace or lending its heat to a flame-grilled meal. Trust St. Louis Home Fires, founder of the BBQ Bash, to help you choose the perfect fireplace for your home or the ideal grill for gifting. For stocking stuffers, check out their wide array of sauces and rubs in store or online at stlouishomefires.com.

Make It ‘New’ Again

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(Source: Dents Express)

Who wouldn’t love to put a big red bow on top of a new car for Christmas? But sometimes that’s just not realistic. When it’s not, the skilled technicians at Dents Express in Manchester can help make an older ride look new again. Learn more at dentsexpressstl.com.

Make It Cozy

Union Furniture Selection
Some of the products offered at C•U•R•A•T•E•D by Union Furniture. (Source: Facebook/Union Furniture)

If the pandemic has you looking around your favorite room and thinking that it needs an upgrade, take a trip to Union Furniture. There, you’ll find high-quality furniture, seasonal decor and even boutique items curated with care by Mike and Lynn Haberberger, who have owned Union Furniture for 46 years. This holiday season, visit them in person or online at unionfurnituremo.com.

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