It's only the 11th and I have begun wrapping. I am so freaking excited to (finally) get ahead of the game. Real ribbon, vintage travel photos from Italy and France as gift tags, and those pre-printed cursive-y tags from Watson Kennedy definitely go a long way in dressing up $20 gifts from Takashimaya, Veritables, and other favorite shops. Vosges chocolates, Rigaud candles, these weird little Japanese seedlings that sprout from a ceramic egg with a "cracked" top, Provence Sante verbena soaps, and truffle oil have all made the list. Maybe what people really want are Starbucks gift cards, but too bad. I am the worst kind of Christmas gift giver. I give the kinds of things I would want to get... my taste reigns supreme and hopefully, there are some truffle oil/hemp-seed chocolate/soap-loving friends out there who will put up with my oddball gifts.