A Guide to Holiday Gifting


Though I love to treat myself occasionally to a pair of Oak Hall shoes, a must-have kitchen appliance or a beauty product, I am a major proponent of gifted experiences. Alex and I tend to lean in the direction of an unforgettable meal or destination versus a wrapped box, though both are always appreciated! For example, Alex just surprised me early for Chanukah with a reservation for two at Nomad PDX in Portland next month. I'm so excited to relish in that mastery of a meal with the accompanying quality time and unrivaled Oregon atmosphere.

My favorite stocking stuffer(ish) finds are listed in my look-book below. Click on the photos for product information! And, as a bonus, keep scrolling for a few additional food-focused gift opportunities that require minimal wrapping paper and maximum memories.


1. Host a holiday cookie swap for your girlfriends; gift each gal a bread pan to collect their treats and, after enjoying, bake a loaf at home.

2. Take a pasta making class with your significant other, mom or a friend. There's usually always wine involved, and the interactive components are so much fun to revisit in  your own kitchen.

3. Plan a charcuterie picnic with a fuzzy blanket, hot cider and an extra-large cheese board to fit the accoutrements. A special Spotify playlist is additive, perhaps nodding to the genre or artist of an upcoming local concert.

4. Host an Elf watching party, complete with personalized tins of popcorn. Encourage every guest to bring his or her own favorite bite-sized chocolate -- mini Reese's, M&Ms, or chocolate chips -- to sprinkle onto the popcorn kernels (just as Buddy the Elf would approve).

5. Reserve a local swanky Airbnb or charming bed & breakfast for a one-night getaway. 

Stay tuned in the coming week for an Oak Hall-specific gift guide  list on social media!

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