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Gifts for the Nature Lover: Shadowbox Sculptures

So you need another gift for the great outdoorsman or -woman in your life, do you? (They’re kinda materialistic for someone so into nature, don’t you think?) Not to worry, I’ve got just the thing. If your loved one is happiest when they’re near the ocean, these shadowbox sculptures from Neiman Marcus will take them away to a warm, sandy destination—in their mind, at least. There are six tropical leaf and coral designs to choose from, each of which are cast out of resin and framed in stone shadowboxes, making them safe for outdoor or indoor display. In a genre that so often can skew souvenir-y—seashell nightlights, anyone?—this is a beautiful, subtle callback to the beach that your friend will be sure to love.

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Gifts for Your Foodie Friend: Cheese of the Month Club

For our first installment of gift suggestions for your friend who likes to eat, we suggested infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Grapevine Olive Oil. The basil-infused olive oil and some crusty bread from EatZi’s would be an excellent addition to any cheese plate. Speaking of cheese plates, let us introduce you to our second gift: a membership to the cheese of the month club at Scardello.

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In The Garden: December is for the Birds

While you may not be spending as much time out in your garden at the moment, the birds certainly are. I’ve seen a flurry of feathered activity in my garden lately, as the local birds forage for food and the travelers migrate through town. I like to perch in my upstairs library window to watch the antics. If you also like to watch the birds, you might want to get counting.

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