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Shimmer, Spruce and Sweets

Holiday treats for you and those you love


December 4th, 2012

Don’t forget to visit our Provincetown shops for last-minute items and the extras that make the holidays memorable.

Whatever you choose, may they make your holidays merry and blessed!

Ladies, whether you want to glamorize for holiday parties or update your look for the New Year, Christine Horovitz at Kiss and Makeup can set you up with mineral makeup from Youngblood, brilliant colors from all-vegan Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – check out their lip tar in “Stalker” – or brands like Stila. You’ll also find a full line of Lab Series and Art of Shaving products to keep your man looking his best! If your New Year’s resolution is to baby your skin, you’ll find tools and treatments by Clarisonic, Malin and Geotz and Mario Badescu, as well as John Masters Organics hair care.

No holiday is complete without holiday greenery and festive floral arrangements! At Wildflower Home, you’ll find tastefully decorated wreaths, miniature trees, unique greenery and elegant floral bouquets for any table. While you’re there, you can also choose from a lovely selection of bowls, vases and other containers to hold your living décor! Finally, browse their pillows, perfumed candles and casually elegant home décor selections.

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At Provincetown Florist, owner Maghi Geary and her staff have a combined 75 years of floral experience and an award-winning designer. They’ll prepare an exquisite floral arrangement or complete tablescape a la Martha Stewart, create a festive wreath or offer a unique cultivar of poinsettia. As a long-time pet owner, she can advise you about plants that are safe to have around pets. Contrary to popular belief, she says, poinsettia is not poisonous to pets, though it might upset an animal’s stomach. She is backed up by the Society of American Florists, the ASPCA and pet poison hotlines. “The poinsettia myth was perpetrated in the 1920s by chrysanthemum growers who were worried about competition,” said Geary. Pet owners, she says, should avoid holly berry, all parts of any type of lily, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and the berries on mistletoe.

Foodie fans will love receiving new taste sensations as a small Hanukkah gift or a stocking stuffer, and Cape Cod Gourmet carries a large selection, from homemade pickles with habanero or ghost peppers, to wild beach plum jelly to Smoky Maple BBQ Sauce and Fra Diavolo Pasta Sauce. Friends off-Cape might enjoy the signature salad dressings and marinades from the Lobster Pot, available at both Cape Cod Gourmet and at the Pot. Gift baskets are available, and include a variety of dressings and sauces, jams and jellies, breakfast items, soup mixes or spices and rubs.
Do you have a chocoholic in your family? Then be sure to stop at the Purple Feather to pick up a gift of their handmade Belgian chocolates. Now in their 10th year, Ann and Peter Okun not only carry milk, dark and white chocolates they “would be proud to feed their children”, but they also serve lunches, gelato, and sinful desserts – fresh cream puff, anyone? They also offer the option of gift cards, so your recipients can come in and choose their own personal temptations!

Should you know someone who drinks more coffee than Juan Valdez can pick in a year, stop by Wired Puppy, where you can pick up a pound of organic coffee, cups and containers for drinking it, tools for brewing it, an assortment of logo items to display their devotion….and a lovely selection of boxed teas, including herbal blends. If you prefer, you can give them a gift card in any denomination desired.
Whatever you choose, may they make your holidays merry and blessed!

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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