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Article: The DIANI Holiday Gift Guide

The DIANI Holiday Gift Guide

The DIANI Holiday Gift Guide

We're kicking off the most wonderful time of the year with our Annual DIANI Holiday Gift Guide. Our stores are stocked up with a curation of handcrafted, unique gifts for everyone on your list, but if you need some guidance, I’ve gathered together my favorites and curated them into gifting categories to make shopping a breeze. From gifts for the bartender and sweet tooth to the home chef and stylish slumberer, we have something special for everyone on your list.


The head chef deserves the very best, and we at DIANI deliver. French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson is a favorite for simple recipes inspired by the French wine country. For bread baking, this handmade Bread Knife is made of sharp steel with a gold-plated finish. Bundle with this upcycled maple wood Baguette Cutting Board, a beautiful choice for bread, cheese and charcuterie. You can never have too many kitchen towels, and I love this soft and textural set of Vintage Linen Towels.

For chopping or serving this Square Pine Charcuterie Board is a must – it's made of reclaimed wood with contrasting sides. A comprehensive guide that will take you through the holiday season, Christmas At River Cottage is filled with inspiration, traditions and recipes for festive occasions. New kitchen tools are always a welcomed gift, and my go-to’s are these teak Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons.

Keep her hands clean and moisturized with my favorite Murchison-Hume Heirloom Dish Soap and Velvet Glove Hand Cream – the perfect kitchen sink duo. This Vegetable Brush is a great gift topper or stocking stuffer for the cook in your life. And new to the shop, The Stone Jug Linen Towel, a collab with friend and designer, Gail Bryson with the print taken from foraging for fall leaves around my Hudson Valley home.

No cook should be without this Nocellera Extra Virgin Olive Oil, an award winning bottle that is delightful poured over fish, whipped into aioli or drizzled over vegetables. Gift it with this ceramic Olive Oil Bottle, which is equally beautiful in the kitchen as it is on the table. This Teak Serving Set is a favorite in my home (stored in this handmade Utility Vessel), and will instantly elevate any holiday dish..


From the cocktail enthusiast to the wine connoisseur, we have a variety of gifts for the one who likes to pour, sip and savor. For the at-home bartender, The Bartender’s Guide To The World has more than 75 cocktail recipes from one of the world’s premier bartenders. Pair it with this stainless steel Bar Tools Set, equipped with a julep strainer, bar spoon and double-sided jigger packed up in a travel-ready leather sheath.

For those who like it on the rocks, gift this beautiful Whiskey Glass and set of Whiskey Stones that will keep drinks cool without melting ice or a watered-down drink. Display a favorite whiskey in this beautiful Sterling Pond Decanter. 

The wine enthusiast will love this Corkscrew Gift Box, featuring a handmade vertical lever corkscrew made of chomped metal and solid wood. For red or whites, the Lyonnais Wine Glass is unique, elegant, and will compliment any table setting. And for a laugh, we love the Shut Up Liver Tea Towel – made from 100% flour sack cotton and a functional towel loop.



For the charcuterie lover, The Cheese Board Deck is filled with 50 creative ideas for styling and presenting food platters for any occasion – no cooking skills required. Pair it with this beautiful handmade Lace Cheeseboard (choose gunmetal or satin greige) and the Artisan Forged Cheese Knives for a gift any cheese lover will adore.


Whether she's creating a cheeseboard for two or 20, The Stone Jug Linen Napkins in Noble Fir and Slate Wall Stripe will elevate the occasion. I love to pair them with these Cane Napkin Rings and set the table using this Round Fringe Placemat, which is handmade from fique, a sustainable plant fiber.



The sweet tooth in your life will love some of our favorite treats - from luxe chocolates and cakes to cookbooks and kitchen tools. Every year I gift The Cookie Book. It’s filled with delicious recipes from Displaced Housewife founder, Rebecca Firth. Pair it with our bestselling Gold Rimmed Cookie Plate. Our DIANI Cookie Box is also a favorite and can be filled with freshly baked cookies. Our favorites are our neighbors, Renaud’s Patisserie who can fill it with an assortment of their delicious cookies (additional charge). 

for the baker

A freshly baked treat is one of the best gifts to give and receive, like the Rustichella D’Abruzzo Pandorino Tin. It’s filled with a small loaf of Christmas bread that we suggest topping with warm custard or vanilla gelato. For the biscotti lover, this Antonio Mattei Biscotti Di Prato Holiday Tin is filled with the best light, crunchy baked cookies. The at-home baker will also love Firth’s second book, The Cake Book, and for the kitchen, I love this wooden Honey Spoon and stoneware Farmer’s Pitcher.


for the baker

Scooping ice cream just got sweeter with The Stone Jug Ice Cream Scoop, handmade in Upstate New York from fallen trees that have been reclaimed and repurposed. Gift it with this pretty handmade ceramic Dessert Bowl. A chocolate delight, this box of handmade organic Mixed Truffles includes flavors such as hazelnut, sea salt and classic. The Laurel & Ash Farm Maple Syrup is a new-found favorite with its dark color and robust taste – perfect for cooking and baking.


Ornaments are a holiday gift that will be treasured for years to come, and our store is stocked with an assortment of glittery favorites. Trim the tree with this classic Nutcracker Glass Ornament or opt for this Clear Glass Globe. For the ocean lover, this Baby Octopus Glass Ornament is cute and shimmery, while the vintage-inspired Deer Ornament is festive and fun.

It’s not Christmas without elves, and this Glass Elf Ornament made from blown glass has all the vintage charm. A fun gift topper, the Gray Whale Glass Ornament has tinsel detailing, and this Truck Glass Ornament is a classic, with its snowy tree accent. Gift this Crackled Gold Leaf Glass Ornament for all the festive decorating.

This Crackled Gold Leaf Glass Ornament is also special on the tree or as decor around the home – think garlands and mantels. The bird lover in your life will adore this Hummingbird Glass Ornament, which is mouth blown and hand painted, as well as the Cardinal Ornament with gold glitter accents. Add festive charm to a tree or mantelpiece with the red Stari Ornament.


My favorite seasons of the year involve wearing sweaters. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a family member, a spouse (or yourself), you can’t go wrong with a cozy, warm sweater. A classic stripe, the Gideon Sweater from Nili Lotan is made from a luxuriously soft wool-cashmere blend with a funnel neck and long raglan sleeves. Another oversized favorite, the Ribbed High Neck from Mr. Mittens has a relaxed, yet chic look with a high neck and is made from a cashmere blend.

sweater weather

Elevate her winter wardrobe with the Iris Sweater from Anine Bing. Made from a chunky alpaca blend, this sweater is cut for a loose, relaxed fit. I love to wear it with trousers, denim and skirts. A pop of color and print, the Melange Patchwork Iris Pullover from Raquel Allegra is a much loved sweater. The drop shoulders and slouchy sleeves make it stylish, yet comfortable and the contrasting colors will bring her out of her color rut.

And a must for any sweater wearer, this Sweater Stone. This natural pumice stone makes all your winter favorites last longer, just lay your knit garments flat and brush the stone against in short, smooth movements.


Give the gift of light with an array of special candles, crystals and paperweights that are sure to brighten up any space. Himalayan Crystals are beautiful gifts to give and receive, and they have the added benefit of clearing negative energy and promoting harmony. This larger one is lovely for bigger spaces, and this smaller pink one has multi-colored chlorite inclusions throughout.

Lighting candles is a year round ritual, but especially as the days become shorter. One of my favorites for the holiday season is the Noel Double Wick Candle. It’s handcrafted in the USA in small batches and the scent is a blend of bay leaf, sugared berries and cedarwood. Bring a festive touch to your home or a friends with this Shimmering Paper Star.


Each Himalayan Crystal is unique, and this smaller one is the perfect gift for a friend. A Heather Paperweight will brighten up any desktop, and this one features a hand-picked heather that is perfectly encased in a resin sphere. The decorative, yet functional Antique Corbel Candle is made from mineral wax inspired by the original corbel in Barcelona’s old Raval district. This Winter Candle will fill any home with that holiday scent we all know and love – think notes of evergreen, mint and vanilla.

A soft touch of light made for winter days, the Silo Taper Hurricane is a lovely gift for any home. Add in this handmade Advent Candle to kick off the holiday season and count down the days of December. The Dandelion Paperweight is handmade in the United Kingdom and is one of my all-time favorite gifts for garden and nature lovers alike. And a slightly larger Himalayan Crystal that is double sided so you can view the beauty from all sides.


Gift her a moment of relaxation with the amazing Alpine Bath & Body Collection from Susanne Kaufmann. It features a trio of products – the Mountain Pine Bath soak, the Arnica Body Oil and her bestselling Body Butter. Slip into the Casablanca Silk Crepe De Chine Pajamas, made from 100% silk with a classic silhouette and relaxed fit - there so stylish, they're not just for the bedroom.

The perfect accent piece for her sofa or bed, this vintage handmade Stripe Grain Sack Cushion is designed by yours truly. And to set the mood, this Salta Classic Candle from Trudon burns notes of peach, lemon and grapefruit for a crisp freshness she will love. 

Elevate her evening skincare routine with the Hibiscus Night Cream from Irene Forte. The blend of green pea, hyaluronic acid, hibiscus seed extract and olive oil is proven to reduce wrinkles. A new book for her nightstand, Friends: A Poem For Every Day Of The Year is a joyous read and the perfect gift for family, friends and partners.

Brighten up any space with this Room & Linen Spray, scented with basil, mandarin and kale for a fresh and clean smell that lingers in the air and eliminates odors. And to complete her stylish slumber, the Dalton Throw is woven in Belgium from a linen, cotton blend using traditional weaving techniques.

Cheers to the start of this magical time of year and the joy that gift giving can bring. We all know that it can get overwhelming too, so here's hoping this help make things easier.  As always, we're here to help with any and all holiday shopping needs, so feel free to reach out to us at

Sending lots of love,

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