Holiday Online Shopping Recommendations 2015

Swiss Dog Collars and Leashes for Your Precious Pups from Alpen Schatz

Swiss Dog Collars and Leashes for Your Precious Pups from Alpen Schatz

Terrace Holiday-Pretty Plates from Quel Objet

Terafeu Holiday-Pretty Plates from Quel Objet

A Superlative Blanc de Blanc from Henri's Reserve

A Superlative Blanc de Blancs from Henri’s Reserve

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to think about shopping. Oh wait, you’ve probably been thinking about it–and even doing some of it–the past week. Good on you if that’s the case. Others (like me) haven’t even begun to tackle their holiday shopping despite a deluge of offers that have flooded our inboxes.

I recommend keeping it simple and shopping online for those on your list that live a distance from you. Have that something special sent directly to their door, so that you don’t have to put up with all the wrapping, packaging and waiting in line at your local post office or shipper. And while you’re at it, pick up something for yourself because that’s just what we do when holiday shopping.

I showcase a curated list of favorite purveyors at my Online Shopping Page, most of whom offer discounts between 8 and 10% to Bonjour Colorado readers. Go directly there if you want my more lengthy descriptions. Otherwise, check out my highlights and some other add-ons below.

Ruth’s Toffee

Ruth's Toffee

Ruth’s Toffee

Homespun Confections from Ruth

Homespun Confections from Ruth

Carmelize sugar and butter, add some nuts and chocolate and you have an extraordinary holiday treat. Ruth does it with love and I promise this housemade toffee is the best I’ve ever tasted. Other sweet and savory confections include truffles, turtles, clusters, fudge as well as roasted almonds. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.

Alpen Shatz

The Alpen Schatz Team

Owner Mary Dawn DeBriae with her Alpen Schatz Team

Peruse this quaint online boutique for alpine treasures of the finest quality for men, women, children, the home and dogs! From handmade Swiss dog collars worthy of the pups at Westminster to Italian silk scarves, alpine hats and belts, centuries-old sleigh bells and more, you can shop for an array of heartwarming gift ideas with just a few clicks of the mouse at Alpen Schatz. Type in the code Bonjour to receive a 10% discount.

Henri’s Reserve

Privileged Offerings from Henri's Reserve

Privileged Offerings for Members of Henri’s Reserve Champagne Club

Grab yourself a glass of bubbly and let yourself be transported to the realm of Family Estate Champagnes at Henri’s Reserve. You can select one exquisite bottle to send off to someone special or enroll your beloved in one of Henri’s Reserve Champagne Clubs, so that he or she may receive choice offerings throughout the year. Family Estate Champagne Houses represent most of the finest champagnes artisanally produced in France, many of which are touted on esteemed wine lists in the finest restaurants of the world. Type in Bonjour at checkout to receive your 10% discount.

Fresh Soap Company

Fresh Soap Holiday Creations

Fresh Soap Company Holiday Creations

From grandma to teachers to the love of your life, just about everyone on your list would enjoy receiving a beautifully wrapped package of handmade soap from Fresh Soap Company. Check out their wonderful selection of soaps, soaks, scrubs, lotions and balms and be sure to type in the code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.

Hadley Pottery

Hadley Pottery Holiday Plate

Hadley Pottery Holiday Plate

Still in search of some holiday plates to add charm to your winter feasts? Or maybe you have someone on your list that appreciates table arts of the finest quality. Either way, spend some time at M.A. Hadley Pottery Company for a look at the fun, whimsical patterns of this renowned maker of American Pottery. Type in the code Bonjour to receive an additional 8% discount here.

The Autograph Source

Rick Schultz, Owner of The Autograph Source, and B.B. King

Rick Schultz, Owner of The Autograph Source, and B.B. King

Looking for something truly unique? Perhaps for that hard-to-buy-for man on your list? Check out The Autograph source for a gallery of collectibles, memorabilia and documents from the world of sports, cinema, music, politics and more–past and present–all in varying price ranges. Type in Bonjour into the comments section to receive your 10% discount.

Purrfect Play

A Panoply of Purrfect Play Toys

A Panoply of Purrfect Play Toys

Absolutely the best toys for all your fur babies are sold at Purrfect Play. They’re made from organic, natural fibers and sure to offer hours of pleasure to your beloved pets. Type in promo code Bonjour to receive your 10% discount.

REI

Getting Outside with REI

Getting Outside with REI

You can save up to 40% on gifts through Sunday at REI, my favorite supplier of outdoor clothing and gear for men, women and children. OK, you’ll want to wear a lot of the clothes inside, too, around the fire, likely after a good bit of fun in the snow or beneath a desert sun. If you miss out on this sale, try REI Outlet for ongoing awesome deals.

Medjet Assist

Travel Safe with Medjet Assist

Travel Safe with Medjet Assist

Speaking of adventure, I can’t think of a better gift for your loved ones that travel than a membership at Medjet Assist. They offer a couple of different plans that provide comprehensive travel protection–especially in terms of medical evacuation–for all us globetrotters. Click through from here (as well as the other Medjet links in this post and on my site) to receive a 10% discount.

Quel Objet

Cheery Espadrilles from Quel Objet

Cheery Espadrilles from Quel Objet

Camille Breakfast Set from Quel Objet

Camille Breakfast Set from Quel Objet

Je suis triste. I’m so sad that my favorite purveyor of charming French goods is going out of business. The good news for you is that you can receive 50% off the remainder of Quel Objet merchandise. Type in the code AUREVOIR at checkout to receive your 50% discount. Doors close definitively December 23. At this point, there are still espadrilles, Camille breakfast sets and rich red Terafeu Terafour pottery in stock.

STOCKING STUFFERS

Actually below I highlight full-on gifts but they are small enough to stuff into a stocking or even better, a suitcase.

Linge Shoes

Stepping Pretty with Linge Shoes

Stepping Pretty with Linge Shoes

Ballet Flats for the Kiddos

Ballet Flats for the Kiddos

I love the ballet flats for women and toddlers from Linge Shoes. Choose from a Crayola-colored selection of these foldable classics, great for padding about at home or while traveling. I find them to be super comfy and adorable.

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

Whoosh!

It took me years to find just the right cleaning product for all my devices. Now I clean up my desktop, laptop and phone with Whoosh!, a safe, screen shine cleaner that I can use effortlessly and without worry. Whoosh! comes in three handy sizes, making them also a great purchase for those of us that travel so much. Yay for tech hygiene. Yay for grease-free devices.

A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France

A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France

A Tour of the Heart

The eBook version of my travel memoir, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, will be free tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. It has a 4.3 (out of 5) rating on amazon–people are indeed finding it to be a good read. It’s chockfull of adventure, love, romance, food and wine, French culture and more. Two of my main themes involve self empowerment through sport and personal transformation, so it’s not just chick lit! It’s, of course, also available in paperback at amazon and you can buy signed copies at Alpen Schatz. (Don’t forget the Bonjour code for your 10% discount on the latter.)

Happy holiday shopping to all!

 
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