Time’s running short now, and the pressure’s on to find a present for everyone on your list and then cross them off. That’s such a satisfying feeling, isn’t it?

If you are smart, you are buying things throughout the year as you see them, with a specific person in mind. But if you’re like us, you do that, but then you either forget that you’ve bought the gift, or forget where you’ve stashed it.


The object of giving a present is to take into consideration the recipient’s likes and interests. You can often get a hint of what the recipient wants by a close listen to the conversation – I am always cold; I lost my gloves; I love to snack just before bedtime; I can never find my keys/phone; I love to read; I love everything, as long as it’s jewelry!

At Halcyon House, we own the store and shop the store! We choose everything in the shop with friends and acquaintances in mind. We also think about the things that we like, and know that others will like them, too. So, come along as we do some shopping for our friends, in our shop.

For our friends who are always talking about how cold they are, we’ve got some bright and cheery scarves and gloves! These color-block lamb’s wool scarves and gloves will go with anything you own! They’re toasty warm and the long gloves will keep your wrists warm under your coat.


Our women’s gloves with dress-maker’s details, including buttons, pleats and flanges, will add a level of sophistication to anything you’re wearing this winter.

We also have a selection of plaid and tartan scarves in wool, silk and cashmere. These are perfect for both men and women, and will keep them warm throughout the winter.


We have some friends who are inveterate snackers and love to find new foods to add to their noshing repertoire. Not to put too fine a point on it, but our Cheese Straws just might be one of the most addictive things we’ve ever tried!

cheese straws

They’re buttery, cheesy and a little spicy! They make a great present for a foodie friend, or are the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail or two.

For those friends with a sweet-tooth, we love to tuck in a tube of our new chocolate-covered espresso beans or rum cordials.


Of course, we don’t recommend these just before bed, but maybe for a mid-morning pick-me-up!

We all have a friend or two who spends ten minutes every morning running around looking for their car keys or their cell phone. As our mothers said, “A place for everything, and everything in its place”. We have a perfect place for keys, phones and maybe some spare change.

horn and silver

These two horn and silver bowls are both elegant and practical. Either of these is large enough to hold several sets of keys and a phone or two. And they’re good-looking enough to have a place right inside your front door. Now all you have to do is train the recipient to use them!

For our friends who are always happy with a gift of jewelry, Halcyon House is the exclusive purveyor of several jewelry lines. Margo Morrison’s button pearl earrings can smoothly go from work to cocktails, as can her silk cord and pearl necklaces.


Julie Voss has some terrific chunky gold pieces, including bracelets and earrings.

julie voss

Our reminder for the festive season is to take it easy, think about others, save time for yourself and don’t worry if something goes wrong. It will make a great story later!

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.