Holiday shopping guide

love-opera-victoria-bakerChristmas is right around the corner and I haven’t done any Holiday shopping yet.

I’m hoping to do most of my shopping online this year. I love avoiding the crowds in the stores and waiting in line for hours. Instead I can just sit on my couch, warm and comfy, and choose from an infinite variety of things.

Last year I went all out in terms of gifts, leaving me hard-pressed to find a way to top them. But do better I must. Sometimes, it’s the thoughtfulness behind the gesture that counts for a lot more than the gift itselF.

I have my eye on all things Ralph Lauren, the store on Greenwich Avenue is my home away from home! I would love to surprise my mum with a jacket she fell absolutely in love with! Here’s the link:

It’s the Shearling Amarissa jacket- made in Italy it’s crafted from rich lamb shearling and a silk lining. There’s only one thing wrong with it…the price! I wish it were cheaper, like half price. Ralph, if you’re reading this, I could really use a blowout sale right around now.

Of course, there is a great sale in the Ralph Lauren pet clothes section. Your pup can now look chicer than you thanks to a 30% off reduction in prices. My favorite is the Reindeer pointelle sweater with lambswool and cashmere, (it may be nicer than any sweater I own myself) and at $54.99 it’s a steal.

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So spoil your furry friends this Christmas. After all, they’re just about the only creatures in the Holiday spirit all year round.

For all my little gifts I think I’m going to order everything from C.O.Bigelow. Their landmark apothecary has been providing prescriptions, healing remedies, unique and unusual beauty products and hard to find apothecary items since 1838. C.O. Bigelow was initially founded by Dr. Galen Hunter.

Originally called The Village Apothecary Shop, it was bought and renamed by Clarence Otis Bigelow in 1880. Mr. Bigelow worked alongside Dr. Hunter before taking over the shop.  Since 1939, three generations of Ginsberg’s have owned and operated the business, passing from father to son to grandson. They have incredible products, slightly old-fashioned but in the very best meaning of the word and they work wonders.

Gentlemen, they have aftershaves that smell the way elegant gentlemen once did- if you’ve lost your swagger this could help bring it back!

Of course, the most important holiday gift is unconditional love and that’s what every Christmas gift guide is ultimately about anyway! Sometimes we derive more pleasure out of giving a gift than receiving one- give because it makes you happy and you’ll find life will treat you right back.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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