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Anyone have that one friend or family member that is impossible to shop for? I know I do, though in my case, it's more than one! And each year I start thinking of them earlier and earlier, trying to listen for things they mention wanting, but I always seem to be at a loss. This year, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by great ideas, right here at the Umstead where I am fortunate enough to work at. Translation, no hunting for parking. Take a look at a few of my go to gift ideas for this holiday season.

The first place I turn to is our spa boutique. While it is filled with incredible products to pamper yourself with, from Decleor to Valmont to Skinceuticals, one of my favorite lines is the De La Terre. De La Terre is a 100% organic line from right here in North Carolina. And the one product I can't live without (nor anyone I've gotten it for) is the herb rich balm. You can use it for practically anything, sunburns, eye makeup remover, facial moisturizer, lip balm, or as a mask to name a few! New mothers can use it, babies can use it, even my good 'ole southern dad uses it. When I can't think of anything else, I go for this.

Next, I pop into is our retail shop. A variety of clothes, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and food, there is always something for everyone. I love the gorgeous Elias glass balls, each is hand blown, making no two the same. These one of a kind ornaments are perfect, who doesn't want something that no one else has!

Another item everyone is a fan of is our wonderful Nest Candles. The luxurious fragrances captivate everyone, and are great for those to like simple elegance. Each candle has a combination of color, texture, and scents enhancing your every day. One of our top sellers, these candles go fast, so be sure to get them while you can.

I also love the gift of an experience. Purchasing tickets to something that I can enjoy with someone else, makes the trip all that more fun. Not only have we got some great events for the holidays, such as our Champagne and Caviar dinner or our New Year's Eve Gala, but I love bringing in a few friends and enjoying a drink by fire listening to the live music in our Bar and Lounge. With the decorations behind me, great company in front of me, and a great drink in my hand, I'm exactly where I want to be this holiday season.

Still at a loss? You can't go wrong with an Umstead Gift Card. The best thing is you can get it for any amount you want, and then let them choose how to spend it. You think they want a pedicure, but what the really want is a massage? No problem. The gift card acts as cash, allowing for endless options. And they never expire, so if they want to use it towards something like tickets to tea with Santa next year, and the following year after that, they can!

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