DODGEVILLE, Wis. (Nov. 8, 2011) – Love is in the air and so is a hint of holiday nostalgia. This season, Lands' End offers tons of gifts that people will love giving and love receiving. Lands' End is partnering with HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson to share insights on holiday trends and her top gift‐giving picks.
"This holiday season, gifts that offer a modern twist on the traditional will top shoppers' lists. Think of things that have an old‐world or nostalgic feel – like the comfort of flannel, the timelessness of plaid or the hominess of needlepoint," said Henderson. "Shoppers will also look for handmade and personalized items for unique and memorable gifts."
Love Giving: Nostalgia
"Old is new again. It's especially evident in the growing popularity of needlepoint items," Henderson explained. "These timeless items evoke a simpler time by offering a vintage look and feel that is really warm and inviting."
Lands' End features a collection of beautiful needlepoint pillow covers, including the Needlepoint Houndstooth Pillow Cover that creates a cheerful holiday accent with a bold houndstooth pattern. Classic Needlepoint Stockings make great gifts for new homeowners or families welcoming a new addition.
"If there's someone in your life that loves tech and gadgets, you can affordably indulge them with the iPad® and Nook® or Kindle® Needlepoint Cases," continued Henderson. "The intricate needlepoint design offers vintage elegance with the modern convenience of an interior velvet sleeve to protect the tablet's screen," continued Henderson.
Love Giving: Handmade
"You can see and feel the love in a gift that is crafted by hand. When you can feel the quality and see how well something is made, you will truly love giving it as a gift," Henderson added. "My favorite handmade items in the Lands' End collection are the adorable Kenana Plush Animals. They're the perfect gift for kids, friends, siblings or even yourself!"
For pet lovers, Lands' End offers two snuggly pet sweaters, the Cable Pet Sweater and Argyle Pet Sweater, that are hand‐knit in Ecuador by the Quechua Indians. Or add a whimsical touch to the tree with the miniature Hand‐knit Bootie, Sweater and Mitten Ornaments.
Love Giving: Made in the U.S.A
"Shoppers love giving gifts that are made in the U.S.A., because they can feel good about supporting the work of artisans right here at home," said Henderson. "Artisan‐made items can also feature distinct characteristics, which make them truly one of a kind.
Look for gifts made by local artisans, including the Pewter Leaf Ornaments that are hand‐cast by metalsmiths in Rhode Island. Create a timeless and personal gift with Engravable Pewter Ornaments and Stocking Holders that are hand engraved by a family‐owned company in Wisconsin.
Consider giving the exclusive Peppermint Crunch Cookies™ and English Butter Toffee – favorites on many holiday lists that are made and packaged in the U.S.A. This year, Lands' End has also added decadent Sea Salt Caramels to its collection of holiday goodies.
Love Giving: Nautical
"The nautical look is very 'in' this season," Henderson continued. "It's completely 'approachable chic' and creates a look that is preppy yet unpretentious, classic yet casual. To me, nautical is a sophisticated, timeless style that evokes romantic feelings of a snowy Cape Cod holiday curled up by the fire."
Give the gift of cozy style with the Mariner Knit Pillow Cover and Stripe Throw. Each features a chuncky, handknit look in classic navy and white stripe. The Mariner Knit Stockings make a great addition to any mantle.
Make a bold, yet clean statement with the Wool Cable Dhurrie Rug and Cable Dhurrie Pillow Cover.
Love Giving: Comfort and Joy
"Putting a special twist on a favorite everyday item is a great way to spoil loved ones," added Henderson. "Robes, slippers and throws are items people use on a day‐to‐day basis, but don't necessarily buy for themselves. A unique take on these classic items transforms an ordinary experience into something extraordinary."
Seek out items like the women's Nautical Knit Skimmer Slippers and men's Shearling Canoe Moc Slippers that are a stylish alternative to standard slip‐ons. The Chenille Throw is a great value with a plush chevron pattern that adds a touch of luxury to any home.
Redefine "relaxing" with the Flannel‐lined Down Robe that combines cozy down warmth with comfy fleece. According to Henderson, "It's like wrapping someone in a snuggly, warm hug. I really haven't seen anything else like it."
Love Giving: Personalized Gifts
"This season, take your gift giving to the next level by adding a monogram," said Henderson. "It's a simple yet elegant way to create a personalized gift and shows an extra element of thoughtfulness that everyone can appreciate."
From stockings and luggage to scarves and sweaters, Lands' End offers almost unlimited options for expert monogramming on holiday gifts starting at just $6 with delivery in 2‐3 days. Specially marked items will include free monogramming throughout the holiday season.
For more gifts shoppers will love giving this holiday season, visit www.landsend.com.
About Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson is the Season Five champion of HGTV Design Star and the host of Secrets From a Stylist. She transforms spaces using an eclectic mix of both classical and contemporary design. Prior to HGTV Design Star, Henderson was a sought after stylist for top lifestyle and design publications, as well as national retailers.
About Lands' End
Lands' End® is a classic American lifestyle brand with a passion for quality, legendary service, real value and a simple two‐word promise to stand behind everything it sells: Guaranteed. Period.® Lands' End delivers timeless style for Men, Women, Kids and the Home at landsend.com, 1‐800‐800‐5800, the Lands' End Shops at Sears and around the world. Lands’ End is a proud member of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD).