The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December that celebrates the practical to the extravagant, the unusual to the commonly needed items of everyday life.
From food, wine and spirits to beauty, clothing and even home goods and appliances, we have been trying and testing and ultimately weeding out the good stuff you should consider for giving this holiday season. Take us shopping with you.
Home scent is a tricky thing, as the overdone cinnamon infused pinecones can make you sneeze and the chemically enhanced mass-market candles, wicks and sprays can fade quickly or just smell off.
American made ScentSicles Scented Ornaments and AirCraft Infused ScentSticks are great alternatives to this and make fantastic affordable gifts.
Why we love them:
ScentSicles are a clean and green, electricity and flame-free way to add authentic scent to faux greenery or enhance the scent of a real tree. These great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts work for those with allergies to pine and fir who miss the nostalgia of a fresh tree in the house. They do not overwhelm, but deliver a steady subtle fresh scent that is cheerful and tasteful too. They work inside a storage closet or a car too!
ScentSicles Scented Ornaments infuse holiday spirit into your home in seconds with authentic seasonal fragrances that can be hidden throughout your home décor. They are 5.5 inch long ornaments with a built-in hook design that can be hung from tree branches, hooked into wreaths, or wrapped into garland. Made in USA and Under $8. www.enviroscent.com/Scentsicles
Add to these the ingenious AirCraft Infused ScentSticks, an in-home fragrance which you can blend and design to make your home scent uniquely yours. In fall 2012, AIRCRAFT introduced two new seasonal fragrances including Balsam Snow and my favorite, Cinnamon Hearth, which can be mixed and matched with existing fragrances like True Vanilla and Deep Wood to create unique scent experiences.
The fragrance-infused paper reed design also include an artful contemporary vase, there's actually eight different colored vases. Starter Kits (5 ScentSticks and vase) retail nationwide for $12.99.