Here's a suggestion for a lovely gift made by a New Orleans artist--and friend of the family--Brandi Couvillion. I've already scooped up several for various friends. Brandi finds old keys and escutcheons from Louisiana houses--bearing art deco, or moderne, or arts and crafts designs. She burnishes and restores the pieces, and, with the artful addition of pearls and gemstones, turns them into charming necklaces. Clever. Brandi was, until recently, the CFO at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans; you can see where she got her inspiration for this line. To order, and see more of Brandi's work, visit her at Waregarden Studio.
Handmade and one of a kind is the way to go with holiday shopping this year; after all, you don't want to see the key to your heart dangling over everyone else's sweater, do you?