The Nutcracker Market At the Kimmel Center Opens Today

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Gift-shopping alert: The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market kicks off tonight with a ticketed preview party, and then opens officially to the public tomorrow at 11am. The pop-up shop, which takes place at the Kimmel Center, goes through Sunday, December 14th.

What you’ll find: over 75 vendors selling gift-worthy items, like artwork, paper goods, jewelryedibles and toys (for kids and pets), spread out over three levels. The market is a fundraiser for the ballet company and its school, and the Jose Garces Group will provide food and drinks.

Sound better than the mall? Click here for more details.

Local Florist Sullivan Owen’s Lookbook of Festive Holiday Decor Is Here and It Is Gorgeous

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We’ll take it all, please. | Photo by With Love & Embers.

It’s no secret that we here at Philly Mag are huge fans of Sullivan Owen, the Old Kensington-based florist who creates otherworldly things out of flowers. So when her holiday lookbook arrived in my inbox, I was prepared to be completely and utterly awed—and I was.

The book illustrates what sorts of holiday trimming Sullivan can do for clients—wreaths with unexpected sprays of feathers, swirls of garland, miniature twinkling trees—and the whole lot will make you want to move to an old stone house in Chestnut Hill, decorate your trees with antique silver spoons, light a fire in every fireplace you see, and then curl up outside with hot cocoa under a mink blanket on a vintage yellow sofa.

Click here to see the entire lookbook.

Write Out All Your Holiday Cards at Occasionette’s Party Tomorrow Night

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Bonus: You get to spend the evening here. How delightful is that?

The holiday cards have already started to roll in. If you’re a tad behind on the whole card-writing thing, sign up for Occasionette’s holiday card party, which goes down at the East Passyunk boutique tomorrow evening.

Here’s the deal: Tickets to the festive party are $20, but they’ll get you drinks (alcoholic and non), finger food, and the use of Occasionette’s crafty cache of tools—stamps; ribbons; stickers; top-notch pens, pencils and markers—and 20 percent off all Occasionette purchases that night. Yep, this includes cards, but feel free to bring your own, too.

Get more details here.

The Shoppist Gift List, Day Nine: NARS Limited-Edition Nail Polish and Lipstick Set

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

This is for serious, Michelle Phan-stalking, Sephora-loving, Pat McGrath-adoring makeup obsessives. Ringing in at $500, the set is an investment, but a worthy one: It comes with 10 nail polishes and lipsticks, which span pale, wear-everyday neutrals to vampy darks. (And, if you do the math, it works out. Each lipstick costs $32, and the nail polish goes for $20, bringing the total worth to $520.)

Click here for price and where to buy.

Urban Outfitters Offends More People With Racist Holiday Party

Just when you think, okay, they’ve finally learned their lesson, after the Kent State sweatshirt debacle, and the prescription bottle shot glass, and that ‘Depression’ tee, the corporate office throws a holiday party and invites staffers to wear, in no particular order: turbans, saris, kurtas, juttis and harem pants. Sigh.

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PHOTO: This Is What a $4,200 Christmas Tree Looks Like

Feeling a bit harried this holiday season? Don’t have time to find and trim a tree? Have an extra four grand lying around? Well, here you go:

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Behold, the most majestic of Christmas trees. | Photo via Valley Forge Flowers.

The tree you see is the glorious work of Valley Forge Flowers, and, yes, it comes like this, delivered straight to your door. (Two people have already bought one, according to owner Barbara King.)

Get the details here.

The Shoppist Gift List, Day Eight: C. Wonder Smoking Slippers

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

A few years ago, smoking slippers overtook the ballet flat as the chicest way to go sans heels—and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing anytime soon. C. Wonder’s cheeky embroidered versions are the ones to give this season. They’re quirky without being trite, and they look smashing with jeans.

Click here for price and where to buy.

Market Report: 100 Awesome Presents Under $100

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  • Stuck in a gift-giving rut? Here are 100 gifts—from cool J.Crew Band-Aids (who knew?) to a Comme des Garçons wallet—all under $100. [Refinery29]
  • The latest game to hit Toys ‘R’ Us shelves is called ‘Selfie,’ sort of like Pictionary, only instead of drawing, you take a selfie and players guess what expression you’re trying to mimic. Sounds like fun horrible. [Daily Mail]

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Get the Best Spot on the Fridge This Year With These 7 Made-in-Philly Holiday Cards

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You think the holidays are all about the gifts. Think again. What really stands out—literally, for at least a month, stuck to refrigerator doors, lined up on counters, tacked to bulletin boards—are the cards.

This year, I challenge you to forgo the Shutterstock photo option for the (letterpressed) road less taken. And it’s easy! Philly-based stationers are turning out cards that will win you top billing on fridges everywhere. Here, my favorite picks from seven local companies.

Click here to see them all.

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