Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

Celebrate the Season at Bixby’s
For an intimate lunch with friends or an impressive venue for a family or corporate event, Bixby’s is the place. Experience sweeping views of Forest Park from the comfort of the Missouri History Museum’s second floor. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Bixby’s is a distinctive lunch destination. Bixbyís also features a spectacular brunch every Sunday,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And remember that Bixbyís After Hours is the premier choice for an elegant private event. Enjoy artfully prepared, locally inspired cuisine, crafted by Chef de Cuisine Todd Lough. Contact Bixby’s at 314-361-7313 or visit bixbys-mohistory.com.

Healthy Pet Gifts
Four Muddy Paws – The Healthy Pet Market offers great gift ideas for dogs and cats and the people that love them. Specializing in Holistic and Raw nutrition, plus earth-friendly and natural products including hemp toys, organic catnip toys, recycled dog beds and duvets, collars and leads and more. Our Self Service Wash and Grooming are great gifts for the holiday as well. New for this holiday are Environmentally Friendly Holiday Toys from West Paw. Made in the USA. They range from $10.00 to $16.00. Four Muddy Paws has two locations. 1711 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104. (314)773-7297. In Illinois at 2127 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville, IL 62025. 618-692-4729. www.FourMuddyPaws.com.

Sustainable Gift Giving
In this, our 7th Holiday season, Home Eco is pleased to offer a range of unusual, practical and must-have gift ideas to help you shower everyone on your list with planet-preferred, environmentally conscious goodies. Choose from colorful hats and scarves knit with recycled cotton, puppy-print necklaces made of recycled glass, hemp wallets and much more. Looking for a green cookery gift? Guys love Lodge Cast Iron, especially the reversible griddle! We specialize in Locally-made, American-made, Sustainable Products. Visit Home Eco at 4611 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109 in South St. Louis or call us at 314-351-2000. See our website for hours: www.home-eco.com.

Hand-Etched Bookmark
Curl up with a good book…mark. Features original hand-etched scrimshaw on a recycled antique ivory piano key with genuine leather and handmade paper accents. Many other gift ideas from one of our areaís best known scrimshaw artist. Order at www.stonehollowstudio.com.

Celtic For Good Times
Llywelynís Pub is a true Celtic pub serving up Celtic /American fare & world-class spirits. If you’re looking for a place to watch the next big game, we offer HD TV’s, free Wi-Fi, and over 60+ domestic & craft beers to choose from. Or hop aboard Llywelyn’s trolley on your way to the stadium or dome! Plus, enjoy outdoor seating, happy hour specials Sun-Fri and banquet areas for your next party. Ready for a great time? Llywelyn’s features Live Music every Friday and Saturday night highlighting St.Louisís favorite local bands. With 5 convienent locations, youíre sure to find a pub near you. It’s all at Llywelyn’s Pub. Celtic for good times. www.llywelynspub.com.

Schlafly Gear & Beer
Wondering what to get your beer lover for the holidays? Looking to support local business this holiday season? If so, be sure to visit the Schlafly retail store at Schlafly Bottleworks for an expansive selection of holiday gifts. Whether you are looking for a hat, pint glass, t-shirt, or coasters to go with a case of Schlafly beer, you can find it all here. Put together a holiday beer bucket filled with Schlafly items and your beer loverís favorite beer. Schlafly also has gift cards available which can be used in the retail shop, the restaurants, or for beer purchases. Stop in today to Schlafly Bottleworks located at 7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester) in Maplewood, MO 63143. Visit us at www.schlafly.com or call 314-241-2337.

For Your Holiday Menu
Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Need the perfect party appetizer or meal? Call The Art of Entertaining to order party trays, appetizers, salads, breakfast dishes, or a full dinner for the holidays. Low sodium and low calorie meals are also available which are ideal for the person on a special diet. You can also stop in to pick up ready to go breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrees. If you have not tried The Art of Entertaining before, stop in for the Monday Night Special, dinner for a family of four for only $25! Gift cards are great for coworkers, holiday gift exchanges, or anyone who loves to eat. The Art of Entertaining is located at 8796 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119. You can visit them online at www.theaofe.com or call 314-963-9899 for all your holiday food needs!

Blessing Basket
The Blessing Basket Project® is proud to partner with Seeds of Blessing®. Seeds of Blessing is a direct marketing company formed exclusively to help women in the United States earn additional income by selling an exclusive line of Blessing Basket products. As American women sell these Blessing Basket products – they directly help the Artisans in the countries The Blessing Basket Project serves. This partnership creates a powerful circle of blessing felt around the world. Learn more by visiting www.seedsofblessing.com today.

Creativity for the Soul
Fine art, greeting cards, coloring book, jewelry and gifts are designed to bring the joy and wonder of flowers, mandalas and inspiring words to others. The art prints and greeting cards are meant to be framed and displayed in homes, offices, schools, spas, yoga studios, massage rooms, and places for health and healing. They bring beauty, inspiration and peace to those who view them. Created by artist, photographer and garden designer Linda Wiggen Kraft. Available for sale or viewing online @ www.creativityforthesoul.etsy.com.

Country Christmas Walk
Ste. Genevieve, Mo will celebrate the holiday season in French Colonial style. The town will be decorated in festive colors and lights. The annual Holiday Christmas Festival will take place on December 1st and 2nd and will feature French, German and American Santa Clauses, parade, tree lighting, free photos with Santa in Lionís Park and over 800 years of music to celebrate the season. Le Reveillon will take place on December 9 and celebrates the start of the holiday season with French customs, decorations, music and food of early French Christmas celebrations. Finally, December 31 the town will celebrate La Guignolee, the New Yearís Eve celebrated by the French for over 250 years. For more information regarding upcoming events, please contact the Welcome Center toll free at 800-373-7007 or visit www.visitstegen.com.

For Your Holiday Fare
Freddieís Market offers delicious hams, fresh natural turkeys, party trays, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and local wines that are perfect for your holiday party or family dinner. Let Freddieís Market make your holiday meal planning stress free by doing the work for you. This full service, family owned market provides their customers with exceptional service and the freshest, healthiest options to ensure you and your holiday guests are happy. Be sure to call early to order your fresh turkey or boneless, honey glazed baked ham and all your other party food needs. Visit Freddieís Market online at www.freddiesmarket.com or search for them on Facebook. You can also stop in at 9052 Big Bend Road at Rock Hill in Webster Groves, MO 63119 or call 314-968-1914 to place your order today.

ECO-Friendly For Kids!
Looking for great gifts for your favorite kids? You will feel good about giving them super-soft organic pajamas, cozy fleece jackets and hats, and fun, educational games. Verde Kids specializes in products made with the everyday needs of kids (up to 8 years old) and the future of our lovely planet in mind. We look for clothes made of organic cotton and toys made of renewable resources. Located in the Old Orchard Shopping Center with Starbucks Coffee, Verde Kids offers endless cute ways to go green this holiday season! 27 South Old Orchard, Webster Groves, 314-962-KIDS(5437). www.verdestl.com.

Fair Trade Gifts
The Resurrection Tree earrings from Cambodia are among hundreds of productsófrom jewelry and clothing to tabletop and home décor available at the non-profit Plowsharing Crafts stores. Staffed primarily with volunteers, the stores are a project of the St. Louis Mennonite Fellowship. Come see our line of Fair Trade gift items at Plowsharing Crafts in Kirkwood, 137 W. Jefferson, 314-909-9401 or 6271 Delmar Blvd., 314-863-3723.

At KIND soap company we never settle for anything less than all natural products. Kindís products are free of irritants, toxins and harsh chemicals. We are eco-conscious working to minimize the waste our products, packaging and practices have on the environment. Our bar and liquid soaps, shower gels, hair care products, as well as luxury spa items, lip products and specialty baby and menís lines, are all crafted according to our beliefs . . . to be kind to your skin, to the earth and kind to others. To learn more, visit us at 43 S. Old Orchard, Webster Groves or at kindsoap.com.

Experience the Magic!
December 8, 2012, 4 pm and 8 pm. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been Americaís favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Donít miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history! 314-534-1111 or MetroTix.com.

Sugarless Wine
For people who enjoy wine but need to watch their sugar intake, are diabetic or just health-conscious, the line of organic sugarless wines from Vinos de la Cruz makes an ideal holiday or host gift. The Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tennat and sparkling white varieties are produced at a family vineyard in the South American country of Uruguay. Through its fermentation process, the yeast of the grapes converts the sugar into alcohol without altering the alcohol level in the finished product. Now you can enjoy that glass of vino and toast to your good health! For more information or to order online please visit www.sugarlesswines.com. Use promo code ìHealthyî for 50% off online orders through December 15, 2012.

Holiday Flowers
Flowers to the People is a full service, ecologically friendly flower shop committed to meeting and exceeding all of your floral desires with style, affordability and outstanding customer service. Stop by the store to browse our unique selection of cards and gifts ñall made by local artists- or have a custom bouquet made from our fresh flower selection.You may also call ahead to place an order for pick up or delivery. Each arrangement is a one-of-a-kind work of art, made to suit your preferences. Holiday wreaths and centerpieces are available for your home or they make a wonderful gift! 2317 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. 314-762-0422. Flowerstothepeople.biz.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry!
This holiday season show your appreciation with Schnucks Gift Cards! They take the guesswork out of gift giving and are always appreciated. Gift Cards are perfect for family, friends, teachers, co-workers and anyone else who makes your life a little easier throughout the year. They show that you value quality from our fresh foods and flowers, to festive gift baskets and beverages. Itís a gift the whole family can use. So when it means the most, come home to Schnucks for the holidays!

Eating Lightly is a collection of over 400 vegetarian and vegan recipes from friends of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. This is a cookbook with personality! Eight Missouri artists have contributed work to make Eating Lightly a visual feast as well. In addition to offering a wide range of vegetarian and vegan appetizers, soups, salads, breads, side dishes, entrees, and desserts, this collection notes which of its recipes are gluten-free. Call 314-727-0600 or order online at www.moenviron.org.

Wild Wreaths
By Pat Tuholske. My wild wreaths are crafted from Ozark native grasses, wayside weeds, everlasting flowers, bark, lichen, seeds and cones. PLANT SPIRIT WHEEL – A ring of plant wisdom entwined on a base of silver green-gray mugwort with accents of flowers, nuts, sprigs, barks, and seeds. WAYSIDE WREATH – A warm blending of the colors of the changing season – golden yellow, mahogany, tawny brown, vivid orange. SACRED CIRCLE – Custom made to your intentions. YULETIDE WREATH – A hoop of evergreens to celebrate the winter solstice season. Details: 14″ diameter priced $42 to $75. View photos and full descriptions at WillowRainHerbalGoods.com.

Bird Feeders, what a great gift for anyone on your Christmas list! We carry over 70 types of bird food and hundreds of bird feeders and houses and supplies. Everyone loves to get a new bird feeder, especially Grandpa. Pick up some locally made soaps locally roasted coffees, mushroom logs, home made pies and canned goods.(Try the hot and spicy pickles) we have something for that special person on your gift list or for those holiday visitors. Donít forget to look at our locally raised pork, beef and chicken packages they make great Christmas gifts for those family members who love tasty and healthier meat. Greeneís Country Store & Feed, 8621 Hwy N, Lake St. Louis, MO. 636-561-6637. www.greenescountrystore.com.

Come celebrate ìMerry Botanical Traditionsî at the Garden! The annual Gardenland Express holiday flower and train show returns to delight visitors of all ages with its animated G-scale model trains and hundreds of traditional holiday plants. Experience this seasonal delight Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closes at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Yearís Eve; closed Christmas Day. For more information visit: www.mobot.org or call 314-577-5100.

10th Annual Fair Trade Market
Celebrate the 10th Annual Fair Trade Market by browsing over 2500 sq.ft. filled with all kinds of Fair Trade goods, including chocolate! Be entertained, educated, fed, and then buy Fair Trade for all your holiday needs. Come Nov. 17-18 & 23-25, 9am to 3pm each day. Fair Trade means artisans, farmers, and producers earn a living wage for their work, the enviroment is respected, child labor and gender inequality is prohibited, safe working conditions are supported, and much more. Support these practices-buy Fair Trade! For more information and to see the entertainment schedule, please go to our website: www.manchesterumc.org/ftm. Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, MO 63011. 636-394-7506.

Kathy’s Pour Les Femmes is located in beautiful, historic downtown Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Kathy’s Pour Les Femmes specializes in unique, very wearable women’s clothing. A perfect blend of quality and style. In addition to clothing, Kathy’s features designer hand bags, jewelry from around the world, spa socks, and scarves. Kathy’s Pour Les Femmes, clothing and accessories for the woman who is not afraid to be noticed!

Historic Ste. Genevieve is a step back in time — with a taste from the vine.

Kathy’s Pour Les Femmes located at 70 S. 3rd Street (next to The Old Brick), Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670. Give them a call at 573-883-5886.

Treat the special people in your life to the gift of relaxation from Vitality Unlimited Spa in Webster Groves. Vitality is a holistic spa that specializes in massage therapy, esthetics, nail care, hair removal, body treatments, and nutrition. Spoil your loved one with a Day of Pampering or choose from one of our many spa packages. Create certificates out of any one of our decadent spa services or a dollar amount-allowing your gift recipient to choose their spa service. Vitality also offers top of the line all-natural products. Shop in-spa or online at vitalityunlimitedspa.com for both retail and certificates!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Enjoy or give the gift of yoga! Yoga Six is an upscale studio offering heated and non-heated yoga classes for students of all levels. Buy a $50 Gift Card for $35 or a $100 Gift Card for $70. Activate gift card on or before 3/31/13, offer expires 12/31/12. For more information visit yogasix.com. Yoga Six is located at 5724 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. To learn more, give them a call at 314-802-7447.

Choice Saint Louis is now open to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. We specialize in Organic, Gluten Free and Vegetarian meals. Our healthy choices are cooked fresh daily. Let us cater and deliver your holiday delicacy. Rent our space for your party. Gift Cards and Gift Baskets complete your holiday shopping list. Visit us at 7807 Clayton Road, 63117, 314-932-1230. Choicesaintlouis.com.

A Program Developed By Deepak Chopra, M.D. best selling author and leader in the holistic health field, has revived Primordial Sound Meditation. This ancient form of meditation uses mantras, or Primordial Sounds, which are selected for each individual. This simple mantra technique, which is practiced twice daily, allows our awareness to go beyond the activity of our mind to the stillness of our spirit. This process allows our bodies to gain the deep rest necessary to release stress and fatigue. The result can be improved health, more satisfying relationships, increased creativity, and renewed enthusiasm for life. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE. For more information about group or individual classes, call, email or visit online. (800) 796-1144 • Shirlstoll@charter.net • www.meditationconnect.com.