Natural Living Holiday & Gift Guide

Celebrate the season at Bixby’s
For an intimate lunch with friends, a productive lunch with coworkers or a relaxed brunch with family, 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. Bixby’s also features a spectacular brunch buffet every Sunday,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And remember that Bixby’s After Hours is the premier choice for an elegant private event. Enjoy artfully prepared, locally inspired cuisine, crafted by Executive Sous Chef Callaghan Carter. Contact Bixby’s at 314-361-7313 or visit www.bixbys-mohistory.com.

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 year are genuine Fiesta Petware bowls. These durable bowls are made in America with the implementation of many green practices. From $12.50 – $42.50. 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.

Hand-Etched Bookmark
One-of-a-kind handmade gifts tell everyone that you care. Stone Hollow Studio begins its 35th year of creating the finest in hand-etched scrimshaw by Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky. Her artwork will again grace the National Christmas Tree Display in Washington,D.C. this season—include it in your holiday traditions, too! Many gift ideas from one of the region’s best known artists at www.StoneHollowStudio.com.

Celtic For Good Times
Llywelyn’s 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.Louis’s favorite local bands. With 6 convienent locations, you’re sure to find a pub near you. It’s all at Llywelyn’s Pub. Celtic for good times. www.llywelynspub.com.

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!

Linda Wiggen Kraft’s inspiration is nature and gardens. She is trained as an artist and creates gardens, landscapes and art through her love of nature and artistic eye. She works with the mandala shape of nature in her photos of flowers. She created a mandala coloring book for adults and children and teaches mandala workshops at her studio. Her mandala coloring book – Mandalas Every Day – is available at Amazon.com. Her greeting cards, poster and photos are available at Etsy – search for CreativityForTheSoul (no spaces) – to find them.

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!

Pinot’s Palette
Are you looking for something different to do for your holiday party? Looking for a gift certificate for a fun experience? Pinot’s Palette – Chesterfield has you covered. This holiday season, Pinot’s Palette invites you to bring your friends, enjoy a bottle of wine and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by step through a featured painting. At the end of the night, leave with your own masterpiece! Pinot’s Palette offers public classes, private parties, holiday get togethers and gift certificates too! For more information, check out www.pinotspalette.com/chesterfield!

Green Children’s Gifts
Verde Kids specializes in products made with the everyday needs of kids and the future of our lovely planet in mind. They offer organic cotton clothing for baby to size eight, toys made of renewable resources, including educational games and puzzles, and great gifts for new moms and babies. Located in the Old Orchard Shopping Center with Starbucks Coffee, Verde Kids is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 314-962-5437 or visit online at www.verdestl.com.

Airedale Antics is truly the healthy pet paradise, offering a great selection of all natural foods, treats and nutritional supplements for cats and dogs. All foods and treats are free of fillers and have no artificial colors or flavors. We also have pet supplies for your furry friend – crates, cat litters, shampoos, bowls, and more. Looking for a great holiday gift for Spot or Kitty? Come see our new line of toys. Ask about our Airedale Club Card Frequent Buyer Program Open 7 days a week- call for store hours 7316 Manchester Rd in heart of Maplewood. 314.781.PETS.

For Your Holiday Fare
Freddie’s 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 Freddie’s 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 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.

Holiday Christmas Festival
Ste. Genevieve, Mo celebrates the holiday season in French Colonial style. The town will be decorated in festive colors and lights, with music and festivities in the downtown shops and churches. The annual Holiday Christmas Festival will take place on December 7th and 8th and will feature a Christmas parade, free photos with Santa in Lion’s Club Park and over 30 musical performances celebrating 800 years of music to celebrate the season. Shops feature holiday hospitality and shopping bargains. The Le Reveillon will take place on December 8 and celebrates the start of the holiday season with French customs, decorations, music and food of early French Christmas celebrations. For more information, please contact the Welcome Center toll free at 800-373-7007 or visit www.VisitSteGen.com.

KIND Favorite Things Gift Set – $40. There are so many gift-giving options out there, and sometimes it’s hard to know what others will like – so we’re making this easy for you. We’ve packaged together our 3 most loved products – boxed, tagged, and ready to give! This can’t-miss gift set includes our perennially popular Shea Luxe Body Crème, our cult favorite Goodnight Kisses lip treatment, and our #1 bestseller in the whole store, our Bulgarian Rose Aromatherapy Soap. We could go on and on about how great these products are, but their popularity really speaks for themselves!

Experience the Magic!
Give a gift like no other — the excitement and thrill of live entertainment with a Fabulous Fox Theatre gift certificate. For birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays, tickets to the Fox are a unique and memorable gift suitable for anyone. Gift certificate recipients can choose tickets for Broadway musicals, dance companies, family shows, gospel plays, comedy artists and a wide variety of concerts including pop, rock, rhythm and blues and country. And they are all set in a spectacular venue that is second to none. To purchase, visit metrotix.com, the Fox box office or call (314) 534-1111.

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. It’s a gift the whole family can enjoy!

Give The Gift Of Books
Looking for a unique shopping experience filled with the unexpected? Come visit the Book House at its new location opening in mid November! We are now located in the heart of Maplewood at 7352 Manchester Road. The Book House is literally packed with thousands of books of all kinds. New, used, rare, unusual, first editions, bargain books, art, history, literature, children’s books . . . Come with lots of time to browse for lots of treasures! We do booksearches and special orders for new and out of print books. The Book House is not only a great place to shop but we believe in making the world a better place! A percentage of all sales support Second Chapter Center.

For more information see our website www.bookhousestl.com.

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/cookbook.asp.

Wild Wreaths By Pat Tuholske.
My wreaths are crafted from Ozark native grasses, wayside weeds, everlasting flowers, tree bark, lichens, seeds, cones and feathers. As I weave these gifts of the wild, I envision each as a portal into nature – a circle of life crafted from living elements of the prairie, meadow and forest that is a symbol of the turning of the year and the web of life. Wreaths have been used throughout history to celebrate the changing of the seasons, bless the home, tend the sick, and honor the ancestors. Details: 14” diameter priced $42 to $72 with free shipping. 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. Don’t 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. Greene’s Country Store & Feed, 8621 Hwy N, Lake St. Louis, MO. 636-561-6637. www.greenescountrystore.com.

Tickets are now on sale for Garden Glow 2013, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s first-ever winter light exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. For the first time in the Garden’s history, hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn the Climatron®, Kaeser Memorial Maze, Central Axis, Tower Grove House and other iconic locations with unique color combinations. The exhibit opens Nov. 23, 2013 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.mobot.org/glow.