sales — and a giveaway — that make us happy

You know we like the Christmas trees, so how could we pass up telling you about the artificial Christmas tree sweepstakes at Balsam Hill? It’s your chance to win a Colorado Mountain Spruce Christmas tree valued at $799. Talk about holiday cheer!

Now through Saturday, save 10% on all items in the “gift” category at Oeuf. Use coupon code EARLY SHOPPER.

Take 20% off your order of $75 or more on the Scandinavian designs at Peek Keep, now through December 31. Enter promo code 20%Off at checkout. is offering DwellStudio decor and furnishings at a 20% discount, among many other seasonal offers.

Speaking of, check the CSN Stores Facebook page for daily holiday deals and giveaways from their many online stores.

Oo, here’s a nice little something to go with a book gift or on their own: Book City Jackets has some gorgeous new releases, and they’re offering free domestic shipping on any order of two sets or more and $5 off orders of $50 or more. Enter discount code BCJ2009.

Gessato has some lovely gift ideas, including some that would be great for hard-to-buy-for men, and you’ll get free shipping on orders of $120 or more.

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for your consideration: the recycled cardboard christmas tree

Here on Shelterrific we’ve put much thought into trees around the holidays. We’ve desired real trees, fancied untraditional and aluminum trees, wondered about black trees, and even entertained the great “real vs. fake” debate. Now I present for your consideration the cardboard Christmas tree. Made from 100% recycled cardboard, this mini tree from PopDeluxe is big on irony. (If it’s made from real trees, it counts as a real tree, right?) Perfect for crafting, its radial design also allows for a more compact 180 degree configuration, which might be a good alternative for those of us who, I don’t know, may or may not be seriously considering displaying a live tree on the fire escape for lack of better spatial options. Even less room? Try the smaller Snowflake Tree, now on sale! — Sarah C.

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etsy find: le papier studio

Get all your holiday shopping done with one Etsy seller this year! Le Papier Studio has a dizzying selection of over 100 items, including delicate and stark silhouettes including beautiful canvas wall calendars, pretty bookplates, handmade art, and custom made cufflinks featuring your favorite person’s profile. With prices starting at $8 and hardly climbing above $50, it’s easy to find thoughtful gifts within any budget. — Katie D.

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local flavor: chicago’s bleeding heart bakery

I have a long list of standard Chicago experiences handy for when tourists visit: the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, deep dish pizza, and a visit to the Bleeding Heart Bakery (1955 W. Belmont; 773-327-6934). The organic bakery boasts an overwhelming array of vegan and gluten-free treats, but fear not, stubborn carbovores — there are plenty of scrumptious traditional goodies for you, too. More punk rock than crunchy hippie, BHB features an extravagant array of cupcakes painted with neon frosting in decadent flavors like Mexican hot chocolate, mango chile, dulce de leche, red velvet, and peanut butter bacon. Their cakes have gained some notoriety, too — co-owner Michelle Garcia has appeared on the Food Network’s Extreme Cakes (dummy reproductions of their winning cakes and their medals sit above the door). Visit their website for more information, the latest cupcake flavors, or just to drool. — Katie D.

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post off: what’s your favorite part of thanksgiving?


Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Exactly why that is, I’m not quite sure. Maybe it’s the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Or maybe it’s the drama-free memories of our family and close friends clustered around a too-tiny table enjoying a meal together. It could be how every year, without fail, my dad and I would slip into a l-tryptophan nap on the couch watching a Mel Brooks movie before pie was even served. Or it could be the simple act of gathering loved ones together over dinner and giving thanks for what the year has brought us. A whole holiday based on appreciating what you have is a beautiful thing, indeed. Of course, now we need to know what you think: what makes your turkey day special? — Megan B.

NOTE: We’re taking the rest of the week off. See you on Monday!

Photo by S Brown

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