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Product Picks: Susanna Quinn’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2018 Lindsey Schickner

The holiday lights are up and festive tunes are on repeat, which means, it’s time to get your wish list and gift list in order!

This is my favorite time of year because my love language is gifts! To get in the gift-giving spirit, I asked some amazing Glamsquad clients to share their present pick this holiday season.

Nancy Cordes, CBS News Congressional Correspondent.

“I love to give Salt Fat Acid Heat to everyone. A cookbook so beautiful it could double as a coffee table book — and yet fascinating enough to make for great bedtime reading too. And now Samin Nosrat has a fantastic four part series called Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix too!”

Candles Off Main is a great candle store in Annapolis Maryland. My friend had this huge candle burning in her house the other day and it smelled like the holidays! and amazing. It was the “Balsam and Cedar” by Illume. I just ordered a bunch to give as holiday gifts!! Different sizes and price points depending on how long you want it to last.

And you can never go wrong by making a donation in a friend’s name to your riverkeeper of choice….

Protecting the environment while making our local waterways clean enough for our kids to play in? Yes please!”

Gloria Riviera, ABC News Correspondent

“If I have my act together, I always love monogrammed gifts. Especially Or for a lower cost gift, monogrammed slippers either from Lands End. I’m giving monogrammed Chuck Taylor high tops to all my godchildren and nieces and nephews. Cool, vintage and a bargain at $75 a pair.”

Kristin Cecchi, Real Estate Investor

“An itunes gift certificate to buy The App – Calm! I use their sleepstories to fall asleep at night, and I think everyone can benefit from few extra deep breaths and mindfulness this time of year. The app is $69.99 a year. ”

And now for some of my personal favorite holiday gifts! 

My absolute VERY favorite gift to give is Glamsquad hair and make up! Email us at to purchase gift certificates.

Give the gift of a photo shoot! Great pictures of family and friends last forever. It could be used for family pictures, kid’s birthday parties or maternity pictures. I love local photographer, Sara Acharya Photography She took our family photos this year (including the one above) and I love them!

I love these elegant bee clutches. They are $200 and can be purchased from Brittany Carlson.

A Snack Box filled with goodies made in DC! Curated by Shop Made in DC, a one year old Dupont Circle store/eatery that only sells local products.

Cocktail napkins are a wonderful gift all year round! The Sferra ones are my favorite. ($44)

Crisp white handkerchiefs are the best gifts for men! My husband always has one in his pocket! ($25)

A mini Christmas tree or a holiday plant from Harry and David. I just sent one to my daughter for her dorm room.

JR William acrylic coasters come in lots of colors. (Only $29 for four).

An Asobu Cold Brew System. I just sent this to my step-son as a pre-law school exam gift. ($39)

I love this Lana initial necklace! $520.

Sending you all lots of holiday love and glam!