November Birthday Gifts Made Easy
As the temperature cools down, November gifts keep things warm with rich gold and amber tones in its associated flower and gemstones.
The flower of the month is the chrysanthemum, which comes in no less than 40 species, 13 different bloom forms and literally hundreds of varietals. Its colors range from white to purple, with yellow and gold being the most recognizable this time of year. Indeed “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower).
Chrysanthemums have been cultivated in China since at least the 15th century BC as an herb. They entered American gardens in the late 18th century when a dark purple variety was imported from England.
To celebrate the chrysanthemum and honor your November recipient, consider the Autumn Romance Bouquet from Teleflora. This bouquet features two types of chrysanthemums with peach roses and seeded eucalyptus. (3 sizes starting at $49.95; Teleflora.com)
November bears the distinction of having two gemstones traditionally associated with it. Both topaz and citrine claim November as their signature month, according to the American Gem Society (http://www.americangemsociety.org/november-birthstones). The amber brown variety of citrine is often carelessly referred to as “topaz” so this could account for the dual gemstone.
Personally, I associate citrine with November because of its golden hues, from pale yellow to deep ambers. Citrine is a relatively inexpensive gemstone from the quartz family, and is widely available in all sizes. For an almost dizzying array of citrine gemstone jewelry at every price point, head over to Ross-Simons (www.ross-simons.com).
For about $40, you could pick up a luxe-looking torsade necklace with strands and strands of yellow citrine. I love citrine set in 14k yellow gold (they just seem made for each other), and these dangle earrings feature 14 carats of citrine with diamond accents. ($371.25)
If neither jewelry nor flowers are your style, you can still take inspiration from their color cues when looking for the perfect gift. Caramels, golds, warm browns and ambers are just the ticket.
Stay on your recipient’s mind when you slip a photo into this frame encrusted with glass gems that beautifully mimic citrine. Dazzling! ($22.95 at Pier 1)
Wrap up your recipient in a classic camel-colored cashmere muffler, or cashmere-lined brown leather gloves.
Finally, consider body products in warm and luxurious scents like Cashmere Glow, Aspen Caramel Woods, Sensual Amber, or for him—Dark Amber (various price points, Bath and Body Works, www.bathandbodyworks.com).