When life gives you lemons, get gifty.
Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at Etsy.com, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” as a trend this holiday season.
“It’s an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It’s really allowing you to add a pop of sunshine.”
A look at holiday-brightening citrus gifts:
A HAPPY BOX: Check out the Main Squeeze Citrus Box at HappyBoxStore.com. It’s filled with grapefruit gummy bears, orange blossom honey, a tangerine clove cocktail mixer, a lemon hydrating sheet face mask and more. A great embrace of happy citrus. $58.
A BOWL: A company called Vegetabowls molds lifelike pottery bowls around actual fruit, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. Each bowl is molded by hand. They do vegetables, too. Prices range from $22 to a four-piece nesting set for $156. Available at Vegetabowls.com.
A WREATH: The Etsy shop GraceAndHome sells a citrus and cinnamon winter wreath perfect for windows and front doors. Oranges bring a pop of color, fur branches a bit of nature and cinnamon sticks a homey touch. Two sizes at $40 and $48.
A CANDLE: A company called Tokyn uses orange slices and tiny, delicate flowers encased in clear gel around a hand-poured Minabé yuzu citrus soy candle. When lit, the outer botanicals are illuminated. The center glass is reusable and can hold 3-ounce candle refills. $42 at TokynCandles.com.
A SIX-PACK: Because, why not? There’s the Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Grapefruit Bier from Germany that comes in a six-pack of glass bottles. The Hefeweizen part means it’s a wheat beer, but it’s half wheat blended with half carbonated grapefruit juice, and it’s easy drinking at 2.5 ABV (alcohol by volume). Widely available. $8.99.
A PIE: Gigi Butler, founder of the cupcake brand Gigi’s Cupcakes, has branched out into pies. She’ll ship a Lemon Chess Pie from her home base in Brentwood, Tennessee. It’s a cornmeal gluten-friendly crust filled with creamy lemon egg custard. It spells goodness. $32. Available at PiesByGigi.com.
A JACKET: The Approach Jacket from Canada Goose is designed to be worn on a mountain or in a city. Available in seven colors, including a lime the company calls aurora green. It features a removable hood, a draw cord at the hem and oversize cuffs that can be rolled up. $795. Available at CanadaGoose.com and Canada Goose retail stores.
A SNACK: Edible sells two holiday buckets full of mixed fresh fruit, including citrus. There’s the Star of David in a blue bucket adorned with Jewish stars that includes orange slices for Hanukkah, starting at $64.99, and the Holly Jolly Village bucket with a Christmas wreath and pineapple chocolate-covered snowmen and reindeer, starting at $74.99. The company offers free same day or second day shipping. Available at EdibleArrangements.com.
A HAND SANITIZER: It’s a pandemic, after all. The Cottage Greenhouse has made a lemon and aloe hand sanitizer gel packed with vitamin C and lemon, along with 70% alcohol. The aloe soothes as the alcohol does its pandemic thing. The packaging is pretty. $18. Sold