Christmas gift inspiration: Alison Silvestry

Caregiver and lover of all things beautiful, Alison Silvestry is a generous gift giver considering her recipients’ every desire.

Alison Silvestry.

Alison Silvestry.

Alison Silvestry is an amazing caregiver. While she is a former nurse, she now directs that care towards her family and friends. Anyone who lives in her house does so in extreme comfort. She goes out of her way to pamper her loved ones. She puts similar care and thought into her gift giving. A recipient of Alison’s gifts feels awe over the amount of effort expended.

The best Frida book by Taschen.

The best Frida book by Taschen.

I am one such person. One year she gave me the grandaddy of all Frida Kahlo books knowing that I am a huge fan. Another year she gave me three dog collars, although just one would have been special. One collar had an engraved locket with my dog’s name, phone number, and family photos within. The second collar was Fortuny. Enough said. The third was a green velvet collar onto which she had hand sewn gold medallions of Ponce de Leon. My dog’s name is Ponce. Unbelievable.

And then there was this. Clearly, Alison needed to be consulted to get a few tips for gift-giving.

Alison’s objective is female.

I try to shop from businesses created by women.  Enjoyable customer service interaction makes me a repeat customer.  The following places have dozens of items that thrill me and the absolute kindest attention to detail.  

Objects unique and beautiful are key.

I love to mix antique or vintage with a useful item for the holidays.  A favorite cheese and these knives would be ideal.  Everything on this website is lovely, the owner is also a stylist and shopping provides visual inspiration as well. 

Anichini is a Vermont based store with the most wonderful textiles from all over the world, sourced by Susan Dollenmaier.  A personal shopper will help you dress a gorgeous bed or find a simple gift.  These hand towels along with the plain hemstich version instantly take me back to Italy and are a favorite gift.

(Susan Dollenmaier is the founder and a fascinating person)

Sasha Nicholas is a St. Louis based company created by a dentist as a creative outlet.  The business is named for her two children. 

I love the weave pattern and like to  combine monogrammed dessert plates with a cake or pastry. A personalized message may be inscribed on the back for a special memory.   Gifts arrive boxed and beribboned, a sprig of holly tucked in and they are perfect under a tree.  

Floral gifts are always appreciated.

My last choice is two for one; floral for near and far. 

 Locally, I send Handmade Orchid Arrangements In Winter Park, Florida | Ginny’s Orchids 

as they are the very best of whichever specimen you choose.


To send across the country this box of gardenias is a choice for any season and any style. 

Both maintain the highest level of quality which makes sight unseen gifting stress free. 

To follow Alison on her enduring search for beauty see here.

Casa V Interiors is an interior design firm in Orlando, Florida.