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Thanks to our guest blogger, Jody Jones, SVP, HGTV.com.

One of my guiltiest pleasures is escaping to France each year in November for “Beaujolais Nouveau Day,” the celebration surrounding the production and arrival of the young red wine.

Admittedly, this is by FAR my guiltiest pleasure. It’s tough to justify globetrotting to sip sometimes-mediocre wine, particularly in tough economic times and especially when much of the wine I sampled in Paris is now available in my corner wine store. And yet, away I went. After all, Paris’ treats are not just to be sipped, but also seen and smelled and — you guessed it — sold. My trip was a holiday shopping extravaganza.

My eyes were on house-wares this year — gifts that can be both practical and special, like this unique teapot for a tea-drinker who loves elephants

Beautiful linen dishtowels for a new homeowner. Scented candles and home fragrances for, well, almost anyone.

What’s a favorite treasure you’ve given or received from a land far away? Share your finds with us.

(If you’re not quite ready for the winter holidays yet — Thanksgiving is in the way, you say! — check out our favorite Turkey Day decor ideas.)


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