The holidays are almost upon us, and here at Towson Lifestyle, we couldn’t be more ready for an inspired season of shopping and get-togethers with friends and family. Whether you’re figuring out your holiday gift list (“Shop Small”) or looking for inspiration for your holiday decorating (“Homewood by Candlelight”), we are here to help make the planning fun and stress-free. I hope you enjoy our own gift giving suggestions (“Editor’s Gift Picks”)—locally inspired and for all budgets. And here’s a thought: When thinking about gifts for those closest to you, why not focus on sharing an experience together? Try an adventure like indoor skydiving at IFLY or pottery at Baltimore Clayworks.

As you plan for the season, don’t forget about New Year’s Day! We’ve shared a simple yet elegant way to ring in 2019 with a New Year’s Day brunch. Whether you’ll be hosting family, friends or neighbors (or a combination of all three) be sure to check out “First Things First” for ideas about delicious fare and a signature drink.

My family and I will be kicking off the holiday season at the tree lighting in downtown Towson on Nov. 30. Hope you can join us!

Warm wishes,

Kristen Cooper, publisher