This Beloved Bag Designer Just Dropped Her Holiday Wishlist—and It's Full of Colorful Home Essentials

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Susan Alexandra really snapped when she introduced her little beaded fruit bags to the world. Suddenly, every girl who'd ever wondered what Lisa was "Gah"-ing about would stop at nothing to snap up a shimmery, shiny watermelon purse or one adorned with 3D mandarins.

Now, the designer and creative is bringing her excellent, punchy taste into the holidays with a curated gift guide at Nordstrom—and it's full of colorful hosting essentials. If it feels too early to be planning for the holidays, consider the very real issues challenging the global supply chain: Route, a consumer app that helps you track all your online purchases in one place, has found that the average number of packages tracked per shopper is up 27 percent year over year, and it is seeing three times the amount of packages being routed this September than the same time last year.

Don't forget the fact that some dates, like Hanukkah, fall earlier this year, too. But Alexandra is more than prepared with a curation that includes dreidels and seder plates galore. These aren't your grandmother's old silver, though—from industrial Via Maris menorahs to Kate Spade kiddush cups, this year's eight crazy nights will bring a breath of fresh modernity to ancient tradition.

Christmas accessories, too, get the clever-meets-cute treatment. Marimekko stockings will brighten any fireplace with the brand's signature poppy print, and we seriously need to talk about all these good ornaments. Cody Foster & Co.'s cheeky tchotchkes will delight even the saddest fold-away Christmas tree, from mini hair dryers and hot glue guns to a realistic-looking stick of butter and however you stay sane around all that family, be it beer, wine, or a strong dirty martini.

A slew of other hosting essentials are occasion-agnostic, like this Great Jones Dutch oven that'll have you turning out the tenderest roasts, cheese knives that'll impress the most critical mothers-in-law, and coasters so cute guests won't need reminding. And how can we not mention the $25 Dash mini rice cooker that's such a perfect shade of pink you'll want to repaint the walls to match?

It's never too soon to level up your holiday hosting game, especially with industry-wide issues that threaten to seriously hinder shipping times. Shop our favorite pieces from Susan Alexandra's festive home accessory selection below.

Dash Mini Rice Cooker

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom

Via Maris Block Chanukiah

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom

Marimekko Pieni Unikko Cotton Christmas Stocking

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom

Great Jones The Dutchess 6.75-Quart Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lid

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom

Cody Foster & Co. Stick of Butter Ornament

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom

Kate Spade New York Nolita Cocktail Shaker

Susan Alexandra gift guide at Nordstrom
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