Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Gift Guide : last minute gifts

We are days away from Christmas so if you still have any gifts to buy it is crunch time! At this point your shopping options are very few and far between; you can't even Amazon Prime a gift and get it in time. One of my favorite last minute gift ideas is to put together a themed basket. Themed baskets are great because you can buy everything you'd need at Target or Walmart or similar stores. They're also great because all you really have to know about the person is a general idea of what they like to do. I've put together a few of my favorite themed ideas to help anyone still shopping!

1. At Home Spa Night - Know a girl that needs a relaxing night at home? This is the basket for her. Start with a bath bomb or bubblebath, a face mask, and some nail polish. Add a candle, some fancy chocolates, or a bottle of wine. Finish with a couple magazines (Garden and Gun and Glamour are my personal favorites) or favorite podcast recommendations.

2. Movie Night - This is great for the couple who just had a baby or love spending time together at home. Start with a movie, Kingsman and Wonderwoman are my favorite recent releases, but a holiday movie is always good too. Add some popcorn and a box or two of the movie theater candies. Finish with a cozy blanket or a gift card for delivery pizza.

3. Game Night - This is the perfect last minute gift for families. Start with a board game or two, Battleship is a great classic option or this Pie Face game looks like a fun newer game. Finish with some fun snacks and drinks. Think fun snack mixes, hot chocolate mix, and sodas in glass bottles.

4. Cooking Night - My boyfriend and I love to cook together so maybe I'm biased but I think this is such a fun gift. Start with some cute dishtowels, cooking utensils or an apron. Add some fun spices or  unique sauces; World Market and William Sonoma always have great selections for this. Finish it with a bottle of wine, cookbook, or grocery store gift card. This one is so great because you can customize it to what they like to cook, or even switch it up with baking items.

5. A Day on the Water - Obviously can't forget about the men in your life! Lures start at a low price point and come in so many varies they're fun to buy. If you don't know what type to buy (I wouldn't know where to start) ask a salesperson or someone in the aisle who looks like they're shopping for themselves; fishing people love to share their knowledge. Add a hat or shirt, Columbia PFGs and Guy Harvey tees are great even off the water. Finish it with a 6 pack of beer all wrapped in a small ice chest.

Don't have time to put a basket together? Starbucks' holiday collection is great this year; grab a travel mug and a gift card and you're set. Another great option is to get a gift card to a restaurant you know they frequent; put it in a thoughtful card explaining you're gifting them a date night. As you can probably tell I love gifting experiences so I think memberships (zoo, art museum, rec center, etc) are a perfect gift.

What are your favorite last minute gifts?

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 Gift Guide - my favorite things

I'm excited to bring you my next gift guide of the season! You know how Oprah did a favorite things episode every winter? Well this is my favorite things post! It's so easy to get carried away by what's new and popular when making these guides that I think we sometimes forget the importance of sharing things we love. Gifting favorite things is such a great idea because you know exactly what you're gifting.

Kendra Scott necklace - I love the simplicity of Kendra Scott jewelry. I actually own this necklace in two colors and it's perfect. It's small enough to wear every day but larger than the Elsa. Plus it's an old style and on sale!

Evelyn Henson Artwork - While I don't own this exact print I do own a few of Evelyn's pieces. They're all bright and fun to make a great addition to your gallery wall. Her map prints are especially fun and would make a great gift for anyone on your list.

Beanboots - I know bean boots are so basic white girl, but there's a reason they're so popular. They have great traction for walking on the icy ground, but are also perfect for chilly rainy days in the south. I actually own this exact pair and love the uniqueness of the navy color.

heated blanket - This may be my favorite thing ever. I brought one on Black Friday last year it is hands down the best purchase I've ever made. There are a variety of prints so this is a great gift for anyone on your list, and at less than $25 you can afford to get one for yourself too!

Smartwool socks - I had never heard of Smartwool until I moved to Colorado, but now I can't imagine my life without them. Maybe I'm weird but I think socks make a great gift. They're something you know will be used but still feel like a bit of a luxury because they're more expensive than your basic white crew cuts.

Philosophy soap - Again, call me weird but I love gifting soaps and for the same reason! All Philosophy products smell great so you can't go wrong with a scent. I'm currently using this Snow Angel in my shower and love it. Plus Philosophy body washes can be used as shampoo and bubblebath too.

Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket - I bought this on a whim last winter during a sale and I'm so glad I did. It feels more put together than my puffy, but is surprisingly very warm. Patagonia is a great quality brand that anyone will be excited to unwrap. My boyfriend has the better sweater vest and highly recommends it too!

Pendant Necklace - Akola is a brand you can feel good about buying because it supports women in need by providing them work. I love the vibrant colors of their jewelry and the pendants are very unique. I own a few of their necklaces but this is my favorite style because its more simple yet makes a statement.

Want more favorite things? Check out this favorite things guide from 2014, featuring items I still love.

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Gift Guide - boys boys boys

I've spent more time than usual looking through gift guides for guys this year. This is the boy and I's first Christmas together so the pressure to get a good gift is real! I picked out his gift fairly early, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I like to be prepared so I've looked at every guide I see for ideas. He also guessed his gift before I could actually press purchase so I was toying around with the idea of totally throwing him off and getting something different, but I know I picked something perfect so I decided to stick with it.

Google Home Mini - This is actually what I bought the boy this year. When he first mentioned wanting one I thought it sounded really weird, but then I realized you can use it to control your lights and I was sold.

smartphone projector  - When I first saw this in the Nordstrom gift guides I knew I had to include it! Guys love getting cool gadgets and this one is a great price and unique. I know how much use you'd get out of it; but I could see this being a big hit with dads or preteens.

Columbia shirt - We've bought my dad so many of these over the years and he's always stoked to unwrap one. They're labeled fishing shirts, but they're so great to wear anytime. They come in so many colors, and some fun patterns, and pack well.

wireless ear buds - A great gift for someone who works out or travels often. There are so many available at a variety of price points you'll find a pair to fit any budget.

slippers - Such a good gift wether you're buying for your dad or boyfriend. This is the brand our on mountain restaurants provide to guests to wear while dining and I've wanted a pair since I first slipped them on. Seriously the most comfortable things I've ever put on my feet.

beanie - Living in the mountains you can never have too many beanies. I really liked how this one was simple but in a fun color. This is a practical gift he'll get tons of use from. Well I guess not too practical if he doesn't live where it gets cold.

dopp kit - Another great gift for the guy that travels and available at a variety of price points so they'll fit any budget. If you're looking to really wow and have a large budget you could place some plane tickets inside!

cook book - Maybe it's a guy specific cookbook or one with recipes you can cook together. This is a fun gift that you can easily make more elaborate by adding some cookware or specialty food or alcohol to create something really special.

tennis shoes - Help him enhance his wardrobe with a cool new pair of kicks. I'm really jealous that guys can wear tennis shoes with more things than I can, so I feel like they should embrace that privilege. If I were a guy I'd wear these blue ones every day.

What are your gift ideas for guys?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Gift Guide - things on my list

Finally kicking off gift guide season here on the blog. Personally I finished all my shopping on Cyber Monday, but maybe you weren't as on the ball as I was this year and you're still shopping. If you're still shopping for me, you're in luck! I decided to start my 2017 gift guides off with the most important person, me!

Jon Hart Bag - I actually ordered one of these bags before my Vegas trip this fall, but due to slow turnover times it wasn't going to get here in time and I canceled my order. I still really want one of these because they're cute and I know the quality will be good.

Travel Lingerie Bag - I've been wanting one off these bags for awhile. I recently realized how much traveling I did this year, and I'm hoping to do as much in 2018. Having one of these to help organize my suitcase would be great.

Heavy Pot - I rented my townhouse furnished which means we have an eclectic mix of pots and pans. The one I'm missing is a good heavy pot to use to simmer soups all day. One of my favorite foods is red beans and rice, which you let cook all day, and I don't have a single pot I'd feel confident cooking it in.

Black Watch - I've wanted a black watch for years but just have never pulled the trigger and gotten one. It doesn't have to be Micheal Kors, but I love how simple this one is. I don't want one that's covered in rhinestones.

Fire Tablet - I actually bought myself one on Black Friday and I'm so glad I did because I already love it! I've been wanting a tablet for a while because even though I have a smart tv in my room I can't figure out how to get my HBO Go on i, first world problems I know. I can also use my tablet when I travel and to read ebooks.

Kate Spade Vase - You know those items that even years later you regret not buying? That's how I feel about this vase. I didn't buy it when it first came out because $75 seems excessive for something you're just putting flowers in, but I still lust after it all this time later.

Candle - How many candles is too many? The limit does not exist. When it comes to candles my favorites are baked goods scented. I've heard great things about this brand, so I'd love to try one, especially in this sugar cookie scent!

What's on your list this year? Be sure to check back for the rest of my 2017 gift guides!