Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies

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I have so many “go-to” gifts for all of the women in my life (sisters, friends, mom, etc). I love buying them things that they normally wouldn’t buy themselves, like home décor, accessories (jewelry, bags, pajamas etc) and skincare products/makeup (see Tata Harper — her stuff is AMAZING!).

No matter how much you have to spend, as long as the gift is well thought out, the lady in your life will love it! What are your go-to gift ideas?

  1. Coasters — $25 (set of 4)
  2. Wine glass — $14
  3. Water bottle — $25
  4. Candles — $40 (set of 3)
  5. Rifle Paper Co. print — $40
  6. Salt & pepper shakers — $10
  7. Wooden tray — $55
  8. J. Crew nightshirt — $68
  9. Akola necklace — $88
  10. Kendra Scott earrings — $65
  11. Kate Spade vase — $75
  12. J. Crew slippers — $55
  13. Tata Harper skincare kit —$148
  14. Kate Spade laptop bag — $248
  15. Kendra Scott necklace — $110
  16. David Yurman ring — $295
  17. Bose® speaker — $119
  18. Tory Burch tote — $245

See my 2014 women’s gift guide here!

Holiday Gift Guide: Guys

gift guide men 2015I find the men in my life surprisingly easy to buy for. You can’t go wrong with something fun for their wardrobe — whether it be shoes, belts, hats or a nice sweater. They always could use a little something! I also love the idea of getting them some décor for their office or home, since these are usually items they wouldn’t get for themselves.

What are you buying the men in your life this year for Christmas?

  1. Vineyard Vines pajamas — $65
  2. Jon Hart boot bag — $199
  3. City print — $25 (lots of cities available!)
  4. West Elm 30-piece barware starter kit — $129
  5. Beardbrand beard kit — $100
  6. Patagonia hat — $29
  7. TOMS boots — $98
  8. Smathers & Branson needlepoint belt — $165

See my 2014 men’s gift guide here!

Holiday Prep

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It’s November (can you believe it?), which means the holiday season if officially upon us! This can certainly be the most wonderful time of the year with all of the lights, parties and fun, Christmas activities, but also the most stressful with all of the traveling, familial obligations and finding the perfect gifts.

In order to stay sane during this time of year, I (like any project manager would do!) create timelines for myself to prepare for the coming weeks. I have found that if I prepare far enough in advance the holidays gets less stressful and more enjoyable.

With all the various Christmas activities in mind — sending Christmas cards, going to parties, giving gifts, decorating, etc. — here’s a peek into how I prep and plan for the holiday season:

Early November:

  • Buy Christmas cards.
  • Set dates and plan for any upcoming parties that you will be hosting (Friendsgiving, Christmas party, New Year’s Eve party, etc.).
  • Start looking for holiday attire — a go-to black dress, something with sequins, cute heels/booties and anything leather.
  • Book any hair and/or nail appointments that will be needed (these fill up fast around the holidays!) .
  • Start researching and thinking about gifts for your loved ones. With Partners Card happening now and the Dallas Flea going on this weekend, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities to find that perfect gift!
  • Research Christmas/winter activities that you want to do. I’m all about making a to do list! Do you want to see the Nutcracker or go ice skating? Do your homework, so that you don’t miss out on anything.
  • Finalize travel plans, and relay those plans to your families and loved ones so that everyone is in the loop.

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Mid-November:

  • I typically keep my pumpkins out until Thanksgiving is over, but this is the perfect time to buy any additional or outstanding Christmas decorations that you know you will want. This way as soon as Thanksgiving is over, you are ready to decorate!
  • Write personalized notes in Christmas cards and find a verse (or two) to share in each one.
  • Be on the lookout for hostess gifts to keep on hand for any parties that you will have coming up.

Late November:

  • It’s time to put out the Christmas decorations! For me, this includes putting up a tree, changing out my placements/dining room table decor, hanging a wreath and having ornaments scattered throughout my house. I don’t go overboard, but I definitely like to keep things festive!
  • Send Christmas cards — I like to have these sent right after Thanksgiving to ensure people get them in a timely manner.
  • Start buying Christmas presents if you haven’t done so already. Look for those great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!
  • Figure out what you’re wearing for Christmas and any upcoming holiday parties. It’s important to take care of this now, so that you are not running around trying to figure out your outfit last minute. If I’m running low on time (and frankly, money), I love how a different piece of jewelry can easily spice up an outfit that I’ve worn previously!

IMG_2885Early December:

  • Finish up Christmas shopping and start wrapping gifts. Since I have family that lives out of state, I typically send my Christmas gifts as early as I can in December in order to ensure they are delivered in time for Christmas.
  • Make sure to have hostess gifts ready to go. The holiday party season is officially upon you! I keep wine tags on hand for an easy hostess gift if I’m really in a pickle. But since you planned early, think outside the box!
  • Figure out what you’re wearing for New Year’s. Now is the time to find your favorite sequined item! Don’t delay!!
  • Do something on your Christmas/winter to do list! Aren’t you glad you researched activities early?

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Mid-December:

  • It’s here! Hopefully, your shopping is done, your cards are sent and you are ready to celebrate our Savior’s birth and the New Year stress-free. YOU MADE IT!

Did I miss anything? What other activities are on your prep list? How do you keep yourself from being stress-free during the holidays?

Gift Guide: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner! And it’s the perfect day to express the gratitude and love you have for your dad by giving him something he will will use and appreciate. As I always say with gift giving, I love to get people things that they normally wouldn’t buy for themselves. So here are some of my ideas for the perfect present to celebrate your dad:

father's day gift guide

  1. Fitbit ‘Surge’ Wireless Fitness Watch
  2. Peter Millar Houndstooth Neat Swim Trunks
  3. Tom Ford ‘Noir’ Eau de Parfum
  4. New Balance for J. Crew ‘990’ Sneakers
  5. To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion (by: Philip Greene)
  6. Nike ‘Legends’ Dri-FIT T-Shirt
  7. Slingshot Cold Brew Coffee
  8. Yeti ‘Roadie 20’ Cooler

My Birthday Wish List

Y’all, it’s my birthday month! But don’t worry, I’m not someone who usually celebrates their birthday all month long. I will be turning 25 this year and could not be more excited! Twenty-five just sounds like you know what you’re doing, but you’re still young in the grand scheme of things. I think I’m going to love it!

Overall, I think I’m pretty easy to buy for because I’m pretty consistent with what I want. Usually I ask for books (like this, this and this), jewelry and workout clothes (or gift cards to buy any of them!), and it looks this year is no exception. Here are some of the items I have on my birthday wish list:

Athleta Criss Cross Sweatshirt
Athleta Criss Cross Sweatshirt
Athleta Crux Capri
Athleta Crux Capri
J Brand Low Rise Crop Jeans
J Brand Low Rise Crop Jeans
Kendra Scott Elton Cuff Bracelet
Kendra Scott Elton Cuff Bracelet
Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace
Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace
Kendra Scott Sophee Earring
Kendra Scott Sophee Earring
Kendra Scott Tessa Stud Earrings
Kendra Scott Tessa Stud Earrings
Lorna Jane Weekend Active Bag
Lorna Jane Weekend Active Bag
Madewell Print Panel Tank
Madewell Print Panel Tank
New Balance '696' Sneaker
New Balance ‘696’ Sneaker
Sam Edelman 'Gilroy' Gladiator Sandal
Sam Edelman ‘Gilroy’ Gladiator Sandal
Tory Burch 'Small York' Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote
Tory Burch ‘Small York’ Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote
Tory Burch 'Mini Miller' Leather Thong Sandal
Tory Burch ‘Mini Miller’ Leather Thong Sandal
Zella 'Live In' Legging
Zella ‘Live In’ Legging
Zella 'Perfeca Layer' Racerback Tank
Zella ‘Perfeca Layer’ Racerback Tank

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Did Mother’s Day sneak up on anyone else? Thankfully, my sister was on the ball this year, and we tag-teamed a gift for my mom (though I cannot share exactly what it is because she reads my blog!). Most moms will love anything you get them because “it’s the thought that counts.” So if you are still in search of the perfect gift or needing some inspiration, here are a few gift ideas that your mom will love:

Every women loves Ina Garten!

Ina Garten's "Make it Ahead" Cookbook
Ina Garten’s “Make it Ahead” Cookbook

My mom would love this scarf!

Anthropologie Cervara Infinity Scarf
Anthropologie Cervara Infinity Scarf

A delicate earring can be the perfect amount of sparkle for your mom.

Kendra Scott Nancy Earring
Kendra Scott Nancy Earring

I have heard wonderful things about this almond oil.

L'Occitane Almond Delicious Body Duo
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Body Duo

A framed picture can be a very thoughtful gift!

Paper Source 'Best Mom Ever' Frame
Paper Source ‘Best Mom Ever’ Frame

Cooking is more fun when you get to wear this apron. Right?!

Paper Source Farmer's Market Apron
Paper Source Farmer’s Market Apron

How adorable is this coin purse? It’s even cuter in person!

Kate Spade 'Strut Your Stuff' Flamingo Coin Purse
Kate Spade ‘Strut Your Stuff’ Flamingo Coin Purse

If nothing else, be sure to send your mom a Mother’s Day card. A thoughtful note can be a wonderful gift!

Rifle Paper Blooming Mother's Day Card
Rifle Paper Blooming Mother’s Day Card
Rifle Paper Rosy Blooms 'Mom' Card
Rifle Paper Rosy Blooms ‘Mom’ Card

Gift Guide: Birthdays

a recent birthday celebration for my friend, Kristin!
a recent birthday celebration for my friend, Kristin!

Do you ever get stumped with what to get someone for their birthday? I know I do! Most of my family and friends have birthdays between February and June, so I have been on the hunt for some good birthday gifts lately. Sometimes I know exactly what to get someone, and sometimes I have absolutely no idea, but with a little brainstorming I always seem to figure it out! Overall, my gifts tend to fall into one of the following categories:

Jewelry: I love buying jewelry for my friends and family, and it always seems to be received so well! Particularly, I love buying fun earrings or necklaces that they may not buy for themselves. Jewelry can be found at a very wide range of price points, but no matter how much the piece costs make it fun and personal. It’s always makes you feel good to see them wearing it a day or two later!

Stores I recommend: Kendra Scott, Nordstrom, Gypsy Wagon (for those living in Dallas), World Market (they surprisingly have great jewelry!)

Stationery: (think “thank you” cards, sticky notes, note pads, journals, notebooks, etc.) This is a great gift because I know I usually have a hard time spending money on cutesy note pads or sticky notes for myself when I can just get the basic ones from Target. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little something special, and everyone could use any one of these items! It’s a great practical gift when you’re not sure what to give.

Stores I recommend: Paper Source, Gypsy Wagon, Anthropologie

Candles and Home Décor: I think I mentioned this in my Gifts for Her post from Christmas-time, but I always love buying small home décor pieces, like picture frames, candles and trinkets for my friends and family. Usually no one has their home completely finished and decorated, so buying these items can help them complete a shelf that needs an extra something or add a little flair to a side table. And candles are one of my favorites gifts to give because, let’s face it, you can never have too many candles!

Stores I recommend: Anthropologie, Target (great variety of picture frames!), World Market, Gypsy Wagon

Food and Alcohol: Every year, I get my grandparents chocolate for their birthdays and Christmas from Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Why? Because they really don’t need anything, and it’s a special treat for them (especially because they live outside of Texas). I usually buy food products (think chocolate, cheeses, sweets) and alcohol (think wine, champagne, a nice bootle of liquor) for people who may not need anything or I’m just not sure what to get them. And food and alcohol is always a treat!

Stores I recommend: Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Scardello, World Market (great wine selection), Tiff’s Treats

Books: Now this may not be the perfect present for everyone (we all know people who hate reading), but I think it’s a great present to give, particularly because this is one of my favorite presents to receive. No one gives you a book that they don’t like, and in fact most people only give books that they love (I know I do!), so this gift seems to have that little extra personalization and thoughtfulness that is so special in a gift! And you can write a sweet note in the inside cover. So thoughtful!

…And now I’m off to go buy some presents!

Gift Guide: White Elephant Exchange

Do you dread White Elephant gift exchanges as much as I do? I get so overwhelmed with what to give and if it will be funny or witty enough. My sister asked particularly for this gift guide because she had a white elephant exchange with her coworkers and didn’t know what to get. Well I think these are all viable options and will hopefully get some laughs! I know I was very entertained doing research for this post! Two sites that I would recommend to browse for White Elephant gifts would be Urban Outfitters and Freds. Happy shopping!

Other gift guides: Gifts for Him, Gifts for Her, Gifts for the Hostess

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Brit+Co Shot Flask
Brit+Co Shot Flask
Chia Barack Obama
Chia Barack Obama
Fairly Odd Novelties Sudoku Toilet Paper
Fairly Odd Novelties Sudoku Toilet Paper
Fred Egg-A-Matic Hard Boiled Egg Mold
Fred Egg-A-Matic Hard Boiled Egg Mold
Fred NinjaBread Men Cookie Cutters
Fred NinjaBread Men Cookie Cutters
Fred Selfie Pocket Mirror
Fred Selfie Pocket Mirror
Fred Talk to the Hand Sticky Notes
Fred Talk to the Hand Sticky Notes
Kikkerland Dog Butt Magnets
Kikkerland Dog Butt Magnets
The Hillary Nutcracker
The Hillary Nutcracker
Urban Outfitters Pong Head Game
Urban Outfitters Pong Head Game
Sriracha 2 Go
Sriracha 2 Go
Urban Outfitters Teenage Mutant Ginger Turtle Ornament
Urban Outfitters Teenage Mutant Ginger Turtle Ornament
XL Wine Glass
XL Wine Glass (holds a whole bottle of wine!)
Urban Outfitters Clark Griswold Bobble Head
Urban Outfitters Clark Griswold Bobble Head