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?
I 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?
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:
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.
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!
Be on the lookout for hostess gifts to keep on hand for any parties that you will have coming up.
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!
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?
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?
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:
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:
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!
My mom would love this scarf!
A delicate earring can be the perfect amount of sparkle for your mom.
I have heard wonderful things about this almond oil.
A framed picture can be a very thoughtful gift!
Cooking is more fun when you get to wear this apron. Right?!
How adorable is this coin purse? It’s even cuter in person!
If nothing else, be sure to send your mom a Mother’s Day card. A thoughtful note can be a wonderful gift!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!