I’ll be taking this Monday off to enjoy the holiday and spend time with friends & family. I hope you do the same! I’ll be back Wednesday with a look back at 2017!
Hi guys! We went to two holiday parties this past weekend and so I thought it would be nice to share an easy, inexpensive & cute holiday gift for any unexpected parties, invitations or more.
I spent a few hours baking four different cookie recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They all called for the majority of the same ingredients so it was pretty easy to knock out the recipes one by one. I made the coconut macaroons first because they were super quick so I threw them in the oven to get those out of the way. While those were baking, I prepped the dough for both the peppermint white chocolate chip and double chocolate crinkle cookies, since both of these require the dough to be refrigerated at least 3 hours (I left mine overnight and it was perfect). Last, I whipped up some Nutella chocolate chip cookies to bake in the oven while I cleaned up the rest. All in all, it was a pretty efficient way to bake a ton of cookies at once. The verdict? They’re all SO good but I think the Nutella are my favorite, with the macaroons a close second.
I purchased these Santa cookie boxes (they hold about eight cookies) and these Beer Greetings 6-pack holder on Amazon. How adorable are both of these?! Grab some twine, a few ribbons & you’ve got your gifts ready. For party number one (holiday dinner party), I packed up a variety pack of cookies & a nice bottle of wine. For party number two (a holiday themed birthday party), I filled the six pack with a variety of beer & a mixed box of cookies again. How cute, right?! I hope you’re inspired to bake & gift! Happy Holidays.
With Christmas only one week away, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite mantles. Whether you’re hosting Christmas day, throwing a holiday party, or simply enjoying the comfort of your own home, mantle decor is a fun way to switch things up. I’m constantly redecorating mine and adding new pieces. Hopefully this will inspire you:
Which is your favorite?!
We all know someone who loves to travel – maybe it’s your mom, your sister-in-law, your bestie, or you! Since we all know someone who falls into this category I wanted to share my top 10 gifts for the traveler in your life. Ranging from $10 to $500 there is a wide variety to choose from here. Happy Shopping!
These Boll & Branch sheets are the perfect gift for anyone who loves to travel often. Is there anything better than coming home to your own bed? I think not. These are really a great gift for anyone – parents, new home owners, newlyweds. I mean, everyone wants to own nice sheets but they’re so annoying to spend your own money on.
An oversized scratch-off gold map is SUCH a fun gift! Any family, couple, solo traveler, or person that loves to travel would have a lot of fun scratching off the places they’ve been and finding inspiration for the next trip. Bonus: it would look great in a white frame on the wall or in a kids playroom (just keep the glass off so you can scratch it when need be).
This calendar is so cute for anyone stuck in an office with a serious case of wanderlust. A great gift for college girls, working moms or organization freaks (like me!) who love using a physical calendar. Heck, even if you don’t use it – the pictures will inspire you! (Design tip: cut out the pictures & frame them for some cute, quirky wall art)
Whoever invented this Raden carry on suitcase is a genius. Not only is it TSA size approved with a hard cover (meaning it will fit no matter how much you shove in there), but this sucker has a built-in charger and…wait for it (<–no pun intended)…weighs itself! Yup, it takes all of the stress of flying away. Did I mention that it also locates itself? Basically it takes away 90% of the flying stress – no need to pay overage weight feed, hoard a wall plug or worry about the airline losing your luggage. This bag does it all itself. Absolutely genius!
With over 9,000 5-star review, this is supposedly the end all be all of travel masks. If you’re like me and can sleep
anywhere on the plane, this is for you! Although if you have trouble sleeping on planes, maybe this is for you too! I’m eager to give it a try as I currently have my favorite sleep mask that I use on the reg & travel with everywhere.
Everyone needs a “go to” travel outfit and this cashmere wrap really saves the day. Pair with a black shirt and black leggings and you will be traveling in comfort while looking chic AF. Wraps are the best because they can be used as scarves, blankets, pillows, jackets or eye masks. Well worth the investment!
I’m pretty sure these made my gift guide list last year, but you can see why. Everyone needs a solid pair of headphones when fling, especially if it’s an overnight or international flight. Bye bye crying babies and loud airplane noises…enjoy your flight as these drown out the background noise so you can watch a movie or snooze and enjoy your flight.
Who doesn’t love getting a monthly magazine in the mail? I get Travel & Leisure each month and always enjoy reading about fun new places and seeing pictures of beautiful places around the world to add to my bucket list. An easy gift for someone who is tough to shop for!
Another good “go to ” gift for anyone really is a passport cover + luggage tag set. They’re gender neutral, great for all ages and you can never have enough – I mean, I personally have about 6 suitcases so I need at least 6 luggage tags! They’re also fun to get personalized and would be a fun hostess gift or Secret Santa gift.
A nice water bottle like the Bobble is a fail proof gift idea. Good for gym goers, travelers, hikers, or anyone on the go – this one is lightweight, super cute (7 color options) and has a built-in filter. It’s affordable too so you could pick it up for a few people on your list.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably recently saw in my pre-honeymoon Insta stories that I recently tried these packing cubes for a big trip and I absolutely loved them! First off, they hold a ton and I swear I could fit more in my bag. Secondly, they allow you to group your items and stay more organized while traveling. Lastly, and my favorite, they really help you know where everything is so you can find your items so quickly. It really made packing, getting dressed and re-packing so much easier.
What else should we add to this travel gift guide?!
So last year I did quite a few gift guides; however, I find that every blogger out there does gift guide after gift guide and we tend to see the same items over and over. That being said, I’ll only be sharing two gift guides this year: design and travel. As you know, interior design and travel are my two passions and they are the very topics that this blog was founded on. Luckily the items are translatable to many other gift recipients – parent, sibling, friend, hostess, coworker, etc. Today is home design and tomorrow is travel!
Every home can use a faux fur throw, even if they already have one! In winter, these are the best to take a nap with or cuddle up for a morning cup of coffee. I also like this gift for your in-laws, new home owners or a hostess gift. I’ve actually got this exact one and it’s the best!
This marble & copper monogrammed board is one of the most versatile gifts on this guide – it’s literally able to be used for the home lover (as a decorative piece, on a shelf, as a cheese board, etc), for any hostess, for a secret santa, or really any female in your world. Or hey, just buy one for yourself!
Y’all know that my favorite candle had to make the list. When they go on sale I usually stock up because they seriously smell so great! I have them in my living room, bathrooms and bedrooms. I even gave these as thank you gifts to my wedding shower hosts. Everyone loves a good candle but nobody wants to spend the money on them – hence the perfect gift idea!
This is one of my favorite gifts for anyone who enjoys decorating their home. Picking out frames can be expensive and a Framebridge gift card really saves the day. Let their experienced staff help your gift recipient get the best frames for their space.
These brass cheese utensils are SO cute, I just love them! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good cheese board? Help your friend/hostess/mom step up their cheese plate game with some chic, stylish utensils. This is a gift sure to please.
Many people forget about magazines, but I think that a subscription to Elle Decor is a great, realistic gift for the design lover you know. If they already have Elle Decor, try Better Homes & Gardens, Domino Magazine, or Architectural Digest. Every time this person receives a new mag in the mail that month, you’ll be top of mind!
While I’m not one for faux plants, every home could use a good boxwood or two. They’re great to put atop a stack of books, to use as a pair framing the mantle, to decorate on shelves, etc. You can even gather a grouping as a centerpiece of a dining table.
A good set of tea towels is always a good “go to” gift for anyone who enjoys being at home or decorating their home. These get stained easily and need to be replaced often. Try their initials, monogram or state outline. I like to shop ETSY for reasonably priced, personalized gift towels.
These Anthropologie patterned bowls are such a great gift – they can be used to store jewelry, as a catchall bedside, to serve nuts, and more. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and can easily be mixed and matched. Also, they’re pretty affordable so you can give a set of 4 or 6 – I even registered for some for our registry.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my gift guide for the travel lover! What’s your “go to” gift for the interior design lover in your life?!
Can y’all even believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Insane! Given all that we have going on right now (moving, new job for T, etc) we are pleased to be attending a Thanksgiving feast at our dear friends’ home in Newport, Rhode Island. Hopefully we will have a large dining room of our own in upcoming years and be able to host our own Thanksgiving day celebration for family & friends. So for my future reference, and for all of you wonderful host expecting a crowd, I’ve put together some tablescape inspiration for you:
So many pretty options to be inspired from! I’ve put together a mock table setting myself and hopefully it will inspire you even more! If I were hosting this year, here’s what my table would look a little something like:
Who’s hosting Thanksgiving this year? Is your table ready?!