Gift Guide 2017 – For Her

So I realize I’ve been pretty MIA from the world of blogging for a while, but I couldn’t let the holiday season go by without putting together a gift guide! Full disclosure, these guides are basically just things I like that I think other people would like too. Maybe that’s every gift guide though…?

Let’s get to it.

1. A chunky knit cowl scarf/snood. Snood is a great word. If you live anywhere that gets even remotely cold, a substantial collection of scarves is a must. I’ve been digging the neutral, cozy, chunky look this winter…and not just because they look like they’d be good to nap in. A lot of the amazingly cozy looking scarves are made overseas, but this one is made in the US, and as of 12/5 has Christmas delivery guaranteed!


2. Book of the Month 3-Month Subscription. Yes – I’m still into subscription boxes. And yes, it would be more financially smart to just go to the library, but a 3 month book subscription is a gift that keeps on giving! Well, for 3 months. Book of the Month lets you choose one of 5 books each month, and the options are pretty broad. Cheesy romance? Yup. Murder mysteries? Got it! Non-Fiction? Check. BotM will introduce your giftee to some great authors…and something to do when they’re cozied up on the couch with that scarf!! 🙂


3. Rabbit Wing Corkscrew. Okay so I hadn’t planned on doing a themed list, but when you’re cozied up in your scarf reading a new book, it only makes sense that you’d be drinking a glass of wine, right? And how are you going to open that wine? This fab bottle opener. Joe and I have this one, and I love it. Plus everyone could use a corkscrew that doesn’t feel like it’ll fall apart if you twist too hard, right?


4. White Marble Cheese Board. Continuing the trend…(seriously, as I was pulling things for my list I didn’t choose themed things purposefully!) Having friends over for a movie night? Bringing snacks out on a nice serving tray of some sort makes you look like you have your shit together – even if you don’t.


5. LUSH Sleepy Lotion. I’ve read review after review saying this lotion gives people the best night of sleep ever. It apparently smells amazing (I have yet to try it) and has the same effect as taking a melatonin before bed. Sounds perfect, right? It also has the added benefit of being made with natural ingredients and cruelty free. Doesn’t get better than that!


6. Set of Travel Eye Masks. I discovered this website when putting together a wish list for myself, and fell in love! I’m not an eye mask user, but these designs were too cute not to post. They’d be perfect for anyone that a) travels a lot or b) needs total darkness to get some shut-eye. For the record, I put the laundry bags on my list.


7. Random Illustrated Facts. Everyone could use a little bit of well designed trivia in their lives, right!? This book seems like it would be a great conversation starter, or something to leave on your desk if you need a quick brain break.
8. Colorful Mini Notepads. Each of these notepads are only $4, and as I’m typing this out I can think of the perfect use for every style. Grocery lists, to do lists, doodling….plus they’re just tiny and cute! Clearly running out of steam on this whole wordsmithing thing.


So there we have it! Gift Guide 2017. Unintentionally ‘cozied up on the couch’ themed for the most part. Also, I guess I should include a note that none of this is sponsored by any of the brands I included – but I do get a free book if you sign up for BotM through my link! 🙂

Happy Hump Day, and happy 19 days until Christmas!


Gift Guide – For Her

Oprah has her Favorite Things, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s got her Goop Gift Guide. I figure it’s only fair if I make one too! I tried to choose things that I know I would enjoy (possibly because I already own some of them) but would also enjoy giving to a friend or family member and perhaps most importantly, are (generally) pretty darn affordable!



A 3 month Birchbox Subscription (full disclosure: we both get $5 free if you sign up through that link.) I’ve been getting Birchbox for over a year now, and the 3 month gift subscription is my go-to gift when I can’t think of something better! Who doesn’t love getting 5 (or so) trial sized beauty/skincare products to try out every month?!

A tank from Emi Jay for barre/yoga/pilates ooor just lounging around the house. All of the Emi Jay tanks/tops I’ve gotten are so soft – I could probably live in them 24/7 (let’s be real: I’ve done it.) Shop Barre Socks also has some great shirts (and sticky socks!) if you’re looking for a gift for your Barre BFF 😉

Sfumato Fragrances will also probably end up on my mens list as well. They’re a relatively new, Detroit-based fragrance brand (husband and wife team) that creates all natural, unisex, and amazing smelling fragrances. I’ve purchased their “Flight of Fragrance” for myself and a couple of my friends – it’s a perfect foray into the brand – and much more unique than picking up a bottle of perfume at Sephora!

If you know anyone even partially as clumsy as me, shatterproof wine glasses are a perfect gift. I originally received Govino Champagne glasses in a Popsugar box, and have been in love with the brand ever since (they’re good for picnics, and dishwasher-safe too!) They also make a decanter and beer glasses – all good things.

In keeping with the wine theme, a candle is always a good gift – even better when it is wine scented and in a recycled wine bottle, no? I’ve been reading a bit lately about how soy candles are supposed to be much better than the typical candle, and this seems like as good an option as any (as I sit here literally surrounded by 6 3-wick Bath and Body Works Candles…don’t judge, only one is lit!)

I’ve been following Woven Pear on Instagram for probably a year now – I’m in love with all of their patterns, and after getting one pair (thanks, Zulily!) somewhat recently, I am SO in love with how cushy-cozy-comfy the socks are! Whoever started the stigma (?) that socks are a lame Christmas gift clearly hadn’t encountered these socks 😀

I’m pretty certain that a person can never have too many cozy infinity scarves/cowl scarves. This one in particular is from ModCloth, but there are so many out there – some great ones on Etsy, and Loft is always having awesome sales (40% off right now) that it is pretty easy to find one you know your giftee will appreciate.

Having a nice set of coasters can go a long way, and with so many people I know moving into new/first homes and apartments, coasters seemed like an appropriate thing to put on my list. We have a set of 4 nice/fancy ones, as well as a huuuuge stack I’ve collected from bars/breweries locally and in Europe. We break those out when we have a lot of guests. It works out nicely.

I may or may not be putting a Spafinder Gift Card on this list for selfish reasons (hint hint to anyone still looking for ideas for me…but I’m pretty sure anyone in your life would appreciate the opportunity to get a massage (or mani/pedi, whatever.) Sitting hunched over a computer basically all day every day wreaks havoc on your upper back/shoulder muscles – massages are good for at least beginning to reverse that.

Last but certainly not least – an adult coloring book! Sure these are the big/hot new thing this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be overdone/under-appreciated by any means! There are some pretty unique ones out there too, shout-out to Brit & Co. for bringing attention to the “Color Me Swoon” book (I know lots of people that would enjoy a relaxing evening of coloring Zac Efron, Ryan Reynolds, and hey, Tom Selleck is included too.) Throw in a pack of colored pencils, and maybe a cute pencil sharpener, and you’ve got yourself a perfect gift!


Hopefully this list has given you some shopping ideas if you’ve been struggling and/or have recently come to the realization that Christmas is only slightly over 2 weeks away. Where did the time go!?

Happy shopping!