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last minute christmas gift ideas

Christmas is less than a week away and, with the exception of a gift for my dad (he's always the hardest person in the world to shop for), I'm feeling pretty good about the fact that I finished all the rest of my shopping over the weekend!  This is the first year in a long time that I'm done with time to spare; I always have the best intentions of starting early but I'm usually the one running around town and hitting up Amazon and getting my money's worth out of my Prime membership!  There's still time to get some pretty fabulous gifts, though, so I rounded up some of my favorite finds that I've blogged about a lot here on the blog that are fabulously priced and would make for a beautiful gift if you're in a pinch!

This tortoise ice bucket was my favorite gift last year.  It looks so chic on a bar setup and I've used it many times as a makeshift vase, too!

A preserved boxwood wreath adds a festive touch all year long and this one from Target is so well priced for such a generous size!

I don't know anyone who wouldn't love a blue and white ginger jar.  This one is a beauty and so budget-friendly!

A gorgeous set of marble cheese knives that are on sale right now for $15 (I got a set for myself and one for pretty much everyone I know who loves to entertain)

A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus is still one of my favorite recipe/entertaining books to gift and it looks so pretty on a bookshelf or coffee table, too!

My oversize clam shell, one of my favorite decorative accessories is on sale right now at ZGallerie.  Or, surprise that special someone and get the even more ginormous one!

A Diptyque candle set is the exception to the price-friendly gifts here but I love it so much for a best friend or sister because it's not typically something they would buy for themself!

This blue and white swirl vase looks gorgeous with big, fluffy hydrangea blooms!

Obsessed with these brass pineapple shot glasses; these are great for the perpetual entertainer and they look beautiful displayed, too!

I've spent a small fortune on myrtle topiary, only to kill them weeks later so I refuse to purchase any more for myself but that doesn't mean I wouldn't take one as a gift, haha!

A brass monogram door knocker for the monogram-obsessed!

This leopard lumbar pillow is bananas in person!

I bought this gold platter for a friend and loved it so much, I wanted to keep it for myself.  Perfect for serving cocktails or a bedside display!

What are some of your favorite gifts to give?


father's day gift guide 2016

(the day after daddy got home from his last deployment; baby girl wouldn't let go of his finger for 3 days!)

Father's Day is next week and it's one of my favorite holidays to shop for the hubby and my dad - birthdays and Christmas are one thing, but it's so much fun to have a whole day dedicated to celebrating some of the most important men in my life!  If you're anything like me, though, you have all these fabulous and grandiose gift ideas months ahead of time and then you find yourself a week out from the big day, still pondering over the perfect gift for the guy(s) who already has/have everything.  Luckily, there are a few picks I'm loving lately that would make amazing gifts for the men in your life (including my own) - from the most amazing cologne and chunky crystal whiskey tumblers to a chic cooler and cookbook all about meat, you can't go wrong with any of these picks:

Meat: Everything You Need to Know - the quintessential cookbook for your carnivore.

Bleu de Chanel - hands down, the most intoxicating scent!!

Anchor Bottle Opener - A nautical-inspired must-have for your summer bar setup.

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker - the sound quality on this mini speaker is amazing and it comes in a bunch of punchy colors!

Yeti Tundra Cooler - OBSESSED with this powder blue beauty but am pretty sure the hubby would love its unmatched quality and durability a little more than its pretty hue!

Leather koozie with gold shotgun shell - Need I say more? 

Men's Marble Shave Set - Turn an every day necessity into a few minutes of luxury with this little beauty.  I see shave sets all over but they can be ridiculously pricey; this one is super affordable and I love that it's monogrammable!

Martin Crystal Lowball Cocktail Glasses - perfect weight for sipping a couple fingers of whiskey at the end of a long week!

Whiskey sticks - these bad boys add a smokey essence to a stiff drink by heightening your senses with the scent of charcoal without altering the taste of your favorite cocktail.

Iron Anchor Paperweight - this is clearly a "just because it was cute" gift idea; it looks equally adorable as a decoation on your favorite wrapped gift as it does on a bookshelf, end table or stack of books. 

Whiskey - a special bottle for a special guy to drink on a special occasion.  Any one of these libations from Caskers would make a great gift!

Chuck Taylor Classic All Stars - These never go out of style!

What are some of your gift ideas for Father's Day this year?  I'm always on the hunt for new gift ideas and would love to know!









be mine

I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day, but I've never been shy about my love for shopping for the holiday, either! A good bottle of wine and some delectable chocolates are right up my alley (and go a long way on any other day of the year!), but, here are some of my favorite finds for the holiday that are a little more unconventional:

Skip the roses...I'd take a rosemary topiary, instead, any day!  At under 20 bucks, this one is a great option - especially for those of us that have trouble keeping them alive!

Add a pop of pink to your bathroom or kitchen countertop with a bottle of Savon de Marseille in wild rose - it may be a practical gift, but it lasts forever and smells amazing!

It's just not Valentine's Day without the gift of chocolate; this set of three Mast Brothers bars are almost too pretty to open...almost!

These pink druzy and gold studs are simple but oh so stunning!

There isn't a Diptyque candle I don't love; it might be a little bit of a splurge, but their scents are subtle and soft and after the candle is done, you can use the glass to hold makeup brushes, jewelry, pens!

Love this suede boho bag; it doubles as a diaper bag for me these days!

A friend introduced me to this cabernet sauvignon and I've been hooked ever since!  Perfect way to end a long day, sipping a glass next to the one you love!

What's on your Valentine's Day wish list?


gift guide: for the guy who has everything

If you're braving the crowds today to knock out some Christmas shopping, my hat's off to you.  This year, I'm planning on getting all of my gifting done on Cyber Monday, but if Black Friday is your thing and you need some ideas for the men in your life, here are my picks for the hardest person to shop for on planet earth - my hubby, God love him, being one of them!  When in doubt, I tend to go with alcohol-related, monogrammed or tech goodies; you can't go wrong with either.  Here are some of my favorites this year:

For the manly man in your life, you can never go wrong with the box collection of the manliest man of them all - Clint Eastwood's box set.

This American-made monogrammed leather ipad case by Makr is simple but luxurious (and it's 20% off through Monday!)

In brass or stainless steel, these anchor bottle openers are a perfect stocking stuffer.

These natural soapstones chill whiskey without diluting - genius.

A monogrammed canvas and leather duffle is a classic, practical staple for the gym.

Converse are a classic addition to any guy's wardrobe.

A gunmetal chronograph is a sleek, sexy and just casual enough for every day wear.

If your man appreciates the old school form of a good shave, this chrome shave kit is right up his alley.

Countdown to Christmas in style (and good taste!) with this Whiskey Advent Calendar.  The whiskey lover in your life will LOVE.

Every man needs a supple leather dopp kit to travel in style.  A monogram is a must.

A monogrammed crystal decanter is a beautiful way to display your man's favorite whiskey, bourbon or scotch (and it would look fabulous on your bar cart or makeshift bar tray, an added bonus!)

It may be cliche, but guys love to grill and what better way to celebrate their love for red meat than with a set of steak branders and monogrammed carving board?

 Happy Shopping!


10 monogrammed hostess gifts for less than $50

With less than a week to go until Thanksgiving, holiday season is officially upon us and that means lots of parties, dinners, get togethers and open houses in the very near future!  Even though we won't be hosting anything big at our home this year (only five weeks to go until Baby Girl's due date!), the list of social gatherings we will be attending between now and then is endless and so I'm stocking up now on goodies to bring for the hostesses!  While I usually rely on a bottle of wine and some homemade sweets, there is no better way to thank your host or hostess than with a personalized gift and thanks to sources like C. Wonder, Mark and Graham, West Elm and Ballard Designs, it's easier than ever to get creative without breaking the bank!  Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Tote Bags  2.  Cocktail shaker  3.  Cheese board  4.  Striped hand towel  5.  Serving tray

6.  Cocktail napkins  7.  Stemless Champagne flutes  8.  Stationery  9.  Letterpress coaster set

10.  Gold mugs

What are some of your favorite hostess gifts to give?