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Gift Guide No. 5

Gift Guide No. 3

Gift Guide No. 2

This will be the first Christmas I’ve had a kiddo to buy for, because our first niece is due any day now.

Here are a few ideas for little folks.

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Gift Guide No. 1

I thought it would be fun to kick off December with a week of gift guides. We starting with the often difficult to buy for gentlemen.


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gift guide: what to ask for

I used to never know how to answer when friends and family members would ask me what I want for Christmas. I don’t think I’ve really had a good answer for that question since I was about 12 and really wanted an Appaloosa pony. It felt self-important or something to have a ready answer to give, but I’ve finally decided that as long as someone wants to ask I’d like to have an answer for them.

The self-imposed rule that I’ve come up with is “Ask for things that you will treasure for years.” Books are always a good gift and I’ve been slowly building up a collection of throughly inspiring books about design, fashion, photography, and architecture.  More are always welcome.

Next up, homey things that can be used everyday, but are made with quality to last for years make for nice reminders of the giver. I always think of the family friend who gave us our Pyrex set at our wedding every time I use it.

Lastly, if I ask for something that’s wearable I’m going to try to avoid faddish/trendy things and opt for classics that I can use for many seasons.

gift guide 2

Sources: Book, Pie Set, Coat, Sheet Set, Chunky Knit Throw & Gold Hoop Earrings.

So, how do you approach the ol’ “What do you want for Christmas?” question? Am I over thinking it?

gift guide: books

I am convinced that books are some of the best gifts you can give.  Whether it’s an engrossing story or interesting facts, books will out last the holiday and might even give you an excused to make time for coffee and a chat about your favorite characters.

I make it a rule to only give books I’ve read myself. The book I’ve given away most is I Capture the Castle. When I meet a kindred spirit who hasn’t read it yet it takes a lot of self control for me not to rush home grab the extra copy off my shelf and push the book into their hands. I love when someone else shares a book with me with as much excitement. These are five books I’ve read and throughly recommend:

gift guide books

1) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for the Austen and Brontë fans.

2) Sense and Sensibility for the friend who needs an introduction to Jane Austen.

3) More Baths Less Talking for the person who is interested in everything.

4) Secret Adversary for the mystery lover.

5) Till We Have Faces for the philosophical.

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gift guide: etsy finds under $15

This year I’m trying to make especially useful gift guides with more thought put into them. Because what’s the use of making something no one can use? Today we’re starting off with six brilliant ideas to help you stuff stockings or ace your Secret Santa giving.

I’m making a lot of the gifts I’ll be giving, but I always rely on wonderful Etsy makers to help me out. These are some little gifts that make a big impact.

Gift Guide 1

Upper Row: Kate Earrings by Hedgerow Rose – $12, Heart Notecard by The Paper Cub – $5, Custom Letterpress Keychain by Oh, Albatross – $12.

Lower Row: Lavender + Mint Soap by Blue Clay Soap – $9, Silver Moon Keychain by Cutpath – $14, Confetti Filled Balloon by The Flair Exchange – $5

gift guide: stocking stuffers

gift guide: gifts that keep giving

I put together this gift guide with the idea of encouraging a friend’s passion or new interest. I like to give things that will be treasured and useful and last for years and years. And a new tool, supplies, or investing in your friend’s talent is extra rewarding. Sometimes it only takes a little thought to come up with something special.

gift guide that last
1) Trusty compass for the outdoorsman or woman.

2) Magazine subscription for the avid reader. May I suggest: Uppercase, Wilder Quarterly, and Kinfolk?

3) Cozy kit for the knitter who needs a little nudge to finish a project.

4) Co-op membership for the home chief. Fresh veggies, yum!

5) A letter a week for the friend who checks her mail twice a day, “Just to be sure.” Stationary suggestion.

gift guide: top 5 etsy favorites

The first place I start my Christmas shopping is always Etsy. Firstly, because I try to shop handmade as often as possible and always find amazing things. Secondly, because that gives the busy shop owners time to get their wonderful creations to me in time to be wrapped and under the tree.

My first thought for this post was to pick my top five Etsy shops, but that was way too hard. I decided to go with my top five gifts to give from Etsy because I thought it would be easier. I’m not sure if it was but here are some things that I have given or will be giving this year:

top five etsy gifts

1) Mini Arrow Kit by Miniature Rhino for the do it herself-er.

2) Glam Earrings by Hedgerow Rose for the friend who’s always the life of the party.

3) Sparkler Barrette Set by Giant Dwarf for the best friend or little sister (or both).

4) Paris Calendar by The Paris Print Shop for your Paris adoring mother-in-law.

5) Spencer Cardholder by Winter Session for your beau.