2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Pet Edition

The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! They may be little, but you can’t forget your little furry friends. Whether you’re looking to go all out or just something little, your four-legged friends want to celebrate the festivities too!

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High Budget

An LL Bean Dog Bed

An LL Bean Dog Bed

A Furbo Camera

A Furbo Camera

Mid-Range Budget

A Big Cat Tree

A Big Cat Tree

A Little Dove Pet Teepee

A Little Dove Pet Teepee

Low Budget

A Barkbox Subscription

A Barkbox Subscription

A Personalized Mat

A Personalized Mat

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Friend Edition

The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Finding something fun for your girls is a game all of its own. Whether you get something for each person or all go in for a gift swap, there are so many great options to choose from that they’ll all love! Whether they’re into makeup, fashion, home decor, or something else entirely, we have you covered this year.

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High Budget

Jill Rosenwald Pottery

Jill Rosenwald Pottery

Brooke and Lou Woven Tray

Brooke and Lou Woven Tray

Birdie Slippers

Birdie Slippers

Mid-Range Budget

Jewelry from Uncommon James

Jewelry from Uncommon James

FabFitFun Subscription

FabFitFun Subscription

Birchbox Subscription

Birchbox Subscription

Low Budget

A Que Collapsible Water Bottle

A Que Collapsible Water Bottle

Homebody by Joanna Gaines

Homebody by Joanna Gaines

A candle from Charleston Candle Co

A candle from Charleston Candle Co

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Significant Other Edition

The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Today we’re shopping for our significant others. Picking a gift for the one you love most can be deceptively difficult. Honestly, we always think this one is going to be a breeze and then end up stumped. So if you’re in the same boat this year, check out these suggestions! There’s lots of cute things you can do together to really focus on strengthening your relationship. Think experiences and memories versus material things!

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High Budget

Home Movie Projector

Home Movie Projector

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University

Gift Card for a Couples Massage

Gift Card for a Couples Massage

Mid-Range Budget

Date Night in a Box Subscription

Date Night in a Box Subscription

Amazon Dot

Amazon Dot

Shutterfly Coffee Table Album

Shutterfly Coffee Table Album

Low Budget

Smart Wool Socks

Smart Wool Socks

Matching Coffee Mugs

Matching Coffee Mugs

Scratch off Travel Map

Scratch off Travel Map

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Sibling Edition

The holiday season is here and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones can be quite the struggle! That’s why we’re making sure you’re completely covered for ideas this year. We decided to put out five different gift guides, one for each group of special people in your life! Does anyone else wish they were a little kid again and could just get their siblings something they secretly wanted, too? Now that you’re grown up and trying to find something to suit their taste and lifestyle, picking a gift isn’t necessarily so easy anymore! Regardless of their personality and your budget, there are some really great picks any sibling is sure to love.

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High Budget:

Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Gift Card

Texture Magazine Subscription

Texture Magazine Subscription

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Mid-Range Budget:

Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription

Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription

Winc Wine Subscription

Winc Wine Subscription

Fitbit Flex2

Fitbit Flex2

Low Budget:

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Dollar Shave Club

The Dollar Shave Club

Paint by Numbers

Paint by Numbers

Host and Hostess Gifts They're Sure to Love!

It’s someone else’s turn to host the holidays this year, which is a complete relief for you but a total addition to their plate. That’s why we are huge fans of bringing a host or hostess gift whenever we aren’t the ones having everyone over. Hosting gifts can be tricky though, no one wants to give or receive something that’s never going to be used or is going to be gone by the end of the night.

One of the most fun hostess gifts we like to bring is our DIY pumpkin floral arrangement! It’s fun and festive and totally customizable. If you’re not as hands on, here are some of our other favorites:

  • Hand and Body Scrubs

  • Festive Cloth Napkins

  • Gift Baskets

  • Potted Plants

  • Charcuterie Boards

  • Candles

  • Homemade Potpourri

  • Potted Herbs for an Indoor Herb Garden

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Wedding Favors Your Guests Are Sure to Love

Choosing a wedding favor to give out to your lovely guests may seem a bit daunting. You already have the pressure of planning a wedding, but now you need to think of a sweet handout for every single attendee? It’s certainly a lot. But no worries, choosing a wedding favor doesn’t have to be that stressful! We’ve gathered a bunch of options for you to take inspiration from. The gifts can be as small or large as you wish them to be. Something small and easy like a little bag of your favorite candy along with a little bag of your partner’s favorite too, a small plant or succulent, or even a nip for everyone who’s of age! You can also do a handout that’s a little more personal, such as a soundtrack to your wedding, items personalized with the guest’s name, or even a funny guide on how to stay awake during a wedding ceremony. No matter what you choose to do, your guests will love it! Here’s some more inspiration for you to look at and help your creativity flow.

What's Your Love Language and Why Does it Matter?

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Image Source: @mindofmara

We’re constantly hearing people talk about these “love languages,” but do you really know what it’s all about? What’s so special or important about your love language? Well, today we’re going to break it all down for you. Let’s start with the basics. There are 5 main love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing what your and your partner’s love languages are will help grow and improve your relationship. How? Knowing their love language will help you learn how they best feel and embrace your love! Maybe their love language is words of affirmation and yours is physical touch. You may be demonstrating behaviors that make you feel loved, but not what make them feel loved! While it’s important to practice all love languages, you’ll each have one or two that are most important to you. Let’s dig deeper into what each language means.

Words of Affirmation

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Image Source: @trendybridemagazine

This is exactly what it sounds like it is! Make sure your partner feels appreciated by verbalizing your love for them. Whether it’s always remembering to tell them “I love you,” or simple compliments, the verbal reinforcement is key. It’s important to use different reasons and phrases as well. Instead of always saying “I love you” say “I love you because…” or note things about their personality that make you love them (“I love how you always cheer me up when I’m in a bad mood”). On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s important to watch what negative words you use. They’ll hold a lot of value and power and will not be easily forgotten.

Acts of Service

Have you ever heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words?” This couldn’t be more true for someone whose love language is acts of service. Everyone loves being told that they’re loved, but for these individuals, you need to show them how much you love them. Whether it’s helping out around the house doing laundry or yard work or cooking dinner. Recognize that life is hard and do your part to really make an effort to help out. For someone with acts of service as a love language, laziness and broken promises are major turn-offs, so really put forth your best effort to do little things for your SO.

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Receiving Gifts

Now we know how this one looks… but just because someone’s love language is receiving gifts doesn’t mean that they’re materialistic. Really, the gift doesn’t need to be expensive to count. It’s more about the thought behind the gift! In order to give someone a gift, you have to be thinking about that person. It shows that you care and are thinking about them even when they’re not around.

Quality Time

Quality time is just that… quality! This doesn’t mean watching TV or a movie together. This means real, true, uninterrupted and distraction-free time together. Sitting on the couch having a heartfelt conversation and looking at one another, or going for a walk around the neighborhood -- even a date night out can work for this situation. The main focus is on your partner. No phones, just undivided attention on one another. On the other side of the coin, people with this love language are easily hurt by distractions being present, dates being postponed, or you not paying attention/remembering general conversations shared. Really focus on giving them your full attention and showing that you care.

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Image Source: @stell_app

Physical Touch

For many people, having that physical connection is vital to a strong and healthy relationship. This isn’t just limited to the bedroom, either. Hand holding, sweet kisses, loving caresses, and the like are also important. This doesn’t necessarily require an over-the-top level of PDA, but make sure you’re demonstrating enough physical connection to make your partner happy. This will translate to them feeling safe and secure in your relationship. Lack of physical touch can really affect the self-esteem of your partner if this is their primary love language.

Unique Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

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IMAGE SOURCE: CROSLEY RADIO

Struggling to find your man the perfect gift? You’re not alone! Every year Valentine’s Day approaches too quickly, and us girls have no idea what to give our hubby who seems to own everything. To help prevent further panic, we’ve come up with 10 gifts he is sure to love and appreciate!


STAR MAP

If you’re looking to do something even more romantic than a mixtape, a great option is a star map from the night you met. The Night Sky is just one company that offers tons of different looks and customizable options that anyone would love, all from the exact date and location of your choosing. You can add the constellations, pick from different color schemes, and add a little message. Not only will your gift be super sweet, but it’ll look great hung up on the wall, too!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

An adorable way to remind your guy that you’re thinking of him is a subscription box. There are tons you could treat him to! The beauty of subscription services is that you could buy him a few months worth, or you could treat him to one month of a few different ones, so he can see what works best for him! Dollar Shave Club is a great one if your guy is a little too obsessed with his beard (or doesn’t seem to care for it at all). Birchbox Man is another great idea if you want to go beyond just razors, since it features everything from cologne to skincare. Or, if you want to be super sweet, you could deliver some chocolate right to his doorstep with Candy Club!

PERSONALIZED GIFT BASKETS

If you’re not too sure about committing to a candy subscription box, but you don’t exactly want to settle for a cheap box of random chocolates, a great option is to hand-pick a basket of sweets that you know he’ll love! Toss in a gift card to grab that new video game he’s been talking about, too - it’s thoughtful, affordable, and his man cave will be stocked with his favorite treats.

OLD-SCHOOL VINYL MIXTAPE

Mixtapes are a classic Valentine’s gift, especially if your guy loves music. So why not kick it up a notch with something a little more unexpected, like a mixtape on vinyl? Freestyle Vinyl will totally personalize a record for you - they’ll even buy all the songs so you don’t have to! Impress your guy with some of his favorite songs, or make a custom mix of the ones that remind you of him with an adorable sleeve featuring the two of you!

SPORTS GEAR AND EXPERIENCES

If your guy is more into sports games than video games, a pair of tickets to his favorite sports team’s next game isn’t only easy, it’s also bound to be a fun date night for the two of you, too! Grabbing some last-minute tickets is a win-win, but it can also be expensive. If you’re trying to be more conservative with your budget this Valentine’s Day, grab him a new jersey sporting his favorite player’s name. There’s some really unique limited edition ones out there, too, like the NFL’s new Salute to Service line, that he’d definitely appreciate.

QUALITY SUNGLASSES

Anyone who does a lot of driving (or vacationing on the beach) needs a good pair of sunnies, but chances are your S/O doesn’t have a nice, quality pair that’s also on trend. Treat him to a new pair of sunglasses for Valentine’s Day! QUAY Australia is just one affordable brand that always has the best up and coming shades, so shop around with one of their many discount codes and pick what you’d like to see your guy in!

DESIGNER SMARTWATCH

Everyone seems to have an Apple Watch now, but if you’re looking to treat your S/O to something a little more professional with all the same capabilities, pick him up a designer smartwatch - the Michael Kors ones are gorgeous, and usually on sale. Men will always appreciate a nice piece of jewelry, especially when it doubles as a notification center and fitness tracker.

YETI COOLER OR MUG

If your guy is a big fan of the outdoors, consider picking him out a top-of-the-line YETI cooler for his summer camping trips! If you can’t justify splurging on a cooler, grab him a YETI mug to keep his coffee hot at the office, and his drinks cold at the beach!

COLOGNE

Chances are, your S/O probably already has his own staple scent. A no-hassle gift is to stock him up on his go-to cologne! If he hasn’t found one yet, head over to Sephora, try them all, and pick for him. You could even get a small starter kit that lets him sample a handful, and offer to pick up the full size of his favorite.

AN UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE

If you’re looking for something completely different, Cloud9 Living has tons of deals for some of the craziest experiences out there. Treat him to something he’s always wanted to try, like indoor skydiving, or make a romantic date out of it and book a helicopter ride at sunset over your city!


Groomsmen's Gift Guide

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The big day is almost here, and you and your fiancé would not have made it this far without the love and support of your friends and family. You’ve already picked out the perfect gifts to thank your bridesmaids months ago, but your hubby has probably yet to pick out gifts to show his--and your--appreciation for the time and money (i.e. bachelor party and tux rentals) his groomsmen put into your wedding day.

Whether you have one gift to give, or ten, personalization is essential; you want each man to know his individual support is important and acknowledged. We recommend engraving gifts with  a monogram specific to your groomsman or the wedding day date. Most companies offer free personalization with purchase of their items! Personalization is especially great for large wedding parties because you only have to find one item everyone will enjoy, and each will be distinct!

We’ve come up with an assortment of groomsmen gift ideas, in varying price ranges, to help inspire you to find the perfect gifts.

 

Whether you have many groomsmen, or are on a tight budget, there are an abundance of gifts under $25. Personalization is important with low-cost gifts; it makes them seem more elegant and expensive.

  • Socks

  • Flask

  • Pint glass

  • Shot glasses

  • Business card case

  • Bottle opener

 

The average groomsmen gift is between $35-$50. If this range appeals to you and your budget, check out these gift ideas (all engravable!).

  • Money clip

  • Pocket knife

  • Grillmaster set

  • Decanter

  • Zippo lighter

 

Those wishing to spend a little more should splurge on items that will get regular use and make your groomsmen feel dignified. 

  • Shaving kit

  • Weekender bag

  • Custom leather luggage tags

 

If you have no budget, or just a best man, consider these luxurious gifts. Add a monogram to make the gift even more exclusive!

  • Cigar set (cutter & lighter)

  • Cigar box/Humidor

  • Professional poker set

  • Sports tickets

 

Some gifts are available at any price range. Our favorites are monogrammed cufflinks, tie clips, or watches. All can be worn on your wedding day and will get more than one use. Individualize cufflinks to match each groomsman’s personality, or match the leather band of the watch to the groomsmen belt and shoes!

Oh Joy!

Registry alert! Blogger Joy Cho has released her Oh Joy collection for Target and we want it all! Her spring 2017 line is everything you want spring to be and its a great way to keep cheery during these winter months! Bold graphic designs bring a fun element to your home's design. Burst of vibrant colors down to a OMG vase, this collection is a must have.

Erin Pelicano Custom bracelets

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Image courtesy of: erinpelicano.com

Erin Pelicano creates custom jewelry, our favorite being something that will help you remember and cherish your special day. Her custom lace bracelets are the perfect way to celebrate an anniversary, or share your day with someone who cannot be there. The lace pattern is hand textured into the gold pendant and creates a preservation of your dress you can always carry with you.

Check out the Custom Bracelet Fine Gold Lace Package and so much more at her site, www.erinpelicano.com.

Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday rush is upon us! We know, we can’t believe it either! Are you stressing over finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Here is our 2015 Holiday Guide. From parents to kids to your better half, you don’t have to worry, we've got you covered.

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  1. West Elm Throw Blankets

  2. Raw Spice Bar Monthly

  3. Imprint Collaborative Gifts

  4. Uncommon Goods Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie

  5. Just Wanderlust Moleskin Cover Organizer

  6. Crosley Portable Turntable

  7. Rosie Revere, Engineer

  8. Pirasta Giant Coloring Poster

  9. Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland

  10. Fig & Yarrow Pink Love Salts

  11. Emerald Duv Letter Bracelet

  12. Minted Watercolor Prints

  13. Elucx Le Gentleman Beard Serum

  14. Beer of the Month Club

  15. Flight 001 "It's Only Money" Money Clip

  16. Kringle Candle Peony Candle

  17. Rifle Paper Co. Journal

  18. Birch Box Monthly Beauty Kits