Holiday Gift Guide: For the Teacher

I hear all the time from parents who are stumped on what to get their son or daughter’s teacher for the holidays.  It can be tough to find the right gift that is unique and shows how much you appreciate all that they do!

We’ve come across a few things that we think would be sweet gifts for the teacher on your list this holiday season.  Some of them might even be perfect for your office co-worker!

 

In my house, you can never have enough reusable bags around.  This one from The Little Market would be the perfect lunch tote for your teacher or co-worker who loves to pack a homemade meal.

The Little Market

 

A candle might seem “old-hat”, but with this customized thank you note, we think it’s the perfect twist on the usual!

The Little Market

 

A new notebook or set of folders is surely something that will always get good use.  And with these adorable designs, we’re pretty sure just about anyone would want to have one of these on their desk!

Anthropologie

 

 

C.R. Gibson, Available at Amazon

 

You can always find these practical items on a teacher’s desk, but we’re pretty sure they’ve never seen any quite so stylish!  And don’t forget about your secretary or office-mate!

Anthropologie

 

Almost every room could use some extra greenery, and we love the uniqueness of this one from West Elm.  Your teacher could write down daily quotes, homework assignments, or important reminders!

West Elm

 

Coffee mugs and water bottles are common gifts, but we love these two and just couldn’t resist adding them in to the mix!

Kate Spade

 

 

S’ip by S’Well, Available at Target

 

 

What are your favorite gifts to receive as a teacher?  We’d love to know in the comments!  Happy holidays!

 

P.S. For more ideas, be sure to check out Holiday Teacher Gifts From Your Kids

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gal Pal

Some of the most fun gifts to shop for are the ones you give to your favorite gal pals.  It’s a chance to shop for gifts that are fun, quirky, and sassy.  No matter which gal(s) you’re shopping for this season, we’re sure to have something on our list that she’ll love!

If you’re gifting from afar (or traveling light), sending beautiful flowers are always a welcome go-to.  We can’t get enough of Farmgirl Flowers and their adorable arrangements.  Sending a seasonal wreath like this one is such a nice change from a classic bouquet!

Farmgirl Flowers

 

We even got their amazing “Cinderella Centerpiece” for our Thanksgiving table, and we could not have been more in love with it!  

 

Everyone is raving about the new Magnolia collection at Target.  We love this candle centerpiece for any gal’s holiday tablescape!

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Available at Target

 

How adorable is this tote bag from Langdon Ltd?  They always have the cutest prints to choose from, and this tote is the perfect size for a trip to the farmer’s market!

Langdon Ltd

 

For your happy hour gal, a cocktail recipe book and a bottle of her favorite wine is the perfect present.  Or, maybe even some new stemware to add to her bar!

Available at Amazon

 

Pottery Barn

 

Crate and Barrel

 

Juliska

 

If you and your ladies are more the coffee date type, a statement mug and a bag of her favorite brew is the perfect way to keep her energized through the holidays.

West Elm

 

If your pal is is a fit foodie, a salad bowl gift set from The Little Market is not only adorable, but also fair trade and ethically sourced!  Now that’s a gift you can really feel good about giving.

The Little Market

 

I always love to gift my girlfriends some of my favorite new scents to enjoy in their home.  For a unique twist on the everyday candle or diffuser, check out these picks from West Elm and The Little Market!

Anthropologie

 

 

The Little Market

 

Of course, we all have (at least!) one lady on our list for whom this pillow would be all too perfect!

Kate Spade

 

 

What gifts are you getting for your best gals?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Couple

In our family, we love to give gifts that can be shared with one another.  Plus, it’s more fun for them, too!  Whether you’re gifting to your parents, newlyweds, or your favorite friends to double-date with, we’ve got you covered.  

I love this metal wall art (perfect for those newlyweds on your list!) because it’s simple, romantic, and elegant.

Pottery Barn

 

Every couple needs a cozy blanket to snuggle up to during movie nights!  For an extra thoughtful touch, have it personalized just for them.

Pottery Barn

 

Lots of couples save corks from bottles of wine that they’ve enjoyed during special occasions (or even just from their favorite wines).  This tray would be a beautiful way for them to showcase those wonderful memories!

Wine Enthusiast, Available at Bloomingdales

 

Nobody likes to drink alone, and this “yours, mine, and ours” set from Kate Spade is such an adorable way to share a drink together!

Kate Spade

 

 

Kate Spade

 

If your couple loves to craft a fancy cocktail, this smoking box is sure to be a smash hit.  Forget adding liquid smoke, and give them the real deal!

Williams Sonoma

 

Marble cheese boards are everywhere these days, but these ones from Anthropologie are my favorite!  Unique colors and personalization makes this a fun and thoughtful gift to add to your list.

Anthropologie

 

I’ve never met a couple who couldn’t use more Le Creuset stoneware in their home.  Whether they’ve been together for decades, or just starting out, Le Creuset products always seem to be the most used in the kitchen.  There are so many different types and colors that any home could always use more!

Le Creuset

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to gift to a couple?  Have you and yours ever been given something that you really loved?  We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Party Host

The start of November marks the beginning of this wonderful holiday season for all hosts, hostesses, and party-goers!  Soon, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with family, friends, and (surely), lots of good food and drink.  

Dinner parties, happy hours, and holiday gatherings are right around the corner.  We want to make sure that as those invites start rolling in, you don’t have to worry about showing up empty-handed.  

A nice bottle of wine or a beautiful flower arrangement will always be a beautiful way to thank your host for their hospitality.  But, sometimes you may want to switch it up and bring something a bit more unique.  

Tip: Stock up on a few different host gifts to stash in your closet for any last-minute events that pop up, and save yourself the sweat!

 

I love this personalized recipe board as a thoughtful gift for a special friend or family member.  Maybe they have a favorite recipe that you could share, or perhaps you could have one made from an old family recipe passed down through the generations.  Just send the image of the recipe over to be personalized directly onto the board for that extra-special, handwritten touch!

Frontgate

 

For a more simple, modern take on this idea, mixed material cheese boards are a great option.  Marble, slate, wood- you name it, and it’s out there!

West Elm

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Obviously, we LOVE everything Kate Spade.  And, we love their products even more to give as gifts because of how cute and clever everything always is.  This apron would make a fun, playful gift for your host.  Plus, the inside flap has all your measurement equivalents written down as a bonus little cheat-sheet!  

Kate Spade

 

Does your host have a favorite cocktail or drink that they’re always ordering at happy hour?  This cocktail shaker is perfect for foolproof recipes without having to look them up each time!

Sur La Table

 

A decanter for their finer liquors is always a nice gift, and this one is both festive and practical with numbered glasses for your guests to tell theirs apart.

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe your host prefers a nice bottle of wine?  This Clef du Vin helps to “age” your bottle of wine by one year for each second that it is submerged in a glass.  Plus, it even comes with a travel size version!

Frontgate

 

I love a nice warm cup of tea after dinner, and I bet your host would love this single-serve teapot and mug that they can use to treat themselves to nice cup in style.

Anthropologie

 

Sometimes I feel like there can never be enough coasters floating around at parties.  Any host would love to add a few more around their home as the drinks start being poured!  I love the simplicity of marble, but a beautiful gold leaf adds a unique twist here.

Crate & Barrel

 

Candle holders and napkin rings are a tried and true staple of host gifts, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!  A funky, modern pair of candle holders are perfect for the contemporary host, while napkin ring cuffs adorned with a sweet saying may be best for the more traditional one.  

Urban Outfitters

 

 

The Bella Cottage

 

What are some of your favorite host or hostess gifts to give?  Have you ever received one that really stood out?  Let us know your favorite ideas in the comments!  

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Holiday Gift Guide: LUXE EDITION

We all have that one friend or family member that really enjoys the “finer things in life”, and they can be so hard to shop for!  What do you get the person who has everything?  Maybe you’re looking for a nice gift for your husband or wife, your children, or the newlyweds who could use something beautiful for their new home.  Here’s our gift guide for those more luxurious items you may be shopping for this holiday season.

 

You really can never go wrong with bartop accessories, especially ones as fun as these.  Jonathan Adler always knows how to add a little funk to every item!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

We love handcrafted Arte Italica products, and this pitcher is no exception.  It’s festive, yet understated, and would go with so many different styles of decor!

Arte Italica

Arte Italica

 

What a beautiful cake stand by Michael Aram.  This would make any dessert a real showstopper!

Michael Aram

Michael Aram

 

 

The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up to one of these comfy throws.  They’re all so gorgeous, we couldn’t pick just one!

Surya

Surya

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

We just couldn’t come up with a list of splurge-worthy gifts without having something on here from Christopher Guy.  These amazing candlesticks would be the absolute definition of luxury!

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow our blog, you probably already know what an incredible artist Connie Kolman is.  These trays are just so stunning, and would be the perfect (and such a unique) gift for anyone!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

When we look for fine linens, Matouk and Sferra are our first stops.  It really doesn’t get much better than these two- so splurge on some quality hand towels or tabletop linens, and your luxe-lover will be glad you did!

Matouk

Matouk

 

 

Sferra

Sferra

 

 

What’s your favorite splurge-worthy gift this year?  Is there something you found and just love?

 

Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

Whether they have pets of their own, or simply love animals in general, we’ve got something for every one on your list!  It can be hard to find creative gifts that won’t break the bank, so we’ve decided to do it for you.

In our family, we’ve got a German Shepherd named Rocco, a Pit mix named Millie, and two fluffy kitties, Jamie & Moe.  We think all of these holiday gifts would go great in their homes, and we hope you like them too!!

Rocco

Rocco

Millie

Millie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie

Jamie

Moe

Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who couldn’t use some fresh, new, kitchen towels?  And festive ones, at that!

West Elm

West Elm

 

These oven mitts are so cute that they deserve a place hung up on display, not just stuck in a drawer by the oven!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If the cat lover on your list has the wall space, this clock is just adorable.  Perfect for a bedroom!!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

We all have someone on our list who is a bird lover- and with this Kate Spade print, how could you go wrong?  We’ve even used this Kate Spade print as a wallcovering!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

Admittedly, these woodland creatures are my favorites items on the list.  I saw these little cuties in the store and knew they had to come home with me.  How can you resist those faces!?

World Market

World Market

World Market

World Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive, and perfect for the holiday table.  Your friends and family will go crazy over this partridge in a pear tree salt & pepper set!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Any farm lovers on your list?  Target has the cutest little pig mat for their kitchen!

Target

Target

 

 

For all of those animal-loving yogies, this mat and S’well bottle are the perfect combo.  I have a S’well bottle for myself that keeps my water ice cold all throughout the hottest yoga classes, and my coffee hot all day at work!

S'well

S’well

KESS InHouse

KESS InHouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dog fanatics out there, you simply can’t resist this bedding.  And maybe with a little bedside Bulldog lamp?  Now THIS is a bed Rocco would love!

The Company Store

The Company Store

 

 

Target

Target

 

 

 

What’s your favorite animal on our list this year?

Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE HOST

Every year, we put together lists of our favorite gift items for the season- and this year, we are SO excited with what we’ve found!

One of the first people you may find on your list are hostess gifts for those holiday parties that will surely begin before you know it.  We even like to keep a few in our closet, just in case you find yourself at a party last minute.  One thing you definitely don’t want to do is show up empty handed, and what host wouldn’t LOVE any of these gifts?!

 

These disco ball drink cups might just be my favorite item on the list.  What a fun, festive way to treat your guests- with their favorite holiday cocktail hidden inside!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Marble is classic, neutral, and sure to coordinate with any decor your host has.  Add a unique touch with an initial!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

You’ve probably caught on by now how much we love Anthropologie’s funky finds, and this serving set is no exception.  We love how unique the handles are!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Kouboo has come out with tons of beautiful new items, and these hand-woven rattan place mats are so gorgeous, we couldn’t decide which color we liked best!  Which one is your favorite?

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite gifts to ever receive was a box full of my friends’ and family’s favorite recipes.  Whether you fill it with your own recipes, or leave the cards open for your host to fill, this is sure to be a huge hit for the host who loves to cook, or a great gift for a new couple!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RawSpiceBar was generous enough to send us a pack of spices to test out, and when they arrived we were delighted to see that they were Oktoberfest themed- how fun (not to mention, absolutely delicious)!  This is such a fun, special way to gift your host with monthly spices and new recipes for them to try.  Pair your RawSpiceBar subscription with cute little spice jars like the ones below- it’s the gift that will keep on giving!

RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

We’ve all been to parties where maybe we don’t know the host all that well, but would still like to bring something nice, other than your typical bottle of wine or flowers.  This sweet little porcelain tray from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift, without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

When all else fails, you can NEVER go wrong with festive cocktail napkins!  These ones can even be reused after the holidays…score!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

What was your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)?  We’d love to hear some more unique ideas!

Holiday Gifts For The Pet Lover

When I go visit my daughter in California, I can barely get my bags in the door before Rocco starts snooping around for the presents Grandma always brings!  We love our furry family members so much, that there is sure to be someone in your life who loves theirs too… and what a perfect opportunity for a gift idea.  We’ve compiled a few Rocco-approved ideas for the pet lovers on your list, so you know your gift will be a hit!

 

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Recently, Rocco got a brand new bed from Orvis that he just LOVES!  A nice bed can make all the difference for a well-rested pup, and we love these sofa beds for your pet lover’s dog to lounge in style.

Snoozer

Snoozer

 

Take a picture of your friend or family’s favorite pet, and have an artist send back their portrayal of him in a painting!  This one is sure to be a huge hit!!

Etsy

Etsy

 

 

Giving the gift of a BarkBox subscription will give your pet lover a month (or more!) off from having to buy toys and treats to keep their dog happy.  The best part is that they can be customized to dog size and toy preferences!

BarkBox

BarkBox

 

 

Most pets aren’t all that neat when they eat and drink, so save your friend the trouble of constant cleaning and opt for a stylish feeding mat!

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Here’s one of our favorites this year- Rocco got a generous gift from Kinn, Inc. to try out their Kangaroo leash and we just loved it!  With a cozy soft handle, the Kangaroo collar and leash set will be the perfect give for both your friend AND their pup.  Not to mention it has a bag pouch attached- so handy!

Kinn, Inc.

Kinn, Inc.

Kinn, Inc.

Kinn, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to gift a cute and personalized way to hang up that leash at the end of the day, we love this one from Etsy!

RuffRuffCreations- Etsy

RuffRuffCreations- Etsy

 

 

When Rocco was crate training, one of the biggest challenges was finding a good place for his crate, as it just looked so out of place in any room.  To add a little flare (and privacy) for that pup, try a stylish crate cover like this one.

Crate Covers & More

Crate Covers & More

 

 

You can never go wrong gifting a framed photo of your friend’s dog, but a frame like this from Mariposa is just SO cute and classy, don’t you think?

Mariposa

 

What’s your favorite pet lover gift to give OR receive?

 

Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Hostess

For those of us lucky enough to be going to their family/friends’ home for Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have a little something to bring for your hostess that’s not your usual bottle of wine (although that’s always welcome!).  Think small and easy.  Fresh flowers are beautiful, but unless they are in a container ready for display, they require the hostess to stop and find a vase, cut the stems, and arrange… just one more thing to do on a busy day.  Here are some small, easy-to-wrap gifts.  Or perhaps you can incorporate the napkins, wine dish, or knives into a dish you’re bringing!

Whatever you bring for your hostess, remember that it’s the thought that counts!  So bring a smile and a helpful hand (maybe with a little something special in it)!

 

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

 

 

Rehabulous via Etsy

Rehabulous via Etsy

 

 

Uncommon Goods

UncommonGoods

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

Big Dipper Wax Works

Big Dipper Wax Works

 

 

What gift would be your favorite hostess gift to receive?

Holiday Gift Guide, Day 4: For the Beach Bum

I love coastal-inspired design.  Even in the middle of a New England winter, seeing something that reminds me of the ocean brings home a little summer.  Here are some ideas for your beach-loving family and friends.

 

Yes, we’ve all seen the beachy wreath.  I love this one because of the uniqueness of the driftwood, so no two are alike.   For a little more one-of-a-kind design, try these fun, brightly colored, picket fence fishes.

Driftwood Wreath, Cottage & Bungalow

Driftwood Wreath, Cottage & Bungalow

Picket Fence Coastal SKS Fish, Cottage Coastal

Picket Fence Coastal SKS Fish, Cottage Coastal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Jonathan Adler always has something to add a pop of color -and I especially love his take on the coastal design pillow!

Côte d'Azur Anchor Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler

Côte d’Azur Anchor Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler

 

Just a simple striped tablecloth can go from nautical to traditional with just a few accents.  This would make a great hostess gift!

Candy Cane Tablecloth Overlay, Wisteria

Candy Cane Tablecloth Overlay, Wisteria

 

Tried and true, this wooden bowl from Kouboo is perfect for any decor, but the mosaic acacia wood gives it a bit of a coastal feel.  And the whale water pitcher is a new take on the old gurgling fish!

Mosaic Acacia Wood Bowl, Kouboo

Mosaic Acacia Wood Bowl, Kouboo

To Fetch a Whale of Water Pitcher, Modcloth

To Fetch a Whale of Water Pitcher, Modcloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probably one of my favorite finds are these plates.  Buy 1, buy a few – I guarantee they’ll be a hit!

Handmade Ceramic Large Plate with Lace Design, Cottage Coastal

Handmade Ceramic Large Plate with Lace Design, Cottage Coastal

 

More pops of color from Jonathan Adler – your beach bum will love the versatility!

Small Raffia Tray, Jonathan Adler

Small Raffia Tray, Jonathan Adler

 

From fun to elegant, this tray is a treasure.

Beachfront Tray, Cottage & Bungalow

Beachfront Tray, Cottage & Bungalow

 

And the Nautical Rope lanterns are a fun and different twist on a plain old candle holder!

Nautical Rope Lantern, Wisteria

Nautical Rope Lantern, Wisteria

 

Vintage treasures are always appreciated!  A trivet, or a wall hanging??  Let your beach bum decide!

Vintage Brass Anchor Trivet, Etsy

Vintage Brass Anchor Trivet, Etsy

 

And for something really special, these are just beautiful.  Look at that bowl!!  Fill it with something fun, tie a ribbon on it and you’re good to go!  Same goes for these stacking boxes!

Coral Bowl, Kouboo

Coral Bowl, Kouboo

Annalyn Stacking Boxes, Lulu & Georgia

Annalyn Stacking Boxes, Lulu & Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the ultimate gift for your very special beach bum, this Shell jewelry box from Currey & Co!

Boardwalk Shell Jewelry Box, Currey & Co

Boardwalk Shell Jewelry Box, Currey & Co

 

Check in tomorrow for Day 5 of our Holiday Gift Guide: For the Pet Lover!

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