Holiday Gift Guide: For Women (By Women)

Stumped on what to get the ladies on your gift list this year?  What about shopping for her AND supporting women-owned businesses at the same time?  There are so many amazing women-owned businesses out there, and we think this is the perfect guide to peek through when shopping for the ladies on your holiday gift list.

 

We discovered Langdon Ltd. one year at the Las Vegas Market, and totally fell in love with their textile products.  They sell gorgeous rugs, pillows, and accessories that are just as beautiful in quality as they are in style.  We adore these totes and clutches, and think they’d make for such a unique gift!

Langdon Ltd.

 

 

Langdon Ltd.

 

Between beach bags, farmer’s market bags, overnight bags…  I can never seem to have enough totes around for everything.  This pom-pom tote is perfect for a fun holiday surprise!

Pepper B. Design

 

Local & Lejos has some beautiful products to browse through, like this colorful, handcrafted bariku bowl.  Take a look through their gallery and learn where each item was made and a little bit about those artisans!

Local & Lejos

 

We love to support small businesses whenever we can, and Etsy is such a great place to find them.  One Fine Nest has tons of different items to choose from, and all kinds of throw pillows to fit any style or color palette.  

One Fine Nest, Available on Etsy

 

In an effort to be more “green”, our family has switched over to using exclusively cloth napkins instead of paper products.  And with prints and colors this sweet, it’s a no-brainer!

Hartford Prints

 

You can never go wrong with gifting flowers (for any occasion really).  So, how about a lovely vase to go with those beautiful blooms?

Caitlin Wilson

 

Serene Spaces Living

 

And when all else fails, who wouldn’t love a stunning new serving tray?  Caskata has plenty of unique gifts to choose from! 

Caskata

 

What women-owned businesses will you be supporting this holiday season?  We’d always love to hear about your favorites in the comments!

 

P.S.  For more ideas, check out Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gal Pal

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: Wanderlust Edition

We all know someone who we think of as a free spirit, a traveler, and an adventure-seeker.  What do you gift to someone who has that special kind of wanderlust?  We’ve come up with a few ideas that they’re sure to love!

A piece for their wall that any curious mind would adore!

Kate Spade

 

This Mexican-style blanket is a fun pop of color to throw over the couch, or even for a picnic on the beach.

Lulu and Georgia

 

What’s their favorite city to visit?  Maybe a tote filled with some of their favorite travel goodies, or a trinket dish for their nightstand.

West Elm

 

 

Anthropologie

 

Who wouldn’t want to remember warmer climates on a cold, December day?  These cute sets would be a welcome sight from the bitter cold of winter!

Wisteria

 

 

Wisteria

 

 

Kouboo

 

Worldly spices that are seasonal and recipe-ready?  Sign us up!  RawSpiceBar sent us their quarterly spice package and we could not be more in love with these flavors.  Pair your spices with some adorable jars, and you have such a fun and unique gift!

Photo via Instagram @suhayinteriors, Spices courtesy of RawSpiceBar

 

RawSpiceBar

 

World Market

 

Arte Italica has some of the most gorgeous Italian designs- perfect to satisfy that wanderlust.  These plates add a casual, vintage, European touch that would be perfect on any traveler’s dining table.

Arte Italica

 

 

Which wanderlust-inspired gifts would you look most forward to receiving?  We’d love to know your thoughts 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!

 

P.S. Make sure to subscribe to our blog and Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about the rest of our Holiday Gift Guides this season!  

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!  

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Make sure to subscribe to our blog and Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about the rest of our Holiday Gift Guides this season!  

Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE BOHO BABE

With Jillian out in California, we see so much of this laid-back, boho design.  Come to think of it, I could easily see most of these items finding their way into her house!

 

It doesn’t get much more laid-back than a tropical tapestry like this one.  I love the way they’ve styled it here with these calm, neutral tones.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

A pouf this cozy is worthy of any boho room (especially one as cute as this one)!

Surya

Surya

 

Do they have a great little outdoor sitting area like this one?  An outdoor rug is the perfect gift!

Surya

Surya

 

Jillian LOVES the hand-woven products from Langdon Ltd., and she put together her four favorite throw pillows for all those boho babes out there who like to mix and match!

Langdon Ltd

Langdon Ltd

 

Who couldn’t use a little extra storage around?  One as gorgeous as this one from Kouboo is perfect for those extra pillows and throws.

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

Can you believe this is actually a coaster?  So beautiful, it doubles as decor!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Terrariums are so fun, and such a great way to decorate with a little extra life.  Succulents and stones are such great gifts for those plant-lovers!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Serving platters are always a go-to for holiday gifts.  These two are perfect for your boho babe!

Juliska, Bloomingdales

Juliska, Available at Bloomingdales

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

Who doesn’t just love a good cup of coffee?  What a neat way to get that perfectly dripped coffee!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Which funky find do you like best?

Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE FITNESS FANS

Calling all fitness fans!  Surely you’ve got at least one friend or family member to shop for who you can always find at the gym or out on a bike ride… in our family, we’ve got a few!  Whatever sport they may prefer, we’re sure you can find something great for them this year on our gift guide.

 

We first saw these Surya bicycle pillows at the Las Vegas Market and thought they were just too cute.  Pick a color, any color!

Surya

Surya

 

Company C is known for their vibrant colors, and these pillows are just so fun!

Company C

Company C

 

For the calm vibe of a yogi’s home, we love this simple throw pillow from Bloomingdales.

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

Alexandra Ferguson via Bloomingdales

 

Got a biker at home?  Everett LOVES to ride, and I think he would love these two as gifts.  A wine bottle rack made of old bicycle chains, and a recycled wheel for hanging photos?  Too cute!

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

Whatever sport they’re into, healthy meals are at the top of the list for any fitness fanatic.  Make it even easier for them to take a fresh salad and soup to work with this double-sided Thermos.  Keep one side cold, and the other hot!

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

Are they early risers like our family?  Everett loves to get his workouts done in the morning, while Jillian prefers to do hers in the afternoon.  Either way, perfect for that morning cup of joe or an evening cup of tea to keep those fit friends moving!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any winter sport lovers on your list?  Maybe some cozy ski sheets or a fun wooden snowboard coat hanger- they would be just perfect for a cozy cabin!

Eddie Bauer available at Target

Eddie Bauer available at Target

 

 

Black Forest Decor

Black Forest Decor

 

 

Who’s the fitness fanatic on your list?  Which gift do you think they’d like best this year?

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Green Thumb

Even though it’s been the warmest December on record, there’s not much growing in my garden…  Although the crocuses are a little confused and starting to pop through the ground.  Whether you live in New England or sunny California, we’ve gathered some great finds for the gardener on your gift list.

 

These planters are just cuteness overload.  I love them individually, but they really make a statement as a group.  Put a small plant in it and bring a little sunshine to your lucky recipient.

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

Wild Wanderer Planter- Anthropologie

 

 

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

Ceramic Animal Planters- West Elm

 

Our mild December has just been a gift after last year’s cold, snowy winter, but we know that those cold winds will be here soon enough.  Wouldn’t the birds in your yard love these little houses to keep them warm?  And who knows, maybe you’ll even have a family residing in there come Spring!

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

Air Balloon Birdhouse- Anthropologie

 

Do you have an herb gardener on your list?  Tie some fresh herbs around these and your gift will be that much more “green”!

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

Herb Garden Spoon Markers- CabinWoods on Etsy

 

Now here’s a blast from the past-  I grew up in the days of macrame everything!  Bring a little nostalgia to your gardener.  Perfect for those who have a patio.

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

Macrame Plant Hanger- Serenity Macrame on Etsy

 

I never seem to have enough vases, and I love ones in all sizes and shapes.  These whimsical designs by Kate Spade are a great twist on your ordinary clear vases.

Kate Spade Vase

Kate Spade Vase

 

I saw these mini vases on Etsy this summer and loved them so much we used them as favors for my daughter, Jillian’s bridal shower!

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

Small Vintage Bottles- Luna Bazaar

 

2015-07-18 10.33.41

 

Apartment dwellers?  Perfect!  These can hang anywhere and bring some green with them.

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

Hanging Bag Planters- West Elm

 

 

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

Handcrafted Botanical Wall Art- Artisan Moss

 

 

What is your favorite garden addition?  Would you gift any of these to the gardener on your list?

Holiday Gifts We Would Splurge For!

We usually stick to useful, fun, and affordable gifts in our gift giving series, but sometimes you may just want a little something “unnecessary” or “indulgent” for your special someone.  Just because they may be a little pricier than our usual blog items doesn’t mean they’re less deserving of a spot on our list.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Kolman Artisan Glass is one of my FAV artists.  Connie creates the most beautiful pieces of glass in just about every color you could think of.  Her work is usually custom projects, but this year she has created these beautiful trays with her signature art glass bases.  Totally functional, it is a piece of usable art for your lucky recipient!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

I was in the Kravet Boston Showroom with a client and walked past the fabric used on this throw.  My client stopped in his tracks and couldn’t believe how soft and cozy it was.  Yes, there are faux fur throws everywhere this season, but trust me, this is the softest you’ll find!

Adrienne Faux Fur Throw-Kravet

Adrienne Faux Fur Throw-Kravet

 

Here’s the perfect blend of a set of glasses that are different, yet classic.  The weight and feel of these glasses makes anything you’re drinking taste even better!

Mixed Vintage Shot Glasses- Williams Sonoma

Mixed Vintage Shot Glasses- Williams Sonoma

 

Jonathan Adler always has some of my favorite unique takes on “ho-hum” items.  Perk up your bartender’s day with one of these sets for a stylish home bar.

Malachite Decanter- Jonathan Adler

Malachite Decanter- Jonathan Adler

 

I saw this bench in the Currey and Co. showroom in Atlanta and was taken aback by it’s uniqueness.  Pictures don’t do it justice, as it is a piece of art for your yard.  Maybe a splurge for that gardener on your list?

 

Beacon Faux Bois Bench- Currey and Company

Beacon Faux Bois Bench- Currey and Company

 

Who doesn’t need a cozy spa robe? Personalize it and you’ve created a very special gift.  And Matouk is (always) as cozy as it gets!

Matouk robes

Matouk robes

 

A simple set of crisp, white, embroidered sheets is a great gift idea for that new homeowner.  They have enough housewares, so treat them to a good night’s sleep!

Embroidered Sheet Set- Serena & Lily

Embroidered Sheet Set- Serena & Lily

 

What gifts would you splurge for?

Holiday Gifts for the Beach Lover

This is probably my favorite gift guide of the series!  We just love the beach, and I’m always looking for new additions to our house on Cape Cod, so here are some of my favorite picks for a coastal home!  The beach lover on your list is sure to adore any of these gifts.

 

 

We always love anything from Kouboo, and this tray is the perfect touch for breakfast in bed, or to put out on display!  It comes in this gorgeous whitewash, or a honey brown, depending on your style and decor.

La Jolla Round Serving Tray- Kouboo

La Jolla Round Serving Tray- Kouboo

 

 

Butter dishes can be so boring, but this whale is just the cutest!  Not only is it functional and practical, but it adds some fun pizazz to your dinner table.

Ceramic Whale Butter Dish- Jonathan Adler

Ceramic Whale Butter Dish- Jonathan Adler

 

 

What’s a coastal home without a mermaid??

Utopia Mermaid- Jonathan Adler

Utopia Mermaid- Jonathan Adler

 

 

I love pillows, and I especially love to mix them up.  It’s an inexpensive way to shake things up.

Coral Outdoor Pillow Cover- Serena & Lily

Coral Outdoor Pillow Cover- Serena & Lily

 

Cabana Poms Lumbar Pillow- Pier 1 Imports

Cabana Poms Lumbar Pillow- Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Yes, candles are everywhere, but that’s because we all love them!  This is a great take on a candelabra.

Anchor Candleholder- Wisteria

Anchor Candleholder- Wisteria

 

 

Where there’s a beach, there’s sand.  Trust me, your host will be so appreciative that you helped them keep it outdoors.

Dirt at Bay Doormat- Wisteria

Dirt at Bay Doormat- Wisteria

 

 

At our Chatham house, we spend a lot of time eating outdoors, and our casual dining involves setting out food “buffet” style on my kitchen island.  It’s always nice to have extra serving pieces on hand.

Bamboo Cheese Board Serving Set- Pier 1 Imports

Bamboo Cheese Board Serving Set- Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Artesia Rattan Charger Plate- Crate & Barrel

Artesia Rattan Charger Plate- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Shells never get old.  I love groupings like these, and the mirrors are just perfect together.

Oyster Shell Wall Mirror-Curry & Company

Oyster Shell Wall Mirror-Currey & Company

 

 

Whether your gift recipient lives on Cape Cod, or just wants there home to feel like they’re by the water, they’re sure to love any of our featured gifts!