Not-Your-Average Holiday Wreaths

As we enter the holiday season, it’s time to start pulling those festive decorations out of storage, and maybe think about adding a few fresh ones into the mix.  Holiday wreaths are a classic way to bring the holidays into your home, and there are so many fun options out there to experiment with.  There are plenty of gorgeous botanical style wreaths that we see every day- both fresh and dried.

But, if you look a little more outside the box, you’ll find wreaths created from many unique and interesting materials like metal, felt, wool, and tinsel- just to name a few.  Because these wreaths require no maintenance and are not made of fresh botanicals, they can also make for wonderful gifts (think: easy to pack or ship).  

We’ve rounded up a few of our current favorites, and hope they inspire a little creativity in your holiday decorating this year!


A colorful, metal wreath looks anything but cold on this front door!



Light up little extra holiday “joy”… 



If you prefer a more simplistic style, an all-white metal design screams “Winter Wonderland”.

The White Company


Live by the beach, or just love a little boho in your life?  Try a simple, woven wreath, or a bright and beachy accent with starfish or wood.




Etsy (Shop: Mabel and Dot)



Pottery Barn


A felt wreath can be classic and beautiful- and oh so practical!

Pottery Barn Kids



And who says holiday decorations have to be in traditional colors?  

Annie Selke



Etsy (Shop: Elf House Finds)



Etsy (Shop: Fat Pom Poms)


We are loving the pom pom wreath trend- but if you’re not ready to fully commit, try adding a few pom poms to jazz up a more traditional wreath.

Etsy (Shop: Haven Wood Farm Co)


Alternatively, you could try a neutral monotone or subdued, earthy hues.

Etsy (Shop: Thread and Canvas Decor)



Etsy (Shop: Blue Pine Design Co)



What holiday wreath trends are you loving?  Have you found one you like best, or will you be trying a DIY project?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!


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! 



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 Foodie

If you’re stuck on what to give for someone on your list, they’re sure to love food…right?  We thought so.  For our favorite foodie-friendly picks this holiday season, look no further!


For those who are always cooking up something delicious, they probably go through kitchen towels pretty quickly.  And what foodie doesn’t love some good culinary wordplay?



We LOVE these limited edition spatulas from Williams Sonoma.  Not just because they are unique and personalized by your favorite celebrities, but because every purchase benefits Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry”.  Gifts that give back are always the best, don’t you think? 

Williams Sonoma


A pretty set of cheese knives is perfect for the foodie who loves to entertain.  These ones from Anthropologie are so fun, that we think they may even get more compliments than the food!



When you love to cook and taste new things, you can really never have enough spices.  We partnered with RawSpiceBar again this year to test out a few of their new flavors, and they are more delicious than ever!  We even used their poultry seasoning on our Thanksgiving turkey, and it was fantastic!  RawSpiceBar makes the perfect gift because you can use them to create your own tasty meals, or follow their recipes online for some more inspiration.



If you prefer to make your own homemade spices, try gifting them in a beautiful olive wood box for a thoughtful (and yummy) surprise.

Williams Sonoma


In an Italian house like ours, we can never seem to have enough basil.  If your climate doesn’t allow for an herb garden year-round, don’t skip on the fresh herbs just because it’s winter!  Now you can have your own herbs grown right inside your house, and it couldn’t be any easier. 

Available at Amazon


I always love seeing the fun designs that Draper James comes up with in their home and clothing lines, and these Southern-inspired mugs would sweeten up anyone’s early morning.

Draper James


Is it just me, or can you never have enough stoneware during the holidays?  Between hosting dinners and bringing dishes as a guest, my collection of Le Creuset stoneware gets worked overtime.  I love this festive plaid pattern because it can go right from your oven to the table in perfect style.

Le Creuset, Available at Williams Sonoma


For the foodie who loves to be up on the latest trends, check out Chrissy Teigen’s brand new line of home goods at Target.  Bonus: you can’t beat that price point!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Available at Target


One of our favorite cookbooks this year has tons of healthy, unique, and insanely delicious recipes that your foodie will adore.  Our favorite so far is the Coconut Banana Ice Cream with Three-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce- yum!!

“Eat Better Not Less”, Available at Amazon


Any other foodie favorites to add to our list?  Let us know in the comments!  Happy holidays, everyone!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Health Enthusiast

Nowadays it seems like there are so many different fitness plans, diets, and easy ways to get fresh, beautiful ingredients to help fuel our bodies.  Chances are, there’s a health enthusiast on your list this season (or maybe it’s you!), and we’ve got some gift ideas to help keep them fit through the holidays.


First, our all-time, favorite, go-to cookbooks.  These recipes are made for athletes, with wholesome, nutritious ingredients to fuel your lifestyle.  Plus, we’ll take ALL the health tips we can get from Olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan!

“Run Fast Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon

“Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow”,  Available at Amazon















With all that new recipe inspiration, they’ll need lots of storage to make meals throughout the week.  Might as well make it pretty!




This past year, our family has become so in love with drying fresh fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great way to make your produce last  so much longer, and is perfect for healthy snacking on-the-go!

Available at Kohl’s



I have yet to meet a health enthusiast who doesn’t want to put avocado on just about everything.  They’re creamy, nutritious, delicious, and apparently make for an adorable throw pillow.

Urban Outfitters



A necessary part of any healthy routine is taking the time to relax and recover.  A stylish floor pillow is the perfect place to meditate, stretch, and recuperate.

World Market



Having a vegetable garden is wonderful if you have the space.  Realistically, many of us living in the city don’t.  I love that this heirloom seed kit is such an easy, compact way to be able to grow your own ingredients- vegetable garden, or not!

Williams Sonoma



I really believe that plants are some of the best ways to decorate a home.  This book can help show you which ones you’ll want for your own healthy home!

Available at Amazon



Every week, our local farmer’s market is always the best place to go to find fresh, seasonal items.  This bag from The Little Market will help them bring some those healthy ingredients in style, and give back to the artisans in Bangladesh who created it.

The Little Market



Of course they’ll need somewhere to put all those fresh fruits and veggies when they get home.  A two-tiered bowl for their table will hold it all!

Lulu and Georgia



What other health-inspired gifts will be you gifting this year?  We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Happy holidays!


Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

‘Tis the season for lots of holiday get-togethers!  If you’re planning on celebrating at someone’s house, it’s always a sweet idea to bring a little something for your gracious host or hostess.  A nice bottle of wine or a homemade dish are always appreciated, but we’ve found a few other unique ideas that we think they’d love.  

P.S.  Stock up on a few so that you have something to bring to any last-minute party!


You can never have too many festive linens, right?  We would toast to these towels any day!



Kate Spade New York



The Little Market is a wonderful company to browse through for gifts that give back.  This box of hand-painted Moroccan cups is not only a perfect hostess gift, but every purchase even helps empower artisans in Chabi Chic, Morocco.

The Little Market



Going to a holiday cookie party?  Why not bring your treats in a jar that shows your host how grateful you are to be there!




In our family, every Christmas Eve has a delicious antipasto spread.  We’d love to bring one on a monogrammed board for our wonderful host!




Sometimes going with the tried and true simple candle or set of soaps is just the ticket.  Try mixing it up with one that looks just as beautiful as it smells!



World Market



Whatever you decide to bring to your holiday party, remember that your hostess is just happy to have you!  Enjoy your celebrations, and please feel free to share your favorite ideas in the comments.  Happy holidays!


P.S. For more ideas, check out one of our previous hostess gift guides


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!




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!



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




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!




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: 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





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!









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




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.



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!



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!



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.



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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