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?

Anthropologie

 

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!

Anthropologie

 

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.

RawSpiceBar

 

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!

ModCloth

 

 

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!

Anthropologie

 

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!

Wisteria

 

 

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!

Anthropologie

 

 

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!

Anthropologie

 

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!

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: 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 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?

 

Susan Hayward Interiors