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

 

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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 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!

Holiday Teacher Gifts From Your Kids

Teachers are one of our nation’s treasures.  We hand our children to them to educate, and they give us back more than we could ever ask for.  How can you thank them?  Holidays are a great way to acknowledge their tireless efforts.  Here are some inexpensive yet thoughtful gifts that will let your favorite teacher know that he/she is appreciated!

 

When my children were in school, I would have them write a note of thanks to their teachers.  It seemed like such a small gesture, but it was so genuinely appreciated.  How about taking that note and enclosing it with some personalized stationary or notepad?

Personalized Notecard Set- CurioPress via Etsy

Personalized Notecard Set- CurioPress via Etsy

 

 

A bookmark is always a thoughtful teacher gift, and this personalized one is all the more special!

Personalized Bookmark- Kraze4paper via Etsy

Personalized Bookmark- Kraze4paper via Etsy

 

 

I always love to give a gift that continues to give.  And what teacher wouldn’t be honored to receive a gift whose proceeds go to a charity for children like this coin purse with donations to St. Jude’s Hospital.

St. Jude Metallic Hearts Leather Zipper Case- West Elm

St. Jude Metallic Hearts Leather Zipper Case- West Elm

 

 

Is your child artistic?  Perhaps they can enclose a drawing in this personalized folder to make their gift even more meaningful!

Personalized Pocker Folder- BolandDesignPaperCo via Etsy

Personalized Pocker Folder- BolandDesignPaperCo via Etsy

 

 

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie?  Who doesn’t love fresh baked goodies!?  Present them on this giving plate, and your favorite teacher can continue to spread the “goodies” of the holidays.

The Giving Plate- Crate & Barrel

The Giving Plate- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Even in our digital world, teachers have wads of papers that they must keep sorted.  This is a great and attractive file box they can put on their desk.  It even has matching pen holders, and other desk organizers in the collection!

White Nest Desktop File- The Container Store

White Nest Desktop File- The Container Store

 

 

Maybe just a little something for their desk?  How nice to have cute desktop treasures such as this pencil holder and tape dispenser to keep their necessities.

Ideas in Bloom Desk Organizer- ModCloth

Ideas in Bloom Desk Organizer- ModCloth

Let's Just Wing It Tape Dispenser- ModCloth

Let’s Just Wing It Tape Dispenser- ModCloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever you choose to give, remember it’s the opportunity to say thank you and show your appreciation that is really what your child’s teacher wants.  So keep it simple, it truly is the thought that counts!

Holiday Gifts For the Host (Without Breaking the Bank!)

Last year our “Holiday Gifts for the Host” was such a big hit we decided to update it for 2015.  I asked some of my favorite party goers what are some of the favorite gifts they have received, as well as some of my own… so, here’s what we came up with!

 

This is one of Jillian’s picks- she loves mercury glass, and just loves the sparkle of these baubles.  They’re perfect for a bottle of wine or her husband, Christian’s favorite scotch!

World Market

Mercury Glass Bottle Stoppers- World Market

 

 

Last year, Justin and Lydia gave me this set as a gift and I just love it.  The acacia wood is beautiful and I love the hammered cheese servers!

Acacia Wedge Server- Crate & Barrel

Acacia Wedge Server- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Is your hostess a great cook?  Does he/she always seem to have goodies that she sends to her friends and family?  A personalized embosser will make their delectable gifts look like they came from a pro!

Personal Embosser- Williams Sonoma

Personal Embosser- Williams Sonoma

 

 

I recently went to a cooking class with Claudine Pepin (daughter of the legendary Jacques Pepin) and she gave me a great tip – I love to have fresh herbs on hand, but they never seem to last in the refrigerator.  She suggested getting some pretty small vases, add water and your herbs, and they will stay fresh for weeks.  And of course, the added benefit is always having something fresh and pretty on the table.  These vases would be perfect for an assortment of different herbs!!

Jayson Home

Ceramic 12-Bud Vase- Jayson Home

 

 

No matter how many wine glasses I have, I can always use more.  These are so festive, and the stemless may mean they won’t fall over and break as quickly!

Flurry Etched Snowflake Stemless Wine Glass- Crate & Barrel

Flurry Etched Snowflake Stemless Wine Glass- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Okay, so this guy is just adorable, and you can never go wrong with a cute ornament!

Corrugate Polar Bear Ornament- Pottery Barn

Corrugate Polar Bear Ornament- Pottery Barn

 

 

I have a little teapot collection and one of my favorites is a cast iron one that Jillian gave me years ago!

Blue Geometric Cast Iron Teapot- World Market

Blue Geometric Cast Iron Teapot- World Market

 

 

Have you gotten a host gift that really stood out?  What will you be bringing this year for your holiday party host?