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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5 Favorite Fall Finds (Under $25!)

This past weekend, I went apple picking with my family, and I officially feel like Fall has arrived (despite the Summer weather)!  While you might not have caramel apples, cider doughnuts, and pumpkins in your home every day, there are lots of ways to capture all the Fall feels in your decor- even on a budget!  

While seasonal decor can be so fun and festive, no one wants to spend an arm and a leg on items you may only enjoy for a few short months.  We’ve harvested a list of our favorite picks for Fall, all for under $25!  Time to get shopping!

Not only is flannel the quintessential pattern of colder weather, this pillow from Pottery Barn is even reversible!  That means the same throw pillows will carry you fashionably right from Fall to Winter.  Mix and match, or reverse the cover whenever you’re ready for a change!

  1. Albright Reversible Plaid Pillow Cover (Pottery Barn, $20)

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re hosting a holiday or looking for a festive fruit bowl centerpiece, this gorgeous bowl from Anthropologie is the perfect choice.  And for the price, how can you beat it?!

2.  Metallic Lace Bowl (Anthropologie, $14.00)

Anthropologie

 

 

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  Or, maybe looking for the perfect hostess gift?  Napkin rings, salad plates, or wine glasses adorned for the holiday are the perfect gilded touch!  (Plus, you won’t be breaking the bank!)

3.  Thankful Tabletop Decor (Crate & Barrel, Napkin Ring $4.95, Salad Plate $5.95, Wine Glass $6.95)

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

I love any excuse for Kate Spade… and this pie dish is perfect for any holiday!

4.  Sweet Nothings Pie Dish (Kate Spade, $20)

Kate Spade

 

With all of that holiday cooking, this kitchen rug will have you working in style.

5.  Plaid Woven Kitchen Rug (Target, $14.99)

 

Target

 

 

What’s your favorite Fall pick?  P.S.  For more Fall decorating tips, make sure to check out Fall Decorating: 101 

Fall Decorating: 101

That’s right, pumpkin spice season is finally upon us!  Soon we’ll be surrounded by crisp, falling leaves, warm apple pie, and sweet cider doughnuts.  

As you pull out your sweaters and dust off your favorite Fall boots, consider adding a little “pumpkin spice” to your home decor, too!  Warm colors and soft, cozy textures will add the perfect seasonal touch to your space.  

Here are a few of our favorites to help get your creative juices flowing!  (For even more inspiration, make sure to check out Autumn Textures , A Fall Festival for Your Front Door! , and Sweater Weather That Isn’t Just for Your Wardrobe)

 

Lauren Conrad is one of our favorites for DIY seasonal trends, and we think this Fall wreath is just so sweet.  The colors are perfect for carrying right through the Winter holidays, too!

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Nothing says “Fall” quite like plaid.  This table setting complete with copper chargers is a great base for your seasonal tablescape.

Pottery Barn

 

 

With the perfect base for your table settings, you can add festive accessories for your Thanksgiving table.  Special plates or table runners are the perfect addition!

Grandin Road

 

 

Etsy- porterlanehome

 

 

Sprinkle some Fall leaves throughout your living room with gilded coasters and candle holders like these…

Chilewich

 

 

Crate & Barrel

 

 

If you’re a real sweater-weather enthusiast, you might even want to consider a beautiful rug like these ones from Company C- the colors and designs give us all the Fall feels!

Company C

 

 

Company C

 

 

Or, if you still want that feel without the big commitment of a new area rug, try a few throw pillows and blankets in cozy, warm colors (Think: orange, red, yellow, brown…).

West Elm

 

 

Serena & Lily

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

What are your favorite Fall home trends?  Do you have any seasonal traditions that you’d like to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

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!