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: 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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Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Hostess

For those of us lucky enough to be going to their family/friends’ home for Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have a little something to bring for your hostess that’s not your usual bottle of wine (although that’s always welcome!).  Think small and easy.  Fresh flowers are beautiful, but unless they are in a container ready for display, they require the hostess to stop and find a vase, cut the stems, and arrange… just one more thing to do on a busy day.  Here are some small, easy-to-wrap gifts.  Or perhaps you can incorporate the napkins, wine dish, or knives into a dish you’re bringing!

Whatever you bring for your hostess, remember that it’s the thought that counts!  So bring a smile and a helpful hand (maybe with a little something special in it)!

 

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

 

 

Rehabulous via Etsy

Rehabulous via Etsy

 

 

Uncommon Goods

UncommonGoods

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

Big Dipper Wax Works

Big Dipper Wax Works

 

 

What gift would be your favorite hostess gift to receive?

9 Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Use All Month

A beautiful table doesn’t have to last just one day!  These Thanksgiving-inspired tablescapes can take you through the whole month with the bounties of the season.

I especially love using earthy elements. This gives your table a rustic, natural feel that can be used every day for more casual settings.  To dress it up, add gold tones for a little sparkle!  My favorite is #3!  I love the mixed greens!

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Yankee Magazine

Yankee Magazine

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

This Is Happiness

This Is Happiness

 

 

My Fabuless Life

My Fabuless Life

 

 

What will your tablescape look like this Thanksgiving season?

Black Friday: A Cheat Sheet for Our Favorite Sales!

Here’s a special Thanksgiving treat to all our friends and family!  We have posted the links to Black Friday specials from some of our favorite stores right here in our blog!  Simply click on the link and start shopping and saving!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Jonathan Adler: 20% Off Everything

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration Hardware: $100 Off Every $500 Spent

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Wayfair: Up to 80% Off Doorbusters

Wayfair

Wayfair

Wayfair

Wayfair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garnet Hill: 20% Off Home

Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill

 

Food Network Store: Up to 70% off Knives

Food Network

Food Network

Food Network

Food Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overstock.com: Black Friday Doorbusters

Overstock

Overstock

 

Pottery Barn: Free Shipping and Monogramming on Holiday Decor

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfaltzgraff: Extra 30% Off Sitewide

Pfaltzgraff

Pfaltzgraff

 

Barnes & Noble: 30% Off One Item

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom: 20% Off Select Sale Items

Nordstrom

Nordstrom

 

IKEA: Black Friday Flyer

IKEA

IKEA

IKEA

IKEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williams Sonoma: Free Shipping Plus Extended Sale Items

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

I hope we were able to help you with your “armchair shopping”  Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving!