As Cyber Monday kicks off, I hope everyone was able to knock out some holiday shopping, but also spend time with the family. I got most of our indoor holiday decorations up. Next weekend: outdoor decor.
Today’s the last gift guide installment. We’ll start with the ladies, as always — enjoy!
For the chef
Bonus idea!: I’ve posted about this product before: the sprializer. This is the same model that I have and it’s awesome in the kitchen!
Splurge!: When I was looking at splurge items, I tried to remember what the most important items were in my kitchen and a good knife cannot be underestimated. This one has great reviews.
Splurge!: Last year, I bought my SO a Big Green Egg and he LOVES it. They are definitely expensive, but worth the money. Talking to everyone that has one, they’ve had them for decades and they work as well now as they did the first time they used them.
Steal!: Forever 21 also has some cute and functional workout pieces. This pretty top would be great for yoga or pilates!
For the mind: This book is about the highly-publicized May 1996 Mount Everest expeditions. The author, Jon Krakauer, gives his account of the expedition.
To feel pretty: When you’re running outside and sweating a lot, it’s important to take care of your skin. This Supergoop! set has a few different products that are essential to keep in your gym bag.
For the mind: This was a book I read last summer about a marine biologist and her path to starting her own non-profit ocean conservation organization. Her adventures are so interesting!
For the home: For someone who likes to travel and be outdoors, it’s a safe bet they have some amazing photos. Give them the chance to make a fleece blanket with their favorite images to display in their home with a gift card to collage.com.
Bonus idea!: Camping tents are a necessity for someone who likes to hike and camp – this one got great reviews, has easy set up and is super light for hiking.
Bonus idea!: Does your favorite sports fan have a special ball that’s signed or from his childhood? Check out these cases at Michael’s. They have them for every sport and often have a buy one, get one 50% off sale – you can always download the app for a coupon, too (40-50% off one item!).
To wear: The purchase of this shirt provides 10 meals for schoolchildren around the world. FEED is known for engaging people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Each product includes a number stamp that signifies the amount of meals provided with its purchase.
Splurge!: This gift is a two-parter. First, the two-burner stove that’s great for car camping and the REI camp kitchen to keep everything together when you’re cooking at a campsite.
For the home: The Outdoorsman is certain to have special places he’s visited and photos from those trips. With a gift card to CanvasPop, give him the chance to display some of his favorite memories around the house.
Bonus!: This travel journal would be a great gift for a hiker or camper. When you’ve been so many places and seen many different beautiful views, it’s hard to keep them all straight. This journal is light and easy to travel with.
One more day of gift guides remaning next week — happy shopping!
We’re kicking off today’s gift guides with family and wrapping up with a list of ideas for a girl’s most fashionable friend.
For the home: If you’re looking for a fun gift for your brother, this crate of goodies would definitely be a hit. Mancrates carries gifts featuring TONS of different teams’ logos and different themes.
To feel handsome: I’ve mentioned Kiehl’s before on the blog, but I had to throw this set in there as a great gift for a brother. It has the basics of skincare for men and, when I was looking for gifts before, I smelled a few of these products and they are amazing.
To accessorize: TOMS is going to make multiple appearances in the gift guides. Not only are these shoes awesome, but they’re a part of the TOMS Animal Initiative AND, because of your purchase, a child in need will receive a pair of shoes. TOMS is joining forces with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and funds in an effort to reverse the declining numbers of big cats around the world through several projects in Africa, Asia and North and South America. The lining of the shoes even features Nat Geo photos of lions!
Steal!: When I was trying to think of a fun gift that, I felt like, you could only get a sibling to provide a good laugh, Soap-on-a-Rope immediately came to mind. I mean, who else would appreciate a frog Soap-on-a-Rope more than a sibling?!
Splurge!: If you’re really looking to spoil your brother, a great set of headphones is the way to go. This pair of earbuds from Bose is pricey, but there’s no better brand out there!
Bonus idea: One of my co-workers was telling me about this phone case created by J. Crew and Jimmy Fallon. Such a cool idea – an attachable pocket square for a phone case to jazz up your jacket?! Genius, Jimmy Fallon, genius.
To wear: Crazy socks are always a fun gift and these are no exception—however, there is an added bonus, profits benefit the Human Rights Campaign!
For the mind: Lastly, to keep your brother inspired, check out this book by Buzz Aldrin, No Dream Is Too High. This gift gives back, too, as profits benefit the National Geographic Society.
Splurge!: Everyone remembers the various friendship bracelets passed around in middle school, but this gorgeous bracelet puts those to shame. Give your best gal something to remind them of how much they mean to you.
Splurge…again!: I had to add a second ‘splurge’ item when I saw this necklace. It’s made from horn and is one of The Akola Project’s gorgeous pieces. Charitable gift alert! The Akola Project (named by the women working for the projects because “akola” means “she works”), has impacted 2,750 people in the last seven years. The Akola Project empowers women by giving them an opportunity to work, learn life skills and provide for their family.
For the home: These drink rocks from the Museum of Modern Art are so fun! I’ve seen whiskey stones before, but these were a whole new level. Icing on the cake – the support the museum!
To accessorize: A few years ago, I bought my SO a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones and, though they were a splurge, they have paid for themselves 10 times over. The great thing about the pair pictured here is that the colors are customizeable!
To wear: Tommy Bahama makes these amazing t-shirts that are so soft. My SO loves them – they’re pricey, but they last for a LONG time and they have a ton of color options!
Bonus idea: Cornhole has become a backyard barbeque staple and having custom boards made for your guy are such a great gift idea. You can choose from ANY team or any color combo – Etsy has a ton of great sellers!
To feel handsome: Tommy Bahama strikes again – this scent smells so great! If you know what he likes, cologne is a great way to spoil your guy at the holidays!
We’ll wrap today’s post up with a gift guide for your most stylish gal pal…the fashionista!
For the mind: For any fashionista, Rachel Zoe is the holy grail. You may even get an, “I DIE” out of your friend with this book as a gift.
To accessorize: Back to TOMS and its collaboration with National Geographic. These sunglasses are so cute – leopard prints are definitely a neutral—and, with purchase, funds and awareness are generated to save Big Cats!
For the home: This Tom Ford quote is awesome – and I’m sure your fashionista friend doesn’t disagree. The print is less than $6—find a great frame and you’ve found a beautiful gift for your friend’s home!
To wear: Love this ILY Couture shirt – most girls are shoe addicts, right? Check out their site – some fun options for all of your friends and family!
Bonus idea: For the friend who has every article of clothing and every accessory you could imagine, give them a gift card for Stitch Fix. It’s so easy: take a style/personality test, receive pieces to try on, keep what you like and send back what you don’t and then decide if you want to keep having your ‘stylist’ pull looks for you.
That “wraps up” today’s gift guides…see what I did there?! Ha ha! Looking forward to sharing a few more the rest of the week.
With the start of the holiday season (in OCTOBER it seems!), I put together a few (a lot) of gift guides. The more I brainstormed, the more different ‘people’ I ended up browsing for.
Today, we’ll start with Mom and Dad and I’ll post at least two per day. I actually saw the below graphic on Facebook and really liked it. There is so much emphasis put on gifts on Christmas in our society –my house included–I wish everyone would scale back a little and focus more on being with family and friends.
Like I mentioned, today’s post will start with gift ideas for Mom and Dad. I focused on 7-9 ideas for each post you’ll see this week and tried to find a variety of items for each person on your list. I also tried to be budget-friendly and most items are below $50 (except for splurge items, of course). Additionally, the items that have red font have a charitable component included.I REALLY tried to find companies and items that gave back, even if it’s just $1 per purchase.
Without further ado, let’s get Gift Guide Week started!
For the mind: I wanted to choose a fun book for mom and I have heard amazing things about this one…I mean, let’s be honest, Tina Fey is hilarious!
To relax: Lush products are very popular in my house — they’re all natural, the company fights animal testing and gives back through its annual Charity Pot (which you’ll see later in this list). I loved this combination – it’s a bath bomb and “bubble” that both have floral scents AND it comes wrapped! Lush products smell amazing!
To accessorize: Scarves are a great accessory for everyone — you can tie them a million different ways and they can add a pop of color to an outfit. The scarf I’ve included comes in a bunch of different colors and–best of all–it supports FASHIONABLE. FASHIONABLE works with “women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity.”
For the Home: These glasses stuck out to me because: 1. they are beautiful and 2. a portion of the profits made from them goes towards coastal restoration in the Gulf South. Mignon Faget is a very popular jeweler in New Orleans and the store carries beautiful gifts, as well. Don’t worry, they ship everywhere!
To wear: Last week, I professed my love for ponchos and this one would be a beautiful gift. Even in New Orleans, where we have very mild weather, having one or two ponchos in the wardrobe is great when the weather cools off.
To stay fit: As our parents get older, it’s important they stay active. FitBit has great products to help them do so. The Zip is the most simple of the models and would be great for a mom to keep track of her activity.
Splurge!: I chose this timeless tote as a splurge gift for mom. This is another piece that supports a great organization — Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. To date, Sseko Designs has enabled 60 Ugandans to continue on to University. Sseko provides employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to its team of 50 women in Uganda.
Steal!: How fun is this mug! Mom can have coffee and a treat– couldn’t resist this adorable gift!
For the mind: In the coming days, you’ll see that I did some shopping in National Geographic’s store and The Generals was one of the books I found. It takes an in-depth look at the intertwined stories of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall through WWI and the start of WWII. The great thing is — a portion of profits from the NG Store benefit the National Geographic Society which has given more than 11,000 grants supporting exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education since its inception in 1888.
To feel handsome: This shaving set is something Dad probably won’t buy for himself, but it’s full of great products for the perfect shave!
For the Home: I couldn’t make a decision on this one! For my dad, I always end up grabbing items with his favorite teams. I love the Pelicans Tervis water bottle – it’d be great for work, the beach…everything! Tervis has EVERY team you could ever imagine. Such a great gift! And then, there is the Golfer’s BBQ set. Seriously, could this be any more awesome? Uncommon Goods has great gifts and they donate$1 from every purchase to the charity of your choice (they have four to choose from).
To wear: It may be impossible to send your dad to a sporting event or a concert that he dreams of attending, but you can get him the gear! This Masters polo is so nice and it’s a tournament my dad enjoys watching every year as a huge golf fan. Polo shirts with the logo of your dad’s favorite sports team would make a great option, too.
Splurge!: My SO is a big fan of giving experiences as gift and this splurge is no exception. Pinehurst is a coveted course for any golfer to play and the package allows you to make it a little more all-inclusive than just paying for a round of golf. Check out the area your family lives in or where your dad resides–you might be able to make a dream come true!
Today’s post started out with a red, white and blue theme since it’s Veteran’s Day, but, as I continued to search online, I was SO excited to find so many companies donating part of their profits to a variety of organizations providing support to military members and their families.
Our appreciation should extend beyond Veteran’s Day — so, to any military members or veterans reading today… THANK YOU. And thank you not just today, but everyday. And thank you to your families — the sacrifices you make are incredible and, without you, we wouldn’t have all of the freedoms we enjoy today.
Please take the time to check out some of the items in today’s post — the ones with red numbers next to them indicate that a portion of the profits from the products support our military members.
Some of my favorite items with a charitable component are the purse (10; made by Sword & Plough from repurposed military materials) and the USA shirt (11) which is made by Sevenly.
Sword and Plough works with several non-profits supporting military members withs special focus on veteran employment. Sevenly donates 7% of sales from their Taps + Sevenly collection to TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS provides care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. Sevenly also has a collection of shirts supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that matches veterans suffering from PTSD with services dogs.
Hope you enjoy the post and are inspired to thank a veteran or military member today – and everyday!
P.S. Pelicans got their first win last night! Looking forward to many more ahead!