In my mind, the quartz, bar cart, gold frame and floor lamp are all pieces that you could have forever. I love that rocks are ‘in’ right now — makes me feel less nerdy after YEARS of collecting them in high school… ha ha!
The hashtag ice trays make me excited to have a party and the shoes and necklace are both awesome — when I was traveling last week, I saw a ton of women wearing Chanel espadrilles similar to the Payless ones. They were beautiful, but I looked up the cost — almost $1,000!!! Crazy. The super cute Payless version is $30… I know which way I’m going!
Lastly…the fig tree. I can’t wait to add one of these to the office – just have a long way to go to get organized! Some greenery will be the cherry on top!
This week is going fast since the office was closed and this weekend is the NBA All-Star Break…and I am NOT complaining about it!
Today’s post is for those of us who aren’t so into Valentine’s Day, but still would love to do something thoughtful for our significant other. This Wednesday post is a little non-traditional as in there aren’t links for every idea. Hope this helps you last-minute shoppers!
1 – 52 Reasons Why I Love You – I’ve seen this gift on Pinterest a ton and it’s super cute. It’s so cheap and easy and all the materials you need could be found at the drug store or even the Dollar Store. Just come up with 52 reasons, type or write them on a sheet of paper you can glue to the cards, use some binder rings to bind them and you’re done!
2 – Love Letter Board with Candy– This is another Pinterest favorite and there are a TON of versions on the website you can use. Or, you can get creative and write your own – just use one of the previous ones that uses the candy ‘terms’ for your love letter. Another one that can be sourced at the drug store or Dollar Store!
3 – A Cuddle Kit for 2 – I LOVE this one! Grab all the goodies – and extra candy or snacks you and your love enjoy during movie nights and enjoy a night in!
4 – Memory Balloons – As a gift one year, when I had been with someone for five Valentine’s Days, I bought five balloons and attached a weight and card to each. Each card had the number of the year we’d been together and my favorite memory from that year. I also made a chocolate cake [the best recipe!] with a heart made out of pink M&M’s on the top and dropped everything off at work. He had said it was one of his favorite gifts…even if he was a little embarrassed at the office!
5 – Swedish Fish Gift– This one is so easy and so cute and can be done for a ton of different candies. Again, Pinterest is your BFF on this one – search the favorite candy of your significant other and Valentine’s Day and you’ll have lots of ideas to choose from!
6 – Date Jar – Such a fun idea! Those this may take a LITTLE more time than some of the others, I love this idea. Each color popsicle stick determines the type of date.
7 – Coupon Book– Another classic DIY gift, there are a million templates online, but be creative and personalize some of them. If your guy or gal loves breakfast in bed, include that – or if there is a restaurant you hate but they love, promise to eat a meal there together. This one is easily personalized and can make a person feel so so special!
8 – Dessert surprise! – Scoop up your significant other’s favorite restaurant dessert and hand deliver it – always a treat!
9 – Basket of Favorites – The picture of the next gift idea is one I helped a co-worker put together for one of her staff members as a thank you. It’s so easy to make and personalize to really spoil the person on the receiving end. Collect candy, gift cards and other items, hot glue them to a dowel and find a great container to put them all in. Here’s an easy tutorial (I’ll admit, I didn’t use floral tape when I made mine) – it’s SUCH an easy gift to be as creative or simple as you wish!
10 – Book his or her favorite day! – Similar to the coupons and spoiling your significant other by promising to put on a smile and participate in their favorite outing, activity or heading to their favorite restaurant, this one is a way to really show you care. A lot of times, your loved one may not suggest their favorite activities or places because he/she knows it’s not on your list – surprise them by already having everything set! A simple, but sweet and thoughtful gesture.
11 – Cook his or her favorite meal – I feel like I am guilty of always deferring to this, but, homemade lobster ravioli is always a hit. If your significant other has a favorite meal at a restaurant that’s not TOO far outside of your comfort zone to make, gift it a shot. If you can, find a way to incorporate hearts – like the heart-shaped cookie cutter I used to make raviolis – or make a heart-shaped cake. Again, it’s the thought that counts with this one — well, if the house is still standing when you’re done in the kitchen!
I hope these ideas help if you’re looking for a last-minute idea that’s thoughtful, simple and doesn’t break the bank!
Even though Valentine’s Day has become QUITE the spectacle, it’s still fun to pick out sweet gifts for the special people in your life and today’s post is all about Valentine’s gifts for your bestie — and they’re all under $25!
This list has something for everyone and, once I started picking out what I thought would be fun gifts, I just kept going!
You can never go wrong with candy – and how fun is the gummy sushi (8) and the ‘Perfect Man’? (3) Ha ha! I had to include Gertrude Hawk candy — peanut butter smidgens (11) are delicious! Champs aka Bubbles (17) is something with which you can NEVER go wrong and the Pier 1 flutes (16) are so pretty with their gold stems.
Bando had some great gifts – the tumblers (1) are great and would be awesome for a girlfriend to keep at work or at her nightstand. The notebooks (7) are too cute, too!
I found a slew of fun accessories, too, like the heart sunglasses (2) from Urban Outfitters, the headphones (4) from H&M (SO cute!) and the earrings (9-on sale!) from Anthropologie. Another great sale item are those PJs from Target (5) – $13!
Rounding out my favorite gift selections was the notebook (10) from Gigi New York that says, “My tastes are simple…I’m easily satisfied with the best.” LOVE it! The fleece blanket (15) from Target is so fun and a steal at under $10. Lastly, Lush products — just can’t get enough of them! I included a pink bath bomb (14), a unicorn horn bubble bath bar (12) and a really fun lip scrub (13).
Personally, I JUST took down the last of our holiday decor items (I had a few that were hung up high that I was just too lazy to drag the letter in to take down until the weekend) and some of our outdoor decor is still up… I know, I know…SO embarrassing! It’s been chilly so I just haven’t taken the ladder outside yet and that is why Valentine’s Day isn’t really on the radar just yet.
I hope this list inspires you as it has inspired me to start brainstorming ideas for my significant other– and anyone in my life I feel like spoiling a little bit!
Over the weekend, I was working on this post and realized how many great holiday sales were happening online…still!
The items in red are holiday clearance items that are about 75% off. H&M, Pier 1, World Market,Nordstrom and Macy’s had some great deals. If you like metallics, looking in holiday clearance sections is a great place to find gold and silver accent in addition to Christmas decor. (I may have to buy some of those wine glasses — gorgeous!)
I’ve only bought one set of sconces in my life, but two very different ones caught my eye on H&M’s site. I love the black-framed distressed-looking mirror–so pretty–and the gold star sconces are gorgeous. SUCH great prices, too. The dinner plates and serving piece from World Market look like watercolors, so I loved them immediately.
The ‘Push for Champagne’ frame is from Beauty Appeal, an Etsy store, owned my friend Aly. Her stuff is awesome — I received one of the necklaces as a Christmas gift from her sister-in-law and I LOVE it — she does custom pieces, too!
I had to throw the basketball court rug from H&M in there, too. I’ve seen it online and just love it — is it terrible that I want to buy it in case I have a sporty child someday?!