Whether I’m shopping for my mother, my significant other, or my best friend, sometimes I like to be extra nice and buy them a real special gift. One that hurts my wallet a little bit but who cares because I know they’ll really love it. Like a new sound system that I overheard them talking about. Or a colorful pillow that matches their personality exactly. Or a beautiful, hand-knit scarf that supports the economy of Ethiopian weavers. Or even a Wacom writing tablet to make blogging a little more fun. Oh, and that knot ring? That’s what I want…just in case any boyfriends of 6+ years are wondering what to get me. Just kidding! No but seriously. Anyway, these big ticket items are special in their own way and would be the perfect gifts for all of my favorite people.
We finally put up a tiny Christmas tree in my apartment and now everything is feeling real festive and jolly. The tree was also a nice reminder that I need to start buying gifts for all my peeps and STAT! The holidays are fast approaching, my friends. I’m starting off my round of gift guides with items that are low in price but still pack a punch. So here are a few small things that I would buy for all the various people in my life:
Yvette Van Boven’s “Hand Made” cookbook // baker’s twine
Winter Stripe iPhone case // Rifle Paper Co. coasters
Kate Spade Sparkler coin purse // Bellocq Earl Grey tea
Bauble Bar giraffe print bangle // Orla Kiely storage jar
Makr Carry Goods key chain
Finding gifts for men is the hardest undertaking ever. It doesn’t matter if the gift is for your boyfriend, your lover, (your lover on the side?), your friend, your brother, your pops – MEN ARE DIFFICULT. So instead of compiling a list of gift ideas for them, I asked my own boyfriend to create a gift guide for me. What a sweets!
Kyle (my bf) was quite thrilled to make this list, mostly because he was trying to drop me hints of what he wants, but also because he’s very well-versed in man products. He keeps up-to-date on the blogs, always seems to find neat online shops, and has a better wardrobe than me (sadly). So here is a list of gift ideas for your man friend, curated by my man friend:
- Gitman Brothers Vintage Brush Cotton BD Shirt, Roden Gray, $178
- Oliver Spencer Fine Stripe Scarf, Rooney, $120
- Wings + Horns Ventile Cotton Down Vest, Roden Gray, $330
- Handmade Necktie, Is/Was Projects, $100
- Standard Belt, Tanner Goods, $84
- Original Briefcase, Filson, $210
- Horizon Two Wallet, Makr Carry Goods, $84
- Pendleton Glove with Leather Palm Back, Blackbird Ballad, $50
- Jose Parla Slider Case for iPhone 4, Arkitip, $49.95
- “Tabac” Natural Aftershave Splash, Portland General Store, $12
Now that it’s officially December, I need to start buying gifts for my loved ones and STAT. I’ve made the executive decision (yes, I make executive decisions for me’self) to divide it up by category as opposed to price range because a.) I majored in Journalism and English and I don’t understand numbers; b.) I have no patience to search for items >$100 (or is it <$100? – I can’t remember which way the crocodile mouth goes); and c.) I’m a bit dyslexic and afraid I’d find an item that costs $52 and place it in the “under $25” category and then WordPress would delete my blog for life.
So…onto foodie gifts. To me, a foodie is not only someone who loves food but also celebrates everything relating to food, whether it be finding joy in an amazing cookbook or having a mild obsession with colorful teapots. So with that in mind, I tried to pick out gifts that any foodie would be sure to eat up this holiday season.
- Heirloom Recipe Card Box, Rifle Paper Co., $125
- Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table,” Amazon, $24
- Teak Measuring Spoons, Merchant no. 4, $20
- Fluted Flower Baking Cups, Bake It Pretty, $4.75
- Afternoon Fete Teapot, Anthropologie, $48
- Loomed Bowl, Anthropologie, $14 each
- 12 Assorted French Macarons, Sparkleskitchen Etsy, $16.50
- Eat and Spoon Tea Towel Set, Studiopatro, $42 for 2
- Bonnie Blue 10″ Cake Stand, Fishs Eddy, $64.95