2017 Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers

12/15/2017


To me, the best part of Christmas morning has always been sitting in front of the fireplace opening up stockings with coffee or cocoa. So, I’m capping off this year’s gift guides with my picks for stocking stuffers. 

Top to bottom, left to right:

I love to get spa-like items in my stocking. This 100% natural and biodegradable Sea Sponge is as pretty as it it useful. ($15)

Truth be told, I never buy lip balm because it’s always in my stocking (thanks mom!). Sun Bum makes my favorite. ($4)

I keep these pretty matches stashed all over our apartment. The Skeem Design Safety Matches Jar is the perfect stocking stuffer. ($12)

Esym Lavender Linen Spray for sheets and keeping clothes fresh when traveling. Also great for de-stressing midday. ($18)

This Double Knot Brass Bottle Opener is a no-brainer stocking stuffer. ($20)

Speaking of champagne, these Shamia Tassel Drop Earrings from BaubleBar are perfect for New Year’s Eve and beyond. ($48)

Haven’t you heard? Adult coloring books are a thing. The Mindfulness Coloring Book is a great way to unwind + be mindful during the holidays. ($10)

Sparq's Original Soapstone Whiskey Rocks chill spirits without watering them down (set of 12). ($25)

Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks with 20-25 recipes using favorite ingredients. All of Short Stack’s covers and illustrations feature original artwork. Eggs / Honey / Lemons ($14 each)

Compartés makes the prettiest chocolate bars. Compartés Chocolatier California Love: Dark Chocolate & Pretzels is almost too pretty to eat ($12)

Bottom row:

For some reason I just love this mug! Who wouldn’t want a Googly Eye Mug? ($14)

I’m a huge fan of Glossier and have been wanting to try their Body Hero body wash. ($35)

The perfect Christmas morning treat: Hot Chocolate On A Stick Set. ($16)

Give them good luck with this Lucky Token Keychain. ($14)

2017 Gift Guides: Stuff They’ll Actually Use

12/12/2017

As much as I love gifting something frivolous that I know my friend or family member wouldn’t purchase for themselves, there’s also something to be said for gifting something someone on your list will use all. the. time. The trick is to make it a special version of the item they’ll reach for daily. I have to say - this one of my favorite guides to put together which makes me think maybe it’s time I elevated some of my everyday items. 

Clockwise from top left:

This Pendleton print is a classic and this umbrella is sure to brighten any rainy day. Definitely a step up from the black, boring drug store umbrella your brother purchased last rainstorm. ($29)

Soap. Something you use daily and likely purchase alongside groceries or during a Target run. Compagnie De Provence Liquid Marseille Soap is always in the powder rooms at my favorite restaurants. You can also find it in a glass bottle if you want to be extra fancy. ($23)

Okay so this one isn’t 100% useful, but it is the 1-2 times a year you drink champagne! Champagne Bottle Opener for the win. $25

Diptyque candles are pricey, so I’d love to gift this and know someone was enjoying it. I light candles daily and while they aren’t the most unique gift they are among the most appreciated! ($64)

I love the retro vibes of the Smeg Tea Kettle. It’s pretty enough to leave out. ($129)

Serving spoons can be fun, too. I purchased this Brass Serving Spoon from Berkely-based Totem, a shop that also sells the loveliest handmade ceramics, for my in-laws. (and discovered Totem at West Coast Craft) ($30 or $50 for a set)

The Every Charger Known to Man (but probably not then you need) Bag. Made me laugh, and so useful for corralling cords and ear buds. ($21)

My husband and I are a rare pair that enjoy grocery shopping, but I know this isn’t the case with most people. Make it more fun with the Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag in Sailor Stripe. ($10)

Think about it: when you’re reaching for a multi tool it’s usually because you’re trying to fix something, right? Make it more fun for someone on your list with the Crab Multi Tool. ($20)

2017 Gift Guides: Dog Person

12/10/2017

Truth be told, I was never really a dog person until we got our boxer Tank. Then it was game over. I couldn’t help but add one boxer owner gift here, but the rest are for all dog owners and lovers.

Clockwise from top left:

Between Clean Waterless Dog Wash is all natural, smells like lemongrass and lavender, and is meant for light grooming in between baths. Sign me up. ($9)

Designed to fray as your dog chews, this Stew the Stegosaurus toy acts as doggie dental floss. ($17)

Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman. The title says it all. ($29)

I love our rope leash, but it’s getting a little grimy. I love the olive green color of this Remington Rope Slip Leash. ($11)

We recently bought a nice looking scoop for our dog’s food and I’m wondering why we didn’t get one sooner! Pet Studio Stainless Steel Matte Finish Pet Scoops is a gift any pet owner would appreciate. ($10)

Okay, these Dog Butts Animal Magnets are so fun. ($13)

This last one is for crazy boxer owners. Like us! This Brindle Boxer Ceramic Ornament looks like our beloved Tank. ($15)

2017 Gift Guides: For All the Guys on Your List

12/08/2017

I’ve gotten quite good at picking out the perfect thing for my husband (if I don’t say so myself) but most of the other men on my list are the hardest to shop for. My Dad claims he never needs anything, my brother Steve likes to pick things out which takes away the element of surprise, and my brother Craig never needs anything because my sister-in-law is such a good gift giver! Here’s to hoping this list will make it easier for you to find the perfect thing for one of the guys on your list.

Clockwise from top left:

As we started to talk about our packing list for the holidays, it occurred to me that my husband doesn’t have a nice pair of gloves. It’ll be chilly in both spots we’re traveling to (East Coast + London) so I may need to gift him these Barbour Leather Gloves a tad early. ($89)

This classic raglan-sleeve, crew neck sweatshirt is the perfect post-surf layer that is made with a cozy heavy terry fleece and features a lightweight rib at neck, sleeve opening and hem. It’s from Mollusk, a surf shop in the Sunset that we pop into frequently. ($80)

Paul Smith just does formal wear so well. We have a strong of weddings coming up and I’d love to gift my husband either one of these ties: Floral Tie + Mini Dot Tie (both $125)

My husband’s favorite pomade now comes in a three-pack with three different types. I personally love the retro packaging of the Byrd Pomade Sampler. ($14)

Each year, I gift my dad something from Artifact Uprising. One year it was a book of photos from our family trip to Italy, another a calendar full of photos of his grandkids. It never fails and is fun for me to put together!

My brother Craig lives in London where the popularity of the royal family goes well beyond the fascination with the Kardashians in the States. He’s competitive, so I think he’d enjoy Royal Bingo, which features portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world - from William and Kate to more exotic courts. ($25)

My brother Steve is always looking for the perfect t-shirt - and we both love grey. This Heavy Seas Tee is super soft and will remind him of the beach (he lives in Texas). ($32)

Bottom row:

Everlane is one place I can shop for every guy on my list. They’re new cashmere is super affordable. I’d honestly gift my husband, dad, and brothers this Cashmere Crew (here in Black Donegal). ($100)


Do you find shoes is something your husband or brother doesn’t buy themselves? Just me? Either way, these New Balance for J. Crew 791 Leather Sneakers might be under the tree this year. ($75)

2017 Gift Guides: Kiddos

12/04/2017

My niece and nephews live far, far away in London so it’s been a few years since we’ve all been together for Christmas (two of them are old enough to want Santa to come to their house, after all). This year we’re heading to London after Christmas to see them! 

Knowing that all of my gifts for Ian’s family and my family will have to fit in our luggage, I kept their gifts small. Plus, we’re planning to take them on some fun outings during our visit. Here are some things I would have loved to pack with me for my little favorite kiddos (Avery, Chase, and Henry - pictured below).

Clockwise from top left:

This Piñata Money Bank is so fun and teaches a good lesson - to start saving young! ($20)

For the coolest kid on your list: the Ziggy Wooden Kokeshi Doll from the Moma Design Store. ($42)

The Nailmatic Water-Based Nail Polish Set is formulated just for kids and easily washes off with soap and water. ($18)

My niece would find the most creative uses for this bright set of MT Washi Masking Tape. ($14 for a set of 20)

This Book is a Planetarium is a magical pop-up book that transforms into six fully functional tools ranging from a real working planetarium projecting the constellations to a a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming and a message decoder. ($26)

Dragons Love Tacos is supposed to be hilarious - perfect for reading aloud. ($12)

These wooden plates (Robot, Cat, Elephant) are so sweet. I can see my nephews fighting over who gets to eat off of the robot plate. ($16 each)

The Kids X-Cap Light Up Hat is a cozy beanie with a removable head lamp, perfect for nighttime walks. Plus, they come in a few colors so you can pick their favorite. ($30) 


This Wave Puzzle is equal parts toy and decor that any adult would appreciate. I’m thinking of gifting it to my BFF (mama-to-be) for her nursery. ($25)