I hope you’re having a very merry Christmas!
It’s here! Christmas weekend is here! We have last minute prep work and cleaning to tackle this morning before we host Dave’s parents, sister, and brother-in-law today, but we have holiday records on the turntable and plenty of sugary treats to keep us going! Later this weekend, we’ll head up north to visit my parents for Christmas where it promises to be a winter wonderland with plenty of snow. If you celebrate, I hope you have the happiest of holidays! And if not, I hope you have a relaxing and fun weekend, too!
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I can barely believe we’re in the holiday home stretch with just six days to go until Christmas! I wrapped up my shopping on Saturday, but it feels like there’s always someone I neglected to shop for and with time running out to meet shipping deadlines, I need an easy go-to gift that I can put together in just a few minutes. Behold: the festive booze. I’m actually giving these mini bottles of bubbly to my coworkers today and thought the idea was worth sharing if you have any last-minute gift exchanges to partake in. (If you like the recipient enough, spring for a full-size bottle.)
Everything you need (alcohol excluded) is available on Amazon Prime if you’re not keen on going to the store the week before Christmas:
Write a cheerful message, add plenty of ribbon, and tuck in the stir sticks. Ta da! An Instagram-worthy gift that cost a few bucks.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve barely started your holiday shopping. I’ve picked up a few things here and there, but shipping deadlines are looming and I’m starting to feel the pressure to check off the last people on my list. In an effort to motivate myself, I’m dedicating this week to gift guides and hopefully it’ll help you wrap up your shopping list, too!
Wool Blanket – I know that inexpensive acrylic throw blankets are tempting, but the best blankets are the ones that withstand the test of time both in terms of quality and aesthetics. This buffalo plaid wool blanket is made by Faribault Woolen Mill Co. in Minnesota. The quality is exceptional, making it one of those items that the recipient will keep for decades, and the checked design works with everything from traditional decor to more contemporary designs. I bought one for myself earlier this year and I can’t tell you how much I love snuggling up with it on chilly nights.
Plant Mister – I was never one for houseplants until we bought our home and now I can’t get enough of them. I’m most successful at raising succulents because of their low-maintenance preferences! One of the items I’d love to own if I ever add any humidity-loving plants to my collection is a brass plant mister. Not only is it practical, it’s a sculptural piece that looks pretty perched on a bookshelf. (You’ll notice that whenever I spot a gift idea that’s both pretty and practical, it’s a win in my book.)
Candle Sticks – Candle sticks are one of those things people love to own, but rarely think to buy for themselves. That’s exactly why they’re a great holiday gift. I love this chic matte black set. Add in a set of white taper candles and you’ve got yourself an incredible gift for the hygge-loving friend on your list. If your giftee is more on the glam side with her decor, consider this brass set. I have them and they look more expensive than the $40 price tag suggests.
Stoneware Mugs – These totally look like they were scooped up at a pottery shop in a small tourist town (and if you’re near one of those said boutiques, definitely opt for the local version).
Pajamas – These might be on the sexier side of what you’d normally gift someone during the holidays, but they look so good in my guide! Kidding aside, pajamas are a thoughtful gift for someone who looks forward to curling up at home on the weekends. Most people, myself included, neglect updating our pajama drawers and it’s a welcome surprise when someone else does it for us! Avoid flannel sets with seasonal designs and opt for something classic and sophisticated to ensure it gets yearlong use.
Candle – Candles are perfect for someone you don’t know very well, which is likely why they get such a bad rap for being impersonal. However, this small-batch soy candle won’t disappoint thanks to its beautiful packaging.
Silk Eyemask – Indulge your giftee with a silk eyemask. I have an inexpensive one from Amazon, which is fine, but I’d love to own this luxurious cult favorite. It comes in eight colors, including black and charcoal which are great for men, too!
Turntable – I know people are into those Crosley record players; they’re Instagram worthy and wallet friendly. However, they’re not the best for actual music quality and taking care of your vinyl. If there’s an audiophile on your list, it’s worth investing in a turntable from U-Turn. The price for the turntable starts at $289 and the price goes up based on your selections. There’s also a basic model that starts at $179. Dave actually picked it out for us, so it has the male stamp of approval for gift giving this season!
We had our first measurable snowfall last night! It’s not much — maybe an inch at most — but it makes everything feel so much more festive. It’s good timing, too, since we’re off to central Wisconsin today for our first Christmas gathering of the season. We weren’t sure if we were going to make it to this family get together, so I put off buying the required $20 women’s gift and $30 men’s gift for the gift exchange until yesterday. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh? Those inexpensive gifts are so difficult when you’re not buying for a specific person, which is why I have a gift guide coming next week with low cost gifts for those types of exchanges. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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