By this time of the year, I’m usually complaining about the hustle, bustle, and stress that the holidays bring. Not this year! I’ve been working on “The Ultimate Guide to the Holidays” to present to Dave in a few weeks. It’s an itinerary full of holiday cheer and excitement to make it the most magical time of the year, goddammit. Our festivities will kick off at Chicago’s Christkindlmarket on Nov. 20, but I couldn’t wait that long to start babbling about the holidays here. Besides, it seems I’m already behind. According to the National Retail Foundation, 40% of people started holiday shopping before Halloween.
I’d like to start this year’s gift-giving with my personal favorite: a guide for the jewelry obsessed. Obviously. Purchasing jewelry for the magpie on your list is a no-brainer, but it can be difficult to select baubles for another person. If you’re not sure what to buy, try a pretty catchall for her gems (I have this budget option and love it), a Tiffany & Co. Christmas ornament (that coveted blue box!), or a diamond ice cube tray (a great option for impersonal gift exchanges).
You can find these and other gift ideas on my Holiday Gift Ideas Pinterest board. I’ll continue to add items throughout the season!
*Read my Baublerella Bling Brush review here. It would be a fantastic stocking stuffer!
By the time September rolls around, I usually have a couple of holiday gifts already stowed away for December. They’re just little things from our travels and summer art fairs, like woven dish towels or pottery mugs, but the holiday season is so much easier knowing that a unique gift is already picked out. I’m actually behind the eight ball on my gift-giving strategy this year, though. We’ve been on four trips since February and I took #TreatYoself very seriously.
Now, I know it’s verboten to breathe a word about that magical time of year this early. However, I’m hoping you’ll forgive me knowing that I’ve come across a gift destination worth bookmarking now: Perry Clark Home, a thoughtfully curated shop specializing in artisan products and fine home accessories. Do you have a hard-to-shop-for aunt who insists she has everything she needs? There’s a small-batch lilac candle for her. Friends who just purchased a lake home? A set of charming fishing mugs will do the trick. A budding chef? Try an olive wood cutting board for his latest charcuterie creation. Someone like me? I’m a fan of the lightly scented orange water candle, and the hand soap and lotion set (and I definitely plan to reuse the pretty glass containers). Plus, there’s complimentary gift boxing and free shipping on all orders. You can also take 10% off your order with code BIRTHDAY10 through the end of September.
Thank you to Perry Clark Home for partnering on this post!
I look forward to curating a travel gift guide each year. It’s a chance for me to discover awesome new products, like the Carry-On Cocktail Kit, and share a few of my standbys. While I would love to find this tribal necklace or this adorable calendar under the tree, I wanted to share more practical items this year. The 4-in-1 international charger worked out perfectly in Brussels, as did this mini power strip with USB ports. It’s a must for any hotel room with a shortage of outlets. One thing I wish we had was the luggage scale. We brought back a lot of hard-to-find Belgian beer and incurred a $200 overweight baggage fee as a result. Oops! It’s not a glamorous gift by any means, but the recommendation will be worthwhile if it helps just one couple pack more strategically! You also know how much we love our Floto duffel bags. We’ve used them for every trip over the last three years and they’re getting prettier with age. It’s a splurge, yes, but it will be a gift that lasts a lifetime. (May I also recommend upgrading the shoulder strap to this one? It makes a huge difference.)
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL POSTS TO READ:
2017 gift guide for the frequent flyer
Nashville travel guide
Copenhagen travel guide
Copenhagen travel dos and don’ts
New Orleans travel guide
inside the bag: Europe edition
Countless mid-century modern goodies, a myriad of colorful baubles and one insanely cute chevron dress are all in one adorable store: Hattie Sparks. The New Orleans-based lifestyle brand is a one-stop shop for the colorful lady on your shopping list this year!
Hattie Sparks is giving away a pair of garnet-hued quartz earrings by Margaret Elizabeth with a retail value of $55! Good luck!
Shop It: 1. Glasses Case, $42 // 2. Candle, $38 // 3. Dress, $55 // 4. Spoon Rest, $38 // 5. Pillow, $75 // 6. Earrings, $68 // 7. Studs, sold out—enter to win them below! // 8. Bowl, $100 // 9. Tray, $24 // 10. Salt & Pepper Shakers, $48
U.S. entries only, please.