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The Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

The Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

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I can’t believe it, but today we’re wrapping up The Gift Guide for this year, and we’re talking about stocking stuffers! Currently these retailers all still have shipping options available to get you your goodies in time for Christmas. That said, most of these are also available locally if you want to snag them in person. Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to give and receive. They’re just those awesome little extra gifts that are so fun to open. Stockings …

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Gift Basket

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Gift Basket

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Friends, today is a good day, because we’re talking about three of my favorite things: baking, chocolate and Christmas gifts. Hooray! One of my favorite gifts to give during the holiday season is a great gift basket. Today we’re making the ultimate Christmas cookie gift basket! Loaded with yummy treats, a few pretty little baking accessories, baking mix, and …

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

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Is anyone else completely freaked out by the fact that we’re now officially under two weeks until Christmas? I still have a ton of shopping to do compared to this time last year, and I don’t even have the house fully decorated yet. Craziness! But that’s ok, because I’ve got another installment of the gift guide for you here today so we can all try to get back on track with our shopping. Today we’re talking gifts for her! For …

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Boys

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Boys

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Because we’re getting ever closer and most of us are starting to kick our holiday shopping into high gear about now if not already, I’m bringing you a double dose of The Gift Guide this week! Today we’re talking all about gifts for boys. Much like my gift guide for girls, I tried to put the emphasis here on well designed, high quality items that go beyond the typical toy aisle. I also like including gifts that encourage little brains …

Shopping for the Best Gift Ever

Shopping for the Best Gift Ever

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By now we all know that Fridays during the holiday season are reserved for talking about gift. And because they apparently picked up on the fact that I love giving awesome gifts, the folks at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods sent me out shopping with the challenge of scoring three amazing gifts for those people on your holiday list that might be a little trickier to shop for each year. Maybe it’s the new neighbor who just moved into town …

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Girls

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Girls

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I became an aunt at the ripe old age of 17 and Christmas shopping instantly took on a new meaning. Kids are undeniably the most fun to shop for, because they just get into the whole Christmas thing hard. My favorite gifts to give kids revolve around really beautifully made things that still have that touch of child-like wonder to them. So, no, I can’t claim to never end up in the toy aisle with a cart full of brightly …

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Guys

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Hi, friends! I hope all of you who celebrate had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday. I’m going to be taking the rest of the holiday weekend to spend time with family and get a jump start on more holiday projects that are currently in the works. Before all of that though, I did want to pop in today with this week’s edition of The Gift Guide. Today we’re talking gifts for guys! In all honesty, I basically fill this particular gift …

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Inlaws

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You asked and today I’m bringing it to you! I had so many requests for a gift guide focused on those hard to shop for inlaws. You know the ones. The ones who seemingly have everything and always defer to shopping for the kids and the grandkids when you try to figure out what they might like for themselves. My rule of thumb here is to treat them to a little luxury or two. Think a really fabulous set of …

The Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

The Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

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Ok, friends, it’s time! Early this week, I asked and you answered and I’m so grateful to those of you who chimed in here and via social media with your gift guide requests for this year. I am absolutely taking all of those into consideration as I plan upcoming posts so thank you! Today we’re kicking it off, as always, with fabulous hostess gifts. I like starting with hostess gifts each year, because with Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks …

Coming Soon: The 2014 Gift Guide

Coming Soon: The 2014 Gift Guide

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Ready or not, it’s that time of year again! This Friday will mark the start of my holiday gift guide posts. What?! How did that happen so fast? This year I thought I’d do things just a tiny bit differently and ask you what you want to see. Usually I hit all the major categories like hostess gifts, gift ideas for men and kids, and great stocking stuffers. Maybe that works for you? Or maybe you want more specific ideas …

10 Awesome DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

10 Awesome DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Ready or not, Father’s Day is just a couple days away! I have to confess that I’m absolutely always that person needing last minute gift ideas for my dad. This year (as we have the past several years) we’re going to be celebrating by spending the day on the boat, island hopping and grabbing lunch somewhere on the river, but I’d also like to come up with something really fun to give him, too. So today, I’m sharing 10 awesome …

25 Homemade Christmas Gifts

25 Homemade Christmas Gifts

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I’m a full on fan of homemade Christmas gifts! Each year I make a point of including a number of homemade gifts among the treasures I wrap up to stow away under tree. Whether it’s as simple as a mason jar packed with yummy biscotti or DIY aftershave with fragrances picked to suit the gentleman receiving it, I just think little homemade touches make the holidays feel incredibly special. Today I’m sharing 25 homemade holiday gift ideas with you – …