Happy St. Patricks Day: Gifts in Green

Gifts in Green :: St. Patricks Day :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::

For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::

For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::

For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::

Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.

St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.

Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.

HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!

April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.

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Warby Parker Home Try-On Review

Warby Parker :: Home Try-On Review :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #WarbyHomeTryOn:: 1. Griffin in Blonde Tortoise $95 :: 2. Griffin in Jet Black Matte $95 :: 3. Aldous in English Oak $95 :: 4. Ormsby in English Oak $95 :: 5. Banks in Striped Sassafras $95 ::

Quite recently I learned about the eye-wear miracle that is the Warby Parker HOME TRY-ON program. Listen when I tell you that this is the gift of gifts for the following scenario: the giftee likes to pick his or her own gift, but the gifter also enjoys gift selection participation. You do not have to submit yourself to a boring check mark to his or her gift list! You have options! You have Warby Parker!

So how does it work? Tell your giftee to head over to warbyparker.com and order five pairs of sunglasses through the HOME TRY-ON program. There is no cost for shipping either way. He or she will receive them in the mail within five days. Once the package arrives, Warby Parker encourages the recipient to spend the next five days trying-on each pair, taking photos, showing them to friends and family and ultimately deciding which one(s) to keep. And actually, if your giftee bravely shares pictures with them, Warby Parker will help with spec choices. Once the decision and payment are made, the box goes back in the mail and the new shades will be sent on their way.

Now maybe you’re thinking “this is really neat and all, but why Warby Parker in particular, aside from this program?” This company has distributed over a million glasses to people in need. When you buy a pair, not only do they give a pair, they provide training to folks in developing countries to give basic eye exams. So Warby Parker doesn’t just make high-quality, great-looking glasses, they give and teach and the core of their model is rooted in goodness. Giving a gift feels good, but giving Warby Parker eye-wear feels even better.

So let’s be honest, you may very well want to try this out yourself (and I enthusiastically recommend that you do). It’s free. It’s fun. Why not? Give it a go. Let me know what you think.

Note: Warby Parker has fantastic options for prescription eye wear, also eligible for the HOME TRY-ON. Also, the zip-up I’m wearing in the photos is by Under the Canopy, UTC has a self proclaimed “commitment to environmental and social responsibility — combining style with substance”.

UPDATE– Feedback from Warby Parker on Twitter:

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Easter Gifts for the Host or Hostess

Easter Week :: For Host or Hostess :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 1. Funny Bunnies DIY Cracker Set of 10 at Hey Yo Yo $17.95 :: 2. White Bunny Vase by Design Forest $60.55 :: 3. Woodlands Ice Tray by Kikkerland $7.54 (Amazon PRIME) :: 4. Sculptural Bunny Salt & Pepper Shaker Set by Williams-Sonoma $19.95 :: 5. Bunny Tea Towel by Oh Little Rabbit $11 :: 6. Menagerie Wine Bottle Topper by Umbra $12.98 (Amazon PRIME) ::

Note: The White Bunny Vase (#2) is handmade stoneware, fired at extremely high temperatures to ensure durability and waterproofing beyond regular earthenware. The glazes used are lead-free and food safe. Sherry Visetbhakdi Cantlay shapes her animal inspired pottery in Nottingham, England UK as Design Forest. Sherry combines whimsy and minimalism to deliver her original, charming pieces using a coil technique. Follow along on her blog for more on animal art.

The Bunny Tea Towel (#5) is an exceptionally soft “all natural cotton flour sack towel” featuring an original illustration and hand-printing. Oh Little Rabbit is comprised of lovebirds Jason and Cara Hibbs, a couple hailing from Albany, Oregon. Their operations and materials are eco friendly and often organic. Stay connected with @OhLittleRabbit on Twitter.

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Easter Gifts for your Darling Boy

Easter Week :: For Your Darling Boy :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Now that you have his basket ready– let’s fill it!

:: 1. Dotty Chicken Organic Tee by Silk Oak $18 :: 2. Plaid Bow Tie in Raspberry by Peppercorn Kids $15 :: 3. Hoppy Easter Pjs on SALE at Gymboree $22.95 $16.07 :: 4. Tortoise Ombre Retro Sunglasses by GapKids $9.95 :: 5. Swedish Slipper Moccasins in Heather Grey Multi by Hanna Andersson $25 ::  6. 12″ Bashful Grey Bunny By Jellycat on Amazon (Prime) $22.50 :: 7. Buy gift card for a Kiwi Crate $19.95 :: 8. Room Sign by Minted $16 :: 9. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure on Amazon (Prime) $9.70 ::

Note: The silk screened tee (#1) is handmade by Silk Oak, a Jan Rhodes Norman production out of Ithaca, NY going strong since 1977. I first learned about Silk Oak when I received pieces from her line for Zoe a couple of years ago. Since then I occasionally see her pop-up booth at craft shows and simply cannot resist a purchase. Jan explains, “we believe it’s possible for business to help create healthier, more vibrant communities. We print on U.S. grown cotton, sweatshop free garments and choose organic when possible!” Follow along on Silk Oak’s Facebook Page.

Peppercorn Kids  makes the most darling bow ties (#2) imaginable. Each has an adjustable strap with hook and slide closure to make an easy fit for your little man. Keep an eye out for more on this LA-based company in the near future on Gifts with Bows (hint: Zoe photo shoot in the not too distant future).

If you aren’t familiar with Kiwi Crate (#7), give it a look. Each crate has a theme (ex. Fairy Fun or Let’s Bake) and is “filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects”. Pick out one you think she’ll adore or give a gift card for a subscription or one-time crate.

The Room Sign (#8) is designed by Jennifer Wick for Minted. Jennifer is a hand lettering and illustration specialist. She’s a graphic design challenge winner by day, and a soccer mom of three by night. Her art prints are endlessly heart-melting– learn more about her and her process here.

The book (#9) is part of a non-chronological kids series about Pete the Cat. Collaborators James Dean and Eric Litwin write and illustrate incredible stories with pertinent lessons for young children and adults alike. Zoe is a huge Pete fan after receiving multiple books from the series from her Grandpa.

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Easter Gifts for Your Sweet Girl

Easter Week :: For Your Sweet Girl :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Now that you have her basket ready– let’s fill it!

:: 1. Appliqué Tee by Mini Boden $30 :: 2. Pink Palace Mandala Scarf by Tea Collection $28 :: 3. Bunny Hair Clip by Diddlebugs and Me $3.25 :: 4. Hoppy Easter Pjs on SALE at Gymboree $22.95 $16.07 :: 5. 12″ Bashful Cream Bunny By Jellycat on Amazon (Prime) $22.50 :: 6. Bunny Slipper Boots on SALE at Carters $24 $7.99 :: 7. Tiny Bunny Necklace by Petite Co. $14.50 :: 8. Buy gift card for a Kiwi Crate $19.95 :: 9. Room Sign by Minted $16 :: 10. Marshmellow a book on Amazon (Prime) $5.29 ::

Note: This precious beyond words Bunny Hair Clip (#3) by Diddlebugs and Me is handmade with felt and grosgrain ribbon on a covered, no-slip clip. Crafter, Sandy used to travel along the East Coast selling her products at festivals, but has more recently settled into her home at Etsy with nearly 40 thousand sales. Her reviews are sky high, so you can count on excellent quality. “Like” her Facebook page for coupon codes and sale alerts.

Zoe has a pair of these Bunny Slipper Boots (#6) and they are impossibly cuddly. She’s quite particular about what she will wear on her feet, so I can only assume these slippers are as comfortable as they are cute.

If you order the Tiny Bunny Necklace (#7) by Petite Co.be sure to enter code “ANNIVERSARY”  at checkout for 10% off. Portuguese designer, Vanessa is celebrating 3 years of business and wants to share her love of dainty jewelry with this special sale– perfect timing! Follow along on her Facebook page.

If you aren’t familiar with Kiwi Crate (#8), give it a look. Each crate has a theme (ex. Fairy Fun or Let’s Bake) and is “filled with all of the materials and inspiration for hands-on projects”. Pick out one you think she’ll adore or give a gift card for a subscription or one-time crate.

The Room Sign (#9) is designed by Jennifer Wick for Minted. Jennifer is a hand lettering and illustration specialist. She’s a graphic design challenge winner by day, and a soccer mom of three by night. Her art prints are endlessly heart-melting– learn more about her and her process here.

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Easter Baskets for the Littles

Easter Week :: Baskets :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 1. Good Wishes Quilts $32.55 :: 2. Monkey See Boutique $20 :: 3. Baffin Bags $20 :: 4. Sew EMG $30

Note: Basket #1 is 100% cotton, comes in 2 sizes, and can be folded down for storage and even ironed (if you’re into that… I am). Order by March 10th for Easter delivery. Good Wishes Quilts hails from Kelowna, BC, Canada and each stitch is made by Anne Schneider, featured by Good Morning America, HGTV, and many others. Anne says, “every product made comes with many good wishes for a long and happy life”. How to lovely to think that those positive thoughts become part of the gift you give to your sweet kiddo on Easter. Oh and guess what– if you “like” the Good Wishes Quilts Facebook page Anne will reward you with shop discounts.

Basket #2 has a square-bottom design that folds flat so you can tuck it away in the off-season. Or better yet, re-purpose it as a beach bag or sleepover tote. Monkey See Boutique sells from Chesapeake, VA and offers a ton of amazing personalized gifts. “Like” Monkey See Boutique on Facebook for special deals and promotions.

Basket #3 features an elk print on cotton with grosgrain ribbon embellishments (leave on, or easily remove). After the holidays, shop owner Karen suggests putting the basket on storage duty– perhaps hand towels in the guest bathroom? Order by March 15th to be Easter-ready. Baffin Bags is a Babble favorite out of Tyler, Texas. Keep fabric gifts in mind  by “liking” the shop Facebook page.

Basket #4 is a gingham daydream come true that moonlights as a diaper caddy. Put your little boy or girl’s initial front and center and be sure to color-coordinate with his or her bedroom. It comes in aqua, yellow, pink, navy and gray with even more color options for the letter. Kingston, TN is home to Sew EMG, an online shop overflowing with Southern charm and options to customize. Erica’s mission is “to celebrate the rich traditions of the past by preserving life’s sweetest moments with fabric and thread” by creating “modern heirlooms” for her adoring customers. “Like” the Sew EMG Facebook page for specials and discounts.

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Stitch Fix… What’s in the Box?

Stitch Fix :: March 2015 Box :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

I’ve mentioned Stitch Fix before on GWB, so it won’t surprise you that earlier this week I received a scheduled Fix in the mail. So let me tell you all about it and what makes Stitch Fix an awesome gift.

In this Fix I received 1. Jaiden Jogger Jean by Liverpool, 2. Iva Open Cardigan by Staccato, 3. Tomson Mixed Material Top by THML, 4. Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse by 41Hawthorn, and 5. Martelli Scoop Neck Sweater by Pink Martini. My favorite piece from this Fix was the THML top for its work to weekend versatility and darling embroidery. One thing I really love about this program is that you get introduced to new brands and companies. The experience is entirely personalized and delightful. It’s many miles away from a trip to the mall.

So what happens when you give the gift of Stitch Fix? The lucky lady will fill out a pretty extensive fit and style profile and choose a date to receive her Fix of five items. In my fixes I have usually received four clothing items and one accessory, but in my recent fix was all clothes.

The individually styled Fix costs $20 (no extra shipping), but that money can be used toward making purchases from the Fix. The cost per item ranges based on what she tells her stylist. Once she gets the package in the mail she will have three days to try everything on and decide which things to keep. She will simply drop off the remaining items in a pre-paid shipping bag at a nearby post office or mailbox. That’s it– easy!

Think you know the right girl for this gift? Gift certificates are a click away.

Note: The links above are referrals. Once you sign up you will get your own referral link to share with friends. When a pal places her first order with your referral link you’ll get $25 in credit. Happy face!

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Gift Guide for iPhone Lovers

iPhone Lovers :: Gift Guide :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

He says he needs to be able to see his phone while he’s driving, but you want to keep him safe.

She says the world ends when her iPhone battery dies, but you can come to the rescue every time.

Package these gifts together as a 3-piece set for her or for him– all available on Amazon Prime with a total price tag under $40.

:: 1. Kenu Airframe + Car Vent Mount for $13.85 :: 2 & 3. Jackery Mini Portable Charger for $19.95 :: 4. dCables Short USB Cable for $9.99 ::

Note: The Kenu Airframe + Car Vent Mount easily clips-on for the perfect hands-free solution. The Jackery Mini Portable Charger is a lipstick-sized, fast-charging life saver that’s compatible with new and old iPhone models. The dCables Short USB Cable is a necessary compliment to the Jackery, curing any issue of long, tangled cord-mess.

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Matching Puppy PJs from Carters

Carter's :: PJ Set :: $12 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For the sibling kiddos in your life on any holiday or just because,

Or for any child you adore who loves puppies and cozy jams.

:: 1. Buy infant sizes here on SALE for $20 $12 ::

:: 2. For toddler sizes, buy here (same price) ::

Note: My mom bought these matching PJs for my little babes, Zoe (3) and Ari (8 mo.) as a “just because” gift. They get quite a kick out of looking alike, especially Zoe, so these sets are going to get a lot of mileage. Be sure to get that camera ready to capture the giggles!

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