Christmas Countdown: For the Guys

Christmas Countdown :: Gifts for Guys :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB

1. Cashmere Hoodie $218 | Cozy, yet presentable. Teach him how to treat it well and he’ll have it for decades. And let him break it in at Christmas dinner.

2. Daniel Wellington Watch $229 | Classic-classicness with a hint of modern design. It’s a work to weekend watch that is perfectly simple.

3. Crosley Record Player $79.95 | And throw in a few records while you’re at it. If he’s just starting a collection go for classics like the Who and Neil Young. Add a bag of doughnuts, a pour over coffee, and something to read and you’ve just discovered my husbands ideal Saturday morning.

4. Nespresso Evoluo Deluxe $249 173.96 | You are seeing that right. 40% off at Sur la Table. A 15-20 second heat up will get that cup of coffee ready super fast, so he’s not a minute late to work.

5. Legendary Golf Clubhouses $51.61 | The ultimate guys coffee table book. “Focusing on the most celebrated golf clubhouses built from the late-nineteenth century and into the 1930s, Legendary Golf Clubhouses of the U.S. and Great Britain showcases the true golden age of golf clubhouse architecture.”

6. Bose Bluetooth Speaker $119 | What, no wires? That means when  he’s grilling, beaching, moving from room to room or otherwise not stationary he can still hear all the tunes. Buy one or a set to get the whole house covered.

7. Wicked Good Slippers $79 | Best slippers ever. Dan and I both have a pair and we have plans to get a new set this Christmas. They last a good 4-5 years (maybe longer if you don’t live in them like we do), and are definitely worth a re-buy.

8. Trunk Club $0+ | What’s the Trunk Club claim? Expert style advice, no-hassle returns, and investment-level clothing. With no charge he will be assigned a stylist who will get a feel for his lifestyle, get a digital preview of items in his trunk and then receive a collection of wears pronto by mail only paying for the clothes he chooses to keep. You can get a gift card by post (or email if it’s last minute) to encourage him to keep the pieces he loves– because listen, these are premium clothes, shoes and accessories and he might need a little push to rip the tags off. The program pretty much solves the age-old issue of the shop-a-phob who has especially particular tastes. Ahem, husband of mine, sorry to call you out.

BONUS: Audible $14.95 | A monthly membership that gives access to his choice of over 180,000 audiobooks. Whether he has a long commute or plans to train for a marathon, he will finally be able to find time to “read” by multitasking.

Christmas Countdown: For the Fitness Enthusiast

Christmas Countdown :: Fitness Enthusiast :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB1. Zella Wrap $98 65.66 | At a third of it’s normal price, this little number is a steal. Wear it open or buttoned, but always with your thumbs in the thumby-holes!

2. Apple Watch Sport $439 | For the iPhone lover whose Fitbit/Jawbone/Etc. is ready for a serious upgrade.

3. Nike Legend 2.0 Poly Capri $60 | My all time favorite workout leggings. They’re flattering, comfortable, and they stay in place. Love them. More colors for half the price here.

4. Jump Rope $14.97 | If you can’t do anything else, you can do this. Also, good for warm ups.

5. Athleta Chi Tank $39 | I’ll just refer to the tagline, “UNSTINKABLE. Wear it more. Wash it less.”

6. Asics Running Shoes $89.99 | I’m an Asics girl ever since a professional fitting with Fleet Feet. Give them a shot and they’ll treat you right.

7. Gymboss Interval Timer $22.90 | Burpees for how long?

8. Lululemon Ear Warmer $26 | Because frost bite is real and the ears are the first to go!

9. Mark & Graham Monogrammed Yoga Mat $45

…and a couple more ideas to add to the pile:

Christmas Countdown: Favorites from Paisley + Sparrow

Christmas Countdown :: Paisley & Sparrow Favs :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWBI was very lucky this week to offer a giveaway with some pretty extraordinary companies. One of the owners gave me quite a welcomed education on how to gift well. Well in that the gift serves far beyond the recipient. Best part? She doesn’t even realize the impact her shop made on me. But by so carefully crafting her online shop and explaining every item’s PURPOSE, I got a very special reminder of the heart of giving. This one’s for you, Jen!

I’m so delighted to make this introduction, so let’s not waste another minute! Paisley + Sparrow’s shop has a PURPOSE because it has been handcrafted by a survivor of modern day slavery. Owner, Jen Biswas has diligently searched high and low to discover organizations that have “matched her heart for marginalized people,” thus finding the loveliest and most giftable items all curated for your ease and enjoyment. Here are some of my favorite things in her shop:

1. Chevron Gold Necklace $36 | This 22″ charmer would look great with a plain tee on a bold and extroverted gal. Get it for someone who will use it as a conversation piece. It is made by Purpose, whose “jewelry tells a story of hope, strength, and perseverance” in the face of the sex trafficking.

2. Arrow & Copper Wood Journal $22 | Inspire the singer-song writer (or otherwise creative darling) with this intricately carved wood and leather journal by Raven + Lily, who “employs over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them… a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families”.

3. Jivana Peony Necklace $40 | Another darling option from the Purpose brand that is work and special event ready! “The word Jivana means life in Hindi. This stunning necklace represents new life and a fresh start for young women rescued from modern day slavery.”

4. Acai Tassel Bracelet $26 | This bracelet was handmade by an artisan in Ecuador employed by Faire Collection, a company “founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America.” Give it to your favorite bracelet-stacking girlfriend, because c’mon, who doesn’t love a tassel?

5. Wild Flower & Fern Soap $9 | Hello, soap. Get in my stocking. Also, perfect for office colleagues and babysitters. This vegetable-based shea butter soap makes a lovely little promise: “For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand will donate a bar to help save a child’s life, donate 1 month of clean water to a child in the developing world, and save 50 square feet of rain forest.” Wow.

6. Assefa Scarf $48 | This cotton scarf from the fashionABLE Miriam Collection was handwoven in Ethiopia and named after a woman whose life has been changed because of your purchase. The colors in this scarf tell a story for every season making it perfectly wearable year round. From winter– bare tree branches speckled with new fallen snow, to summer– hunting for shells and rocks on sandy beaches. Nothing like a soft, neutral color palette to keep you cozy.

7. Ashoka Make Up Bag $22 | Another gem from Raven + Lily. This multi-use pouch is made of 100% organic cotton and detailed with the sweetest screen printed pattern. Fill it with favorite desk supplies, toiletries, or other P+S goodies and make this gift into a gift set.

Bonus: If you’re new to Paisley & Sparrow you can take 20% off your order just by signing up for their newsletter. Also, be sure to follow along with @paisleyandsparrow on Instagram for gorgeous photos and encouraging words.

Happy holiday shopping, loves!

But First, Coffee: How to Make Coffee a Legit Gift

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A bag of coffee makes a decent gift in a pinch, but add a few more parts and you can give someone a full-on coffee experience. This is what you need:

1. Set of 2 Glass Double Wall Mugs $29.95 | Because you want to see this charming cup of coffee you’ve just crafted  (cheaper option). A set of two also makes your coffee gift set very couple-appropriate (think weddings!).

2. One-Cup Porcelain Pour Over Cone $8.99 | I like it because I don’t have a second cup, or if I do it’s at the office… so I only make a pot when we have company at the house. Plus I was never a barista and so this is how I get my kicks.

3. Sleek, Cordless Stainless Steel Electric Kettle $79.95 | You can totally wait for all eternity if you just can’t do without the shrill whistle of a stove top kettle, or you can press one button on this bad boy and have boiling water ready faster than you can switch your laundry… but still switch your laundry because coming home from work and realizing your clothes having been sitting in the washer all day will give you a serious sad face emoji (cheaper option).

4. 100 Ct. #2 Filters $6.92 | If you’re committed you can save and buy in bulk. But don’t forget to grab a pack of these because you cannot make the coffee without them. Don’t give new meaning to #nofilterfail

5. 12oz. Bag of Brazil Beans by Cafe Kubal $12 | A medium roast from the Mogiana region with peanut and milk chocolate notes = yes. And here’s a decaf option. Kubal is my favorite local coffee shop. If you’re in the greater Syracuse area, check it out. Otherwise, at least they sell online. Also, if you give whole beans, consider whether your giftee has a grinder at home. Often people buy ground coffee or use the grinder at the store, so it’s not a guaranteed appliance.

6. Madagascar Vanilla Powder Shaker $9.99 | You might remember seeing a reference to this several months ago. There is a reason I mentioned it yet again. It. Is. So. Good. (cinnamon option)

Now here are eleven more mug options to check out. Because the truth is that mugs really reflect upon a person and dare I say, tell a potentially revealing story about that person. So if a mug is given as a gift put a little thought into it:

  1. For the endless errand runner
  2. For the serial monogrammer
  3. GOLD ONLY (EVER)
  4. For your cheeky girlfriend
  5. For the so-right-now-ist
  6. For the classic neautralist
  7. For the urban minimalist
  8. For the mason jar-aholic gal (yes, that is a thing)
  9. For the mason jar-aholic guy (yes, also a thing)
  10. For the secret architect
  11. For the not so ordinary

Choose well, friends.

And if you haven’t entered the current GWB giveaway on Instagram, go check it out!

Christmas Countdown: 7 Girlfriend Gifts in Black

Christmas Countdown :: 7 Black Gifts for Girlfriends :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB Two-Tone Sunnies $145 | Black Tassel Clutch $170 | Gold Foil Notebook $16 | iPhone Case $35 | Layered Sweater $88 44 | Classic Sweatshirt $55 | Pom Hat $55 28

For your NYC girlfriend who just doesn’t do color– I’ve got you covered.

If you’re shopping around for the best ever fur pom winter hat, I’d also recommend this similar one from Gap. It just landed on my doorstop last week and has me thinking I may not scoff at the first snow this year… no matter how early it comes.

And even though these Warby Parkers aren’t part of the home try-on program (which I dearly love), I am so smitten with them that I’d bet they are worth the risk!

Kate Spade Secret Sale: Five Finds

Mikas Pond Lacey Wallet :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBJust spotted my wallet on the Kate Spade Secret Sale today and wanted to share with you guys because it’s one of my favorite things (a very special birthday gift) and it’s currently more than half off. Quite a steal. And the most gorgeous shade of pink you’ve ever seen. And if you’re feeling matchy you can grab the passport holder, too.

And while I’m at it I may as well post a few other things in the shop that have caught my eye for your gift-giving inspiration!

Drop Earrings :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBdrop earrings $68 29Southport Avenue Oden :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBsouthport avenue oden $448 179Bamboo Bangle :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBgold bamboo bangle $78 29Baby Bag :: Kate Spade Surprise Sale :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBkennedy park honey baby bag $348 149

These drop earrings have holiday party written all over them (these ones, too if you like a little color).

I have a slightly larger southport bag and it’s my go-to black bag for work. It’s a beautiful pebbled leather– it holds its shape so well for that crisp professional look. This one would be a great holiday gift for a 9-5 gal. Or this one for a more casual feel.

This polished diaper bag would be a total show stopper at any baby shower. And making a new mama feel special is no small thing.

Let me know your favorites once you check it out!

Christmas Countdown: 9 Gifts for the Teen Girl

Christmas Countdown :: 9 Gifts for the Teen Girl :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBChristmasCountdown #GWB Buffalo Check Phone Case $54 | Kate Spade Earring Set $88 | Leather Pouch $19

Gold Headphones $229.99 | Monogram Cuff $39.99 29.99 |Acrylic Frame $28.48

Marquee Letter $13 | Perfume $65 | Art Print $4.95

She’s not so impossible to shop for, right? Well I certainly was from 13 through college. Probably to the point of embarrassment. So here are a few delightfully pretty things to inspire you whether you need a $20 gift for your office intern (try monogramming this pouch) or something super special for your daughter. And whatever you choose, don’t forget to top it with an over-sized velvet bow!