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!

A Dozen Clutches for Fall

A Dozen Clutches for Fall :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBROW 1: Queenie Clutch $150 | Tassel Pouch $175 105 | Metallic Envelope $139.99

ROW 2: Straw Pouch $128 43.18+ | Justine Clutch $44.95 |Claire- Pane $199 130

ROW 3: Floral Clutch $128 76.80 | Colorblock Clutch $44.95 | Berry Clutch $68

ROW 4: Finn Clutch $195 | Owls Clutch $128 | Bedford Clutch $181.56 90.78

If you’re trying to think of something super special for a gal who loves a sharp, pulled together look, a clutch is a spot on gift. And don’t be afraid of a little color punch. Whether you want to spend $20 or $200 you can find something unique that will stand out in her closet and remind her of incredibly thoughtful friend/sister/mama/(you).

Here are some of my favorites for fall. Which one do I love the most? It’s got to be a tie between this one and this one. Which one do you have your eye on? Tell me in the comments below. Then go knock a name off your holiday list!

Update: I found a few more that I think you’ll love: this one from Anthro for half off, this one on sale at J. Crew, and this sassy Vince Camuto number. Have at it!

Red Earth Favorites

Red Earth :: Five Favorites :: $30-76 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #redearth

  1. Organic Link Bracelet $72 | 2. Rex Necklace $76 | 3. Square Studs $30 | 4.  Lite Link Bracelet $42 | 5. Thin Cuff $38

For a global traveler; someone who dreams in the colors of the continents.

She appreciates skilled craftsmanship, local artistry and handmade goodness.

She understands the power of hope and wishes to grow it where it is needed most.

NOTE: Red Earth was imagined and brought to life by Travis Gravette in 2010. He explains, “our name was inspired from the red dirt roads and footpaths of rural Uganda,” a place that became near and dear to his heart during college and thereafter. Over the course of several years working to empower local leaders in Uganda, Travis met a number of artisans whose excellent craftsmanship allowed them to support their families. Now five years strong this company assists artisans worldwide to grow their businesses and to create new job opportunities. Read more about Red Earth here.

PERK: Get 15% off when you join the mailing list & free shipping on orders $50+.

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30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part Two

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

Ready to Wear

Salt + Light Tee by Walk in Love $25 | Elea Ring by Gorjana $75 $49.90 | Diamond Pendant by Mark + Graham $178 | 16 Stone Bangle by Margaret Elizabeth $165 | Berry Bliss Bracelet Set by Market Colors $15 | Ripley Bracelet by Kendra Scott $95 | Jersey Dress by Joules $53 | 360 Monogrammed Earrings by Swell Caroline $44

Happy Home

Turkish Towel from Design Darling $45 | Brass Planter by School House Electric $50-65 | Monogram Pillow by PB Teen $28.99 | Wish Eau De Parfum by Lollia $44.50 | Marble Cleat Box by West Elm $26-35 | Hello Object by West Elm $29 | Spring’s Eden Soap from Anthropologie $8 | Ginger Jar from One Kings Lane $119 $89 |

Today I’m bring you part two of the 30 for 30 gift guide. See an explanation of the guides, how I feel about turning 30 and part one here! Happy gifting!

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30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part One

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

On the Go

The Cape Elizabeth by The ROPES Main $75 | Floral Travel Mug by Ashley Brooke Designs $24 | Cedar Street Stacy Bifold by Kate Spade $100 | The Pastoso Flat by M. Gemi $178 | Ormsby Sunnies by Warby Parker $95+ | Key Chain by Baggu $9 | Color Block Stripe Phone Case by Pencil Shavings Studio $28.50+ | Monterey Watch by Kate Spade $295

On the Desk

Pink Metal Pen by Poppin $14 | Corta Maison Candle in French Bourbon Vanille by Voluspa $25 | Personalized Note Cards by Sophie & Lili $21.50 | Personalized Tumbler by Caroline Randall Made $18 | Simplified Planner by Emily Ley $58 | Sullivan Double Frame by Kate Spade $75

I just celebrated a milestone birthday on July 16th. In celebration of turning 30 I’m welcoming this brand new decade with 30 gift ideas. Today is part one: “on the go” and “on the desk”. Tomorrow you’ll see a new post with part two: “ready to wear” and “happy home”, so make a note to check back.

For me, turning 30 really could not feel better. I have felt like a thirty something trapped in a 20 something’s body for several years now. I got married at 24, bought a home and started having kids right away which turned out to be a pretty solid recipe for making friends with a slightly older crowd (which I love).

30 brings on a new level of confidence that closely resembles becoming a parent. When I had Zoe I changed. I never felt like a “real” adult until I was a mom. That’s just me. I know people have those moments in a million different scenarios, but something about having this incredible responsibility for this sweet, tiny human made me feel more responsible in all facets of my life. It wasn’t my first job out of college, or even getting married. Maybe it should have been, but it wasn’t.

Some friends have asked if I “feel old” now. It’s a playful and curious and standard question and the answer is yeah- I do. I really do. But in a good way. Game on! Let’s do this! And while we’re at it, let’s enjoy some really beautiful things that bring big smiles to our faces. Dan and I have had a few conversations lately about quality. Stuff quality, clothing quality, furniture quality. Coming into my thirties has presented a great opportunity to edit our house, closets and offices. Dear Lord may I never fill a shopping cart at Target with absolutely no forethought.

The 30 for 30 gift guides are inspired by great quality and really honoring my aesthetics all while being mindful of blending in small businesses and companies that pay it forward. I hope you enjoy it and pick up an idea or two!

REMINDER: If you haven’t entered the GWB Vilah Bloom Giveaway head over to this post and take two minutes to get your chance! Event closes TONIGHT, so make moves!

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Pineapple Everything!

Pineapple Everything :: Tropical Gifts :: #giftswithbows #gwb #pineapples

1. Bracelet by Alex and Ani $28 | 2. 10 oz. Candle by Modern Alchemy $20 $12 | 3. Earrings by Covet $22 | 4. iPhone Case by Kate Spade $45 | 5. Wreath Holder by Williams Sonoma $29.95 $12.99 | 6. Jar by Dot & Bo $31 $24.99 | 7. Necklace by Nasty Gal $18 | 8. Ice Tray Set by Sunnylife $22 | 9. Key Fob by Tory Burch $60 $42 | 10. Ceramic Jewelry Tray by JCrew Factory $19.50 $12.50

Give your next gift in true Florida form with a tropical delight that traditionally says, “Welcome!” and in more modern terms says, “Hey, girl!”. I can barely scroll Instagram for two minutes before I see a pineapple and you know what? I’m really okay with that. It’s fresh for summer and a sweet and citrus-y way to say congrats, happy birthday, or honey, I love you. Go forth and purchase your next punchy gift!

Trying to get your pineapple on for free? Okay I can help you there, too. Some ah-mazing bloggers and designers have made your pineappling adventures as easy as a quick download and print.

1. Oh So Lovely | 2. The Alison Show | 3. Glitter and Gloss | 4. Live Laugh Rowe

Pineapple Everything :: FREE Printables :: #giftswithbows #gwb #pineapples #ohsolovely #thealisonshow #glitterandgloss #livelaughrowe

Polished Medallion Clutch by Market Colors

GWB Review :: Market Colors :: Polished Medallion Clutch :: $36 :: #giftswithbows #gwb #marketcolors

Polished Medallion Clutch c/o Market Colors | $36 $28.80

(yup, you get 20% off the original price with code GIFTSWITHBOWS*)

You may remember GWB’s first introduction to Market Colors featuring their darling Mint Burst necklace this past winter. Well, after learning about the mission of this brilliant gem of a company I decided there was so much more to share about what it means to purchase something made by their partner artisans. I wanted to get a feel for the quality and see for myself the details and handiwork I had only admired through their online shop.

Before I tell you about the clutch itself, let me just take a moment to share the care and joy put into the packaging. I was delighted with their liberal use of darling washi tape, sweet hand written notes, and beautiful reminders of what this purchase means to the person who crafted it. Yes, you actually get to learn about WHO made each piece. These clutches in particular are made by women of Kenya. It all just felt so special and intimate.

I opened the clutch, neatly wrapped in tissue paper, and it immediately put a smile on my face. The fabric is a soft and vibrant cotton– mine is a bold shade of plum. It keeps its shape well, but doesn’t feel too stiff. It is lined and stays closed with a magnetic clasp closure. You can fit everything you need inside for a night out: keys, phone, wallet and gloss. It has great versatility to be dressed up for a wedding or down for a casual lunch with friends. Ultimately (and most importantly) I would definitely be proud to give this as a gift because it is simply lovely through and through– aesthetically and at its heart.

*Use code GIFTSWITHBOWS for 20% off all styles of the Polished Medallion Clutch. Mine is in plum, but you can also choose from slate, teal, navy, and tribal print. The code will be active until 8am on Friday, June 5th.

Be sure to use hashtag #marketcolors on Instagram to show this company how you style your clutch or any other accessories you pick up from their shop. Some of my favorites are: the mint burst necklace, the day at the sea necklace, and the flora stackable bracelet set.

To get connected with Market Colors (hint: they do giveaways on social media!) follow them on Instgram, Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter).

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Queen Bee Creations Giveaway

Queen Bee GIVEAWAY :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #QueenBee #Buzz

Oh, Portland. Must you keep everything cool for yourself? Not today and not on Gifts with Bows! GWB is back with another giveaway to kick off spring sponsored by Queen Bee Creations, a fascinating textiles studio lead by Rebecca Pearcy. Rebecca has been at it since 1996, stitching together a business that was set in motion in her teen years. After school sewing projects? Yes ma’am! This west coast wonder is a dreamer, designer and artisan and wow, I just couldn’t be happier that one Gift with Bows reader will be gloriously organized and darling when outfitted with a “Just in Case” zip-top pouch of her choice. Your choice of design & color!

How to win? Each action is worth an entry– up to 4 entries possible per person. If you do one action you’re in the running, but you can easily up your chances. Your call. Past actions count so if you already follow– you’re in luck! Either way be sure to tell me what you did and your handle on Pintrest in a comment below.

  • Pin the image above
  • Tag a friend when you pin
  • Follow Gifts with Bows on Pintrest
  • Follow Queen Bee Creations on Pintrest

If you don’t have a Pintrest account (honor code please!) and you’d still like to participate, do this instead (again, 4 entries max):

  • Like Gifts with Bows on Facebook
  • Like Queen Bee Creations on Facebook
  • Tag Gifts with Bows in a Facebook post
  • Tag Queen Bee Creations in a Facebook post

Can’t wait? Buy here for $24

UPDATE: A big congrats to Marissa C., our contest winner!! Thanks to all who participated– another giveaway will be posted soon!

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Pendants: Day to Night

Pendants :: Day & Night :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

It doesn’t matter if she spends the day hard at work at the office or hard at work at home, she’ll love wearing a charming pendant over a blouse or sweater any day of the week. Perfect for a holiday, but sweet as can be “just because”.

:: 1. Crystal Tassel Charm Necklace by JCrew $68 :: 2. Crystal Quartz Necklace by Dolce Ave. $29.48 :: 3. Blushing Deco Tassel Necklace by Pink Peonies Collection $110 ::

Note: Dolce Ave. is a side business for Megan, but you’d never guess it. She works full-time, but dreams up necklaces (alongside partner in crime/young daughter, Sofia) that are so sweet they’re nearly edible. Her designs are simple and sophisticated and made to suit your needs– for example, upgrade the necklace featured on Gifts with Bows to gold-filled for just $12. See what’s up next on the Dolce Ave. Facebook Page.

Pink Peonies Collection is so adored that the necklace featured above is on backorder until mid-April. But it is endlessly lovely and graceful, so don’t let a short wait keep you from the online checkout. Lifestyle blogger Rach Parcell is the dreamer and designer behind this company that blushes and sparkles with feminine beauty. Give her blog a look and step into her exceptionally well-styled life.

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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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