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
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!
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!
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For a friend or beau or with a new car and aspirations of retaining the glorious new car smell,
Or because you so generously share your car with your aloof teen, sticky-fingered toddler, and anyone else who needs a ride.
Buy here for $30
Note: Hang this handmade, 100% cotton twill (with optional oilcloth lining) on the gearshift and make your way into spring with a litter-free car following the longest, snowiest, saltiest winter yet! It comes in dozens of lovely patterns and colors, but I wanted to show the gray so that you can picture it in a guy’s car just as well as a lady’s. GreenGoose is comprised of a husband and wife team located in Columbia, Maryland. Stephanie and Kevin adore working together, and have proudly ensured quality and care to over 5,000 pieces sold.
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.
For her first day on the job to hold coffee or pens
Or say cheers to your sweet coworker on Administrative Professionals’ Day or Boss’s Day
Or for any one of your girlfriends who love gold, gold and more gold!
Buy here for $15.50
Note: With 130 perfect reviews on Etsy (5 stars!), you can bet on a perfect circle monogram from The Joyful Peach. Brooke Maltempi will ship her charming inventory from Chester, VA with a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks– but let her know if you’re short on time and she might be able to adorn your doorstep sooner.
:: 1. Summer Dress Watch by Modify $50 :: 2. Warby Parker Sunglasses– Griffin in Blonde Tortoise $95+ ::3. Gold Dot Frame by Lunares $45* :: 4. Ballerina Pink Tieks $175 :: 5. Foil-Pressed Personalized Stationary at Minted $49/set of 15
*If you’re new to One Kings Lane sign up to get $15 credit for a $30+ purchase
Note: Don’t forget to put a photo of you and your best girl in the frame before you wrap it!
Look out for a Groomsmen Gift Guide on GWB– Monday February 23rd!
Can you even imagine giving or getting this for Mother’s Day? Beyond sweet.
Or what about as an Anniversary gift? Stop it.
To your grandparents of all their grandkids? Is it too much adorableness? Are you overcome with joy at the thought of it?
Buy here for $80 & up
Note: Sophie & Lili is powered by studio artist Jennifer Vallez. Her custom pencil & watercolor sketches are done on archival 140 lb watercolor paper. Finished size 5.5 x 8.5″ – unframed. Wait list 6-8 weeks. Send in your photo with details on your custom presentation. Price increases with number of family members (don’t forget to add your dog or cat)
Curious? Give it a try. Tried it? Gift it to a friend and share the wealth.
“Give the gift of personal style” and order a gift card (mail, email or print).
Note: I have ordered a few fixes over the past few years and let me just say this: surprise clothes on your doorstep is never not fun. You’re welcome. And full disclosure– the link above is a referral link. Once you sign up you will get your own referral link to share with friends. How does it work? When a pal places her first order with your referral link you’ll get $25 in credit. Pretty great.
:: 1. Felt Planter $24 :: 2. Ice Cube Tray $10.20 :: 3. Cat Watch $5.94 :: 4. Phone Stand $20.75 :: 5. Cat Initial Necklace $32 :: 6. Pair of Mugs $17.98 ::
Note: The ice cube tray, watch, phone stand and pair of mugs are all available on Amazon, and the felt planter and cat initial necklace are handcrafted by Etsy artists: Stella Melgrati’s The Yarn Kitchen and A Brilliant Impression out of Texas, respectively.
I bought the pair of mugs for my Aunts this past Christmas and it was a hit– highly recommend.
For your sweet friends on their way to the alter
To adorn a bedroom, whether nursery, teen lounge or grown up bunk
Or even for the office… for day one on the job, or ten years in
Buy here for $75
Note: Happy Valley Goods is “a family business that is committed to creating and producing cutting edge products and decor that will increase the visual happiness in your home, office, or classroom.” A Lucite monogram? Consider my visual happiness to be in excellent condition.