A Clean Car for Spring featuring GreenGoose

Green Goose :: Car Trash Bag :: $30 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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.

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Wool Mobile for Baby from My Sweet Muffin

My Sweet Muffin :: Wool Baby Mobile :: $42 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

What a lucky baby!

Bring this 100% wool felt mobile to your next baby shower for many ooos and ahhs

Or gift it to your own darling child or grandchild and let him look up in wonder at each soft and colorful detail

Buy here for $42

Note: My Sweet Muffin is one of the most adorable online stores for babies and kiddos I’ve ever see. They specialize in “unique, modern and luxurious baby items” and wow, check them out, because you will undoubtedly enjoy all of the preciousness. Follow along on their Facebook page to get special deals!

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Vanilla by The Spice House

The Spice House :: Best Vanilla :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For the baker with a nose that knows: he or she will so appreciate the aromatic glory and deeply indulgent difference of Vanilla from The Spice House.

Also for your Starbucks or local grind junky who has an interminable weakness for Vanilla lattes.

16 oz. Madagascar “Bourban Islands” Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract $27.99

2.5oz Shaker of Madagascar Vanilla Powder $9.99

Note: I was introduced to the The Spice House by Chicago Food Planet Food Tours several years back, when I was living in the Windy City and my parents came to visit. The Vanilla they offer is miles away from what you can buy at a convenience grocery store. It is rich and layered and almost savory. Never in my life did I anticipate becoming a Vanilla snob, but I’ll freely and gladly take the title. When I found out The Spice House shipped its merchandise I immediately made a mental note to send a few jars to my Mom for Mother’s Day that year. It. Is. So. Good.

Either option works well for baking or coffee, but I’d recommend the liquid for the former and the powder for the latter.

If you’re ever in Chicago and you’re looking for something to do, treat yourself to a Food Tour by Chicago Food Planet. It’s brilliant fun, gets you walking, teaches you a great deal about a range of foods and restaurants, tells brick and mortar history, and comes with samples of the best tastes Chi-town has to offer. This company is so well loved that dozens upon dozens of food tour start-ups have mimicked them to find huge success in cities spanning the nation.

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The Simplified Journal by Emily Ley

Emily Ley :: The Simplified Journal :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBThe illustrated quote on this journal’s cover reads: “I will hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection”. What a lovely reminder to Mom on Mother’s Day or to your almost-graduated college student on her way into the outside world. Give her a  beautiful space to reflect and dream with daily prompts to share her every thought.

Buy here for $32

Notes: Emily Ley has a gorgeous collection of planners, office supplies and prints that are designed to simplify and bring joy to your everyday life. Her products are as preppy and fresh as a May day on a University campus south of the Mason-Dixon. Come browse her website and see if you can’t smell a breeze of freshly cut grass in a yard lined with peonies. Happy sigh.

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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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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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Watercolor Custom Portraits by Sophie & Lili

Sophie & Lili :: Watercolor Portaits :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

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)

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Stitch Fix… Curious?

Stitch Fix

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.

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Gift Guide: The Cat Lover

Cat Lovers :: Gift List :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 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.

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