Monday, November 30, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide {Hostess Gifts}

Hello and Happy Monday!! I hope you are all well and had a wonderful Thanksgiving and (hopefully) long weekend. My weekend kicked off with a delicious dinner at Levant, a BurnCycle Turkey Burn, and a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner. I decorated for the holidays and co-hosted a very fun brunch! I feel somewhat recharged, and ready for the madness that is the month of December.

Now that we have covered $25 and Under Gifts and My Favorite Things it is time to discuss hostess gifts!

And be sure to come back tomorrow for the final installment of my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide AND find out how you can enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide {My Favorite Things}

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be grateful for - namely, all of you and this blog. I am so touched and honored that you all take the time to read along, comment and support everything I do. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Now that we've covered the $25 and Under holiday gifts, let's discuss My Favorite Things. This list includes experiences, kitchen products, and most are gender-neutral and couple friendly.

I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend. Be sure to come back Monday for my last two guides, and the giveaway!

Theater and event tickets are a great gift for friends, family or professionals. An event like a play can be one of the most long-lasting and valuable gifts you can provide. An experience creates memories and allows for loved ones to spend quality time together. In Portland, PCS puts on phenomenal productions with world-class casts and creatives.

Give this to: Boss / Parents / Siblings / Best Friends / New Parents

Jord Wood Watches

Perfume and watches are life necessities I would never buy for myself. These are gift-only possessions. I am particularly fond of these wood watches from Jord. They are not only stylish, but keep up with the PNW lifestyle.

Give this to: Parents / Siblings / Significant Other 

Whether someone is a novice in the kitchen or a professional chef, a great knife will be a welcome and regularly used gift. A quality knife can get a young adult excited about cooking, or help your family's Ina Garten get to the next level.

Give this to: Parents / Cousin / Sibling / Best Friend / Foodies

Le Tote Gift Certificate

Have a girlfriend who has everything? Or a sister who is afraid to branch out over her shift dresses and cardigans? Why not give them a gift certificate to Le Tote? Le Tote is a monthly clothing subscription service. Each month, a stylist curates five clothing and accessory items (which can be edited) that you get to try out for the month! It is such a great way to try out a new trend or experiment with expanding your style! They also have a line for expectant moms!

Give this to: Sister / Work Bestie / Mom / Aunt / Cousin / Mama-to-Be

Gift Certificate to Urban Waxx

A gift certificate for a wax? Yes!! I highly recommend giving your closest friends and family members a gift certificate to their favorite spas or boutiques. One of my biggest pet peeves during the holidays is giving just to give - not giving a thoughtful gift that is useful for the recipient. Show that you listen and know them. Not only does Urban Waxx offer great services, they also carry top skin care items, Serious Serum, and jewelry.

Give this to: Best Friend / Sister / Significant Other / Cousin

Have wine lovers on your list? Instead of a bottle, gift a membership! This surprising collection of wines, from one of Oregon's most renowned wineries, will surprise and excite even the most worldy wine drinker. And, it is a tasty experience!

Give this to: Boss / Parents / Significant Other / Sibling / Cousin / Best Friend

Bitterman's Salt Co. Salt Block + Salt Block Cook Book

Learning is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone - or yourself, for that matter. A tasty learning experience? Well that is the ultimate! This summer I took a Salt Block cooking class and instantly knew it would be on the list. I recommend this for anyone with B or above cooking skills and a passion for culinary activities.

Give this to: Foodie Friends / Supper Club Gals / Brother-in-Law / PR Friends / Parents

Seely Mint Patties

I LOVE giving gifts that transform  someone's opinion. These Seely Mint Patties will transform any Jr. Mint hater (ME!) into a complete addict. They are beautiful, tasty, and come from a 4th Generation Oregon Mint Farm. Perfection!

Give this to: Colleagues / Besties /Siblings / Family / Cousins / Neighbors

Montana Til I Die Shirt

If you know me, you know I LOVE MONTANA!! This from UpTop clothing not only embodies my pure passion for God's Country, but it is also SO comfortable! UpTop comes from the Anderson brothers - Colt plays for the Colts - who are both Montana natives. The brand embodies the enthusiasm and integrity of every great Montanan!

Give this to: Those you are trying to convert to Montananism / Great Montanans / Sisters / Brothers / Strangers / Elected Officials

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide {$25 and Under}

I'm so excited!! Today kicks off my 4-part holiday gift guide! These are all items I love, purchase, and many I will be gifting this holiday season. When selecting gifts I am committed to finding great businesses that create products or experiences that make sense for the recipient and occasion. I also like to respect my budget. And just because a gift is $25 or less does not mean it isn't thoughtful and valuable.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday - when I will be announcing the most amazing holiday giveaway - for the rest of my guides!