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What I’m Loving: Holiday Gift Guide

November 26, 2014

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As we are nearing the hustle and bustle of the holidays in full swing, and before the largest shopping day of the year, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite gift ideas this season. All are items I’ve been loving myself as of late–and if I’m loving them, I figured you might too! Some are girly items, but I did make sure to include a couple that anyone would love! From the nester, to the literature lover, to the chef, to the makeup lover–I’ve got you covered.WIL-ChristmasEdition

  1. CAPRI BLUE CANDLES: I’ve always loved this brand, but especially with the holidays, I’m just smitten over CB’s Volcano scent mercury glass candle. The mercury glass fits perfectly with holiday decor and adds the perfect extra cheer into my house. This is an EXCELLENT gift for any lady in your life. My favorite and an Anthropologie favorite too. If you’re local, my favorite boutique, Imagine, has them in stock now. I can’t promise that I won’t scoop them all up though. (:
  2. OH MY DEER BY CHELSEA PETAJA PRINTS: For the literature lover and the nester, these prints are absolutely on the list of my top ten favorite pieces in my entire house. I have Chelsea’s limited edition Albert Camus 18×24 poster framed in gold in my living room and it gets so many comments by visitors of my abode. What’s even more lovely to me than that is the most perfect literary quotes she chooses to artfully letter by some of the best writers of all time–Emerson, Camus, Hemingway–to name a few. Prints come in modest sizes 8×10 for a stocking stuffer all the way up to her beautifully lettered 18×24 posters–so there are many gift giving options! She also has a few holiday prints, which I’m of course a fan of, as well.
  3. THE OYSTER BED: This is the wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am of oyster plates and I absolutely love it. Preston and I love recreating our version of delicious baked oysters on here. Pair it with a nice glass of red and you’re golden for a cozy date night at home. What’s even better is that this particular oyster plate is absolutely versatile. From cooking various appetizers and dishes in the oven, on the grill, or even storing them in the fridge all the way to presenting them on the table, this plate is quite dynamic. I love that I can cook my dish and put it straight out for guests without having to switch it over into a more presentable plate. Even more than all of the pretties and versatility, what I truly love about this plate is that it was designed with the goal of giving back a little to this beautiful, yet quickly depleting coast on which we are so fortunate to call home. A main goal of the founders of The Oyster Bed is that restaurants and home consumers of oysters along the coast would be able to recycle more of the shells back into estuaries which are vital to preserving the precious land of our quickly eroding coast. You can read more about their passionate efforts, the family behind the product, and purchase your own oyster bed or a as a gift for the chef in your life, here. Hurry though, this particular favorite of mine only has a few more days of ordering eligibility to receive it in time for the holidays!
  4. URBAN DECAY’S NAKED 3 EYESHADOW PALETTE: This one really needs very little introduction, as Urban Decay’s Naked Palette’s have been unmatched favorites for quite some time in the makeup world . But with the release of their soft pinks and browns in their Naked 3 eyeshadow palette, you can’t go wrong gifting this to most any lady who likes to get dolled up in your life. Neutral enough for anyone who doesn’t wear much makeup, yet quality, beautiful tones for someone who does–it’s a win-win gift, undoubtedly.

I hope you enjoyed this little gift guide, but more so, I hope you enjoy soaking up precious time being thankful for those that are in your life tomorrow. I’ve written this post in time for Black Friday shopping, and while I’ll admit I love a little retail therapy, it does sadden me that a day designated to family and time spent giving thanks has truly turned into a day retailers have made their own. So, before you head out to the stores, please savor that time with family and keep those in mind whose holidays are spent alone, heartbroken, or working this Thanksgiving.


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