10 days until Christmas! Stressed or super excited?
Or somewhere smack dab in the middle, like me? I still have some online shopping to wrap up and some old-school store shopping to do to. In the meantime, I made a little wish list. I’m on the other-side of life where it’s more fun to give then receive, but one of the most fun things about Christmas when I was a kid was looking through catalogs and making lists. So, I thought why not. My hubby and I usually don’t do gifts, anymore, so this was for pure fun, and maybe it will give you a few more ideas if you are stuck on what to give.
4 / Electric Kettle : I’ve always loved tea, but these days, while I’m off of coffee (might give it a try tomorrow and see what happens!) I’m drinking tons of it. I’ve never had an electric kettle, but all the Brits do so I don’t know what I’m waiting for. This is the cutest one around.
7 / Slippers : I’ve taken to wearing my birks around the house and I think winter rather requires slippers, don’t you?
8 / Chunky Knit Raglan : I don’t have anything from Everlane. As a blogger, I’m kind of embarrassed by that. Kidding. Kind of. I hear their t-shirts are the best. But, since it’s chilly out, I’m eyeing this sweater.
Let’s be honest the hardest ones to buy for at Christmas are guys. At least they are for me. I hope the Mister Gift Guide will help you out if you are feeling stumped. It gave me some good ideas for my own guy as I was searching high and low for man things. Whether you are hunting for husband, boyfriend, father, brother, friend….these items are perfect for any mister in your life.
1 / Camping Survival Tool : If an outdoors type is on your list. My husband doesn’t camp, but he hunts and is out in the woods and I think this would be a great gadget for him to have on hand.
2/ Breakfast Sandwich Maker : I usually am not for gadgets, but we make egg sandwiches a lot in our house. As in almost everyday. And, guess who eats them? The boys.
3 / Alarm Clock : If you are trying to get your guy to not take his phone to bed, then a good old alarm clock might just do the trick. Love the design of this one.
4 / Leather Catchall : I’m certain my grandpa and dad had one of these. I think all men should. And, this particular one helps give sustainable work to women in Africa.
5 / Travel Kit : Such cool design. And, who knows maybe this will get your guy thinking about taking you on a trip.
6 / Zippo Hand Warmer : The perfect stocking stuffer for guys. Whether the mister on your list likes to go to outdoor sports games, hunt, camp this hand warmer will keep him warm as it stays warm for 12 hours. I want one.
It’s the 2015 Miss + Mrs. Gift Guide. There are some gems in here to give you some great ideas for your sister, best friend, mom or maybe a little something for yourself…because I’m sure you’ve been very good this year. A few items I have and LOVE, others are on my wish list, and some are just so great well, someone should buy them. Happy shopping for the special women in your life!
6/ Brass Stamp Holder / I never new I needed one of these, but I’m certain I do. What a pretty gift to give.
7 / Tadesse Bucket Bag by FashionABLE : So pretty. One of my favorite places to shop because not only do they make gorgeous products, they make opportunities for women who have come out of difficult situations.
8 / Zoe Chicco Ring : If you are going to splurge. I love this dainty ring. It packs a punch on it’s own and would also looked good stacked and layered with other rings.
9 / Oversized Cozy Throw : I don’t think I’ve ever linked to Sam’s Club. But, here you go. I have this blanket and I’m obsessed with it. It’s huge and the warmest throw I’ve ever had. And, at only $14 you can’t beat that. One for everyone!
I know you don’t need me to announce that Christmas is coming, but…. Christmas is coming. I haven’t started my shopping yet (nothing new), and if you are a little last minute like me, I thought I’d share a few ideas to get you started. Are you ready for the La La Lovely Gift Guide for Littles? I should note that a few of my littles aren’t so little anymore. So I’ve included a few gifts for a few different age groups. Mine are currently between ages 4 to 12. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for littles this year:
6 / Longboard : Both my boys and girl want these. I’m thinking Christmas is the right time to get them on.
7 / Piggy Bank : The coolest piggy bank around. Maybe your New Year’s goal includes incorporating chores and allowances (like ours did last year)….this bank would work out swell.
8 / Foodie Play Kitchen Sink : I’ll never forget my first kitchen set. If it was a cool as this then I’m sure we would have kept it through the years. I just love the yellow and the mid-century legs.
9 / Teeter Totter by The Palmoa : Mine are a little too old for this, but if they weren’t….I’d be all over this. The design is fabulous and it would give us hours of indoor play during long winter days.
10 / Toy Mail : Have you seen this? It’s a voice message device for your little ones. You can send them a message via your iOS device and they can send messages back through this little critter. I’m not for little ones having phones, but this is sweet.
What are your getting your kid’s this year? And, what are you kid’s asking for? One of mine is asking for a human size hamster ball?!
For giving to others, we are la la loving Comfy Critters (if you purchase in December and use code: BUY1GIVE1 then a Comfy Critter will also be donated to a room at the Atlanta Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital).
Last year, I had a picture perfect family photo that never made it to the crisp white card-stock of a Christmas card. I wondered if friends or family thought I might have cut them from my list. I only cut myself loose from some of the holiday “have tos.” And, a pretty picture on paper seemed to be one of the first things to go. I like writing cards, sending letters. The paper and pen process is a tradition for me. I really didn’t want to let go of a ritual that helped to hold my holidays in place. “There is always next year,” I told myself.
I am in next year and my inner chatter is gummy with guilt, muttering “Not again, this year.” This year, I don’t have . . . .
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