Gift Guide 2018
With holiday sales in full-swing this Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been eyeing as well as some things that I already have and love.
For the home
Homebody, Joanna Gaines $23.99 (regularly $40)
Joanna Gaines has quickly become a household name thanks to her many enterprises like Fixer Upper, the Magnolia Market, the Magnolia Journal, and Hearth and Hand. As soon this book arrived on my doorstep, I knew this would be a valuable resource for a future home of my own. The beautiful imagery inside makes this the perfect gift for anyone interested in home decorating.
Faux Fur Ombre Throw $49 (regularly $99)
I know, a blanket isn’t the most original gift idea. But these throws are so soft and luxurious, who’s really going to complain? Plus it’s 50% off and you can never have too many blankets, right?!
Chrysanthemum Pot $8-$20
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has at least one plant somewhere in their home or apartment, real or fake. Therefore, plant pots make a great gift. Live plants need to be repotted periodically and fake ones are even easier to swap containers. I like this chrysanthemum design because the neutral color will go with most decors and the texture adds some visual interest. Bonus points if you gift this with an actual plant in it or some other miscellaneous home goodies!
Candlefish Candle $10-$22
I visited the Candlefish flagship in Charleston last year and have loved their brand ever since. Their candle library has 100 exclusive scents, which are grouped by fragrance family (citrus, floral, woodsy, fruity, etc.). They also list the fragrance notes, since it is a bit strange to order a candle online without the ability to smell it. Personally, I’m a fan of the Green & Natural family and No. 15 is absolutely divine.
Tiled Margot Monogram Mug $10
Mugs are another one of those things you can never have too many of. These tiled monogramed mugs, aside from being absolutely gorgeous, are a nice touch because they feel more personal. Fill with your favorite cocoa mix or tea bags and you’re gift-ready!
Makers Deck Playings Cards $15
For game nights in, why not have a deck of cards you’ll actually want to take out and use?
For the cook
Truffle Gift Package $54.95
Maybe this is just me, but whenever I see a dish with truffles on a menu, I immediately want it (and order it, if it’s not absurdly expensive). If there’s anyone in your life that is the same way, this gift is for them.
SALT Pasta Machine $24.99 (regularly $34.99)
One of my goals for next year is to learn how to make pasta from scratch and this machine would make that so much easier.
Soup Spoon Recipe Cards $12
In the age of Pinterest and food bloggers, these recipe cards feel like a wonderful novelty. I could easily see using these cards to save some of my favorite recipes and share with family members.
Wooden Cutting Board $17.99
This cutting board is so beautiful, it could easily double as a serving board for cheese & crackers or appetizers at the next family gathering.
Instant Pot $69.95 (regularly $99.95)
I may be one of the last people on earth to finally get an Instant Pot this year (thanks Mom and Dad!). But if you’re late to the party like me, the sale prices are great this weekend.
Food 52 A New Way to Dinner $20.22
I have this cookbook and love that it’s organized by season to incorporate in-season produce. They also list recipe plans in weekly increments to maximize the ingredients you purchase
For the traveler
Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Book From $49
One of my favorite things to do after a vacation is create a photo book. I usually print extra copies of the book and give them to anyone else who was on the trip. It’s a great way to flip through memories and preserve them, rather than keeping them on a phone camera roll. Artifact Uprising has become my go-to for photo books because the materials and quality are great and they make their products here in the US. Of course, your photo book doesn’t have to be travel related, it could instead be a compilation of memories from the past year.
Frends Headphones $99 (regularly $199)
I’ve had these headphones for a few years now and aside from looking and sounding great, they’re also perfect for travel because they fold up. Although admittedly not as compact as earbuds, I prefer over-the-head headphones for travel because they block out a lot of excess background noise.
Leather Passport Case $19.50 (regularly $29.50)
I’ve also had this passport case for a few years now and I love it. The leather looks good and ages well, and it’s oddly so much easier to find my passport in my bag with this case on it, probably because it adds a bit of bulk to it.
For anyone who travels regularly, this app is game-changer. I downloaded it 4 years ago and have been subscribed ever since. Simply put, it’s Netflix for magazines, with over 200 titles in its library. The app updates with current issues as they hit newsstands but also includes years of back issues. You also have the ability to download issues to your phone or tablet for when you don’t have access to wi-fi, which is perfect for train commutes or plane rides.
Portable Phone Charger $17.99
If you don’t have a portable phone charger yet, you need to get one. This has been such a life saver, especially while traveling when power outlets are difficult to come by.
Slip Silk Eye Mask $50
When trying to sleep on a plane or really anywhere that has excess light sources, an eye mask can work wonders.
For the coffee table
When in doubt, buy them a beautiful book
The Eye $28.46
Nathan Williams, author of Kinfolk magazine, brings more than 90 of the most iconic and influential creative directors into the spotlight in this beautifully designed book.
Living with Pattern $21.84 (regularly $35)
Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house.
The Art of Harry Potter $60 (regularly $75)
Bursting with hundreds of rare and unpublished works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and more, this collectible book is the definitive tome on the visual legacy of the Harry Potter films.
Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage $17.89
Exquisite images from award-winning National Geographic photographer Robert Clark offer a captivating perspective on the vast beauty and myriad functions of a seemingly simple thing: the bird feather.
Overview, Benjamin Grant $29.84
A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram account.
Humans of New York $16.66 (regularly $29.99)
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. Surprising and moving, printed in a beautiful full-color, hardbound edition, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.