ultimate gift guide // sisters in law

I’ve already given you bunches of ideas of what to get for a variety of people in your life this Christmas. (check out all the goodness here!!) and now I’m giving you yet another ultimate gift guide… this time for your sisters in law.

okay you guys.

I have THREE sisters in law.

three!! and I love them dearly! but sometimes it can be overwhelming to figure out what to get for each of the ladies in your life when the list of them grows long, long, long.

no worries πŸ™‚

here’s my ultimate list of what you should be sticking under the treeΒ for your sweet, in-law gals this year… they’re all gifts I’d love to get, and all can be found at reasonable prices to fit any budget ❀

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my husband’s stocking stuffers // CHRISTMAS 2015

hey there again!! πŸ™‚

since I’ve been sharing so many ideas with you for gifts & stockings stuffers for the men in your life, I figured… why not share with you exactly what I’ve purchased for my own hubby? after much thought,Β I am posting his stocking stuffer list here πŸ˜‰

shhh…. don’t tell him what he’s getting (he’s promised not to peek!)!! πŸ™‚

and you can tell me when you’ve finished reading, if this should be a yearly post πŸ˜‰

(and yes, as you can see from below, we do wrap our stocking gifts!!)

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Chick fil A calendar card: how it works & why it’s the perfect stocking stuffer

**This post is not sponsored, and I was not compensated in any way for this post. all opinions are my own.**

ah, Chick fil A… everyone’s favorite fast food restaurant! those perfectly salty, crunchy waffle cut french fries, the somehow amazingly delicious chicken… hungry yet? πŸ˜‰

while we ALL love this amazing establishment, have you ever heard of the chick fil a calendar card?

my mother has been putting one in my stocking for years, and now J & I make sure to add this awesome little goody to our stockings for one another each year!

but what IS it, exactly?
and how does it work?
how much does it cost?
and why do I need it?

glad you asked πŸ˜‰

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The chick fil a calendar card comes with, well, a calendar. ha! (imagine that), but if I’m honest, I really spend that little bit of cash for the card, not the calendar (which is totally adorable & covered with photos of their signature, poor-at-spelling cows!)Β  Continue reading “Chick fil A calendar card: how it works & why it’s the perfect stocking stuffer”

how to make wrapping Christmas presents more fun than ever!

hello lovelies!

it’s officially that time of year.

Thanksgiving & Black Friday have come and gone, and now everyone is fully focused on CHRISTMAS. wrapping, decorating, prepping, baking… now is the time! πŸ™‚

I think you all have gotten the idea that I LOVE this time of year πŸ˜‰

well today, I put on a splendidly scratchy old Christmas vinyl, wrapped a bunch of presents, and nursed a sore & stiff back (yeah… I fell down the stairs yesterday and busted myself up pretty well.)

My super amazing hubby braved the traffic & crowds of our local “small business saturday” to go get me my meds & some chick fil a sweet tea. he’s a keeper πŸ˜‰

MJ2MJ

(loving these photos we snagged together on Thanksgiving!!)

I realize (though I have a terribly hard time believing) that there are actually people out there that don’t look forward to wrapping gifts as much as they look forward to Christmas Day itself πŸ˜‰ one of those people happens to be my husband.

thankfully, it’s ME to the rescue!!

whether you love ’em or loathe ’em here are a few ways to make your gift-wrapping days better than ever ❀

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1.) do it with someone else
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the ultimate list (over 120!) of stocking stuffers for everyone on your list

I’ve been giving you all ideas of what to leave under the tree for those people in your life who are tricky to buy for! but you know what I decided? that isn’t enough! πŸ˜‰

I just love Christmas you guys too much to stop there!!

Friends of mine have told me that they have some trouble finding stocking stuffers that are fun, inexpensive, and practical. you don’t want to spend money on junk that they’re never going to use, simply to fill a space! but you also don’t want to blow your budget on the stocking.

that’s where I come in πŸ˜‰

I’ve got over 100 ideas for you to fill up your loved one’s stocking with, and all of them are things they’ll LOVE, and things that won’t break the bank! are you excited or what?!

in case you’re wondering, mine and J’s MAXIMUM stocking budget is $50. so all of the things listed are things that I’ve found to be appropriate for sticking within that amount, while still having a nicely filled stocking, full of fun & functional gifts!

are you ready?

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FOR HER
1. candle
2. nail polish
3. Elf brand eye shadow (under $3!)
4. washi tape
5. cord taco
6. magazine
7. gum
8. keychain
9. earrings
10. mini bottle of wine
11. gum
12. her favorite candy
13. chocolate!
14. pretty wine bottle stopper
15. tea
16. mug
17. pretty paper straws
18. mini perfume
19. super soft socks
20. nutella to go mini packets!
21. underwear
22. coloring book
23. letter from you
24. mini dry shampoo
25. photo frame (with photo!)
26. hedgehog dryer balls
27. cute note pad
28. $5 gift card
29. personalized photo magnets
30. pretty pencils or pen

FOR HIM
1. character headphones ($3 at target!)
2. keychain
3. boxers
4. flash drive (one that looks fun!)
5. mad libs
6. king size candy
7. $5 movie
8. wallet
9. little action figure
10. nice pen
11. socks with their favorite sports team logo
12. t shirt
13. $5 gift card
14. mini version of favorite snack
15. cool bottle opener
16. protein bars
17. gum
18. beard oil
19. phone case
20. photo personalized playing cards
21. hat
22. peanut butter to go packs
23. fun sticky notes
24. chapstick
25. patterned duct tape
26. reusable water bottle
27. pizza cutter
28. cigar
29. yoyo
30. mini cologne (these often go on sale at VS!)

FOR THE COFFEE LOVER
1. pour over brewer (like this one for $10 from starbucks!)
2. mini bag of ground coffee
3. coffee mug
4. coffee scented candle
5. $5 starbucks (or other coffee shop) gift card
6. this sassy t shirt
7. a pretty coffee scoop
8. disposable to-go coffee cups (get them from the grocery store &write cute messages on them!)
9. mini instant coffee packets
10. a framed print declaring their love for their beverage of choice

FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE
1. new covers for their fitbit
2. pretty headbands/ponytail holders/bobby pins
3. workout gloves
4. mixing bottle for protein shakes
5. jump-rope
6. athletic socks
7. cliff bar
8. massage balls
9. chapstick
10. fun/patterned/character bandaids

FOR THE YOGI
1. yoga mat strap
2. incense
3. candle
4. yoga mat spray
5. essential oils
6. plant growing kit
7. painted stones you can make yourself for $0! (inspiration here!)
8. pretty tea cup
9. a beautiful journal
10. yogi tea (yes, it’s a real brand!)

FOR THEΒ HOSTESS / HOST
1. cocktail shaker
2. photo personalized coasters
3. chalkboard name cards for place settings
4. paper straws
5.Β wine glass charms
6. monogrammed kitchen towels
7. specialty spices
8. cookie cutters
9. olive oil for dipping
10. cheese knife

FOR THE MUSICIAN
1. new strings for their instrument
2. itunes gift card
3. drumstick pens
4. guitar picks
5. egg shakers
6. framed sheet music
7. capo
8. blank sheet music so they can compose their own πŸ™‚
9.Β 1/4″ cable
10. local music shop gift card

FOR THE HIPSTER
1. beanie
2. plaid scarf
3. mustache stickers
4. braided hemp bracelet
5. mason jar cup with straw
6. skinny tie
7. beer glass
8. wood grain phone case
9. fingerless gloves
10. glasses case

FOR THEΒ NERD
1. small nerf gun
2. magic the gathering cards
3. fandom tee shirt
4. starwars pancake shapers from williams sonoma
5. fandom phone case
6. comic books
7. action figure
8. this pillow that gives you a place to cry when your favorite character dies
9. a moriartea mug
10. a bow tie

your perfect Christmas gift guide // the guys

woohoo!

I am LOVING this series, you guys. we’ve already tackled three other groups of people when it comes to purchasing your holiday gifts, and now we’ve reached what the majority of you have called the hardest-to-shop-for group: the guys!

here are the other gift series if you’re interested:
for the aunts & mothers-in-law
for the yogi
for the introvert

guys can be TOUGH to shop for. either they’re terribly straightforward and purchase what they want on their own, or they’re tough to read, which makes it difficult to buy things they’ll actually love!

each of the things in this list I’ve compiled are items I think my own husband would love!! and the reason this list has taken me a while is because I wanted to make sure I could throw together a quality one, with items that I really am a fan of. I took my time with this, and I think it paid off!! πŸ™‚

this list was created with brothers, husbands, and guys in their 20’s & 30’s in mind, but some of these could easily be translated to dads, I’m sure! πŸ™‚ if you’ve got any more ideas, just let me know!!

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GIFTS FOR THE GUYS:

1.) S’WELL water bottle
this super classy watter bottle not only looks like wood, it doesn’t condensate, it keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, and part of the proceeds go to UNICEF to help bring clean drinking water & other help to kids who need it all around the world! how awesome is that?! perfect for the guy on the go! buy yours here.

2.) simon game
this favorite game from the 90’s can be played single-player, or with up to four people. it’s a classic that any 90’s kid will have a total blast (from the past?) with! you can snag yours here, or find it on amazon!

3.) cozy socks with their favorite sports team
let their team pride keep them toasty this chilly winter season, by wrapping their toes with knit coziness that shows off their favorite sports team! find all your nfl teams at the nfl online pro shopΒ here!!

4.) world’s okayest brother tee
if you and your bro have great rapport and a good sense of humor, he’ll love this shirt that claims how okay he is at being your brother πŸ˜‰ this shirt totally made me laugh when I saw it! you can get one for your funny guy here on etsy!

5.) battlestar galactica cards
for the nerdy guy in your life, try these playing cards from one of the greatest si-fy shows of all time! there are rules included, so he can learn the actual card game they play on the show! so fun! (I got these for my hubby last year) you can find them here!

6.) assassins coffee mug
for the guy who just shouldn’t talk to people until he’s finished with his morning coffee, this hilarious coffee cup could be the perfect gift to buy this Christmas! the sassy statement “good morning, I see the assassins have failed.” greets those around him with a warning to back off until he’s done with his coffee!! you can get this bold & funny mug right here.

7.) beard care kit
this suh-weet set of beard care items (including oil, wash, and wax) is the perfect gift for the guy who has it all… including a beard! πŸ˜‰ if this set (found here) is a wee bit out of your budget, you can always opt for just the beard oil alone, or make your own with any of the many recipes found on pinterest!

8.) R2D2 car charger
I LOVE this!! I know my hubby would be all. over. this. and any star wars lover would be overjoyed to find this little guy under the tree or in his stocking! with lots of noises and little movements, he so genuinely mimics everyone’s favorite little droid πŸ™‚ plus, he charges your phone, so there’s that πŸ˜‰ get him for your star wars lover here!

9.) guitar wall hooks
the musician in your life would be happy to hang his band hoodieΒ on these wall hooks that resemble guitars! I love how realistic they are, and also how something so fun is also so practical! maybe the college guy could use these? this great little set can be found at bed bath & beyond πŸ™‚

10.) wooden six pack holder
these handsome wooden six pack holders are great for the guy who loves to try new brews. this particular model doesn’t have a bottle opener on the side, but there are some at both Target and Home Goods that do! (and that are cheaper than this classy little handmade number found here)

I hope this little list helped you with gaining some inspiration for the guys in your life! πŸ™‚ they may be tough to buy for, but doesn’t that make finding the perfect gift that much more satisfying in the end?

happy shopping!

your perfect Christmas gift guide // the yogi (and there’s a FREE printable!)

welcome back!
I am SO loving this new series on your perfect christmas gift guide πŸ™‚

we’ve already tackled what to get for the introvert & your mom, aunts & mom-in-law!

this post is a little different.

do you have a friend who loves spending time on their yoga mat? πŸ™‚ who’s always hitting up the local studio or informing you of how you’d feel better if you just balanced your chakras with a few fluid asanas? πŸ˜‰

if so, then this is the gift guide for YOU!

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all of these yogi goodies are things your yogi friend is sure to love to help with their practice or keep them hydrated & healthy ❀

I’ve chosen top brands, beautiful colors, and (mostly) frugal price tags to fit any budget, for your purchasing pleasure πŸ˜‰

1.) this lifefactory glass water bottle is BPA free & oh-so-darn-cute! it has a protective silicone sleeve (aka the cuteness!) in a soft blue that is calming to the eye, and a handle that makes for easy toting to and from yoga class. grab it here!

2.) a yoga mat carrier that tells the world where you feel most at home? yes, puh-lease! I’ve been eyeing this gem for months now, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will show up under MY tree this year πŸ˜‰ get the “my home is where my mat is” carrier here.

3.) this lotus candle holder is a yogi dream come true! it beautifies even the barest of yogi havens and holds a tiny tea light (candlelight flow? yes!). I own this personally, and it is my favorite addition to my practice space! ❀ you can get it from your local michael’s craft store too!

4.) an incense holder is another must-have for any practice space, but it’s even better when shaped like a mudras hand! (add some incense sticks with it for the perfect gift!) grab yours here at incense-incense before they’re gone!

5.) this “be here now” print would look lovely hanging on the wall of your yogi’s practice space, wouldn’t it? well guess what…. it’s FREE to print on your own computer!!! just download it from the pretty bee blog! how can you say no to free gifts?!

6.) gaiam’s yoga blocks are the foundation (teehee) of many extended pose variations! they help us yogis to push our bodies further and see all the amazing things they can do! πŸ™‚ this one is in a pretty green color, and you can buy it at your local target store or from gaiam.com!

7.) yoga paws! oh, yoga paws! I’m pretty sure I’ve reminded my hubby of how much I want these dozens of times this fall!! πŸ˜‰ basically, they allow you to take your mat with you… attached to your hands and feet! comfy, sturdy, and full of grip, they come for both hands and feet, separately, or as a set. I can assure you that your yogi will be oh-so-thrilled to unwrap a pair of these this year! get them on yogapaws website!

8.) a beaded mala bracelet will pretty up any yogi’s practice and instill calm through color and stones. plus, I love the little addition of a wooden bead, engraved with a lotus on the one shown above! πŸ™‚ this one is handmade from etsy.

9.) mandala coloring book for adults is the yogi version of the latest craft craze! adult coloring books have been filling up the stores this year, and now there’s a perfectly chill and insightful option for yogis of all ages! πŸ™‚ in addition to pretty much every book store selling countless similar items, barnes and noble sells this particular copy.

your yogi friend will adore your thoughtful consideration of their lifestyle & favorite activity, and perhaps you’ll even get a free practice sesh out of it all πŸ˜‰

happy gifting!!

***don’t forget to check back for our next gift guide… we’ll be talking about what to get for the GUYS***

your perfect Christmas gift guide // mom, aunts & mom-in-law

I asked, and you responded.

next to brothers, dad, husbands, and men in general (let’s be honest!), it was determined that in-laws are the toughest to shop for!! while this gift guide just covers your mother-in-law, have no fear that there will be many more posts to come that will be totally applicable in helping you shop for your sisters, brothers, and fathers in law, too!!

ladies gift guide

sometimes it’s a bit tricky to know what to grab for those ladies in your life who mean the whole world to you, but are just interested in different things, have different views and opinions based on that age gap, or who don’t always give you a lot to work with when it comes to a Christmas wish-list.

each of the gift ideas I’ve combined below are inexpensive enough to keep the budget in check, while still showing your favorite ladies how much you care ❀

the key to shopping for your mom, aunts, and mom-in-law is to keep things trendy, fresh, and fun, but still timeless, elegant, and classy!Β 

so get out your Christmas gift idea notebook (am I the only one who has one of these…) and start taking notes!! πŸ˜‰

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