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Gift Guide 2018: Fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws, uncles and any other jolly gents!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to conclude my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the final installment. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at various price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

National parks pass to encourage visits to beautiful places (over 2,000 federal recreation sites to choose from!). (National Park Service, $80)

A one year subscription to a magazine you know he’ll love. (Amazon, $24)

Everyone’s favorite classic gaming system so he can challenge family members to beat his high scores. (Nintendo, $60)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Because he loves winding down with a good novel and a fine glass of port. (Amazon, $12)

A box filled with all the fixins a true grill master needs to whip up deliciously grilled meats, fish and veggies. (Taste Trunk, $49)

Eliminate the travel “head-bob” once and for all! (GOSLEEP, $40)

Designer fragrances shipped straight to his door (bonus: he gets to choose the scents!). (Scentbox, $45 for 3 mos.)

A glimpse back in time, this functional art would make the perfect addition to his cozy study. (Modern Artisans, $110)

Because he has a bowl of popcorn nearly every night. (Amazon, $27)

A classic pair of jammies. (L.L.Bean, $70)

He thinks music still sounds best on vinyl. (Amazon, $25)

P.S. More gift guides for jolly gents (2016 and 2017) and here’s the whole 2018 gift guide shebang! 

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Gift Guide 2018: Brothers, boyfriends, best dudes, husbands and any other groovy guys!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to continue my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the third of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

A fun print, because he needs to spruce up the walls of his office and this will conjure fond memories of a recent vacation. (Hello!Lucky, $20 + cost of frame)

A night out at a local axe throwing club…wait, did I say AXE THROWING? I did.

Everything he needs for the perfect sh*t, shower, and shave. (Dollar Shave Club, $5 starter kit and $33.75/quarterly if you want to keep him stocked by way of subscription)

This incredible sleep mask that won’t put pressure on his peepers and encourages restful REM sleep. (Manta Sleep, $30)

Stock the bar cart with a bottle of his favorite bourbon so he can mix up boulevardiers all winter long. (Total Wine, $35)

Christmas-themed slime for ooey-gooey stress relief. (And because he’s still a kid at heart.) (Amazon, $13)

With notes of white cedar, juniper and fig, this candle will cast a soothing outdoorsy scent in his home. (Mersea, $55)

Everything he needs to make juicy, delicious truffle burgers. (Amazon, $62)

A book that will chill him to the core. (Amazon, $10) (This one looks fascinating, too…if he’s not up for something so scary right before bed time!)

A gorgeous overcoat to keep him warm on business trips, plus a pair of super soft gloves tucked in the pockets. (ASOS, $119)

A visual tribute to some of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, using the periodic table as the framework. Cool and nerdy, just like him. (Etsy, $79)

Because if watching 30+ seasons of Survivor has taught him nothing else, it’s that nothing is more versatile and necessary than a good buff. (And this one is super warm for all those non-island outdoor adventures.) (Etsy, $15)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the guys in your life!

Gift Guide 2018: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to continue my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the second of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Print physical copies of her most-loved Instagram snaps (think: grandkids, her pups, and recent family vacations).

New walking shoes because she believes in the power of a daily stroll around the neighborhood. (Amazon, $73)

As Isak Dinesen says, “The cure of anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea,” and this scent will remind her of being by the ocean. (Mersea, $32)

Maybe a bit of an unconventional gift, but nothing says “I love you” like turning someone on to a natural deodorant that actually works, amirite? (Native, $24)

A bucket of Maltesers, which makes any movie watching experience more enjoyable…even if you need a rather LARGE purse to sneak them into a theater. (Amazon, $25) Pair with a DVD or tickets to see a new film, just the two of you!

This  journal has so many sweet prompts to help build an attitude of gratitude! (Erin Condren, $12)

A scarf for all her future travels that comes with a neck pillow hidden inside. Genius! (Sleeper Scarf, $35)

Her door would look so whimsical decked with this cheeky wreath. (Target, $25)

You both agree with the Washington Post, “There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature.” (Amazon, $19)

A food photography class, so she can slay the social media game and showcase the spoils of her culinary prowess. (Creative Live, $74)

Finally, a cozy long-sleeve tee with a powerful message to always be considerate of others and try to make the world a better place — something she embodies entirely. (Cents of Style, $30)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the moms in your life!

Gift Guide 2018: Sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to kick-off my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the first of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at varying price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Schedule a wine tasting or take her for a flight of beers at your favorite brewery and give her the gift of not having to make a decision.

2018 has been a *LONG* year — but you know what’s kept her going. (Cents of Style, $40)

She finally has a backyard and is already daydreaming about fire-pits and fireflies. (Wayfair, $59)

A collection of sheet masks for luxurious self-care weekends or to tuck in her roller bag for some pampering at the end of a long day on the road. (100% Pure, from $6)

Nail polish in 6 seasonal shades that will glow, shimmer, and shine! (butter London, $36)

A unique bracelet that is equal parts effortless and statement piece. (Moorea Seal, $54)

Champagne chocolate truffles…need I say more?! (Taste Trunk, $6)

For pinning on her winter coat as a (not so) gentle reminder to passersby that her third eye is WIDE open, y’all. (Hello!Lucky, $12 – 100% of the proceeds go to the ACLU!)

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel that reads like pure poetry. (Amazon, $14)

A non-electric portable slow cooker (what?!) to make her planet loving heart soar! Oh, and works wonders for tailgating, too. (Amazon, $35)

Because who doesn’t love a dress with POCKETS? And this one is especially sweet and comfy. (Jane, $25)

P.S. Looking for even MORE inspiration? Full gift guides from 2016 and 2017. Enjoy!

Gift Guide 2017: Fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws, uncles and any other jolly gents!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to conclude my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with the final installment. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at various price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Chemex coffee maker which was selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times. (Amazon, $41)

Clipboard calendar, plus 12 carefully selected photos of his favorite little folks. (Artifact Uprising, $30)

This Daniel Wellington watch in a classic style that will complement any outfit for any of his outings. (Daniel Wellington, $229)

A piece of art featuring his favorite cocktail. (Etsy, $9 +price of a frame)

A pizza cookbook to fan the flame of his latest passion. (Amazon, $15)

A cool place to stow all his essentials when he gets home after a long day. (Etsy, $32)

This snack subscription box for new goodies at his doorstep every month. (Love With Food, $7.99/month and up)

A tiny multi-tool that packs a mighty punch. (9 tools in 1!) (Amazon, $30)

L.L. Bean’s toiletry bag which he’ll think is fitting for his seasoned traveler status. (L.L. Bean, $30)

This kitchen counter air fryer for the crispiest most delicious french fries (without the guilt!). (Amazon, $85) 

A sturdy pair of winter adventure shoes for all those walks in the woods. (The North Face, $110)

A New York Times bestseller which is described as, “an excellent, hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its…blockbuster superfame.” (Amazon, $11)

P.S. Gifts for the gals in your life! Gifts for the guys in your life! Gifts for your Mama! 

Gift Guide 2017: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to continue my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with the third of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Dearfoams slippers to keep her feet toasty warm  while padding around on the hardwood floors. (Amazon, $25)

A roses and rosé chocolate bar because who wouldn’t love something so girly and decadent? (Compartes, $10)

A pair of wooden earrings that are totally unique — just like her! (Etsy, $28)

A holiday platter for entertaining at Christmastime. (Wouldn’t it be so cute to serve homemade cookies on?) (Anthropologie, $41)

Rosemary eucalyptus body creme to wrap her skin in all-natural luxury. Bonus: It smells divine and helps improve circulation, too! (Beauty Box 5, $15)

A felt letterboard so she can display all her favorite quotes and quips. (Etsy, $50)

A candle with notes of juicy citrus, fresh spring water, and sweet mango. (Bath & Body Works, $13)

Stunning bottle stopper so even her wine can have a piece of beautiful bling. (Belle & June, $80)

Beyond Belief, a memoir about Jenna Miscavige Hill’s escape from Scientology, because you know she’ll find it fascinating. (Amazon, $10)

A winter white coat to bundle up in during chilly outings and errands. (Moorea Seal, $200)

A cookbook full of down-home classics for vegetarians (and the meat eaters who love them)! (Amazon, $17)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the moms in your life!

Gift Guide 2017: Brothers, boyfriends, best dudes, husbands and any other groovy guys!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to continue my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with the second of four installments. I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

A stack of gentlemanly stationery so he can fire off a quick note via the USPS instead of group-chat text messages. (Minted, $50)

Backgammon for those cozy evenings in when all you want to do is curl up by the fire and roll a set of dice. (Amazon, $33)

A cocktail grow kit so he can harvest happy hour fixin’s right on his own windowsill. (Uncommon Goods, $12)

A game to store in the trunk of his car for easy access during backyard parties and afternoons at the beach. (Dick’s, $50)

The complete series box-set of The West Wing so he can watch episodes whenever his heart desires. (Amazon, $130)

A Breakfast in Bed Gift Box to accommodate relaxing (and yummy) Sunday mornings. With a promise to prepare and serve on a platter, of course! (Taste Trunk, $49)

A classic pair of kicks to accommodate miles and miles of urban exploration. (Nike, $50)

Moisturizing skin cream invented by a Japanese pharmacist in 1957. (Yu-Be, $25)

A handmade wall clock to hang on his office wall and imagine sailing to distant lands. (Etsy, $37+)

Marble wine cooler to chill whites on the kitchen counter before dinner. (Crate & Barrel, $25)

These gray trousers, crafted from fast drying and breathable Japanese denim, would be the perfect pair of pants to bring on all his upcoming travels. (Banana Republic, $118)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the guys in your life!

Gift Guide 2017: Sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to kick-off my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with the first of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at varying price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

An enamel pin of Frida Kahlo to add to her jean jacket’s growing collection of flair. (Etsy, $8)

Make a donation in her name to an organization or cause that is trying to make the world a better place. Think: Orca Conservancy, Border Angels, Center for Reproductive Rights, and She Should Run.

A mermaid face mask that’s like a super-food green smoothie for her skin, resulting in the ultimate glow. (Lealani Skincare, $32)

Beautiful crescent necklace to dress up any date-night outfit. (Mr. Kate, $75) (Or this gorgeous choker!)

A kit to help her concoct her very own body lotions. (Grow and Make, $30)

Vegan suede mules in a subtle dusty-blue to freshen up her go-to jeans and tee look. (Moorea Seal, $68)

A set of tapas plates to make her 3 pm snacking habit feel appropriately fancy. (Wayfair, $30)

The ultimate bag for toting farmer’s market finds and library loans. (Tom Bihn, $50)

Cotton pom pom duvet cover to give her bedroom a touch of whimsy. (Amazon, $60)

A memoir written by a pair of famous sisters. (Amazon, $12) (Or this book if she prefers pop-science reads. And this one if she’d like an inside look at an interesting life.)

A pair of wine glasses to make her giggle. (Macy’s, $10)

Cozy long-sleeve tee to remind her of the wise words of our man, Bob Ross, “Nothing in life is a mistake…just a happy accident!” (Cents of Style, $35)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the ladies in your life!

Gift Guide 2016: Fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws, uncles and any other jolly gents!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to conclude my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the final installment. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at various price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

rustic-frame

A rustic frame to help him display his favorite adventure (and favorite adventuring partners). (Wayfair, $12)

lobster-pot

For the huge meals he whips up to feed the whole family (think: seafood gumbo and spicy chili), give him a GIANT pot. (Amazon, $38)

balderdash

Because he’s always been able to tell believable tall-tales. (Amazon, $15)

the-agony-and-the-ecstasy

The classic biographical novel about Michelangelo for a lazy weekend read that will bring his favorite artist to life. (Amazon, $13)

brass-lion

This vintage brass lion to adorn his desk with a quiet roar. (Etsy, $35)

mens-workout-pants

He goes out for a morning jog even when the temperature starts to drop. These Nike pants will protect him from the elements. (Kohl’s, $40)

glenmorangie-18

An 18 year old bottle of Scotch for a super smooth nightcap experience. (Reserve Bar, $153)

biz-card-holder

A place to keep his business cards at the ready for networking (and free lunch drawings). (Etsy, $23)

iphone-lens-set

This smartphone lens set will really up his iPhone photography game. (ModCloth, $15)

cashmere-lined-gloves

The most gorgeous pair of cashmere-lined gloves. (Saks Fifth Avenue, $240)

ceramic-mug

For his morning cup of joe, a handcrafted mug inspired by mid-century Scandinavian design. (Etsy, $27)

bourbon-smoked-sea-salt

Because he believes everything is better with bourbon! (Farm to People, $11)

P.S. Gifts for the gals in your life! Gifts for the guys in your life! And gifts for your Mama! 

Gift Guide 2016: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to continue my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide with the third of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

always-fully-booked-tote

If she has bookshelves bursting with unread books but still manages to bring home a stack from the library each week, this tote is a must. (Etsy, $18)

heidi-swapp-planner

An adorable planner to keep track of all her pressing appointments and fun plans. (She can use her collection of washi and stickers to decorate the pages!) (Amazon, $26)

womens-health-magazine

A subscription to a glossy magazine so she’ll think of you every time it shows up at her door. (Women’s Health, $16 for 10 issues)

aesop-hand-wash

Doesn’t she deserve a lovely hand wash adorning her sink? (And this, too. Because you know it’ll get a giggle!) (Aesop, $39)

cereal-bowls

For her daily cereal and nightly ice cream, the perfect pale pink bowls. (Anthropologie, $24 for 4)

robe

Add a cozy layering piece to her lounge-wear collection for added warmth on those mornings she just can’t be bothered to get dressed before finishing the crossword puzzle and two gigantic cups of coffee. (Target, $25)

wine-twirls

These little guys will keep her Chardonnay at just the right temperature without watering it down. Plus, they look pretty fancy twirling in the glass. (Amazon, $20)

tree-of-life-platter

This gorgeous platter will be the talk of her next dinner party. The design depicts the Tree of Life and was hand-painted  by artisans living and working in the West Bank. (Ten Thousand Villages, $90)

bright-rug

A well-placed pop of color always makes her smile, so how about a bright rug to liven up one of her darker rooms. (Wayfair, $200)

christmas-oranges

A taste of Florida sunshine sent straight to her snowy hometown. (Florida Orange Shop, $51)

cardigan

Because you think she’d look adorable in a cableknit cardigan. (Madewell, $70)

donut-mouse-pad

Something sweet and silly for her desk…and her co-workers will certainly get a kick out of it, too. (ModCloth, $15)

 P.S. A gift guide for dudes and all the Finding Delight gift guides.