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Hi. How are you?

I was scrolling through the blog the other day and felt a bit like… I am lacking on it. It’s so easy to lose the Joanna-ness of the blog when there are daily gift guides and sponsored posts and so much holiday inspiration. I kind of just felt like dropping in to say hello and see how you guys are doing.

As for me… I know I can’t possibly be the only person who feels totally overwhelmed by the pressure of this time of year. Ever so slowly, I have found myself totally caught up in everything. There is simply WAY too much happening right now and I feel like I have to do it all. A few months ago, I made the choice to stay in Seattle for the holidays and I’m sort of second guessing that. Some of it is guilt, some of it is pure habit. I made the call because I wanted to spend my first Christmas here in #mytinybungalow, but it’s also so hard to think about not having seen my family in 2 years. And it gets me thinking of my grandpa and how the last time I was home was the last time I saw him alive. This time of year always comes wrapped up in a bundle of emotions for me, but I’m trying so hard to remain grounded and enjoy the small stuff: my first Christmas tree in the house, having a new roof that’s keeping the house way warmer, spending time with Sean even as he helps me with work in the studio… that kind of stuff. It’s just so hard when tiny things creep in that cause me lots of stress.

But yeah, I just wanted to see how you guys are doing, say hi, and get a little personal. I’m on a flight to SF right now to host a really fun event with Brit & Co and Fancy Feast. Can’t wait to share more of that trip with you guys.

xo, Joanna

gift guide // for the dog lover

the ultimate gift guide for the dog lover in your life! lots of great gift ideas for the holiday season — jojotastic.com

We already curated our cat lady gift guide, so now it’s time for the dog lover in your life! I am, admittedly, on the fence a bit when it comes to cats vs dogs — I just love both. And of course, you know already know I’m an aficionado when it comes to all things dachshund-related. No matter whether mutt or purebred, your dog-loving friend would love to receive any of these gifts:

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gift guide // for him

the ultimate gift guide for men! whether you're shopping for your boyfriend, husband, brother, or father, these gifts are perfect for the holidays. get the full shopping resources and links on jojotastic.com

For this post, I received product from Huckberry. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

As I look over my holiday shopping list, I usually realize one thing: most of my recipients are male! I’ve got lots of male friends, my dad, my stepdad, and, of course, my boyfriend. Shopping for then men in my life is especially fun because I always turn to my favorite shop, Huckberry. These guys have the very best style and always curate the best apparel, bags, shoes, and everyday accessories — especially for a rugged, dapper dude like Sean. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired for the men in your life:

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recipe // 3 infused liquor combinations + free downloadable tags (makes a yummy gift!)

3 recipes for infused liquors: Orange + Pomegranate Infused Vodka, Habanero Infused Mezcal, and Pie Spice Infused Rum — they make a great handmade homemade gift! Get the full recipe on Jojotastic.com

There’s a bar here in my neighborhood that serves Sean’s favorite drink. Called a Tapatio Mustache, it consists of a shot of chili infused tequila poured into the neck of a Pacifico beer. It’s pretty straightforward, but he absolutely loves it… which got me thinking. Wouldn’t infused liquor make a great gift? So we whipped up 3 recipes for infused liquors: Orange + Pomegranate Infused Vodka, Habanero Infused Mezcal, and Pie Spice Infused Rum. Also, Becky from Chipper Things was kind enough to hand letter cute gift tags for each one!

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gift guide // for the art collector

the ultimate gift guide for the art collector, art connoisseur, or just anyone who loves to hang unique kinds of art in their home! Shop the full gift guide on Jojotastic.com

I might have gone to art school, but I’m not exactly an art connoisseur. That being said, I do love to shop for art and am constantly changing up the different paintings, weavings, photos, and vintage pieces that are hanging in my home. I’m sure we’ve all got someone who qualifies as a modern art collector in our lives. Here are some of my top picks for gifts this holiday season:

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gift guide // for the beauty buff

Ultimate Gift Guide: for the beauty buff! Over 30 unique gift ideas and stocking stuffers — get the full guide on Jojotastic.com

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories lately, you’ll know a little secret about me: I love beauty products and skincare. While I’m not exactly a beauty buff, I do really love testing out new masks, serums, and creams. My best friend is way more of a beauty-holic than I am and frequently educates me about the hottest new beauty trends. I curated this gift guide with her in mind!

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gift guide // for the new homeowner

Ultimate Gift Guide: for the new homeowner! Over 30 unique gift ideas and stocking stuffers whether they own a new home, a tiny house, or a fier upper — get the full guide on Jojotastic.com

I’ve been waiting all year to curate this gift guide! After all, I’m sort of an expert at being a new homeowner at this point, right? Ha. While nothing can truly prepare you for the adventures associated with being a new homeowner, these holiday gifts help to easy the street just a tad bit. Here are my top picks:

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