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gift guide // the manly man - perfect gifts for any man in your life, from boyfriend to father to brother

While I don’t exactly have a man in my life this year, that doesn’t mean my eyes aren’t always open for great gifts for my guy friends, my dad, uncles, etc. Plus, I always find it fun to check out man stuff, especially when the pieces have that rugged, burly, lumberjack vibe. Not gonna lie, I’m a fan of a dapper dude, so these gifts are perfect for the guy who’s stylish… or could use a bit of style assistance. Here are my top picks for the men in your life:

  1. buffalo plaid trapper hat from Target ($11.89)
  2. whiskey wedge glass from Uncommon Goods ($14.95)
  3. dinosaur laptop sleeve ($65) — not gonna lie, I kinda want this for myself!
  4. bacon money clip from Jack Spade ($68)
  5. dapper felt pendant from Scoutmob ($26)
  6. canchuto leather wallet from Accompany ($44)
  7. Misc Goods Co. ceramic flask from Bridge & Burn ($92)
  8. anchor soap on a rope ($30)
  9. fine & dandy brass comb from Bridge & Burn ($27)
  10. the mercer backpack from Accompany ($225)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration, including hostess gifts and my list for the bookworm!

gift guide // the bookworm - what to get the avid readers in your life!

Admittedly, I am quite the bookworm, so this gift guide kind of acts as a personal wish list of sorts, too. Let me put it this way: if I could, I’d live in one of those houses with fully-stocked bookshelves from floor to ceiling, complete with one of those wheel-y ladders, of course. I love all books: historical fiction, smutty romance novels, art books, even the rare self-help book. They are all equal — and loved — in my eyes. Here are my top picks for the bookworm in your life:

  1. Nick Knight: Flora by Sandra Knapp
  2. Hans Blomquist in Detail: Inspiring Ideas for Creative Interiors by Hans Blumquis
  3. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
  4. Home Is Where You Park It by Foster Huntington
  5. Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
  6. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés — I believe that you must give these two books together and that all women should have them. Truly, these books are life changing.
  7. The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney — available for pre-order!

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gift guide // your bff

I’m gonna start off this post by dedicating this gift guide to my bff, Lindsey. She’s a lady of discerning tastes and excellent style. The funny part is that we are kind of total opposites. She’s got her act together and I consider it a good day when I put on pants. And she’s really fancy: she’s into fragrances and can spout off all the notes. Oh, and she has the best handwriting of anyone I’ve ever met. Obviously, my bff (and yours) deserves the best this holiday season. Here’s my list of ideas:

  1. passport cover from Saturday ($50)
  2. drusy ring from Leif ($78)
  3. gold eyelash curler from Sephora ($20)
  4. OMG keychain from ban.do ($12)
  5. Byredo perfume from Net-a-porter ($145)
  6. solid gold hair pins from Coléoptère ($3,250) – ok, these are kind of a splurge…
  7. brass candleholders from Need Supply ($115)
  8. bathing salts from Half Hitch Goods ($24)
  9. Makossa clutch from Accompany ($198)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration, including hostess gifts and what to get your favorite foodie!

gift guide // for the hostess with the mostess (and tons of gift ideas under $100!)

With the flurry of holiday parties to attend, it feels like you have so much to remember (or at least that’s how I feel). But really, there’s one thing that’s totally key: rolling up with a great hostess gift. She’s toiled all day in the kitchen, waved her shoes-in-the-house policy, and laid out the most gorgeous cheese plate — so of course she deserves a lovely gift for all of her troubles. Here are some of my top picks for saying a great big thank you to the hostess:

  1. smoke striped pillow from Crane & Canopy ($72)
  2. ring dish from Suite One Studio ($30) — hurry, it’s the last one left!
  3. tear drop vase from Baba Souk ($40)
  4. cloud pot holder from Baba Souk ($19.50)
  5. sachet set from Rebecca Atwood ($25)
  6. porcelain gold glazed spoons from Accompany ($18)
  7. toasting flutes from Shopbop ($70)
  8. sandalwood candle from Simple Life Istanbul ($50)
  9. “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” glass from Nordstrom ($18)

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the perfect gifts for the home chef / foodie

Let’s face it: if you have an aspiring chef in your life, you’re pretty damn lucky. You know, the friend who always invites people over to taste test a new recipe or offers to cook when you’re not feeling like going out again. These foodies deserve a sweet treat after a year of snacks, dinners, and desserts. Here’s what I’d get for the home chef in my life:

  1. graphic cheese plate from Baba Souk ($45)
  2. teak cheese knives from Accompany ($30)
  3. technicolor salt and pepper shakers from Saturday ($30)
  4. truffle oil from Terrain ($32)
  5. laser engraved lazy susan from Nordstrom ($70)
  6. Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert ($11.37)
  7. ceramic french fry holders from UncommonGoods ($30 for a set of 4)
  8. marble citrus reamer from Leif ($40)
  9. Thug Kitchen cookbook ($14.61)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration, including the cat lady and the wanderluster!

the perfect gifts for your favorite avid traveler / wanderluster

I’ve gone quite a bit of traveling this year, both domestically and internationally, so I like to think of myself as an ‘expert’ on the wants of the wanderluster. You know that friend who always has one foot out the door, passport in hand? And who never quite seems to unpack and stay in one place? Yeah, she’s my kindred spirit. Here’s what to get her for Christmas, aka the perfect gift that won’t weigh her down or make her check a bag.

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  1. The Outsiders: The New Outdoor Creativity —this book is on my personal wishlist, too! ($60)
  2. Maroc weekender from Accompany ($495)
  3. steamline stow away from Kate Spade ($698)
  4. buffalo check travel set from C. Wonder ($48)
  5. Kahina basics travel set from Accompany ($85)
  6. cashmere eye mask and travel pillow from Theory ($195)
  7. copper earbuds ($30)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration!

the perfect gifts for your favorite cat lady - jojotastic

This is one of my favorite gift guides to curate every year: the cat lady edition! Probably because it hits close to home… Just because we are cat ladies doesn’t mean that we can’t keep it classy. This year, think beyond the mug with a cat printed on it and instead opt for something a bit cuter and definitely more tongue-in-cheek. Just think: what if your resident cat lady friend showed up to yoga with this cat yoga mat and an I Like Cats tee? Pure magic, my friends.

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  1. Cat Lady Chic by Diane Lovejoy ($14.87)
  2. body oil from Meow Meow Tweet ($22)
  3. I Like Cats by Print Liberation ($24)
  4. kitten keeper ring dish from Catbird ($22)
  5. rose gold cat ears ring ($380)
  6. cat ears make up bag from ASOS ($18.95)
  7. Charlotte Olympia embroidered velvet flats ($595)
  8. Jonathan Adler Utopia cat mug ($26)
  9. half-cobra yoga mat from Urban Outfitters ($84)

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