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Gift Guide for the Bar and Home

Continuing this week with more gift guides! Today I’m featuring gifts for bar and home- perfect for the hosts and foodies in your life!

Gifts for the Bar and Home
1. As you may know, I LOVE astrology trinkets- these constellation note cards would make lovely birthday or thankyou notes!
2. The best candles are ones that last even once the wax is gone as beautiful jars you can use around the house.
3. I saw this cocktail book in a store on Charles Street- would make a perfect gift for anyone who is looking to shake up their drink repertoire (pun intended)! The book focuses on infusing each drink with seasonal flavors such as fresh ginger and summer plums.
4. While the summer season seems AGES away (seriously Boston? 21 degrees this morning??) this herb kit would make for a lovely gift- a promise of warm weather to come!
5. If you are gifting someone a bottle of wine, its always a nice touch to include a bottle opener or topper- and how festive is this gold bow???
6. For the foodie who has EVERYTHING- Fruit Chipotle Hawaiian Black Sea Salt. Who knew such things even existed!
7. Bitters. You either have them or you don’t. But most likely you never have them when you are looking to use them. This set has a great assortment of flavors
8. I once was at a party and one of the guests brought three dozen oysters as a gift for the host- weren’t they the best ever!?
9. Call me traditional, but sometimes the best gifts aren’t the fun novelty items but the treasures that you will have forever. While you probably would never go to a store and buy yourself a silver bowl- how pretty would one look say, by the front door so you can toss your keys in it, in the kitchen filled with lemons and limes, on a bookshelf filled with matchbooks, etc. And every time you notice it you think of it as the special gift it is!
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Gift Guide: for Her

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?? I can’t believe it is only two weeks away! With that, I’m bringing back my gift guides for nearly everyone on your list. Starting today with gifts fit for the pickiest princess. But some budget friendly items mixed in too!

Gifts for Her
1. SWANS. This beautiful coffee table book follows the jet set to beautiful parties around the world- perfect gift for your favorite society damsel or just a girl who wants to be one!
2. This cute Nina Ricci crossbody bag has the versatility to go from day to night. Not too small- not too big and the perfect colors to wear all year round.
3. Ray Bans Wayfarers never go out of style.
4. This makeup stick from NARS is the perfect item for the girl on the go to stick in her purse- works for eyes cheeks AND lips!
5. If this fur funnel scarf is half as warm/ snuggly/ luxurious as it looks then it is a must. Makes an equally beautiful accessory as it does warm winter necessity.
6. the best Balenciaga fragrance
7. While I have quite the collection of statement scarves- I have very few stand out necklaces. Recent research has led me to find Lauren Hope’s beautiful line of jewelery.
8. Pointy toe flats are the hot shoe style this season- and how can you not love these JCrew ones with rose gold toes!!

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Hostess Gifts

Summer is so much about visiting friends and celebrating the season. Chances are, you will be attending one or two parties and as any good guest who wants to be invited back a second time, you are going to need to pick out a great hostess gift. This goes beyond the obligatory bottle of wine or case of Sam’s Summer. You want something for your host/ hostess to enjoy long after the guests have left. I’ve selected a few summery gifts in a few different price points here. Everything from cute cocktail napkins to a summery coffee table book. Try to pick something you know the recipient will use- do they LOVE to garden?? Why not these cute printed gardening tools? Are they more of a grill master? How about a set of seasonings and rubs? You really can’t go wrong.

Hostess Gifts
Tip for the wise: I like to keep a few gifts on hand in the house, just in case I don’t have time to find something before a spontaneous party. If I never give them away, I can always use them for myself!


For: Him and Her under $50!

Today’s the last day of my formal gift guides (with a special surprise planned for tomorrow). I thought I would finish up by proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to come up with a beautiful, thoughtful gift. All of these items are under 50 dollars!! So if you’re on a budget or just looking for a few extra stocking stuffers, there is still plenty to choose from.

A lot of inexpensive gifts sold during the holiday season SCREAM Christmas, so I’ve tried to include some items that aren’t just red green and silver. I’ve said before how much of a girl crush I have on Grace Coddington- her memoir hit stores recently and would be a great gift for anyone interested in fashion editorials.  Also, I’m realizing as I write this how drawn I am to semi precious stones- might have something to do with my 3rd grade rock collection! But c’mon- The agate coasters are trimmed in gold, and how great is that malachite bowl???

under $50 for Her

 j crew wide bangle / j crew narrow bangle / Kate Spade earrings / Jouer makeup / Deborah Lippmann / Set of 4 Agate Coasters with Gold Leaf Edge / Chic Shop Extra Small Malachite Bowl / Amethyst Quartz Votive Holder / Gold Reindeer Christmas Ornament / The Sartorialist: Closer / Grace: A Memoir / Claus Porto Mini Guest Soap S/5 Pink / Feather Collection Tray

Nick has informed me that my gift guides for guys are a bit lacking- but what can I say, not EVERYONE wants to see a gift guide full of scuba diving gear and saltwater aquarium parts (90% of Nick’s presents for the past 4 years). That being said, I think that  most guys secretly dream of being Anthony Bourdain- and his book would be a great gift. And who wouldn’t love a martini shaker that also doubles as a recipe guide and drinking game all in one?! (Each die represents a different part of a drink- glass, alcohol, garnish, etc) It looks so fun- I might have to get one for myself 🙂  But if you are a guy reading this- feel free to add a comment on what you want for Christmas- you are all a mystery to shop for and us girls always appreciate new suggestions.

Under $50 for Him

Jack Black ‘balm Squad™’ Lip Quad / Coach Bleecker Legacy Small Luggage Tag / Skull Candle – LA NUIT – Amber and Lavender / Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook Strategies, Recipes, and… / Golden Nugget Christmas Ornament / Victorinox Camper Swiss Army Knife / Cigar Style / Poker / COCKTAIL DICE WITH SHAKER | Mixed Drinks & Cocktails Recipe Game |… / Brass Pyramid Pencil Sharpener / Infinite Series Bar 11 THE NIGHTCAP Cocktail Infused / Shattered Moonlight Chocolate Bar


For: the athlete and the artist

Continuing the week with more gift guides- I hope you all have been inspired! Today I’m featuring gifts for your most athletic and artistic friends in every sort of price range.

It is often hard to shop for artists because they are SO creative- anything you give them needs to be aesthetically pleasing, well made, AND original. I love moleskin notebooks and this one is a limited edition book filled with drawings from 110 internationally renowned architects- how cool! The USA project playing cards support 54 artists from around America- each designed a different card. And of course you can’t go wrong with a print from 20×200- especially one from Jessican Craig Martin.

For the artist

Colored Pencils Brass Holder Set / Random Washi Tape x 10 / by Jessica Craig-Martin 20×200 / THE USA PROJECT PLAYING CARDS | Art Cards Game Card Set |… / La Mano Dell’Architetto / The Hand of the Architect (12 x 8.5),… / La Mano Dell’Architetto / The Hand of the Architect (12 x 8.5),… / Pendant / Pantone Red / Front page / Mario Testino In Your Face

Next up are gifts for your friend who is always on the go. Although just because they are sporty- doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice the way they look or accessorize. I’m in LOVE with the Lucas Hugh stretch pants, and for those of you who hate drinking out of plastic bottles as much as I do- these glass bkr bottles have silcone sleeves protecting them for a trip to the gym. I have friends RAVING about how fun Nike Fuel bands are- and I’m not sure I buy the hype- but it might be a fun thing to do in pairs.

For the athlete

NIKE Vapor JacketLucas Hugh stretch pants / adidas by Stella McCartney  / Nike Stretch Woven Pant Men’s / Saucony Kinvara NMD Run Jacket Men’s / CS by City Sports Edge Run Top (Short Sleeve) Men’s / CS by City Sports Commuter Touch Tip Glove Men’s / Take Me With You Tote / NIKE+ FUELBAND / the bkr bottle: glass + silicone / Garmin Forerunner 210 w/ Heart Rate Monitor Women’s