Posted at 2:55 pm
If you need a gift idea for someone who loves a dog as much as my family loves Maggie and Molly, here are some cute ideas that would make great stocking stuffers:
Walk in the Woods Dog Shampoo & Dog Bed Deodorizers from Stonewall Kitchen ($): Made from all natural ingredients, the shampoo gently and effectively cleans a dog’s coat and treats the skin with care. A quick mist of the spray keeps a dog’s favorite spots smelling fresh and clean.
Polkadog Ginger Snaps ($): all-natural treats in a festive tin!
What if you know someone who loves their team and their dog? Then a dog bed from Stadium Cribs ($$-$$$) might just be the perfect gift. They are adorable and cozy replicas of college stadiums and come in three sizes.
Also perfect for the holidays, a Sleepy Travel Dog Bed from Mark and Graham that can be monogrammed with the lucky pooch’s name ($$$$):
Posted at 7:51 pm
The Lodge is a great source for gifts for guys. Here are a few ideas that might show up on my list this year:
Greenpoint Key Ring ($):
Baxter Travel Set ($$):
Chester Wallace Duffel Bag ($$$$$+):
I also love Home State Apparel’s t-shirts. I got an Arkansas one for my husband a while back and it’s super soft and most importantly, he loves it! ($)
I also like these Personalized Retro Garage Signs from Plow & Hearth ($$$):
Need a stocking stuffer? Shave Secret ($) is not the most expensive shave oil (it’s super cheap!) but my husband swears it’s the best and it has a great scent too. It’s a 100% natural blend of essential oils and takes the place of all shave creams, soaps, gels, aftershave and moisturizing lotions. The fact that it is the brainchild of a recovering lawyer makes me love it even more.
The greatest gift I ever gave my husband was a Lionel train ($$$$+). I get him a new train car each year and setting it up has become a fun Christmas tradition. There are lots of great train sets to choose from at the Lionel Store.
Posted at 8:55 pm
When a package arrives at your door you know you’re not hoping for fruit, you’re praying for chocolate. Send others something they really want: brownies! I was the lucky recipient of a box of brownies from Silverland Bakery ($-$$) today and everyone in my office agreed they were (past tense because we ate them all before lunch) UNBELIEVABLE. Best breakfast ever. Silverland Bakery makes all of their decadent treats in small batches and their brownies combine melted dark chocolate liquor and a layer of semi-dark chocolate chips. They also offer S’Mores Cookie Tins ($$), which I don’t have to even try to love.
Posted at 5:12 pm
It’s that time of year again…..cozy time!!! And you can never have enough hats and mittens here in New England. I am in love with these mittens from Made Again Mittens, which are made from recycled sweaters ($):
Or how about these cute hats from Betty Louise Studio at Daytrip Society ($$)?
I also think these throws from Crane & Canopy would make a cozy gift this holiday season ($$$):
I saw these pjs at Anthropologie the other day and think they are awesome. They feature cute little woodland creatures and are a way cooler, and more grown-up version of the “feetsy pajamas” of your youth. ($$$)
Posted at 7:41 pm
I know you’re all thinking that it’s crazy early to be thinking about Christmas presents. But it’s not. Especially if you want to do something special. And special is what Custom Cornhole Boards from West Georgia Cornhole are! Perfect for a basement, man cave, backyard or fraternity house. Here’s just a sample of what West Georgia Cornhole can do, but they offer endless customizations so you can get creative ($$$$$):
They also offer these Plain Jane DIY Cornhole Boards. Get the kids to help you decorate them and you’ll have a truly unique gift that the whole family can enjoy for years to come.
Just make sure you get your orders in early so Santa has plenty of time before Christmas!
Posted at 5:14 pm
This weekend my husband and I were in Provincetown, MA enjoying some gorgeous fall weather, great food and good company. We rented a gorgeous condo (thanks Eddie!) and are totally in love with this rustic wood American flag hanging on the living room wall:
So, after a little Google-searching I found Rustic Marlin! They make these gorgeous American Flag Signs with customized images in a variety of sizes ($$-$$$$$)
They also make customized signs like these Marlin Classics ($$$):
These would make great wedding gifts, housewarming gifts, gifts for a nursery, holiday gifts…shall I go on? Check out some additional inspiration here.
Posted at 4:43 pm
If you haven’t discovered it already, you need to discover Undiscovered Kitchen. It’s a digital farmers’ market for specialty, small-batch food. This is a great resource for amazing little treats. Here are some of my favorites:
Triple Chocolate Chip by Mason Jar Cookie Company ($)
S’Mores Kit from Madyson’s Gourmet Marshmallows (Chocolate Chip Marshmallows and Sugar Cookies?! Genius.)($)
Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels from Lu’s Treats ($)
Brownie Variety Box from Yummy Mummy Brownies ($)
Posted at 3:46 pm
Sticking with my back-to-school theme this month, I want to take this opportunity to share with all of you a really cool company started by my high school classmate Hayna and her husband Ben. They recently left careers and a life in Connecticut behind to return to Upstate New York near where we grew up and launch an organic personal care product company called On Hand Lotions. Here are some goodies that would make great gifts:
Organic Lotion Bar or Organic Lotion Stick ($): Convenient, portable and perfect for frequent travelers!
Another great product is a great gift for baby showers: Organic Baby Balm Stick ($)
Posted at 7:27 pm
Many of you know that my husband is an avid runner. And you runners out there know that road races are good for a t-shirt apiece. So, over the years he has collected dozens of race t-shirts. I have always wanted to turn these t-shirts into a blanket, but I have never found a reasonably-priced option (we’re talking several hundred dollars for anything of appreciable size). Until Project Repat! Project Repat is based out of an awesome accelerator (Space With a Soul) and they share space with my husband’s company, Hands On Tech Boston, which is how we so fortunately stumbled upon them. From what we can tell, they are really on to something. 15,000 customers have already trusted them to transform a pile of sentimental t-shirts into an awesome keepsake.
In their own words: T-shirts are intimate. They’re personal. They’re like old friends, and they tell the story of a special time and place in your life, or the life of someone you love. You wouldn’t hide your old friends in a drawer, would you? (Hope not.) We’re here to give your t-shirts new life! So pull out your beloved tees and let us create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt blanket that you’ll treasure forever.
Their blankets are made in the U.S. by companies committed to socially responsible manufacturing and they are less than half the price of blankets offered by other companies. You can choose to design the layout of your blanket yourself, or let the experts at Project Repat do it for you. Click here to get started! ($$-$$$$)
Posted at 6:41 pm
Pictures say a thousand words so they make great gifts. If you’re looking for ideas, check out my photography website where you can buy traditional prints (framed or unframed), canvas prints and even metal prints.
Posted at 10:56 am
Just yesterday, as my mother and I were combing through patterns at one of the last remaining needlework shops I know of, I was thinking about all the beautiful cross-stitch, needlepoint and crewel pieces that my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother have made over the years and was lamenting the declining popularity of these arts. Unlike knitting, which can yield a variety of very utilitarian and stylish results, cross-stitch samplers are not what most people want adorning their walls these days. But here’s a great idea for those of us who still appreciate needlework, but want to create something a little more modern and personal.
Haptic Lab has created DIY Quilting Kits that feature maps of major cities. The full kit includes a to-scale map template, all the materials you need to make an ivory quilt and sewing instructions. If you’re feeling more creative though, get the basic kit and you can pick your own fabric, colors, etc. You can opt for a simple design, or something more personal that features places lived, favorite landmarks, etc. Sewing experience is helpful but not required and they are only 36″ x 42″ so this is not a lifetime commitment. Give a kit as a gift or make the quilt yourself to give to a loved one. Here are just a few examples:
New York City ($$-$$$)
If you love the idea of a City Quilt, Haptic Lab also sells their own creations like this Boston Quilt below. They will fit full to king-sized beds and if you ask nicely, they will even embroider a few personal details onto your quilt at no extra cost.
City Quilts ($450)
Posted at 7:55 pm
Hosting a holiday dinner is a lot of work. Give your host/hostess the next day off and earn favorite guest status with this Brunch Gift Basket from Stonewall Kitchen. It has all the ingredients of a great family breakfast, from pancakes to Bellinis! ($$)
Posted at 8:15 pm
This Wine Barrel Lazy Susan is a great gift for anyone who likes to entertain but could also be used on a desk to hold supplies or even in a bathroom or on a dresser to hold small items or jewelry boxes. The best part is that it can be personalized with a name or initials! ($$$)
Posted at 5:13 pm
Let’s be honest. Most guys take their lunch to work in a plastic bag at best. And in their defense, it’s probably in part because lunch bags usually either say “kindergarten” or “flowers gone wild”. So a Waterproof Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag from Kaufmann Mercantile is the perfect solution. It keeps water out, easily cleans on the inside, and looks good and grown up. ($$)
Posted at 9:40 am
These Porcelain Ice Cream Cones are made by a local Brooklyn artist especially for Brook Farm General Store. They are perfect for serving ice cream or for baking cupcakes or muffins, and also work well as small planters for succulents or little cacti. Add a little whimsy to a table by using them for small floral arrangements at each place or gather a few in the center. ($)
Posted at 7:09 pm
Call me old-fashioned, but I love silhouettes. My grandmother has one of my mother as a little girl and I can still see the resemblance. And they are certainly a cut above the annual school picture! If you can get the kids to hold still long enough to get a photo for the artist to use, silhouettes would make a great gift for a parent or grandparent.
I really like the silhouettes by Simply Silhouettes. They are completely customizable but here are a few ideas from their Etsy shop:
They also have this Custom Couple Silhouette which would make a great anniversary or Valentine’s Day gift:
Posted at 5:19 pm
The holidays are just around the corner and you don’t want to show up empty-handed. While a bottle of wine is nice, these lovely holiday candles from Thymes are nicer! Your host can enjoy them long after the meal is over. So if you know you’ll be making the rounds this year, consider stocking up on Brandied Pumpkin & Chestnut or Frasier Fir now. ($-$$)
Posted at 4:51 pm
There are candles, and then there are these candles! Made by hand by Pollen Arts, a husband and wife team, these beeswax candles take their inspiration from antique bottles and jars. So for a gift with a vintage twist, consider this set of 4 featuring a lime juice bottle, an apothecaries’ bottle, a vaseline jar and an ink well:
Split them up or give them as a set.
Or, how about these owls?
Or, these Dairy Half-Pints?
A great gift any time. For more, check out Pollen Arts on Etsy. ($)