budget friendly gift guide

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Under $50

For the last of the holiday gift guides I decided to remain budget friendly picking things that are under $50. I chose $50 as a budget because, well, things just get better when you spend a little bit more money. Sure, you can swing by and pick up a $8 ornament at Starbucks, but there’s just something about Chambong that is just more fun. Who doesn’t want to guzzle champagne faster than human life ever intended?

SHOP: Kristin Ess gift set, Who What Wear pumps, Glass wine bottle ornaments, The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, Blue Bottle Coffee blend box, Sugarfina Cheers! bento box, Williams Sonoma monogrammed cheese board, Williams Sonoma copper & marble cheese knives, Marble notebook, Chambong, BaubleBar earrings, Craft cocktail set, Demi salt & pepper shakers, Turntable Kitchen subscription, Diamond glasses, Extend Your Style Dry Shampoo Collection

Check out all the gift guides: Best Friends, Pets, Mom & Dad, Misters, Sisters


Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Best Friends

The best gift guide has arrived. The perfect gifts for sisters from another misters. The person who gives you guy advice you’re likely not to take and eventually regret. The person who encourages you to “eat the burger” because life is way too short to keep eating kale. The person who orders pitchers of margaritas because life. Best friends often know things about us that no one else really does. They are there for us when we do dumb things or attempt to stop us from doing dumb things.

I appreciate my best friend immensely for more reasons than stated above. She makes my life exciting where it normally would be boring. She encourages me to try new things, not to stay at home on Saturday nights, and let’s me know everything will be fine even when I don’t believe it ever will be. She’s really part of my family and always has the right thing to say when others really don’t. We may scream at each other sometimes, but it’s probably because I’m being ridiculous about something (like stressing out about getting lost or getting a B on a test). So I created this gift guide filled with special things for best friends.

Particularly my best friend. Who loves buying things she doesn’t really need late at night especially if it’s gold and shiny. They are the gifts that show our best friends how much we appreciate them and all they do for us throughout the year.

SHOP: Pop & Suki best friend keyring, Slip silk pillowcase, Everlane sweater, Native Union marble iPhone dock, Hansel from Basel cat socks, GLDN best friend necklace, Ouai To Go kit, BH Cosmetics brush set, Cat corkscrew, Vinebox subscription, Brooklinen candle set, Monogram pasta shirt, Sugarfina But First Cocktails bento box, The Curated Closet, Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking, Lancome Olympia Le Tan Le Vernis top coat


Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Pets

I am a dog mom through and through, and people are expected to spend 69 billion dollars on their pets in 2017. No joke. My dog Chloe is incredibly spoiled. She loves to wear outfits especially sweaters. She is an expert at pretending she didn’t make a mess when everyone knows she did (how else did the box of Diet Coke cans get knocked over?) And she really hates cell phones because they take the attention off her. Pets have become such a large part of our family that we tend to spoil them quite a bit like they are children.

At the holidays it is no different. While they don’t really understand the concept of wrapping paper they certainly love finding things within it. You know once we finally give up on them trying to open things themselves and tear it open for them. Hey, I can’t be the only person that does that, right? Either way, you’ll find this gift guide packed with Chloe approved (okay she would approve them if she could read or understand) gifts for dogs and even some for cats!



Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Parents

Being a parent must be rough sometimes. I wouldn’t really know. I’m pretty much just a dog mom and I know she’s a handful. I mean who else insists would insist on eating their Trader Joe’s gingerbread dog treats on my Christmas tree skirt like it’s some kind of convenient blanket? Someday I hope to be a parent as scary of thought that is. I look forward to the days I’ll be piling on even more things than I already attempt to.

But for now, I must admit I appreciate my parents. They are the ones that would scare away monsters, give me incredibly useful life advice I would rarely ever listen to (then regret), and put up with me at my very worst. They are the most supportive people even if that sometimes means invading your space or texting you 6,000 times in one day to see if you received your final grades. Because you know, they, along with their coworkers, are more proud of you than you are of yourself. Okay maybe that’s just my parents…but they aren’t always the easiest to shop for.



Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Misters

Saying “misters” feels a little strange, but in order to be fair, I just had to create a gift guide for the guys in our lives. Brothers, friends with great taste, or, if you’re lucky, a boyfriend or husband. They deserve a little bit of high quality love too especially when it comes to things they may not even realize exist. Let’s face it, some of them aren’t known for their quality choices, right?

This guide is filled with some interesting, unique, and thoughtful gifts. I mean, who else is going to enjoy a chocolate salami or a meat subscription box service? What I’ve learned in life are boys are pretty complex, but there’s a few universal interests. I just really enjoyed the idea of a lyric print in the shape of a record and Taschen makes some of the best books on design, art, and tons of other subjects. I am obsessed with the┬áStudio Yonoh Perpetuum Calendar which looks like an old scale slider and has great wood accents. There’s also joggers, sneakers, and a beanie because if they are going to dress casual, they might as well do it well. No ratty clothes around here.

SHOP: Chocolate Salami, Carnivore Club subscription box, Beats Studio3 headphones, Fossil Smartwatch, Studio Yanoh Perpetuum Calendar, Urban Ears Stammen speaker, J. Crew hoodie, J. Crew joggers, Adidas sneakers, Shake. Stir. Sip: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts book, Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries, Everlane wool-cashmere beanie, Personalized Lyric print, The Marvel Age of Comics: 1961-1978 by Taschen, Native Union phone case, Munchies: Late Night Meals from the World’s Best Chefs cookbook


2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Sisters

I was too young to fully understand what my parents were saying when they told me I was gonna be a big sister. I think once I figured it out the family photos of me looking less than impressed holding my new baby sister said it all. But really my sister and I were the only kids around growing up in my family for the most part so we got into a lot of trouble together. We may have had disagreements about who “borrowed” (stole) what from who and she may have been my guinea pig too many times (okay so it was real make up not play make up, mom. Sorry), but I always had her back. No one was ever going to tell her the truth about Santa or let her take the fall for breaking something she never even touched. That’s what makes sisters awesome sometimes.


My Holiday Wish List

First, let me just welcome you to the very beginning of what I’m going to call Holiday Overload. When planning out blog posts I realized that nearly all of them over the next few weeks will be holiday themed. I was conflicted about it but then I realized it’s many people’s favorite time of year (myself included) so I figured why not. There’s going to be everything from specially crafted gift guides (as if you need more of those in your life right now) to my favorite recipes, movies, and other fun things. At the end of the month as usual I will share my favorite albums and songs of 2017 just in time to kiss this unusually hellish year goodbye!

But where do we begin? 5 minutes into my family Thanksgiving dinner it started. The constant questioning “so what do you want for Christmas?” has been happening ever since. As a kid our Christmas lists were made before we even sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, put into the mailbox, and mailed off to Santa in the blink of an eye. As an adult it’s a bit harder and a much less fun. There’s still plenty of things I know I want, but there’s no Toys R Us Big Book for adult life so remembering what those things are is a little difficult. Finally after the 7,000 text message I decided to give it a go and pick a bunch of stuff that has caught my eye or that I can truly use in my life. Whether you’re looking for something to get me or just a gift in general here it is: My Christmas List.

ONE: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman, Never Us Futura by Douglas Thomas, and Simple Fare by Karen Mordechai TWO: William’s Sonoma Copper Wine Opener THREE: Zara Parka FOUR: Saxelby Cheese Grilled Cheese Kit FIVE: EP-33 Bluetooth Record Player SIX: Lightwell Candle SEVEN: Wusthof Knife Set EIGHT: The Beatles Christmas Records Collection NINE: Zara Leather Mini Skirt TEN: Rifle Paper Co Los Angeles print ELEVEN: Crate & Barrel Copper Wine Rack