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10 Great Gift Ideas for Women


I think women are a lot easier to shop for, but that probably stems from the fact that I am a woman. Also, as I mentioned in the men's gift ideas post, I think the fact that women will buy pretty things for themselves makes it easier for friends and family to get a sense of what they like, and therefore what to gift them.

 

Anyway, here is a selection of gifts that I think would make thoughtful, creative presents for any women in your life.

Breakfast in Bed

Who does not like breakfast in bed? If I can have bacon and coffee brought to me in bed, I know its going to be a good day. So why not give a coupon redeemable for breakfast in bed? I think going to bed and knowing that I will get to eat breakfast in bed the next morning would be a great present!

Ice Cream Maker Gift Set

For $99 you can give this great Ice Cream Maker Gift Set from Williams-Sonoma, that comes with everything you need to make some great, homemade ice cream. It sounds like even the culinarily challenged could make ice cream with this maker - and maybe if you are lucky you will get invited over for some!

 

Magnolia Tree

If you know someone who loves the great outdoors, then this ready-to-plant magnolia tree might make a great gift. For $49 you can get this living magnolia tree, complete with care and planting instructions. Magnolia blossoms smell great, so why not give the gift that keeps on giving? Available from Gumps.

 

 

Colorful Alpaca Scarf

This beautiful scarf is made from Alpaca wool, and is hand-made in La Paz Bolivia. A beautiful scarf can be both a fashionable and practical. For $39 from National Geographic, this scarf is really a steal.

 

 

Cashmere Tech Gloves

These gloves bring together the best of both worlds - pampering and function! I have yet to meet a woman who does not love cashmere - and what better place to wear such a soft fabric than on your hands? And these gloves don't need to be taken off to use a smartphone or touch-screen. Perfect! All for only $49 from Frontgate.com.

 

Snuggly Nap Throw Blanket with Foot Pocket

Christmastime is a great time to cuddle up on the couch. Pretty much every time I get on the couch this time of year I reach for one of a couple of blankets that are close by. What makes this blanket so special, other than its softness, is the built in foot-pocket! How genius is that? I hate having cold feet, and love having my feet tucked in - its like this blanket read my mind! Its only $49.99 from Brookstone.

 

Monogrammed Zipper Pouch

These little monogrammed zipper pouches from Pottery Barn are cute, personalized, and are inexpensive enough at $16 that you might even consider putting another little something (jewelry?) inside.

Craft Class

If you have a lady in your life that likes to craft or bake, then you might consider looking into craft classes offered at local craft stores. The big craft stores around here, like Michael's and Jo-Ann Fabrics offer classes in everything from faux-floral arrangement to cake decorating to basic sewing. Smaller mom-and-pop craft and fabric stores sometimes offer classes too, so why not give the gift of crafting?

 

Laquer Jewelry Boxes

These fun, bright jewelry boxes from West Elm would make a bright addition to any woman's closet. And at only $24, you might consider putting a little something sparkly inside to add to the surprise!

 

 

Chrysanthemum Vase

This vase from Anthropologie is beautiful all on its own - complete with its own flower! I think the colors - aqua and coral - are a nice twist on the standard Christmas colors, and will look great year-round. Since the vase is only $28, maybe you can get a nice bouquet of flowers to go in it?

 

 

 

I hope these gift ideas got your brain going - Christmas is only two weeks away!


More Twelve Days Gift Ideas - on the Feminine Side


On Monday I posted some of the gifts that the men in our family have received in their Twelve Days boxes over the past couple of years.  Today I will be sharing with you some of the gifts that us women have received and enjoyed. 

  • Small figurines - if someone on your list has a penchant for a certain animal, say horses, you can look at a couple thrift shops, antique stores, or online (ebay and etsy) to see if you can find a tiny version of their beloved animal, like this one:

 

  • Puzzles - girls and women like puzzles too! Its all about the subject matter. I have given some cute small magnetic puzzles in the past that easily fit in a Twelve Days Box.
  • Small stained glass - when we were in the UK a couple of years ago it seemed like every gift shop had these adorable, tiny stained glass pieces that were designed to hang in a window - and they fit in Twelve Days Boxes perfectly!

  • Tea lights and holders - there are no shortage of cute tea light holders on the market today. A cute little tea light holder and a tea light candle make a great Twelve Days gift!

  • Magnets - I have given these beatiful Tiffany-inspired magnets, as well as some fun faux-jewel magnets in the past. There are also sets of Scrabble pieces that are magnetized, or fridge-poetry sets that can make a great gift for the more literary/game minded person.

  • Hand cremes - I always find myself reaching for more hand creme this time of year, so I think a nice little tube or pot of hand creme makes a great Twelve Days gift. 

  • Small scented candles - another idea for a candle lover in your life is a small scented candle. You can even buy a little set of different scents and put one in a couple boxes. The mini-tins at illume candles fit in a Twelve Days Box perfectly, and come in a lot of great fragrances.
  • Jewelry - there are no shortage of pretty little things like earrings, necklaces, rings and brooches that will fit in a Twelve Days Box. People always say "the best things come in small boxes"!
  • Candy - just like for the men, women love candy too! Anything from hard candies to truffles will fit in a Twelve Days Box!
  • Coin purse - lots of little boutiques sell cute coin purses. If you are feeling extra-gifty you could even put a little note or gift card in the coin purse!

  • Pill box - I like to have a little box in my purse with a couple of aspirin, and maybe an allergy pill or two, just in case. So why not have those pills in a cute little pill box? It may sound old fashioned, but being a woman who is prepared is never a bad idea. Especially if the pill box is blinged out like these:

  • Small books - if you look in antique stores and book stores you can find "TIny Tomes" and other miniature versions of popular books. One of the best Twelve Days gifts I think I ever gave was a tiny version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - how appropriate!
  • Bath bombs/bath salts - we all know the holidays can be stressful, so why not encourage a little relaxation with a little package of bath salts or dissolving bath bombs?
  • Paper weight - A nice paperweight is a welcome addition to any organized desk. 

  • Keychains - a fun personalized keychain can make a great Twelve Days gift.
  • Reusable grocery/tote bag - these bags are really popular now, and they do squish down small enough to fit in a Twelve Days Box, so why not put a bag in a box? They come in lots of cute designs now, too!

  • Tea/tea ball - for the tea drinker in your life, why not put a few nice tea bags in a box, or a small packet of loose-leaf tea and a nice tea ball? 
  • Small picture frame - a tiny picture frame (with a tiny personalized picture or message in it) is a great Twelve Days gift!

 

Just like the ideas for the guys, a lot of these ideas would be great for anyone! Once you get your creative juices flowing you can think of lots of great, thoughtful gifts that easily fit in a Twelve Days Box.  Happy gifting!


10 Days Until Christmas - Candles to Light the Long Nights


Gift idea: Small Candles 

Makes a good gift for: Adults, Teens, Stocking Stuffers 

I love candles, especially well-scented candles (candles that don’t make you gag, but have a nice scent). Candles can make a nice gift on their own, or as part of a self-care package with some bubble bath and nice lotion. All of these little candles have the added bonus of being small enough to fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

How cute are these small beeswax pinecone candles:
On Etsy - $3.00 each

These small votive candles would be perfect for someone who loves flowers or gardening:
On Etsy - set of eight for $12.00

These mirrored votive candles would look great on a dining-table or a mantel-piece:
National Geographic Store - set of four for $26.00

Big Dipper Wax Works has some of the best beeswax candles, and some of the best scented candles I have found, and this collection of their different scents would make a great gift:
Big Dipper Wax Works - set of nine for $40.00


43 Days Until Christmas - make the holidays smell better


Gift idea: Perfume or cologne 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone – men, women, teens

Some people, like my mom, have a certain perfume or cologne that they have used for ever, and will never change. My mom has hers, and my Grampa was definitely an Old Spice man. But not everyone is like that. Some people like to experiment, or like certain types of scents. These little gift-sets would make a great gift for someone who likes to try new things, or is undecided in the scent department.

For the gents:


Sephora Favorites for Men - $42.00

For the ladies:




A solid perfume is also a nice gift for ladies – much easier to carry in a purse than liquid perfume!

Another plus is that these smaller-sized bottles will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes – to make the Twelve Days of Christmas smell great!

54 Days Until Christmas - organization with character


Gift idea: Book ends

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who has books!

Anyone who has books (or magazines or anything else roughly book-shaped that might be stored in a bookcase) can use a cute pair of bookends. Bookends are also a nice gift to give someone who works in an office - so they can have a little something with some personality, but also functionality away from home too. From quotation marks to mermaids, here are some unique ones I have found online:















55 Days Until Christmas - everyone likes a good story


Gift idea: Books 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone

Whether the recipient is old enough to read or not, books can make a great gift for anyone - as long as you get the right person the right gift. I usually get someone a book that I have already read and think they will like, or a book by an author I know they like. So, without further ado, here are a couple novels I read and enjoyed this year that I think other readers would like.

I have provided links to these books on Amazon.com, but they should be readily available in your local bookstore (assuming Amazon.com has not killed your local bookstore). Going to a local bookstore (or Target or the like) is a great place to browse through some books - especially children's' books.

This book is a really great non-fiction story of President James Madison's slave, and his experience living on the plantation and in the White House:

From Amazon - $18.48

This fictional story tells the story of The Tiger's Wife - I think it will appeal to men, women and teens alike.

From Amazon - $10.20

This fictional story is told from the perspective of one orphaned twin brother who was raised in and around an Ethiopian hospital. A traveler or medical buff would enjoy this story, or just someone who likes a good story with a bit of mystery.

From Amazon - $10.85

It's A Wonderful Life was based on this wonderful Christmas novella. What a great book to buy for a child, young adult or a family. 


56 Days Until Christmas - a mug for everyone


8 More Weeks! 

Gift idea: Initial mugs

Makes a good gift for: Anyone

For my birthday a couple years ago I got an “S” initial mug. I love it – its big and obviously “my mug” – except Jonathon kept swiping it as a coffee mug (he drinks lots of coffee). So I had to get him his own “J” initial mug. Now we have a cute matching pair. The mugs we have are from West Elm, but they don’t carry them anymore (at least not on-line) but there are lots of other initial mugs out there:


Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug - $6.00 


Target Monogram Mug - $15.99 

Pottery Barn Alphabet Mug - $10.00


Etsy Initials on a Tree Mug - $10.99 

You could do one mug for one person, a pair of mugs for a couple, or a whole family’s worth of initial mugs! You could pair the mug or mugs with some hot cocoa,nice coffee or tea.

57 Days Until Christmas - a club for everyone


Gift idea: monthly club subscription

Makes a good gift for: Anyone - seriously!

A monthly club is a great gift to give a person who has everything, or the beer/wine/chocolate (or whatever else) enthusiast! With most of these clubs you can sign someone up for one month, a whole year, or anywhere in between. Who does not love getting presents in the mail? The certificate or print-out confirming the subscription could also be folded up and put in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

If there is someone on your list who has a certain interest, there just might be a monthly club subscription out there that caters just to that interest. Here are some of the more mainstream clubs I have found, but if you know someone who loves hot-sauce, there is a club for that too! 

Beer of the month clubs:


Amazingbeerclub.com Beer of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $101.85 


Greatclubs.com Beer of the Month Club - $36.95 per month


Beermonthclub.com Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $73.90 


Beermonthclub.com International Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $93.90 


Beermonthclub Rare Beer of the Month Club - 2 month minimum for $89.90 

Wine of the month clubs:


Amazingclubs.com Wine of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $101.85 


Greatclubs.com Wine of the Month Club - $42.95 per month 

Chocolate of the month clubs:


Amazingclubs.com Chocolate of the Month Club - 3 month minimum for $92.85


Greatclubs.com Chocolate of the Month Club - $32.95 per month 


58 Days Until Christmas - spread some holiday warmth


Gift idea: Throw blanket       

Makes a good gift for: Mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, anyone who likes to decorate and/or cuddle up under a nice blanket.

This blanket from West Elm comes in a bunch of colors, and at $29.00, would make a great gift for multiple people on your Christmas list:

 

West Elm Favorite Throw - 29.00

For the young, or the young at heart, these poufy blankets from Garnet Hill comes in three festive patterns - I love the woody with the Christmas tree on top:


Printed Poufy Throw - $78.00

For a very classic look, this washable wool plaid throw blanket from L.L. Bean really screams classic Christmas, especially in the red and green plaid (but it comes in other colors of plaid too). This blanket reminds me of cuddling up on my Grampa's easy chair under his scratchy wool blanket - but this one comes without the scratch:


L.L. Bean's Washable Wool Throw, Plaid - $89.00


59 Days Until Christmas - personalized stationery


Gift idea: Stationery

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who can write!

I love nice stationery. I have a whole box full. Perhaps it is because my mom engrained in me the good habit of writing thank you notes. I seriously cannot really enjoy a gift until the thank you note is in the mail. Anyway, having nice stationery makes sending a note, whether it be a thank you or just a nice note, more fun. Kids and adults, men and women, there is stationery for everyone out there, you just have to look. Here are some cute sets I found:

Personalized with Initials:


Paper Source Caslon Monogram A2 Stationery - 20 cards and envelopes for $32.70

Personalized nautical theme:


Paper Source Anchor A2 Stationery - 20 cards and envelopes for $32.70

Personalized with family dog and name:


Etsy Black Lab Personalized Stationery - 10 cards and envelopes for $15.00

A little feminine touch with lace and personalized:


Etsy Personalized Stationery Folded Note Cards - 6 cards and envelopes for $12.00

You could even have some custom postage stamps made by zazzle, and those stamps would easily fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

 


Starting Today: 60 Gift Ideas in 60 Days - warm toes for everyone!


60 Days Until Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is just 60 days away? Me neither. Yes, its true that I recall seeing Christmas ribbons on display in Michael's back in AUGUST, but now that fall is steadily underway, the leaves are changing colors, and the days are getting shorter and cooler, it does feel like the holidays are coming. But it still surprised me that Christmas is just about two months away. 

Even before I was part of a Christmas business, I have always liked to get a head start on my Christmas shopping. All year-round I keep an eye out for cool gifts that would fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes, but come October I really start looking for things that would be a good fit for the people on my list. I find that it really relieves a lot of stress that can build up around Christmas if you have most of your gifts purchased ahead of time. 

So, in an effort to make Christmas more enjoyable for everyone, I have put together a list of 60 Gift Ideas to help inspire you in your Christmas shopping. Each week, starting with today, I will be posting a series of seven ideas with different themes - gifts suitable for anyone, for her, for him, for the foodie or cook, for the wine lover/entertainer, for the techie, for the whole family, and a week gifts that will fit in Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Boxes (and also are perfect stocking stuffers). For the four days right before Christmas, I will have a couple last minute DIY-type gifts that you should be able to put together with stuff you might have around the house, or with a quick trip  to the grocery store.

Please stay tuned as we count down to Christmas!

This week's gift theme: Gift ideas for ANYbody. 

The gifts that will be coming your way over the next seven days are suitable for anyone on your list - mom or dad, your significant other, teens or kids.

Gift idea: Slippers

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who likes to have warm feet! 

I love slippers. I mean, I LOVE them. It has to be a really warm evening for me to not be wearing my slippers or have my slippers next to the couch. Something about getting home, taking my shoes off and putting my slippers on really says, “I am home” to me. To make a pair of slippers a little more fun, you could pair them with some fun nail polish, or even a gift-certificate for a pedicure. Either of these little slipper-add-ons would fit in a Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box too!

Here are some nice looking women’s slippers:



UGG® Scuffette Shearling Slippers - $80


Acorn Shearling Mary Jane Slippers - $88

Here are some nice looking men's slippers:

 L.L. Bean is a great place to look for slippers for men, women or children. 


Men's Bean's Wicked Good® Moccasins - $69

 

Men's Handsewn Slippers, Flannel-Lined - $39.95

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